The 17th Annual Tournament of Champions

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Erie Softball’s Tournament of Champions will be hosting a multitude of teams this weekend for one of the biggest high school tournaments in the country. It’s the only tournament of its kind, and it will be the 17th year of the tournament, started in 2001 by Bob Bledsoe. The tournament will host many local teams as well as 5A and 6A teams from Oklahoma. The games will be played at Erie High School and the Ballpark at Erie, starting Thursday, August 30 through Saturday, September 1st.

 

38 total games will be played in the three day frenzy. The tournament is run by players and families themselves, of course with help from the community to keep the tournament running smoothly.

 

Erie softball is coming off two huge wins at Metro State going into the tournament. The Tigers defeated defending 5A state champion Legend as well as defeating Valor Christian, who the Tigers have lost to many times before. Starting pitcher Madie Leach believes this will help prepare the team for good competition this weekend. “The teams that we played at Metro were some of the best competition in the state, so seeing those teams last weekend will really help us going into the tournament.”

The Tigers playing Legend High School at Metro State this past weekend.

The tournament brings a new intensity to the schedule for the team. Oklahoma teams challenge the Tigers, which is welcome considering the competition for the weekend is something they don’t usually see in regular league play. The Tigers welcome the challenge since it helps them explore some of their weaker qualities. Teagan Brand hopes to see the team play together and explore strategies needed to compete. She says, “This tournament will probably be one of the most challenging tournaments we face as a team. I know in years past it has made us use different elements of our team we hadn’t thought of using before.”

 

With this being one of the most challenging weekends of play for the team, the focus is on playing together to overcome challenges they may see. The Tigers have already come out strong starting the season and they hope to use that momentum throughout the weekend. Junior Kat Sackett, who was only one of two sophomores on the 2017 All Region first team, says, “I think we just have to play together and play how we know how to.”

 

 

The Tigers will kick off the tournament with a double header Thursday against Mustang High School from Oklahoma, the defending 6A state champions. They play at 4 pm at Erie High School and 8 pm at the Ballpark at Erie. The Tigers will play again at 2 pm Friday against Sequoyah High School from Tahlequah, Oklahoma and then finish off the tournament on Saturday at 9 am against Mullen High School from Denver, Colorado.

 

Here’s the full schedule for the weekend:

THURSDAY
TIME NORTH FIELD
4 p.m. Dakota Ridge vs. Grandview
6 p.m. Fruita Monument vs. Evergreen
8 p.m. Dakota Ridge vs. Broomfield
TIME SOUTH FIELD
4 p.m. Kellyville vs. Frederick
6 p.m. Chatfield vs. Mountain Range
8 p.m. Kellyville vs. Berthoud
TIME EAST FIELD
4 p.m. Legend vs. Union
6 p.m. Legacy vs. Sequoyah
8 p.m. Mullen vs. Sequoyah
TIME WEST FIELD
4 p.m. Pomona vs. Chouteau
6 p.m. Pomona vs. Frederick
8 p.m. Erie vs. Mustang
TIME ERIE HS EAST FIELD
4 p.m. Erie JV vs. Fruita Monument JV
TIME ERIE HS WEST FIELD
4 p.m. Erie vs. Mustang
FRIDAY
TIME NORTH FIELD
8 a.m. Union vs. Eaglecrest
10 a.m. Broomfield vs. Legend
Noon Union vs. Ralston Valley
2 p.m. Union vs. Douglas Co.
TIME SOUTH FIELD
8 a.m. Broken Arrow vs. Arvada West
10 a.m. Broken Arrow vs. Loveland
Noon Horizon vs. Chatfield
2 p.m. Broken Arrow vs. Grandview
TIME EAST FIELD
8 a.m. Dakota Ridge vs. Silver Creek
10 a.m. Brighton vs. Sequoyah
Noon Kellyville vs. Discovery Canyon
2 p.m. Erie vs. Sequoyah
TIME WEST FIELD
8 a.m. Highlands Ranch vs. Windsor
10 a.m. Rock Canyon vs. Grandview
Noon Mullen vs. Silver Creek
2 p.m. Mustang vs. Legend
TIME ERIE HS EAST FIELD
9 a.m. Legacy vs. Ralston Valley
11 a.m. Frederick vs. Evergreen
1 p.m. Loveland vs. Arvada West
3 p.m. Kellyville vs. Windsor
5 p.m. Mustang vs. Wheat Ridge
TIME ERIE HS WEST FIELD
9 a.m. Berthoud vs. Discovery Canyon
11 a.m. Dakota Ridge vs. Eaglecrest
1 p.m. Fruita Monument vs. Highlands Ranch
3 p.m. Wheat Ridge vs. Chouteau
5 p.m. Fruita Monument vs. Chouteau
SATURDAY
TIME NORTH FIELD
8 a.m. Broken Arrow vs. Rock Canyon
10 a.m. Broken Arrow vs. Legend
Noon Brighton vs. Legend
2 p.m. Brighton vs. Broken Arrow
4 p.m. Loveland vs. Eaglecrest
6 p.m. Chatfield vs. Rock Canyon
8 p.m. Chatfield vs. Legacy
TIME SOUTH FIELD
8 a.m. Union vs. Horizon
10 a.m. Union vs. Broomfield
Noon Eaglecrest vs. Broomfield
2 p.m. Mullen vs. Ralston Valley
4 p.m. Mullen vs. Mustang
6 p.m. Highlands Ranch vs. Pueblo South
8 p.m. Highlands Ranch vs. Pine Creek
TIME EAST FIELD
8 a.m. Discovery Canyon vs. Pomona
10 a.m. Horizon vs. Silver Creek
Noon Chouteau vs. Discovery Canyon
2 p.m. Fruita Monument vs. Pomona
4 p.m. Pine Creek vs. Pomona
6 p.m. Discovery Canyon vs. Evergreen
8 p.m. Mustang vs. Grandview
TIME WEST FIELD
8 a.m. Sequoyah vs. Silver Creek
10 a.m. Sequoyah vs. Mtn. View
Noon Mtn. Range vs. Mtn. View
2 p.m. Kellyville vs. Evergreen
4 p.m. Ralston Valley vs. Grandview
6 p.m. Loveland vs. Douglas Co.
8 p.m. Ralston Valley vs. Douglas Co.
TIME ERIE HS EAST FIELD
8 a.m. Windsor vs. Chouteau
10 a.m. Pueblo South vs. Kellyville
Noon Chatfield vs. Windsor
2 p.m. Pueblo South vs. Berthoud
4 p.m.
TIME ERIE HS WEST FIELD
9 a.m. Erie vs. Mullen
11 a.m. Fruita Monument vs. Pine Creek
1 p.m. Erie JV vs. Fruita Monument JV
3 p.m. Rock Canyon vs. Mtn. Range