MIDLAND, Texas -- The Washington Angels 96 softball team is representing the Evergreen State well at the 14U ASA Nationals in Midland, Texas.
The Angels were the only squad out of four Washington teams to advance to the winners' bracket, finishing No. 1 in their pool and receiving a first-round bye.
At 7 a.m. today, they will face the Oklahoma Force 96, which beat the Omaha Quakes Black 3-0 on Wednesday.
The Angels are OK with early wakeup calls, but the scorching temperatures have concerned head coach Robert Benson.
"It's been 106, 107 here," he said. "Playing at 9 a.m. (Central) is a little bit of a blessing."
If the Angels beat Oklahoma this morning, they will play at 7 a.m. Friday. If they lose, they will play at 3 p.m. today in hopes of avoiding elimination.
"Our goal is to get in the top 30," Benson said. "If we can get in the top 30, I'll be a happy camper."