Archive for June, 2008

Australia Wins 4th Consecutive ISF Jr. Men’s Gold Medal at Whitehorse

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

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Australia rallied for two runs in the bottom half of the 8th inning, for a 2-1 victory over Canada to win the gold medal at the 8th ISF Jr. Men’s World Championships at Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Sunday afternoon.

The game was tied at 0-0 through the regulation seven innings, with the game shifting to the international tie breaker. Canada, the visiting team, scored one run in the top half of the 8th inning, when Canada’s first baseman Cory Jones singled home Jessin Potskin for the game’s first run.

Australia’s Heath Wells singled with one out in the bottom of the 8th inning, putting runners at the corners for Australia. Wells stole second uncontested, putting runners at second and third. Canada’s pitcher Drew McCullough managed to get the second out on a tapper the mound. Australia pinch hitter Drew Faulkner then singled sharply up the middle, scoring both runners, with Wells coming home with the game — and gold medal winner.


Gold – Australia
Silver – Canada
Bronze – Japan

Australia, Canada to play for Gold in Whitehorse

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

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Japan wins bronze, Australia to play Canada for the gold.

Canada 5, Japan 3

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Japan Gets Bronze Medal, Canada Advances to Gold Medal Game in Reverse of 2005

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Dylan Cunningham hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to propel Canada to a 5-3 win over Japan, and advance to the gold medal game at 4pm against Australia.

Japan had tied the game with a home run with two outs in the top of the 7th, hit by Japan’s shortstop Tsuitsui.

From the official tournament website:

Medal Round Playoffs – Saturday, June 28

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

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Canada 2, New Zealand 1
Australia 4, Japan 1

Canada will face Japan at 1pm Sunday.

Winner of Canada-Japan will play Australia for the Gold medal at 4pm Sunday.

From the official tournament website:

Australia Awaits Final Opponent

News Release

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The top three seeds from the round robin remain in the hunt for the 2008 World Junior Fast Pitch Championship. Australia secured their chance to repeat as tournament champions when they booked their spot in the finals with a solid 4-1 victory over Japan.

Japan can still get another crack at Australia and the tournament championship with a victory over host nation Canada when the two teams meet at the Pepsi Softball Centre at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, 2008.

The third seeded Canadian club won a hard fought battle with New Zealand in Saturday’s other semi final. Canada needed some final inning heroics to emerge with a 2-1 win and the chance to compete for the world championship.

“The athletes have all put on such a great show and the fans have been just amazing,” said George Arcand, Chair of the 2008 World Junior Fast Pitch Championship. “Hopefully we’ll all be rewarded with some good weather for the final two games.”

The winner of the Canada/Japan game will take on the defending champions from Australia at 4 p.m. in a game that will be followed immediately by the closing ceremonies.

Tickets for both Sunday games are available at the gate for $15 a piece.

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Medal Round Games Live on Ballparkradio Saturday, June 28

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

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Live broadcasts of the Medal Rounds of the 8th ISF Junior Men’s World Championships begin at 3:00 pm. PDT, Saturday, June 28, 2008.

Kyle Smith and Jim Flanagan will be bringing you live audio from the medal rounds of the final two days of the tournament. The two-man crew has broadcast eight (8) games over the past two days, with four more to go, two Saturday and two on Sunday.

This tournament only comes along every four years, so you don’t want to miss it. To listen, just click the BALLPARKRADIO logo above, and then the “click to listen” button. Turn on your computer speakers, and you’ll feel like you’re right there in Whitehorse.

All Game Times are Pacific Daylight time (PDT) Adjust for your time zone.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

67 – P1 3:00pm I Third Place (Canada) vs. Fourth Place (New Zealand)
68 – P2 5:30pm I First Place (Australia) vs. Second Place (Japan)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Game 69 – Playoff 3 – 1:00pm – Winner P1 vs. Loser P2
Game 70 – Playoff 4 – 4:00pm – Winner P2 vs. Winner P3

Medal Rounds Begin Today at ISF Jr. World Championships

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

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Eight days of round robin play concluded Friday night in the dramatic, 1-0 extra inning win by Canada over the USA. The top four teams advance to the medal rounds, to be held over the final weekend of the ten day tournament, with the final standings as follows:

1. Australia (10-1)
2. Japan (9-2)
3. Canada (9-2) *
4. New Zealand (8-3)
*Japan 2nd place, by virtue of head-to-head win over Canada.

