OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Ohio Slammers won the 14-Under Championship at the Amateur Softball Association of America’s (ASA) Hall of Fame Tournament Series. The team from North Canton, Ohio, defeated the Arizona Cats ’94 of Tucson 1-0 and 11-1 Sunday in the final games at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The two teams prevailed in a field of 26 teams from 13 states including South Dakota, Virginia and Washington. While the Slammers recorded a perfect 6-0 standing, and won the final game in only five innings of action, the Cats went 5-2 against opponents.
Other top competitors included the Southern California Jets (Westlake Village, Calf.); the Southern California Hurricanes (Aliso Viejo, Calif.); Kenneworth Bandits ’94 (Kennesaw, Ga.); Georgia Elite Rogers (Lithonia, Ga.); Georgia Elite Strother (Suwanee, Ga.); Virginia Legends Blue (Smithville, Va.); Oklahoma Force ’94 (Edmond, Okla.); Orland Park Sparks Red (Orland Park, Ill.); and Southern California Choppers (Westminster, Calif.).
All 11 teams are now qualified for the national tournament. The Hurricanes, Bandits and Force qualified prior to playing in the HOF Tournament.
Action from the HOF Tournament series continues throughout the month with 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 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/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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