July 9 editorial | ParkRecord.com

July 9 editorial

The perfect swarm: fastpitch athletes, their families, and us

You don’t need to buy tickets months in advance, or pay greedy scalpers, in order to see these all stars. For the next three weeks Park City is hosting the Premier Resorts Triple Crown Girls’ Fastpitch World Series and just about every diamond from Quinn’s Junction to City Park will be humming with action.

Pull up a seat in the bleachers or find a patch of grass on the hillside and enjoy America’s favorite pastime against a beautiful Wasatch Mountain backdrop. Summer just doesn’t get any better.

Over the last six years of hosting the Triple Crown World Series, Parkites have become fastpitch aficionados. Whereas that eye-catching windmill pitch used to be a novelty, these days local residents show off their expertise with detailed critiques of different pitchers’ windups and deliveries. And with about 400 teams from 20 states attending this year’s tournament, fans will be busy marking their scorecards and handicapping future champs.

In fact, the tournament has gained such popularity that, for the first time, Summit County will be represented by a team the Summit County Silver Strikers comprised of players from North and South Summit and Park City.

The tournament is divided into graduated age groups ages 10-12 compete July 7-12, ages 14 and under play July 14-19, and the 16- and 18-and under girls cap the tournament with competition July 21-26. that time we should all be expert fans.

The next three weeks will be a little bit hectic, very emotional and extremely entertaining. We hope the players enjoy being here as much as we enjoy having them.

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