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    Quad Cities tourism officials say a week long competition that starts Saturday is a home run as far as economic boost to the area. Moline is once again hosting the International Softball Congress Men's World Fastball Tournament.
     There will be an expected 1,000 players and up to 2,000 fans daily from all over, spending an estimated $180 per day, per person. It's over all expected to be a $4 million economic impact to the area and it's direct spending that wouldn't be here otherwise.      
     Crews were out finishing setup at the sports complex Friday. Nearly 50 teams will compete including a few local groups. Nearby restaurants tell us they have extra staff on hand and have ordered extra product in anticipation of big crowds. This is the third time since 2009 that the Quad Cities has played host to this international event.
     The tournament runs through next Saturday. Combined, there are also nearly a dozen fast pitch softball teams competing in the Legends Tournament and U-12 Tournament.