November 1, 2014

Pan-Am Qualifier in Parana Argentina – USA v. Mexico – 11 AM PDT (with links to live scoring)

The USA’s men’s national fast pitch team will take on Mexico today at 2 him EDT, 1pm CT and 11 AM PDT.

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USA Roster

Player # Name
2 Lucas Goring
4 Matt Palazzo
7 Bobby Rosthenhausler
8 Frank DeGroat Jr.
9 Derrick Zechman
10 Gerald Muizelaar
11 Tony Mancha
12 Chris Miljavic
13 Tyler Dudley
14 Kris Bogach
19 Josh Johnson
20 John Rozich
21 Marcus Tan
25 Pat Sagdal
35 Nick Mullins
40 Nate Devine
77 Chase Turner

USA Softball Men’s National Team arrives in Argentina for Pan American Games and World Championship Qualifier

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PARANA, Argentina – The USA Softball Men’s National Team arrived in Argentina on Monday as the team looks to qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games and 2014 International Softball Federation (ISF) XIV Men’s World Championship the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. Team USA will compete in a series of exhibition games against local clubs before kicking off the action at the IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch Panam Championship October 24 – November 1 in Parana, Argentina.

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“So far everything is going smooth,” said USA Head Coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.). “We had a good practice and I feel good about the team and so far we’ve liked what we’ve seen. The guys are doing everything we’ve asked them to do and came ready and in shape. We’ve got five practice games to help us get ready for the tournament and I’m looking forward to seeing these guys get to work.”

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Team USA will begin play in the IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch Panam on Friday, October 24 at 2 p.m. ART (12 p.m. CT, 10am PDT) against our neighbors to the south, Mexico. Following their opening game with Mexico , the U.S. is scheduled to play seven other round-robin games: Venezuela on October 25, Colombia on October 26, Dominican Republic and Canada on October 27, Cuba on October 28, host country Argentina on October 29 and Guatemala on October 30. The playoffs, which will be determined by performance during round-robin action, are scheduled to begin on October 31 with the finals taking place on November 1.

“It was a long trip but it’s good to get together as a team early,” said USA infielder Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa). “Arriving here and getting in some practice games allows us to spend time together as a team and develop a high level of chemistry. As a team, we get to get in some good workouts and play at a high level against some local clubs. For us as a team, our goal is to win this qualifier and get some momentum as we head into the Pan American Games and ISF World Championship next year.”

Team USA is competing for berths to the 2015 Pan American Games and ISF Men’s World Championship, which are both scheduled to take place in Canada. The ISF Men’s World Championship will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada June 26-July 5 while the Pan American Games will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 15-26. This will mark the first time since 2003 that Men’s Fast Pitch will compete as a Pan American sport, with Team USA claiming the silver in 2003 after falling 4-2 to Canada. In the most recent ISF Men’s World Championship, the U.S. men completed the tournament with a 4-4 record, finishing eighth out of 16 countries.

Schedule for Pan-Am Qualifier at Parana Argentina – Oct. 24-Nov. 1, 2014

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 Nafaldo Cargnel stadium in Parana Argentina, host of the 2014 Pan Am Qualifier. (IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch PanAm) Confederación Argentina de Softbol - October 25-November 2, 2014. — in Paraná, Entre Rios.


Nafaldo Cargnel stadium in Parana Argentina, host of the 2014 Pan Am Qualifier. (IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch PanAm) Confederación Argentina de Softbol – October 25-November 2, 2014. — in Paraná, Entre Rios. (click to enlarge photo)

Schedule for Canada’s Sr. Men at Pan-Am Qualfier in Parana ARG – Oct 24-Nov 1, 2014

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Cap tip ISC Canada East.

