FLINT TWP. (WJRT) (12/6/2019) - The City of Flint is now hosting the regional tournament qualifier for the Connie Mack World Series. It's a baseball sporting event that happens every year. Local leaders say this is exactly what they need to put Flint back on the map.
"People come in town, they will see we are moving forward, against all odds, it's going to be an awesome event," Sean Croudy said. He is the director of community recreation in Flint.
The announcement was made at Foutch's Strike Zone in Flint Township on Thursday. The games will be held within Flint city limits at at Broome Park, Whaley Park Stadium and Mott Community College Kearsley Park. There will be 16 teams in the game. Croudy said it will bring more money to the Flint area.
"Money in our economy, we have a nice downtown so it's places to go, and places to see."
Not only will this be an economic boost, young aspiring baseball players from the area will get a chance to work on their craft.
"It's going to give them the opportunity to develop individually as teams," Drew Johnson said. He works with the baseball and softball association in the area.
The regional event will be held in July. The regional champion will get an automatic spot to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico with $10,000 in travel money.