July 30, 2014

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.

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Echo Ross

Communications

2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship

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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

Day 8 – ISF Jrs. – Batting and Pitching Leaders

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Pitching Leaders


WINS

Roman Godoy
ARG
4
Okazaki, K JPN 4
Zimmerman, P USA 3
Johnston, E NZL 3
Mata, H ARG 3
Radford, B NZL 3
Rodriguez, J MEX 2

STRIKEOUTS
Roman Godoy
ARG
47
Holobradek, M CZE 38
Mata, H ARG 37
Okazaki, K JPN 36
Johnston, E NZL 34
Zimmerman, P USA 33
Ollernshaw, L AUS 21

ERA
Huemul Mata
ARG
0.00
Selu, J AUS 0.38
Godoy , R ARG 0.91
Okazaki, K JPN 1.04
Drage, E NZL 1.17
Rodriguez, J MEX 1.27
Ollernshaw, L AUS

Batting Leaders

AVERAGE
Haruki Kinjo
JPN
.542
Pauli, T CAN .462
Bouley, T USA .448
Ducharme, B USA .423
Une, R JPN .407
Migliavacca, T ARG .400
Kopecny, P CZE .381

HOME RUNS
Gonzalo Masmu
ARG
4
Durazo, D MEX 4
Okazaki, K JPN 3
Borquez, H MEX 3
Godoy, C MEX 2
Bishop, T NZL 2
Alvarez, R MEX 2

RBIS

Haruki Kinjo
JPN
14
Masmu, G ARG 11
Borquez, H MEX 10
Durazo, D MEX 9
Okazaki, K JPN 9
Rene, F CAN 8
Bouley, T USA 7

USA Jr. Men play Australia tonight (Friday) for a spot in the medal round in X ISF Jr. World Championship at Whitehorse

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USA Junior Men’s Softball plays Australia tonight (Friday) at 7:30pm PDT for a spot in the medal round.

Entering the final day of Pool Play (Day 9), Reigning world champs, Argentina are 8-0, New Zealand 7-1, with Japan, with locks on the top two (double life) spots in the medal round. The USA, Australia and Japan (all 5-3) are playing for the final two spots.

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What if scenarios:

If the USA wins, and Japan wins, they both finish 6-3 and USA is # 3 and Japan # 4 since the USA beat Japan during pool play.

If the USA wins and Japan loses, USA is # 3 and Japan and Australia finish 5-4, and Japan would go as the # 4 as they beat Australia.

If the USA loses and Japan wins, Japan and Australia finish 6-3, Japan is # 3, Australia # 4 as Japan beat Australia in pool play.

If the USA loses and Japan loses, Australia is # 3, and USA and Japan would finish with 5-4 records and USA would go as # 4 since they beat Japan.

Need more ?
Mexico is 4-4, and plays New Zealand. If they win, they’d be 5-4 and in a three way tie if USA and Japan loses. My brain hurts and Mexico and New Zealand play at 4pm so I’m going to wait for that one.

Only 4 of the 10 teams qualify for the medal round, to be played over the weekend, the other 6 to a consolation bracket.

Catcher/DP Tyler Bouley (Champlin MN) is having a monstrous tournament, batting .448 (13 for 29) with 5 doubles, a HR and 7 RBI. Leadoff hitter Bryce DuCharme (Hudson, WI) is 11 for 26, batting .423 with 7 runs scored. Bouley and DuCharme rank 3rd and 4th in hits in the entire tournament.

Pitcher Phil Zimmerman (New Holland PA) leads the pitching staff with 3 wins, ranking second in the tournament in that department and is 6th overall in strikeouts with 33.

Click here for game results for USA Jr. Men’s first 8 games.

No. Name Position Hometown B/T

2 Taylor Nielson Outfield Lehi, Utah R/R
4 Cody Valeros 2nd Base Stockton, Calif. R/R
5 Collin Hopkins Pitcher/1st Base Decatur, Ill. R/L
7 Blaine Milheim Utility Eaton Rapids, Mich. R/R
8 Ryan Barnes Catcher Lehi, Utah R/R
9 Phillip Zimmerman Pitcher New Holland, Pa. R/R
11 Bryce DuCharme Outfield Hudson, Wis. L/R
12 James (Jimbo) Pernetti 3rd Base/Shortstop Ceres, Calif. R/R
13 Zane Chason Pitcher Alma, Ga. R/R
14 Tristan Sensenig Outfield Denver, Pa. L/L
16 Tyler Stoffel Shortstop North Mankato, Minn. L/R
21 Carson Criner 3rd Base/ Left Field Stockton, Calif. R/R
24 Steven Nessler Outfield North Mankato, Minn. R/R
26 Danial Centeno Jr. 1st Base Salem, Utah L/R
32 Peyton Hall Shortstop/Utility Prairie du Chien, Wis. L/R
33 Faron Apauty Jr. Pitcher/Infield Anadarko, Okla. R/R
34 Justin Perez Shortstop/Outfield North East, Pa. R/R

