Weather wreaks havoc on 6AAA tourney scheduling
By Sparta Live | April 30, 2014 12:00 am
While tennis and soccer have their District 6AAA standings and brackets set and ready to go, baseball and soccer are not quite as fortunate.
Mother Nature has forced postponement of games and, in the process, postponed the finalization of the standings and with that, delayed the final brackets being released.
As of press time on Wednesday, both the WCHS softball and baseball teams were going to try to complete their regular season slate with district games that figure largely into the final standings and the tournament seedlings.
The Warriorette softball team and the District 6AAA tournament were still in limbo as to when the tournament would even begin as of Wednesday.
The Warriorettes’ doubleheader against Rhea County is a key to the final softball standings. That game was originally scheduled to be played all the way back on March 18th. It was rescheduled for this past Monday and then moved again until Wednesday. Both teams stand at 3-5 in the league. That game along with the game between Warren County and Cumberland County will finish out the final standings. That game was also moved to Wednesday.
The top two spots in the standings are set. Cookeville garnered the top spot going a perfect 10-0 and Stone Memorial came in second at 6-4. The only other position set is Cumberland County in sixth place. The tournament will be played at Cumberland County.
With the other three, there are several different possible scenarios. If Sparta wins both against Rhea, then WCHS comes in third. A split with Rhea leaves the teams still in a three-way tie. A Rhea County sweep would drop the Warriorettes all the way to fifth. A three-way tie would go to runs allowed/runs scored formula to break the tie.
If both of the make-up games were completed on Wednesday, then plans were to start the tournament on Thursday. If not, the tournament will begin Friday. Due to proms at some schools, there will be no games Saturday.
Either way, the tournament is double elimination. Whatever day the tournament starts, the two games will be 4 vs. 5 and 3 vs. 6. The second day of games will have #1 seed, Cookeville taking on the winner of the 4 vs. 5 game. The second game would be #2 seed, Stone Memorial, playing the winners of 3 vs. 6.
Loser’s bracket games will either be Monday or Tuesday, once again depending on the start day of the tournament.
As far as baseball goes, all six teams in the district were scheduled to play their final two-game series on Monday and Tuesday, but again Mother Nature had different plans.
All games were postponed on Monday. The only game played on Tuesday was the Warriors at Cumberland County. With the Jets’ win over the Warriors, the Jets captured the number two spot in the district tournament.
Even though Cookeville has already assured themselves of the top spot, their series against Stone Memorial can have implications on spots 3-6. The Warren County vs. Rhea County series also figures into the standings as well as the second game between the Jets and Warriors.
The District 6AAA tournament is slated to begin on Saturday with the play-in games. The number 3 seed will host the number 6 seed along with the number four seed hosting number five. Those games will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday. Which teams will capture the three and four spots and the home games that come along with them won’t be decided until the final series are completed.
As far as the play-in games go on Saturday, the losers see their seasons come to an end. The winners advance on the semifinals, which are two-best-of-three series. Those games are Monday through Wednesday (if needed) with all games slated for 5:30 p.m. starts.
Cookeville will play the lowest seed remaining while Cumberland County will play the highest seed left. The top seed gets to host the first game and the third, if needed game.
The championship game will be at the site of the highest seed either Wednesday or Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
So to sum up the coming schedule for softball and baseball, it’s still all up in the air. Check myspartanews.com to find out the information when it is finalized.