Strong arms drive Argentina past USA in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Written by Bob on July 17th, 2014


WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The number one team rests its number one pitcher and suffers no ill effects.

Argentina held back ace right-hander Huemul Mata, instead going with the strong-armed arsenal of Roman Godoy at the start and Franco Gini to close.

And the two were as good as Argentina could want, combining on a three-hitter to beat the USA 9-2 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Thursday.

The only dents were Jim Pernetti, who doubled and later scored on a Godoy wild pitch in the second inning, giving the USA a 1-0 lead; and Tyler Bouley’s solo home run over the centerfield fence leading off the fourth.

The win keeps Argentina undefeated (8-0) in the 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Championship, while the USA falls to 5-3.

Right-hander Zane Chason started for the USA and pitched well the first two innings, allowing just two hits. But he ran into trouble in the third.

Argentina took advantage of an error, hit batter and two walks, along with a two-run double by Godoy to surge ahead, 3-1.

And the Argentines kept on pounding the ball in the fourth – as they have throughout the tournament, outscoring their opponents 47 to 3.

In the fourth, Matias Zapata drilled a double to right-center to start the inning, and by the time it ended, nine men came to the plate with six runs scoring.

Gini set down Team USA with two strikeouts and a ground ball in the fifth to end the game, the only damage coming from Bryce DuCharme’s two out single.

“We tried our best,” said Bouley, who is one of the tournament’s offensive leaders with a .448 average (13-29) with seven RBI and four runs. “They are a very good team. We battled but things didn’t go our way.”

Argentina completes its round robin games on Friday against Denmark (1-7). Baring an upset, Argentina will get the No. 1. seed heading into Saturday’s medal round playoffs.

The USA has a huge game Friday with Australia.

The Aussies (5-3) defeated the Czech Republic 4-2, setting up Friday’s 7:30 p.m. meeting with the USA in which the winner advances into the four-team medal round that starts on Saturday.

USA BATTING: DuCharne 1 for 3, Bouley 1 for 2, RBI, run; and Pernetti 1 for 1, run.

ARGENTINA: Teo Migliavacca 1 for 1, run; Lighuen Angiolillo 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Facundo Carril 1 for 2, run; Matias Zapata 1 for 3, run; Godoy 1 for 1, 2 RBI; Franco Ortellado 1 for 2, run.
ARGENTINA PITCHING: Godoy (4-0), 3 innings, 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts. Gini, 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 runs, 2 strikeouts.

USA PITCHING: Chason (1-1), 4 innings, 6 hits, 7 earned runs, 6 walks, 2 strikeouts.


Argentina 8-0
New Zealand 7-1
United States 5-3
Australia 5-3
Japan 5-3
Mexico 4-4
Canada 3-5
Czech Republic 2-6
Denmark 1-7
Singapore 0-8

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