The Heartbreakers Gold National team made history by winning the 30th 18-Under GOLD National Championship at the 2023 USA Softball GOLD National Championships in Oklahoma City. They achieved a remarkable 10-2 run-rule victory over Louisiana Blazers Elite in the final, securing their title.
Throughout the tournament, the Maryland-based Heartbreakers Gold National displayed exceptional performances, winning all eight of their games and scoring an impressive total of 60 runs while allowing only 15 runs against them. Their dominant display on both offense and defense showcased their strong team dynamic and skill.
Several players from the Heartbreakers squad stood out in the tournament. Sydney Orndorff led the tournament in batting average and on-base percentage, while Avery Neuman and Taylor Smith tied for second in home runs with two each. Taylor Smith also showcased her talent in the pitching circle, leading the tournament with 46 strikeouts.
The team’s success can be attributed to their balanced approach, utilizing big swings and strategic small ball tactics. They proved to be a well-rounded team with strong hitting, solid defense, and impressive pitching performances.
With their outstanding performance, the Heartbreakers Gold National team now holds the title of the 2023 18U GOLD National Champions, adding their name to the prestigious list of previous winners in the tournament’s 30-year history.