Bragging rights on the line

Published 3:26 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

For the second year in a row, Greenville High School, Georgiana School and McKenzie will face off on the diamond for bragging rights.

The second annual Butler County Tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in McKenzie.

The baseball tournament will begin Friday when host McKenzie School takes on Greenville at 1:30 p.m.

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Greenville and Georgiana will then face off at 3:45 p.m.

Saturday McKenzie and Georgiana will square off at 10 a.m.

The team with the best record following the round robin will be crowned the tournament champion. In the event of a tie, the tiebreaker will be total runs scored.

Greenville won the inaugural event by defeating Georgiana twice and McKenzie once. Greenville outscored McKenzie and Georgiana 38-3 to claim the title.

McKenzie head baseball coach Tony Norris said he believes there’s added excitement for the players playing against their in-county rivals.

“I think the kids get excited about playing our in-county schools,” he said. “I look forward to a great two days of baseball, as well as softball. I hope everyone comes out and supports the schools in the tournament.”

The softball tournament will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday when Georgiana and Greenville face off.

McKenzie and Greenville will play at 5 p.m. and McKenzie and Georgiana will square off in the final game of the day at 6:30 p.m.

Following the round robin, the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds will face off Saturday at 10 a.m. and the championship game will begin at noon.

“This tournament is something we started last year, and it’s something the kids get excited about,” McKenzie head softball coach Ezell Powell said. “It’s something that brings our three communities together and gives the players a chance to play against other kids from our county. It’s a great atmosphere and I think that something that’s very positive for our community.”