2017 WBSC Men’s Softball Championship

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Big sticks and Manley lead the United States to playoff win in Men’s Softball World Championship

Friday, July 14th, 2017

JEREMY MANLEY seen pitching for his native New Zealand Black Sox in an earlier time, turned in an outstanding pitching performance in leading the USA to an 11-3 victory over Venezuela.

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – In what was predicted to be a tightly contested game, Team USA pulled off a shocker by pounding Venezuela, one of the world’s most powerful teams, 11-3, in five innings under the mercy rule in the first-round of playoffs, Friday afternoon.

This huge victory moves Team USA (6-2) into the second round of the playoffs, Saturday, where they will take on the loser between New Zealand and Australia being played later Friday night.

Tony Mancha started, but he struggled from the outset and gave up a two-run homer in the first inning to catcher Rafael Flores that put Venezuela on top, 2-1.

After Mancha walked Jorge Lima, Head Coach Denny Bruckert was out of the dugout motioning for Jeremy Manley.

Bruckert’s decision proved a game-changer.

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In The Spotlight: Matt Ratliff of the USA Softball Men’s National Team

Friday, July 14th, 2017

MATT RATLIFF made this amazing catch to rob Canada’s BRANDON HORN of a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and though the USA lost 7-1, Ratliff’s catch will long be remembered by his teammates and fastpitch fans worldwide as one of the greatest of the tournament, if not in the long history of the Men’s Softball World Championship. WBSC Photo

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Outfielder Matt Ratliff’s stock in men’s fastpitch took a sizable leap the past few days as he displayed his talent at the plate and in the field during the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship.

Playing in his first world championship for Team USA, Ratliff seized opportune moments to show just why he earned a spot on the squad.

In the fifth inning against Canada in an early-round pool play game, Ratliff playing right-field, made one of the most spectacular catches in world tournament history by leaping, catching and crashing into and over the fence to rob Canada’s Brandon Horn of a two-run homer during a Pool A game, Sunday, July 17.

If you think that was spectacular, it gets even better.

Trailing the Republic of South Africa, 3-1, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Ratliff, who leads off and bats from the left-side, launched a two-run homer deep over the centerfield fence to pull Team USA even, and sending the game into extra innings which Team USA rallied to win, 4-3.

Ratliff’s home run was huge as it helped the USA (5-2) finish in the top-eight of the 16 teams to qualify for chance at winning a medal – Gold, Silver or Bronze.

To read about Ratliff’s journey in men’s fastpitch click on: Ratliff Aiming For USA Softball Men’s National Team

In its first playoff game, Team USA takes on Venezuela (6-1), Friday, at 2 p.m. To watch the game, click on Sports Canada TV.

Eight nations including the United States remain in medal contention at WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship playoffs

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The United States reacts with joy during its 4-3 victory over the Republic of South Africa, Thursday, to qualify for the playoffs in the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship begining Friday. Eight teams are in the hunt for a Gold medal. WBSC Photo

WBSC Media Release

WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – The preliminary stage at the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship has concluded, leaving eight teams remaining in the hunt for the Gold Medal.

See Playoff Schedule

Following the seven-day round robin pool stage in the men’s international softball flagship event, eight nations (the top four nations from each pool) have advanced into a Double-Page Playoff beginning Friday, 14 July, to determine the 2017 Men’s Softball World Champion.

The national teams to survive into the Playoffs include:

No. 1 New Zealand
No. 2 Japan
No. 3 Argentina
No. 4 Canada
No. 5 Australia
No. 6 United States
No. 7 Venezuela
No. 19 Botswana

  • The United States (5-2 in Pool A) opens with Venezuela (6-1 in Pool B) at 2 p.m.at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse.
  • The bottom four teams in each pool have been eliminated from medal contention but will continue in the Placement Round to determine final standing.

    The 16 participating national teams in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship represent a global reach that spans across all regions – Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania – and will play 76 games in total before a World Champion is crowned.

    The gold medal game will take centre stage on 16 July at 16:00, and will be preceded by the bronze medal match at 13:00.

    Continued coverage of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship is available via Sports Canada TV

    USA rallies to escape upset minded Republic of South Africa in Men’s Softball World Championship

    Thursday, July 13th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, YK, CanadaKevin Castillo gave Team USA hope, Matt Ratliff gave them new life, and Tyler Dudley gave them the winning run as the United States rallied in extra innings to defeat the Republic of South Africa, 4-3, Thursday night in the final game of pool play.

