This weekend, Grand Slam Baseball once again returns to Bay County and Frank Brown Park, this time for the 9th Annual Battle at the Beach Baseball Bash. Nearly sixty teams from 9U to 14U are on the diamond this weekend for the tournament, which kicked off Thursday night.
Several squads at this weekend's tournament are local, but most are from out of state, including as far away as Missouri and Ohio. Larry Thompson is the owner of Grand Slam sports, and says from now until the end of July, 500 teams will come to Bay County to play ball, which brings a definite boost to the local economy.
"The good thing about Grand Slam, and I'm very proud of this fact, is that we are the number two largest impact sporting event that comes to Bay County," said Thompson on Friday. "We are responsible for 25,000 room nights and right at this time and about a $4 million dollar economic impact to the county. We're just glad that Bay County likes Grand Slam as much as Grand Slam likes Bay County."
Tournament play continues through Sunday, when teams wrap up single elimination play to decide age bracket winners.