About 1,000 of the top level female fastpitch players from all corners of the province and Quebec will descend on Brantford this weekend.
Seventy-two rep travel teams with players ranging from under-12 to under-19 are scheduled to play 240 games at the annual Queen of the Diamonds Victoria Day Classic hosted by the Brantford Bobcats.
Games will be played at Greenlane Sports Complex in Paris, Cambridge, Princeton and Drumbo parks in addition to the 6 main diamonds at Steve Brown, Dufferin and Iroquois parks in Brantford from Friday through Monday.
Tournament Chair Tom Cox says events of this scale provide a substantial financial boost to the overall community-between hotel bookings, registrations, food and gas purchases, they can easily tally to several hundred thousand dollars of direct economic benefit.
This year’s Queen of the Diamonds tournament will be one of the largest fastpitch softball tournaments in the country and feature some of the country’s very best players. “It is wonderful to be able to showcase the excellence in our sport at our own host event,” said Erin Forman, head of rep softball in Brantford. “After a long winter off and a slow start to spring we are looking forward to lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures this weekend.”
The Bobcats have long been one of the premier fastpitch organizations in the country.
They are coming off a very successful 2018 season, which saw them once again representing Ontario at last year’s national championships.