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IX Men’s Pan American Championship
(Parana, Argentina)

Date Game Time Media
October 24 Canada vs. Dominican Republic 3:30pm EDT TBD
October 25 Canada vs. Cuba 3:00pm EDT TBD
October 26 Canada vs. Mexico 3:00pm EDT TBD
October 27 Canada vs. United States 5:30pm EDT TBD
October 28 Canada vs. Venezuela 3:00pm EDT TBD
October 29 Canada vs. Guatemala 12:30pm EDT TBD
Canada vs. Colombia 3:00pm EDT TBD
October 30 Canada vs. Argentina 8:00pm EDT TBD
October 31 Playoff Round TBD TBD
November 1 Medal Round TBD TBD

Jeff Ellsworth named to Canada’s Pan American softball team

Editor’s note: We carried a story in August announcing that Jeff Ellsworth was retiring from ISC play. The upcoming Pan Am qualifier and next year’s Pan Am and ISF championships offer fastball fans a last opportunity to see the player some call the best in the game. Call this the “Farewell Tour” if you wish, just don’t miss it. You are watching one of the game’s greats.

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From The Guardian.

Outfielder Jeff Ellsworth of St. Lawrence was selected Monday to the Canadian team for the Pan American Softball Championship in Parana, Argentina.

The tournament will be held from October 24 to November 1.

Ellsworth was captain of the Canadian squad that won gold at the 2012 Pan American championship in Colombia.

He had a key hit in Canada’s gold-medal victory.

Ellsworth, who is no stranger to international softball competition, was recently named the most valuable player at the International Softball Congress world championship tournament in Kitchener, Ont. He was a member of the winning Hill United Chiefs team.

The Islander also played for the host Charlottetown Fawcetts squad that won the bronze medal at the Canadian senior men’s championship.

The Pan American championship will serve as a qualifier for the 2015 International Softball Federation world championship in Saskatoon and for the 2015 Pan American Games in Ajax, Ont. Click here to read the complete story at The Guardian.

USA Softball Men’s Fastpitch National Team wins Durk Sherman Classic Championship

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From Steve Embree, ASA/USA Softball

ELKLAND, Pa. – In their first event as a team, the 2014 USA Softball Men’s Fastpitch National Team took the championship of Durk Sherman Classic in Elkland, Pa. this weekend. Using the event as a tune-up for next month’s IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch Panam, Team USA went 5-0 in the event capped off with a 7-0 win over the USA Futures in the Championship game.

“I was very happy with our defense this weekend,” said USA Head Coach Denny Bruckert. “We had some questions coming into this tournament and I think our 17 guys answered them. They were an extremely professional group and they all accepted their roles. The defense was a bright spot for us. Coming in we as a coaching staff knew that we could hit the ball well but our defense was equally as impressive in this tournament. I think we only had one error in the five games that we play. I was very happy with the way we played on that side of the ball.”


Championship: USA 7, USA Futures 0

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A no-hitter from USA pitcher Josh Johnson (El Paso, Texas) coupled with seven runs on nine hits from the USA batters spurred a 7-0 shut out by the USA National Team over the USA Futures Team in the finals of the Durk Sherman Classic over the weekend. Johnson finished the game with five strikeouts in six innings in the circle. Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.) paced a hot USA lineup going 2-2 with a run and three RBI.

After a scoreless first inning, the USA National Team blew the game open with five runs on three hits and an error in the top of the second. After allowing four runs on two hits, Jerlin Rutt (Bernville, Pa.) was replaced by B.J. Hunhoff (Sioux Falls, S.D.) midway through the second. Hunhoff finished up the game for the USA Futures by allowing three more runs on seven hits while striking out four.

The 5-0 score held to the fifth when Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.) scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-0. Needing just one more run for the run rule in the sixth, Johnson doubled to center field and later came around to score giving Team USA a 7-0 advantage.

Down to their last at-bat the USA Futures needed one run in the bottom of the sixth to extend the game but Johnson had other plans in the circle. Back-to-back groundouts were followed up with a Johnson’s fifth strikeout of the game to end it.

How they got there…

The USA Softball Men’s National team earned their trip to the tournament finals by going 4-0 in the winner’s bracket including a 16-0 win over Jersey Shore in their opening game, a 7-2 win over CPI in the second round, an 8-0 win over ESA in the third round and a 4-0 victory over the USA Futures in the winners-bracket final. In all, Team USA outscored opponents 42-2 in the tournament. Derrick Zechman (Watsontown, Pa.) lead the team offensively going 8-14 for a .571 average. In the circle, USA Pitchers Johnson, Tony Mancha (Las Cruces, N.M.) and Gerald Muizelaar (Grand Forks, N.D.) combined for a 0.62 ERA and allowed just two runs on 10 hits in 29 innings.

