Forsyth County lands national fastpitch tourney

Up to 120 teams in area

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A national fastpitch tournament and east coast championship will take place in Forsyth County this summer.

The Triple Crown/USA Nationals will play ball in parks located in Cumming, Alpharetta and Gainesville July 14 through July 17

The Gold Level National event, which is televised by CBS Sports, is entering its third year.

The plan is to continue making this a strong national event with top teams from each region represented, said Krista Judge, a spokeswoman for the event.

Anna Taylor Barlow, director of tourism for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said organizers were thrilled with the parks in the area on a recent visit.

“I have been pursuing them to come to a site visit for quite a while and they finally came and loved it,” Barlow said.

Organizers of the Triple Crown/USA Nationals were also happy with the area’s proximity to Atlanta as people from all over the country will be traveling here for the tournament.

Other locations the tournament has taken place at include Lake Tahoe/Reno, Nev. and New York.

This year, the teams will be playing at 32 fields in Forsyth County, eight fields in Alpharetta and eight fields around Lake Lanier.

The top 100 18U teams from Triple Crown national rankings along with the top five 18U Teams from Triple Crown regional rankings will be here.

New this year will be the 14U division. The 16U and 14U teams are invited based on the T.C. National Rankings where the 18U teams get to invite their sister-club teams.

Barlow said that’s between 80 to 120 teams.

“We had to partner because we have the fields, but we don’t have enough hotels,” Barlow said.

The event will take about 900 to 1,000 rooms per night.

Under a five-year agreement, smaller regional tournaments will again play in Cumming for upcoming events. The Gold Level component is slated to return in 2017.

“It’s going to bring in the top teams from all over the United States,” Barlow said.

The economic impact to Forsyth County and neighboring cities can only be estimated, but gas stations, hotels and restaurants will certainly experience a boost.

“Some of the hotels are already sold out,” Barlow said.

For more information about the tournament, visit http://www.triplecrownsports.com.