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Robeson County SlugFest moved to St.Pauls

April 2, 2015
Purnell Swett High School

Field conditions move Slugfest to St. Pauls

ST. PAULS A wet spring has caused a major change to the annual Robeson County Slugfest baseball and softball tournaments, which are set to begin play on Saturday.

The tournaments have been moved across the county from South Robeson High School to St. Pauls High School.

“South Robeson’s field conditions were not condusive to playing the game right now,” said Jason Suggs, athletics director for the Public Schools of Robeson County. “I believe the field will be okay in a few weeks when it can dry up but we don’t have a few weeks before the tournament.”

The tournament is rotated annually between schools and St. Pauls was set to host the tournament next year. Because of the change, South Robeson will host the tournament next year instead.

The change in location also led to a slight change in schedule.

The baseball tournament will still open with No. 7 Hoke vs. No. 2 Lumberton at 10 a.m., with No. 4 Red Springs and No. 5 West Bladen at 1 p.m. The day’s final two games were switched. No. 3 Fairmont will play No. 6 South Robeson at 4 p.m. before No. 1 Purnell Swett faces host and No. 8 St. Pauls at 7 p.m.

No. 5 Hoke vs. No. 4 Red Springs will open the softball tournament at 10 a.m., followed by No. 3 Lumberton vs. No. 6 Purnell Swett at 1 p.m. No. 2 Fairmont will play No. 7 South Robeson at 4 p.m. before the nightcap between top-seeded West Bladen and No. 8 St. Pauls at 7 p.m.

The tournament will have its consolation and semifinal rounds on Monday and finish with placing games on Tuesday.

-Visit Robesonian.com later for more on this story.

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