September 18, 2014

Maddy’s Photos – 2014 ISF Jr. Men’s World Championship – Day 1 of 10

Click the logo to view 2014 ISF Jr. Men Worlds - Day 1 photos at Maddy's Photos.

Click the logo to view 2014 ISF Jr. Men Worlds – Day 1 photos at Maddy’s Photos.

Editor’s note: After posting several hundred photos during the 2014 ISF Jr. Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse Yukon Canada, July 11-20, official tournament photographer Maddy Flanagan is rolling out additional photos from each day of the 10 day tournament, adding hundreds more photos to the amazing collection. The collection of photos from Whitehorse is her largest and most comprehensive to date. Click the logo to view the batch for Day 1, and be sure to visit often for more to follow. You don’t want to miss these, they are her best work yet. Click to view the photos in full size and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s what you’ll see in the Gallery for Day 1, Friday, July 11, 2014:

1 11-Jul 12:30 Singapore VS Japan
2 11-Jul 1:30 Argentina VS Mexico
3 11-Jul 3:00 Australia VS New Zealand
11-Jul 5:30 OPENING CEREMONY
4 11-Jul 7:30 Denmark VS USA
5 11-Jul 7:30 Canada VS Czech Republic

552 photos to enjoy !

From Maddy’s Photos:

We are back home and feverishly reviewing all the photos I took during the 2014 ISF Jr Men’s Softball Championship (over 20,000 of them!). There is no way to do this quickly nor easily so I will be posting each day of the tournament as I finish them. For your viewing pleasure, I have posted Day 1 of the tournament. Click on the link below to see the gallery.

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For more of Maddy’s great shots of the tournament, be sure to visit the official tournament website. Click here.

Media requests for use of photos should be directed to:

Echo Ross
Communications
2014 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship
echo [at] outsidethecube.ca

Maddy Flanagan, fastball photographer par excellence.

Maddy Flanagan, fastball photographer par excellence.

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.