SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Nate Devine and Chris Miljavic drove in the runs, Josh Johnson (2-0) pitched his second win, and the United States defeated Denmark, 9-2, in the final game of Pool B to finish with a 4-3 record in the 2015 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe Stadium, Thursday.
BY ANDREA HILL, THE STAR PHOENIX
SASKATOON – Fists flew at the WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship in Saskatoon on Thursday during a tense game between Great Britain and Argentina.
In the top of the sixth inning, with Argentina up 2-0, Argentinian pinch runner Juan Brandauer collided at home plate with Great Britain third baseman Darrin Newson, who fell to the ground. Punches were thrown as members of both teams flooded onto the field.
Argentinian players Brandauer and Nicolas Carril were ejected from the game, which resumed shortly after the brawl broke up.
Norman Ames, head coach for Great Britain, said three of his players were injured in the brawl, which he described as “a cheap shot.”
Outfielder Luke Peters was punched in the face, outfielder James Darby was spiked in the stomach and Newson was run over, he said.
“All I have to say is to apologize for the team. I’m sure these things should not happen,” Argentinian head coach Julio Gamarci said after the game, which Argentina won 2-0.
“Unfortunately, the players sometimes get too emotional and they can’t control themselves in a situation like that. Not only my players. Sometimes these things happen, even in pro baseball it happens. Always it’s a shame because it’s hurting the game.”
BY SCOTT LARSON, THE STAR PHOENIX
JULY 2, 2015
SASKATOON – The Canadian national softball team is knocking their goals off as fast as they are downing their opponents.
Canada ran their record to 6-0 at the WBSC World Men’s Softball Championship with an 11-1 win over Great Britain Wednesday and in the process wrapped up first place in Pool A. Canada plays the Philippines Thursday to finish round robin play before moving into the playoff round on Friday against the secondplace team in Pool B.
“Our first goal was to make the playoffs,” Canadian head coach John Stuart said. “Second goal was to get that double seed (finishing in the top two in the pool). Third was to finish first in our pool and our final goal is to get into that gold medal game.”
SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Give the world’s best fastpitch pitcher a couple of runs and odds are the game’s over. Give him two field goals and a safety and it’s guaranteed.
The United States did just that and came up on the short end of an 8-0 loss to Australia and its dominating right-hander Adam Folkard on Wednesday. Folkard is considered by many fastpitch experts as the best pitcher in the game today.
In the second inning, Mark Harris provided all the run support Folkard would need when he blasted a grand-slam home run over the left field fence that turned a close one-run game into a 5-0 blowout.
WATERTOWN, Minn. – “Chopper’s Annual July Tournament,” one of the longest and best run men’s fastpitch tournaments in Minnesota will be held, July 10-12, at the Hollywood Sports Complex in Watertown.
The tournament is organized around NAFA rules
Chopper Lammers 763-274-8911
Minnesota Computers Fastpitch Softball – Richard Quigley 612-749-7490
Hollywood Sports Complex
15950 County Road 122, Watertown, MN 55388
SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Late Tuesday night the United States men’s national softball team was probably frustrated and angry and thinking that they had just lost a game they should have won.
And they had good reason for such feelings.
Team USA saw victory slip away as Venezuela took advantage of walks, passed balls and wild pitches to escape with a 3-2 win in Pool B of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe Stadium.
BY SCOTT LARSON, THE STAR PHOENIX
SASKATOON, SK, Canada – When New Zealand’s Cole Evans came in to pinch hit against Canada on the weekend at the WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship, it looked to be a tough situation for a 17-year-old rookie.
The score was tied 0-0 in the fifth inning and New Zealand’s Black Sox had men on first and second with two out. Evans put a charge into a ball that had to be reeled in by a Canadian outfielder at the fence to keep the game tied. Canada would go on to win the game 2-1 but Evans showed at such a tender age he belonged at this level.
“I got in there looking for a good pitch to hit,” he said. “I thought, ‘You only get three strikes in an at bat so you take the most of each pitch that comes down. He threw a drop ball and I saw the drop spin, had a swing and came up just a bit short. But a strikeout or a pop out to the outfield is the same result.”
Evans is the second youngest player to don the senior men’s uniform. It just so happens the youngest player ever is Mark Sorenson, who is now New Zealand’s head coach.
“He’s on the team because he has earned his spot,” said Sorenson, who played on the national team as a 16-yearold.
SASKATOON, SK, CANADA – The United States has three games remaining in Pool B of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship. Two will be as tough as they come, while the final game Team USA should win. But we all know how that can go.
SASKATOON, SK, CANADA – Look and enjoy some terrific World Softball Championships photos taken at Bob Van Impe Stadium and Gordon Howe Softball Stadium in Saskatoon by photojournalists of the Star Phoenix newspaper.
A cap tip to Al Doran of Al’s Fastball for providing the information.