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22nd Annual Hillbilly Hardball Classic Brings Best Legion Baseball To Elkins

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The Hillbilly Hardball Classic has been attracting Legion Baseball fans to the city of Elkins for the past 22 years.

The tournament draws teams from all over the northeast and this year was no different.

A total of 30 Legion Baseball teams participated in the 2012 Hillbilly Hardball Classic, with 18 of those teams being from the state of West Virginia.

Several other squads from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio took part in the action. There was even a team stretching as far north as Buffalo, New York.

The tournament began on Thursday with games taking place from Bridgeport down to Elkins.

Tournament director Chris George said the Hillbilly Classic continues to grow because of its commitment to the game of baseball.

"Everybody is happy with the tournament," tournament director Chris George said. "They love being here. It's a unique field, especially Robin Harvey in Elkins. It's a unique baseball field. It's unique for everything with the setting and everything like that. Everything is community oriented here and that's what they like. Everybody loves baseball here and that's what they like because they love baseball. They like coming down to a place that cares about the game of baseball."