North Platte’s Tatum Montelongo helped Nebraska Gold Futures capture the Nebraska USSSA 12U Class A state fastpitch softball championship on June 24 in Beatrice.

Montelongo’s two-run homerun helped propel Nebraska Gold to a 7-1 win over the Fremont Sliders in the championship game.

A week earlier, Montelongo led her team to the title game of the elite Top Gun Invitational in Kansas City, Mo. The Gold lost the championship game to Quad Cities Heartland Havoc.

On the season, Montelongo is hitting .313 with a .698 slugging percentage, with 7 doubles, 5 triples, and 2 homeruns. She leads her team pitching, throwing 193 innings, recording 183 strikeouts against 36 walks, and holding a 2.566 earned run average.

Montelongo also received the discipline award at the Nebraska Gold recent awards banquet.

The Nebraska Gold Futures are in action in Kansas City this week at the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch championships and then will finish the season at USSSA Bentonville Super 32 National Championships in Arkansas.

The Nebraska Gold is an elite, invitation only, all-star fast pitch softball organization made up from players across Nebraska and based in Millard.

Since 2008, the Nebraska Gold program has had more than 130 players go on to play at the collegiate level, with 85 of those at the Division 1 level, for schools such as Nebraska, Oregon, Michigan, Baylor, North Carolina, Missouri, and many others.