Panama City Beach, FL--To say the least the diamonds at Frank Brown Park in P.C. Beach, where the United States Fastpitch Association is working through it's second consecutive big time tournament, are rather soaked.
Nonetheless, this week's class A tourney with over
two-hundred teams taking part from all over the southeastern U.S. and beyond, is getting to the championship rounds.
14 of the teams are playing in the 16U class, including the Panama City Lightning. That team facing TNT Gold in a winner's bracket game Friday night.
The Lightning getting a strong outing from pitcher Augie Pena, who hails from Geneva High School in Alabama. Pena tossing 5 innings of shutout ball.
Her Lightning offense would get the only run needed in the top of the 4th when Arnold's Sarah Robertson skies one to center deep enough to score another Lady Marlin, Jordan Lanton, who made a great
slide to avoid the tag.
Lightning win 1-0, taking them into a game at 2 o'clock Saturday against Crossfire, the only other undefeated team in the 16U class. The winner of that game goes into the final round and would have to beat beaten twice to keep them from the title.
So despite the rain, the games continue and the guy overseeing it all is John Cain, who is the USFA's National Director.
"I think it's going pretty good.' says Cain. "We've had a few rain issues, obviously. But as long as you put the information out there, the teams, there's so much for them to do, they get out of the rain, they go to Pier Park, stuff like that. You know the crews out here work effortlessly getting these fields back into playing shape after these rains. Without the support, the local support right here, we could never do it, so obviously I want to thank them."
All of the bracket finals should be wrapped up by Saturday night, if the weather cooperates.