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Team Canada undefeated in world softball championships

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

By Emily Blake / Whitehorse Daily Star

WHITEHORSE, YK, CanadaTeam Canada (5-0) was on a winning streak this weekend at the Men?s Worlds Softball Championship.

The returning champs and hosts started off this year?s championship strong, remaining undefeated after the first three days of competition in Whitehorse.

Facing off against South Africa Friday night they won 10-2 and went on to win 8:3 against Argentina the following evening.

Sunday night?s game was a nail biter against Team U.S.A. with Canada starting off slow and ending with a resounding finish.

Canada continued its winning streak culminating with a 9-4 win over Australia to improve to 5-0 in Pool A on Tuesday. Continue reading in The Daily Star

Canada converts USA walks into blowout in Men’s Softball World Championship

Monday, July 10th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – One walk, troublesome; two walks, alarming; three, flirting with disaster, but five consecutive? Well, against a prolific hitting team like Canada, it can mean only one thing: catastrophe and game over.

For five innings in the Men’s Softball World Championship, Sunday, the United States and Canada battled toe-to-toe like two heavyweight fighters, with Team USA holding a 1-0 advantage heading into the sixth inning.

And until the sixth, USA pitcher Tony Mancha had been pitching tough-minded and making crucial pitches at critical times. The defense had made superb, run-saving plays behind him. And the offense had taken a first inning 1-0 lead on Erich Ochoa’s (2-for-2) RBI single.

Everything seemed to be going Team USA’s way. They had powerful Canada on the ropes. A United States victory was a very real possibility.

Then disaster struck in the sixth.

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Kim Hansen leads Denmark to winning ways in the Men’s Softball World Championship

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

KIM HANSEN has led DENMARK to a 2-1 record in the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship. He has pitched every inning for his country and is among the tournament’s leading pitchers. WBSC Courtesy Photo

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Kim Hansen doesn’t blister 80-plus mile per hour risers and drops past batters as Australia’s top pitcher, Adam Folkard can, or Canada’s Sean Cleary, or Argentina’s Maxi Montero.

Not that Hansen windmills puff balls to the plate. No sir, the Denmark right-hander can bring it at a tough-to-hit speed of 75 to 78 mph range, I’m guessing from watching him shutout Botswana, 1-0, in the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship, Sunday.

Along with respectable speed is movement. He spins the riser in and out, up and down, and he will pound hitters with a knee-high drop on the corners. And seldom does any batsmen get a free pass, evidenced by only three walks in three games.

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United States defeats Australia for crucial win in softball world championship

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – The defense? Stellar. The pitching? Superb. The offense? Clutch.

Team USA put together an outstanding game to defeat Australia, 2-1, in the second round of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Saturday.

And it was without a doubt a team win.

Let’s start with the pitching.

Jeremy Manley started and went five innings giving up just two hits – one of them a first-inning home run to Nick Shailes that gave the Aussies the early lead.

Often, that’s all the run support Aussie hurler Adam Folkard needs. Considered by many fastpitch experts as the best pitcher in all of men’s fastpitch, he can be nearly impossible to hit with his 80-plus mph riser and drop.

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Homers and Montero send Team USA to opening round defeat in Men’s Softball World Championship

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – The long ball and the pitching of Maxi Montero gave Argentina a 5-1 first-round victory over the United States in the 2017 XV Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Friday night.

Team USA certainly got the start they wanted when second baseman Tyler Dudley drilled a double up the middle, scoring Matt Palazzo, who walked to open the game.

But Argentina struck right back in the bottom half when Ladislao Malarczuk homered over the right-field fence to even the score. And from that point on, the offensive firepower belonged to the Argentinians.

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Botswana upsets Great Britain in opener of 2017 Men’s World Softball Championship

Friday, July 7th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – MOGALE Kagiso Johannes threw an eight-inning no-hitter and No. 19 Botswana pulled off the upset by dropping No. 10 Great Britain, 1-0, in the opening game of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship, Friday.

Mogale struck out 13 and walked one, while Great Britain’s Kyle Linton set down 18 by way of the strikeout, while holding Botswana to just two hits.

In the eighth, Botswana scored in the top half, and then held on as Great Britain threatened with a runner on third base, but Mogale got the strikeout to end the game.

  • Click to see box score: Botswana 1, Great Britain 0
  • The United States begins play at 7:30 p.m., Friday night at the Pepsi Softball Centre.

    To watch Team USA take on No. 3 ranked Argentina, and all 76 games of the world championship, click on: Sports Canada TV .

    Webcast details announced for 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

    Thursday, July 6th, 2017

    Sixteen teams will compete in the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 7-16. Courtesy Photo

    WHITEHORSE, Canada – Fans around the world will be able to watch the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship from their living room, thanks to SportsCanada.TV and Ballpark Broadcasting.

    Sixteen teams from all five Olympic continents will compete in the 15th edition of the men’s softball championship, which will be hosted in Whitehorse, Yukon, July 7 to 16. Live streaming video will be offered for all 76 games played over the 10 days.

    SportsCanada.TV will provide the video production for each game while Ballpark Broadcasting will provide the play-by-play and colour commentary. The cost to view all games, including playoffs, is US $29.95.

  • Games will be recorded and archived for on-demand viewing as well. Fans can subscribe to the service through this link: http://sportscanada.tv/worldsoftball/.
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    USA Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team set to begin WBSC World Championship play tomorrow

    Thursday, July 6th, 2017

    By Codi Warren
    Managing Director of Communications
    USA Softball
    2801 NE 50th Street
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
    405-425-3431

    Men’s National Team set to begin WBSC World Championship play tomorrow

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The chance to stand atop the podium begins tomorrow for the USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) as the team is set to open play at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship (MWC), against Argentina at 7:30 p.m. PT. With the 17-member roster recently announced, the WBSC MWC is set to take place July 7-16 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

    “I think we are ready,” said Head Coach Denny Bruckert. “With 20 games played we feel like we are more prepared then we’ve been in the past. Everyone is playing well and everyone is where they should be. There’s been a lot of competition within the team, which has pushed everyone to be at their best right now. Our goal is to be on the medal stand.”

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    The World’s Best Men’s Fastpitch Softball Teams Set to Battle For Softball World Championship

    Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

    For men’s fastpitch softball fans, it doesn’t get any better than this: XV Men’s Softball World Championship. Courtesy WBSC Photo

    WHITEHORSE, Canada – In just three days the best international men’s fastpitch teams will seek to do their countries proud in the highest and most prestigious tournament for men – the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s XV Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, CA, July 7-16.

    Click on these links for complete information

  • Tournament Website
  • LIVE VIEWING from: Sports Canada World Softball Championship
  • Defending world champion Canada knocks off the United States to claim Vancouver Challenge

    Monday, July 3rd, 2017

    Devon McCullough pitched a one-hitter in leading Canada to a 4-0 victory over the United States in the Vancouver Challenge championship, July 3, in Vancouver, BC. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    VANCOUVER, BC, Canada – Is Canada peaking at the right time for the Men’s Softball World Championship?

    All indications that the Canadians are poised to make a strong run at defending their 2015 title was evident after an impressive performance in the Vancouver Challenge that featured several of the world’s best teams.

    Canada ran roughshod in the tournament by outscoring its opponents 54-6, while posting a 7-0 record, including a 4-0 victory over the United States in the championship.

    That perfect mark also includes a 10-3 hammering of the world’s No. 1 ranked New Zealand Black Sox in the semi-finals.

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