Day 4 – ISF Jrs. – Who Will Stand Tall After Day 5?

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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 14, 2014 (Whitehorse, YT ) – Three teams remain undefeated after the fourth day of competition at the 2014 ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Championship, but at least one will see their perfect record come to an end on Day 5.

New Zealand continued to showcase their offensive power, doubling Canada 12-6 on 13 hits. Cole Evans belted a two-run homer in the top of the 3rd to give the Junior Black Sox a 3-1 lead.

Canada tied it up shortly after, thanks to a homerun by Justin Boyer. But New Zealand bats really started to heat up after the Canadians replaced starting pitcher Johnathan Baker with Matt Wardrop in the top of the 4th.

A two-run double from Maddix Rice highlighted a six-run inning for the Black Sox, who padded the scoreboard with one more run in the 5th inning.

Eric Healey came on to pitch midway through the 5th, and Canada attempted a late rally. Francois-Charles Rene drove two home with a double in the bottom of the 6th but it wasn’t enough.

The Canadians fall to 2-2, with a big game against Australia ahead on Tuesday. New Zealand sits at 4-0, but they face a tough double-header against Argentina and Japan on Day 5.

Argentina has yet to allow a run at the tournament, their latest shutout a 3-0 win, coming at the expense of the Aussie Colts. Facundo Carril drove in three runs with a double in the bottom of the first, and ace Huemul Mata allowed just one hit in all seven innings pitched.

Japan pitched a shutout of its own, blanking Denmark 7-0. Haruki Kinjo drove in two runs on two hits for Japan and now leads the tournament in both hits (10) and RBIs (13).

In other action on Day 4, the USA recorded a big walk-off win over Mexico, improving their record to 3-2. The Americans had a 6-1 lead heading into the sixth inning, but that’s when the Mexicans attempted their comeback.

A wild pitch and two errors cost the USA, as Mexico tacked on five runs in the top of the inning to tie the game. Not able to get anything going offensively in the bottom of the sixth or seventh, the Americans had to come up big in extra innings.

They held Mexico scoreless in the top of the eighth, and then loaded the bases for Tyler Bouley, who drove in the winning run with a base hit. Phillip Zimmerman pitched all eight innings for the USA.

In their early game, Australia (2-3) downed Denmark 13-1. Mason Rossi hit a three-run homer to centerfield for the Aussies while Dylan Rakich drove in two runs. Luke Ollerenshaw pitched all four innings for the win.

Marc Nihoj drove in the lone run for Denmark as they dropped to 1-4.

The Czech Republic picked up their first win of the tournament, downing Singapore 9-1. Marek Maly has two hits, two runs and four RBIs for the Czechs. They now sit at 1-4 while Singapore is 0-5.

Day 5 kicks off with New Zealand and Japan at 12:00 pm Pacific, followed by Singapore and Mexico at 1:30 pm. The Junior Black Sox face Argentina at 5:00 pm and Canada versus Australia is set for 7:30 pm.

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2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship

Day 4 ISF Jrs. – Tyler Bouley walk off hit gives USA Softball Junior Men 7-6 win over Mexico

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Story courtesy of Steve Embree, USA SoftballWHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – Despite holding a five run lead entering the sixth inning, it took the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team eight innings to secure a win over Mexico in the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.) secured the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning when he singled to right field with the bases loaded scoring Cody Valeros (Stockton, Calif.) from third.

Tyler Bouley delivers walk off game winner for USA against Mexico

Tyler Bouley delivers walk off game winner for USA against Mexico

“Today’s game was a real battle,” said USA Head Coach Tim Lyon. “Our guys again showed resiliency in the way they kept battling to the end.”

