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RICHLAND, Wash. - The WIAA crowned their state champions earlier this month. Now this weekend the National Softball Association will crown a few of their own here in the Tri-Cities.

This weekend 4,500 softball players, coaches and spectators will crowd around ball fields across the Tri-Cities hoping their team is crowned NSA Washington state champion.

"It's a pretty big tournament for our girls in terms of, this is the first time it's really, there's no round robin play, there's no pool play it's right into the tournament. So you gotta win to stay in and we are kind of coming to the culmination of our season and we are way better than the beginning of the season," said Lesley Guereca, NW Sparks head coach.

The tournament brings 135 teams, with players ranging from 10 years-old all the way to 18.

"It's really the time where it gets to that exciting part and kids are really pumped about being able to place and do well and things like that. Because it's awesome to win tournaments and do lots of stuff, state's the time it really, 'well yeah we finished 2nd at state or we won state,'" added Guereca.

With the big crowds coming in, the tournament also has a positive impact on the economy.

"It's an economic impact of $1.3 million to our community. So the amount of impact is real significant just within those two and a half days that they're here," said Hector Cruz, Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau.

This will be the sixth straight year the Tri-Cities will host the tournament. In Richland Shaun Sheddy SWXrightnow