Other fields scheduled for competition include: Cumberland University’s Stockton Field, Friendship Christian School, Mt Juliet Middle School and Wilson Central High School. All fields with the exception of Cumberland are equipped with lights.
The elimination phase of the tournament should start Wednesday, July 21 with the championship game on tap for Friday, July 23.
Teams are assured of at least six pool games with the top team from each pool advancing to the championship bracket.
The Wilson County Bulldogs and the Lebanon Diamond Devils are the only local entries. The Bulldogs, coached by Kevin Gaines, finished second in the USSSA state tournament last month in Knoxville and features rising freshmen at local schools. The Diamond Devils are coached by Lebanon High head baseball coach Tracy Slone and will include rising freshmen at LHS.
Other Middle Tennessee teams include: the Smyrna Shoetiques, Nashville’s Hit After Hit Knights, the Tennessee Dores Black out of Nashville, the Smyrna-based TN Blueticks along with both the Nitro teams (Red & Blue) out of Spring Hill.
The 2010 tournament will again have an international flavor as a team from Nuevo Leon, Mexico is entered. No less than seven teams from Illinois are participating as well as squads from such far-flung locales as Edmonds, WA; Brooklyn, NY; Hamden, CT; and Peabody, MA.
“We are expecting 1200 - 1300 people in town for the tournament,” Davenport said. “Almost all the host hotels in Lebanon are sold out for the week and many teams are staying in Mt. Juliet.”
Here’s a tentative schedule of events:
Friday, July 16 Check-in. / Coaches Meeting / Opening Ceremony / Banquet at the Jimmy Floyd Center.Saturday, July 17 Tuesday, July 20 Pool Play beginsWednesday, July 21 Friday, July 23 Championship Bracket PlaySaturday, July 24 If Necessary.Day Passes will be $7 and will be available at all venues. There will also be a tournament pass available for $30. Children 10 and under will be admitted free.