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 the tournament is scheduled to end Saturday. The 10U, 16U and 18U 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 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 estimated at just shy of $5 million. A similar impact is expected this year, Rachubka said. The venue was so popular that teams have returned for a second year from states such as New York, Alabama, Michigan and Ohio.
Unknotting favorites from the bracket could be difficult given the number of unknowns.
"There's no way of knowing," Rachubka said. "Every team comes here hoping that they're going to win. There's no favorite.
"These teams we've never seen (and) we don't know – a team from Canada, a team from Alabama. The competition's pretty evenly matched, so it's really hard to say. It takes a lot of luck, not only skill. You've got to get a little elemental luck, too."
Williams can be reached by phone at 757-247-4644.
NSA Girls Fast Pitch
Eastern B World Series
•WHO: 120 teams in divisions 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under, and 18 and under.
•WHAT: National Softball Association Girls Fast Pitch Eastern B World Series.
•WHEN: Through Saturday.
•WHERE: 18U at Quarterparth Park and Kiwanis Park
16U at Quarterparth Park and James City County Parks and Rec
14U at Stoney Run Complex and select Williamsburg fields
12U at York County Complex and James CIty County Parks and Rec
10U at James City County Parks and Rec and Kiwanis Park
•SCHEDULE: Full brackets are at nsaeast.info.
To see a video interview with Frank Rachubka, go to vagazette.com.