The 14th annual Desert Mountain Invitational features most of the top softball schools in Arizona.
Among them will be defending 5A Division I-champion Red Mountain, 5A-II champion Peoria Centennial, 4A-II champion Seton Catholic and 5A-I runner-up St. Mary's, along with Tucson schools Canyon del Oro and Sabino, both 4A-I semifinalists last season.
In addition, Gilbert, Chaparral, Desert Mountain, Horizon, Queen Creek, Saguaro and Notre Dame have all been top teams so far this season, and will participate in the tournament.
Games are Tuesday through Friday with four contests at Horizon Park (15444 N. 100th Street, Scottsdale) beginning at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
A championship bracket featuring the top 8 teams and two consolation brackets (teams 9-through 16 and teams 17-24) wil be determined through a power-point system for Saturday's games. Teams 1-16 will compete Saturday at Horizon Park, while teams 17-24 on will play at Desert Mountain H.S. (12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale).
Centennial won the tournament last year in defeating Sabino in the title game. It was the 11th different school to win. Only Red Mountain has won on multiple occasions.
Here is the tournament schedule:
Tuesday March 22
3 p.m.: Chaparral vs. Mountain View; Chandler vs. Queen Creek; Highland vs. Horizon; Corona del Sol vs. Mesa. 5 p.m.: Poston Butte vs. Saguaro; Queen Creek vs. Mesquite; Gilbert vs. St. Mary's; Mesa vs. Seton; 7 p.m.: Mountain View vs. Poston Butte; Mesquite vs. Pinnacle; Centennial vs. Desert Mountain, Desert Vista vs. Notre Dame.
Wednesday, March 23
3 p.m.: Chandler vs. Chaparral; Pinnacle vs. Corona del Sol; Red Mountain vs. Sabino; Centennial vs. Desert Vista. 5 p.m: Poston Butte vs. Notre Dame; Queen Creek vs. Gilbert; Sabino vs. Horizon; Seton vs. Basha. 7 p.m: Ironwood Ridge vs. Chandler; Chaparral vs. Highland; Corona del Sol vs. Desert Mountain; Mesa vs. Centennial.
Thursday, March 24
3 p.m.: Saguaro vs. Gilbert; Red Mountain vs. Poston Butte; Mesquite vs. Centennial; Notre Dame vs. Chandler. 5 p.m.: Desert Vista vs. Pinnacle; Highland vs. Ironwood Ridge; Mountain View vs. Canyon del Oro; St. Mary's vs. Mesa. 7 p.m.: Horizon vs. Saguaro; Basha vs. Ironwood Ridge; Canyon del Oro vs. Desert Mountain and Seton vs. St. Mary's.
Friday, March 25
3 p.m.: Queen Creek vs. Mtn View; Gilbert vs. Sabino; Basha vs. Canyon del Oro; Ironwood Ridge vs. Red Mountain. 5 p.m.: Pinnacle vs. Seton; Mesquite vs. Chaparral; St. Mary's vs. Highland; Saguaro vs. Desert Vista. 7 p.m.: Horizon vs. Corona del Sol; Sabino vs. Basha; Notre Dame vs. Desert Mountain; Canyon del Oro vs. Red Mountain.
Saturday, March 26
GAMES TBD at Horizon Park/Desert Mountain H.S