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Annual ASC First Pitch Softball Tournament on Tap

March 2, 2012
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Farmers Branch, Texas ?? The American Southwest Conference?s annual First Pitch Softball Tournament is slated for Friday-Saturday (March 2-3) at Oran Good Park. All of the league?s 15 softball teams will be in action as well as special guest Southwestern, playing two cross-divisional games each day. Action gets underway at 10 a.m. both days.

The games do not count toward conference records, only overall and in-region, but bragging rights are at stake. Last season, the East Division defeated the West 23-5. Southwestern will serve as a West Division team.

Three ASC teams enter the tournament nationally ranked in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Top 25 Poll, released Feb. 29. Texas-Tyler is ranked No. 2, Louisiana College is No. 21 and East Texas Baptist is tied for No. 23.
All ASC preseason players of the year will be in action: junior third baseman Joey Cronin of Texas-Tyler; sophomore first baseman Brooke Smitherman and senior right-handed pitcher Kim Mason of Mississippi College; senior catcher Taylor Namey of Hardin-Simmons; and sophomore left-hander Teyler Schiefelbein of Concordia Texas.

Louisiana College has won a record 31 consecutive games at the ASC First Pitch Softball Tournament, with its last loss coming in the 2004 season to Texas Lutheran. Texas-Tyler has won 21 straight at the event, while Mississippi College has prevailed in 23 of its last 25 contests – including eight in a row.

NOTES: Admission each day is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, school age children (K-12) and students at ASC member schools (with valid 2011-12 ID). No complimentary pass lists are accepted. . . . Official tournament black, long-sleeve T-shirts are available for $15 each. Conference merchandise will also be for sale, including caps ($15), beanies ($10) and ear warmers ($10). Only cash will be accepted. Schedule/Roster sheets are free . . . This is the ninth consecutive year that the ASC First Pitch Softball Tournament has been held in Farmers Branch, TX. . . . No pets are allowed inside Oran Good Park. . . . The address of the event is: 13300 Dennis Lane; Farmers Branch, TX. . . . Each day’s results, a photo gallery and post-tournament video interviews will be available on the conference’s website (, Facebook Page, and Twitter Feed (@ASC_sports). To talk about and find scores during the tournament on Twitter: #firstpitch

“East vs. West”
March 2-3 / Oran Good Park / Farmers Branch, TX
(Game DO NOT count toward division record)
[F4] = Field 4 / [F5] = Field 5 / [F3] = Field 3 / [F6] = Field 6

Friday, March 2
West Division (second team listed) is home team and will be in first base dugout.
10:00 AM
LeTourneau vs. Concordia Texas, [F4]
No. 23 East Texas Baptist vs. Hardin-Simmons, [F5]
Texas-Dallas vs. Sul Ross State, [F3]
Mississippi College vs. Texas Lutheran, [F6]
12:30 P.M.
No. 21 Louisiana College vs. Schreiner, [F4]
Centenary vs. Howard Payne, [F5]
Ozarks vs. Southwestern, [F3]
No. 2 Texas-Tyler vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor, [F6]
3:00 P.M.
Mississippi College vs. Sul Ross State, [F4]
LeTourneau vs. Texas Lutheran, [F5]
No. 23 East Texas Baptist vs. Concordia Texas, [F3]
Ozarks vs. Hardin-Simmons, [F6]
5:30 P.M.
No. 2 Texas-Tyler vs. Southwestern, [F4]
No. 21 Louisiana College vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor, [F5]
Centenary vs. Schreiner, [F3]
Texas-Dallas vs. Howard Payne, [F6]

Saturday, March 3
East Division (second team listed) is home team and will be in first base dugout.
10:00 AM
Hardin-Simmons vs. No. 2 Texas-Tyler, [F4]
Sul Ross State vs. LeTourneau, [F5]
Texas Lutheran vs. No. 23 East Texas Baptist, [F3]
Concordia Texas vs. Ozarks, [F6]
12:30 P.M.
Howard Payne vs. Mississippi College, [F4]
Southwestern vs. No. 21 Louisiana College, [F5]
Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Centenary, [F3]
Schreiner vs. Texas-Dallas, [F6]
3:00 P.M.
Texas Lutheran vs. Ozarks, [F4]
Concordia Texas vs. No. 2 Texas-Tyler, [F5]
Hardin-Simmons vs. No. 21 Louisiana College, [F3]
Sul Ross State vs. No. 23 East Texas Baptist, [F6]
5:30 P.M.
Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Texas-Dallas, [F4]
Schreiner vs. Mississippi College, [F5]
Howard Payne vs. LeTourneau, [F3]
Southwestern vs. Centenary, [F6]