2018 USA Softball Junior Olympic National Championship season concludes

Aug. 13, 2018, 3:49 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2018 National Championship season has come to a close for the Junior Olympic (JO) program as over 40 teams have concluded their season by claiming a coveted USA Softball National Championship. Forty-one JO National Championships took place from July 16 to August 12 in both the youth fast pitch and slow pitch divisions after teams earned their right to compete for a title after earning a berth through a network of qualifying tournaments conducted throughout the season.

 

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National Championship action kicked off in Plano, Texas the week of July 16 with the 16-Under and 18-Under GOLD National Championships. The record high temperatures were matched by red-hot offense as Rock Gold – Waye (18-Under) and Texas Glory – Naudin (16-Under) took home the 2018 USA Softball Division GOLD National Championships. 

 

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During the JO fast pitch championship season, USA Softball crowned 36 youth National and Territorial Champions across five different age groups and divisions across the country.  The 2018 JO Championship season saw four-of-five National Champions go undefeated en route to their Championship title.

 

At the Girls’ 10-Under Class A Fast Pitch National Championship in Montgomery, Ala., the Knockout Divas ’07 took home the title in a closely fought 9-8 game.  Despite going undefeated throughout bracket play to earn their spot in the Championship Game, the Knockout Divas were forced into the “if-necessary” game by the Ohio Stingrays 07 after a 10-9 upset.  The Knockout Divas bounced back, however, to claim the title of 10-Under National Champion.

 

An undefeated run in bracket play earned Georgia Impact 2023 – Lunsford the Girls’ 12-Under Class A Fast Pitch National Championship.  Held in Spartanburg, S.C., Georgia Impact outscored opponents 54-10 to win the title, shutting out Florida Impact – Bergen 9-0 in the Championship Game.

 

In Bowling Green, Ky., it was the Germantown Red Devils who walked away with the Girls’ 14-Under Class A Fast Pitch National Championship honor. Going a perfect 9-0 through bracket play, the Germantown Red Devils captured the title after defeating Ohio Lasers Gold 9-4 in the Championship Game.

 

The WA Ladyhawks-Breer emerged victorious at the Girls’ 16-Under Class A Fast Pitch National Championship held in Seattle, Wash.  A perfect 7-0 run to the National Championship title was sparked by the Ladyhawks offense as the team scored 49 runs throughout bracket play.

 

The Carolina Cardinals – Chandler claimed the program’s third-consecutive Girls’ 18-Under Class A Fast Pitch National Championship, which was held in Salem, Va.  Also going undefeated through bracket play, a 7-0 shutout win over OFC Heat Orange – Urton earned the Carolina Cardinals the National Championship.

 

Also highlighting the JO National Championship season were five JO Slow Pitch National Championships: the Girls’ 12-Under, 14-Under, 16-Under and 18-Under Slow Pitch National Championships and the Boys’ 16-Under Slow Pitch National Championship.

 

Papa Murphy’s won the Girls’ Slow Pitch 12-Under title after going 3-0, picking up a 12-4 win over Sioux Falls Blitz in the Championship Game. At the Girls’ Slow Pitch 14-Under National Championship, Xtreme was forced into the “if-necessary” game but ultimately earned the trophy with a 12-4 win over Woonsocket.  Woonsocket came through the losers bracket and upset the then-undefeated squad 14-12 in the Championship Game. 

 

Watertown Shocks battled through the losers bracket in the Girls’ 16-Under Slow Pitch National Championship after dropping their second game of bracket play.  The team forced the “if-necessary” game after upsetting Chad Phillips Softball 17-14 in the Championship Game and then shutout the opposition 15-0 to win the National Championship.  Closing out the Girls’ Slow Pitch National Championship was the 18-Under division as J&B Screenprinting earned the title of “National Champion.”  Defeating Duanes Floor Covering in a 10-9 nail biter, J&B Screenprinting went 3-0 through bracket play.

 

Silverbacks emerged victorious at the Boys’ 16-Under Slow Pitch National Championship in Canton, Ohio after a 4-0 record.  Earning a spot in the Championship Game with a 13-7 win over the Falcons in the winners bracket final, Silverbacks posted a 19-6 win in the rematch with Falcons to claim the Boys’ 16-Under Slow Pitch National Championship.

 

Also taking place in Canton, Ohio were the Men’s 19-Under and Men’s 21-Under Slow Pitch National Championship.  At the 19-Under National Championship, Rock Run claimed the Championship after going undefeated (4-0) and edging L-W Woodworking 11-10 in the title game.  At the 21-Under National Championship, Heritage Unlimited defeated Eco-Seal 15-4 in the Championship Game to earn the title.  It was the largest margin of victory for the team in the tournament with previous bracket play games determined by either three or four runs.

 

The remainder of Adult Championship season will resume beginning August 23 with the following National Championships: Men’s Fast Pitch Open East, Women’s Open Slow Pitch, Men’s Class B Slow Pitch, Men’s Class D Slow Pitch Southern, Men’s Slow Pitch E/Rec Northern, Coed Slow Pitch, Men’s Masters 35-Over and 45-Over Slow Pitch and Women’s Masters 35-Over Slow Pitch.


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