The USA Softball Futures team showed the future of USA Men’s fastpitch is in good shape as the young squad went 4-2 in the tournament with their only losses coming to the USA National Team. The Futures began the event by defeating Dick’s Diner 9-1 in round one, squeaked by the NY Bombers 2-1 in round two and beat Bedford 5-1 in round three. A 4-1 loss to the National Team in the winners-bracket final sent them to the losers bracket where they defeated ESA 6-4 to earn a rematch with the National Team in the finals where they fell 7-0.

Following the tournament championship, the USA Softball Men’s National team regroup in October and travel to Parana, Argentina to compete in the IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch Panam where they will look to earn berths to the 2015 Pan American Games as well as the 2015 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship. Please visit www.USASoftball.com throughout the year for updates on the USA Softball Men’s National Team.

USA Softball Women’s National Team takes silver in ISF Women’s World Championship

Holland-ISF-2014From Steve Embree, USA Softball

Haarlem, Netherlands – The USA Softball Women’s National Team defeated Australia 8-1 (six innings) to advance to play Japan in the Gold Medal game of the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship on Sunday the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of American/USA Softball announced today. In the finals, the defending World Champions scored three opening-inning runs and Team USA never could recover as Japan went on to win the Gold by a final of 4-1.

USA 8, Australia 1 (Six Innings)
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With a spot in the World Championship Gold Medal game on the line, Team USA wasted little time building a lead on Australia in its first game of the day. Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) earned the start and helped the USA win the first inning by retiring the first three batters in the Aussie lineup. In the bottom half of the innings, Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led off with a single but Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) took her place when she grounded into a fielders’ choice in the next at-bat. With Stewart at first, Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) grounded to second and a fielding error resulted in both base runners advancing safely. In the next at-bat, Samantha Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif.) singled to left field plating both Stewart and Moultrie and giving Team USA a 2-0 lead after one.

The lead lasted through the second as Traina walked the first batter but Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) threw the base runner out as she attempted to steal second. Two Traina strikeouts kept the Aussies scoreless through two.

In the bottom of the third, with the USA still leading 2-0, back-to-back singles to left field from Chavanne and Stewart gave Team USA runners and Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) took advantage. The first baseman lined her opening pitch to left field scoring two and adding to the USA lead. After three innings the score was USA 4, Australia 0.

The score held through the fourth inning but Australia tripled to start the fifth, resulting in a pitching change as Jolene Henderson (Elk Grove, Calif.) entered the circle. The runner eventually scored but Henderson held the visiting team to one and a 5-1 USA lead carried into the bottom of the fifth.

Stewart and Moultrie again teamed up in the fifth to add to the USA lead. With a 2-1 count, Stewart found a pitch she liked and sent it to deep right field as she came around for a standup triple. In the next at-bat, Moultrie put the ball in the play and Stewart came home from third to make it USA 5, Australia 1 after five innings.

Henderson kept Australia scoreless in the sixth and Team USA needed three runs in the bottom half to secure a run-rule victory. A walk followed by a Hallie Wilson (Santa Ana, Calif.) single gave the USA runners in scoring position and Kellie Fox (San Diego, Calif.) came through with a double to center field that scored Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) from third. In the next at-bat Chavanne delivered the final blow with a single to center field that scored two, ending the game and sending Team USA to the Gold Medal Final.

Japan 4, USA 1
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Three runs in the first inning proved too much for the USA Women’s National Team to come back from in the finals of the ISF World Championship. Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) earned the start but gave up three runs early resulting in Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla.) entering to close out the opening Japan at-bat. When the sides finally changed, Japan had tallied three runs on two hits and three walks.

Offensively, Team USA put the ball in play regularly but couldn’t convert runners to runs. Stewart singled in the bottom of the first and Chidester did the same in the second but both runners were stranded and the 3-0 score held through two innings of play.

Nevins pitched well through the third but finally surrendered a run in the top of the fourth. With two down, three straight singles resulted in the fourth run of the game and Japan took a 4-0 lead into the fifth.

Team USA started the fifth inning with their second pitching change of the contest when Traina entered the circle. Two ground outs and a fly out preserved the 4-0 score as Team USA came to bat in the bottom of the fifth.

