OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Comebacks and underdogs took over the first day of bracket play at the 2008 ASA Girlsí 18-under GOLD Fastpitch National Championship.
The winnersí bracket was whittled to 16 teams as teams from across the country prepare for the first day of eliminations at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
The beginning of the day saw last yearís top teams and perennial contenders being sent to the losersí bracket. Defending champions Worth Firecrackers, from Huntington Beach, Calif., fell in their first double elimination game to the Oklahoma Babes, from Midwest City, Okla. Kimberly Eubank led the way for the Babes with 3 RBI. The Babes lost their second game of the evening to the Corona Angels - Tyson 2 - 1.
In the late games at Hall of Fame Stadium, the LA United, from New Iberia, La., and Georgia Elite, from Douglasville, battled through eleven innings of play to determine a winner. Sara Sikes, of Douglasville, Ga., provided the winning hit of the game by hitting a hard ground ball to the shortstop, giving the Elite a 2 - 1 edge.
Thirty-two teams return to Hall of Fame Stadium, fighting for their right to remain in National Championship tournament. By the end of the day, twenty-four teams will begin traveling home with eight more leaving after the first two sets of games Thursday morning.
The 2008 National Championship field is composed of teams from every ASA region and 22 different states. Thirty-five teams are returning from the 2007 edition of the double-elimination national tournament.
All remaining games played will be broadcast live over the Internet using Gametracker and all games played on the stadium field will have a live camera to follow the action.
For live game tracking, boxscores, end-of-day recaps, and more information pertaining to the GOLD National Championships, visit 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 nationís 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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