PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City Beach is a popular vacation spot year round. During the summer, it's also "play-cation" destination for youth sports teams across the nation.
The United States Fastpitch Association (USFA) has taken over Frank Brown Park for two weeks of World Series games.
Approximately 300 teams from 22 states are soaking up the sun and playing softball, with championship games for the showcase session
wrapping up competition Saturday for 14, 16, and 18 yer old teams.
Teams tell NewsChannel 7 the World Series is worth the trip for a couple of reasons. With college scouts roaming the complex, it's a great opportunity for exposure. Secondly...the beach can't be beat.
"They had a blast. They played some really good softball and played some really competitive teams," bracket champion Centex Buzz assistant coach Jeff Wachtendorf said. "While doing that, they get to go get their sun tan on and go to the beach, do some excursions at the beach which they really look forward to. The competition was good. We had to come ready to play every day. Just a great, great time overall."
Event organizers second the teams' and scouts' enthusiasm.
"So much talent throughout the country right here for them to look at in one location," USFA national director John Cain said. "You could actually go to either one of these complexes within Frank Brown Park and watch anywhere form eight teams to ten teams play at one time."
Week two kicks off with opening ceremonies Sunday evening, featuring 8, 10 , and 12 year old teams.