Papa’s Pizza Invitational gets under way Wednesday (July 1)

Papa's-Pizza-InvitationalThe 40th annual Papa’s Pizza Invitational gets under way Wednesday (July 1) morning between the hedges of Swede Johnson Stadium at Garry Selby Field on the North Eugene High School campus.

Nine teams from the Northwest will compete in the five-day event. The teams will be divided into two brackets for pool play.

In the Blue Division will be the host Eugene Bi-Mart Challengers, the Idaho Cubs from Nampa, the Portland Barbers and Baldy’s Bandits from Bend.

In the Red Division will be the Twin City Titans from Richland, Wash., the Mudville Pinnacle from Seattle, the TC Saints from Washington, the Willamette Valley Titans from Springfield and the 18U Zips from Tacoma.

The host Challengers open play on Wednesday against the Willamette Valley Titans at 12:30 p.m. They will also battle the TC Saints at 8 p.m. on opening day. The first game on Wednesday will beging at 10 a.m.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the first games of the day will begin at 8 a.m. With the host Challengers scheduled to play at 8:30 p.m.. They will also play at 6 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

The top two teams in each pool will advance to the championship semifinals on Sunday beginning at 11:30 a.m. The title game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

For a complete schedule and standing.