DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The third Dothan Diamond Classic is underway this week at Westgate Park.

Twenty schools from across the Wiregrass are competing in pool play until Thursday.

Friday teams are placed into a bracket to play for one of the top four spots for a shot at the championship.

How well a team does in bracket play determines how much money a school brings home for their softball programs.

Money for schools is raised through sponsorships and ticket sales.

The athletes say they love seeing the Wiregrass community rally around their sport.

“I think it’s cool they’re giving money back to us because it helps with the high school programs,” Rehobeth senior McKenlie Jerkins said. “Some schools may not have as much money as others so it gives them a chance to win some of that back.”

“We’re all different,” Geneva senior Emily Lamb said. “We’re not all the same. It’s amazing to see all the fans come together and all the different people.”

There’s still plenty of ball to be enjoyed, the Kasey Cooper Home Run Derby is Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and Kaley Barnhill is hosting a free pitching clinic Friday at 3 p.m.