LANSING – After years under the umbrella of the Lansing Advisory Board, the Softball Classic has changed hands.
The annual mid-season high school fastpitch tournament, which features Lansing and Greater Lansing-area teams, is now under the official sponsorship of the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame. The event will now be called the Hall of Fame Classic.
To go along with the name change, the tournament will see modifications in its formatting. There will now be eight teams in the field instead of 12, and it will be single elimination as opposed to pool play. The tournament will run for three days, starting on May 14, with four games being played on the opening day. The semifinals will be played on May 16 and the championship game on the following day.
“I think the main point to consider here is that this 36-year-old tournament needs a facelift, and I’m willing to give it a shot,” Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame chairman Bob Every said in a press release. “I am not trying to reinvent the wheel. All I am doing is putting a little air in the tires.
“The size of the school and the difficulty of schedules will be considered long with other considerations,” Every said. “We will not discriminated against smaller schools and, quite frankly, I love the scenario of a David versus Goliath matchup. By considering all schools, regardless of size, you keep this possibility open.”
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