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MAC hosts first large USSSA event


Shelbyville's new Meridian Athletic Complex echoed with the sounds of summer on Saturday at the first “U-trip” softball tournament held at the facility.


U-trip is the United States Specialty Sports Association. The group organizes kids' sporting events across the country.


West Central Lightning, the Indiana Terror, the Gators, the Storm and more – a total of 16 teams, two from Kentucky, are competing at the new ballpark. The games are part of U-trip's 4th annual Field of Dreams double-elimination fast-pitch softball tournament for girls aged 10 and under.


Some 400 players, parents and officials are in town for the 2-day competition, the first major softball event held at the MAC, the Meridian Athletic Complex, on South Meridian Street near Shelbyville's city pool.


Over the winter, the Shelbyville Parks & Recreation Department rehabilitated the old athletic field, putting in four softball diamonds to host large-scale tournaments.


The goal is to draw visitors, and their tourism dollars, to the city. However, anyone may attend the games; admission is free.


Additional games are scheduled for Sunday.


Information about upcoming tournament games this spring and summer is on the parks department website – www.shelbyparks.com – and on the U-trip website – www.usssa.com.