Wetumpka to host Barry Mask TourneyPublished 4:27pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013
For three days, area high school baseball teams are forgetting about area pennant races and focusing on bragging rights as Wetumpka High is set to play host to the Barry Mask Spring Break Baseball Tournament Thursday through Saturday at Bazemore Field.
“With Barry Mask helping us out like this, and the community getting behind us and helped us with some fundraising, it helps out the program,” said Russ Brooks, coach of the Indians. “It helps get our kids some newer equipment and gives the community a chance to come out here and see what we’re doing.”
The tournament features the hometown Indians and other county teams, Stanhope Elmore, Holtville and Elmore County.
“Being able to play at home is a good thing,” said Brooks. “We’ve got a nice place here at Bazemore Field and having this many games with different teams gives us a chance to show it off and bring people here. This is a good way to get people to come out and see what we’ve got.”
The field also includes Jeff Davis, Robert E. Lee, Marbury and Demopolis.
The tournament opens Thursday morning with Stanhope Elmore squaring off against Jeff Davis at 9.
Other first day pairings are: Stanhope Elmore vs. Lee at 11 a.m.; Marbury against Holtville at 2 p.m.; and Marbury vs. Elmore County at 4:30 p.m.
The first day’s competition will be capped with a meeting between Wetumpka and Elmore County at 6:30 p.m.
“When it comes to the baseball aspect, you play a bunch of games – four games in four days – so everybody is going to get to play,” said Brooks. “You are going to use your entire pitching staff. This many games let you see what you have going into your last two area games.”
For the Indians (11-5), Brooks hopes they can find the momentum they had a week ago.
The Bulldogs and the Panthers (12-9 and 10-10, respectively) are coming off a head-to-head meeting over the weekend with Holtville claiming the 2-1 edge.
The Mustangs (5-9) come into the tournament off a 9-8 loss to Charles Henderson in Troy.
Play begins at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, with the last games each day scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
“Hopefully we can end the season playing like we did before the break,” said Brooks. “If we can make it to the playoffs, that will be good. Nobody expects us to. We’re the underdogs. I kind of like it that way.”