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Published August 27, 2013, 10:49 AM

Baseball tourney director: Williston a great host

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The executive director of the 2013 Babe Ruth World Series says years of hard work in planning for the event paid off and he couldn't be more pleased with how Williston hosted the competition.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The executive director of the 2013 Babe Ruth World Series says years of hard work in planning for the event paid off and he couldn't be more pleased with how Williston hosted the competition.

When area leaders began planning for the tournament several years ago, many were concerned that hotels in the oil patch city would lack adequate space for teams and families, the Williston Herald reported.

"Since the time we started, there have been many more hotels built in Williston," said Larry Grondahl, the event's executive director. "In the last year, hotel space has been a non-issue."

The baseball tournament involved 10 13-year-old teams.

Another early concern was how to transport all the teams to Williston because of the limited modes of travel from other parts of the country.

Primarily because of Babe Ruth's affiliation with American Airlines, three of the teams flew directly into Williston on 30-passenger jets. Four of the teams flew into Fargo, in the far eastern half of the state.

Grondahl said Williston rolled out the red carpet during the Aug. 17-24 tournament, and he heard lots of positive feedback on the town.

Babe Ruth World Series committee members will return to their jobs before beginning work on the next series.

"The committee will sit back for a year or a year and a half," he said. "Then we'll start working on the next World Series in 2016. I'll enjoy being able to sit back and enjoy the memories and experiences of this one."

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