As day two of the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championships wraps up, so does pool play.
The day has seen a two-hour rain delay, midday heat and refreshing breezes, but it has also seen a lot of softball.
All 12 pools of play Tuesday helped determine placement in the main bracket of the tournament. Winning the pool means better placement in the bracket, and for some teams, it meant more than just good placement.
The Oklahoma Diamond Girls arrived at the World Fastpitch Championships short several team members, but that wouldn’t stop them from playing to the best of their ability. In a nail-biting contest of extra innings, the Diamond Girls came out victorious, 6-5, in pool F over Select Fastpitch. According to their coaches, the team has won their last ten to eleven games while playing what he believes to be the best they have all season.
The other pool champions battled it out under the afternoon sky, changing from bright sunshine to cloudy and breezy as the day progressed.
Looking at pool C, another champion team looks to continue efficiently through the tournament to the ultimate championship.
The OC Batbusters cruised to first place in their pool under the leader of head coach Dave Lastrapes.
“We have been pitching and fielding well, but it could always get better,” said Lastrapes. “We want to win.”
Other pool champions included Texas Glory (Naudin), Worth Elite Prospects, California Grapettes, KC Gold, Impact Gold (Newcomb) and the Originals – CK. Play will continue late into Tuesday night
as the rain delay set games back by two hours. The pools still finishing play are A, D, I and J.
Play will resume with the main bracket at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.