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May 28, 2014

Greenville hosting state softball tournament

GREENVILLE — This weekend hundreds of softball players and their parents will travel to Greenville for the USSSA Double A State Tournament.

Brett Quarles, recreation manager for the city of Greenville’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the city should benefit tremendously from the between 75 and 80 teams coming to town for the tournament.

“I would estimate an impact of $100,000 and $200,000 over the weekend,” he said. “When you have that many teams, it’s a big boost to the local economy.”

The tournament will begin on Saturday at 8 a.m., and will run until approximately 9 p.m. Sunday. The tournament will use fields at the SportsPark, Greenville High School and Sulphur Springs.

“This is a first for Greenville, a tournament of this size,” Quarles said. “I’d love to have all 80 teams here, but unfortunately we have to send 20 teams to Sulphur Springs.”

Quarles said the Parks and Recreation Department has spent a lot of time fertilizing and painting the fields to show visitors Greenville’s best side.

The tournament has previously been held in Longview, but part of the tournament was moved to Greenville due to the city’s willingness to work with the tournament organization, according to Quarles.

“It’s our goal to get keep the tournament here every year,” he said. “We try to host as many tournaments as possible during the year.”

Quarles also said that restaurants in cities that have hosted this tournament in the past have had to order extra food to keep up with the increased demand.

USSSA Baseball is a developmental program designed to allow teams of all skill levels to compete against each other, according to their website. The AA Division is for teams that have restricted rosters, drafted players, or play at the recreational level.

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