The Frisco Tournament of Champions returns this week, and there’s no surprise why it’s a popular event for baseball teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It’s an opportunity for teams to face good competition before the start of district play, and in addition to competing at Frisco ISD’s top-notch facilities, the players get a chance to feel like pros.
“The opportunity to get to play at Dr Pepper Ballpark is pretty cool for a kid,” said Wakeland High School coach Barry Rose, whose team won the tournament last year.
Each of the 12 teams in the tournament will play at least once at Dr Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco RoughRiders. This year’s field includes four FISD high schools -- Centennial, Liberty, Reedy and Wakeland – along with Allen, Argyle Liberty Christian, Little Elm, McKinney North, Plano, Plano West, Rockwall-Heath and Trophy Club Byron Nelson.
Each team will play two games Thursday and two more on Friday, using the fields at Centennial, Liberty, Reedy and Wakeland, as well as Dr Pepper Ballpark. The four teams with the best records in those games will be in Saturday’s championship bracket, which will be played at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
“I like that there’s that extra incentive,” Rose said of Dr Pepper Ballpark. “You have to play well to get back there.”
Admission each day is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children.
Frisco Tournament of Champions
Liberty vs. Plano, 10 a.m., at Liberty
Plano West vs. Argyle Liberty Christian, 10 a.m., at Dr Pepper Ballpark
Centennial vs. Rockwall-Heath, 1 p.m., at Centennial
Reedy vs. Trophy Club Byron Nelson, 1 p.m., at Dr Pepper Ballpark
Allen vs. Plano, 1 p.m., at Liberty
Liberty vs. Allen, 4 p.m., at Dr Pepper Ballpark
Trophy Club Byron Nelson vs. McKinney North, 4 p.m., at Reedy
Rockwall-Heath vs. Little Elm, 4 p.m., at Centennial
Wakeland vs. Plano West, 4 p.m., at Wakeland
Wakeland vs. Argyle Liberty Christian, 7 p.m., at Wakeland
Centennial vs. Little Elm, 7 p.m., at Dr Pepper Ballpark
Reedy vs, McKinney North, 7 p.m., at Reedy
Allen vs. Rockwall-Heath, 10 a.m., at Wakeland
McKinney North vs. Plano, 10 a.m., at Dr Pepper Ballpark
Wakeland vs. Allen, 1 p.m., at Dr Pepper Ballpark
Reedy vs. Little Elm, 1 p.m., at Reedy
Liberty vs. Trophy Club Byron Nelson, 1 p.m., at Liberty
Wakeland vs. Rockwall-Heath, 4 p.m., at Dr Pepper Ballpark
Centennial vs. McKinney North, 4 p.m., at Centennial
Trophy Club Byron Nelson vs. Argyle Liberty Christian, 4 p.m., at Liberty
Little Elm vs. Plano West, 4 p.m., at Reedy
Centennial vs. Plano, 7 p.m., at Centennial
Reedy vs. Plano West, 7 p.m., at Dr Pepper Ballpark
Liberty vs. Argyle Liberty Christian, 7 p.m., at Liberty
Championship bracket at Dr Pepper Ballpark
Semifinals at 9 a.m. and noon
Championship at 3 p.m.
Consolation games for other teams will be played Saturday at FISD fields.