The City of Kingman is hosting the 2016 Western “B” National softball tournament for girls 12 and under. Games at Centennial Park are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday and could spill into Sunday if there are any weather-related postponements.
Parks and Recreation Director Mike Meersman said his personnel have been working hard to prepare to play host to the 29 teams who will be playing ball and spending money in the community.
“We look at this as a great opportunity for us to shine,” Meersman said. “Our ballfields are in great shape. Out staff has been working diligently to have this be as successful of a tournament as can be.”
Teams from Lake Havasu City, Kingman and Bullhead City have joined 26 others who have traveled from other Arizona communities, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Texas.
“We’re going to have some of the top talented teams from all over the southwest,” said Ryan Fruhwirth, Recreation Coordinator for the City of Kingman. “We are thrilled to be able to put our best feet forward for these teams and we really want to make a good impression on them.”
Fruhwirth said local softball fans will enjoy top quality youth softball play. He explained admissions fees will cover tournament costs.
“The fees are very reasonable. It’s $10 for an entire day of softball. If you’re going to be there for more than three days, buy the week-long pass for $30. Children six and under are free and children six to 18 are $8 a day,” Fruhwirth said.
With as many as 2,000 visitors coming to watch their kids and teams play, Fruhwirth encouraged local merchants to bring their “A” game in terms of hospitality.
“Business cooperation here in town is essential to make this tournament successful,” Fruhwirth said. “We want these teams to be coming back year after year.”