This year, it may be hundreds instead of thousands of players and fans who flock to York County for the National Softball Association Class B Girls Fastpitch World Series. We have rising gas prices to thank for that.
Nonetheless, this is likely to be a big boost for the local economy, with visitors staying in local hotels, eating in restaurants and visiting local stores and shops. Event directors and sponsors also have scheduled events for players, such as special deals at Carowinds and a party Tuesday night at Knight's Castle ballpark in Fort Mill.
This tournament, which started Sunday and ends Thursday, provides a chance for local fans to watch some top-notch softball. Games will be played at Cherry Park and Hargett Park in Rock Hill and several sites around Charlotte.
This also is an opportunity for York County to show its hospitality. Players, families and fans will travel here from Florida, New York, Wisconsin and everywhere in between, and they undoubtedly will return home with nice things to say about York County and its outstanding athletic facilities.
As always, we tip our hats to all those involved in organizing this annual event. Even with a smaller roster, they have to arrange for 110 teams to compete.
We welcome all those who have traveled from far and wide for this tournament. We hope they find their stay here enjoyable -- even if they don't take anything home with them but happy memories.