OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Despite rain showers in the early morning which resulted in a late finish, the ASA 18-Under GOLD National Championship continued and completed Pool Play on Monday, Aug. 3. The 64-team double elimination bracket was drawn and completed past midnight following the final Pool Play game action. Bracket play will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning with all games taking place at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex.
Click here to see the championship bracket that was drawn on the evening of Monday, August 3.
The tournament format, where pool play games are used to seed teams into a double elimination bracket, returns for the first time since 2004.
Leading the way were on Monday were the No. 1 seeds in Pool Play who all finished with perfect 2-0 records. Those teams included:
Pool A - No. 1 Finesse The Finesse from Commerce, Mich., won both Pool Play games with a score of 3-2 over the Tremors and the Polar Crush.
Pool B - No. 1 Minnesota Irish The Irish from Rosemount, Minn., held both opponents scoreless with a 3-0 win over the Washington Bulldogs and a 1-0 triumph over the Texas Blaze.
Pool C - No. 1 Illinois Southern Force The Force from Aurora, Ill., saw a 1-0 win over Team North Florida in its first outing and pitcher Erin Arevalo tossed a seven-inning two-hitter in the second game with a 1-0 victory over the Texas Challengers.
Pool D - No. 1 Texas Impact Gold The TX Impact team from Houston, Texas, won its first game 7-0 against the Washington Sidewinders and second game 1-0 against Indy Dreams with a score in the bottom of the sixth by Nadia Taylor.
Pool E - No. 1 Nashville Cruisers Pitcher Riley Mashburn allowed just four hits in the game one victory over Nebraska Gold and the Cruisers from Nashville, Tenn., won game two in a 2-1 decision against The Next Level.
Pool F - No. 1 San Diego Renegades- In game one, Lauren Gellerman had the lone RBI for a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Vipers Vallery and in game two the San Diego, Calif., team defeated the NJ Breakers Gold in 9-8 victory.
Pool G - No. 1 Sorcerer- Phil The Vallejo, Calif., squad defeated Texas Eclipse Gold 3-2 in first outing and Emily Allard went 2-for-3 in the game two 3-0 victory over LA Blazers.
Pool H - No. 1 SoCal Choppers The Valencia, Calif., team started strong with an 11-0 route over the Olathe Rockets in game one and defeated the defending champion Gold Coast Hurricanes 3-1.
Pool J - No. 1 Arizona Hot Shots - In game one the Hot Shots from Scottsdale, Ariz., blasted by the Georgia Knockouts 8-0 and Brigette DelPonte added three RBI. In game two, they shut out Texas Glory Shelton 3-0.
Pool K - No. 1 OC Batbusters The Anaheim, Calif., team started the day with a long nine-inning pitchers duel over the East Cobb Bullets which resulted in a 1-0 win. Later in the evening they took home the No. 1 seed with a decisive 6-0 win over the Fury Fast pitch.
Pool L - No. 1 So Cal Athletics The team from Upland, Calif., took game one 8-3 over the Beverly Bandits and in game two against the Houston Power Gold they won 1-0 thanks to an RBI single in the fifth by Latisha Dedeaux.
Pool M - No. 1 Georgia Elite The squad from Douglasville, Ga., started the day with a close 2-1 win over the St. Louis Chaos and followed up the day with a 3-2 win over the Desert Thunder as Nicole Yancey had two RBI.
Pool N - No. 1 Alabama Crusaders The McCalla, Ala. team started the day with a 4-2 win over the Valley Breeze Gold before an exciting finish to the day with a 5-4 late in the evening win over the Georgia Impact for the No. 1 seed. Against the Impact, Catherine Douglass bolted a three-run walk off home run in the 8th to win the game as she totaled 4 RBI for the game with a 2-for-4 outing.
Pool O - No. 1 Worth Firecrackers from Huntington Beach, Calif., did not allow opponents to score any runs, as the team defeated the Severna Park Hornets 4-0 and later topped the TX Bombers 3-0.
Pool P - No. 1 Wagners Gold The Arnold, Md., team kick started the day with a strong offensive effort in a 10-8 decision over the Corona Angels before taking the No. 1 seed of their pool with a 5-3 win over the Texas Magic.
Pool R - No. 1 So Cal Pumas In game one the Ventura, Calif., team defeated the Texas Express Gold 3-1 while in game two they triumphed over the Oregon Reign 2-1 in an eight inning barn burner with a run scored in the top of the 8th.
The 64-team bracket action will begin on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. with all games at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. Log on to www.gold.asasoftball.com for complete results, updates, live stats and web streaming from the stadium field.
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 nations 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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