Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: State makes right change on softball regional format
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
May 09, 2013 | 2892 views |  0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rylee Waldrep and her Oxford softball teammates will compete in the North Regional in Huntsville on Friday and Saturday.
Rylee Waldrep and her Oxford softball teammates will compete in the North Regional in Huntsville on Friday and Saturday.
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The Alabama High School Athletic Association is slow to change at times, but the organization has tweeked its softball regional format in a good way this year.

The top two teams advance to the state tournament. So, when you’ve identified those top two teams, why continue playing it out to determine a regional champion? The AHSAA has listened to that argument and made the appropriate change.

This weekend at softball regionals around the state, the winners’ bracket champion won’t have to play any more games. Neither will the losers’ bracket champion. They’ll move on, and that’s that. That’s the way it should be.

Those two teams won’t have to play a championship round, which can last into the early morning hours on the final day of the event, especially if rain has delayed the play at any point.

Sure, it’s nice to crown a regional champion, but there’s little to gain for anybody except the makers of those plaques. And how many times has the winners’ bracket champion, after it has clinched a state tournament berth, stopped using its best pitcher, reworked its lineup or failed to play its best?

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Read "In My Opinion" in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.
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