OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Two teams are one step closer to the 2008 ASA Girls’ 18-under GOLD Fast pitch National Championship after reaching the final two spots in the 2008 Hall of Fame National Qualifier. The Texas Glory – Shelton, from McKinney, Texas and the Sudden Impact, from Chappell Hill, Texas earned their ticket over the weekend’s competition.
The best 64-teams in the country will square off August 3 – 10, at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, for the 2008 ASA Girls’ 18-under GOLD Fast pitch National Championship.
The Texas Glory – Shelton, from McKinney, Texas, qualified by moving undefeated through the bracket and capturing the first spot out of the Oklahoma City national qualifier.
The Glory had to defeat qualifiers from the 2007 National Championship en route to a birth. In the third round, they bested Southern Force, from Johnson City, Ill., 3-2. The Glory battled through another 2007 qualifier in the Mustangs, from Wichita, Kan., before prevailing 4-1.
The Sudden Impact, from Chappell Hill, Texas, took a slightly longer route to Oklahoma City. After losing 7-5 in the winners’ bracket semi-finals to the Katy Heat, from Katy, Texas, the Sudden Impact found themselves having to win three games in about six hours to earn the second automatic berth.
The Sudden Impact reached the losers’ bracket finals by defeating the OK Jitterbugs, from Oklahoma City, 9-2 and Mustangs 1-0. That set up a rematch with the Katy Heat, with the Sudden Impact prevailing 5-3.
Both teams join the growing list of teams qualified for the 2008 National Championship in Oklahoma City. Qualifying for the tournament wraps up this Sunday with seven tournaments determining the final 16 spots.
Fans can follow all the qualifying action, as well as learn more information about the championship, by visiting gold.asasoftball.com.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
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