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Softball tournament bringing big business to East Hartford

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It’s hot outside, but it wasn't enough to keep nearly 50 teams from competing in a girls softball tournament in East Hartford.

"Part of, really, when the parents travel to a national, it's generally part of their vacation. They come and that's one of the reasons why it's spread out, it's not all softball. They want to get together with the other teams,” said USSSA Tournament Director David Rocha.

Players and parents are in town for about a week, and during the day it's all about the game, but off the field they are making local businesses pretty happy.

This is the second annual tournament in East Hartford and it draws a pretty good crowd.

Parents and players come from all over the northeast, and while they're here, they eat, shop and sleep…which is a real win for area businesses.

"I can't tell you how many hotels are involved in this but we are pretty much full all week,” said Kevin McCabe, of Best Western.

There will be more games on Wednesday.

It’s been a hot week, but the teams are prepared as they came with lots of tents and coolers.

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