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PIGEON FORGE - Thousands of players, coaches and families are gathered in Pigeon Forge for a competitive week of softball.
The city is hosting the SEAA girl's fast pitch world series again this year.
This is the tournament's 20th annual tournament. Opening ceremonies started July 16th and will run till Sunday July 23rd.
The tournament is held at Wear Farm Sports Complex in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
This year’s assemblage of world class girls’ softball teams will travel from as far west as Illinois, south as Florida, North as Wisconsin with plenty of teams from right here in Tennessee.
With over 100 teams entered in the event, there will be plenty of world class action from the beginning to the end of the tournament. There are entries in age groups ranging from 10 and under up to 16 and under.
Pool play launches Monday July 17, 2017. The Pool Play schedule can be accessed at this link: SEAA WORLD SERIES POOL PLAY
Bracket play commences Wednesday July 19, 2017. The Tournament Play schedule can be accessed at this link: SEAA WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENT PLAY
Passes are available for 1 day or the whole week. For more information, go to the SEAA Website at http://www.seaayouth.com
Softball is about to sweep over East Tennessee.
Youth softball teams from all over the country gathered Sunday at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for the opening ceremonies of the SEAA Fast Pitch World Series.
The World Series runs from Monday, June 17 to Sunday, June 23.
More than 2,000 people - players, coaches, and family - got discounts to local attractions at the operning ceremonies. Players got to trade pins and gifts with one another.
More than 100 teams spanning the 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U age brackets will play in the tournament. 20 teams come from Tennessee. Alabama also boasts 20 teams in the tournament. Other teams come from as far south as Florida and Louisiana, and as far north as Illinois and Wisconsin.
Players said the tournament excites them for a lot of reasons.
"You never really meet anybody from all over the world," 14-year-old Mia Pumila of New Orleans said. "So this is your chance to become friends and talk to new people."
During the week of events, teams will get at least one day of rest. Pigeon Forge will offer plenty of adventure for them.
"I'm going to go to Dollywood," Brookelyn Keith of Mobile, Alabama said. "I'll ride all the roller coasters."
Knoxville-based Crossfire '07 is excited to compete in the tournament that's close to home after finishing in fourth place in their age group last year.
"We're going to have to play the hardest we've ever played before," catcher Emma Mayes said. "And do our best, have confidence in ourselves."
Games will take place at the Wear Farm Sports Complex in Pigeon Forge. First pitch is Monday at 8 a.m. You can find a link to pool play at the Sporting Events Association of America website here and here.
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