Sonic Tournament brings state's best to Franklin
By Joe Williams, For the Williamson Herald
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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
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
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
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
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
SATURDAY, FIRST ROUND
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)
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