Tulsa Elite Invite: Texas Bombers Do Damage Before The Storm

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The Tulsa Elite Summer Invite got off to a strong start Thursday at the Arrowhead Sports Complex, but then Mother Nature decided to spoil the softball party.

Midway through day one of the softball tournament, torrential rain, lightning, and flooding hit Broken Arrow and the surrounding area. Play at the Tulsa Elite Summer Invite was suspended as players, coaches and fans were asked to leave the complex.

According to tournament officials, action will pick back up at 12 PM or later Friday depending on the weather.

However, before play was suspended, several of the 96 teams from around the country were able to complete a game in both the 16U and 14U divisions.

One of those included the matchup between the Texas Bombers 14U Gold Torres and the West Bay Warriors.

While West Bay was able to keep the contest close, the Bombers pulled away for a solid 6-0 victory.

“I think we did good,” Madison Azua said. “Really just helping everyone definitely helped and everyone working as a team.”

It took a while for the Bombers to figure out the pitching of the Warriors Katelyn Heuser. But once they did, they were able to take advantage of scoring opportunities.

It started in the second inning when the Bombers had two runners on and Catherine Kuhn at the plate. The 2022 outfielder hit a shot to third base and the throw to first was off target. The error allowed a run to score for the Bombers.

The biggest hit of the day was a two-run homer by Victoria Altamirano in the fifth inning.

That was more than the Bomber’s pitching staff needed. Led by Azua, the Bombers shut down the Warriors offense.

The tone was set in the first inning when Azua faced West Bay’s Megan Grant (2022, UCLA). Azua struck out Grant for her first strikeout of the game.

“My mindset was just to be more consistent and throwing more strikes,” Azua said. “And just trying to hit my spots.”

Azua pitched three innings and struck out four batters. She also did work at the plate with a double into center field and crossed home plate soon after.

“That felt really good,” Azua said. “We can be good. We can do pretty much anything. We can bunt, slap, hit home runs. I just think if we work together, we defiantly will.”

As for Azua, who is an uncommitted pitcher in the 2023 class, she just wants to continue playing strong the rest of the tourney.

“I just want to keep being more consistent, just how I was in this game with my pitching,” Azua said. “And getting more solid hits.”

Bombers Burgess HTX 10, Impact Gold OKC 0 (3rd inning)

Bombers Burgess had their foot on the gas pedal from the very start. The top half of the first inning was all they needed as they took an 8-0 lead.

Highlights included RBIs from Katie Lott (2022), Aiyana Coleman (2022), Emma Landauer (2023) and Abigail Flores (2022).

The biggest hit came from Amiah Burgess, who came to bat with the bases loaded. She smashed a liner into center field that bounced off the outstretched glove of the centerfield. That stroke allowed three more runs to score before the inning came to an end.

Analisa Soliz shut out Impact before the came was called when the rain and lightning struck.

According to tourney officials, there is no definite plan on making up the games that had already begun when the tourney was postponed.

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