VICTORIA, Texas - School may be out of session, but the Victoria Youth Sports Complex remains packed with softball players.
The VYSC is the host of this year's National U8 Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, an event which has drawn some 27 teams and over 300 players to the Crossroads. City of Victoria Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel estimated that the total positive economic impact to the area would be roughly $175,000.
The national tournament was opened with remarks by Mayor Rawley McCoy on Friday, with play set to begin Saturday morning. Games will be played all through the weekend, culminating with the championship contest Sunday evening.
"It's really just super special because everybody comes from all over the place, and they're excited to be here," said Cinday Cowart, who sits on the IFA Softball board. "It makes it a very warm and friendly place for us to come."
While most of the teams in competition have come to Victoria from around Texas, the event also features some from Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi.