The field for this year’s Softball Classic has been revealed, with area powers Holt and Eaton Rapids earning the top two seeds when pool play kicks off Saturday.
While pool play starts the tournament, Holt got the nod for the top seed with an 18-4 record as of Saturday. The Rams will play Bath and Mason in Pool A beginning at 9 a.m. at the East Lansing Softball Complex.
“It’s an honor to be involved in it,” Holt coach Kim Reichard said. “With the restructuring, I think they did a really nice job doing that. We’ve had some goals this year with the Classic that we want to take care of.”
The 12 teams have been split into four pools of three teams as the event readies for its 34th year. Every team will play two pool games and then the champions of each pool will advance to the semifinals at Ranney Park on May 20. The championship game will follow on May 21.
The Rams originally were supposed to open their season with a nonleague doubleheader against the three-time champion Greyhounds, but it was postponed due to weather. The make-up date for last week was also scratched.
“We definitely wanted to play each other,” Reichard said. “It just didn’t work out. I would have been interested in those results. That’s a huge target when you have it three years in a row, and somebody wants to take that away from them.”
The Greyhounds have won four of the last five Classics and are one of two unbeaten teams picked. Eaton Rapids will have St. Johns and Pewamo-Westphalia in their pool. Dansville (9-0) is seeded fifth.
“We would look forward to playing a giant school like that in the championship, but there’s no guarantee that either one of us are going to get to the championship,” Eaton Rapids coach Scott Warriner said.
“We’ve got some tough competition along the way. We’re just going to take on whoever’s there.”
Lakewood (16-6) earned the third seed and will play Fowler and Haslett. Their 16 wins as of Saturday tied Okemos for second-most in the field behind Holt.
There is a $5 daily admission for adults. Students, coaches and spectators under 17 will be admitted for free.