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Below you will find the schedule for the first day, double elimination bracket for the second day, and a quick overview of highlighted rules.
 
Each year, the format and structure is determined by the number of teams and availability of fields on the second day.  We have 20 teams entered into this years tournament. I have been able to make some arrangements on the second day that will minimize complaints that often arise.  Here is a quick “overview” of the format:
 
Play begins on Day 1 at 0900.  Each team will play 3 “pool” games and we will be done by 1600. Your team will play all 3 games on the same field so, if you want to set up tents, food, etc. you will be in the same area.  We will take a short break around 1200.  I have been told that Governor Hogan,again, is planning on making an appearance and we will work our break around his arrival
 
Day 2 play will begin at 0800.  Each team will return and be guaranteed two games with all teams being in the same double elimination tournament.  The earliest that a team would be knocked out of the tournament will be 1200.  Example: if you lose at 0800, you do not play until 1100. In the past, we have had to start the double elimination portion on the first day.  With those that sustained a loss, teams did not like coming back on day 2 for the possibility of just one game.  So, over the two days, each team will get a minimum of 5 games.
 
The top four seeds in the double elimination will come from bracket one.  This is based loosely off of last years results.  The bracket winners from 2 through 5 will be a blind draw for the 5 though 8 seed.  Second place in bracket 9 – 12, etc. 
 
The championship game is scheduled for 1900 hours with the “IF” game at 2000, hence, we could be there until after 2100 hours
 
Let the complaints begin…..take a number and I will get to you shortly…….which means never……
 
First look at long range weather has sunny with highs around 87…….. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!!!  
 
 
Lieutenant Brian K. Smith #2918
Commander -Criminal Enforcement Division – Western Region
18345 Colonel H.K. Douglas Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
 
Work Phone: 301-766-3848
Cell Phone:  301-667-0600
Fax: 301-766-3860
brian.smith@maryland.gov
 
 
42nd Annual MSP Softball Tournament – 2017 – Day 1    
        
Bracket 1
 
1. Westminster “.50 cent G Unit”
2. Cumberland / McHenry “Mountain Red Necks”
3. C.E.D. North – “21 Jump Street”
4.  C.E.D. South “McGruff”
 
All on Field #3
0900 – 1 v 2
1000- 3 v 4
1100 – 1 v 4
1230 – 2 v 3
1330 – 1 v 3
1430 – 2 v 4
 
Bracket 2
 
1. Dirty South “B”
2.  Aviation / S.O.D. “Fly Boys & Fido”
3. Tri-County “Beach Boys”
4.  North East “F Rats”
 
All on Field #4 
0900 – 1 v 2
1000- 3 v 4
1100 – 1 v 4
1230 – 2 v 3
1330 – 1 v 3
1430 – 2 v 4
 
Bracket 3
 
1. Hagerstown /Frederick “B&O Railroad”
2. Retirees “Old Farts”
3. “Highway to….JFK”
4.   Executive Protection “Hogan’s Heroes”
 
All on Field #2
0900 – 1 v 2
1000- 3 v 4
1100 – 1 v 4
1230 – 2 v 3
1330 – 1 v 3
1430 – 2 v 4
 
Bracket 4
 
1. CVED “Full Grown Bear”
2. “Kiss My…” Golden Ring 
3.  Centerville “S..uperman”
4. “Fresh Prince of”…Bel Air
 
All on Field #1
0900 – 1 v 2
1000- 3 v 4
1100 – 1 v 4
1230 – 2 v 3
1330 – 1 v 3
1430 – 2 v 4
 
Bracket 5
 
1.  Glen Burnie / Annapolis “P (b) & J”
2. Rockville “Can you smell what THE ROCK is ..”
3. Easton “We Don’t Sell Bats”
4.  Dirty South “A”
 
All on Field #5 
0900 – 1 v 2 
1000 – 3 v 4
1100 – 1 v 4
1230 – 2 v 3
1330 – 1 v 3
1430 – 2 v 4
 
 
 
 
Overview of Rules – 42nd   MSP Softball
 
1.    Batter starts with 1 and 1 count, WITH one foul to waste.  (CHANGED)
 
2.    60 minute game time limit.  Game time will be announced by the umpire.  No new inning to start after 55 minutes. 
 
3.    Run rule – 20 after 3, 15 after 4, and 10 after 5.  **If a team trails by 7, 8, or 9 runs after their 6th at bat, they will stay in and begin the 7th inning.      **The run rule WILL be in effect during the championship game.**
 
4.    Home run rule – 5 per team / then “OUTS.”
 
5.    One courtesy runner per inning.  Last out made or, terms agreeable to BOTH teams involved.
 
6.    A team can play 10 players in the field and bat 10 different players.  You can bat as many players as you want but, once the batting order is set, you must maintain the same order.
 
7.    NO pickup players from other teams unless first approved by retired Sgt. John Banzhoff (Umpire), retired 2/Lt. Ken Harry, or Lt. Brian Smith
 
8.    ASA certified bats only!  If you don’t know, ASK.
 
9.    Seeding for single elimination… The 4 teams in bracket one will be seeded 1 through 4.  Bracket winners from 2 through 5 will be seeded by blind draw for seeds 5 through 8, second place teams 9-12, etc.
 
10.    Alcoholic beverages ARE ALLOWED, PLEASE TRY TO PICK UP YOUR TRASH!
 
11.    If a team believes they will not have enough players on the second day, please call Lt. Brian Smith at 301-667-0600
 
Thanks for your support w/this event and HAVE FUN!

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