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2020 USA Softball Women’s Open Nationals

 

Women's Open Slow Pitch National Championship

Championship Day Recap | LINK

In the Women’s Open division, the competition was fierce as a pair of one-run ballgames fed into the Championship Game, but the bats of Smash it Sports/Derby Girls/Sonnys/STG/Easton  were a force to be reckoned with as the offense erupted for a 17-1 win over Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos in the title game. Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos ultimately battled out of the semifinal game to earn a rematch with Smash It Sports after the two teams had met less than 24 hours ago in the winner’s bracket final.
 
Backman/Team 24 started the day with an 11-10, extra-innings win over Lady SNI/OA Labs/DeMarini/Louisville Slugger. It was a back-and-forth contest between the two squads with a three-run outing by Lady SNI in their final at-bat forcing the game into extra innings, but an RBI single to right field from Stephanie Call gave Backman the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth.  
 
The semifinal contest saw a similar result, as nearly every batter in the contest between Low Bobs and Backman recorded a hit. Ultimately, it was Low Bobs who snuck away with the 11-10 win after Terri Ross hit a sac fly to center and Annie Rardin also drove in a run with a sac fly. Down by two runs, Backman plated one run in their final at-bat with two outs, but that was all the offense the home team could muster.
 
That brought the Championship Game to close out the Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship, and Smash It Sports delivered by cruising to a 17-1 (six innings) win over Low Bobs. The squad absolutely smashed the ball, combining for 24 hits in the win with Megan Baltzell and Kami Marrott leading the team with three RBI apiece. Both Baltzell and Christan Dowling each collected a home run in the win with Fiana Finau sending two out of the park.
 
Finau collected 10 RBI throughout to lead her team at the plate while Baltzell’s two home runs led Smash it Sports and tied the tournament leaderboard.
 
Click here for a list of All-Americans from the Women’s Open National Championship

2nd Place – Low Bobs/Shirts and Logos

 

3rd Place – Backman/Team 24

 

4th Place – Lady SNI/OA Labs/DeMarini/Louisville Slugger

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