FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown is quickly becoming the softball capital of Central Ohio.
Kirby Carder is a big reason.
Carder is in his sixth year as organizer of the USA Softball of Ohio “C” State Tournament. The tournament — once known as the Dog Days Slam Fest and the Ohio Rec League Championship — has doubled in size in just the past three years. Last year, there were 42 teams in five different levels. This year, there are 61.
“There are not a lot of tournaments this weekend,” Carder told the News. “I think it’s because there are several national tournaments. So, we get all the teams who don’t qualify for nationals.”
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