The USA men's slow-pitch softball team was in town this evening and home runs were the big story.
Spending the day in Sioux Falls, the national team visited the Sanford Children's hospital before swinging over to SF stadium for a double-header exhibition. All of this as part of their 2012 national tour.
Fans were treated several thrilling moments during the two seven-inning contests. Between the games was a home run derby, featuring a pair of sluggers from the USA and Futures teams. At several points players took time to sign autographs and interact with all those in attendance.
Team USA prepares to face Team Canada, Thursday night in Oklahoma City, Okla. and they said events like this help bring great exposure to the sport.
"We are here to show folks out there that it's more than just a picnic sport, that there are different levels and anybody can play it," manager Steve Shortland said.
"However. this is the elite level, this is the top of the mountain for our players, and to have the fortunate honor of making this team tells the world that these are the 14 best softball players.