Each year the La Cañada Summer Smash — the sixth annual weekend-long baseball tournament — has grown, but tournament director Jack Johnson said this is the last year that's the case.
Johnson has seen the tournament, which included just five teams when it began in 2006, grow again this year by an estimated 25%. There were around 50 teams, which was 10 more than 2011, and 600 kids that competed across five different age divisions (7, 9, 10, 11 and 12) from Friday to today in La Cañada.
The Summer Smash, which included eight La Cañada teams, also spread its wings outside of La Cañada, as the tournament took place at La Crescenta's Two Strike Park and Montrose Park in Glendale as well as all the available baseball fields in La Cañada.
"This is kind of it," Johnson said of the tournament's growth. "We don't want to go too far away from our hub of La Cañada. We don't want to grow beyond here just make it run smoother."