The Prescott Parks and Recreation Department on Friday will host 65 girls' fast-pitch teams for the 2012 Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Best of the West Tournament—the highest number of entries the City of Prescott has ever hosted for a single amateur softball tournament.
According to Parks & Recreation Director Joe Baynes, last year's tournment resulted in approximately $250,000 in direct spending from locals and visitors. With two additional teams this year, Baynes expects increased numbers in spending, sales, and bed tax revenues.
Best of the West kicks off late Friday afternoon and evening with 18-and-under and 16-and-under games at Pioneer Park, 1200 Commerce Drive; 12-and-under contests at Heritage Park, 1497 Heritage Park Road; 14-and-under games at Ken Lindley Field, 702 E. Gurley St.; and 10-and-under and 14-and-under contests at the Bill Vallely Field complex, 621 N. Washington St.
The 10U, 12U, 16U and 18U action gets under way at 5 p.m., with 14U play scheduled for a 6:45 p.m. start Friday.
The Best of the West tournament will continue from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the same locations.