Alliance Fastpitch Fall Cup Event Recap
By The Alliance Team
Starting on Friday and wrapping up Sunday, the first-ever Alliance Fastpitch Fall Cup took place with elite teams from all over the country participating. The Fall Cup was hosted and run by USA Softball at the USA Hall of Fame Complex and Wild Horse facility in Mustang, Oklahoma. “The vision for the Alliance Fastpitch Fall Cup was…
Starting on Friday and wrapping up Sunday, the first-ever Alliance Fastpitch Fall Cup took place with elite teams from all over the country participating.
The Fall Cup was hosted and run by USA Softball at the USA Hall of Fame Complex and Wild Horse facility in Mustang, Oklahoma.
“The vision for the Alliance Fastpitch Fall Cup was to create a ‘Ryder Cup’ style event in youth fastpitch where we brought together the top teams from each League and they competed against each other as a League Team,” explained Jami Lobpries, the Executive Director of The Alliance Fastpitch.
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“The first year was challenging with teams having played a limited summer schedule in certain areas and with current travel restrictions still in place for other regions,” she continued. “Additionally, several states are currently in their high school season which limited other Leagues, especially for a first-year event.
Two Lone Star State teams from the Texas FastPitch League, the Texas Glory and Texas Bombers, finished 1-2 at the 18U level while Iowa Premier finished on top at 16U ahead of two California teams.
Here is the standings recap from the Alliance Fastpitch Fall Cup, Powered by USA Softball:
Alliance Fastpitch Fall Cup Scoring:
- Total points were recorded for each team result, then added with the other teams in their League
- 18U took the 4 highest point totals
- 16U took the 3 highest point totals
- 3 points for a win
- 1 point for a tie
- Team TFL 47 points
- Team HFL 37 points
- Team CFL/TFL 37 points
- Team CFL 34 points
- Team SEFL/RMFL 34 points
- Team CFL 40 points
- Team TFL 33 points
- Team HFL 26 points
- Team SEFL/RMFL 18 points
Top 18U Team Points
- Texas Glory 16 points
- Texas Bombers Gold 15 points
- Lady Lightning Gold & Athletics Mercado 13 points
Top 16U Team Points
- Iowa Premier 16 points
- Corona Angels Felton 15 points
- CA Suncats Nor Cal 13 points
Lobries explained that there were two goals that were successfully accomplished over the weekend.
“Our goal in year one was to utilize this event to show our message of ‘competition on the field and unity off the field,” Lobpries added. “As we created the leagues and The Alliance Fastpitch, we’ve been working virtually. This event provided a unique opportunity to bring together some of the top teams from each League while also utilizing the time off the field to spread our message of unity.”
The “competition on the field” was outstanding with many of the top Extra Elite Eighty 18U and 16U teams going head-to-head and off the field there was value as well.
“One of the core values of The Alliance Fastpitch is connection,” Lobpries, who played at Texas A&M, stated, “which includes connecting our generations of athletes.
On Saturday, the club players, their families and coaches also heard from two greats of the game, Cat Osterman and Shelby Pendley, who just completed their first season with Athletes Unlimited. The two pro and international stars took part in a discussion for the teams and stayed around to answer questions from athletes, coaches and parents.
As for the play between the lines, it was exactly what the leaders of The Alliance Fastpitch were looking including the support of non-playing teams sticking around to watch.
“The energy at the complexes was electric with great play on the field including walk-off wins, SportsCenter Top 10 plays, and pure competition,” concluded Lobpries. “Even more important, the energy off the field was welcoming and inclusive. Teams stayed at the ballpark to cheer on their organizations or other teams in their league, and just to watch the great competition.”
Here’s one example with energized play between two perennial powers, the Texas Bombers (white uni’s) and Corona Angels:
And there some spot-on coach impersonations, too, as Brook Blankenship nailed her Wichita Mustangs head coach Mark Griggs:
Announcements on next year’s event will be out soon including dates, location, and how to qualify for the 2021 Alliance Fastpitch Fall Cup.