CHAFFEE -- The 2002 Red Devils Baseball and Softball Classic tournaments will take place Friday and Saturday at Chaffee fields.
In baseball, the championship appears to be up for grabs. Dexter, Oran, Scott City, NMCC and the host school all have a shot at going the distance.
"It's been an outstanding tournament for us," said Chaffee coach Brian Horrell. "All the people that come really like it. It gives you a chance to get three games in. Everybody is guaranteed three games and it's set up real nice, we usually stay on schedule pretty well. Top to bottom, the thing is wide open every year. It's just a great tournament and a great atmosphere. We try to put on a good tournament and so far we've had a lot of compliments. A lot of people put in a lot of time in the community to make it work and they really support it."
On Friday, Dexter will face Shawnee, Ill., at 3:30 p.m., followed by Scott City versus NMCC at 4:15 p.m. Chaffee will square off with Perryville at 5:45 p.m., followed by a game between Senath-Hornersville and Oran at 8 p.m.
In softball, the traditionally strong tournament made a huge upgrade this year by adding area powerhouse Kelly to the lineup.
Oran was forced to drop out, and the Lady Hawks were a last-second replacement.
"We're glad that Chaffee invited us," said Kelly coach Rhonda Evans. "We have tried to get in it in the past, but it was always full. Hopefully we'll see some different teams. We haven't played Advance, Chaffee, New Madrid, Delta or East Prairie."
Kelly will face East Prairie on Friday at 4 p.m., while Advance plays Scott City at the same time. At 6 p.m., Delta will play NMCC and Chaffee will face Dexter.
"I think it's going to be an outstanding tournament," said Chaffee coach Mark Devenport. "I would have to say Kelly is the favorite with the records they've had in the spring. But Scott City has been playing extremely well, New Madrid is very solid, Delta is solid, and we can definitely get in there and compete as well. I look for two good days of softball."