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Softball: Erie Festival of Champions tourney begins Friday

Short of the state tournament, the Erie Festival of Champions has gained a reputation for showcasing some of the best prep softball Colorado has to offer.

And the 11th version of the tourney figures to be as good as any yet.

The tournament runs Friday and Saturday at The Ballpark at Erie complex and Erie High School. Games run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

What started with 10 teams has grown to 24. And it’s a who’s who of many of the state’s elite squads: Legacy, Wheat Ridge, Arvada West, Chatfield, Silver Creek, Frederick and of course Erie, to name a few. A trio of top Oklahoma teams only bolster the lineup. Broomfield rounds out the five local squads involved.

Each team plays four or five games. There are no set pools, and there’s no bracket play, giving the tournament a showcase feel, yet one where a “mythical” champion of sorts is crowned at the end based on the teams with the top records for the weekend.

“I think people like it because even when they’re not playing they can walk around and see really good softball,” Erie coach Bob Bledsoe said.

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