Team Canada follows up yesterday’s exciting 1-0 win at 4 pm today vs Mexico at the #PanAm2014 qualifier. Click the link for the live stream, which was working fine last night.
From Codi Warren, USA Softball
PARANA, Argentina – It was a battle of the pitchers in the USA Softball Men’s National Team opening game of the IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch Panam Championship against Mexico as the U.S. came up short in a 2-1 (11 inning) loss the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA softball announced today. Tony Mancha (Las Cruces, N.M.) was nearly lights out from the circle, throwing a complete game with 18 strikeouts, three hits and one earned run.
“It was a tough loss to start the tournament,” said Head Coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.). “Their pitcher really moved the ball around and made some key pitches in key situations. Tony pitched great and got us out of a lot if situations with their big hitters up at the plate, but we need to start coming up with the big hits in big situations.”
Pitching dominated the first half of the matchup as neither side produced a hit until the top of the fourth inning. The U.S. would get a base runner in their first at-bat as Chris Miljavic (Easton, Mo.) would reach on a hit-by-pitch but would later be called out after leaving the base early.
Mancha came out strong in the circle for the U.S, retiring Mexico in order through the first two innings. A leadoff walk in the bottom of the third put the first Mexico runner on base, but Mancha and the USA defense retired the threat with a sac bunt, strikeout and fly out.
Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) produced the first hit of the game in the top of the fourth with a two-out single to center field, but a ground out to third base brought the U.S. defense back out on the field. Mexico scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, pushing a run across on an RBI single from Ruben Delgadillo. A leadoff hit-by-pitch and a walk put two runners on for Mexico with one out before Delgadillo connected for a single to center field to plate Cesar Rodriguez. With runners on the corner, Mancha came up big for the U.S., producing a pop-up to third and a strikeout to end the damage with just one run on the board.
The Red, White and Blue responded with their own run in the top of the fifth inning as Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.) reached on a walk with two outs. Entering as a pinch runner, Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.) advanced to third on a single from Nate Devine (Sonora, Calif.) and came around to score after Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.) hit a line drive to left field.
Both teams failed to push any additional runs across the plate through the next two innings, forcing the game into extra innings. With the International Tie Breaker policy in effect, Mullins started the top of the eighth inning on second base and advanced to third on a one-out single from Sagdal. With runners on the corner, back-to-back pop-ups kept Mullins from scoring, bringing the bottom half of Mexico’s lineup to the plate.
Mancha worked his way out of a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the eighth to keep the game going into the ninth inning. Miljavic started at second in the top of the ninth and advanced to third on a groundout from Palazzo. A walk to Derrick Zechman (Watsontown, Pa.) and Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.) loaded the bases for the U.S. with two outs, but a fly ball to left field kept the U.S. from doing any damage.
Mancha continued to shine in the bottom half of the inning, retiring Mexico in order with three strikeouts. Neither team could produce a run in the tenth inning and the U.S. could not push a run across in the top of the eleventh. In the bottom of the inning, Mexico’s Jesus Medina started at second base and an intentional walk to Delgadillo put two runners on base for Mexico. With no outs, Erick Ochoa connected for a single to left field to plate Medina and give Mexico the 2-1 win.
Mancha took the loss for the U.S., pitching the complete game with 18 strikeouts while allowing just three hits and one earned run.
” I felt good during the game,” said Mancha. “Hopefully I can keep the momentum going throughout the rest of the tournament and our offense can come alive .”
Eduardo Escobedo got the win for Mexico. He allowed one run over 11 innings, striking out 11, walking three and giving up four hits.
Up next for the U.S. is a matchup against Venezuela at 4:30 p.m. CT. Live stats and live streaming are available via USASoftball.com.
Mancha worked out of 22 tough situations for USA Men’s National Team. He pitched 10 innings and allowed one earned run on three hits. Mancha faced his most difficult moment in the eighth inning.
Eduardo Escobedo got the win for Mexico. He allowed one run over 11 innings. He struck out 11, walked three and surrendered four hits.
Mancha took the loss for USA Men’s National Team.
Mexico pushed one run across in the fourth inning to start the scoring. Mexico scored on an RBI single by Ruben Delgadillo.
In the fifth inning, USA Men’s National Team pushed across its only run of the day on an RBI single by Pat Sagdal.
Mexico went up for good in the eleventh, scoring one run on two singles.
The USA’s men’s national fast pitch team will take on Mexico today at 2 him EDT, 1pm CT and 11 AM PDT.
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
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.
“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.”
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.
Click here to view the schedule for the Sr. Canadian Men’s team for the Pan-Am Qualifier in Parana Argentina, October 24-November 1, 2014
IX Men’s Pan American Championship
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
From The Guardian.
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.
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.
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.
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.