Custom Classic draws 50 teams

CNJ staff

The sixth annual Lil Custom youth softball tournament is slated for this weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, with 50 teams in 10 divisions scheduled to compete.

Play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, with the final games scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tournament co-director Roger Jackson said the field is considerably larger than a year ago. There are 29 girls teams and 21 boys squads in age divisions ranging from 8-and-under to a senior division on the girls side and a 16-and-under division for the boys.

“Last year I think we had something like 31 or 35 teams,” Jackson said. “This is by far the biggest one we’ve ever had.”

Four divisions are playing with a three-game guarantee, Jackson said, while the other six are either round-robin or double-round-robin.
Jackson said the Clovis Girls Athletic Association has given the event a boost.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “The biggest thing I can say about it is the CGAA has built their program up, and now they’ve added a boys program.”

The field includes 17 out-of-town teams, also up from past year, from as far away as Amarillo, Lubbock, Hobbs, Tucumcari and Alamogordo.