After a regular season that lasted almost two months, local adult softball league players finally get to start cracking on the games that matter most.
The City of Baytown Parks and Recreation Spring II Softball Tuesday Recreational league will hold its playoff tournament Tuesday at the Wayne Gray Sports Complex.
The first round is set to start at 6:30 p.m. on four fields while the quarterfinals will follow at 7:30, the semifinals are scheduled for 8:30 and the championship game is set for 9:30.
Budussy is the No, 1 seed having finished 8-2 while the next three seeds in descending order are Those Guys (7-3), Ol’ Dirty Blazers (7-3) and Blue Ballers (7-3). All four teams earned first-round byes into the quarterfinal round.
By virtue of only having 10 teams, the fifth-placed Saved by the Balls (6-4) and sixth-place BatStreakBoys (6-4) will have first-round automatic byes and play Blue Ballers and Ol ‘Dirty Blazers respectively.
First round games will showcase No. 7 Not Even Worth It (4-6) against No. 10 Cedar Bayou Hitmen (1-9) and No. 8 Tune Squad (4-6) battling No. 9 Yankmees (4-6).
The 7-10 winner will take on Those Guys and the 8-9 winner would go against the top seeded Budussy squad in the quarterfinals.
“Each of our leagues that we run culminate with the playoffs every season where the teams compete for their chance to claim championship T-shirts for that league,” Caleb Franklin, the Parks and Recreation’s athletic manager, said. “The playoffs are definitely a different, more competitive atmosphere than a typical league night.”
With the weather becoming more unpredictable, Franklin says the league has contingency plans in place in the face of inclement weather.
“If it rains, we push the playoff back a week, which we actually had to do because it was originally scheduled for June 25, but we were rained out and have moved it to July 2,” Franklin said. “Rainouts in southeast Texas are unfortunately a common occurrence.”
The week of July 8 the Parks and Recreation will begin its summer softball season with Tuesday recreational play, Wednesday’s competitive league and Thursday co-ed competition.