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Crystal Coast Wood Bat World Series brings in business

The Crystal Coast Wood Bat World Series tournament features over 100 teams from Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

While many people were focusing on what mother nature was doing others took the time to take advantage of what the area has to offer.

Jim Wilson and his wife Linda traveled over seven hours from their home in Virginia for the Crystal Coast Wood Bat World Series tournament.

"We are following our twelve year old grandson in the tournament being held here and he's such a great player and we just love to follow him," says Linda McGovern-Wilson.

The tournament features over 100 teams from Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The recent inclement weather postponed many tournament games since the day it started on friday, so people are searching for some fun and good eats.

"When we go to a new town we always like to try the food and sites and so we found this online and came and just had the best Harkers Island oysters you can get," says Linda.

The tournament runs all weekend with games played at numerous fields in Carteret County. That means a boost to the local economy, we spoke with several employees at businesses around the county, they say they notice the increase.

"Yesterday there were a lot of families coming in with children very thirsty and hungry...I didn't realize it was going to be that busy," says Deann Lehman Manger of Shuckin' Shack in Morehead City.

But it's unexpected business they'll take.

"Gets the word out that we are here," says Lehman.

Officials postponed this mornings games to 4 pm, which the teams were able to play. Officials say the tournament wraps up Sunday.

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