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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The first phase of the ASA/USA Girls 18-under Class A softball national championship tournament concluded on Tuesday.
Now comes the push to find out who’s the best.
A total of 89 teams from throughout the country were seeded as a result of how they did in their three- and four-team pool brackets. Games are being played at Moyer Complex in Salem, the Botetourt Sports Complex in Daleville and the Darrell Shell complex in Roanoke County.
Play in the monst rous 89-team double-elimination bracket begins at 8 a.m. today. The first round games will consist mainly of No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, with the top two seeds from most brackets earning byes into the second round.
Last year’s winner, the Central Florida Sting, are not participating this year. However, the runner-up Carolina Cardinals are playing and earned a No. 1 seed by winning their pool.
The Roanoke-based Virginia Scrappers are also competing and are seeded fourth from their pool.
The tournament will be pared down to 12 teams by Saturday, with the final set to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at Moyer.
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