A 10-run explosion in the second inning helped land the U.S. Armed Forces the Women’s Open Slow Pitch National title. In a 16-6 win (five innings) over Derby Girls/Combat/Softball.com, each member of the Armed Forces recorded a hit as the team totaled 18 hits during their offensive-fueled victory in Sunday’s championship game. The Armed Forces finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record while hitting .573 as a team. The Armed Forces struck big in the second inning, plating 10 runs on a three triples, two singles, and a sacrifice fly. Tournament MVP April Ortenzo was red-hot for the Armed Forces, racking up three RBIs on two hits. She doubled in the first inning and tripled in the third frame. Derby Girls tried to mount a comeback in the third inning as three runs would cross the plate, but the Armed Forces tacked on another five runs in the bottom half of the frame to extend their lead. Down to their final at-bat, Derby Girls loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth, but the Armed Forces’ defense held strong to get a double play before a groundout to the third baseman brought the game to a close. Derby Girls earned a spot in the championship game after defeating the Askarben Skers, 15-4 (six innings), earlier in the day. Order of finish: 1. All Armed Forces, Sam Houston, TX - 3-0; 2. Derby Girls, Kent, Washington - 3-2; 3. Askarven Skers, Lincoln, Nebraska - 4-2; 4. Lady MVP, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2-2; 5. Toxic Swirl, Duncan, Oklahoma - 0-3; 5. Wolfpack, Enid, Oklahoma - 0-3. Tournament MVP: April Ortenzo, U.S. Armed Forces; 8-for-10 (.800), four doubles, two triples, ten RBI and nine runs scored; SP - 1,600. First Team All-Americans IF - April Ortenzo - U.S. Armed Forces; IF - Kami Marrott - Derby Girls/Combat; IF - Marjorie Mills - U.S. Armed Forces; IF - Erika Citron - U.S. Armed Forces; IF - Victoria Pzsyk - U.S. Armed Forces; OF - Stefanie Watt - Derby Girls/ Combat; O F- Miranda Sanderson - U.S. Armed Forces; OF - Holly Leiter - Derby Girls/Combat; OF - Teresa Herring - U.S. Armed Forces; UT - Tara Salcedo - Derby Girls/Combat; UT - Abby Beach - Askarben Skers; UT - Bri Benesh - Derby Girls/Combat; UT - Christan Dowling - Derby Girls/Combat; UT - Ashley Tarver - Lady MVP; P - Krystal Cavette - U.S. Armed Forces; Batting Champion: April Ortenzo - U.S. Armed Forces; Home Run Champion: Christan Dowling - Derby Girls/Combat - 3.
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