The USA Explosion Gold-Juarez battled to a third-place finish in the ASA/USA 18U Gold Nationals in Greater Portland.
The Explosion went 3-0 in pool play, including a 12-0 win over the Washington Angels 18 Gold-Benson.
After winning its first game in bracket play, the Explosion fell 3-2 to eventual champion Beverly Bandits, Ohio, on Wednesday night before reeling off eight consecutive victories.
The Explosion’s run ended a game short of the final with Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Marucci Patriots Gold 18U.
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The Explosion-Thompson and Angels-Benson squads were eliminated in bracket play Thursday.
ASA/USA 16U CLASS-A NATIONALS: The Washington Angels-Richards squad will open pool play at 5 a.m. Pacific time Monday in Chattanooga, Tenn., against Velocity Gulf Coast Powell (Miss.).