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Southside ready to play ball

From staff reports

Henry County will host the 7 Year-Old Dizzy Dean World Series July 14-19 and co-host the ISA Girls Fastpitch World Series with Newton and Rockdale Counties July 20-24.

Approximately 75 teams are expected to attend the 7 Year-Old Dizzy Dean World Series and 300 teams are expected to attend the ISA Girls Fastpitch World Series. Due to the majority of hotel rooms being located in Henry County, both tournaments should result in approximately 6,000 visitors to the county and an economic impact of $10 million.

"These tournaments are good for our community," said Henry County Parks and Recreation Director Tim Coley. "Hotels and restaurants are major benefactors of the tournaments' economic impact. These tournaments not only showcase the county, but also utilize our ball fields which are investments made by the county for the community and our local players."

The Dizzy Dean World Series will be held at Windy Hill and Heritage Parks with the opening ceremonies scheduled for Thursday, July 14th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The ISA Girls Fastpitch World Series is a six game guarantee tournament with games being played at Heritage and J.P. Moseley Parks in Henry County, Turner Lake Complex in Newton County, and Earl O'Neil Park in Rockdale County. Tournament opening ceremonies will be held on July 20 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

In addition to the 7-Year-Old Dizzy Dean and ISA Girls Fast-Pitch World Series, McDonough will also play host to the AABC Roberto Clemente (7-8 year old) World Series July 21-24 at Richard Craig Park.

For more information on the tournaments please contact the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department at 770-954-2031.