The biggest non-state tournament gathering of the softball season is this week at the 17th rendition of the Desert Mountain Invitational.
A field of 26 teams are competing in the five-day event, which draws the best Valley and Tucson schools annually.
It's four days of non-bracket play, then become three brackets of eight teams on Saturday with the top eight teams (based on record) playing games at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The championship game is Saturday at 7 p.m. on Field 3. Third place will be 7 p.m. on Field 4.
Schools: Arcadia, Basha, Betty Fairfax, Cactus, Canyon del Oro, Chandler, Chaparral, Corona del Sol, Desert Mountain, Gilbert, Hamilton, Highland, Horizon, Ironwood Ridge, Mesa High, Mountain Pointe, Mountain Ridge, Mountain View (Mesa), Notre Dame, Paradise Valley, Pinnacle, Queen Creek, Red Mountain, Sahuaro, Seton and Shadow Mountain.
All games are at Horizon Park (15444 N. 100th Street, Scottsdale).
3 p.m.: Seton Catholic vs. Mesa; Betty Fairfax vs. Hamilton; Queen Creek vs. Corona; Pinnacle vs. Gilbert. 5 p.m.: Arcadia vs. Notre Dame; Shadow Mountain vs. Chandler; Horizon vs. Basha; Paradise Valley vs. Mountain Ridge. 7 p.m.: Corona vs. Betty Fairfax; Red Mountain vs. Pinnacle; Cactus vs. Desert Mountain; Highland vs. Seton.
1 p.m.: Mountain Pointe vs. Queen Creek; Sahuaro vs. Chandler; Highland vs. Canyon del Oro. 3 p.m.: Mountain Ridge vs. Ironwood Ridge; Shadow Mountain vs. Mountain View (Mesa); Chaparral vs. Cactus; Hamilton vs. Paradise Valley. 5 p.m.: Mesa vs. Sahuaro; Arcadia vs. Mountain Pointe; Canyon del Oro vs. Red Mountain. 7 p.m.: Seton Catholic vs. Chaparral; Ironwood Ridge vs. Mountain View (Mesa); Betty Fairfax vs. Desert Mountain; Gilbert vs. Horizon.
3 p.m.: Notre Dame vs. Pinnacle; Mountain View (Mesa) vs. Highland; Mesa vs. Arcadia; Corona del Sol vs. Horizon. 5 p.m.: Paradise Valley vs. Chandler; Shadow Mountain vs. Basha; Red Mountain vs. Mountain Pointe. 7 p.m.: Notre Dame vs. Hamilton; Gilbert vs. Mountain Ridge; Queen Creek vs. Desert Mountain; Arcadia vs. Chaparral.
12 p.m.: Seton Catholic vs. Queen Creek; Horizon vs. Cactus; Mountain Pointe vs. Canyon del Oro. 2 p.m.: Bettty Fairfax vs. Notre Dame; Basha vs. Ironwood Ridge; Highland vs. Mountain Ridge; Sahuaro vs. Hamilton. 4 p.m.: Mesa vs. Shadow Mountain; Chandler vs. Pinnacle; Corona del Sol vs. Cactus; Canyon del Oro vs. Chaparral. 6 p.m.: Ironwood Ridge vs. Gilbert; Sahuaro vs. Mountain View (Mesa); Basha vs. Desert Mountain; Red Mountain vs. Paradise Valley.
Bracket play, teams TBD: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. (Championship on Field 3; Third place on Field 4)