After drawing a walk to open the USA at-bat, Stewart advanced to second on a Moultrie single to short stop. Two batters later, Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) hit into a fielders’ choice that score Stewart as Team USA cut into the Japan lead.

In the sixth, Moore re-entered to pitch after a five-inning break and despite giving up back-to-back singles, managed to keep Japan scoreless in the inning.

A three up, three down inning for the USA batters in the bottom of the sixth left one more opportunity for the Americans to get back into the game. In the top of the seventh Moore walked the opening batter but retired the next three in order. Down to their last at-bat, Chavanne singled to start the bottom of the seventh but a fly out and two strike outs drew the game to a close and secured Japan’s third ISF World Championship Gold.

The conclusion of the World Championship also means the conclusion of the 2014 USA Softball Women’s National Team season. The senior squad finished the year with a 28-6 record in international tournament play. Chavanne led the way offensively on the year with a .464 batting average and Nevins notched the best ERA at a .869 clip. Following a four month break, Team USA will regroup in January with a selection camp to choose the roster that will compete in the 2015 Pan-American Games among other events. Follow all USA National Team news year round at www.USASoftball.com.

USA Women split games on day one of playoffs at ISF World Championship

Holland-ISF-2014From Steve Embree, USA Softball

Haarlem, Netherlands – Following a near 30-hour delay due to rain, the USA Softball Women’s National Team began the playoff portion of the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship on Saturday. Team USA, playing as the top seed from Pool B, defeated Canada 6-1 in their first game to earn a matchup later in the day with the only other undefeated team in the tournament, Japan. With a spot in Sunday’s Gold medal game on the line, Japan jumped out early on the USA and never let up as they went on to win 6-1.

USA 6, Canada 1
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Despite being held scoreless for the first three innings versus Canada on Saturday, Team USA posted six runs in the final four frames to take a 6-1 win and advance to the next round in the winners bracket at the ISF World Championship. Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) each homered resulting in five of USA’s six runs. Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) started the game in the circle and lasted 3.1 innings before Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla.) entered in relief to earn the win.

“I loved the little things that we did to get the win over Canada,” said USA Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “Sacrifice bunts, aggressive base running, those are things that don’t look all that impressive on a score sheet but they add up to wins.”

Samantha Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif.) lead off the top off the fourth with a ground ball single to short stop and advanced to second via a Moultie sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat. A walk and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Team USA with Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) up next. The outfielder singled to left field scoring the first USA run of the game.

The lead didn’t last long as Canada started the bottom off the fourth with a single and followed it with a shot to center field that barely snuck past McCleney’s glove. The first runner scored but Moultrie gunned down the second runner at third to preserve the tie through four.

Gibson walked to start the fifth inning and a Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) sacrifice bunt advanced her to second. Two batters later, Moultrie put Team USA ahead for good when she sent the first pitch she saw sailing over the center field wall.

Nevins retired the side in the bottom off the fifth and Team USA added insurance runs in the sixth. With two outs, Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) singled to third base and Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) followed her up with a single to left field. With the runners on base, Gibson sent an 0-2 pitch over the center field wall for a three-run homer to give Team USA their 6-1 lead.

With the favorable lead, Nevins kept the Canadian batters in check through the sixth and most of the seventh innings. In the bottom of the seventh, the lefty gave up her first hit of the game, a two-out single to Joey Lye. In the next at-bat, with an 0-2 count, Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) entered the circle to pitch. Needing just one strike to end it, Traina followed a foul ball with a swinging strikeout and Team USA secured the win.

Japan 6, USA 1
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Japan jumped out to an early lead on Team USA in their game late Saturday evening at the ISF World Championship. Facing Jolene Henderson (Elk Grove, Calif.) Japan scored one run in the first and added three in the second to put the Americans in a four-run hole early in the game. Offensively Team USA couldn’t get much going early facing Japanese veteran Yukiko Ueno.

“We put the ball in play and put runners on base,” said Eriksen. “We did some nice things, just had a few small errors and when you’re playing Japan they will take advantage of those errors. The great thing is, we still have tomorrow. We just have to play great softball for one day and then we can call ourselves World Champions.”

A Japan two-out single in the top of the first was followed by an Eri Yamada double scored the first run of the game as Japan went up 1-0. Gibson walked and Arioto singled in the bottom half of the inning but Ueno left them stranded, getting a strikeout to end the inning.

