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Sonic Tournament brings state's best to Franklin

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Franklin High School’s annual Sonic Invitational Tournament will keep Fly Park full of ranked softball teams Friday and Saturday. Of the 24 teams entered, nearly half are ranked by at least one service in Tennessee.


“We always get a strong field,” said tournament director and Franklin head softball coach Marshall Winkler. “But this year’s group is as strong, top to bottom, as we’ve ever had.”


The state’s top ranked Class AAA team, and the tournament’s defending champion, Beech High School headlines a field that includes early tourney favorites Ravenwood (No. 5) and Dickson County (No. 6).  Lincoln County (No. 12) and Franklin (No. 25) are also listed as top teams in the state. From Class AA, third-ranked Grainger High, from Rutledge, is considered a threat while Class A ranked teams include Columbia Academy (No. 2), Friendship Christian (No. 4), and Richland (No. 7). Ezell-Harding (No. 3) and St. Benedict from Memphis (No. 5) highlight Division II entrants.


Last year’s Silver Division champ, Trinity Christian School, returns along with West Tennessee stalwarts Arlington, Bolton and Collierville.


Three other local teams, Centennial, Independence and Summit, are also in the field with the Lady Eagles a potential spoiler to the plans of the favorites. The Thompson’s Station squad has yet to get over the hump of beating county rival Ravenwood, but could wind up with another opportunity in the finals.


Pre-tourney games will be played on Friday with action on all six fields at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tournament action Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. in the double-elimination event, culminating with the Silver and Gold championship games scheduled for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.


Friday’s pre-tourney lineup includes several interesting match ups that could be repeated before the end of the weekend. Lincoln County faces Beech at 4 p.m. on Field 1 while Ravenwood takes on Wilson Central on Field 2. But the marquee game on Friday night pits Ravenwood against Beech at 7 p.m. on Field 1.


With 24 teams in the double-elimination format, eight teams get a bye in the first round on Saturday, including Independence, Ravenwood, Beech, Lincoln County and Trinity Christian.


Friday, April 12

4 PM

Field 1            Lincoln County v. Beech

Field 2            Wilson Central v. Ravenwood

Field 3            Lipscomb Academy v. Summit

Field 4            Independence v. St. Benedict

Field 5            Franklin v. White House

Field 6            Centennial v. Ezell-Harding


5:30 PM

Field 1            Richland v. Trinity Christian

Field 2            John Paul II v. Arlington

Field 3            Collierville v. Dickson County

Field 4            Walker Valley v. Columbia Academy

Field 5            Davidson Academy v. Grainger

Field 6            Bolton v. Friendship Christian


7 PM

Field 1            Ravenwood v. Beech

Field 2            John Paul II v. Arlington

Field 3            Ezell Harding v. Lincoln County

Field 4            Centennial v. St. Benedict

Field 5            Franklin v. Lipscomb Academy

Field 6            White House v. Summit


8:30 PM

Field 1            Richland v. Walker Valley

Field 2            John Paul II v. Grainger

Field 3            Arlington v. Davidson Academy

Field 4            Columbia Academy v. Bolton

Field 5            Trinity Christian v. Dickson County

Field 6            Collierville v. Friendship Christian






9 AM

Field 1            Centennial v. John Paul II (Game 1)

Field 2            Davidson Academy v. Summit (Game 4)

Field 3            Collierville v. White House (Game 5)

Field 4            Grainger v. Lipscomb Academy (Game 2)

Field 5            Franklin v. Bolton (Game 3)

Field 6            St. Benedict v. Ezell Harding (Game 6)



10:30 AM

Field 1            Winner Game 1 v. Walker Valley

Field 2            Winner Game 4 v. Trinity Christian

Field 3            Columbia Academy v. Arlington (Game 7)

Field 4            Winner Game 2 v. Independence

Field 5            Winner Game 3 v. Lincoln County

Field 6            Wilson Central v. Friendship Christian



Field 3            Winner Game 7 v. Ravenwood

Field 4            Winner Game 6 v. Richland

Field 5            Winner Game 5 v. Beech

Field 6            Winner Game 6 v. Dickson County


Games continue at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. leading to Gold and Silver Division championship games at 7:30 p.m.

Posted on: 4/10/2013


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