ELIZABETHTOWN — The Eagles baseball team will travel to Douglas Byrd High in Fayetteville on Easter weekend to compete in the annual J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Invitational Tournament, a tournament they have played in since it was founded 20 years ago.
But this tournament will be different from the first 19, because it will be the first one since the death of its founder, Jernigan Warren, who died Dec. 27, 2013, from a battle with cancer.
“He was a good friend, and will be missed,” said East Bladen coach Russell Priest.
The Eagles, who finished sixth in the tournament last year, will play Saturday at 4 p.m. against the host Douglas Byrd team. Along with Douglas Byrd and East Bladen, teams from Cape Fear, Hoke County, Seventy-First and Gray’s Creek will be part of the brackets.
“We really enjoy this tournament, though, because we get to see some different teams and we can experiment a little with players in different positions — especially pitching,” Priest said.
“We also have fun playing up there,” he added. “It helps a lot with fellowship and we all just have a good time.”
The tournament will open on Saturday, then play on Monday and Tuesday after Easter.