The U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Softball Team reached the finals once again and earned silver at the 2018 USA Softball National Women’s Open Championship at the WVO Softball Complex in Portland, Ore. on August 26.
Going undefeated in their first three games of the double elimination tournament, the U.S. Women reached the finals in the second straight year.
“My very first expectation was to get this group of military all-stars to gel as a team and to embrace the armed forces ‘Team First’ family concept”, said first-year coach Mr. Michael Richardson of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
“We knew if we could get that accomplished and establish the team chemistry, that we had the talent to win the National Championship.”
The U.S. Women faced a familiar opponent in the Derby Girls from Seattle, Wash. Looking to defend the title, the Derby Girls faced the U.S. Women for the fifth time in the finals since 2012.
Looking to seal the deal, the U.S. Women lost 18-14 in their first meeting. In the elimination game for the title, the U.S. Women lost 16-1 to take silver.
“We came up a little short of the team’s end goal”, said Richardson, “but we accomplished our overall mission and that was to represent the United States Armed Forces with honor, dignity, and class.”