Japan added three more runs in the second off of two singles and a walk before Traina entered to pitch for Team USA. With two outs, Traina pitched a fly ball to end the Japan rally.

Both teams remained scoreless through the third inning. In the top of the fourth, Japan added a fifth run, this time off of Traina. Nagayoski singled to start the inning and was later brought around to score on a Kawano single to short stop.

Team USA gave up the sixth and final run to Japan in the top of the fifth. Mine doubled to right field to start the at-bat and after Sakamoto laid down a sac-bunt to advance her to second, a Sato single to short stop scored the runner from second putting Japan up 6-0.

The Americans finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Hoagland drew a walk and later came around to score on a Kellie Fox (San Diego, Calif.) single to right field. Nevins retired the side in the top of the seventh but the USA bats couldn’t muster a comeback as Japan secured the 6-1 win.

Sunday morning at 12:00 p.m. (5 a.m. eastern) the USA will now play the winner of Australia, Canada who was playing at the time of this release. The winner advances to place Japan in the Gold medal game at 3:00 p.m. (7 a.m. eastern). Live streaming and live stats are available via www.USASoftball.com throughout the ISF World Championship. Log on and follow Team USA as they seek a tenth World Championship Gold.

ESPNw: Japanese Pitcher Yukiko Ueno Perfect Storm Of Power And Precision

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Cap tip Bob Henning
From ESPNw.com
By Graham Hays

Think of Yukiko Ueno as one part David and one part Paul Bunyan. She is both the upstart whose arm felled a giant in a sport’s most famous moment and a figure whose ability to throw a softball harder than almost anyone else lends itself to a larger-than-life mythology. In her hands, a ball can be both the stone in a slingshot and a big blue ox.

Karen Johns came up with a more meteorological analogy when she first saw Ueno pitch in 2005, three years before the right-hander led Japan to a win against the favored United States in the gold-medal game of the 2008 Olympics. Johns, who would serve as an assistant coach with Team USA for that game in Beijing, went home after her initial encounter with the ace and told her husband she had seen the perfect storm. Click to continue reading at ESPNw.com

USA Women secures a top playoff seed with 10-0 win over Dominican Republic in ISF Worlds

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From Steve Embree, USA Softball

Haarlem, Netherlands – The USA Softball Women’s National Team moved to 6-0 and locked up a first-place seed in the playoffs of the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship by defeating Dominican Republic 10-0 (four innings) on Wednesday. Playing on her 21st birthday, Hallie Wilson (Santa Ana, Calif.) stood out going 2-3 with a two-run single in the third and a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Jolene Henderson (Elk Grove, Calif.) picked up her second win of the World Championship throwing the complete four innings and allowing just two hits while striking out seven.

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Dominican Republic held the USA scoreless in the first but the runs came in the second. Two walks and an error loaded the bases to start the inning and a third walk scored Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) from third. With the bases still juiced, Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif.) flied out to left field and Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) tagged at third and easily crossed home. In the next at-bat Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) singled to load the bases back up and a walk scored Wilson from third. When the dust settled on the top of the second, Team USA held a 3-0 lead.

Henderson needed just eight pitches in the bottom of the second and 10 in the third to retire the side as she struck out five-of-six batters in the two frames.

In the top of the third, the USA Women continued their scoring run as Arioto and Hoagland each walked to start the at-bat and Wilson’s single to left field brought them each around to score. Later in the at-bat, Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) singled to center field scoring a sixth USA run and after having reached on an error, Martinez crossed home on a wild to make it USA 7, Dominican Republic 0.

Wilson’s three-run homer in the fourth plated both Hoagland and Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) and provided the Americans with the 10 runs they needed to meet run-rule requirements after four innings of play. Henderson returned to the circle in the bottom half of the inning needing three outs to end the game. The California native allowed just one hit in the frame while striking out one and getting two others to ground out to second base.

The 10-0 victory was the sixth for the Americans in the World Championship and their fourth by run rule. USA will face Italy at 2 p.m. (7 a.m. CDT) on Thursday in the final pool-play game before the playoff portion of the tournament starts on Friday. Live streaming and live stats are available via www.USASoftball.com throughout the ISF World Championship. Log on and follow Team USA as they seek a tenth World Championship Gold.