Fifteen-Team Ooltewah Invitational Delayed By Wet Ground

Pool Play Begins Saturday Morning With Title At 7:30

Friday, April 4, 2014 - by Larry Fleming

Friday’s play in the Ooltewah Invitational was postponed by wet ground and the annual softball tournament will pick up Saturday morning and play through until a champion is crowned in the title game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at The Summitt.

The action begins at 9 a.m. with pool play in A, B, C and D divisions. There will be a 1-hour time limit on games.

Four pool-play winners will meet in the semifinals and those two winners advance to the championship game. The other teams will play to give their full allotment of four games for the invitational.

After Ooltewah beat Polk County, 9-7, on Thursday night to open the tournament, the Lady Wildcats opted out of the event. McMinn Central decided earlier not to participate.

Ooltewah coach Jon Massey and assistant Heidi Moses were scrambling for a few hours at The Summitt revising the schedule that was wrecked by overnight rain and figuring out how to handle Polk County’s withdrawal.

The schedule:

Pool A, Field 5

Ooltewah vs. Virginia High, 9 a.m.

Sequoyah vs. Sequoyah, 10:15 a.m.

Ooltewah vs. Sequoyah, 11:30 a.m.

Collierville vs. Sequoyah, 12:45 p.m.

Bledsoe County vs. Virginia High, 3:15 p.m.

Pool B, Field 3

Columbia vs. Rhea County, 9 a.m.

Cumberland County vs. McMinn County, 10:15 a.m.

Cumberland County vs. Rhea County, 11:30 a.m.

Rhea County vs. McMinn County, 2 p.m.

McMinn County vs. Columbia, 3:15 p.m.

Pool C, Field 6

Todd County (Ky.) vs. Shelbyville, 9 a.m.

Bledsoe County vs. Loudon, 10:15 a.m.

Shelbyville vs. Bledsoe County, 11:30 a.m.

Shelbyville vs. Loudon, 12:45 p.m.

Todd County (Ky.) vs. Bledsoe County, 2 p.m.

Loudon vs. Todd County (Ky.) vs. Loudon, 3:15 p.m.

Pool D, Field 4

Cleveland vs. Collierville, 9 a.m.

Marion County vs. Grundy County, 10:15 a.m.

Collierville vs. Marion County, 11:30 a.m.

Grundy County vs. Cleveland, 12:45 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Marion County, 2 p.m.

Grundy County vs. Collierville, 3:15 p.m.

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