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New Majestic Park fields 'booked solid' for spring, summer

by From Staff Reports | November 17, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

From staff reports

The new Majestic Park baseball complex is "booked solid" for spring and summer, Derek Phillips, the facility's general manager, said Tuesday.

"We have tournaments already scheduled beginning in February and running into late July," Phillips said in a news release from Visit Hot Springs.

"We have both baseball and softball tournaments already on the schedule, and we're booked solid for the spring and summer. We're still in contact with other tournament organizers for the dates we still have available next fall."

"Of course," Phillips said, "we have plenty of spaces left for our local kids to play in locally organized games at Majestic. That's the beauty of the facility: we have space and time for a whole lot of baseball in Hot Springs."

The Great American Conference, which includes Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, announced in September it will hold its 2022 Baseball Championship tournament at the new Majestic Park baseball complex.

Visit Hot Springs also previously announced that nine college baseball teams from four states will compete Feb. 3-6, 2022, in the Dugan Invitational Tournament to inaugurate tournament play at the baseball complex.

Henderson State and Southern Arkansas will join seven other NCAA Division II teams in competing at the inaugural Dugan Invitational Tournament in February. The tournament is named for Hot Springs baseball historian and former HSU Sports Information Director Mike Dugan. He spearheaded the creation of Majestic Park, according to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs.

Registration will begin in January for a new local Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken league that will play its games at Majestic Park.

After the closure of the Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club, where the complex is located, the only organized play inside the city limits was T-ball and softball at Kimery Park, Arrison has previously said. The only organized youth baseball leagues were located outside the city limits, he said.

The 2022 tournament schedule as of Tuesday included the following:

• Feb. 3-6 -- Dugan Invitational.

• Feb. 25 -- United States Specialty Sports Association tournament.

• March 1 (all week) -- Ryan White High School Baseball Invitational.

• March 5 -- First leg of the Everett Triple Crown.

• March 11 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• March 18 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• March 27 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• April 1 -- Second leg of the Everett Triple Crown.

• April 8 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• April 15 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• April 22 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• April 29 -- Third leg of the Everett Triple Crown.

• May 7 -- Great American Conference Championship.

• May 13 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• May 20 -- USSSA FastPitch Tournament.

• May 27 -- 40th Annual Wally Hall Tournament of Champions.

• June 3 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• June 10 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• June 17 -- USSSA Baseball Tournament.

• June 24 -- USSSA State Championship.

• July 1 -- Cal Ripken State Championship.

• July 8 -- Cal Ripken Regional Tournament.

• July 15 -- USSSA 16-18 World Series.

• July 24 (all week) -- FastPitch America Softball Association Tournament.

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