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An estimated 60 to 90 teams will flood the area


California-based Senior Softball USA (SSUSA) is moving most of one of its major softball tournaments to Mohave County this spring. SSUSA for years has held its Spring World Championships in St. George, Utah and nearby Mesquite, Nevada.

SSUSA CEO Terry Hennessey said the organization has been priced out of St. George where the city doubled the rental fee for its premier softball complex. Accordingly, SSUSA will use six fields in Mesquite for some of the older divisions with fewer teams and shift the rest of the tournament to northwest Arizona.

“They contacted us, and after a bit of negotiation, they decided they wanted to bring one of their very large-scale tournaments to our town this coming March. We're very excited about it," said Ryan Fruhwirth, Recreation Coordinator for the City of Kingman. He said the tournament is scheduled March 22-24.

The tournament drew 113 teams to St. George and Mesquite last year.

“They've estimated somewhere between 60 and 90 teams will be flooding our area. With some quick math here, you can see that's between 2,500 and 3,000 ballplayers and their families, spectators and such," Fruwirth said. “It's going to be an enormous economic boon to our community and we are thrilled to partner with them."

Fruwirth said the bulk of the tournament will be anchored in Kingman, making use of a total of eleven fields at Centennial and Southside Parks. He said some games will be played in Bullhead City and in Lake Havasu City, if necessary.

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