August 21, 2014

2014 ISF Jrs. – Team Argentina Two-Time Champions!

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Story by Echo Ross, Communications, 2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship

July 21, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT) – They didn’t do it the easy way, but Argentina will return home as two-time ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Champions.

After losing to New Zealand 3-1 in the semifinals, Argentina had to face Japan in the bronze medal game Sunday afternoon in order to advance. In what might have been the most exciting game of the tournament, the two teams went to extra innings to decide who would face the Black Sox for gold.

Phenomenal pitching from Huemul Mata and Kento Okazaki had Argentina and Japan knotted at 1-1 after seven. Roman Godoy subbed in for Mata in the top of the 8th and shut down the side, then struck out two in the 9th to set his team up for the win.

Gonzalo Masmu cranked a two-run homer to give Argentina the 3-1 victory and a shot at gold. They had less than an hour of turn-around time before facing New Zealand.

The Black Sox started Ethan Johnston on the mound while Argentina countered with Godoy. Argentina got off to a quick start, when Alan Peker scored on an error by the right fielder, and then Lighuen Angiolillo came home on a sacrifice fly.

New Zealand couldn’t get their offence going through five, and in the top of the 6th, Argentina closed the door with four more runs on singles by Gonzalo Masmu, Matias Zapata and Teo Migliavacca. Masmu added a three-run homer to make it a 9-0 final.

The 2012 champions would officially repeat.

“Twice world champions…best thing that can happen in life,” said Godoy after the game. “For the second one, you work harder because you know how hard it is to win.”

As his ecstatic team members sprayed water on each other, singing and chanting, Head Coach Julio Gamarci said the feeling of winning gold “cannot compare to anything.”

“We played better today because we were relaxed a little bit more. (the Black Sox) are a tough team always, we have a lot of respect for them. But we played how we know to play. Especially our pitcher, he was nearly untouchable.”

The Black Sox take home the silver medal and Japan grabs bronze, after 10 days of world-class softball. It was the first time New Zealand had made the final game since 1997.

Meanwhile, in the consolation final, the USA took on Mexico for the right to fifth place. Colton Nielson had one run and four RBIs on three hits for the Americans as they defeated Mexico 11-5.

Jimbo Pernetti and Tyler Stoffel each added two runs and two RBIs while Phillip Zimmerman picked up the win, allowing just one run and striking out five over 4.1 innings.

Full stats, photos and archived webcasts of all games, are available through www.worldfastpitch2014.com.
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Echo Ross
Communications
2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship
echo [at] outsidethecube.ca

USA Softball Junior Men claim consolation prize at ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

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WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team took the field versus Mexico on Sunday in the consolation finals of the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship and won convincingly 11-5 the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. With the win, Team USA finished 7-4, their best record in the Junior Men’s World Championship since 1985.

“These guys played hard all tournament long, said USA Head Coach Tim Lyon. “They won more games than any USA Junior Men’s team has won in a long time and that’s something to be proud of.”

Zane Chason (Alma, Ga.) drew the start for Team USA but lasted just 2.2 innings before Phillip Zimmerman (New Holland, Pa.) entered in relief. Chason allowed four runs on four hits in his outing and Zimmerman gave up just one run on three hits in the remainder of the game. The duo combined for six strikeouts.

Offensively, USA jumped on the board early with three runs on four hits in the top of the first inning. With Bryce DuCharme (Hudson, Wis.) reaching base on a single to lead off the game, Tyler Stoffel (North Mankato, Minn.) homered to make it 2-0. A Daniel Centeno Jr. (Salem, Utah) RBI double later in the at-bat scored the third USA run of the inning.

Mexico quickly closed the gap in the bottom of the inning scoring two runs on two hits off of Chason. The 3-2 score remained until the bottom of the third when the Mexican National Team again scored two runs on two hits taking a 4-3 lead into the fourth.

Team USA tied it up in the fourth when Tayler Nielson (Lehi, Utah) singled to plate Blaine Milheim (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) from second. In the bottom half, Zimmerman retired the side to preserve the 4-4 score to the fifth.

In their next at-bat, the USA Junior Men rallied to score two more runs on three hits and one Mexico error. The home team got a run back in the bottom of the fifth but USA held onto a 6-5 lead entering the sixth when they opened the game up for good. Tristan Sensenig (Denver, Pa.) opened the inning with a double and scored to batters later on an error. Later in the at-bat, with one runner on, Jimbo Pernetti (Ceres, Calif.) homered to give Team USA a 9-4 advantage.

