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Gay softball's Emerald City Classic sets records
Gay softball's Emerald City Classic sets records
Record entries for Gay softball's Emerald City Classic More than 50 teams expected for World Series warm-up event

SEATTLE - A record-setting fifty LGBT softball teams have signed up for the Emerald City Classic, Seattle's bi-annual international Gay softball tournament, held this year June 30 - July 1.

Officials from the Emerald City Softball Association, which organizes the event, say that this year's ECC is by far the largest tournament in its history - including a record number of teams from outside of Puget Sound. Also, for the first time the ECC is including a Women's Division.

Among teams participating in the ECC are those traveling from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Vancouver, B.C. In many respects, the 2007 Emerald City Classic will serve as a dry run for the 2008 Gay Softball World Series, which is expected to attract more than 200 teams from 58 LGBT softball leagues across the country.

ECC Tournament Director Frank Pichinini said that he believes many teams are visiting in anticipation of the 2008 Gay Softball World Series. "We hope that one of the legacies of the World Series is that we build the Emerald City Classic into a major weekend tournament in the international Gay softball community," Pichinini said.

One of the proudest achievements for this year's tournament, organizers say is the inclusion of a Women's Division, as well an "Open B" Division, which is one of the more elite skill levels of play.

Also for the first time, Saturday's preliminary rounds will be held on 12 fields at four different softball venues across South King County. Then, by Sunday afternoon, championship games for each of the four divisions of play will be contested simultaneously on adjacent fields at a single venue - a feature unique to weekend Gay tournaments that local organizers hope will contribute to a positive experience for all players and fans.

Competition for the Emerald City Classic will be held across three softball complexes in South King County on the same fields schedule for World Series competition in 2008.

Evening events are planned for Capitol Hill, with championship games schedule for Sunday, July 1, at 4:30 p.m. at Celebration Park in Federal Way. For more about the ECC, including information about volunteer opportunities, please visit http://www.seattleGaysoftball.com

An Emerald City Softball Association press release

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