Weather looking good with McClendon Classic set to start Saturday
by Andy Collier
Jun 13, 2014 | 1348 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 14th annual Brett McClendon Memorial Classic Tournament will take place at Bear Pen Park beginning Saturday and ending on Sunday.

A total of 29 teams will be spread out over six different divisions — T-Ball, coach pitch, two and 10 and under baseball divisions, a 12 and under baseball division and a 14 and under baseball division. Cleveland resident and Hinds Community College infielder Marshall Boggs, who was the NJCAA Division II World Series hitter of the tournament, will throw out the first pitch Saturday.

The weather has been something that everyone has had to keep a close eye on as heavy rains have forced games to get postponed and tournaments to be cancelled.

The weather forecast for the weekend, however, looks favorable as there is only a 10 percent chance of rain on Saturday and on Sunday according to www.weather.com. Saturday is expected to be sunny, while Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy with the temperatures predicted to get in the 85-90 degree range.

Jim Salley, who along with Marty Bray are directors of the tournament, said the event is still on schedule, despite the recent weather.

“It’s just going to leave a lot of work to do at the last minute for Stephen (Glorioso) and the guys at the park commission,” Salley said Thursday. “As long as the weather can hold out, it looks like we’re going to be in pretty good shape and they’re going to be able to get everything done.”

One thing about this year’s tournament is more travel teams that compete in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) will be playing in the tournament.

“That’s kind of where everything is headed,” Salley said. “We actually tried to get it to where it’s a sanction qualifier for USSSA, but we just waited a little late in the game and we’ve already got that in the works for next year. It just seems like USSSA is getting more teams. This is the first year with nines and tens playing in it that Dixie Youth has not had a division. There’s more and more teams playing USSSA.

“A lot of the problem with Dixie Youth this year was probably effected by the weather. Some of the towns weren’t getting through with their leagues in time to pick all-stars and all of that stuff.”

The proceeds from the tournament will go to upgrading facilities at the parks in town. In recent years, proceeds from the event have gone to upgrade the dugouts at Bear Pen Park as well provide pitching machines for the girls softball leagues.

“We don’t know what’s next on the agenda, but whatever they need whether it’s Bear Pen Park or Amzie Moore Park, we’re putting the proceeds back in the city,” Salley said.

Brett McClendon Memorial Classic

(June 14 and 15, Bear Pen Park)

Coach Pitch

June 14

Game 1: Clarksdale 8s vs. Land Sharks, 10 a.m.

Game 2: Indianola 8s vs. Reds, 10 a.m.

Game 3: Greenville 8s vs. Clarksdale 7s, 12 p.m.

Game 4: Greenville 7s vs. Land Sharks, 12 p.m.

Game 5: Clarksdale 8s vs. Greenville 8s, 2 p.m.

Game 6: Greenville 7s vs. Indianola 8s, 2 p.m.

Game 7: Clarksdale 7s vs. Reds, 4 p.m.

Game 8: No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed, 6 p.m.

7-year-old Championship

Game 9: Clarksdale 7s vs. Greenville 7s, 6 p.m.

June 15

Game 10: No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 1 p.m.

Game 11: No. 1 seed vs. Winner Game 8, 1 p.m.

Game 12: Championship game, 3 p.m.

T-Ball

June 14

Game 1: Crop Production vs. T&L Freight, 8 a.m.

Game 2: Delta Pine vs. Thompson Paint, 8 a.m.

Game 3: T&L Freight vs. Clarksdale, 9:30 a.m.

Game 4: Delta Pine vs. Crop Production, 11 a.m.

Game 5: Clarksdale vs. Thompson Paint, 12:30 p.m.

Game 6: No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed, 2 p.m.

Game 7: No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 3:30 p.m.

Game 8: No. 1 seed vs. Game 6 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 6:30 p.m.

10 and Under Sank Powe Division

June 14

Game 1: Bucks vs. Tigers, 11 a.m.

Game 2: Bombers vs. Gators, 1 p.m.

Game 3: Gators vs. Tigers, 3 p.m.

Game 4: Bucks vs. Bombers, 5 p.m.

June 15

Game 5: No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 12 p.m.

Game 6: No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 2 p.m.

Game 7: Championship, 4 p.m.

10 and Under Boo Ferriss Division

June 14

Game 1: Titans vs. Red Sox, 10 a.m.

Game 2: Bandits vs. Hitmen, 12 p.m.

Game 3: Bandits vs. Red Sox, 2 p.m.

Game 4: Titans vs. Hitmen, 4 p.m.

June 15

Game 5: No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 12 p.m.

Game 6: No. 2 seed vs. No.3 seed, 2 p.m.

Game 7: Championship, 4 p.m.

12 and Under Division

June 14

Game 1: Devils vs. Titans, 9 a.m.

Game 2: Reds vs. Clarksdale, 9 a.m.

Game 3: South Delta vs. Washington Co., 11 a.m.

Game 4: Devils vs. Clarksdale, 11:30 a.m.

Game 5: Reds vs. Washington Co. 1:30 p.m.

Game 6: Titans vs. South Delta, 1:30 p.m.

Game 7: Devils vs. Washington Co., 4 p.m.

Game 8: Titans vs. Clarksdale, 4 p.m.

Game 9: Reds vs. South Delta, 6 p.m.

June 15

Game 10: No. 2 seed vs. No. 5 seed, 12 p.m.

Game 11: No. 3 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 12 p.m.

Game 12: No. 1 seed vs. No. 6 seed, 2 p.m.

Game 13: Winner 10 vs. Winner 11, 2:30 p.m.

Game 14: Championship, 5 p.m.

14 and Under Division

June 14

Game 1: Bayou vs. Clarksdale, 10 a.m.

Game 2: Bayou vs. Washington Co., 12:30 p.m.

Game 3: Clarksdale vs. Washington Co., 2:45 p.m.

Game 4: No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 5 p.m.

Championship

Game 5: No. 1 seed vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.