VGTV morning newscast - July 15, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG—The Historic Triangle is hosting the National Softball Association 2014 Girls Fast Pitch Eastern B World Series this week.

Approximately 120 teams from Canada and 14 U.S. States are participating in the tournament, according to tournament director Frank Rachubka.

Five age divisions from 10 and under through 18 and under are playing on various fields in Williamsburg, James City County, York County and Newport News. The Williamsburg Starz have five teams in the field with a team in 10U, two in the 12U, one in 14U and one in 16U.

Local teams from York County and Newport News are also participating.

Pool play started Monday afternoon and is scheduled to end Saturday. The 10U, 16U and 18 U championship games are set for Friday and the 12U and 14U for Saturday.

“It’s a national event,” Rachubka said.

The Williamsburg area hosted the same tournament last year with 142 teams.

“We don’t usually go to the same place two years in a row,” Rachubka said. “But we did this time, and “we’re glad that both times it’s been a success.

Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg have just opened up their arms as far as being sponsors and they’ve helped people with discounts and everything and free tickets and all kinds of neat things. It’s location, location, location. There’s a lot to do here.”

Last year the economic impact here was just shy of $5 million and a similar impact is expected this year, he said. The venue was so popular that teams have returned for a second year from states such as New York, Alabama, Michigan and Ohio.