Nearly 150 teams took some serious swings at the OC Coastal Classic, a top-notch Triple Crown fastpitch event in SoCal that included games at the new Great Park facility in Irvine.
18s at Great Park – The SoCal Athletics ran the table, winning six games, but they were tested in the finale, just slipping past Firecrackers-Brashear, 2-1. The Athletics allowed just eights runs over the course of the tournament.
18 Open – OC BatBusters-Bracamonte was super tough in the circle on Sunday, winning three games and eventually the title, thanks to a 6-0 victory over Firecrackers-Kimura. The Bracamonte squad allowed just one run Sunday.
16s at Great Park – Nobody swung the bats quite like the Corona Angels-Howard team, which plated 28 runs in three games Sunday to claim the crown. Runner-up OC Tigers Lastrapes played well under pressure, winning 5-4 and 3-2 to reach the championship game.
16 Open – SoCal Athletics Marinakis/Fox came through with a tight 4-3 victory in the title game over Ohana Tigers-Herrera/Halleen. The Athletics did not allow a run in three pool play games, then started Sunday with a tough 2-1 victory over Firecrackers-Brashear/Duarte.
14s at Great Park – Sunday was one to remember for Athletics-Mercado/Tidd, who started with a 4-1 win and then used two nail-biters (5-4 and 7-6) before getting to the finale, where they topped Utah Fastpitch-Korth, 10-6. It was a rematch from pool play, where the teams battled to a 2-all tie.
14 Open – A 39-team division battled it out with Breakers Labs Black polishing off a long day with a 3-0 victory over American Pastime-Velasquez/Farnworth. Breakers Labs allowed five runs in five games but showed ability to hit when needed, slipping by SD Brashear Mata/Garcia by an 8-7 margin in the quarterfinals.
12 Open – Relentless work in the circle paved the way to the title for Power Surge Berndes, which allowed two runs in pool play then posted victories of 6-0, 8-0, 10-0 and 6-0 on Sunday.
10 Open – SoCal Choppers-Franco came through pool play with three wins, 22 runs and zero runs allowed; Sunday was more of the same. The Choppers won 10-0 and 8-2 to reach the final, and they eased past Synergy Fastpitch by a 12-3 margin for the crown.