Virginia’s Blue Ridge Wins Pitch for Softball Championships

ROANOKE, Va. — Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge and VBR Sports have announced that the region was awarded the 2021 USA Girls 16U and 18U GOLD Fastpitch National Championship, as well as the 2021 USA Men’s Class D & E Eastern Slowpitch National Championship.

The region edged out Clearwater, Fla., and Atlanta to win the bid for the USA Girls 16U and 18U Gold Fastpitch National Championship. The event is expected to draw up to 100 teams to the area over the course of the seven-day tournament.

“It goes without saying that over our 20-plus years of partnership with USA Softball, and the many events that we bring in each year, that 2020 is going to be a record year,” said John Shaner, director of Salem Parks & Recreation.

The 2021 Fastpitch National Championship is slated for July 18 to 25, 2021 and the 2021 Eastern Slowpitch National Championship happens from Sept. 3 to 6.

Additionally, Salem will serve as the only city in Virginia to host the USA Olympic Softball Team Tour Stop on June 25, 2020, as part of its “Stand Beside Her” tour. This will be the final stop before the team heads to Japan to compete for the gold medal.

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