Zimmerman held Mexico scoreless again in the sixth and the USA batters added two more runs on three hits in the seventh. With an 11-5 lead, the USA defense secured the win in the bottom of the seventh and Team USA earned the Consolation Championship.

In the tournament finals Argentina defeated New Zealand 9-0 in six innings to win their second consecutive ISF Junior Men’s World Championship Gold. Japan took bronze with a loss to New Zealand earlier in the day.

Following the tournament, the ISF flag was presented from the Whitehorse host committee to Dan Highland, member of the USA Softball Men’s National Team Selection Committee, as he represented Midland, Mich. who will host of the next ISF Junior Men’s World Championship in 2016.

Visit www.USAsoftball.com to view stats, archived streaming and see photos from all of USA’s games at the 2014 ISF World Championship.

Day 10 – ISF Jrs. – USA vs. Mexico in Consolation Final – 2pm PDT Sunday

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The USA will take on Mexico today in the X ISF Jr. Men’s World Championship. The game will be broadcast live on Sports Canada TV. Click here or the blue icon to watch.
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Day 10 – ISF Jr. Worlds – USA Softball Junior Men beat Czech Republic to earn spot in ISF World Championship Consolation Final

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Story by Steve Embree, USA Softball

WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – Playing in the consolation bracket of the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship, the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team defeated Czech Republic 12-2 on Saturday to earn a spot in the consolation finals the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. A win in Sunday’s final would secure a No. 5 finish in the World Championship for Team USA.

Phillip Zimmerman (New Holland, Pa.) earned his fourth win on Saturday as he went six full innings in the circle allowing just two runs on two hits and striking out nine Czech Republic batters. Both runs were unearned. Zane Chason (Alma, Ga.) entered in the seventh frame to close out the game for the Americans. He did so by retiring the first three batters he faced, two by strikeout.

A plethora of USA batters recorded a hit in the game but Tristen Sensenig (Denver, Pa.) lead the way going three-for-four with an RBI and a run scored. Cody Valeros (Stockton, Calif.) also notched a multi-hit game with an RBI and two runs scored on two singles. In all nine Team USA batters recorded a hit in the game.

The first run of the game came early when Bryce DuCharme (Hudson, Wis.) scored on a Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.) single in the first but then the scoring stalled until the fourth inning. Leading just 1-0 in the fourth, Team USA added three runs on four hits in their at-bat. Czech Republic got one run back in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 4-1 entering the fifth.

USA scored a fifth run in the top of the fifth inning when DuCharme crossed the plate on a wild pitch. In the sixth, the Americans added three more runs on two hits and an error to take a commanding 8-1 lead.

Needing just three outs to earn a run rule victory, the USA allowed a second Czech Republic run in the bottom of the sixth to send the game to the seventh and final inning. Despite their failed attempt at a run rule, the USA bats stayed hot in the seventh as they added an additional four runs on four hits to push the score to 12-2. Chason came on in the bottom of the seventh and recorded his three outs as the USA Junior Men earned the win and a spot in the consolation bracket finals of the ISF World Championship.

Team USA will face Mexico at 2:00 p.m. (PST) on Thursday. In their previous matchup with Mexico on Wednesday, the USA Juniors came away with a 7-6 victory. Visit www.USAsoftball.com to follow live stats, streaming and see photos from all of USA’s games at the ISF World Championship.

Day 10 – ISF Jr. Worlds – Final Three Broadcasts from Whitehorse

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Final three broadcasts from the X ISF Jr. World Championships today at Whitehorse, Yukon Canada. The Ballpark Radio crew of Kyle Smith, Lance Winn, Joe Todd and Jim Flanagan will conclude their schedule of 54 live streaming video broadcasts in 10 days, in partnership Sports Canada TV.

SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014

1:00pm Diamond 1 Bronze Medal Game – Argentina vs. Japan (loser wins bronze)
2:00pm Diamond 2 Consolation Final – USA v. Mexico
4:00pm Diamond 1 Gold Medal Game – New Zealand vs. Winner Argentina/Japan

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X ISF Jr. World Championship at Whitehorse – Medal Histories of Three Finalists

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The X ISF Jr. World Championship of Softball comes to a close today at Whitehorse, Yukon. Three teams remain in contention for the gold medal, and all three will medal. New Zealand earned a spot in the gold medal game with a 3-1 win over Argentina, who suffered their first loss of the tournament.

