Registration open for busy spring, summer softball and baseball in North Charleston

Artistís rendering of new North Charleston Recreation Departmentís Wescott Park.

With five state tournaments and a World Series Tournament coming up, the North Charleston Recreation Department is gearing up for a busy spring and summer softball season.

Registration is open the entire month of January for spring and summer softball and baseball. Participants can register at any of the community centers around town or online at www.northcharleston.org.

North Charleston also has recently renovated Pepperhill Park and will open Wescott Park in July.

The tournament season opens July 5-10 with the Dixie Angels (9-10) softball state tournament. The Dixie Ponytails (11-12) state tournament will be held July 12-17.

Each tournament will have two divisions: a traditional division and an X-Play division.

As the host, North Charleston will receive an automatic bid to both the Dixie and Dixie Ponytails tournaments. The team will be selected from girls playing in the Danny Jones, Northwoods and Pepperhill areas.

The Dixie Youth AAA (9-10) baseball state tournament will be played July 19-25, and the city will receive an automatic bid. The recreation department will hold an in-house tournament between the all-star teams chosen from the North Charleston parks with the winner representing North Charleston.

All of the Dixie softball and Dixie Youth baseball tournaments will be at the new Wescott Park, and the Dixie Angels event will be the first event played there.

Wescott Park will feature three fields, each shrunk for youth baseball, that take on the looks of the Bravesí Turner Field, Bostonís Fenway Park and San Franciscoís AT&T Park.

It also will feature the Ripken Training Circle, along with batting cages and practice mounds. There will be a playground featuring an extra-large glove acting as a slide and tunnel.

The Dixie Pre-Majors (15-16) baseball state tournament will be July 15-18 at Collins Park. And the 2013 Dixie Majors (17-19) World Series will be played July 27-31 at Collins Park and Charleston Southern University. A North Charleston team will join teams from 11 states in the event.

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