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Vehicle City Classics tournaments to be held this summer

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(03/31/14) - Opening Day excitement stretches well beyond Comerica Park. Foutch's Strike Zone in Flint Township was filled with plenty of future all-stars early Monday morning.

"I mean everybody's in a great mood on opening day. With the success of the Tigers the last few years, we're all happy that we're going to win the world series, so it's a great day," said Judge Duncan Beagle, Greater Flint Baseball & Softball Assoc.

The Greater Flint Baseball and Softball Association, along with Foutch's, chose the start of the major league season to announce plans for a new summertime series - The Vehicle City Classics.

"We're very excited about getting it going, because number one, we want to revive baseball and add more things to the city of Flint," said Bob Holec, Greater Flint Baseball & Softball Assoc.

The Vehicle City Classics will include several tournaments throughout the summer at both Whaley and Broome Parks, as well as Mott College's field - all with a rather Flint-centric theme.

"The Buick Blowout, the Chevy Showdown, and the Fourth of July tournament is going to be the Silverado Slug Fest. These are cars that made Flint famous, and there's no better way to promote it than with the game of baseball," said Dave Dohrman, Foutch's Strike Zone.

The Flint Convention and Visitors Bureau is helping to recruit teams from all corners of the Mid West.

"I mean, some of the best Connie Mack teams, 18 U Connie Mack teams will be here in Flint, MI," Dohrman said.

Back in the day, baseball scouts regularly came through Flint - and Judge Beagle believes these tournaments can help bring them back.

"I remember it like it was yesterday. There were 15 major league scouts and Branch Rickey, I was standing next to at Dort Field and somebody had to tell me who he was," Beagle said. "Fifteen major league scouts came to Flint to watch a couple of real prospects."

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