Custom Classic tourney begins Friday

CNJ staff

More than half the teams will be from out of town this weekend in the 27th Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Complex and Spencer Field.

Tournament director Roger Jackson said Tuesday that 67 of the 125 squads will be coming into Clovis for the three-day event.

“It makes everybody happy,” Jackson said. “You (local teams) don’t just play your own (league) teams.

“Plus, it has a big economic impact on Clovis. If you think about it, most teams will bring in around 25 people, including spouses.”

There are five divisions — men’s competitive, D and E, and women’s competitive and recreation.

The men’s competitive division, which has 18 teams, is made up of Class B and C teams, Jackson said. The D division has 32 teams and Class E has 44.

The women’s competitive division has eight teams while the recreation division has 25.

“Our men’s competitive has got a very good group of teams,” Jackson said. “I was telling our top competitive team, Snider Electric, that it’s going to be tough to finish in the top five in that group.”

He said all the divisions should be pretty even.

“I don’t know that there’s a clear-cut favorite for any of them,” he said.

The tournament begins with five games at Guy Leeder at 7 p.m. Friday and continues virtually non-stop until the championship games in mid-afternoon on Sunday. About 30 women’s games, mostly in the recreation division, are scheduled for Saturday on the two fields at Spencer.