Saturday’s schedule is as follows:

Game Time Field Team Team

67 – P1 3:00pm I Third Place (Canada) vs. Fourth Place (New Zealand)
68 – P2 5:30pm I First Place (Australia) vs. Second Place (Japan)

All game times are PDT, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada time. Adjust for your time zone accordingly.

Round Robin Play Concludes at ISF Jr. World Championships

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Game Ending Triple Play by Argentina over New Zealand Marks Day of Excitement

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

From the official ISF tournament website:

Bring on the Semi Finals!

The final day of round robin play at the World Junior Fast Pitch Championships saved some of the best competition for last as the semi final match-ups are set for Saturday afternoon.

Several games with playoff implications were staged in front of the once again packed Takhini Softball Centre. Japan sewed up their hold on the second place seed and ensured a meeting with top seed Australia following a 19-2 win over the Czech Republic.

Canada and the United States played into extra innings as both team’s pitchers baffled hitters until Canada was able to come away with a hard-fought 1-0 win and some valuable momentum going into their semi final match-up with New Zealand.

The Kiwis locked up the last spot in the semis despite a heartbreaking loss to Argentina in perhaps the most competitive game of the tournament thus far. Trailing by two runs going into the final inning, Argentina was able to take the lead and then shut down New Zealand on an amazing triple play – much to the delight of the boisterous crowd.

The stage is set for a truly great final weekend of fast pitch!

Final Round Robin Standings

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Standings after Day 8 (Completion of round-robin competition)

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

# Team Wins Loses (Top 4 teams Advance to Medal Round, Saturday, June 28)

1 Australia 10- 1 (lost to New Zealand)
2 Japan 9 -2 (lost to Australia and Mexico)
3 Canada 9- 2 * (lost to Australia and Japan)
4 New Zealand 8- 3 (lost to Canada, Japan and Argentina)

5 Argentina 6-5
6 Venezuela 6-5
7 Mexico 6-5
8 United States 5-6
9 South Africa 4-7
10 Denmark 2- 9
11 Czech Republic 1- 10
12 Botswana 0-11

* Japan finishes 2nd due to head-to-head win over Canada

Canada 1, USA 0, 8 inn.

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Goose Eggs and Goose Bumps

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The USA Men’s team lost their final game of the 2008 ISF Jr. Men’s World Championships at Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, but played valiantly, holding the 2005 Bronze medalists, Canada scoreless through regulation. Pitcher BJ Hunhoff of South Dakota tossed a gem, shutting out Canada on three hits, (2 through 7)while striking out 8. Canada won the game in the 8th inning, with the international tie breaker in effect, on an infield single by Jovaan Graham of Canada. Canada’s pitcher, Devin Keshane was brilliant, tossing a no-hitter, while striking out 16, on the strength of an outstanding rise-ball.

The game was broadcast around the world, live on and played in front of a packed house estimated at several thousand, which cheered loudly for their respective teams, in one of the most exciting games in the tournament.

Team USA finished 8th in the tournament with a 5-6 record:

Wins over: Mexico, Venezuela, Czech Republic, Denmark and Botswana.

Losses to: Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, and South Africa.

Day 8 Scores from Whitehorse – Final Round Robin Games

Friday, June 27th, 2008

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

Game Time Field Team Team Results

59 11:00am II Denmark vs. Botswana 7 – 2
60 12:00pm I Czech Republic vs. United States 5 – 9
61 1:30pm II Venezuela vs. Japan 2 – 9
62 2:30pm I South Africa vs. Botswana 6 – 4
63 4:00pm II Mexico vs. Australia 0 – 3
64 5:00pm I Argentina vs. New Zealand 7 – 6
65 6:30pm II Czech Republic vs. Japan 2 – 19
66 7:30pm I Canada vs. United States 1 – 0