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Triple Crown slides into home

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

It’s the last and arguably the biggest week of the Premier Resorts Triple Crown Girl’s Fast-pitch World Series. Not only are the highly skilled 16-and-under and college-bound 18-and-under girls in town, but this week will wrap up with two televised championship games.

According to All-Star game director Patty Harsch, there have always been all-star and recorded championship games, but this year they are trying to add excitement to tournament events.

They’ve included more challenges and activities into both the tournament opening skills contests, opening ceremonies and the closing activities. They also made sure to publicize the events long before any team arrived in Park City.

The changes came after numerous meetings over the winter with Park City officials to make the event more interactive for everyone involved.

"We don’t want to make this an ‘us against you’ situation," Harsch said. "We go to destination spots. We’re trying to help with the summer and bring tourism here."

The all-star nomination process was overhauled this season. Coaches could begin nominating their best three players as early as February. Triple Crown has also involved locals, by running a ballot in The Park Record newspaper to nominate the best players. Additionally, game umpires can submit a most valuable player from both the winning and losing teams from each game. Then, the Triple Crown administration comes together and counts up the ballots to determine the all-star team. A T-shirt and certificate are hand-delivered to each player selected.

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This year’s all-star games will be held on Thursday for the 16-and-under teams and Friday for the 18-and-unders.

The Friday all-star game should be fan friendly featuring some of the top prep talent in the country. According to Harsch, the mostly high school seniors are either college bound or are scrambling to be added to a roster.

"These are potentially some of the best players in the county," Harsch said.

Both all-star games will be led by college coaches, many of whom are in town scouting the talent all week long.

"Triple Crown is all about it," Harsch said. "We strive to place every girl who has the dream of playing college ball."

The Saturday championship games will also mix superior talent with opportunities for family-style fun.

Created with a festival feel in mind, Harsch says that there will be free ice cream and small games, prizes and activities in the areas surround the softball diamond at Quinn’s Junction. Harsch hopes that with more features, Parkites will be more likely to attend the games. She envisions a large Park City contingent that the television cameras pan to during game breaks while hosts ask locals to talk about what makes Park City so special.

The recorded games will then go into syndication, where the games will be distributed and broadcast to about 35 million homes Harsch said.

The World Series continues through this week, with televised championship games on July 28. The 16-and-under finals will begin at approximately 1 p.m., followed by the 18-and-under matchups at about 3:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Quinn’s Junction. Play-by-play will be provided by former University of Utah head coach Mona Stevens and Triple Crown’s Thad Anderson.

The 16-and-under all-star games will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. The 18-and-under all star game will be held Friday at 7:15 p.m. The games will be played at Quinn’s Junction. A complete listing of all-star coaches and the colleges they represent can be found at http://www.triplecrownsports.com along with all other tournament schedules and information.

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