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Grand Slam Tournaments looking for record summer in Bay County

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 8:31 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -In terms of youth baseball things are really going to be heating up in our area starting next week. At least in terms of teams coming this way to compete in Grand Slam baseball tournaments.

The 2021 Grand Slam World Series of Baseball, Session One set to start Monday, June 14th. That event will host teams in 7 different age groups, with the games taking place at both Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, and the Panama City Beach Sports Complex. More than 100 teams coming here to play for their respective titles. And these are teams that have actually been taking part in Grand Slam regional events dating back to the early part of the year.

“No we haven’t had any events here locally.” says Larry Thompson, CEO of Grand Slam Sports Tournaments, and host of the Session One Grand Slam event. “All we’ve had is qualifiers all over the southeast for people to qualify to come here for one of the four week long World Series events that we’ll have. We started our Grand Slam back on Presidents Day weekend in February. Somewhere in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, had almost four thousand teams play with us throughout the whole spring and now early summer, throughout the entire southeast. All gearing up for the big World Series events here in Panama City Beach. "

Thompson says this year will set a new record for his company in terms of the number of teams coming here to compete.

“Yeah no doubt.” Thompson told me “The most teams we’ve ever had in our total four (week) sessions is 412 teams. We did that a few years back I think because of COVID last year and people not being able to travel, everybody’s just got that pent up frustration, they’re ready to travel. I had no idea it was going to just blossom like it did. We’re going to have over 500 teams here in Bay County throughout the summer, right at 550, we’re going to be close to 550 from 23 different states. So we’re packing them in this summer but we’re excited and looking forward to it.”

A quick glance at the teams coming here for session one shows they’re coming from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri and Ohio, just to name a few.

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