’99 Crushers Win 2nd State Title
Submitted By STEVE SHIPP
The ’99 Virginia Crushers fast pitch softball team won their second Virginia state title this past weekend by going undefeated in the 2012 American Softball Association’s (ASA) Virginia State Championship in Leesburg. The Prince William-based Crushers added this title to the Virginia NSA State Championship title they won a few weeks ago in Salem.
The Crushers got started in Saturday pool play at 8 a.m. with a 4-1 victory over the VA Scrappers from Lynchburg, then a 15-0 (3-inning mercy rule) win over the ’99 Sterling Baseliners. Double elimination bracket play started with a come from behind 9-3 win over the VA Edge from Richmond.
The final game of the day started at 8 p.m. against the ’99 Virginia Glory Elite of Lorton. After playing all day in the heat, the Crushers stayed strong and held the Glory to only one hit in the 3-0 victory. The win allowed the Crushers to sleep in before facing the VA Scrappers again in the semi-final game. The VA Scrappers pitching kept the Crushers off balance and the game scoreless until the sixth inning. The Crushers scored two in the sixth and were able to hold on in the seventh to secure the win and earn a spot in the championship game.
The ’99 Virginia Glory Elite of Lorton fought their way out of the lower bracket to earn a rematch in the championship game. The ’99 Virginia Crushers bats started off hot scoring 5 unanswered runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Crushers defense and pitching held the Glory to just five hits and six strikeouts.
The Crushers hitting proved too much and they won the state title in five innings with a final score of 10-0. The Crushers had another great weekend outscoring the opposition 43-4.Four of the 6 games they played were shutouts. The team hit a .364 batting average over six games. Pitching did not allow a single earned run or walk in six games for 0.0 ERA with 31 strikeouts. The Crushers will move up an age division in their next tournament.
They will play 14U in the USSSA Blue-Gray Summer Shootout in Laurel MD on July 7-8.