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Team USA beats one of fastball’s best in big win over Globe to claim Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament championship

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

PAT SAGDAL belted a two-run home run to help the USA Men’s National Softball Team defeat Globe, 8-0, in the 2017 Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Sunday, May 21, 2017. USA Softball Photo.

STEVENS, Penn. – The USA Men’s National Team bullied their way to a 4-0 mark in the Rodney Fox Memorial Fastpitch Tournament on Saturday. They bludgeoned opposing pitchers for 38 runs, and on Sunday in the opening game of the playoffs they kept on swinging those hot bats, beating Elanco, 13-3.

That set up a matchup with Globe for the tournament championship.

Now surely this title game would present a far greater challenge for Team USA. For the guy toeing the rubber for Globe was an internationally renowned pitcher: Sean Cleary.

The hard-throwing Canadian right-hander has an impressive resume:

  • He’s a Canadian national team pitcher.
  • He’s the 2016 International Softball Congress Most Outstanding Pitcher for hurling the Toronto, Ontario Gators to the ISC World Tournament championship.
  • In 2015, Cleary helped pitch Canada to the World Softball championship.

    But on this day, the United States’ batsmen got the better of Cleary and Globe for an 8-0 victory that gives Team USA its first tournament title of the season, and great preparation for the 14th World Softball Championship tournament at Saskatoon, Canada, June 26-July 5.

    In the quest for the title, they roughed up Cleary for five runs on five hits in four innings before he gave way to reliever Jon Gwizdala in the fifth.

    Bryce Kay hammered a two-run homer in the second inning, Nick Mullins drove a run-scoring double into left-field that ignited a four-run fifth, and Pat Sagdal homered with one aboard to close out the scoring in the sixth, ending the game on the mercy rule.

    That was more than enough runs for Team USA veteran pitcher Tony Mancha who held Globe to two hits with nine strikeouts and a walk. Both runs were unearned.

    Team USA had seven hits, with Mullins perfect at 2-for-2, and Jeff Nowaczk, Bryce Kay, Kevin Castillo, Sagdal and Matt Ratliff getting one hit each. Both Sagdal and Kay homered, and Mullins and Castillo doubled.

    (I wasn’t aware this was the championship game. Congratulations Team USA. Off to a great start in preparation for the 2017 WBSC World Championship.)

  • Championship Sunday in NCAA D1 Softball Regionals

    Sunday, May 21st, 2017

    Follow the results of NCAA Div. I softball by clicking on this link: Regional Softball Information

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    Mancha hurls USA Men’s National Team to top seeding

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    Tony Mancha

    STEVENS, Penn. – Tony Mancha hurled a shutout as the USA Men’s National Team extended its winning streak to four by defeating Farmersville, 6-0, in the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, late Saturday, in the final game of round-robin play.

    The right-hander allowed just two hits – one each by leadoff batter Yusef Davis and Steve Mullady – and then proceeded to handle the rest of Farmersville’s lineup by striking out 21 batters. Only one other batter reached base, a walk to James Gilbert in the fifth inning.

    Wth the win, Team USA moves into Sunday’s playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

    Mancha, a right-hander from Las Cruces, New Mexico, picked up his first win of the tournament, but he had plenty of support in getting it. Led by hot-hitting Eric Ochoa, Team USA roughed up Farmersville’s Jonas Mach for six runs on 12 hits.

    Ochoa (2-for-3) hit his third home run of the tourney and drove in three runs, while Tyler Dudley had two RBI and was 2-for-4 at the plate with a homer.

    As in their previous three games, Team USA started strong by plating three runs in the first inning on Ochoa’s three-run homer; picked up a run in the fourth on Derrick Zechman’s sacrifice fly, and pushed two runs across in the seventh when Dudley hammered a two-run homer deep over the left-field fence.

    The USA Men’s National Team returns to action Sunday morning at 11, opponent yet to be determined.

    To follow Team USA, visit: Rodney Fox Memorial Schedule

    Slugfest powers USA men’s national team to first-round victory in Rodney Fox Memorial

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    TOUGH LEFTY: Duane Weiler fired a one-hitter with six strikeouts to lead Team USA to victory in the first game of the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    STEVENS, Penn. – Matt Ratliff slugged a leadoff home run to open the game and two batters later Eric Ochoa belted a two-run blast that carried the USA Men’s National Softball Team to an 8-0 victory over PA Power in the opening game of the Rodney Fox Memorial tournament in Stevens, Saturday.

