AIT opens Monday

  • Friday, April 11, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Fort Dorchester pitcher Gabby Lawrence will have plenty of opportunities to work on her game during the Azalea Invitational Tournament next week.

The Green Wave softball team will host its annual Azalea Invitational Tournament at Gahagan Park April 14-15.

This year the high school fastpitch softball tournament will feature 13 teams from across the state of South Carolina plus three teams from out of state. Representing Tennessee during the tournament will be Unicoi High, which has participated in several AITs over the years, and newcomer Science Hill. Canon McMillian out of Pennsylvania is also participating in its first AIT.

Other participants include Summerville, Stratford, Wade Hampton, South Florence, Fort Dorchester, Chapin, York, Cane Bay, Berkeley, Clover, Beaufort, Fort Mill and Spring Valley.

The tournament will feature a pair of Top 10 teams from Class AAAA and a team ranked in Class AAA. Summerville is the top-ranked team in the state coaches’ 4-A poll while South Florence is ranked eighth. Summerville is a two-time winner of the tournament and South Florence also has an AIT championship under its belt. Chapin, which won the AIT Bronze Division last year, enters this year’s tournament as the No. 4 team in the coaches’ 3-A poll.

Each team will play three pool games April 14 and then be assigned to one of four brackets based on their performances on opening day.

Summerville opens the tournament Monday at 10 a.m. against Science Hill. The Green Wave will then face Fort Mill at 11:30 a.m. and Spring Valley at 3 p.m.

Fort Dorchester opens with a game against Canon McMillian at 10 a.m. Monday. The Patriots will play York at 1 p.m. and Chapin at 4:30 p.m.

Cane Bay opens against Berkeley at 10 a.m. Monday and plays Clover at 11:30 a.m. and Beaufort at 3 p.m.

Bracket play is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday and bracket championship games are slated to begin at 1 p.m.

Tournament Passes will be $5 per day.

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