Greenville Classic tourney partially on for weekend

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:02 am on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Classic softball tournament is still on — somewhat.

According to Greenville Parks and Recreation Director Kris Berry, the co-ed tournament has been canceled due to lack of interest. The men’s tournament will continue.

“We have five teams for the Saturday men’s,” Berry said, noting it was down one team from last year.

Berry said a new date may have had something to do with the drop.

“We did change the date this year and I don’t know if that had a factor or not,” she said. “We’re just competing with a lot of tournaments. We have teams that don’t travel to tournaments and those are the teams we’re seeing in this tournament.”

The tournament will be a double-elimination tournament. But there will be a twist to it.

“Something new we’re trying for this tournament is unlimited home runs, but all over-the-fence home runs will be doubles,” Berry said. “Some of the teams wanted to have the ability to hit more home runs.”

In previous years, the rule for home runs was a team could hit a maximum of two plus one more than the other team.

Berry said the change will open up the games.

“By limiting the home runs it forces them (teams) to play more of a defensive game,” she said. “It gives an advantage to the team that doesn’t have powerhouse hitters. By making unlimited homers and making it doubles it makes it more of an offensive game.”

Still, with the number of local competitors on the field, that will make for a good tournament, according to Berry.

“I think it’s going to be competitive,” she said. “There are players that play in the league competitively. There are some players that don’t play in the ASA (American Softball Association). Since it’s not an ASA tournament I think that increases the competitiveness a little bit. But it will be mostly (class) C and below players.”

The tournament will start at Alan G. Davis Park at 9 a.m. with the championship game at 1 p.m. There will be a second championship game at 2 p.m. if the team that loses the 1 p.m. game suffered their first loss of the tournament in that game.

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