Japan topped Australia and will face Argentina in the bronze medal game, and a spot in the final.

A look at the medal history of the remaining:

New Zealand has won four medals, two gold and two silver, but not since 1997, 17 years ago.

2 Gold (1985 and 1989)
2 Silver (1993 and 1997)

Argentina has won 1 medal, a gold in 2012, at Parana, Argentina, and are the reigning world champions.

Japan has won 7 medals (tied for the lead currently with Canada going into today’s games):

1 Gold (1981)
3 Silver, (’01, ’05 and 2012)
3 Bronze, (’89, ’93 and ’08)
a 4th
and a 5th.

New Zealand Advances to Final, Argentina to Meet Japan

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Story by Echo Ross Communications, 2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship July 19, 2014

July 19, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT) – With a bye to the Gold Medal Game on the line, Argentina and New Zealand squared off in the second semifinal Saturday at the 2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship.

Argentina entered the game undefeated, posting a record of 9-0 during preliminary play. The Black Sox were ranked second at 8-1 – their only loss coming against Argentina (5-0).

Ace Huemul Mata got the start for Argentina, after not allowing a run in three wins during preliminary play. But it was New Zealand’s Ethan Johnston who was tossing strikes from the mound, pitching his best game of the tournament so far.

Johnston recorded 11 strikeouts over seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits in the Black Sox’s 3-1 victory.

Matias Zapata opened the scoring for Argentina in the top of the 3rd, blasting a solo home run. Connor Peden responded for New Zealand in the bottom of the inning, scoring on an error by the second baseman.

Callum Elson made it home after Te Kahui Bishop was hit by a pitch, and then Cole Evans gave the Black Sox a 3-1 lead on a perfectly executed squeeze play by Vincent Harris.

Mata was replaced by Roman Godoy in the bottom of the 5th, and while Godoy held New Zealand’s offence off for the final three innings, Argentina was unable to take advantage and complete a rally.

New Zealand advances straight to the Gold Medal Game at 4:00 pm Sunday. The Black Sox haven’t played in the final of a junior men’s world championship since 1997, when they won silver. At the 2012 championship, New Zealand finished 6th.

Argentina, meanwhile, moves to the Bronze Medal Game against Japan at 1 pm Sunday, in a rematch of the 2012 final. The winner of that game will face New Zealand for gold.

Japan is guaranteed to win a medal after defeating Australia 12-3 in the first semifinal. Australia finished the tournament in fourth place.

Japan jumped out to an early lead when Haruki Kinjo drove in two runs with a single in the top of the 1st. Kinjo then advanced home when Kazuki Kajihara was hit by a pitch from Jay Selu.

The runs kept coming for the Japanese in the 2nd. Hideo Morita hit a two-RBI double, then scored on a walk, and two more came in on wild pitches. Japan was up 7-0 when Luke Ollerenshaw came on for Selu. They scored one more to lead by eight heading into the 3rd.

Ollerenshaw was able to keep Japan off the scoreboard through the top of the 5th, and in the bottom of the inning, the Aussies started a comeback. A triple from Tyrell Priestley drove in two, and then Priestly crossed home on a single by Mason Rossi.

But in the top of the 6th, Japan put the game out of reach with four more runs. Kento Okazaki picked up the win on the mound for Japan, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out nine.

Consolation action Saturday saw Canada split games with Singapore and Mexico, while the Czech Republic split their double header against Denmark and the USA.

Canada opened the day with an 11-1 win over Singapore, thanks to the pitching of Matt Wardrop and a three-run homer from Tyler Pauli.

The game was scoreless until the top of the 4th when Canada put up three runs on two errors, and two more on a Matt Pilon double. The Canadians added to their lead in the 5th, with a two-RBI double from Johnathan Baker and the three-run dinger from Pauli. Nick Penner scored on a walk to make it 11-0.

Ye Zian scored the lone run for Singapore in the bottom of the 5th.

In their second game, Canada faced Mexico and homeruns were the theme of the evening. Down 1-0 after the first, Mexico tied it up with a long ball from Rafael Alvarez in the top of the 2nd.

Pitchers Marc-Andre Villeneuve and Jaudiel Oliaiz shut offence down through the 3rd, but in the top of the 4th, Cesar Marquez hit an RBI double for the Mexicans, then scored on an error by the catcher.

