FOREST - The weather forecast for the start of the ODAC softball tournament in Salem has prompted a change to the game schedule for the weekend. Local and regional weather services are tracking rain in Salem beginning Thursday evening and continuing through the afternoon hours on Friday. The rain is expected to let up to allow games to be played that evening.
The format for the tournament will alter with each day affected and a possible extension into Monday for the "if necessary" contest in the tournament's double-elimination format.
Four of the eight games originally scheduled for Friday will maintain on that day, with other four pushed back to Saturday. Weather on Saturday and Sunday should allow for three sets of two-field rounds on Saturday, plus two additional one-field match-ups. Sunday will feature an additional game normally played on Saturday.
The first championship game will be the second outing to feature on Sunday. Should the "if necessary" championship game be needed, that will push to Monday morning.
2019 ODAC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
James I. Moyer Sports Complex - Salem
Friday, April 26
Game 1: #1 Virginia Wesleyan vs. #8 Shenandoah - Field 1 - 6:00 p.m.
Game 2: #4 Randolph-Macon vs. #5 Bridgewater - Field 3 - 6:00 p.m.
Game 3: #2 Emory & Henry vs. #7 Ferrum - Field 1 - 8:00 p.m.
Game 4: #3 Lynchburg vs. #6 Guilford - Field 3 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27
Game 5: Loser G1 vs. Loser G2 - Field 1 - 11:30 a.m.
Game 6: Loser G3 vs. Loser G4 - Field 3 - 11:30 a.m.
Game 7: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2 - Field 1 - 1:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner G3 vs. Winner G4 - Field 3 - 1:30 p.m.
Game 9: Winner G5 vs. Loser G8 - Field 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Game 10: Winner G6 vs. Loser G7 - Field 3 - 3:30 p.m.
Game 11: Winner G7 vs. Winner G8 - Field 1 - 5:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner G9 vs. Winner G10 - Field 1 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 28
Game 13: Winner G12 vs. Loser G11 - Field 1 - 1:00 p.m.
Game 14: Winner G11 vs. Winner G13 - Field 1 - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 29
"if necessary" Championship
Game 15: Rematch of Game 14 - Field 1 - 10:00 a.m.
Games 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 played on Field 3. All other games on Field 1.