Earlier (you’ll find it in the post below) I broke down this week’s Arroyo Grande softball tournament. Now, it’s time to look at the San Luis Obispo Spring Tournament and the final day of the Atascadero Easter Tournament.
I’ll begin with Atascadero’s tournament since Wednesday concludes the three-day, eight-team tourney.
The Greyhounds marched through the first two days and find themselves in the finals against Templeton. The game will be played at Atascadero at 2 p.m.
Atascadero was the Pool A winner, beating out Morro Bay, Pajaro Valley and Santa Clara. Templeton came out of Pool B (Channel Islands, Nipomo and Lynnbrook), edging Nipomo thanks to a win Monday over the Titans.
Nipomo plays Wednesday in the third-place game at 10 a.m. against Santa Clara at Atascadero. Morro Bay plays for seventh place against Lynnbrook at 10 a.m. at Alvord Field.
San Luis Obispo Spring Tournament
San Luis Obispo and Mission Prep are co-hosting a tournament and bringing in 10 other teams and slated to play at either San Luis Obispo High, SLO Stadium and Mission Prep. The tournament begins Wednesday and lasts three days.
It features round robin pool play for the first two days. The top two teams that emerge from the three pools will play in the championship game Friday.
In Pool A, the Tigers (9-1) will face Amador Valley (6-6), St. Bonaventure (11-6) and Golden Valley (11-8) from Merced. All of San Luis Obispo’s games will be played at SLO High.
Pool B is Crespi (11-3), Buhach Colony (12-5), San Ramon Valley (9-3) and Agoura (6-7).
Pool C is Alemany (8-6), Dos Pueblos (5-8), Foothill (10-5) from Palo Cedro and Mission Prep (6-4). Mission Prep plays all of its games at Mission Prep.
Overview: San Luis Obispo begins Day 1 taking on Golden Valley at 1 p.m. and the Tigers end the day with a 7 p.m. game against Amador Valley. The Tigers’ lone game Thursday is against St. Bonaventure at 1 p.m.
Mission Prep plays Alemany at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and plays Dos Pueblos at 7 p.m. later in the day. The Royals’ game on Thursday is at 4 p.m. against Foothill.
Not all these teams are in the CIF-Southern Section but for those that are, Crespi and San Luis Obispo are the only two which are ranked. Crespi is the No. 3 team in Division II, and San Luis Obispo is ranked No. 9 in the same division.
The championship game is at 1 p.m. Friday at SLO Stadium.
It’s a challenge to breakdown this tournament because pool play is followed directly by final-round games. As mentioned, this format lends itself to the possibility of ties and here is the exact tournament tie-breaking policy:
“In the event of identical records in bracket play, the tiebreaker will first be based on head to head competition. If there is a three-way tie in which each team has beaten the other, the tiebreaker will be based on the fewest runs allowed for the three games. If there is still a tie, the tiebreaker will be determined by the most runs scored for the three games. This will be followed by a coin toss.
Because of the three-bracket format there is a possibility of a tie between teams in separate brackets. The tiebreaker will be the same as above. In the event that teams in the same bracket end up playing one another again in the final round, the lower seeded team will drop down a bracket.”
I expect big things for San Luis Obispo and Crespi. This will also be a good tournament for Mission Prep to get some work in against larger schools.
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