Sixty-four of the nation’s top 16U, 18U & 18 Gold softball teams will arrive in the area Wednesday for the Nashville Sports Council’s Music City Hits Fastpitch Softball Tournament. The tournament goes through Sunday at Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville.
Teams competing in the fourth annual tournament are guaranteed six games with five pool games and a single elimination tournament. The teams are divided into 11 different team pools and will play on ten fields. The tournament games will last seven innings with the international tiebreaker going into effect should a game go to the eighth inning. Pool games will have a time limit of one hour and thirty minutes.
“We are thrilled to have some of the top fastpitch teams in the country competing in the tournament,” said Nashville Sports Council President & CEO Scott Ramsey. “With national interest in fastpitch softball rising, we are proud to again host this event in Middle Tennessee and in partnership with the Hendersonville Parks and Recreation Department.”
The Middle Tennessee Coaches Association Senior All-Star games will take place on June 11 between the A/AA, AAA North and AAA South. The players that comprise the three teams are top high school senior softball players in Middle Tennessee. The games will take place at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. The 2008 All-Academic Team will also be announced during the All-Star games.
Weekly tournament passes can be purchased for $25 and daily passes are available for $7. Children 5 & under are admitted for free. Tournament game times are: June 11 (9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.), June 12 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), June 13 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), June 14 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.), and June 15 (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
The 64 teams are:
18 Gold: AL Bama Gold, AL White Lightning Gold, GA Dacula Lady Falcons, GA Elite, GA Lightning, IN Dreams Fastpitch, IN Hoosier Pride, KY Mizuno Stunners, NC Lady Lightning, NC Sun Devils, TN Attack, TN Edge, TN Fury Fastpitch Gold, TN Knoxville Thunder, TN Nashville Nighthawks 16U, TN Xplosion ’91, TX Jet.
18U: AL Dirt Devils, AL Pride, CO Stampede-Blue, FL Panama City Lady Lightning, GA Challengers Blue, GA Homeplate Athletics, IL C.I.G.S. Rebels (Blue), IN Blaze, IN Express, IN Lakeview Lady Aces, IN Shockwaves, IN Twisters 18U, KY Outlaws, MS Bluff City Bomber, OH Attack, OH Cincy Storm, SC Carolina Elite, TN Chattanooga Force, TN Copperheads, TN Crusaders 18, TN Elite Diamonds, TN Firebirds, TN Knoxville Thunder.
16U: AL Bama Gold, AL Huntsville Sharks-Sutherlin, AL Huntsville Sparks, AL Mayhem, CO Comets, GA Heat, GA Extreme ’92 Purple, IL Windmills Red, IN Hoosier Havoc, IN Stingers, KY Blitz Softball, KY Louisville Stunners, KY Western Kentucky Crush, NC Triangle Lightning, OH Cincy Doom, OH Cincy Storm 16U, OH Cincy Storm 16U Black, SC Carolina Crush of the Upstate, TN 92 Frost Falcons, TN Elite, TN Fury Fastpitch 16U, TN Lady Sounds, TN Raiders, TN Team Tennessee.