By Adam Holt
The Prairie Island Athletic Complex will be busy this weekend as it hosts USA Softball Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals Friday through Sunday.
There are 22 teams in the full double-elimination bracket, which will feature a new champion.
Heartland Investors, the 2018 winners, are not in the field this year — though third-place Comatose/S2N/Monsta out of Wisconsin returns. Also back from last year’s field are Peper Farms Trucking, Silverbacks, Dugout 47, T’s 13/Monsta and T’s 13/Monsta/CTE/Bud.
Playing in the first round Friday night are: Stagecoach/CA Gear vs. Cheap Suits/Republic Realty/CDZ Apparel, with the winner facing Silverbacks Saturday morning; Knutson Construction/Warriors vs. U.S. Armed Forces, with the winner playing Comatose/S2N/Monsta on Saturday; T’s 13/Monsta vs. Shenanigans/WTP/Dunn Sports, with the winner playing Evolution/Primetime/Easton; 3X Gear/Anarchy/The Box vs. E.G.L. Foundation/Gillies Softball/Thunder/Monsta, with the winner facing Peper Farms/Urban Chislic; Swiing Kiings/OA/Iconic/Spiderz vs. T’s 13/Monsta/CTE/Budweiser, with the winner facing Rockhallers Trucking/Carnage Athletics; and Dutech/Monsta/P5/Edge Home Finance vs. Dirt Dogs/FYZICAL/Spiderz, with the winner playing Chanticleer Pizza/Eurotech/J&H/1st Source/PHD/Miken-Worth.
Friday also features matchups between: Above All/BOT/TNT and All American Restoration; and L&S Glass vs. Dugout 47.
The winner’s bracket semifinals are at 5 p.m. Saturday, with the winner’s bracket final at 8 a.m. Sunday. The loser’s bracket final is 9:30 a.m. Sunday, setting up an 11 a.m. championship game. If necessary, a second championship will be played at 12:30 p.m.
The online bracket can be found at https://asp.tournamentusasoftball.com/i!/tournaments/tournamentDetails.php?TID=4874