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Youth baseball tournament expected to make big impact on Elizabethtown economy

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of baseball teams from all across the world are making their way to the Bluegrass state.  Elizabethtown is the host of the 2013 Baseball Youth Nationals Event.

Officials say there are 180 teams set to go head-to-head in the tournament over the next two weeks. Baseball teams from as far north as Canada and as far west as Hawaii are touching down to compete in the tournament.

Elizabethtown tourism officials say the tournament will make a big impact on the town's economy.  "It means over 1,900 athletes, close to 5,000 family members, and at the end of the event we will know for sure but it will easily top economic impact of $5 million," said Janna Clark with Elizabethtown Tourism.

The athletic complex hosting the tournament opened just last year. The hybrid of baseball, soccer and football fields cost $29 million.

Unfortunately, Mayor Tim Walker, one of the biggest supporters of the athletic complex, won't be around to see the venue host all the baseball action. Walker died after a massive heart attack earlier this month.

As play continues, the city council is meeting this upcoming Monday to talk about naming a replacement for the rest of Walker's term.

"I think the most important thing for every council member is to continue to move the city forward to continue to programs mayor Walker started and to expand on that," said Elizabethtown City Council member Marty Fulkerson.

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