September 3, 2014

ISF making pitch for museum, hall of fame at Plant City Stadium

From the Plant City Courier/Tampa Tribune

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PLANT CITY – It has been years in the making, but a permanent tribute to the sport of softball may finally be rounding third base.

The International Softball Federation has talked about creating a hall of fame and museum ever since it moved to the Plant City Stadium complex in 2000.

A series of setbacks, including the economic downturn and the exclusion of softball from the Olympics, stalled the project.

Fundraising is now under way, and federation Honorary President Don Porter has been presenting artists renderings and other plans to government and business groups.

Porter thinks the dream is finally coming true. He hopes to open the doors in mid-2015. Click here to continue reading at the Plant City Courier.

Tyler Pauli: Making a name for himself at world championship

 Tyler Pauli dives over the Singapore catcher to score a run during action July 19 from the ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Championship. (Photo by Maddy Flanagan, www.maddysphotos.com, click to enlarge)


Tyler Pauli dives over the Singapore catcher to score a run during action July 19 from the ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Championship. (Photo by Maddy Flanagan, www.maddysphotos.com, click to enlarge)

By Andy Bader, Mitchell Advocate

“Now batting for Team Canada, #20, right fielder, Tyler Pauli.”

Game announcers at the 2014 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Softball Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon incorrectly pronounced the 19-year-old Mitchell native’s surname “Paul-ee”, but by the time the 10-day tournament was over, fans from all over the world – and the announcers – knew the proper way to say it.

That’s the kind of tournament “Paul-eye” had.

Pauli played every inning of every one of Canada’s nine round robin games and two playoff contests, and completed the tournament as the second-best hitter overall with a .464 batting average (13-for-28) which included two doubles, two triples, one home run, four RBI, two walks and just one strikeout. He also stole three bases from the lead-off position in the batting order.

“The coolest part of the entire thing,” he said last week upon his return home, “was that by the last game everyone knew my nickname (‘Pup’)…and the announcers were saying my surname right at the end.”

Ten teams from five continents played 45 games in the round-robin tournament and although Canada had hoped for a top four finish, and even perhaps fight for a medal on their home soil, they finished a disappointing seventh.

The top four teams advanced to the page playoff round while the bottom six teams competed in a consolation playoff round. Canada, with their 4-5 round robin record, finished tied for sixth and after defeating Singapore 11-1 in their first consolation playoff game, fell 8-7 to Mexico to officially finish seventh. Click here to continue reading at the Mitchell Advocate. (More photos at link)

International Softball Federation (ISF) appoints Radigonda as Executive Director

From the ISF ISF.logoPLANT CITY, Fla. — The International Softball Federation (ISF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ron Radigonda as the Executive Director of the ISF. This appointment, approved by the Board of Directors of the ISF, takes effect immediately.

Ron is an experienced administrator, very knowledgeable about the game of softball and sport administration. He served as the Executive Director for the Amateur Softball Association in the United States for 15 years until his recent retirement and prior to this was the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Sacramento in California (USA).

“We were very fortunate to have a candidate of Ron’s experience and ability available to us at this time,” said ISF President Dale McMann. “We are going through a time of transition at the ISF and Ron’s ability to lead change and provide senior leadership and guidance to the organization as we forge a new organizational structure under the umbrella of the World Baseball Softball Confederation will be very important to building and maintaining a strong ISF now and in the future.’

Ron’s first responsibilities will take him to the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, which began yesterday, and then to the ISF Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands in August.

In commenting on his appointment and attendance at the world championships, Ron said, “I am delighted to be joining the ISF. Under the leadership of President McMann, I believe we have an opportunity to grow the ISF, further develop the sport of softball and by working with other members of the WBSC re-gain our place on Olympic Games Program. I will be meeting with a number of individuals and groups at both world championships to hear first-hand their thoughts on how softball should develop in the coming months and years.”

For further information please contact:

Lori Nolan, International Softball Federation at: lnolan@isfsoftball.org

Julie Bartel

ASA/USA Softball

Director of Marketing & Communications
jbartel [at] softball.org

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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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For more information, contact:

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

Watch live streaming video broadcasts on Sports Canada TV, click here or icon at right.

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