51st Smoky Mountain Classic underway Friday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Well it's that time of year again sports fans as the premier slow-pitch softball tournament in the land, the Smoky Mountain Classic is back
for it's 51st run in Blount County.

Now the games crank up Friday morning over in Maryville
but Thursday night, as is the case each year, they kicked off the event with the always popular home run derby. Oh yeah, the softball's were flying out of Sandy Springs Park Thursday and the fun continues tomorrow as the annual tournament gets underway, an event which features the top talent in the land says Chris Clark of Blount County parks and Rec, " These are really the best of the best at the slow pitch level these are the professionals, they travel around each week playing against each other these are former baseball, basketball and football athletes in college that still have that competitive spirit and this helps them to satisfy that opportunity."

All the fun begins at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning at Sandy Springs Park. Admission is $6 dollars Friday and Saturday and $5 on championship Sunday.