For the second straight year Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will host the SCIAC’s post-season softball tournament.
The Athenas (32-8, 19-5) and the University of Redlands (31-9, 19-5) finished tied for first in the regular season but CMS gets the top seed and right to host based on its 4-0 record against the Bulldogs.
Action begins at 9 a.m. on Firday with CMS squaring off against No. 4 seed Whittier (23-17, 11-13), whom they just swept to complete the regular season. Then at 11:30 a.m. Redlands faces off with No. 3 La Verne (25-14, 18-6).
It is a double elimination event so the winners of the first two games will play at 2 and the loser’s will play at 4 in an elimination game.
Play also starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday with an elimination game. The championship game is set for 12:30 p.m. with the if necessary game to follow.
Last season the Leopards won the tournament as the No. 3 seed, the same scenarion they face this year.
The winner gets the conference automatic playoff berth. Last year CMS and Redlands were both granted at-large bids despite not winning the conference tournament.