The City of Hendersonville has been selected by the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association as the host of the Inaugural Middle School baseball and softball state tournaments to be held at Drakes Creek Park May 21-22, 2021.
“We are extremely excited to be partnering with the staff at the TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association) and TMSAA to bring this event to Hendersonville,” Hendersonville Parks Director Andy Gilley said. “Our department is very grateful for the support of the HendersonvilleBoard of Mayor and Aldermen and the Sumner County Tourism Office. Without the support of these two groups, putting bids together to bring these events to our city would not be possible.”
The TMSAA baseball and softball state tournament will bring the top eight middle school baseball and softball programs from across the state of Tennessee together for one weekend following their regular season, district and sectional tournament play.
“It is vital to our city to bring these types of events in, and especially following this unprecedented year when we are experiencing thousands of dollars in lost revenue for our city and businesses due to events having to be canceled, we will need a big year in 2021,” GIlley went on to say.
Interim City Administrator and Former Parks Director, Dave LeMarbre said of the event, “We have submitted bids in the past for TSSAA events. This will be our first state championship event to host with them and we could not be more excited. The Parks Facilities we have here, the restaurants and hotels we have, they are all top of the line and we feel like we will be able to offer teams and families a great experience here in Hendersonville. Kudos to our Parks Staff and the Sumner County Tourism Office for putting together a successful bid presentation.”
Local schools will benefit as well from the event being held in Hendersonville as the city will be patterning with Beech High School baseball to host one site of the baseball portion of the tournament. Also, the Hendersonville Civitan Club and Hendersonville High School baseball and softball programs will be Abel to gain revenue through the event. While the TMSAA will receive revenue from ticket sales, the school groups and civic groups will benefit through the parking and concession revenue.
“It is a total win-win all the way around for our city, the local groups, our local restaurants and hotels and the TMSAA and we can’t wait to get to work on this,” Gilley added.