2018 Slow Pitch Championship Season kicks off with two champions crowned at Men’s B and Women’s Open

Aug. 28, 2018, 2:56 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Kicking off the 2018 USA Softball Slow Pitch Championship season this past weekend was the Men’s Class B National Championship in Prairie Island, Minn., and the Women’s Open National Championship held in Portland, Ore. Claiming the Men’s B title was Heartland Investors, while Smash It/Derby Girls/Easton was tabbed the Women’s Open Champion.

 

Men’s B

A perfect 5-0 record resulted in Heartland Investors earning the Men’s Class B Slow Pitch National Championship title. With the help of Tournament MVP Mike Feldman, Heartland Investors earned the trophy after defeating All American Restoration Monsta, 28-27, in the Championship Game.

 

All American Restoration Monsta won two games before a 22-20 loss to Comatose/S2N/Monsta placed them in the loser’s bracket. From there, All American Restoration Monsta won two and faced Comatose/S2N/Monsta for the second time where they claimed a 23-14 win and advanced to the Championship game.

 

Heartland Investors boasted five All-Americans in addition to Tournament MVP Mike Feldman, while four players from All American Restoration Monsta received honors. The remaining six spots were split evenly amongst Comatose/S2N/Monsta, Dugout 47 Airstack Budlight, and Eurotech/Primetime/Easton/Klutch.

 

Men's Class B Slow Pitch First Team All-Americans

Dan Cayton, All American Restoration  Monsta

Artie Barcelo, All American Restoration Monsta

Jeff Renno, All American Restoration Monsta

Losson White, All American Restoration Monsta

Damon Wegner, Comatose/S2N/Monsta

Austin Andrews, Comatose/S2N/Monsta

Tony Mueller, Dugout47 Airstack Budlight

Drew Knutson, Dugout47 Airstack Budlight

Scott Novak, Eurotech/Primtetime/Easton/Klutch

Brandon Patzig, Eurotech/Primetime/Easton/Klutch

Mike Feldman, Heartland Investors

Chris Dahl, Heartland Investors

Blaine Horsager, Heartland Investors

Geno Buck, Heartland Investors

Scott Huffman, Heartland Investors

Batting Champion: Brandon Patzig, Evolution

Homerun Champion: Dan Cayton, All American Restoration Monsta

Tournament MVP: Mike Feldman, Heartland Investors

 

 

 

Women’s Open

In Portland, Smash It/Derby Girls/Easton earned a spot in the Championship Game after battling through the loser’s bracket to force another Championship matchup against All Armed Forces. A year ago in Oklahoma City at USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, Derby Girls defended their title with a 16-1 win over USA All Armed Forces and this year was no different – claiming the title and becoming three-time defending Champions following another 16-1 victory.

 

Dropping their first game of the tournament to SN/Thunder/Respect/EA, 6-5, the Derby Girls were bumped down to the loser’s bracket but didn’t let up and won five straight games, including a 6-5 rematch win over SN/Thunder/Respect/EA to make it to the Championship game. An 18-14 victory over All Armed Forces forced an if-necessary game where Derby Girls came out firing offensively en route to their Championship win.

 

Derby Girls posted a 7-1 record, while All Armed Forces recorded a 3-2 record. Eleven players were awarded All-American honors between the two teams, with the remaining four coming from SN/Thunder/Respect/EA. Tara Salcedo (Derby Girls) would take home the Tournament MVP title after a strong outing all weekend as pitcher.

 

Women's Open Slow Pitch First Team All-Americans

Kasey Castor, All Armed Forces

Val Proulx, All Armed Forces

Nikki Mills, All Armed Forces

Savannah Brown, SN/Thunder/Respect/EA

Dara Toman, SN/Thunder/Respect/EA

Kasey Loomis, SN/Thunder/Respect/EA

Jess Kallander, All Armed Forces

Nikki Freiberg, All Armed Forces

Brianne Benesh, Smash It/Derby Girls/Easton

Jordan Brown, SN/Thunder/Respect/EA

Carmen Fowler, All Armed Forces

Fiana Finau, Smash It/Derby Girls/Easton

Kristen Shifflett, Smash It/Derby Girls/Easton

Christan Dowling, Smash It/Derby Girls/Easton

Tara Salcedo, Smash It/Derby Girls/Easton

Tournament MVP: Tara Salcedo, Smash It/Derby Girls/Easton

 

 

 

The USA Softball Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship served as an opportunity for players to showcase their talents in hopes of representing Team USA as a member of the USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team (WSPNT) or Women’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Women’s Futures).

 

For more information on 2018 National Champions or to locate 2018 National Championship locations, please visit USASoftball.com.

 

About USA Softball

USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.