JO Cup- Day One in Five Pictures

July 23, 2018, 10:02 p.m. (ET)

Pool play began today at the 2018 Junior Olympic Cup!

Relive some of the best storylines of the day in five photos. 

GA Academy- 18U

Strong defense defined many of the day's games-- more than 20 of Monday's matchups were won by two or fewer runs. 

Rock Gold- Waye- 18U

Focused fielding kept hard hits from becoming extra bases-- twice the amount of singles were hit on day one of pool play than were doubles and triples. 

Gold Coast Hurricanes- Hammonds- 14U

Pitchers came out determined to keep balls in the park-- only 16 homeruns were hit by the 87 competing teams during day one of pool play.

Texas Glory- Adkins- 16U

With the ball staying inside the park, teams needed to score runs. Runners' work on the bases shined-- over 150 bases were stolen today throughout all three divisions. 


Williamsburg Starz- 18U

Teamwork helped competitors produce wins-- out of the 27 undefeated teams of the day, more than half allowed three or fewer runs in their wins, a combination of great pitching and team defense. 

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Pool play continues tomorrow, with bracket play for the 2018 Junior Olympic Cup scheduled to begin Wednesday. The Junior Olympic cup Championship matchups are set for Saturday, July 28 at 12 pm CT. Follow along with the competing teams with live stats, courtesy of Gamechanger, and live streaming from FloSoftball.