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District 11-AAA softball tournament facing changes

The District 11-AAA softball tournament, set to start May 6 at Crockett Park in Brentwood, may face more challenges than just weather.

The district, made up of the five Class AAA high schools in Williamson County (Brentwood, Centennial, Franklin, Independence and Ravenwood) along with Metro Nashville’s Hillsboro High School, has traditionally played a standard six-team double elimination format, with the top two teams advancing to play in the Region 6-AAA tournament.

Last week at the district coaches meeting, Hillsboro, which has forfeited at least two games this season, informed district coaches that the school would be withdrawing from the district competition this year. In response, the remaining five teams scheduled a double-elimination tournament with the undefeated regular season champion, Ravenwood, drawing a bye in the first and second round rather than just the first.

Early April 30, Hillsboro coaches informed the rest of the district of a change of heart and indicated an expectation of being included in the tournament next week.

The change could require district representatives to scramble to reschedule fields, umpires and other support personnel while most teams will play almost every day this week due to rain out make-ups.

Attempts to reach District Chairman and Franklin head softball coach Marshall Winkler were unsuccessful, however other sources close to the situation told the Herald that contact with the TSSAA has been made.

The procedures for the voluntary withdrawal/readmission of a team to a post-season tournament are currently unclear. 

Posted on: 4/30/2013


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