For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Kaylen Fletcher, public relations manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Southwest Louisiana Gears Up for the 12th Annual
Fast Pitch 56 Softball Tournament

LAKE CHARLES, La. (March 27, 2012)--The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Fast Pitch 56 tournament returns to Sulphur for its 12th consecutive year at Frasch Park, April 27-28. This two-day event features the top 56 high school softball teams in seven classes from all across Louisiana vying for the championship crown.  

The tournament is a tremendous economic stimulant for the local economy, bringing in millions of dollars with an estimated attendance of around 21,000 people. Hotels across Calcasieu Parish sell out for the weekend making this a win-win situation for not only Sulphur, but all of Calcasieu Parish.

"These teams don't just travel to play ball for the weekend; in between games, they eat in our restaurants, visit our attractions and much more," said Eric Zartler, senior sales manager/athletics for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We are excited to again have the opportunity to host these young ladies, as they compete for the state championship title."

We are asking all local businesses to help us by displaying "Welcome LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 Tournament" on their marquees or signs during the tournament to show the spectators a little southern hospitality and invite the community out to cheer on these talented young women.

Admission to Friday's games is $10 per session. Saturday the admission cost is $10 per session or $15 for the entire day. For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-SWLA, or visit