Maddie O’Brien’s two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning Sunday as the Tampa (Fla.) Mustangs defeated the Elyria (Ohio) Sun Dogs 7-5 to capture the ASA/USA Class A 18-and-under national softball tournament at Majestic Park in Las Vegas.
The Mustangs, whose roster includes Las Vegan Amanda Montalto, a Palo Verde High School graduate, were the only squad in the 140-team field not to lose a game in bracket play.
Elyria lost its opening bracket-play game before rattling off 12 straight victories- including four each on Friday and Saturday- to reach the final game.
110-degree temperatures and sweltering humidity doesn’t phase a field of 140 fastpitch softball teams from around the United States, including five from Las Vegas, that begin play today at Majestic Park in Las Vegas in the USA/ASA 18-under Class A national tournament. Nearly every state is represented.
It’s such a high-demand and competitive tournament that Las Vegas won’t be permitted to bid on hosting the tournament again for seven years.
Each team will play two pool games today and Tuesday with a double-elimination bracket play starting Wednesday. Games begin at 8 a.m. daily. Tournament concludes Sunday.