THREE LAKES - More than 1,500 people packed the Don Burnside park in Three Lakes this weekend.
30 teams from all over Wisconsin and the Upper Penninsula of Michigan traveled to compete at the second annual Northwoods Baseball Classic.
The turnout doubled from last year's tournament.
This year another age division was added and people could see the new renovations at the park.
"Thisjust goes along with building the excitement," said Jason Stebbeds, theNorthwoods Baseball Classic Director. "They come here and even if their teamisn't playing, they are seeing the action and hopefully that gets the bloodflowing and gets them excited to continue to play baseball."
Kids fromages nine to 14 played on the diamond.
Coaches believe tournaments like this keep the kids involved throughout thesummer and sharpens their skills.
"Playingin these tournaments are practice time," said Scott Pop, the Norway YouthBaseball Coach. "It is so important for these kids. They are seeing differenttypes of competition. It is great for them. The exposure is just great."
Allproceeds and donations will support the local Three Lakes baseball teams andimprove facilities at Don Burnside Park.
Stebbeds said youth baseball in Three Lakes is growing and more than 170kids are now involved.
As the classic continues to grow, organizers say they will try and expandthe tournament beyond one weekend.
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