April 9, 2014

Verden face Owls, hosts get dibble in Grady tourney

Adam Troxtell, Sports Editor,
The Express-Star


Last year's finalists and recent Panther Classic champions Verden begin their Grady County Tournament quest against Ninnekah on Thursday.

The Tigers enter the three-day tournament in Amber in good spirits after knocking off the Class A and Class B number ones to win the Amber-Pocasset tournament on Saturday. Their opener against Ninnekah at 5 p.m. is the third game of a full Thursday of baseball.

Rush Springs and Alex start the tournament at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Members of last year's host team Alex were at Amber to watch Verden play on Saturday as they set their eyes toward the county championship.

Minco start against another 2013 finalist in Union City at 2:45 p.m. Thursday. After Verden-Ninnekah, hosts Am-Po take on Dibble at 7:15 p.m. 

Losers of the first four games will enter the consolation bracket in the double-elimination tournament. Either Rush Springs or Alex will face Minco or Union City depending on the results of those first round games.

That leaves Verden - Ninnekah and Dibble - Amber-Pocasset in the bottom half of the bracket. Friday will start either with a semifinal or a consolation game at 12:30 p.m., followed by a consolation game at 2:45 p.m. That day ends with the second semifinal of the round. 

The consolation final will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the third place game at 4 p.m. and the championship game at 6:30 p.m.