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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.)

  • 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

    USA men’s national softball team hammer third opponent in Rodney Fox Memorial

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    TYLER DUDLEY an infielder for the USA Men’s National Team is one of the bright young stars helping to elevate the national team back to worldwide prominance in men’s faspitch softball. Through four games at the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Dudley is batting .583 (7-for-12) with five RBI and three home runs, along with five runs scored. Courtesy Photo USA Softball

    STEVENS, Penn. – Performing like they’re in mid-season form rather than gathering together for the first tournament of the season, the USA Men’s National Softball Team hammered it’s third opponent, Kurtz, 8-1, to improve to 3-0 in the Rodney Fox Memorial tournament, Saturday afternoon.

    For the stat conscious, Team USA has scored 32 runs in three games – all shortened to four innings because of the mercy rule. While the hitters certainly have stared, the pitchers have performed well, too.

    Against Kurtz, Duane Weiler picked up his second win, allowing a run on three hits over 3.2 innings, with a strikeout and a walk. B.J. Hunhoff finished the final 1 1/3 innings holding Kurtz hitless while striking out four – every batter he faced.

    After plating a run in the first inning on Eric Ochoa’s double, Team USA chased home three more in the second on Gil Saenz’s run-scoring triple and Jonathan Lynch’s bunt single that brought home Saenz. Cameron Schiller’s single and an error scored Bryce Kay with the third run.

    Team USA broke loose for three final tallies in the fourth on Ochoa’s solo homer and Tyler Dudley’s two-run bomb over the right field fence.

    USA pounded out nine hits led by Marcus Tan, 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Ochoa, 2-for-3, and two RBI. In the tournament, Ochoa has been opposing pitchers nightmare, ripping out four hits in six trips, with five RBI, along with a two home runs and a double.

    USA National Softball Team stays perfect in Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    Jonathan Lynch led a 16-hit attack to power Team USA to victory in the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Saturday, May 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

    STEVENS, Penn. – Jonathan Lynch was perfect at the plate, B.J. Runoff dominated in the circle, and Team USA cruised to a 16-0 victory over Kelly’s in the second-round of the Rodney Fox Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Stevens, Saturday morning.

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    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

    TOURNAMENT CONTACT

    Justin Zimmerman
    717-271-8641
    jzimmerman16@yahoo.com

    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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    Don’t Miss USA Men’s National Invitational Fastpitch Tournament

    Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

    USA Softball selects Men’s National Team Coaching Pool for 2017-2020

    Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

    MEDIA CONTACT
    Codi Warren
    Managing Director of Communications
    E: cwarren@usasoftball.com
    P: (405) 425-3431

    OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today 19 coaches who have been selected to the 2017-2020 USA Softball Men’s National Team Coaching Pool.

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    ISC makes second recruitment video available for College & High School baseball coaches

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

    ISC Press Release
    January 23, 2017

    FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress continues its outreach to university, college and high school baseball coaches across the United States with a second recruiting video to attract new players into men’s fastpitch softball.

    The new video is now available on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com as well as on the ISC Facebook page www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch.

    “As stated in the video, it’s a great tool, but it needs to be shared with as many baseball coaches and players as possible so that we can get new players into the game,” says Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director. “We encourage all men’s teams to reach out to their local colleges and high schools and spread the word – there’s a significant pool of talent there and we need to tap into it to bring young players into our game.”

    “By our unofficial count, there’s nearly 1,300 men’s fastpitch softball teams across North America, so there’s an opportunity out there for those that want to play,” says Fisher.

    Tapping into the baseball past of several players on the highly-ranked New York Gremlins team, the video features several top players as well as USA Softball President Warren Jones, who speaks about the opportunities for younger players to be identified for the U.S.A. U19 junior men’s national team.

    “We want to let these young kids know that there’s another game out there that they can play,” says Jones.

    MATT PALAZZO (Des Moines, Iowa) is a USA National Team player and a fixture in the ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Among the Gremlins, Matt Palazzo talks about the quick pace of play, the ability for one hit to be a big difference in the game and the success he’s had in recruiting athletes in the Des Moines, Iowa area to take up the game.

    “Once they try it, just like myself, they fall in love with the game and its pace,” says Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University and, in addition to the Gremlins, stars on the U.S.A. men’s national team and has twice been named the U.S. Male Fastpitch Player of the Year

    Aimed at high school and college seniors, the video commentary notes that men’s fastpitch softball offers baseball players the opportunity to utilize all of the skills they’ve developed over a lifetime of playing, and will give them the chance to create 20+ years of new memories.

    “I’ve been able to travel around the world and see the best in the world … and it’s been a great challenge and a good experience,” says Nick Mullins, who played baseball at the University of Pittsburgh, and plays for the Gremlins as well as Team U.S.A. “For all of the young kids out there who are playing baseball or just finished playing baseball, [fastpitch softball] is definitely a good game, so get out here and let’s see what you’ve got!”

    International stars Zenon Winters and Bryan Abrey also talk about the opportunities and experiences they’ve enjoyed.

    Abrey, who is a member of the defending World Champion Canadian men’s national team, played junior college baseball in California before transferring to an NAIA school in Idaho. Abrey talks about the speed of the game and the adjustments that baseball players will need to make.

    Winters notes that he’s been playing fastpitch softball for 27 years, starting as a six-year-old in his native Australia, and has been able to travel the world because of the game and highlights the opportunity for American players to do the same thing.

    “We think that if baseball players give fastpitch softball a chance, we’re confident that they’re going to fall in love with the game just like Matt Palazzo talks about,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

    For more information on the ISC and men’s fastpitch softball, see the ISC website at
    www.iscfastpitch.com.

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    iscfastpitch@gmail.com