Rockwood scores youth baseball tournament in July, city excited for tourism dollars

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ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's a field of economic dreams, turning into reality. The City of Rockwood is hosting this year's AA Coach Pitch World Series in July, featuring youth baseball teams from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

"Hopefully it'll bring in 10,000 people, but it will definitely bring in thousands of people for this event," said Jody Mioduski, director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Rockwood.

And all those people will need somewhere to eat, sleep and fill up their cars with gas.

"They're going to see a huge increase - we have approximately 180 rooms booked for this event here locally in Roane County, and so the Walmarts and the restaurants and those type of businesses will see a huge impact that weekend," said Mioduski.

The Quality Inn in Harriman said 27 rooms are already booked for the tournament.

"It's going to be really good, we're really excited about it. We're looking forward to all of the people coming and staying," said Rachel Latshaw, with the Quality Inn.

Although the tournament will bring in a lot of money, it costs about $15,000 to host, which is why Mioduski needs your help.

"These teams get paid per day while they're here and they get a meal per day, which I need businesses and volunteers and donations to help pull all of that together," said Mioduski.

This is the first time Rockwood has been chosen to host the tournament. Mioduski said if the city makes a good impression, it could be chosen to host again in the future, which would be good for Roane County's economy.

Money raised from the tournament will go toward Parks and Recreation activities, like youth baseball and basketball.

The tournament kicks off July 26 and is scheduled to last four days. If you'd like to volunteer or donate money or supplies, call (865) 354-0434.

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