The 10th year of the Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) Nationals officially starts tonight with the 18U and 16U coaches draw and for the next two weeks it will be great club softball all over Southern California.
This weekend, pool games will take place before the double-elimination bracket play kicks off Monday with the Platinum Championships to be held Friday and the Premier Championships on Saturday preceding the PGF All-American Game at 4:30 pm PST.
The 14U, 12U and 10U age division games will begin Monday, July 29, 2019 with pool games running through Tuesday and bracket games going Wednesday through Friday with the Platinum championships on Saturday, August 3 and the Premier titles awarded on Sunday, August 4.
This year, 648 teams from around the nation will compete in the age divisions of 18U down to 10U with an amazing 2,268 games scheduled to be played!
Can it all match the great play of years' past? That’s to be determined, but the competition across all age groups looks stellar once again.
Looking at the previous nine years it’s interesting to note the following:
- The inaugural tournament in 2010 had two champions (18U and 16U Premier)
- 14U and 12U Premier Championships were added in 2012
- the first Platinum Champion was crowned in 2013
- the first 10U Championship was in 2015
- since 2015, eight championship games have been played annually
- the PGF All-American Game was held in 2016
In about two weeks we’ll know who are the champions of the 2019 PGF Nationals and they will be added to the list of those great teams who came before…
2018 PGF NATIONALS
- PGF High School All-American Game III: West def. East, 2-1
- 18U Premier: Georgia Impact-Lewis def. OC Batbusters-Stith, 6-4
- 18U Platinum: Firecrackers North Thomas def. USA Athletics, 7-0
- 16U Premier: Birmingham Thunderbolts-Dorsett def. Athletics-Mercado, 4-1
- 16U Platinum: Tampa Mustangs-Walford def. So Cal Breakers-Labs/Blue, 5-2
- 14U Premier: Corona Angels-Tyson def. Sorcerer-Schroll, 9-2
- 14U Platinum: Northwest Bullets-Rice defeated OC Batbusters-Garcia, 7-1
- 12U Premier: Tennessee Mojo-Danley def. Diamond Sports Hotshots-Jones, 1-0
- 12U Platinum: California Cruisers-Caouette def. OC Batbusters-Garcia, 5-4
- 10U Premier: Impact Gold National-Smith def. Beverly Bandits-Trackwell, 7-3