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Team USA holds off CR Bartels Farms in Vancouver Challenge

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada – The USA Men’s National Softball Team hasn’t been challenged much during pre-world softball tournament play, but that changed in the second round of the Vancouver Challenge, Saturday afternoon.

In a tight contest, Team USA broke a 1-1 deadlock in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring twice to escape upset-minded CR Bartel Farms of Eugene, Oregon, 3-1.

Pinch runner Gil Saenz scored on an infield error, and Erick Ochoa’s deep sacrifice fly brought home Jon Lynch with the final tally in a game shortened to five innings (apparently under a time limit rule).

Bryce Kay blasted a solo home run in the third to give Team USA the early lead, but CR Bartels evened the score in the fifth when Jenner Christensen singled, stole second base and eventually scored on a passed ball.

Rich Haldane was tough on the Americans, spinning a three-hitter with four strikeouts and allowing two earned runs.

In his first appearance for Team USA, Jeremy Manley picked up the win with 4 1/3 innings work, while allowing three hits, no earned runs, and striking out two. Tony Mancha came on to get the final two outs to pick up the save.

The win improves Team USA to 2-0 in the tournament and boosts their overall record to 15-0 in preparation for the WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship, July 7-16. But the Americans will be tested later Saturday night in the featured game-of-the-day when they take on powerful Canada.

Team USA’s three hits came from Kay, Marcus Tan and Chris Heinline. CR Bartels countered with hits from Kevin Rasmussen, Christensen and Tyson Barkman.

Team USA extends win streak in Vancouver Challenge

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – It wasn’t pretty, but in the scorebook it counts as a win.

The USA Men’s National Softball Team took advantage of three errors, while collecting six hits, to defeat the Sooke Loggers, 4-0, in the opening game of the Vancouver Challenge.

Team USA plated a single run in the fourth, and sealed the win with three more in the fifth to down the Loggers, one of Canada’s stronger major teams. Only one of the runs was earned.

Tony Mancha fired a one-hitter in Team USA’s victory over the Sooke Loggers. Photo By BOB OTTO

Meanwhile, right-hander Tony Mancha hurled a beauty, holding the Loggers to just one hit, a single by Ben Edgington, along with nine strikeouts and a walk.

The win keeps Team USA perfect at 14-0 in its pre-world championship tournament schedule in preparation for the XV World Softball Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 7-16.

In the win over the Loggers, Erick Ochoa, led the attack going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Derrick Zechman, Tyler Dudley, Nick Mullins and Gil Saenz had hits off Loggers’ hard-throwing right-hander, Scott Leiph, who struck out seven, walked two, and allowed an earned run.

Team USA returns to the ball diamond at 5 p.m. (PT) against CR Bartel Farms and then squares off with the Canadian national team at 7.

To follow the action, click on this link: Team USA / Vancouver Challenge.

Follow the USA National men’s fastpitch softball team in the Vancouver Challenge

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – The United States national softball team is competing in the Vancouver Challenge, June 30-July 2.

The tournament is in preparation for the XV Men’s Softball World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 7-16.

To follow the team and the results, click on this link: Game Changer.

2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship offers live web-streaming

Wednesday, June 28th, 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, YT, 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.

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Men’s world fastpitch softball championship fast approaching

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, CANADA – The 15th Men’s World Softball Championship begins July 7 and continues through July 16 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada with 16 teams competing for the title at the Pepsi Softball Centre.

While 2017 will be the first time Yukon hosts a senior men’s event, Softball Yukon has hosted three previous world softball championships – the Junior Men’s World Softball Championship in 2008 and 2014, as well as the 2012 Women’s World Softball Championship.

  • The USA National Team will be right in the hunt for a medal.
  • To learn about the teams and players that comprise five regions of the world, visit: 2017 WBSC Men’s Rosters
  • USA Softball Men’s National Team finishes Father’s Day Tournament with 8-4 victory over JB Titans

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    PAT SAGDAL belted a double and later scored to help the USA Men’s National Team defeat the J.B. Bombers, 8-4, to claim the championships of the Houston Father’s Day Tournament, Sunday, June 18. USA Softball Photo.

    JUNE 19, 2017, 2:06 A.M. (ET)
    USA Softball Media Report

    HOUSTON — The 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) won their fifth-straight game of the weekend, 8-4, to complete their impressive outing at the Father’s Day Tournament in Houston, Texas, USA Softball announced today. The U.S. scored eight runs on nine hits with no errors.

    Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.) got things going with a lead-off double in the second inning before tagging up and reaching third on a flyout by Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.). A walk to Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.) put two runners on for Team USA and a homerun by Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.) made it a 3-0 lead.

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    Pools, Schedule announced for 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

    Thursday, June 8th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, Canada — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the pools and official tournament schedule of the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada from 7-16 July.

    NEW ZEALAND will once again be a contender to win the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Whitehorse, Canada, July 7-16, after finishing runner-up in 2015 to Canada. New Zealand leads all countries in the medal count with 12 gold, silver and bronze, including tops in gold with six, while Canada is a close second with 11 total medals, and No. 2 in the gold count with four. WBSC Photo

    The 15th edition of the men’s flagship softball event will showcase more than 80 games — 64 games taking place in the round robin over the first seven days, followed by three days of playoff action.

    The participating nations in the WBSC Men’s Softball Championship represent a global reach that spans across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania.

    Nations will be divided into two pools to compete in a challenging round-robin, with the top four finishers from each pool advancing to the double page playoff round. The remaining teams will compete in the placement round.

      Pool A

    No. 3 Argentina
    No. 5 Australia
    No. 4 Canada
    No. 11 Dominican Republic
    Hong Kong
    India
    No. 14 South Africa
    No. 6 USA

    USA Men’s National Team pitcher Duane Weiler of Bedford, Penn. hurls a pitch during the USA Softball Men’s National Invitational Fast Pitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 9-11. Photo courtesy of USA Softball

      Pool B

    No. 19 Botswana
    No. 8 Czech Republic
    No. 13 Denmark
    No. 10 Great Britain
    No. 20 Indonesia
    No. 2 Japan
    No. 1 New Zealand
    Turkey
    No. 7 Venezuela

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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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    A Step Back In Time: Team USA captures 1996 Herald & Review Shootout

    Saturday, April 1st, 2017

    By MARK TUPPER
    Decatur Herald & Review Sports Editor
    July 17, 1996

    DECATUR, IL – If the United States plans to win the gold medal at the International Softball Federation World Championship next month, it will almost certainly have to survive a challenge like it faced Sunday.

    Key hitting and pressure pitching led USA past Green Bay (Wis.) All-Car, 2-1, in the championship game of the Herald & Review Shootout at Borg-Warner Field.

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