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Southwest Florida Travel Ball starts Saturday

July 31, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Fort Myers- Lee County Parks & Recreation baseball facilities just finished hosting six consecutive weeks of amateur baseball tournaments at its sites with 342 teams that played 1,233 games.

The action will continue this weekend when Southwest Florida Travel Ball starts Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Lee County Player Development Complex and Terry Park.

Those two sites - as well as the Lee County Sports Complex, JetBlue Park and City of Palms Park - hosted the following:

n Amateur Athletic Union Na-tional Championships: one week, 40 teams, 162 games July 23-29.

n Perfect Game Baseball: three weeks, 276 teams, 980 games June 30-July 20.

n USA Baseball: two weeks, 26 teams, 91 games June 18-30.

The Perfect Game Baseball event also drew collegiate and pro scouts to Lee County. Summer's annual baseball events significantly impact Lee County's hotels and motels. Teams came from the Lower 48 states and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Canada.

A sports tourism report detailing baseball's economic impact in July will be available at the Aug. 10 Lee County Tourist Development Council meeting. In 2011, amateur baseball events used Lee County Parks & Recreation's stadiums 218 days with players, coaches and their families generating a $48.8 million economic impact.

Information on Lee County Parks & Recreation's baseball facilities can be found at



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