The 19th annual gathering of players 40 years of age and older has attracted six familiar teams, including defending champion Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub of Clearfield.
Also in the field are the seven-time titlist Potter’s Bricklayers of Philipsburg, the four-time champion Meatheads of Clearfield, the Bedford Over-The-Hillbillies, Siegel Engraving/Buster’s Sports Bar of Clearfield and the Emporium Used-To-Be-Goods.
Denny’s has won a pair of crowns since sharing the 2008 title with Aqua Specialists of Mechanicsburg.
The latter team reigned in 2009, while Bedford broke through in 2011.
Buster’s and Legends Sports Bar & Grill of Clearfield also have claimed championship trophies.
Changing the format from double-elimination will guarantee every team at least three games.
On Saturday, Pool A games will pit the Used-To-Be-Goods against the Meatheads at 9:30 a.m., the Used-To-Be Goods against Potter’s at 12:30 p.m. and the Meatheads against Potter’s at 3:30.
The Pool B pairings match Denny’s against Siegel’s/Buster’s at 11 a.m., Denny’s against the Over-The-Hillbillies at 2 p.m. and Siegel’s/Buster’s against the Over-The-Hillbillies at 5.
All teams will return Sunday with a chance to walk off with the top honors.
Quarterfinal action will begin get under way at 9 a.m. with the Pool B runner-up against the Pool A third place finisher, followed by the Pool A runner-up against the Pool B third place finisher at 10:30.
First pitches in the semifinals will be at for noon for the Pool A champion and 1:30 p.m. for the Pool B winner.
The survivors will tangle at 3 for a year of bragging rights.
Helping keep the tourney on schedule will be a 1-1 count for all batters and a 10-run Mercy Rule after five innings.
Food and beverages donated by Clearfield area businesses and individuals will be available throughout the tourney.
Most of the proceeds from the concession stand as well as all donations will go to the U.S. Marine Corps League’s “Toys for Tots” Program through the efforts of the Sgt. William L. Dixon Detachment in Clearfield, which has partnered with the tourney committee for several years.