OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Frost Comets ’96 won the 12 -Under Championship at the Amateur Softball Association of America’s (ASA) Hall of Fame Tournament Series. The Chattanooga, Tenn., team defeated the Texas Bandits of Pearland 6-1 Sunday in the championship game at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
An explosive offense helped the Comets prevail in a field of 24 teams from 11 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Ohio. The team scored 35 runs over the three days of action while limiting opponents to six.
On Friday, the Comets started their march to the championship by defeating the Finish 7-3 and then beating the California Grapettes 8-0. The team topped the ’96 Scottsdale Fever 3-1, Texas Peppers 8-1 and Texas Bandits 2-0 on Saturday to advance to the final.
Other top competitors included the Bandits ’96 (Birmingham, Ala.); Georgia Impact Red (McDonough, Ga.); Texas RedHots (Baytown, Texas); Texas Peppers (Houston); ’96 Diamonds (Mesquite, Texas); Texas Fury (Magnolia, Texas); Lil’ Saints (Phoenix); and ’96 Scottsdale Fever (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Action from the HOF Tournament series continues throughout the month with 14-Under play June 12-14; 16 -Under play June 19-21; and 18 -Under play June 26-28. All HOF play starts Friday morning with the championship on Sunday afternoon.
A tournament pass valid for admission to all 14-Under, 16-Under or 18-Under games can be purchased at the stadium on the Friday of the tournament only for $17. Individual day passes are $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Children age 6 and under are free.
The HOF Tournament and the ASA Gold National Qualifier lead up to the international KFC World Cup of Softball 4, which brings six countries including 2008 Olympic gold and silver medalists Japan and the United States to Oklahoma City, Okla., July 16-20. The USA Softball Men’s National Slow Pitch team will also play July 18 against Canada in the first ever Border Battle.
Other 2009 tournaments at the HOF Stadium include the ASA Gold National Championship in August and the Hooters Championship Series in October. More information on tournaments can be found at www.asasoftball.com/tournaments.
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 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
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