Region 5 Blue claims 2018 All-American Games title

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | July 02, 2018, 3:09 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The culmination of the 2018 USA Softball All-American Games resulted in the title staying with the Southwest Region as Region 5 Blue edged out Region 2 Blue in the Championship Game.  In a weekend that saw thrilling victories, rain and lightning delays, a four-run first inning was all the momentum Region 5 Blue needed as they held on for the 4-3 victory.

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Region 5 Blue earned a spot in the Championship Game after outscoring opponents 43-9 in bracket play.  Posting a 17-1 victory over Region 9 Red, the All-American Games champs went on to shutout Region 1 Red 13-0, defeated Region 3 White 5-2 and then earned a 4-3 win over Region 4 Red to put them in the Championship finale.  For Region 2 Blue, a 9-1 win over Region 6 Red, 7-4 victory over Region 4 Blue and a 9-0 shutout over Region 2 Red landed them in the title game.

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Region 2 Blue jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after taking advantage of defensive miscues by the Region 5 Blue defense.  Cameron Kaufman led off with an infield single and came around to score after an error on a ground ball off the bat of Ava McKee.  A triple from Julie Gossett allowed McKee to score before a grounder from Maci Smythe plated the third run of the at-bat. 

Region 5 Blue responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead after producing timely hits with runners in scoring position.  Moriah Polar led off with a single, stole second and came around to score on a fielding error off a Townsen Thomas single to left field.  Sa’Mya Jones followed suit with a line drive single to left to plate Thomas to put Region 5 Blue within one run.

The scoring didn’t stop there as Ava Brown delivered a line drive up the middle for a single, and a fielding error resulted in Jones tying up the game at three runs all.  Maddox McKee then drove in what would be the game-winning run with a single to left field to bring Brown home.

Both sides would get runners on base through the next three innings of play, but no additional runs would cross the plate. 

Brown earned the win for Region 5 Blue, pitching three scoreless frames with two strikeouts and only one hit allowed.  Allison Couch and Aubrey Brown also saw time in the circle for Region 5 Blue.  Brown also had a perfect day at the plate, going 2-for-2 for her team with one run scored.

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