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Regional Baseball Tournament Comes to the Tri-Cities For Father's Day Weekend

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Tri-Cities, Wash - The Tri-Cities will welcome the Father's Day Slugfest, June 19-21, 2009.  Triple Crown Sports, an organization based out of Fort Collins, CO, first brought the Slugfest to the Tri-Cities in 2007.  Drew Reiners, the Northwest/Southwest Baseball Director, stated "Triple Crown Sports was pleased to have 35 teams participate in our first year in the Tri-Cities.  Since then, we've steadily grown and are excited to see 122 teams confirmed for this weekend."  Due to its large size, the tournament will be utilizing complexes and hotels in all three cities.  "Events like these have a tremendous impact on our community," said Kris Watkins, President & CEO of the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau.  "Athletes, coaches, and spectators come from all over the region, and they'll be spending money with our hoteliers, restaurants, retail stores, and entertainment establishments. In fact, the Bureau estimates this tournament will generate $855,000 in direct visitor spending." 

"The Tri-Cities area is a great baseball community," says Reiners, "the people are easy to work with and understand what it takes to run a premier event. The weather is great and the scenery along the Columbia River is beautiful. I can't think of a better


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place to run a baseball tournament."  Triple Crown Sports has been so pleased with the positive reception from the baseball community, they have developed a fastpitch softball tournament, the Columbia River Clash, which took place June 6-7.  Tournament directors anticipate similar growth as the Father's Day Slugfest over the next couple of years.