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Ratliff Aiming For USA Softball Men’s National Team

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

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SANDY, UTAH – Matt Ratliff has enjoyed his share of success in fastpitch. He’s won an ASA national championship and in 2015 he was selected second-team, All-World at the ISC World Tournament.

He’s played on some of the world’s best fastpitch teams, including the California A’s, and currently the Peligro Gremlins of New York City.

But there’s one team – the ultimate team – he yearns to play for: The USA Softball Men’s National Team.

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SOFTBALL: Mancha returns home after Pan American games

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ManchaUSAteam.1lr Jaime Guzman – For the Sun-News / Tony Mancha takes time to sign some autographs for local fans at a welcome home reception given to him by family and friends. Mancha returned to Las Cruces on Sunday after playing for the United States men’s sofbtall team in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

By Mark Rudi / LAS CRUCES SUN-NEWS
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LAS CRUCES – When Las Crucen Tony Mancha started playing fastpitch softball, he never imagined he would have gotten the chance to represent his country in the sport. It was just another hobby to keep him in the sport after his professional baseball career ended.

Now, Mancha has been playing for the United States Men’s Softball team for two years and returned to Las Cruces on Sunday after pitching for the United States in the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games.

“It was the most exciting part of my career probably,” Mancha said. “To be able to play for my country and represent it well. That was cool.”

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USA Men finish Pan American Games with loss to Venezuela

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada — Despite some late inning heroics at the plate, Team USA was unable to overcome a second-inning solo home run that put Venezuela on top in a 1-0 loss at the 2015 Pan American Games. With the loss, the U.S. finished the Pan American Games with a 2-4 record, falling just one game shy of the medal rounds to finish in fourth place.

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“I’m proud of our boys,” said Head Coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.). “We had just as many chances today as Venezuela did to turn the tide in our favor, we just didn’t get the breaks. We went through this tournament and faced everyone’s ace and you’re not going to score a lot of runs when you face pitching like that. Despite that, we showed that we can play with anybody. Everyone in the stands saw that. The future of this program is bright.”

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Venezuela’s Ramon Jones sends United States home from Pan American Games

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Venezuela's Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 1-0 victory over the United States in Friday's Pan American Games playoffs.

Venezuela’s Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 1-0 victory over the United States in Friday’s Pan American Games playoffs.

TORONTO – Ramon Jones throws the ball hard, he throws the ball with lots of spin, he has the best drop ball in men’s fastpitch. He’s unquestionably one of the top pitchers in the world.

Team USA can attest to that.

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Sagdal Homer Sends Team USA into Pan Am Playoffs And A Chance For Gold

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Pat Sagdal belted a two-run home run to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the 2015 Pan American Games, Thursday, July 16. The win moves Team USA into the playoffs with a chance to win the Gold Medal.

Pat Sagdal belted a two-run home run to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the 2015 Pan American Games, Thursday, July 16. The win moves Team USA into the playoffs with a chance to win the Gold Medal.

TORONTO – The United States could muster just two hits off Mexico’s Jose Naranjo, but one of them was as big as it gets.

In the fifth inning, Pat Sagdal broke up a scoreless pitching duel between USA’s Gerald Muizelaar and Naranjo by drilling a home run over the right-field fence with Nick Mullins aboard with a leadoff walk to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Mexico on Thursday.

The win ends a three-game skid and improves Team USA’s record to 2-3 in the Pan American Games at President’s Choice Ajax Ballpark in Toronto. It was also the final round-robin game for both teams and it was huge.

    TEAM USA PLAYOFF BOUND

Though both teams have 2-3 records, the win places the USA fourth in the six-team tournament that secures the final playoff spot, edging out Mexico because of head-to-head competition.

“Anytime you hit a home run it’s a big moment,” said Sagdal, who batted ninth and played centerfield. “That hit couldn’t have happened at a better time.”

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CANADA RALLIES OVER UNITED STATES IN PAN AM GAMES

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

TORONTO – Josh Johnson belted a home run, Gerald Muizelaar and Tony Mancha were pitching superbly and the United States was on the brink of picking off one of the top teams in the world of men’s fastpitch softball.

But it was not to be as Canada rallied for a 3-2 victory in eight innings, Monday, to improve to 2-0 in the Pan American Games, while the United States evens its record at 1-1.

    JOHNSON DELIVERS

Team USA broke up a scoreless pitching duel between Canada’s Sean Cleary and Gerald Muizelaar when right-side slugging Josh Johnson homered over the right-field fence in the fourth inning.

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United States routs Dominican Republic in 2015 Pan American Games

Monday, July 13th, 2015

antonio.mancha.44 Tony Mancha (El Paso, Texas) fired a no-hitter and had two hits in leading the United States to victory in the opening game of the 2015 Pan American Games, Sunday.

TORONTO – The United States Men’s National Softball Team played nearly flawless fastpitch softball in overpowering the Dominican Republic 10-0 in its first game of the Pan American Games at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark, Sunday.

Led by Tony Mancha’s no-hitter and an offense that pounded out 11 hits, Team USA was never threatened in its lopsided victory over one of the world’s most powerful softball teams.

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