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State softball tournament begins Friday

The Oregon State 14-under A Division ASA softball state tournament will be held Friday through Sunday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

A pair of local teams — the Black Tornado Fastpitch and the Comets of Central Point — are included in the 16-team double-elimination event.

The Comets open at 4 p.m. Friday against Thunder Softball of Hillsboro, while the Black Tornado plays the Slyders of Salem at 6 p.m.

Games will be played from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The championship bracket takes place on Sunday.

The state champion receives a berth into the national tournament the first week of August in Marietta, Ga.