A first look at the district tournaments
Softball season is slowly coming to a close, as teams around the state prepare for the district tourneys. Let's take a look at the lake area softball teams and their upcoming matches.
Class 4, District 9
This may be one of the best Lady Laker softball teams to play here in years. The team is firing on all cylinders this season, and thanks to some great pitching, good hitting and solid defense, the Lady Lakers enter the post-season with a 13-12 record. The only problem is this: they may have one of the toughest districts in the state, as the district also includes powerhouses like Rock Bridge (20-3), Jefferson City (16-3) and Hickman (16-8).
Their 13-12 record garnered the Camdenton squad the sixth seed in the brackets, ranked behind the 4th seeded Helias Crusaders (7-17) and the new Battle school from Columbia (9-18).
Camdenton's first game of districts will be on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Sedalia Smith-Cotton, where the Lady Lakers will have to defeat the Hickman Kewpies to advance and play the winner of the Jefferson City-Smith-Cotton match on Thursday, Oct. 10 (7 p.m.) If the young Lady Laker squad can win those two match-ups, the odds say they would have to face the number one seeded Rock Bridge team in the district championship.
Class 3, District 10
With a 7-12 record this season, the Lady Indians enter this district matchup with a very similar record to their past season, where the team finished with a 7-11 record after losing in the second round of districts.
The Lady Indians' last regular season game finished the night before the district tournament, as they took on the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons. Less than 24 hours later, the Lady Indians play their third game in a row this week as they take on Versailles in the first round of the district tournament.
Versailles (5-13) also enters the district playoffs with almost the exact same record as in 2012, where they went in to the tournament with a 5-14 record and were knocked out by Eldon with a 12-2 loss.
The 4th-seeded Indians and the 5th-seeded Tigers have met just once this season, with Osage winning 8-4 on the road at Versailles. The two teams face off at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Southern Boone in Ashland. The winner of this match goes on to take on the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons, the softball powerhouse of the district, who clinched the number one seed with a 16-4 record.
Eldon enters the district tournament with a first-round bye, as they clinched the second seed in the district with a 10-11 record. The Lady Mustangs await the outcome of the Southern Boone-California match on Wednesday night to see their next opponent, which the odds say would be the 3rd-seeded Southern Boone Eagles (10-12).
The favorite to win the district title has to be the Lady Falcons, who have beaten all of the district opponents by a margin of 10 or more runs.
Class 1, District 5
The Macks Creek Lady Pirates have been on a tear this season, finishing the regular season with a 16-6 record to clinch the second seed in the district. This team has come a long way from 2012, in which the Lady Pirates finished with an 8-12 record after losing in the second round to Montrose in a 19-0 loss.
Montrose is currently the number one seed in the district, boasting a 13-6 record. They will take on Hermitage (3-19) in the first round of the four-team tournament, while Macks Creek will face Leeton (9-8). Playing the odds here, and chances are that Macks Creek will have a shot at payback for last season's loss, this time in the district championship.
Macks Creek's first game takes place at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, and the championship game takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. The tournament is hosted at Hermitage.