Minor girls’ softball tourney postponed

ESCANABA – A steady stream of rain Sunday washed out yet another day of the Minor girls (age 9-10) state softball tournament at Escanaba’s Lemerand Park and, as a result, changed the course of the event.

All 16 teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday to wrap up pool play. That didn’t happen, as constant rain all day put a damper on things.

Pool play is now being scrapped in favor of a single-elimination tournament that was to begin today.

All 16 teams will be seeded according to the one pool play game played on Saturday. Seeding was done according to runs given up.

The round of 16 will be played today, with quarterfinals on Tuesday, semifinals on Wednesday and the state title game on Thursday.

On Saturday, Negaunee lost to Cheboygan, 7-4.

Saturday’s scores:

Hillman 6, Essexville-Hampton 3; St. Clair 15, Clare 4;

Cheboygan 7, Negaunee 4; Westwood 4, Tecumseh Area 2; Grandville 28, Lac St. Claire 1; Kingsford 21, Centreville 3; Escanaba 11, Taylor Area 9; and Jackson Northwest 13, Reed City 0.

Today’s schedule:

West Field

No. 1 Jackson Northwest vs. No. 16 Lac St. Claire, 10 a.m.; No. 7 St. Clair vs. No. 10 Essexville-Hampton, noon; No. 6 Kingsford vs. No. 11 Negaunee, 2 p.m.; No. 4 Hillman vs. No. 13 Reed City, 4 p.m.

Center Field

No. 2 Grandville vs. No. 15 Centreville, 10 a.m.; No. 8 Escanaba vs. No. 9 Tecumseh, noon; No. 5 Cheboygan vs. No. 12 Taylor, 2; No. 3 Westwood vs. No. 14 Clare, 4.