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Softball championship brings visitors and money to Salem

By Susan Bahorich, sbahorich@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 04 2013 06:59:49 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 04 2013 07:06:58 PM EDT

89 teams competed in the 2013 Amateur Softball Association's National Championships.

SALEM, Va. -

After seven days and hundreds of games across the region, softball came to an end Sunday in Salem.

Over the last week, fields around the region have been filled with girls taking part in the 2013 Amateur Softball Association's National Championships.

The 18 and under division brought about 2,500 people into town to play, work and watch the action.

A majority of the games took place at Moyer Field in Salem. Already organizers are preparing for next year.

"We're very fortunate," said John Shaner, director of Salem Parks and Recreation. "We have this tournament this year, but we next year we'll host the 16 and under which will be about 140-150 teams it will be the biggest events we've ever hosted in the Roanoke Valley next year."

No word how much money this tournament is bringing into the region, but when it was here nearly 12-years ago organizers say the estimated economic impact was more than a million dollars.