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Men's Class B Slow Pitch Nationals: Day One Recap

Sept. 06, 2020, 11:49 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY - Wrapping up Labor Day weekend at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex is the 2020 USA Softball Men’s Class B Slow Pitch National Championship, where 14 teams began action today. Advancing to Monday’s Championship Game is Comatose/S2N/Monsta, who went undefeated in bracket play by claiming wins over T’s 13, PTS, Tharaldson Softball, and Program/Worth/JTLLC/3xtreme. The Championship Game is set to be held at 11 a.m. CT on USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field, while Program/Worth/JTLLC/3xtreme will face the winner of Ductech/Monsta Athletics and Tharaldson Softball who go head-to-head in the 8 a.m. matchup. 
 
Ductech/Monsta Athletics (25-10 over VHI/Greater Than) and Comatose/S2N/Monsta (30-15 over Tharaldson Softball) had the largest wins of the day, defeating their opponents by 15 runs. Leading the tournament in long balls is Kye Winter (Tharaldson Softball), Ben Barrone (Ductech/Monsta Athletics), and Erik Hilgran (VHI/Greater Than) with five apiece.
 
Comatose walked it off in their tournament opener against T’s 13, 9-8, when Mitchell Dunse singled to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Comatose grabbed an early lead in their second game and held off PTS to earn the win, with Anthony Raffel going 4-for-4 at the plate. In their 4:30 p.m. CT contest, Comatose bested Tharaldson Softball, 30-15, after outhitting their opponent 32 hits to 18, with Damon Wegner and Mike Jacobson each going yard twice. Under the lights and securing their spot in the Championship Game, Comatose scored eight runs in the first inning for an early lead and kept firing on all cylinders to keep Program/Worth/JTLLC/3xtreme at bay and finish on top, 21-6, in five innings. 
 
Program/Worth/JTLLC/3xtreme went 2-1 on the day and will look to force a rematch with Comatose for another chance at the title tomorrow. Following a 16-7 win over Blackies Softball, Program put up another 16 runs while limiting Ductech/Monsta Athletics to 10 for a 16-10 win in their second game. Daniel Herren led Program with three home runs and collected nine RBI across their three games. 
 
Tharaldson Softball picked up two victories over Drip City/Monsta, 22-19, and Envy/Rankin/Lifetime Diamonds/ASP, 24-17, before dropping a 30-15 decision to Comatose to fall into the loser’s bracket. In a narrow 18-16 win, Tharaldson Softball came out on top over T’s 13 in the late-evening 7:30 p.m. CT matchup to stay alive in their National Championship quest. Leading Tharaldson Softball was Kye Winter, who sent five out of the park and finished with 14 RBI.
 
Ductech/Monsta Athletics outscored their opponents 38-17 through their first two games of the day before a tense back-and-forth battle with Program in which they fell 16-10. Despite the loss, Ductech started their fourth game of the day by scoring 12 runs in the first inning against River Ridge. Although River Ridge responded with an 11-run second inning, Ductech pushed another 12 runs across the board in the fourth inning to ultimately win and advance to Monday’s bracket play.