A massive three-run shot from Matt Pilon in the bottom of the inning put Canada ahead 4-3, and they added to the total with a single homer by Tyson Zehr in the 5th.

Eric Healey subbed in for Villeneuve on the mound and in the top of the 6th, Mexico’s bats proved too hot to handle. With the bases loaded, Daniel Durazo rose to the challenge, socking the ball out of the park for a grand slam.

Taylor Schubada hit a two-run homer in the 7th to bring Canada within one, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 8-7. The Canadians finish the tournament in 7th place while Mexico moves on to play the USA in the Consolation Final at 2 pm Sunday.

The Americans earned a berth in the consolation final by overpowering the Czech Republic 12-2. The USA led 1-0 heading into the 4th when Jimbo Pernetti added to the lead with a solo home run, then Colton Nielson hit a two-run homer to put them up 4-0. Tristan Sensenig added three RBIs on a single and error by the center fielder in the 6th, while Faron Apauty Jr singled and scored as part of a four-run 7th.

Viktor Chuchma and Simon Biza scored the lone runs for the Czechs, who finish the championship in eighth place.

Earlier in the day the Czech Republic beat Denmark 8-2 thanks to a six-run 6th inning and strong pitching from Marek Maly. Daniel Cerny had one run, two hits and two RBIs for the Czechs. Lukas Lohmann pitched all seven innings for Denmark. They finish in 9th place, above Singapore.

For live stats and free webcasts of Sunday’s championship round, visit www.worldfastpitch2014.com.

For more information, contact:

Echo Ross

Communications

2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship

echo [at] outsidethecube.ca

New Zealand Junior Black Sox can deliver unique double

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New Zealand could be on the brink of their first world senior and junior men’s softball double success for almost 30 years.

The Junior Black Sox softball team have won straight through to the grand final of the ISF Junior Men’s (under-19) world championships title in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

If they win the title it will be the first time New Zealand have been world champions at the senior and junior level at the same time since 1985.

Having lost to Argentina earlier in the tournament the Kiwi team beat defending champs and the previously undefeated Argentines 3-1 to proceed directly to the grand final. Argentina now have to face Japan with the winner to then play the Junior Black Sox for the title. No matter what the New Zealand side is guaranteed either a gold or silver medal.

In today’s game, pitcher Ethan Johnston from Canterbury kept the Argentines at bay by only giving up four hits and taking 11 strikeouts.

Junior Black Sox coach Thomas Makea believes his team was prepared for whoever they would face in the final.

“We came out ready to play against Argentina and turned up good. I’m very proud of the guys. It was solid pitching against some very strong Argentine batting. It’s up to those two teams [Argentina and Japan] to fight it out, the pressure is on them. We’re in the final and we’ll be ready for whoever we play,” Makea said.

Assistant coach Jarrad Martin was in the last New Zealand team to win the junior world championships. Martin pitched the team to victory in the 1989 world championships in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The final will be held at 4pm local time (11am New Zealand time).

Day 9 – ISF Jrs. Consolation tournament

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The six teams that did not qualify for the medal round compete in a single elimination consolation round, with seeding determined by their finish in pool play.

5. USA
6. Mexico
7. Canada
8. Czech Republic
9. Denmark
10. Singapore

1:30pm – 7 v. 10 Canada v. Singapore

Final: Canada 11, Singapore 1

2:30pm – 8 v. 9 Czech Republic v. Denmark

Final: Czech Republic 8, Denmark 2

5:00 p.m. – 6 v. Winner 7/10

Canada v. Mexico

7:30pm – 5 v. Winner 8/9

USA v. Czech Republic

Day 8 – ISF Jrs. – Australia and Japan Solidify Playoff Picture as Pool Play concludes

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Story courtesy of Echo Ross, Communications, 2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship
Story by Echo Ross Communications, 2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship

July 18, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT) – Australia and Japan clinched the final two playoff spots with victories on the last day of preliminary play at the 2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship.

In a three-way tie with the USA entering Day 8, Australia faced the Americans to determine who would move forward while Japan took on the Czech Republic needing either a win or an Australia loss.

A walk followed by back-to-back singles got Australia on the board early against the USA, as Callum Beashel crossed the plate in the top of the 1st for a 1-0 lead. Two plays later, Jayden Lach blasted a double bringing in two more runs, and then Tyrell Priestley followed up with a two-RBI ground-rule double.

