Local fans are encouraged to take in all six of the games on Friday night, which will also include Greiner’s Ottumwa Bulldog 14U team opening against the Osky Rebels at 7:30 p.m. on Field 4 as well second games for the Dynamite and Rampage later in the evening, as the opening night of the tournament is free admission.
“That’s a chance for the community to get out and see all the Ottumwa teams playing on one night as well,” Greiner said. “We try to give people that opportunity to see all of our local girls compete in their opening games.”
Starting on Saturday, admission to the tournament is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-14. With a total of 45 games scheduled to be played from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. over the five diamonds at Ottumwa Park, Greiner feels fans will certainly get plenty of bang for their buck.
“We’ll have a game going on every hour and a half throughout the day,” Greiner said. “It’s relatively cheap entertainment. We don’t take a hot dog break. It’ll pretty intense most of the day.”
Besides the four Ottumwa teams that will be competing in the three divisions, teams will be competing from as close locally as Fairfield, Centerville, Albia, Pekin, Bussey, Sigourney and Oskaloosa to as far away as Des Moines, Oxford, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Baxter, East Marshall and Davenport. The winner of the 10U title will earn the right to play in the USSSA Fastpitch World Series in Branson, Missouri on July 15 while the 12U and 14U winners earn berths to Tiffany Hills Park in Kansas City on July 10.
Both the Ottumwa 12U ‘Rampage’ and 14U ‘Bulldogs’ already have earned berths to world series play in Kansas City, while the 10U Dynamite and 12U Khoas will be looking to join in on the Bridge City fun on their home diamonds this weekend. All in all, according to Greiner, this weekend should do a lot to help continue helping provide young softball players in Ottumwa with the upkeep in their facilities.