By Adam Holt
The 18th annual Shakopee Lions Softball Tournament this weekend features 82 teams across four divisions, and has national qualifier bids on the line in two brackets.
This year’s field features six teams in the Men’s Open division, 28 teams in the Men’s C division, 40 teams in the Men’s D division and eight teams in the Women’s division.
T’s 13/Monsta/CTE, out of Omaha, Neb., returns as the defending Men’s Open champions after going undefeated in the 2018 tournament. The Open division features six teams this year, down from eight a year ago.
T’s 13/Monsta/CTE and Heartland Investors (Bismarck, N.D.) received byes in the first round. 3x Gear/Anarchy/The Box/Sanford Power (Fargo, N.D.) faces Pepper Farms Trucking/RPS Painting (Sioux Falls, S.D.) in one first round matchup, with Dutch/Monsta/P5/Edge Finance (South St. Paul) facing All American Restoration (Champlin) in the other.
The Men’s C division features 28 teams, with the top three earning national qualifier bids. Coors Light/The Box/MMB/Monsta Athletics (Fargo, N.D.), Budweiser/Shameless (Belmond, Iowa), Red Stars (Des Moines, Iowa) and Tryon (Sioux Falls, S.D.) have byes to start the tournament. The field features 23 Minnesota teams. PIPEC, out of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was the 2018 C division winner.
The Men’s D bracket is the largest field of the tournament, with 40 teams — up from 32 a year ago. The Crew, from St. Paul, won the division in 2018. The top four teams will earn national qualifier bids.
There will be a new champion in the Women’s division, with 2018 winner Carl’s (West Des Moines, Iowa) not among the eight teams in the field.
The tournament runs Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2 at Tahpah Park in Shakopee. Brackets are available on the tournament’s Facebook page.