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Baseball fans looking to save money

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PASCO, Wash.—Thousands of people from as far as Montana flocked to the Tri-Cities this weekend for the ‘Triple Crown Sports Father's Day Slugfest.'  Locally it means big bucks, but KNDU found out for the travelers, they say it's a chance to be thrifty.

3,800 baseball fans from all over the northwest are playing and cheering in the Tri-Cities for the tournament.  The Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau say the families of the 142 teams will bring in more than $1-millin to hotels, restaurants and sports complexes.  However, visitors are looking for ways to cut back.

"We brought the motorcycle over because it gets 35 miles to a gallon versus our motor home that gets 8, so of course there's a big cost savings there by bringing the bike over," says Patty and Ralph Phelps, friends of baseball player.

‘Well we carpool. Not every family comes over, we bring over other kids and sometimes will end up with one larger room and people piling in," says John Ellis, father of player.

Even with some visitors watching their pennies, the Tri-Cities economy is still expected to see a boost hit out of the park.