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The city and the Kingman Softball Association are hosting the Western State Nationals on Aug.

6, 7, 8 at Centennial Park.

The tournament is the next step past the Arizona State softball championships that took place in Kingman at the beginning of July.

The city and the Kingman Softball Association are co-sponsoring the Girls 14U class "A" fast-pitch tournament.

"Kingman was selected to host again, based on the past experiences the teams have had when they came here," said Darel Fruhwirth, director of Parks and Recreation.

Forty-eight teams had already signed up through Wednesday, and a few more teams were expected to add to that list by today's deadline.

Fruhwirth said they are expecting nearly 700 players and nearly 2,500 people total, including family and friends of the players.

"We've already been told every hotel room is sold out," Fruhwirth said.

"Some teams are staying in Laughlin and even Las Vegas and driving down for the games."

The tournament begins on Aug.

6, and each team is guaranteed at least three games.

Games will start Friday, Aug.

6, at 1 p.m., run all day on Saturday, Aug.

7, and the final games, including the championship, will be on Sunday, Aug.

8.

"There's going to be 140 games.

All seven fields at Centennial Park will be used and we may even have to use Southside Park," Fruhwirth said.

"This is pretty exciting.

These are exceptional young ladies, and we would like to see them do well."

Wednesday night came and went and Randy Johnson remained a Diamondback.

It was a non-trade that could have repercussions throughout Major League Baseball for the rest of the season.