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When Saturday arrives, it signifies the start of the spring baseball season for Seymour High School.

The varsity Tigers of fifth-year head coach Jason Duey open the 2021 spring campaign at the eight-school Pleasant Hope Baseball Invitational, although Seymour’s first three pool games in the tourney will be played at Strafford.

The four teams in Seymour’s pool are Fordland, Marionville, Strafford and Duey’s Tigers.

In the tourney’s other pool played at Pleasant Hope are Ash Grove, Bradleyville, Montrose and the host team.

Tournament action concludes on Friday, March 26.

Duey said that at first appearance, Seymour’s pool is the stronger one of the two.

“There’s not an easy game with any of our three opponents in pool play,” he said.

Seymour’s first game arrives at 1 p.m. Saturday versus Fordland, a Summit Conference rival.

The Tigers’ second game is set for 6 p.m. next Tuesday evening against Marionville.

The third and final game of pool play arrives at 4 p.m. next Wednesday, March 24, against Strafford.

Final-round play arrives on Friday, March 26.

At 4 p.m., the No. 1 teams in each pool will meet at Pleasant Hope, while the No. 3 teams in each pool play at Strafford.

At 6 p.m., the No. 2 teams in each pool play at Pleasant Hope, while the No. 4 teams in each pool face off in action at Strafford.

Rain make-up days are scheduled for next Monday and Thursday, March 25.

“We’ll be tested to open the season,” Duey said, noting that Seymour is guaranteed to play a total of four games at the eight-team tourney.

“Other than Fordland and Strafford, we’ll see a field of teams that we typically don’t see during the spring season, so this should be a fun tournament for us.”

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