And then the actual tournament itself will be Saturday and Sunday.
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Three age groups will play in the tournament: 10 and under; 12 and under; and 14 and under. Six Spooky Nook employees from Pennsylvania will make the trip here to help.
“We currently have eight or nine teams absolutely confirmed,” she said. “And we still have a couple spots open for teams.”
Anyone interested in joining should contact Christina Aulbach, director of softball, at email@example.com.
The tournament will be called the Hamilton Hustle not for former Reds player Pete “Charlie Hustle” Rose, but because of the alliteration of Hamilton and Hustle, and also because Aulbach always tells her players, “If nothing else, win the hustle game. Hustle more than the other team, work as hard as you possibly can.”
“This will be her, hopefully, first of many Hamilton Hustles,” Bender said.
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Teams will come from Hamilton, Cincinnati, Loveland, New Richmond, Goshen and elsewhere.
Another thing the tournament should show Hamiltonians is, “We’re not even out there yet, and we can reach these surrounding areas, and we can bring people to your town, your area and your businesses,” Bender said.
Games will be played at the North End Athletic Fields, on Joe Nuxhall Boulevard.
“Our team here has been reaching out to local vendors in Hamilton and the surrounding areas, so we’re going to have food trucks, and we’ve been in contact with the city, and they’re excited to have us out,” Bender said. “It’s truly been a full-court press from the Pennsylvania Spooky Nook team and the city of Hamilton.”
Games will start each day at 8 a.m.
“I think what makes our tournaments in general special is that we have a team at the Nook that it is their job to put on successful and fun tournaments,” she said. “So bringing that expertise — something we do all the time here internally here in Lancaster — bringing that out to showcase to the folks in Ohio, the caliber of tournament we can produce, is really the thing we’re most excited about.”
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