DANVILLE — DANVILLE – People can enjoy a family-friendly weekend at Echo Field while supporting support Penn State University’s Club Softball Team as its third seeded women play for a World Series berth.
The National Club Softball Association’s 2014 North Atlantic Regional women’s fast pitch final four will begin at 11:30 a.m. April 26 at Echo Field, behind F.Q. Hartman Field.
Number 1 seeded Ithaca College will play No. 4 seed Sacred Heart University. Danville’s own Tara Fritz will return to her hometown as a pitcher for Penn State and take on No. 2 seeded University of Connecticut. One team will be eliminated Saturday. The series will begin with a first pitch thrown by U.S. Olympic Men’s Fast pitch infielder Derrick Zechman of Watsontown.
The competition will resume at 9 a.m. April 27. The championship game is slated for 11:30 a.m. The two remaining teams will move on to play in the World Series May 17-18 in Columbus, Ga. All concession sales during the tournament will benefit the Danville Area Little League.
This event is sponsored by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Montour Area Recreation Commission, Montour County Commissioners Tourism Fund and Danville Area Little League.
Montour Area Recreation Commission Bob Stoudt was recently approached by the association about a location for the tournament.
He contacted officials of the Danville Little League which agreed to allow use of Echo Field, at F.Q. Hartman Stadium.
“We expect a number of people staying in hotels. This will be good for Danville and for the region,” Stoudt told Danville Borough Council members recently.
“We’d love to have a number of local people attend,” he said of the tournament expected to attract.