National softball tournament kicks off in Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- 42 softball teams from seven different states have made their way to Topeka for a national softball tournament.

Teams have come from Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma for the USSSA Fastpitch Midwest National Championship.

Their opening ceremony wasn't held on a ball diamond, they held it inside TPAC.

With the heat wave coming through this weekend, Shawnee County Sports Events Manager Nate Greer said they're ready to keep players and fans cool.

"Of course it would be the hottest time of the year so far,” Greer said. “We're just making sure we are really diligent with giving water, ice, extra ice to anybody who needs it and also we have the Lake Shawnee Events Center open for anybody who needs to get into the air conditioning."

The tournament begins Thursday and the championship game will be Saturday.

The games will take place at Bettis Family Sports Complex and Lake Shawnee Girls Softball Complex.