Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Set to Host USSSA Softball World Series

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Set to Host USSSA Softball World Series

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After two months of planning, Visit Topeka sports sales manager Jennifer Muse believes Topeka is ready.

Starting Thursday morning, the city will be host of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Fastpitch Softball World Series, with games being played at Bettis, Lake Shawnee and Rueger sports complexes.

"This was a first-time event for us," Muse said, "and we're just really trying to make it as memorable to the players and fans as we possibly can."

The welcoming started Wednesday, as Bettis was the host of various skills competitions for players who arrived in Topeka a day early.

Bettis will be the main site, as four baseball fields will be used as softball diamonds for the three-day tournament.

"We want people in Topeka to know we're trying to utilize it as much as we can," Muse said, "and not for just baseball, but if softball can be held here, we're absolutely going to try to do that."

Though original estimates had 85 teams and 1,100 players coming to town, the final tally was slightly below that: 70 teams and approximately 900 players from eight Midwest states. …

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