Priestley came home on a wild pitch and the Americans found themselves down 6-0 before their first at-bat of the game.

Jerremyah Selu recorded two-strikeouts for the Aussies in the bottom of the inning, keeping the six-run lead intact. After USA pitcher Phillip Zimmerman allowed a walk to open the 2nd, he was replaced by Zane Chason on the mound.

Chason didn’t fair much better, as Matthew Wickham crushed a two-run homer for the 8-0 Colts lead. Selu tossed four more strikeouts in three innings of work before giving way to Beashel in the bottom of the 4th.

Beashel and Anthony Henderson pitched the final two innings, shutting the door and sealing a playoff appearance for Australia. The USA drops to the consolation round, finishing the preliminary round in fifth place.

“It’s a good feeling,” said Australia’s Kieran O’Leary, who had two runs and a hit in the game. “We did what we wanted to do, and what we hadn’t been doing in other games. Just had a good game with the sticks, stringing some hits together.”

“At the same time it’s just a start. We need to keep focused on moving forward.”

The Aussies will meet Japan in the first round of the playoffs, after the Japanese overpowered the Czech Republic 11-0.

Japan’s offense came alive with eight runs in the second inning, including a grand slam from Kento Okazaki. Karuki Kinjo added a three-run homer in the third. Naochika Yoshida picked up the victory, pitching three innings, while Martin Zofka was given the loss for the Czech Republic.

Australia and Japan previously met in the preliminary round of the tournament, with the Colts falling to the Japanese in a tight contest, 2-1. O’Leary says they’re ready to avenge the loss.

“We need to play our own game, not get caught up in the atmosphere. The only team that can beat us is ourselves. As a team, we just need to have faith in each other.”

He talked about the importance of the fan support throughout the championship, not only from their large group of friends and family that made the long trip to Whitehorse, but also from the local fans.

“It’s crazy. I thought Aussie fans were good… Canadian fans are awesome! We wouldn’t have played as well without them cheering us on, honestly.”

In the other first-round playoff matchup, undefeated Argentina will take on New Zealand. Argentina shutout Denmark 19-0 on Day 8, ending their preliminary round at 9-0, while New Zealand beat Mexico 7-0, finishing with a record of 8-1.

Mauro Sanchez and Gaston Suarez each had two runs and four RBIs for Argentina, while Huemul Mata collected two runs, two hits and three RBIs. Julian Fernandez and Franco Gini split pitching duties for Argentina, allowing just one hit in three innings, striking out four.

Cole Evans and Eruera Drage smacked homers in the top of the 1st inning for New Zealand, and Connor Peden added a two-run long ball as part of a five-run 3rd.

Mexico started to swing the bats well in the bottom of the 3rd, but couldn’t get runs across the plate, leaving two stranded. Black Sox pitcher Ethan Johnston was replaced by Blake Radford in the 4th, and the ace didn’t allow a hit in the final two innings to preserve the win.

Mexico drops to the consolation round and will face the winner of Canada vs. Singapore on Saturday.

Canada and Singapore got what could be considered a warm-up game in on Friday, as the two teams met in their final preliminary game. Singapore came ready to play, giving the home crowd a bit of a scare in an 8-5 win for the Canadians.

They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 3rd before Canada answered back in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer from Tyler Pauli. Nick Penner came home on a single from Taylor Schubada, and a two-RBI triple by Francois-Charles Rene gave Canada a 5-2 lead heading to the 4th.

After Canada added a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, Singapore attempted a late comeback. Tan Ivan drove in Michael Lee and then Tam Joshua stole home plate, but Canadian Eric Healey was able to pitch out of the jam, picking up his second win of the tournament.

The consolation round starts at 1:30 pm Saturday, with Canada (7) vs. Singapore (10), followed by the Czech Republic (8) vs. Denmark (9).

Mexico (6) will play the winner of Canada vs. Singapore at 5:00 pm and the USA (5) will face the winner of Czech Republic vs. Denmark at 7:30 pm.

Australia (4) vs. Japan (3) gets underway at 4:00 pm Pacific, while Argentina (1) and New Zealand (2) will battle at 6:00 pm.

For live stats and free webcasts, visit www.worldfastpitch2014.com.

For more information, contact:

Echo Ross

Communications

2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship

echo [at] outsidethecube.ca