Missouri softball teams flooded Rolla over the weekend to take part in the MUSA Softball Missouri Girls State Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24. The competition was broken up into 14-and-under A and B, 16-and-under A and 18-and-under A.
The 14U B tournament saw a local team, Lady Bulldogs Elite, make a strong run, but they fell short of a title. They won their first game on Saturday, 9-1 over V Tool Academy Monarchs, before a tough 4-3 loss to Fusion in the afternoon. That set them up for bracket play, where they opened with a 2-0 win over Lady Legends. A 10-2 loss to MO Elite H2 sent them to the losers bracket, where they won two straight games. The Lady Bulldogs started the comeback with a 13-4 win in a rematch with the Monarchs, before getting some revenge over Fusion 11-2. Their run was ended in the semis with a 12-1 loss to 24K. 24K and MO Elite H2 would play three games against each other on Sunday to decide a champion. The first was a 4-0 win by H2 to send 24K into their matchup with Rolla. 24K won the rematch 6-3, but MO Elite H2 took the championship in the third and final matchup with a 6-5 win. MO Elite H2, which hails from Republic, and 24K both earned spots in the USA Softball "B" Northern National in Decatur, Ill.
The 14U A tournament say Stealth Fastpitch Hurtado come out of bracket play as the top seed. They cruised past Prospects Elite Dickerson 11-2, setting up a matchup with the second seeded Galaxy Elite, who beat Tenacity 14-9. Galaxy Elite took the second round game 4-3 to earn a spot in the championship. The losers bracket then saw a comeback run from Tenacity. They crushed Prospects Elite Dickerson 17-1, before beating Stealth Fastpitch Hurtado 8-3. Their run ended with Galaxy Elite, however, as the Columbia based team took the championship 6-3. Galaxy Elite earned a spot in the USA Softball National Championships in Bowling Green, Ky.
The 16U tournament saw Capital City Ambush run the table from beginning to end. They started with a 2-0 record in pool play, before dominating bracket play. Ambush started with a bye, before a 13-0 win over Missouri Chiefs. Their closest game was a 7-5 win over Torque Fastpitch, but they cruised to the title with an 8-0 victory over Prospects Elite 3 STL. The Jefferson City based team will play in the USA Softball National Championships in Kent, Wash.
Wrapping up the competition was the 18U tournament. Bracket play in the 18U tournament was dominated by Originals Gold-Earl, who won their first three games 8-2, 3-1, 3-2 to earn a spot in the championship. Gold, however, elected to forfeit the championship game and head back to Kansas City, so they championship game was essentially the loser's bracket semi-final before Diamond Wildcats and Prospects Elite-Lorenz. Propects Elite won their first matchup in bracket play 5-1, but the Wildcats won the rematch 12-6. The Wildcats, who come from Jefferson City, will play in the USA Softball National Championships in Salem Va.