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Warrior Weekly: Stan State prepares to host Tournament of Champions softball tourney

Students walk past the entrance sign at University Ave. (Monte Vista Ave.) and Dels Ln.
Students walk past the entrance sign at University Ave. (Monte Vista Ave.) and Dels Ln. dnoda@modbee.com

It’s time for one of the biggest NCAA Division II softball tournaments in the West.

Friday marks the start of the 18th annual Tournament of Champions (TOC) presented by the city of Turlock, where 27 teams from the three Division II West Region conferences converge for a lot of softball games.

During the course of the three-day event, 67 games will be played on seven fields across Turlock.

“This is the annual marquee event for collegiate softball in the Valley. The tournament gets larger and larger because of the quality of competition. Teams get to play non-conference opponents they haven’t seen this year,” said Hung Tsai, Stanislaus State Assistant Athletics Director. This will be Tsai’s 16th time helping direct the tournament.

All 11 teams from the California Collegiate Athletic Association compete in the event, plus eight from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and eight from the Pacific West Conference. Squads are coming as far as Hawaii, Montana and British Columbia.

Tournament games are mostly at the Pedretti Sports Complex with some games at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex, behind Pitman High School, as well as Warrior Softball Field on campus.

Each team is scheduled to play five games from Friday to Sunday.

Host Stanislaus State will take on Northwest Nazarene (Nampa, Idaho) Friday at 2 p.m. and Azusa Pacific at 4:30 p.m. on its home field. The Warriors will also face Concordia-Irvine, Western Oregon and Chaminade (Honolulu, Hawaii).

Last year’s tournament champion Chico State is among the favorites as the Wildcats are currently ranked No. 4 in the NCAA. No. 7 Concordia-Irvine, No. 16 UC San Diego and No. 24 Western Oregon are the other ranked teams.

Humboldt State has won this tournament seven times with an 85-33 all-time record during the TOC.

Tournament games begin at 9 a.m. at Pedretti Sports complex Friday morning and concludes on Sunday with the final set of games beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are available at the gate for $10 general admission and $5 youth per day. For more information and complete schedules, visit WarriorAthletics.com/TOC.

Hanny Stanislaus Invitational tees off on Monday: One of the longest-running collegiate golf tournaments is teeing off at the Turlock Golf and Country Club next Monday as the Stanislaus State host the 46th annual Hanny Stanislaus invitational.

The 54-hole, three-round tournament begins with the team practice rounds on Sunday with the first two rounds to be played on Monday starting at 8 a.m. The third and final round is on Tuesday.

A total of 18 teams will compete in this year’s event, renamed in 2009 in honor of the late coach Jim Hanny, who directed the golf program to 12 Division III National Championships.

Stanislaus State won the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational 26 times in the tournament history, including 15 of the last 23, the most recent was 2013.

Admission to the event is free.

Local talents lead Warriors to baseball sweep over Cal State San Bernardino: Four local standouts were key to the Warriors’ success last weekend as they swept a four-game series over Cal State San Bernardino. It was the Warriors’ first four-game series sweep since 2015.

Three pitchers from the Central Valley helped shut-down the Coyotes including this week’s CCAA pitcher of the week Tyler Murphy. Murphy, who graduated from Turlock High School, threw seven shut-out innings and gave up just four hits in Saturday’s win. He struck out five in his best outing of the season.

Freshman lefty Rylan Tinsley (Stockton/Weston Ranch HS), improved to 5-2 with his best start of the season, too. Tinsley pitched 7 1/3 innings and gave up one run on two hits with eight strikeouts in Sunday’s game one victory.

Modesto Junior College transfer Brandon Scott (Ripon/Ripon HS), earned a save in Sunday’s win after getting five outs in relief of Tinsley. He gave up just a hit and struck out two.

Modesto’s Jack Large (Beyer HS) was clutch at the plate. He went 8 of 16 with two doubles, scored four runs and drove in five to lead the Warriors’ offense, which batted .339 as a team against CSUSB.

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