Atlanta Vipers GOLD wins GOLD National Championship
Fla. --- The ASA 18-Under GOLD National Championship title made its way
back to Georgia as the Atlanta Vipers GOLD claimed the 2013 title with a 3-2
win over the Wagner's GOLD the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America
and USA Softball announced today.
a great feeling," said Head Coach Greg Giles. "I've watched or
coached these girls since they were 12 years old. We've finished in the
top 5 the last two years, so this team was seasoned and ready for this.
It was our time this year, and I'm so proud of them."
GOLD took the lead early in the top of the first inning when Jessie TenBroeck
doubled to start the game. TenBroeck then stole third base and a throwing
error by the catcher led to the first run of the game. Wagner's then got
two additional base runners when starting pitcher Sam Martin walked two
batters, prompting a pitching change for the Vipers. Megan Betsa entered
the circle and shut down the Wagner's with a strikeout and a groundout to end
the top of the first.
Vipers would put a run of their own on the board in the bottom of the second
inning. Jessie Finch led off with a single and was moved over on a
sac-bunt by Jenna Abbott. A walk to Madison Whitmire put two runners on
base for Alaina Hall, who belted a double to score Finch and tie the game at
would regain the lead in the top of the third after Martin issued a walk to
Mary Warren. Ashia Kerr, who started the game as the flex player, subbed
in to replace Warren on the base path. Kerr then stole second base, but
an error on the defense provided her enough time to round third and score,
putting the Wagner's up 2-1.
game would remain at 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning. Jenna
Abbott hit a double to start the rally for the Vipers. With Abbott on
second, Madison Whitmire connected for the long ball, sending a shot over the
left field fence to plate two runs and giving the Vipers the 3-2 lead.
The lead would prove to be enough, as two strikeouts by Betsa and a groundout
ended the game in the top of the seventh, with the Vipers coming out with the
National Champion title.
worked so hard this week," said Betsa. "We had a bad game early
on where we got really down on ourselves, but once bracket play started we
picked up a new mentality and pushed through. We hit the ball really well
and played together as a team, and that's what I'm so proud of is how much we
the circle, Betsa earned the win after entering in the top of the first
for Martin. Martin issued 12 strikeouts through 6.2 innings of work,
allowing only three hits and no earned runs. For the Wagner's, Aleshia
Ocasio took the loss after pitching her second-consecutive game of the day.
She gave up three runs off of seven hits while striking out six.
complete order of finish and bracket of the 64-team championship can be found
The 2014 18-Under GOLD National Championship will take place in Oklahoma City
at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex.
Wagner's GOLD Dunn 5, Rock 18U GOLD 2
Wagner's GOLD Dunn punched their ticket to the Championship Game by defeating
the Rock 18U GOLD 5-2 in the semi-final game.
the way for Wagner's GOLD was Jessie TenBroeck, who was a perfect 2-for-2 with
Ashia Kerr knocking in two RBI. Aleshia Ocasio led Wagner's from the
circle, going the full seven frames with six strikeouts and giving up two runs.
the Rock, Dominique Pinto and Rebecca Hall each went 1-for-3, with Pinto
bringing in one RBI. Erynn Sobieski took the loss for the Rock, giving up
four runs off of four hits in one inning pitched. Kylee Hanson entered in
relief in the second inning, giving up one run and two hits. Jaclyn Amato
finished the final two innings of the game, striking out two and allowing no
runs or hits
Wagner's GOLD Dunn 7, Fury 95 2
Wagner's GOLD Dunn pushed themselves one step closer to the Championship Game
at the ASA 18U GOLD National Championship with a 7-2 win over Fury 95
Warren led the offense, going a perfect 2-for-2 with three RBI. From the
mound, Chase Cassady pitched the full frame for Wagner's. She issued four
strikeouts while giving up nine hits and two runs.
the Fury 95, Shaye Harre and Haley Carter each went 2-for-4, with Harre
collecting one RBI. Meagan Prince took the loss for the Fury, giving up
five runs off of seven hits. Emily Boyd entered in relief in the fourth
inning, giving up two runs off two hits.
Atlanta Vipers - Giles 6, Rock 18U GOLD 1
pitching by Megan Betsa helped push the Atlanta Vipers - Giles to the
Championship Game at the ASA 18U GOLD National Championship with a 6-1 win over
Rock 18U GOLD. With the win, the Viper secured a spot in the Championship
issued seven strikeouts over her seven innings pitched, allowing only three
hits and one run. Miranda Strother propelled the offense, going 2-for-3
with one RBI.
the Rock, Kylee Hanson took the loss, going three innings with one strikeout,
five hits and three runs allowed. Jaclyn Amato entered in relief in the
fourth inning, issuing one strikeout while giving up two hits and two runs.
Fury 95 Andrus 6, Tulsa Elite 95 5
was an offensive fight to the finish for the Fury 95 Andrus and Tulsa Elite 95
at the ASA 18U GOLD National Championship. Both teams combined for a
total of 23 hits, with the Fury 95 coming out on top 6-5 (10 innings).
95 starting pitcher Emily Boyd threw the first nine frames for her squad,
allowing five runs to score off of eight hits. At the plate, Shaliyah
Geathers led the offense, going 3-for-5 with one run scored.
took the loss for the Tulsa Elite 95, pitching every inning and giving up six
runs off of 15 hits.
GOLD Dunn 9, Texas Aces Express 5
mistakes proved to be the downfall for the Texas Aces Express, who fell 9-5 to
the Wagner's GOLD Dunn at the ASA 18U GOLD National Championship.
GOLD Dunn, with the help of six Aces errors, combined for a .345 batting
average with Ashia Kerr producing two RBI and going 2-for-3. Paige
Kovalsky pitched the first three innings, with Chase Cassady entering in relief
in the fourth. Kovalsky gave up all five runs off of four hits and struck
out two, while Cassady held the Aces scoreless, giving up only three hits while
issuing three strikeouts.
the TX Aces Express, Rebecca Myslenski led the offense, going 2-for-3.
Jordan Franks took the loss, going three innings with seven runs off of seven
hits. Sam Show entered in relief in the fourth, giving up the remaining
two runs off of three hits.