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Huge Turnout for Second Annual Northwoods Baseball ClassicSubmitted: 06/24/2018
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.


 "This just goes along with building the excitement," said Jason Stebbeds, the Northwoods Baseball Classic Director. "They come here and even if their team isn't playing, they are seeing the action and hopefully that gets the blood flowing and gets them excited to continue to play baseball."

Kids from ages nine to 14 played on the diamond.

Coaches believe tournaments like this keep the kids involved throughout the summer and sharpens their skills.

 "Playing in these tournaments are practice time," said Scott Pop, the Norway Youth Baseball Coach. "It is so important for these kids. They are seeing different types of competition. It is great for them. The exposure is just great."

All proceeds and donations will support the local Three Lakes baseball teams and improve facilities at Don Burnside Park.

Stebbeds said youth baseball in Three Lakes is growing and more than 170 kids are now involved.

As the classic continues to grow, organizers say they will try and expand the tournament beyond one weekend.



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Story By: Mazie Vincent

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