Panama City Beach Sports Complex hosts another weekend Perfect Game baseball
The Panama City Beach Sports Park is helping to host folks from near and far away get that "normal" feeling once again. The facility is hosting a tournament put on by the "Perfect Game" company this weekend.
There are 102 teams competing, from 12 to 18 year olds, so all levels of play. So the players getting to play again, the families getting to watch their kids play again.
These teams coming from all across the U.S. including a team from Colorado, which is still locked down. So you know those folks are loving being in our area this week.
Corey Hall, Perfect Game's Regional Director of the Deep South, talks about how big this is for so many involved.
"It's always important to play during the summer, to get looks, so coaches can get that up close look at how you're doing, how you've progressed." Hall told us. "But this summer it's more important than ever. As with the things going on, they haven't been able to play baseball for a while. So this might be some of the coaches' only look at the kids. We have kids from up north, kids from around the area locally. These junior colleges are finally getting a chance, and this might make or break whether they, you know get that scholarship, get that opportunity to play college baseball. So it's a big deal for these kids and they are going out there today and we've had some good performances so far."
This a first time event for Perfect Game, listening to Hall speak, well you get the distinct impression it won't be the last.
"It honestly has been great being here in Panama City Beach." Hall said Friday. "The weather has been great so far, the sunshine. The facility is unbelievable. Just to have all these turf fields in one setting and everybody, all age groups can come and enjoy it. And the staff, Jamie (Cox/Park Director), everybody has been wonderful to work with. I mean the college coaches love coming here and every travel coach has told me Like 'you guys need to run more events here we love coming here. We'll be back. When is the next one?' Everybody's excited. Nothing but positive feedback."
This event runs through Tuesday.