BISMARCK, N.D. - After nine days, 10 teams and 25 games, the Babe Ruth World Series all comes down to Thursday.
The stands were packed as they got ready for first pitch, with the hometown Bismarck 15's taking on the New England team. Organizers say it's incredible to see how the community has turned out to support these teams.
The sound of baseballs flying, bats swinging and fans cheering have filled the air in Bismarck. Teams playing both for fun and for a championship title.
“They've had a great time both on and off the field,” Tournament Director Tim Kuntz said. “We try to interact with people every day to find out if they need anything, how things are going and they've just been really pleased.”
Teams from across the country, as well as a team from China have made the area home since last Tuesday. And while some were knocked out of the tournament earlier, they've stuck around making an impact on the community, that organizers say has been so great to them.
“It takes a great team to have a great World Series and we have a great team here in Bismarck,” said Steven Tellefsen, Babe Ruth President and CEO.
Tellefsen says they want to give kids a great experience with the sport and help them to learn some life lessons along the way. And in the end, they'll be creating a little history as well.
“When the dust settles, we're going to crown a World Series champ in Bismarck for the first time,” Kuntz said.
And maybe putting Bismarck on the map for future tournaments.
This is the first time Bismarck has hosted a World Series, following Dickinson and Williston as cities in the state to host one of the tournaments.