Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2001

ASA tourney set for today

August 11, 2001


Slow-pitch season isn't over yet.

Lawrence will play host to the State Class D ASA tournament today and Sunday.

Games are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 9:20 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Clinton Lake Softball Complex.

The ASA selected Lawrence thanks, in part, to the lobbying of Bob Stanclift, the city's adult sports supervisor.

"The Class D tournament is the biggest men's tournament ASA has," Stanclift said. "We made it known Lawrence was interested in hosting, and we got it."

Thirty-two teams will be competing in the Class D meet, while 13 will be in the Class C tournament in Topeka and nine in the new Class E tournament at Fort Riley.

The Class D tournament will be the first state meet for CLSC, which opened in 1997.

"These teams have been playing all over, so it will be nice to see how they react to the complex," he said.

Jim Westerhaus, Kansas ASA president, hopes the tournament will turn people in eastern Kansas on to slow-pitch. In past years, the Class D tournament has been at Fort Riley.

"It's a good opportunity for people to get out and see softball," Westerhaus said. "It's very entertaining and the guys at this level really give it their all."

The top three teams in each class will go to the ASA West Regional in September in Oklahoma.

A quarter of the teams in the Class D tourney play in Lawrence leagues during the summer. They are Team FX, Stuff, Misfits, Wolf Pack, Ray's Liquor, Louise's West, Miller Lite and Baldwin Lumber.

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