ROSEVILLE, Calif. – 31 teams from throughout the Western United States head to Roseville this weekend for the 14u Class A Western National Championship hosted by the Greater Sacramento Softball Association (GSSA).
That includes Martinez’s own Universal Sports Academy 12 & under girls.
Yes that is correct. The Universal Fastpitch girls qualified for a tournament in the next age group when they came in second place in a tournament in Vallejo earlier this summer.
The girls will be competing with teams from all over the West Coast. Teams from Oregon, Washington, Colorado and California qualified with their local associations to enter the tournament.
The tournament itself kicked off on Monday, July 25, with opening ceremonies at Maidu Regional Park in Roseville. The Martinez girls, however, took the field on July 26 against California Breeze at 1 p.m.
On Wednesday evening, GSSA will host a special competition for athletes to participate in. The categories that will be available to compete in are around-the-horn, base running, pitching, hitting and throwing for accuracy.
Thursday through Saturday the teams will participate in double elimination games at Maidu and Foskett Park in Lincoln. Final games will all be played at Maidu on Saturday, July 30. The championship game is scheduled at 1 p.m.
Games are open to the public; no admission charged. For more tournament information, visit sacramentoasa.org. GSSA can be found on Facebook under Sacramento ASA and on Twitter as @SacramentoGSSA.
Playing for the Universal Sports Academy team are Tianna Bell, Jordan Blackmon, Madelyn Chambers, Shannon Kelly, Iabella Mendoza, Kira Nilson, Ashley Pye, Bailey Sample, Izabela Sanchez-Rodriguez, Karen Sepulvedo, Adriana Vasquez, Cierra Yeagar, Grace Own, Kaleena Yra and Charity Dumpit.
Those wishing to follow the game live can do so on the GameChanger app, or online at GC.com. The tournament is searchable under “ASA 14u Western National Championship,” and the Martinez team is available under “Universal Fastpitch 03.”