Cincinnati picked again for the 2015 Long Haul Bombers Tour
OKLAHOMA CITY – The ASA Stadium Power Tour is set and ready to roll for the 2015 season as members of the ASA Long Haul Bombers gear up to showcase their titles of the best home run hitters in the world. Announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball, the ASA Long Haul Bombers will stage one-of-a-kind home run derbies at eight Major League Baseball (MLB) ballparks before battling it out for the Manufactures Cup and individual title in the finals.
“We’re excited for another great season of the ASA Stadium Power Tour,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress. “The ASA Long Haul Bombers put on a great show each time they step out at the MLB ballparks and demonstrate their world-class talent to fans at each stop. We can’t wait to see how the season plays out as fans follow their journey to the Stadium Power Tour Finals.”
The ASA Long Haul Bombers Stadium Power Tour highlights a collection of the world’s greatest softball home run hitters. Four teams, representing Combat, DeMarini, Easton, Miken, of softball super stars stage one-of-a-kind home run derbies at MLB Stadiums across North America. Each slugger gets 15 swings and a home run is worth one point, except the last pitch, known as the money ball, worth two points and can be the tie-breaker. Six of the eight participants will qualify for the finals of the Stadium Power Tour, scheduled to take place on September 12 at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, in Miami, Fla.
Last year, the ASA Stadium Power Tour concluded with Team DeMarini sweeping the honors as Chris Larsen was named the world’s greatest home run hitter for the second time in his career, crushing 12 out of the park. Team DeMarini also took home the coveted Manufactures Cup, totaling 23 for the evening. You can find the final results from the 2014 Stadium Power Tour Finals at ASAUSASoftball.com.
“The Stadium Power Tour is entering its 10th season and fans love seeing the massive home runs,” said Team DeMarini’s Chris Larsen (Vancouver, Wash.). “We’re the best in the world at slugging, so get ready! Team DeMarini’s goal this season is to keep the Manufactures Cup where it belongs, with DeMarini.”
2015 ASA Long Haul Bombers Stadium Tour (as of March 26, 2015)
May 1 – Arlington, Texas (Global Life Park)
May 29 – Houston, Texas (Minute Maid Park)
June 9 – Pittsburgh, Penn. (PNC Park)
July 20 – Cincinnati, Ohio (Great American Ballpark)
July 24 – San Diego, Calif. (Petco Park)
July 26 – Tampa, Fla. (Tropicana Field)
July 30 – Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Field)
August 12 – St. Louis, Mo. (Busch Stadium)
September 12 – Miami, Fla. (Marlins Park) – Bombers Tour Finals
Additional locations projected to be added are Detroit, Mich. (Comerica Park), Cleveland, Ohio (Progressive Field), Seattle, Wash. (Safeco Field) and New York, N.Y. (Citi Field).
Follow along all season long at www.softball360.com for point standings, features and stories during the Power Tour.
About ASA/USA Softball
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 74 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. ASA/USA is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.
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