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national softball tournament starts Thursday, but it's already having an impact
on the city of Findlay.
ASA National Softball Tournament will be in Findlay until Sunday. More than 500
girls on 35 teams, and their families, from six states, means hotels are booked
solid and restaurants are packed.
have the best facility in the state of Ohio, and now on the national level,
they're recognizing us and bringing in teams from all over the place," said
Tournament Director Jim Welch.
tournament is a national qualifier. Teams are coming to play in Findlay for
more than one reason.
bid on the tournament two years ago and we were accepted for the bid because
of, 1) for our location, and 2) because of our past success of local, state
inside tournaments," Welch explained.
attention is providing more than an immediate boost to the local economy, but a
boost that will hopefully be felt for many years to come.
these teams that aren't necessarily from the region, but they're from other
states will go and say, ‘Hey, we had this great tournament in Findlay. It was
really well-run. They had wonderful facilities,'" said Mayor Lydia Mihalik. "They're
all visiting Findlay, one of Ohio's best-known towns, and we're rolling out the
red carpet for them."