Marinette Youth Baseball Inc. president Dave Francour signs a contract to hold the 15-year-old Ohio Valley Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament in Marinette this summer. Marinette 15-year-old ballplayers, from left, Nick Daye, Spencer Hipke and Kevin Charlesworth look on. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Marinette Youth Baseball Inc. president Dave Francour signs a contract to hold the 15-year-old Ohio Valley Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament in Marinette this summer. Marinette 15-year-old ballplayers, from left, Nick Daye, Spencer Hipke and Kevin Charlesworth look on. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
MARINETTE - Marinette Youth Baseball/Softball Inc. has been awarded the 2014 15-year-old Ohio Valley Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament.

The event will be held July 24-27 at Pedersen Ball Park. The 12 teams will arrive in Marinette on July 23 for orientation, a welcome picnic and opening ceremonies.

The Ohio Valley Regional champion will be determined by pool play the first two days and then single elimination, with the champion to be determined on July 27.

State champions will be coming from western Kentucky, Michigan, eastern Kentucky, northern Illinois, central Indiana, southern Illinois, northern Indiana, West Virginia, Wisconsin, southern Indiana, Ohio and host Marinette.

The tourney winner will advance to the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series, to be held in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

This event is estimated to generate $500,000 back into the Tri-City community due to money spent at hotels, restaurants, convenience stations and merchandise.

MYBI will invest more than $10,000 in the event for hosting fees, umpires, baseballs, concession, souvenirs and the welcome picnic.

MYBI is in the process of looking for corporate sponsors to donate $1,000 to help defer costs. If interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, call Dave Francour, MYBI president, at 715-923-4802, Pam Daye at 715-938-0804, or Kent Kostelecky at 715-923-5180.