The Texas Kaos defeated the San Diego Power Surge 5-1 on Sunday at Frost Stadium, capping an undefeated week of softball and winning the Amateur Softball Association 12-under national championship.
The Georgia Impact, based in Douglasville, wound up third in the 100-team tournament and Chattanooga’s Frost Falcons ‘00 finished fourth.
Kaos coach Dennis Odneal said the core group of his team has been together since the 8-under level and since moving up the team has qualified for an ASA national tournament each year.
This year the team from the Houston area won its two pool games before winning another eight consecutive once double-elimination began. The Kaos outscored their bracket-play opponents 54-6.
Makinzy Herzog and Maddie Lindsay handled the pitching load for the Kaos.
“Really our two pitchers were phenomenal,” Odneal said. “That and our defense is what carried us. I mean, we gave up six runs in eight games in a national tournament.”
Odneal said his team was sparked defensively by center fielder Tori Whillock, shortstop Katy Schaeffer and second baseman Abby Odneal. The coach said Georgia Clark and Kayla Garcia were the offensive leaders throughout the week.
The Falcons finished the week 7-2, outscoring their opponents 68-14. They ended the season 72-6-1 against 12-under competition, including winning the ASA state championship and the Hall of Fame tournament in Oklahoma City.
Shelby Walters allowed three earned run in 37 innings pitched for the Falcons and Hannah Kincer gave up two in her 19 innings. Frost said Kincer was also an offensive leader this week, along with Alexis Trimiar, Haley Smith, Cheyenne Lindsey and Breanna Vinson.
“Our defense was really strong until the very last game,” Frost said of Saturday night’s loss to the Georgia Impact. “The two games we lost we didn’t have any offense at all. We just sort of fell apart at the end. The team that put us out of the tournament we had beaten three or four times already. The team that won it, we beat twice in Oklahoma City. It just wasn’t our time.”
Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.