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Nor'Easter Classic is this weekend

by Bob Martin
Sports Reporter - Gilford Steamer, WInnisquam Echo, Meredith News
July 17, 2017
LAKES REGION — Nor'Easter Softball will be celebrating its 20th year during the 2017 Nor'Easter Classic taking place the weekend of July 21-23, where 55 teams from New England and as far away as New York will be competing in a tournament style setup.

The event is one of the largest ASA Junior Olympic softball tournaments in New Hampshire, according to noreastersoftball.org. President and 18U coach Fern Beaudet said over the course of three days there will be teams from four age brackets playing 134 games on 14 fields around the lakes region. This includes six fields in Laconia, four in Belmont, two at Winnisquam and two in Gilford.

Beaudet said this is one of the larger tournaments in northern New England, and they try to keep the team number around 55 or so. Others are smaller, at about 20 or 30 teams.

The tournament is set up so there is a four-game guarantee, weather permitting, with three games in pool play on Friday and Saturday. It is followed by a single elimination game on Sunday.

There will be team and individual trophies distributed to tournament champions and runners up.

On the night of July 21, all three of the teams in the Nor'Easter program will be playing at Memorial Park to get the hometown fans all together. Beaudet said all ex-players, board members and parents to come watch the softball teams face teams from near and far.

"We expect a really good turnout for that Friday night," said Beaudet.

Shawn Garrett coaches the 16U team and is a voting member of the Nor'Easter Softball board of directors, and said that it is a good chance to pay respect for the coaches and players that have been a part of this for 20 years. He said they have spent so much time helping the local high schools and the players involved.

He added that the Nor'Easter Classic is not only great for the players and families, but also a chance to recognize the businesses and sponsors that have helped.

"The econonomic impact is huge," said Garrett. "Just ask all the restaurants and hotels on Sunday night."

For more information log onto noreastersoftball.org.

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