Long Beach will host Ripken tournament

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 6:06 AM

LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — About 1,000 visitors are expected in Long Beach, Miss., when it hosts the 2013 Cal Ripken Southwest Regional baseball tournament.

Mayor Billy Skellie tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/19Ixp8R ) the tournament should be a large economic boost to the community, and the city will distribute maps showing the many eateries, shops and other amenities the city has to offer, including a brand-new yogurt shop.

The tournament will be at the Long Beach Recreational Field. It will host at least 30 All-Star teams of 7- and 11-year-olds between July 18 and 22. Championship teams and runners-up will step up to the plate in the bracket from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Tournament director Danny Davis says he expects the tournament to have a huge impact on Gulfport, Long Beach and surrounding areas.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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