2015 ISF World Softball Championship

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Muizelaar, Carmona and Castillo drive USA past Guatemala in consolation bracket

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Freddy Carmona and Kevin Castillo drove in the runs and Gerald Muizelaar pitched a dandy as the United States defeated Guatemala 4-0 in the second round of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship consolation bracket, Saturday.

The victory moves Team USA (1-0, 5-3) into the consolation bracket championship against Mexico, Saturday night. Mexico defeated Great Britain 7-5 to advance. The United States and Mexico met in Pool B round-robin play with Team USA taking a 7-0 victory.

    COMES THROUGH IN CLUTCH

Against Guatemala, Carmona drove a two-out, bases-loaded single into right-center field in the third inning plating two runs in helping Team USA take a 3-0 lead. Chris Miljavic and Derrick Zechman were hit by pitches, and Chris Heinlein walked to set the plate for Carmona.

Then in the fifth, Kevin Castillo lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Nate Devine, who singled to lead off the inning.

    AT HIS BEST

Meanwhile USA right-hander Gerald Muizelaar (1-1) was pitching a gem and finished a strong seven innings, allowing just three hits, no walks along with 12 strikeouts.

Guatemala’s Jorge Segura (2-3) took the loss, going four innings and giving up two earned runs on three hits, five walks and six strikeouts. Cesar Sache finished the final two innings, allowing one run on two walks with two strikeouts.

Team USA collected four hits with Heinlein, Nate Devine, Castillo (RBI), Carmona (RBI), and Matt Palazzo getting one hit each.

Guatemala’s (1-1, 3-6) three hits came from Pablo Klee, Gerardo Dacaret and Marlo Hernandez.

USA and MEXICO TELEVISED
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Errors help Guatemala defeat Denmark in consolation bracket, next up United States

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Luis Folgar hit a double to score all of Guatemala’s runs in the fourth inning to defeat Denmark, 3-1, in the first-round of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship consolation bracket, Friday.

The win advances Guatemala into the second round against the United States Saturday. Team USA got a first-round bye because Indonesia had forfeited out of the tournament.

All of Guatemala’s runs were unearned as a two-out infield error loaded the bases, giving Folgar the opportunity to clear them.

JULENON AND DENMARK THREATEN
Denmark’s Daniel Julenon put the Danes on the board in the sixth on an infield out that scored Frederik Terkelson, who led off with a walk.

Denmark threatened to tie the game in the top of the seventh with runners at second and third. But Guatemala’s Jorge Segura struck out his 13th Dane to end the game.

ONE TOUGH PITCHER
Segura allowed one run on two hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts to even his world softball championship record at 2-2. The right-hander has thrown very well despite Guatemala’s sixth place finish (2-5) in Pool A.

In 29 innings, he’s allowed four earned runs, on 18 hits with 44 strikeouts, and has crafted a 0.96 ERA.

The game with the United States is scheduled for 9 a.m., PDT. To watch the game live, visit Sports Canada Schedule

The winner of this game will meet the winner between Great Britain and Mexico to decide the top finisher in the consolation bracket.The game is scheduled Saturday at 2:30 PDT.

United States defeats Denmark in final pool game of ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Nate Devine hit a bases-loaded triple to break open a tight game with Denmark in the 2015 ISF Men's World Softball Championship, July 2, at Bob Van Impe Stadium in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Nate Devine hit a bases-loaded triple to break open a tight game with Denmark in the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, July 2, at Bob Van Impe Stadium in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

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.

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Video: Police may investigate softball brawl (between Argentina and Great Britain)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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.”

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Canada clinches first place in pool

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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.”

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Folkard and Australia overpower USA in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

folkard Adam Folkard held the United States two one hit in Australia’s 8-0 victory, Wednesday, in Pool B of the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

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.

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Disastrous miscues lead to USA loss to Venezuela in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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.

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Teen making his mark with New Zealand Black Sox

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Team New Zealand infielder Cole Evans hits a grounder against the Philippines during the Men's World Softball Championships at Bob Van Imp park on Monday. Photograph by: Liam Richards, The Star Phoenix

Team New Zealand infielder Cole Evans hits a grounder against the Philippines during the Men’s World Softball Championships at Bob Van Imp park on Monday. Photograph by: Liam Richards, The Star Phoenix

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.

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Critical games remaining for Team USA in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

antonio.mancha.44 Tony Mancha will be counted on to help lead the United States into the medal-round of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

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.

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2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship photos by The Star Phoenix of Saskatoon

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

ISF Photos.1lr Team Canada infielder Ian Fehrman looks to the umpire to see if he tagged Team New Zealand outfielder Ben Enoka during the 14th Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe field, June 28, 2015.

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.