Texas Magic wins tourney

Keley Leach swings at a pitch during the state softball tournament on Sunday. Photo By David Allen

Doc Smith

After a grueling three days of heat and outstanding softball, Texas Magic 98 took an 8-0 win over Texas Elite-Papes in the championship game of the ASA Class A 14U state softball tournament held at Faulkner Park and Lindsey Park.

“The teams were really excited to be awarded berths in the ASA/USA National Tournament, set for the last weekend of July in Normal, Ill. and the Southern National Tournament in College Station,” said tournament director Van Jordan. “It was an outstanding level of excellence given by the teams and the umpires, and it was enjoyed by the fans that enjoyed excellent softball proficiency.”

The eventual champion started off the day with a 2-0 win over eventual finals counterpart Texas Elite-Papes, and followed that with another victory over Sudden Impact, 11-2.

The runner-up Texas Elite-Papes came back from the early loss on Sunday morning to beat the Beaumont Blast 13-3 and Texas Magic 99 12-4. An elimination game win over Texas Magic 99 by a 12-4 count set up the semifinal matchup for Texas Elite-Papes against Sudden Impact.

Texas Elite-Papes rattled off an 8-1 win, before needing a back-to-back sweep over Texas Magic 98 for the title.

“A special thanks goes out to SportTyler and the City of Tyler Recreation Department for their support of the tournament and fast pitch softball, and we look forward to hosting the 2014 ASA 16U state tournament next year,” Jordan said.

The top seven teams qualified for the ASA/USA National tourney in Normal July 28-Aug. 4. Other participating teams in this tournament earned bids to play in the ASA Southern National tournament set for Aug 1-4 in College Station.

ASA Class A, 14U State Softball Championships

At Faulkner Park Fields

and Lindsey Park Fields, Tyler

Game 40 – Texas Magic 98 2, Texas Elite-Papes 0

Game 41 – Beaumont Blast 8, Platinum 4

Game 42 – Texas Storm 13, Texas Blaze-Ham 5

Game 43 – Texas Elite-Papes 13, Beaumont Blast 3

Game 44 – Texas Magic 99 8, Texas Storm 0

Game 45 – Texas Magic 98 11, Sudden Impact 2

Game 46 – Texas Elite-Papes 12, Texas Magic 99 4

Game 47 – Texas Elite Papes 8, Sudden Impact 1

Championship Game – Texas Magic 98 8, Texas Elite-Papes 0

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