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Alachua_World_Series_Signing2012a L-R:  Santa Fe Babe Ruth President Jason Raulerson and Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball National Commissioner Robert Faherty.

ALACHUA – The City of Alachua will host the Babe Ruth Softball 12 Under World Santa Babe Series in August.  And the City of Alachua made it official Jan. 18 when it hosted Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball National Commissioner Robert Faherty for the contract signing of the state of Florida’s second-ever Babe Ruth Softball World Series.

Santa Fe Babe Ruth President Jason Raulerson joined Faherty for the signing. The Santa Fe Babe Ruth Softball program is a volunteer program for girls ages 4 to 16.

Alachua hosted the first-ever Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Florida in the summer of 2010, and was selected from other national finalists to host the Babe Ruth Softball 12-Under World Series contest.

The Hal Brady Recreation Complex will host 20 teams from around the country for the week-long event next summer, which will bring scores of team and thousands of visitors to the city for the competition.

In the 2010 competition, the local team took home the Babe Ruth 12U World Series title when the Santa Fe Babe Ruth girl's softball team beat out a team from Brusly, LA 8-1 in the six-inning championship game.  On its way to the title game, Santa Fe defeated teams from Oviedo, Fla., Hamilton, NJ, Graceland, IN, Monadnock, NH and Othello, WA in World Series play.