After just one day of play in high school softball area tournaments, the weather has forced schedule changes for at least nine tournaments involving area schools.
The Class 7A, Area 8 tournament at Bob Jones has been bumped to Thursday with the finals scheduled for Friday. Austin plays James Clemens at noon Thursday.
The same schedule change has been made for the Class 6A, Area 14 tournament at Hartselle and the Class 6A, Area 16 tournament at Athens. Both of those tournaments now start on Thursday and hope to finish on Friday.
Five tournaments that started Monday and were scheduled to finish Tuesday had to alter plans. Class 3A, Area 16 at Danville will try to finish Thursday. East Lawrence plays Phil Campbell at 1 p.m. The winner advances to the finals to face Danville.
Class 5A, Area 15 now has Lawrence County playing Russellville on Thursday at 3 p.m. with the winner advancing to the finals vs. West Point at 4.
Ardmore plays East Limestone on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the winner’s bracket of the Class 5A, Area 16 tournament at Ardmore. The loser then plays Lee at 4 p.m. and the championship is set for 6.
Decatur Heritage and Athens Bible travel to Skyline for a 9 a.m. game Wednesday. The winner advances to the finals to play Skyline at 11 a.m.
The top two teams from each area advance to the North Regional in Florence, which is May 12-15. The state tournament is in Oxford on May 18-22.
Softball area tournaments
Here are the updated schedules for area softball tournament involving area schools.
Class 7A, Area 8 starts Thursday at Bob Jones: Austin vs. James Clemens, noon, Bob Jones vs. Florence, 2 p.m. Winners play at 4 p.m. Finals scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m.
Class 6A, Area 14 starts Thursday at Hartselle: Decatur vs. Hartselle, 4 p.m., Muscle Shoals vs. Cullman 5:30 p.m., losers play at 7 p.m. Finals are Friday at 5 p.m.
Class 6A, Area 16 starts Thursday at Athens: Columbia vs. Athens, 1 p.m., Hazel Green vs. Buckhorn, 3 p.m., winners play at 5 p.m. Finals are Friday a 5 p.m.
Class 5A, Area 15 West Point: Russellville vs. Lawrence County, Thursday, 3 p.m., winner vs. West Point in finals at 4 p.m.
Class 5A, Area 16 Thursday at Ardmore: East Limestone vs. Ardmore, 2 p.m., winner advances to finals, loser plays Lee at 4 p.m. with winner advancing to finals at 6 p.m.
Class 4A, Area 15 starts Wednesday at West Morgan: Priceville vs. West Limestone, noon, winner vs. West Morgan, 2 p.m., Finals Thursday at 6 p.m.
Class 3A, Area 15 at Danville: East Lawrence vs. Phil Campbell, 1 p.m., Thursday, winner advances to play Danville at 3 p.m. for championship.
Class 3A, Area 16 at Lauderdale County: Colbert Heights vs. Elkmont, Wednesday, 1 p.m., winner advances to finals vs. Lauderdale County.
Class 2A, Area 13 starts Thursday at Hatton: Tanner vs. Falkville, noon, winner vs. Hatton, 2 p.m., Finals scheduled for 6 p.m.
Class 1A, Area 15 at Skyline: Athens Bible vs. Decatur Heritage, Wednesday, 9 a.m., winner advances to finals vs. Skyline.