OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2022 USA Softball All-American Games kicked off today as the top 12-Under Girls’ Fast Pitch athletes from across the nation were welcomed to the Softball Capital of the World®. A total of 24 teams composed of 360 players began their journey to the prestigious All-American Games trophy with a fun-filled day of activities and pool play.
Throughout the morning and afternoon, teams rotated between practicing, taking pictures and participating in a Q&A session with select members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) — Monica Abbott, Ali Aguilar and Michelle Moultrie. The Opening Ceremony followed these activities and gave the teams the opportunity to be recognized on the field in the tournament’s “Olympic walk” while Abbott speak gave an exciting speech to open the Games.
In the evening, 18 of the 24 squads took to the diamond to showcase their talent while the other six teams will start their quest for the title Saturday morning. Eight teams remain undefeated by garnering a win on opening day including Region 1 Stripes, Region 2 Stars, Region 2 Stripes, Region 5 Eagles, Region 5 Stars, Region 5 Freedom, Region 9 Stripes and Region 10 Freedom.
Friday’s contests were dominated by offense as the participating athletes posted more than 65 hits and 40 runs combined. Region 5 Freedom Stripes proved to be a threat on offense as they defeated their opponent in run-rule fashion, 11-1, in the biggest win of the day.
The defense was just as impressive as the teams combined for over 55 strikeouts in roughly 43 innings pitched. Region 2 Stripes’ Lilly Young tacked on seven of those putouts as she led her team to a 6-0 shutout in the final game of Day One.
Pool play will continue on Saturday, August 13 with the first three contests commencing at 8 a.m. CT followed by 18 games spanning until 8 p.m. CT. Single-elimination bracket play will begin Sunday, August 14 as every team will battle for a chance to be named the 2022 All-American Games champion.
Admission will be available for purchase as the tournament continues at the front gate of the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex for $8 per-day. Free, on-site parking will also be available while the National Softball Hall of Fame Museum and gift shop will be open for fans from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the 2022 USA Softball All-American Games, please visit USASoftball.com.