The Originals win the 14U Hall of Fame National Qualifier
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Originals of Liberty, Mo., took the top spot at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America’s 14-Under Hall of Fame National Qualifier tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. To secure the title, the Originals (8-1) upset Oklahoma Force 95 of Oklahoma City 3-2 in what could have been the deciding game, forcing the “if-necessary” game, which the Originals won 4-1.
Click here for a bracket from the tournament. The field included 25 teams from Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
After winning games against Texas Glory 4-1, Georgia Fire – Kayler 3-0 and 96 Georgia Impact Black 8-0, the Originals fell into the Losers Bracket with a 2-1 loss to the Oklahoma Twisters. From the Losers Bracket, the Originals persevered, beating Tulsa Elite 14U ’95 8-0, KC Force 6-0 and Oklahoma City Twisters 14U 2-1 before the Championship Series against Oklahoma Force 96.
The teams were competing not only for the title but eighth berths for the ASA/USA Girls’ Class A 14-Under Fast Pitch National Championship tournament, Aug. 1-8, in Moline, Ill. Earning qualifications were the Originals, fourth place KC Force (3-2) of Kearney, Mo., fifth place Tulsa Elite 14U ’95 (3-2) of Tulsa, Okla., seventh place 96 Texas Fusion (3-2) of Grapevine, Texas and Georgia Fire – Kayler (3-3) of Roswell, Ga., and ninth place Tulsa Eagles 14U (2-2) of Tulsa, 96 Georgia Impact Black (1-2) of Convington, Ga., and Texas Peppers (3-2) of Tomball, Texas.
Three teams – second place Oklahoma Force 95 (5-2), third place Oklahoma Twisters 14U (4-2) of Norman, Okla., and fifth place Starz (5-2) of Owasso, Okla. – were all pre-qualified for the National Championship. Other teams that already qualified were L’il Saints (2-2) of Phoenix, Wildfire (2-2) of Windermere, Fla., and Shamrocks 14U (1-3) of Herndon, Va.
The Hall of Fame Qualifier series continues June 25-27 with the 16-Under and July 2-4 with the 18-Under. The ASA 18-Under GOLD National Qualifier is July 9-11. All are at Oklahoma City’s Hall of Fame Stadium.
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 76 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 www.asasoftball.com.