Weather washes out most of week’s schedule


Last week’s on-again, off-again (but mostly on) rain proved to be a major problem for our local high school softball schedule.

Most teams were forced to cancel at least a couple of games and some of the local teams never got on the field at all.

The schedule heats up this week with the Blount County Softball Tournament scheduled to begin next Monday, April 6, at Oneonta.

Before the county tournament is played, however, Oneonta is set to host its own Oneonta Invitational Tournament this weekend.

The Oneonta Invitational is an eight-team tournament with the field divided into two four-team pools.

Pool A has Oneonta, Hewitt-Trussville, West End, and Holly Pond while Pool B has Hayden, Locust Fork, Sardis, and Ashville.

Pool play will begin Friday at two locations – the high school softball field and the softball field at the Oneonta Rec Park. The pool games will run through noon on Saturday with the single-elimination tournament (A No. 1 vs. B No. 4; A No. 2 vs B No. 3; etc.) to start at 1 p.m.

The championship is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. Blount County Tournament

Oneonta will host the county tournament with six games in the double-elimination tournament to be played on Monday, April 6. Once again, the high school softball field and the softball field at Oneonta Rec Park will be used.

Susan Moore meets Cleveland and Oneonta opposes Locust Fork in the first round of the tournament with those games set to begin at 3 p.m.

At 5 o’clock, Appalachian will meet the winner of Susan Moore-Cleveland and Hayden will meet the Oneonta-Locust Fork winner.

The losers of the first two games will meet at 7 p.m., as will the losers of games three and four.

The tournament continues on Tuesday with the finals set for Thursday, April 9, at 4 p.m. with a second game, if necessary, to follow at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 at Ashville Oneonta 1, Ashville 0

The Lady Redskins managed to push across one run and that was enough with the duo of Rebecca Sloan and Kelsey King on the mound.

Sloan got the win by going the first six innings and allowing just four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. King pitched a perfect seventh to get the save.

Hannah Huie drove in the winning run and finished 2- for-3 with a double and an RBI. King (2-for-3), Alyssa Crim (1-for-3, double), and Kristen Gibson (1-for-3) led the offense.

Oneonta improved to 15-7-1 on the year.