Spring Swing going on this weekend

MARQUETTE — While the big leagues are preparing for Opening Day, the high school softball season is getting underway in the Upper Peninsula. One of the first competitions that will take place is the annual Spring Swing that will take place starting tomorrow at the Superior Dome.

The tournament began just over ten years ago as a way to combat any lingering winter weather so that teams can have a chance to play before the season begins. And it has grown significantly in size since its inception.

“It started out with a handful of teams…maybe six or eight teams. It’s grown to twenty in the last couple of years. With sports growing in the last couple of years, I think just about every school in the U.P. has a softball team so that’s nice to see,” Marquette High School softball coach Paul Seibert said.

The Redettes have been practicing for most of this week and Coach Seibert says he likes the way his team is put together this year.

“Pitching should be fairly strong. Lots of kids that can play a lot of different positions. We have good speed this year. A lot of things that coaches like to tinker with and play with to try to win games different ways than just hitting the ball over the ballpark,” said Seibert.

The tournament kicks off tomorrow at the Superior Dome in Marquette.