    Ratliff and Ochoa continued feasting off Power pitching by each driving in a run in the fifth to end the game under the mercy rule.

    Team USA collected 10 hits with Ratliff and Ochoa leading the team with two hits each in three trips to the plate.

    Meanwhile, Team USA pitcher Duane Weiler held Power to one hit by leadoff batter Kyle Frehater, who tripled in the first inning. The left-hander from Bedford, Penn. faced 15 batters, striking out six and walking one in four innings of work.

    Team USA has a busy day scheduled with games at 10:45, 5:45 and 7:30. The tournament concludes Sunday with a playoff and championship TBD.

    To follow the results, click on: Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament

    Watch USA Men’s National Softball Team live At the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament

    Friday, May 19th, 2017

    STEVENS, Penn. – The USA Softball national team is playing in the 12 Annual Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, May 19-21.

  • Team USA kicks off the weekend against PA Power Saturday at 9 a.m. (ET).
  • Watch the action via live streaming at: Team USA Live

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    A step back in time: Cedar Rapids Greets Its ‘Champs’

    Friday, April 14th, 2017

    WELTY WAY, World Runner-Up: Welty Way of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, finished runner-up in the 1972 World Softball Championship in Manila. The squad members, front row, from left: Manager Jim Caviness, Ed White, Joe Swanson, Mike Pallesen, Ray Sturm, Dale Usher and Steve Andrew. Back row: Ed Williams, Cliff Rice, Rich Stephen, Dick Thenhaus, Gary Morrow, John Muench, Bob Timmons and Doug Havlik. Not pictured is pitcher Dick Brubaker. Photo From The Des Moines Register’s Iowa News Service

    WELTY WAY STILL NO. 1 TO SOFTBALL FANS…

    By William Simbro / Staff Writer
    Des Moines Register
    Mar. 15, 1972

    CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. – The Welty Way softball team may be the world’s second best, but it got a reception befitting the champions as the squad arrived here from the Philippines Tuesday evening.

    Three city council members, some 250 fans and the El Kahir Shrine band welcomed the team as Manager Jim Caviness, 15 players and 10 wives stepped off the plane and onto a red carpet.

    “We came back losers,” said a sad-faced Caviness as he shook hands with Roger Welty, president of Welty Way Products, Inc.

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    Accidental softballer Nik Hayes hopes to strike Yukon gold

    Friday, April 14th, 2017

    NICHOLAS BOYACK
    The Dominion Post
    April 13 2017

    NEW ZEALAND – If you want to know how tough it is being a Black Sox, you can ask Nik Hayes.

    The Dodgers and Hutt Valley pitcher is a key member of Mark Sorenson’s team looking to win the World Series in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada in July.

    Hayes has carved out a fine career in a Dodgers team that has dominated national club softball in recent years.

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    National Teams Revealed For 2017 WBSC Men’s Fastpitch Softball World Championship

    Saturday, April 1st, 2017

    Global Expansion: India and Turkey to debut on men’s softball world stage

    WHITEHORSE, Canada – Marking just over 100 days until the start of the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the nations that will compete in the men’s softball flagship event.

    A near record-high of 20 nations – the second largest in the event’s history – will be present for the
    15th Men’s Softball World Championship, which will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada from 7-16 July.

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    World’s top men’s fastpitch in Europe in 2018

    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

    By Helena Novotna
    Photos by Dirk Steffen
    21 Feb 2017

    A meeting of the Men’s Fastpitch Development Commission took place in New Zealand, in February, during the Challenge Cup competition.

    The meeting was led by the Chair of the Commission, Rex Capil from New Zealand. The World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division (WBSC-SD) was represented by President Dale McMann and Executive Director Ron Radigonda, and representatives of some of the top men’s fastpitch countries — Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Japan and New Zealand – were also invited.

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    New Zealand Black Sox win Challenge Cup after smashing Argentina in final

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    WAYNE LAULU hit a grand slam homer to give the New Zealand Black Sox a walk-off 8-6 win over Argentina to send New Zealand into the finals of the 2017 Challenge Cup where they once again downed Argentina, 9-0, to claim the championship. Courtesy Photo

    Newshub.com
    Feb. 12, 2017

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The Black Sox rediscovered their form with a disciplined 9-0 win over Argentina in the final of the Challenge Cup men’s fastpitch softball tournament in Auckland.

    The New Zealanders had qualified directly for the final after a tempestuous 8-6 win over world No.3 Argentina on Saturday night gave them nine wins from 10 matches.

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