    The win moves Team USA (5-2) into Friday’s first-round of playoffs in the Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse. RSA, playing well in the tournament, drops to 2-5.

    But in the bottom of the seventh, victory seemed improbable with Team USA trailing 3-0 and down to their final out.

    Castillo, however, had other ideas.

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    Canada continues unbeaten streak at world championships

    Thursday, July 13th, 2017

    By Marissa Tiel
    Daily Star

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Team Canada continued their winning streak at the 2017 Men’s World Softball Championship with a 9-4 win over Australia Tuesday night.

    “We’ve got a motto as a team, it’s one step at a time, so this is just another step along the ladder,” said thirdbaseman Derek Mayson.

    “We do have benchmark games and Australia is one of them because they’re a very deep team, they’ve got some of the best pitching in the world. So we knew we were in for a tough game.”

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    United States climbs to third at Men’s Softball World Championship

    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – The USA Men’s Fastpitch Softball National Team improved its record to 4-2 and moved into third place in Pool A of the Men’s Softball World Championship after defeating Hong Kong 16-0, Wednesday.

    With the win and just one game remaining in pool play against Republic of South Africa (2-4) on Thursday, Team USA is in a good position to secure a spot in the eight-team medal-round playoffs that begin Friday.

    Team USA made short work of Hong Kong by putting 11 runs on the board in the first inning. Two more runs in the second and three in the fourth halted the game under the mercy rule.

    Duane Weiler hurled a one-hitter with six strikeouts to improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

    The offense pounded Honk Kong pitching for 13 hits, including six home runs by Kevin Castillo, Jeff Nowaczyk, Erick Ochoa, Matt Palazzo, Marcus Tan and Chase Turner.


    1. Canada 5-0
    2. Argentina 4-1
    3. USA 4-2
    4. Australia 3-2
    4. Dominican Republic 3-2
    6. Republic of South Africa 2-4
    7 Hong Kong 1-5
    8. India 0-6

    Dudley and Mancha drive USA closer to playoff spot in Men’s Softball World Championship

    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Lean and fit Tyler Dudley doesn’t have the big, burly build of the prototypical power hitter, but his incredibly quick hands can whip a bat around with lightning speed.

    When Dudley hits a softball, it can go a long way.

    And two of his gigantic wallops did just that in leading Team USA to a 12-2 victory over the Dominican Republic in the Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Tuesday.

    With the USA trailing 1-0 in the bottom half of the first inning, Dudley came to the plate with the bases loaded and promptly drilled a triple down the left-field line to clear the sacks and give Team USA a 3-1 advantage.

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    Black Sox beaten by Venezuela at world softball championships after big win over Japan

    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

    Tyron Bartorillo hit his fifth home run of the world championship. Photo By FIONA GOODALL/GETTY IMAGES


    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – The New Zealand Black Sox have crashed to a sloppy 7-3 defeat to Venezuela in their first loss at the men’s softball world championship in Canada.

    Mark Sorenson’s men – ranked No 1 in the world – went from the sublime – a 8-1 Wednesday morning (NZ Time) victory over second-ranked Japan – to the ridiculous a few hours later against the vibrant Venezuelans at Whitehorse.

    Their defeat now leaves New Zealand, seventh-ranked Venezuela and Japan all tied with one four wins and one defeat each – Venezuela’s a 7-0 forfeit to Japan after arriving late on opening day. Continue Reading.

    New Zealand beats Japan to remain unbeaten in Pool B play

    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

    TOP PITCHER – New Zealand’s Joshua Pettett pitches during a game against Japan this morning. The Black Sox pulled ahead 8-1 to secure the win as Pettett became the top pitcher in the tournament. By Marissa Tiel

    By Whitehorse Star

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Joshua Pettett didn’t sleep well.

    The New Zealand pitcher only caught about five hours of sleep last night, but that didn’t stop him from helping the Black Sox to a 8-1 victory over Japan this morning.

    “It’s awesome because it sets us up real good,” said Pettett.

    The Black Sox bounced back after trailing 0-1 last night in the third inning, when play was suspended until this morning due to rain.

    “It was hard with the brand new ball and the rain. It was slippery,” said Pettett. “You can’t hit as many spots as you want. So when it was rain delay, I was kind of glad to come back out against a good team.”

    Continue reading in the Daily Star

    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