LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — About 1,000 visitors are expected in Long Beach, Miss., when it hosts the 2013 Cal Ripken Southwest Regional baseball tournament.
Mayor Billy Skellie tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/19Ixp8R ) the tournament should be a large economic boost to the community, and the city will distribute maps showing the many eateries, shops and other amenities the city has to offer, including a brand-new yogurt shop.
The tournament will be at the Long Beach Recreational Field. It will host at least 30 All-Star teams of 7- and 11-year-olds between July 18 and 22. Championship teams and runners-up will step up to the plate in the bracket from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Tournament director Danny Davis says he expects the tournament to have a huge impact on Gulfport, Long Beach and surrounding areas.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com