Team USA scored early and often in the game as they posted two runs in the first, one in the second, two more in the third and a sixth in the fourth inning. On the defensive side, Phillip Zimmerman (New Holland, Pa.) kept the Mexican batters in check through the first three innings before surrendering a run in the fourth. USA’s 6-1 lead held to the sixth when Mexico scored four runs on two hits and two USA errors. One more run in the seventh tied the contest and sent it to an extra inning.

In the eighth, Zimmerman came up huge for the home team striking out two and getting a third to fly out to left field.

In the bottom of the eighth, Team USA started with a runner at second per the International Tie Breaker (ITB) rule. Bryce DuCharme (Hudson, Wis.) led things off with a single and Tyler Stoffel (North Mankato, Minn.) was then intentionally walked to load the bases. With no outs, Bouley blasted a ball into deep right field scoring Valeros from third and securing the win for the USA Junior Men.

Zimmerman earned the win going the complete eight innings while allowing six runs on seven hits and striking out nine Mexican batters. On the offensive side, Bouley, DuCharme and Stoffel each recorded three hits in the contest.

With the win, USA moves to 3-2 in the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship and will next face Japan at 6:30 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday. Visit www.USAsoftball.com to follow live stats, streaming and see photos from all of USA’s games at the ISF World Championship.

New Zealand Jr. Black Sox among the unbeaten after Day 2 at Whitehorse

The New Zealand Jr. Black Sox are among four unbeaten teams after two days of play, with wins over Australia and the USA. The Jr. Black Sox have played and pitched well, joining reigning world champions, Argentina, Japan and as the remaining unbeaten teams. Argentina topped Mexico and host Canada, while Japan defeated Singapore and Australia.

For more on Day 2 at Whitehorse, click here.

New Zealand Jr. Black Sox have given their fans plenty to cheer about (photo by Maddy Flanagan, click to enlarge)

New Zealand Jr. Black Sox have given their fans plenty to cheer about (photo by Maddy Flanagan, click to enlarge)

Day 2 ISF Jrs – USA Junior Men split games at ISF World Championship

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Story courtesy of Steve Embree, USA Softball

WHITEHORSE,Yukon, Canada – The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team split games on Saturday at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of American and USA Softball announced today. The American’s fell to New Zealand 4-1 in their first game of the day but bounced back to defeat Czech Republic 8-4 in the nightcap. Phillip Zimmerman (New Holland, Pa.) picked up both the win as well as the loss in the circle for Team USA.

New Zealand 4, USA 1

Team USA took New Zealand deep into the ball game behind the pitching of Phillip Zimmerman (New Holland, Pa.). The Pennsylvania native held opposing batters scoreless while allowing just one hit through the first four innings. However, the American bats also struggled aside from a double in the second and single in the fourth from catcher Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.).

The run-less score held until New Zealand managed two runs off of three hits in the top of the fifth inning. USA went three up, three down in the bottom half of the inning and New Zealand added two more runs in the top of the sixth to take a 4-0 lead. The score held to the bottom of the seventh and the USA Junior Men found themselves with one final at-bat to get back into the game. Bouley singled to start the half inning and two batters later Blaine Milheim (Easton Rapids, Mich.) singled to score the USA’s first run. With a runner on base and just one out, New Zealand’s Ethan Johnston struck out the next two USA batters securing the 4-1 win for his country.

Zimmerman finished the game having given four runs on five hits while striking out six New Zealand batters.

“Our guys fought hard today,” said USA Head Coach Tim Lyon. “We were right there in the game the whole time. Phillip pitched a great game, we just have to do a better job of getting the bats going earlier in the game.”

USA 8, Czech Republic 4

The USA Junior Men and Czech Republic exchanged leads seven times on Saturday, but Team USA ended up on top with an 8-4 win. USA finally managed to grab the lead for good after a strong fourth inning when a passed ball scored Tristan Sensenig (Denver, Pa.) and then Bouley doubled to score Milheim and Steven Nessler (North Mankato, Minn.) making it USA 7, Czech Republic 4.

Tyler Stoffel (New Mankato, Minn.) also racked up two RBIs when he homered in the third inning and in the circle, Zimmerman struck out 10 Czech Republic batters and allowed just three earned runs.

Team USA will return to action at the ISF X Junior Men’s World Championships on Sunday, July 13 when they face Canada at 7:30 p.m. (PST). Visit www.USAsoftball.com to follow live stats and see photos from all of USA’s games at the ISF World Championship.