ASA press release: Final 2015 ASA National Slow Pitch Champions crowned!
1st Place Men's 'A' – ASPNation.com/A&A Utility/KV Weld
1st Place Womens Open – Armed Forces
October 4, 2015
Three champions crowned in Oklahoma City as the 2015 ASA/USA Championship Season comes to an exciting end
OKLAHOMA CITY – Following a weekend of home runs and tightly contested games, three teams held their respective Championship trophies in the air as the 2015 Championship Season at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex came to a close. ASPNation.com/A&A Utility/KV Weld was crowned the Men's Class A Slow Pitch National Champion following a 35-32 win over Precision/Easton/DO in the Men's A Championship while the Armed Forces walked away with the Women's Open Championship after a 16-6 (five innings) win over Derby Girls/Combat/Softball.com. The Men's Class D Championship was decided in the if-necessary game as ClasSick Sports/Monsta Athletics handed Meredith Digital back-to-back losses, taking the Men's D Championship with an 11-8 win.
Men’s Class A
A magnificent effort by Tournament MVP Kyle Pearson lifted ASPNation.com/A&A Utility/KV Weld to a 35-32 win over Precision/Easton/DO in the Men's Class A Championship Game on Sunday. Pearson racked up 10 RBI on five hits for ASPNation.com, singling in the fourth and sixth innings while sending out two long balls.
ASPNation.com never trailed after scoring 12 runs in the first inning on three, three-run home runs, an RBI single by Matt Vern, and a two-run triple by Brian McBryde. Precision would score three runs in the bottom of the second to cut its deficit to nine before ASPNation.com increased its lead with five runs in the fourth.
An 11-run sixth inning helped seal the eventual win for ASPNation.com. Down to their final at-bat and trailing by 17, Precision made the game interesting as the team launched six home runs to mount a comeback. With one out and trailing by three, ASPNation.com turned a double play to end the game. ASPNation.com went undefeated to claim the title with a perfect 5-0 record while hitting .682 as a team.
Precision/Easton/DO earned a spot in the Championship Game after defeating T's 13/DeMarini 38-22 (five innings) earlier in the day.
Men’s Class D
Tournament MVP Chad Erickson was the hero of the game as he spurred ClasSick Sports/Monsta Athletics to an 11-8 win over Meredith Digital after his team forced the if-necessary game at the Men's Class D Slow Pitch National Championship on Sunday. Erickson rocked Meredith Digital with two home runs, going 3-for-4 in the deciding game with five RBI and three runs scored.
Meredith Digital was ahead early but ultimately surrendered the lead for good in the fifth inning as ClasSick Sports/Monsta Athletics took the lead back on a two-run double by Darin Campos. ClasSick Sports/Monsta Athletics finished the tournament with a 6-1 record and a team batting average of .535.
ClasSick Sports/Monsta Athletics earned a spot in the Championship Game after defeating Shinetime/Pitstop 10-7 earlier in the day.
A 10-run explosion in the second inning helped land the U.S. Armed Forces the Women's Open Slow Pitch National title. In a 16-6 win (five innings) over Derby Girls/Combat/Softball.com, each member of the Armed Forces recorded a hit as the team totaled for 18 hits during their offensive fueled victory in Sunday's Championship Game. The Armed Forces finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record while hitting .573 as a team.
The Armed Forces struck big in the second inning, plating 10 runs in the second on a three triples, two singles and a sac fly. Tournament MVP April Ortenzo was red hot for the Armed Forces, racking up three RBI on two hits for the Armed Forces. She doubled in the first inning and tripled in the third inning.
Derby Girls looked to mount a comeback in the third inning as three runs would cross the plate, but the Armed Forces would tack on another five runs in the bottom half of the frame to extend their lead. Down to their final at-bat, Derby Girls loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth, but the Armed Forces defense held strong to get a double play before a groundout to the third baseman brought the game to a close.
Derby Girls earned a spot in the Championship Game after defeating the Askarben Skers 15-4 (six innings) earlier in the day.
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