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Why not a baseball and softball tourney?

Posted Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 4:43 PM

If you can say anything for high school basketball, you can say they sure do have a lot of tournaments.

Thanks to the website maintained by John Harrell, I was able to find out there are 92 girls and 91 boys in-season tournaments involving Indiana high school teams. That's a total that includes eight out of state boys and nine out of state girls tournaments.

There are also five single-day shootouts for the boys.

All of those numbers include the Greene County and Wabash Valley Tournaments for the boys and the Toby Yoho, Vincennes Rivet and Red Hill (Ill.) tourney's for some of the girl's teams in the area.

You might wonder where all of this is leading, well let me tell you brothers and sisters, let me tell you.

Being the dyed in the wool, hardcore baseball and softball junkie that I am, I would certainly like to see a Greene County Softball and Greene County Baseball Championship Tournament conducted each year.

Before you wag your fingers in the air and dismiss my desire as nothing more than a whimsical desire by a sports writer with nothing better to do than ask silly questions, think about it.

Is baseball not the national sport of this country? Is softball not one of the most popular sports in this country when it comes to girls participating on a weekly basis?

Those two points alone merit at least some serious consideration.

Every week during the summer -- and in some metro areas where indoor facilities exist during the winter -- there is a softball tournament for travel teams.

Batting cages for both sports are open year-round in available facilities and there's always some form of tutoring in both sports.

Besides the aforementioned Greene County basketball tourney, there is also a Greene County cross country and track meet.

So why can't we give the baseball and softball teams of the county an opportunity to crown a champion.

In fairness, one criticism -- one pointed out by my fellow baseball junkie Eastern Greene baseball coach and athletic director Trevor McConnell -- coaches don't want to play anymore games than are on their schedules now.

In my opinion isn't the idea to play games?

Baseball teams are allowed to play 28 games each season before the sectional. Most don't get to play that many games whether because of scheduling or other reasons.

Trevor feels much the same as I do about the subject -- don't you have the sport to play the sport?

There could be other reasons why such a tournament doesn't exist and I know it's a big one -- money.

Even at the high school level money motivates programs. It keeps the equipment coming in on at least a semi-yearly basis and it keeps the sports programs going.

But have we become so focused on the money that we lose sight of the real objective of sports -- to give our student-athletes the opportunity to participate.

I don't know of any kid who plays a sport that doesn't want the opportunity to play, and I know even fewer who don't want the opportunity and challenge to become a champion.

Whether it be at the conference, county, state or other level, they all want to be a champion. And why should the baseball and softball players be denied the chance to be crowned county champion.

Another point that a lot of baseball coaches bring up the fact they don't want to play an opponent more times than necessary, i.e. play the same team three times in a season.

Here's my answer to that argument. At every level except for high school baseball and softball teams play on multiple occasions.

In college, both baseball and softball teams play a weekend series against other conference teams and at the Major League and Minor League levels they play multiple series against the same opponents.

Even in travel ball teams will likely end up meeting more than one or two times a year and in local league play they certainly play more than once.

So I believe you can throw that argument into the can and destroy it.

While right now I don't have a logistical plan ready to present as far as how many days it might take, I do believe there are few reasons why it shouldn't be done other than what I consider to be just short of lame.

The facilities are readily available in Greene County and I know that Eastern Greene's athletic director is more than willing to be a host for at least part of the scenario.

So now it is up to you the closet baseball and softball fans. Now is the time for you to tell your coaches and athletic directors that you would like to see a Greene County Tournament in both of those sports.

I've started it, now the rest is up to you.

Rick is a sports writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487 or by E-mail at rcurl@gcdailyworld.com.

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I am in favor of a county-wide baseball tournament or even a conference tournament. If I was the coach, then I would use the extra games to scout the competition and to enjoy some summer baseball and increased experience for the players.

I don't think the money would be an issue if ticket and concession sales could be maintained.

Personally, I would like to see more ribeye sandwiches at the games!!!

Go meat!!!

-- Posted by cow rancher on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 5:02 PM

Why not just live-stream the games, and then the coaches dont have to use their time to scout. They can just tape, and watch later.

-- Posted by Mr. Robato on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 7:52 AM

Baseball may be the national past time, but I think a large majority would agree that football is truly America's sport.

-- Posted by EggMan on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 1:51 PM

Get 'em Rick!!!

-- Posted by baseballman on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 2:38 PM

the summer softball recreational teams from linton, lyons, worthington, and bloomfield compete in a league and host a tourney for 8u, 10u, 12u, 14u already. some girls will be playing against each other for a long time as they move into high school this way.

-- Posted by minerpride on Thu, Dec 16, 2010, at 11:11 AM

I would love to see a county wide tournament, and I am sure that 99% of the high school girls that play would love to have one as well. I know the girls from Bloomfield that play HS ball live for it!!!

-- Posted by lifesaver on Fri, Dec 17, 2010, at 6:47 PM

I always thought we should have girls Greene county tourney just as the boys do. It's not always about the boys.

-- Posted by Matt Hockman on Fri, Dec 17, 2010, at 11:47 PM

My question is when could this tournament be played? Both the baseball and softball seasons are squeezed into a 7 week time frame, I know many teams both softball and baseball play 5, 6 and even 7 games in a week, it would take years for AD's to revamp schedule's for this to happen. Then every county school will not want in them anyway, example the current so called Greene Co. Tourney. If school's are currently playing 4A schools to prepare themselves for the state tournament they are not going to be willing to drop those school's to play in a GCT. I'm not against the idea but I don't think all school's are going to be for it. PS I would think it would be a good thing for girls basketball.

-- Posted by geewowwe on Sun, Dec 19, 2010, at 8:50 AM

Sounds like the perfect opportunity for the voice of Greene County to "Step up to the plate" so to speak.

And so begins the "Greene County Daily World Shootout, or Rumble or even just Tournament"

Ideas are easy...What you do with them makes the difference!

-- Posted by Indymac4 on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 9:59 PM

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