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2020 GOLD Nationals Day Five: July 24

July 25, 2020, 12:02 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Twenty-eight teams started the day still in the fight to claim a 2020 GOLD National Championship, 12 in the 16-Under division and 16 in the 18-Under division. At the end of Day Five, only three remain in the hunt for the 16-Under title while four advanced on to the Championship Day of the 18-Under division.

In the 16-Under division, California Breeze – Birch sealed their spot in the Championship Game after picking up a pair of victories in the winner’s bracket. Starting the day with a 9-3 win over Tulsa Elite 2021, the Breeze then defeated the TX Bombers Gold 16U – Burgess by a score of 3-1. Home runs by Jayla Castro and Lauren Asia helped the Breeze to the win, with Castro’s two-run shot in the top of the sixth sealing the would-be win for her squad. The Breeze await the winner of tomorrow’s semifinal for an 11 a.m. CT Championship Game.
The TX Bombers started their day with a 1-0 shutout win over Gametime 16u Gold – Self before their loss to the Breeze. A solo home run by Keely Williams in the bottom of the fourth locked in the win, while Marlen Sandoval had an 11-strikeout performance in the circle to carry her team.
TX Bombers will face Hotshots Premier – Nelson tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. CT in the 16U semifinal with the winner advancing to the Championship contest. The Hotshots battled their way through the loser’s bracket after dropping their second contest in bracket play, picking up six wins to stay alive in the Championship.  The Hotshots started the day with a 10-3 win over Select Fastpitch before a 7-0 shutout over Aces Fastpitch and a 5-2 win over Gametime. An 11-0, run-rule win over Tulsa Elite 2021 earned their spot in Championship Saturday.

After five days of action, the field of 71 teams has been narrowed to four who remain in the fight for the 2020 USA Softball GOLD National Championship 18-Under division title. Birmingham Thunderbolts have punched their ticket to the Championship matchup, scheduled for tomorrow at 12 p.m. at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium. The Thunderbolts will face the team that survives and advances from Saturday’s 10 a.m. contest. 
Hotshots Premier Dumezich defeated Tampa Mustangs, 9-4, to open up the day before claiming a 4-1 victory over the Corona Angels. Matched up with the Birmingham Thunderbolts for the evening game, Hotshots fell 5-2 and will face the winner of Corona Angels versus Nebraska Thunder Gold scheduled for tomorrow at 8 a.m. CT.
There were four shutouts for the day, including a dominant 20-0 performance from Impact Gold Jackson who defeated Impact Gold Middlebrook, and Firecrackers TJ Housh, who eliminated Select Fastpitch from the tournament with a 10-0 victory. Impact Gold Jackson and Firecrackers TJ Housh fell to Tampa Mustangs, 9-3, and Batbusters Stith, 16-4, respectively, to end their tournament run. The two additional shutouts took place in the 8 a.m. Winners Bracket matchups, where Birmingham Thunderbolts defeated Prospex Gold, 2-0, and Nebraska Thunder Gold collected a 1-0 win.
Despite falling to Nebraska Thunder Gold and being knocked into the Losers Bracket, Batbusters Stith powered through the day, winning 16-4 against Firecrackers TJ Housh and 5-2 over Texas Bombers Gold. Playing a full seven innings with the Corona Angels, Batbusters Stith was eventually eliminated after falling, 6-5.

The Corona Angels began the day by defeating SoCal Athletics – Richardson, 3-1. The Angels then fell to Hotshots Premier Dumezich, 4-1, to fall into the Losers Bracket where they defeated Batbusters Stith and look towards playing Nebraska Thunder Gold tomorrow at 8 a.m. CT. Nebraska Thunder Gold collected a 1-0 win against Batbusters Stith, 1-0, before falling to Birmingham Thunderbolts, 4-2. Proving they still had it in them, Nebraska Thunder scored nine runs to Tampa Mustang’s one for a 9-1 victory and face the Corona Angels tomorrow at 8 a.m. CT.