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Tourney a big hit
Teams from 10 states competed
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Vincent Myers, at left, says a prayer at the end of a game between the Unknowns from Tifton and the Diamond King & Queens of Milford, Conn., on Saturday during the ASA tournament at Central Park. - photo by Emily Saunders
Visiting athletes from around the country came out swinging Saturday during a national co-ed softball tournament in Forsyth County.

The 2009 Amateur Softball Association’s National Co-ed Class C Slow Pitch Championship “went real well,” according to Wayne Maddox, athletic manager with Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

The event at Central Park drew 14 teams from Georgia and nine other states, including Connecticut, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Rain postponed Friday night’s action, with organizers shifting all games to Saturday.

In total, 24 games were played that day, with the championship going to a team from Fayetteville.

Maddox said the event was a plus for the county because “people from out of town stayed in hotels in our area, ate at local restaurants and so on.”

He said the park off Keith Bridge Road was chosen for the championship two years ago.

“It’s one of the nicest facilities around, and we have a great staff who always come together and put on a first-class event,” he said.

Past national softball championships at Central Park include a National Mens’ Modified tournament last year.

The venue will play host to next year’s mens’ modified tournament, as well as a 10 and Under Girls Class A Southern National tournament.