Argentina’s Mata and Godoy overpower New Zealand in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Written by Bob on July 16th, 2014

mata_Huemul Argentina’s Huemul Mata has not allowed any runs in the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship through six games. Photo By MADDY FLANAGAN / ISF Official Photographer

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The question: Can anyone score off Argentina’s pitching staff? Through six games, no.

Roman Godoy and Huemul Mata have been without blemish by not allowing a single run at the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship.

The two right-handers split their latest outing, a five-hitter, to lead their countrymen past the New Zealand Temperzone Black Sox 5-0 on Wednesday. The game featured the two remaining undefeated teams in the 10-team tournament.


Through those six victories, Argentina holds an incredible 30 to nil advantage, shutting out Australia 3-0, Canada 7-0, Czech Republic 7-0, Mexico 1-0 (eight innings), Singapore 7-0, and New Zealand.

Against New Zealand, Mata (3-0) pitched the first four innings and picked up the win, allowing three hits with seven strikeouts.

Godoy (3-0) shackled New Zealand to two hits and four strikeouts over the final three innings.

Neither pitcher allowed a walk and scattered the five safeties among five hitters.


But in the early going, New Zealand’s Blake Radford kept pace with his two rivals. With his hard-breaking drop, the right-hander held Argentina to an unearned run in the first inning on a throwing error.

But the Argentinians got to Radford in the fifth for four runs to put the game away.


Three consecutive hits by Gonzalo Masmu, Matias Zapata and Matias Cano loaded the bases with no outs.

Radford then hit Teo Migliavacca to force in a run, followed one-out later by Felipe Vuoto’s hit that drove in two runs, and Godoy’s safety that plated Argentina’s final run.

Both Mata and Godoy are a big part of Argentina’s offense. Mata bats cleanup with Godoy in the number five spot.


But it’s not Mata and Godoy’s bats that are being counted on as Argentina seeks to defend the world championship that it won in 2012 – the first for a South American country since the international tournament began in 1981.

Mata, the younger brother of international pitching star Lucas Mata, is pitching like a man among boys in this world championship.

With his hard-breaking riser and drop ball, superb control, and devastating change-up, Mata is a dominating force in the circle.


And his statistics prove he’s the best age 19-under pitcher in the world championship: 19 innings, five hits, 37 strikeouts, and just one walk for a perfect ERA 0.00.

Godoy, more one-dimensional with the best drop ball in the tournament, isn’t far behind his teammate. Through 13 innings, he has allowed just six hits, two walks and struck out 22 for a 0.00 ERA.

Argentina collected seven hits off Radford with Masmu setting the pace at 2 for 3, and Vuoto (2 RBI), Godoy (RBI), Zapata, Franco Ortellado, and Cano getting one hit each.

New Zealand got one hit a piece from Callum Elson, Lewis Jerard, Luke Bowers, Fraser McLaren, and Nopera Stockford.

Radford (3-1) went six innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, three walks, with two strikeouts.

    STANDINGS (Through five days)
  • Argentina 6-0
  • New Zealand 5-1
  • USA 4-2
  • Japan 4-2
  • Australia 3-3
  • Canada 2-3
  • Mexico 2-3
  • Czech Republic 2-4
  • Denmark 1-5
  • Singapore 0-6
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