National softball tourney set for next week |

National softball tourney set for next week

Softball fields around Park City will be packed again this week as the Triple Crown Fastpitch World Series comes to town.

For the 17th year, Park City will play a part in the organization’s biggest event. This year, the 16-and-under and 18-and-under series will be held here.

Andy Hansen, the director of media relations for Triple Crown Sports, said the group likes to rotate which age divisions play in Park City each year. The U10, U12 and U14 fastpitch series will be split between San Diego and Reno this year.

"Next year, it won’t be the 16s and 18s in Park City," he said. "I think it’s the 10s and 12s next. It gives teams a different location to travel to each year as they get older."

Though Reno and San Diego are much bigger than Park City, Hansen said the atmosphere of the area brings the group back year after year.

"We like to place our national events in destination spots," he said. "Park City is definitely attractive because of the location and the climate. You’re above a mile high. The weather is nice and it’s a beautiful setting."

The families of the players also enjoy the trip to Park City.

"Teams sort of use it as a family vacation," Hansen said. "Families will travel in with the teams, coaches and players to enjoy the tournament as a family summer getaway."

By hosting the U16 and U18 series, Hansen said the people of Park City can expect to see some high-quality softball this week.

"You’ve got to be a top club to get in," he said. "Once you start getting into 16s and 18s in softball, that’s elite. A lot of these players are looking to play Division I collegiate softball."

He added that plenty of college coaches and scouts will be on hand, looking for the best players.

"It really gives players a chance to showcase their talent," he said. "On Thursday night, they’re doing an All-American Showcase game. College coaches will select the top players in the entire event and they’ll play against each other."

Hansen said the town will also benefit economically from the influx of visitors for the tournament.

"We have a good relationship with Park City," he said. "The economic impact can be felt from hotels to restaurants to shopping and activities. We partner with certain hotels and properties to help house our teams during the tournament as well."

The tournament begins Monday and runs through July 20. Hansen said everyone is invited to attend.

"All the facilities are free and open to the public," he said. "We’d love to have locals come out and support the teams. It’s top-notch softball."

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