BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Softball will play in the annual Stateline Classic, held at Whitetop Creek Park (Bristol, Tenn.), tonight at 6:30 p.m. versus sister-city rival Virginia Intermont College. The Lady Tornado and Lady Cobra will serve as the feature game of a series of softball contests being held at the complex.
King College will play in a non-conference, neutral-site game versus the Virginia Intermont Lady Cobras Wednesday night (April 11) as the feature game of the 2012 Stateline Classic. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. from the main field at the Whitetop Creek Park Complex, in Bristol, Tennessee.
The Stateline Classic is an annual showdown between Tennessee and Virginia for the battle of softball supremacy between the neighboring states. What originally started as a way to showcase the talents of multiple colleges from the NAIA and NCAA Division I and II levels has morphed into a local display of area high school and colleges that duke it out during an afternoon that fills the fields of the complex for fans to see the best softball of the region. For the past three seasons, King versus Virginia Intermont has cultivated as the feature game as it encapsulates the rivalry between the bordering states at the college level.
Head Coach Jenn Testa expressed the significance of King's participation in the Stateline Classic saying, "It has been around long before I started coaching at King and over the last three years has provided a great atmosphere for fans, coaches, and the players. There has been lots of local turnout for many fans of the different teams, so you get a glimpse at a lot of different teams, players, and levels of play."
Games will begin as early as 4:30 p.m. and carry into the night under the lights of multiple fields. King and Virginia Intermont will hit the diamond for a single game at 6:30 p.m. on the complex's main field.
"This is definitely a good thing for the community," said Testa. "It provides lots of exposure and really perpetuates and displays the rivalry that exists between many teams, including ours and Virginia Intermont."
King (24-14) and Virginia Intermont (20-22) played twice earlier this season in a doubleheader held on March 20. The Lady Tornado won both contests by a combined score 13-2 where the pitching duo of Hannah Light and Rachael Wilmoth allowed only four hits to the Lady Cobra in each contest.
Live stats will be available for tonight's contest.