The city of Medford learned this week it has been chosen to host a major youth softball tournament in 2010.

The city of Medford learned this week it has been chosen to host a major youth softball tournament in 2010.

The U.S. Cellular Community Park on Highway 99 in south Medford was chosen to host the ASA Western National 10-and-under girls fastpitch tournament.

As many as 48 teams from 12 states will come to Medford during the first week of August 2010 for the five-day event, which likely will have a significant economic impact with families spending money on hotels, restaurants and local activities.

"This was really the initial step in providing the community with return on investment," said Rich Rosenthal, recreation superintendant with the Medford Parks and Recreation Department. Rosenthal made the successful bid for the tournament during a regional ASA meeting in Portland.

— Meg Landers