Amateur baseball playoff preview, 14C, 16C
Six league champions will battle each other and eight other qualifying teams as the Region 14C and 16C tournaments get underway beginning Friday, August 3.
The Region 16C tournament fields six teams, including three league champions.
Lake and Pine North champs, the Midway Snurdbirds, have a first-round bye and await the winner of the Countryside champion Fergus Falls Hurricanes and Resorters West runners-up, the Osakis Hawks.
The champions of Resorters West, the Brandon-Evansville Bluedogs received a bye and will play the winner of Lake and Pine North runners-up, the Wolf Lake Wolfpack and the Countryside runners-up, Pelican Rapids Lakers.
All games will be played Saturday, August 4, at Krueger Field in Perham with the brand new Tuffy Stadium as a backstop.
Fergus Falls and Osakis kick off the day beginning at 11 a.m., with the games to follow at 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Three of the four Region 14C tournament first-round games will be played at neutral fields before moving to Russ Jacobson Field in New York Mills for the second round to the championship.
All first-round games will be played at 8 p.m.
The Lake and Pine South Champion Nimrod Gnats will face the Hi-10 No. 4-seed New York Mills Millers in Menahga.
The Bertha Blazers, champions of Hi-10 will play the Resorters East runners-up Milton Tigers in New York Mills.
The Hi-10 runners-up Detroit Lakes Angels will face the Lake and Pine South runners-up Staples Lumberbats in Perham.
The Perham Pirates, the Hi-10 No. 3-seed, will travel to Carlos to play the Cougars, champions of Resorters East in the only game not on a neutral field.
Second round and elimination bracket play will continue the following day, Sat., Aug. 4 with games at 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Full brackets will be posted in this issue of the Focus and linked online.
Focus Sports Editor Robert Williams will be on vacation the opening weekend of the playoffs but will return for the fourth, fifth and final roundfs.