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Softball tournament aims to bring attention to revival of Detroit

Tournament is May 12-13

The 2nd annual Battle at Belle Isle softball tournament takes place from May 12-13, 2018.
The 2nd annual Battle at Belle Isle softball tournament takes place from May 12-13, 2018. (Courtesy - Dan Weiss)

DETROIT – A softball tournament in Detroit is coming back for its second year to get young girls involved in the sport and to show off the cit's revival.

The softball tournament is set for Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Games will be played at Maheras-Gentry Park (12550 Avondale Street) beginning at 9 a.m. each day, with Saturday's last game wrapping up around 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's championship game ending around 3:30 p.m.

The tournament features girls ages 10 to 14 from 17 travel softball teams all across Michigan, ranging from Brighton to Roseville to Richmond. It is free and open to the public, but rates still apply to get on the island.

The 2nd annual Battle at Belle Isle softball tournament is Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.
The 2nd annual Battle at Belle Isle softball tournament is Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.

Dan Weiss, who has a daughter on the Freedom Fastpitch 14U team, says the tournament serves more than just one purpose.

"The goal for this tournament is to prepare the young ladies for the next level of competition," Weiss said.

"(The tournament) gives people an opportunity to visit Detroit and see the improvements."

Here are all the teams involved in this year's tournament:

14U Division

  • Freedom 14U (Roseville)
  • Hitz 14U (Chesterfield)
  • Livonia Storm Red 13U
  • Ann Arbor Gold 13U
  • Berkley Burn 14U
  • Legacy 14U (Brighton)
  • Troy Raptors

12U Division

  • Freedom 12U (Roseville)
  • Richmond Blues 12U
  • Fraser Fury 12U
  • Livonia Storm Red 12U
  • TST Wixom 12U
  • Livonia Wild
  • Legacy 12U (Brighton)
  • Rage 12U Blue (New Boston)
  • Berkley Burn 12U
  • Foster Oilers 12U (Richmond)