Eight games (five of those girls) were played across the city of Bethany on Wednesday night, as the HDC Conference Tournament opened for 2013.
The girl's tournament involves NINE teams and the boy's tournament just seven teams. This meant a first-round game was necessary for the girl's tournament. This game matched up rivals Tri-County and Gilman City, with the Ladyhawks emerging victorious by a final score of 14-9. The win moved Gilman City into the quarterfinals against #1 seed North Harrison, and the #8 seed was competitive, but eventually fell, 16-9.
In the other girl's quarterfinals, scores were #5 seed Winston over #4 seed East Harrison 9-6, #2 seed Pattonsburg over #7 seed Newtown-Harris 11-1, and #3 seed Mercer over #6 seed Grundy County 9-4.
The girl's tournament continues on Saturday, with the consolation semifinals at 10:30, with Gilman City playing East Harrison at Memorial Park and Newtown-Harris battling Grundy R-V at Linch Field. The winners advance to the girl's fifth place game, at 12:30 at Babe Adams Field.
In the girl's semifinals, North Harrison plays Winston at 12:30 at Memorial Park, with Pattonsburg dueling with Mercer at 12:30, at Linch Field. The winners meet for the championship at 3:45 Saturday afternoon at Memorial, with the losers playing for third place, at 3:45, at Linch.
Three boy's quarterfinals were played on Wednesday night, with the #1 seeded North Harrison Shamrocks earning a first-round bye. In Saturday's 2:00 semifinal at Memorial Park, North Harrison will play the #4 seed Mercer, after the Cardinals rallied to edge Newtown-Harris on Wednesday night by a score of 9-8.
The bottom of the boy's bracket featured two blowouts on Wednesday night, bringing a rematch on Saturday. #2 seed Grundy R-V blasted Tri-County 20-1, with #3 seed Winston doing the same to East Harrison, 16-1. Last week, Grundy R-V, on the road, blew a big seventh-inning lead and eventually lost at Winston in extra innings. The rematch between the Panthers and Cardinals is set for 2:00 on Saturday afternoon at Linch Field.
Newtown-Harris is in the boy's fifth place game, set for 2:00 Saturday at Babe Adams Field. In a consolation semifinal at Babe Adams on Saturday morning at 10:30, Tri-County plays East Harrison, with the winner advancing to play the Tigers.
The boy's third place game is Saturday night at 5:30 at Linch Field, with the championship game going at 5:30 at Memorial Park.