California Team Wins Asa Tournament

August 14, 1991

The Amateur Softball Association's 18-and-under girls national fast-pitch tournament concluded Sunday at Cedar Lane Park with two California teams -- the Raiders of Santa Monica and the Batbusters of OrangeCounty -- battling for the championship.

The Raiders won their eighth title in 10 years by beating the Batbusters, 4-1, behind Cheryl Longeway's four-hit pitching.

About 3,000 people paid to see the five-day, double-elimination

tournament, which involved 70 teams from 24 states and was played at Cedar Lane and Centennial Park.

Heavy rain interrupted play Friday morning, forcing teams to play nearly 18 hours of continuous softball Saturday to keep the tournament on schedule.

The nationals gave fans 139 mostly competitive games dominated by pitching and defense. About 75 percent of the games were decided by three runs or fewer.

Three perfect games were pitched. Only five teams recorded team batting averages over .300, while 39 teams batted under .200.

The four Maryland entries -- Wagner's, Jade Garden and Tangerine Machine (each of Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County) and the Lewistown Tigers (of Frederick) -- combined for five victories. Wagner's and Jade Garden each produced 2-2 records, and finished tied for 25th place.

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