Jason Armstrong tournament opens on Monday

Catholic pitcher JC Hardigree fields bunt by Marbury's Trey Parker and throws to first base in last year's Jason Armstrong Memorial Baseball Tournament at Riverwalk Stadium.

The 28th annual FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial Baseball Tournament kicks off on Monday afternoon with games at Riverwalk Stadium and Paterson Field, culminating in a special presentation on March 10 at Riverwalk Stadium.

The “Message from the Mound” will feature former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry. Instead of an annual banquet with COVID restrictions, FCA officials will used the stadium as the backdrop for the River Region’s high school athletes to listen to Strawberry, a four-time World Series champion who was suspended three times by Major League Baseball for substance abuse and had several run-ins with the legal system before becoming a born-again Christian.

Strawberry was the first pick in the 1980 MLB draft by the New York Mets and was the Rookie of the Year after joining the MLB team in 1983. He was an integral part of the Mets’ 1986 World Series team and played for the Mets (1983-90), Los Angeles Dodgers (1991-93) San Francisco Giants (1994) and New York Yankees (1995-99), winning three World Series with the Yankees.

The popular high school baseball tournament opens Monday with two games at Riverwalk and another at Paterson Field and will continue through Saturday at both locations.

The tournament has a distinctly local flavor this year as COVID restrictions keep teams from traveling. The only teams not from the tri-county area are Luverne, Chilton County and Providence Christian.

Other participants include Tallassee, Montgomery Academy, Pike Road, Brewbaker Tech, Catholic, Trinity, Billingsley, LAMP, Alabama Christian, St. James, Elmore County, Jeff Davis, G.W. Carver, Robert E. Lee and Prattville Christian Academy.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes also holds a softball tournament for area teams. The second annual Alex Wilcox Memorial Softball Tournament will be held March 26-27 at Lagoon Park Softball Complex. Last year’s event was among the canceled events by state leaders in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

28th ANNUAL

JASON ARMSTRONG MEMORIAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

Monday

Tallassee vs. Montgomery Academy, 4 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Brew Tech vs. Catholic, 4 p.m., Paterson Field

Pike Road vs. Luverne, 6 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Tuesday

Trinity vs. Billingsley, 2 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

St. James vs. Elmore County, 2 p.m., Paterson Field

Catholic vs. LAMP, 4 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Luverne vs. Jeff Davis, 4 p.m., Paterson Field

Alabama Christian vs. Tallassee, 6 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Montgomery Academy vs. G.W. Carver, 6 p.m., Paterson Field

Wednesday

G.W. Carver vs. Elmore County, 4 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

LAMP vs. Pike Road, 4 p.m., Paterson Field

Brew Tech vs. Robert E. Lee, 6 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Thursday

Trinity vs. Chilton County, 2 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Billingsley vs. Pike Road, 2 p.m., Paterson Field

St. James vs. Chilton County, 4 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Elmore County vs. Montgomery Academy, 4 p.m., Paterson Field

Prattville Christian vs. Jeff Davis, 6 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Alabama Christian vs. Providence Christian, 6 p.m., Paterson Field

Friday

Trinity vs. Providence Christian, 2 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

St. James vs. Providence Christian, 4 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Providence Christian vs. Brew Tech, 4 p.m., Paterson Field

Montgomery Academy vs. LAMP, 6 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

Alabama Christian vs. Catholic, 6 p.m., Paterson Field

Saturday

St. James vs. Trinity, 10 a.m., Paterson Field

Prattville Christian vs. Alabama Christian, noon, Paterson Field

Catholic vs. Jeff Davis, 2 p.m., Paterson Field