Knoxville To Host Its Largest Tourney Ever This August
The next stop on the road to Dallas Series 2014 is in Knoxville, TN for the K-Town Softball Klassic. This is the 8th annual tournament and it will be the biggest ever with a record-breaking 40 teams entered across three divisions.
In addition to boasting a large tournament field, the K-Town Klassic will also feature a B division with 7 teams. “This is our first year ever with a B division and we are extremely excited as most tourneys in the Southeast region have not been able to have enough interest for one this year,” said Mario Riles, K-Town Klassic tournament director. A C division is also being offered along with a large D division that will feature 21 teams, 5 of which have either already qualified for the 2014 GSWS or will officially do so before the Klassic.
Obviously, the competition will be legendary in East Tennessee over the first weekend in August, but Knoxville wants you to know that it has more to offer than a little dirt in your “skirt”. Mario Riles is the K-Town Klassic tournament director for the 4th consecutive year and he is excited to showcase what Knoxville is all about. Riles summed it up in general with just two words, “Southern Hospitality”.
Besides that hospitality K-Town will be guaranteeing 4 games per team and the tournament plans on having 2 umpires per game for pool play and double elimination. The tourney will be contested at Caswell Park & Mayor Bob Leonard Park. “Knoxville is known for its beautiful fields at Caswell Park that are extremely well maintained,” said Riles.
The weekend festivities will be kicked off with the Registration Party on Friday, August 1st at The Edge. Registration will be from 6 pm to 9 pm with some seriously sickening entertainment in the form of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 5 star Alyssa Edwards along with local performers and maybe even a few Knoxville players in drag too! There will be events all weekend long at tournament sponsors The Edge, Club XYZ and Kristtophers to make all of the out-of-town players feel right at home.
Trophies will be awarded at the fields on Sunday to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams in each division. The 1st place team will get championship t-shirts along with their trophy. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will get medals in addition to their trophies. After the games conclude there will be a tournament outing at Kristtophers with games of flip cup, beer pong, a beer bust and other fun to bring the weekend home.
The Diamond Dish is pleased to announce that it will be in Knoxville for the tournament to cover all of the action wire to wire. A special thanks to tournament co-director Tonya Vaughn for the invite and her help with making it possible for the DD to be in K-Town this August to cover the tourney. Keep checking back all weekend long as there will be a live blog feed on our website along with live tweets on our Twitter page, @softballdish .
All eyes will be on this blossoming tournament in the Southeastern United States in just a few short weeks and the DD thinks that the K-Town Klassic might be looking for more field space in the coming years as this tourney continues to grow and grow.
*Thanks to K-Town Klassic tournament director Mario Riles for his help with this tournament spotlight article*