With tournaments such as the Bad Decision Softball Team Tournament and the Cape Girardeau Spring Classic under their belts for the year, the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department has a wide variety of softball events happening this spring and summer.
Traveling teams come from St. Louis, Kentucky, Illinois and all over the surrounding area to play their tournaments in Cape Girardeau. As the central location of the area, nestled right between Memphis and St. Louis, Cape Girardeau has garnered a reputation as a great place to play ball.
As a result, organizations such as the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), National Softball Association (NSA), and Triple Crown Sports advertise Cape Girardeau’s Shawnee Sports Complex to the plethora of teams that they manage. The teams then decide whether they want to play here.
With Triple Crown hosting three tournaments, totaling 44 teams, over the course of the spring, it seems that many of the teams are choosing Cape Girardeau as their destination for tournaments.
The tournaments offer more than just fun and sunshine for the families of the players, they also bring great economic benefit to the Cape area. Most teams, being from out of town, end up purchasing gas in the City. Many venture to Wal-Mart for supplies and eat at the restaurants Cape has to offer. In the case of youth tournaments, lasting multiple days, visitors are also using Cape’s various motels.
It’s not too late to get in on the fun; May 18-20 is the Cape Girardeau Summer Slam. For more information on all tournaments this spring and summer, contact Parks and Recreation at 573-339-6340 or visit cityofcape.org/softball.
By Ethan Worthington, Multimedia Journalist
Spring 2012 Public Information Office Intern