Triple Crown fast pitch is bringing the 15th installment of its national tournament to northern Nevada, the first year Triple Crown has partnered with Sparks.
Bill Walters, the Triple Crown Sports World Series tournament director, said the company heard about the development of Golden Eagle Regional Park and initiated contact in 2009. Eventually, they visited the site and were sold on the possibility of holding a major tournament in Sparks and Reno.
“Amazing first year success. Sparks and Reno are a great destination,” Dave King, Triple Crown Sports CEO said in a news release. “We were expecting 80 teams and 118 is what we have. That is just awesome.”
There will be two separate tournaments, one for 10-under teams and one for 12-under teams. Due to the difficulty of dividing teams up from different geographical areas based on talent, it will be an open class six-game style tournament. Pool play will lead into an elimination bracket. According to its Web site, Triple Crown will seed pools to the best of its ability based on records and geography.
The tournament runs from today to Saturday.
Teams that finish first and second from five-team pools, and third from six-team pools will advance to the Gold Championship bracket.
The third- and fourth-place squads from five-team pools and the fourth- and fifth-place teams from six-team pools will advance to the Silver Championship bracket.
Teams that finish last in pool play move on to compete in the Bronze Championship bracket.
Teams that place first or second in the Gold Brackets earn automatic berths to the 2012 Championships.
In 2010, 89 teams from 20 states and Canada participated in the 10U/12U World Series.
This year, most of the teams are California-based, but several will travel from as far away as Hawaii.
Golden Eagle Regional Park won’t be the only Sparks facility utilized for the tournaments. Shadow Mountain Sports Complex and Spanish Springs High School will also host games. Reno’s Hilltop Park, Idlewild Park and Bishop Manogue High School are scheduled to hold games.
If teams choose, they could sign up for today’s skills challenge at Golden Eagle and rack up points in five different events: Hitting or Bunting Challenge, Speed & Accuracy Throw, ‘ALL IN’ (Quickest Infield/Outfield) Drill, Pitchers Duel, and ‘PASS the BATon’ (Relay Base Running).
You can follow your favorite team by going to www.triplecrownsports.com and using the team search within the event’s page.