The Evanston Baseball and Softball Association will host a travel baseball tournament at James Park next month that’s expected to bring 2,000 people to town to watch some 500 youngsters on 40 teams play during the three-day event.
The Stars and Stripes Tournament runs from July 6 to 8 and is expected to draw teams of 9 to 13 year-olds from across the Chicago region.
The tournament is being organized with assistance from The Strike Zone, a baseball and softball academy located in Glenview. EBSA’s travel teams, the Orange Cats, will have four teams participating in the tournament.
“We are very excited about this tournament which, in addition to being a lot of fun for the players, can also generate revenue for Evanston businesses,” said EBSA President David Campbell.
Campbell says the association hopes to turn the tournament into an annual event.
The tournament will have five divisions, one for each age group, and will include about 135 games over the three days with the semi-finals and championship games for each division being held on July
“We have a lot of experience organizing tournaments of this size and we are pleased to partner with EBSA for this annual event,” said John Fix, The Strike Zone’s president.
The volunteer-run, non-profit EBSA has operated in Evanston for over 60 years.