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Triple Crown baseball returns July 18

The Triple Crown Baseball World Series will return to Park City next week for the fifth year in a row, bringing 63 teams to town for 9U and 12U tournaments.

Starting with a parade down lower Main Street on Monday afternoon, teams from 11 states will square off all week long, ending with championship games on Saturday, July 23.

Jared Rudiger, Triple Crown's youth sports event director, said the tournament organizers and teams love coming to Park City every year.

"We enjoy the community environment and we have great field partners," he said. "We have lots of great hotel and lodging options and it's a convenient location where teams can either drive or fly."

The 9U tournament is new to Park City this year. In 2015, Park City hosted the 10U and 12U championships.

"We added another location, so the 10U age group is now in Ventura County, California," Rudiger said. "We moved the 9U over from Steamboat [Springs, Colorado]. We added a beach theme into our World Series mix. A lot of our customers nationwide wanted a different environment to travel to. We already have a softball tournament in California [in San Diego], so that worked out for baseball, too."

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Rudiger said the tournaments will get underway on Tuesday after a day of fun on Monday.

"We have our large parade of teams down Main Street on Monday at 4 p.m.," he said. "Play officially starts on Tuesday, but Monday is our skills competition out at the Park City Sports Complex, too."

The Park City Avalanche and the Skullcandy Crushers, both based in Park City, will each field one team in the 12U tournament. Skullcandy will also enter a team in the smaller 9U tournament.

Rudiger said the 12U tourney will have 46 teams and the 9U tournament will only have 17. But, he added, the 9U tournament has historically been smaller than the other age groups.

"Our 9-year-olds don't travel nearly as much as some of the other age groups," he said. "But our overall World Series numbers are right in line with where they usually are. We have 11 different states represented, primarily in the Western region of the U.S."

Rudiger said he anticipates the tournament will return to Park City for the foreseeable future.

"We appreciate the community support and we enjoy coming back to Park City," he said.

The 9U Skullcandy Crushers start tournament play on Tuesday at 10 a.m. against the Chino Hills Thunder at Treasure Mountain Junior High School. The 12U Crushers have their first game at 8 a.m. Tuesday against Menace BBC at the Park City Sports Complex. The 12U Avalanche squad kicks off play on Tuesday at 10 a.m. against Slammers Hitmen at City Park. For more information on the Triple Crown Baseball World Series, visit http://www.triplecrownsports.com.