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Tournaments mean home run for Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The City of Montgomery is hosting the Alabama High School Athletic Association's baseball and softball tournaments.

That means thousands of people are filling hotel rooms, eating and shopping.

The fans don't know it but between a state softball and baseball tournament, their being here could pump $1.5 million dollars into Montgomery's economy.

"We love coming up here. We enjoy being here," says Gwen Vaughn.

Vaughn is no stranger to Montgomery.

In fact, it's the 5th time she's been to Lagoon Park for the tournament.

"We either go to the mall, or do something with the girls and we take them out to ya know, the barbecue restaurants. We've enjoyed it. We spend a lot of money here," says Vaughn.

$1,000 dollars to be exact. But multiply that by thousands of players' parents and friends doing the same and it's no doubt something to cheer about.

"We certainly hope they visit all of the attractions we have and leave wanting to come back. And I think they do every year," says Natalie Norman with Montgomery Parks and Recreation.

"It was about 35 years ago when I used to play here and the facilities are still outstanding," says Spanish Fort resident, Richard Cox.

Cox grew up in Montgomery and says coming back has been eye-opening.

"I haven't been here in a while, but just to see the growth in Montgomery."

It's what city leaders hope keeps people coming back as they work to keep tournaments like these on home turf.

Between the softball and baseball tournaments, there are 64 teams participating.

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