Men's fastpitch softball used to thrive in the La Crosse area in the 1970's and 80's.
Numbers have dwindled since, but one area team is hoping to give the sport a boost.
The La Crosse Classics will compete in the state tournament, which will be held in La Crosse for the first time ever this weekend.
The Classics are made up of players ranging from age 18 to 56. The La Crosse area used to have big time men's fastpitch leagues with several teams decades ago. So the Classics are carrying on the rich history of men's fastpitch softball.
"It's a fantastic game. You need pitching. You need defense and you need execution at the plate. It's a fast game, an hour and a half. If you get two good pitchers probably even less," said manager Bud Olson.
"I hope to win a lot. Have fun. This is the first time it's been in La Crosse ever. It's kind of cool. I used to run the league in La Crosse so it's nice to get fastpitch softball back in La Crosse," said second baseman Paul Bruha.
"We're obviously excited it's here in La Crosse. We want to compete for a state title because it's the first time we've had a chance to compete at that level in our area," said catcher Tony Meidl.
The La Crosse Classics took third at the state tournament last year.
This year's tournament will be held Friday through Sunday at Erickson Park with the championship game set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday.