USA blasts Czech Republic to move into ISF Consolation Championship

Written by Bob on July 20th, 2014

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Whitehorse, Yukon, CA – Philip Zimmerman pitched a two-hitter, the offense collected 12 hits, and team USA defeated the Czech Republic 12–2, Saturday, to move into the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship Consolation Championship.

The United States will take on Mexico for the championship at the Pepsi Softball Center at 2 p.m., Sunday.

The USA took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Tyler Bouley’s RBI single that scored Bryce DuCharme, who opened the game with a walk. The game stayed close through three innings as Zimmerman hooked up in a pitching duel with the Czech Republic’s Michal Holobradek.

But in the top of the fourth, the United States padded its lead with three more runs, highlighted by Jim Pernetti’s solo home run leading off the inning. Two batters later, Colton Nielsen followed Pernetti’s lead and blasted a two-run shot that brought home Blaine Milheim, who doubled.

The Czech Republic picked up an unearned run in the fourth, and a run in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk. But other than that Zimmerman was in fine form striking out nine and walking three in six innings. Zane Chason (Alma, Georgia) came on in the seventh and struck out two.

Zimmerman, from New Holland, Pennsylvania, improved his record to 4-3 in the tournament. In 38 innings he has walked 21 and struck out 42. He ranks among the tournament leaders in innings pitched and strikeouts.

The USA put the game away with three runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh.

Tristan Sensenig (Denver, Penn.) swung the hot bat for the Americans, going 3 for 4, with a run, and RBI. Cody Valeros (Stockton, Calif.) also had a good day. He was 2 for 4, scored twice and drove in a run.

Tyler Stoffel, Tyler Bouley, RBI; Pernetti, RBI; Faron Apauty, RBI, (Anadarko, Okla.); Blaine Milheim, RBI; Daniel Centeno, and Nielsen, 2 RBI, each had one hit.

The win improves USA’s record to 6–4 in the 10–team world championship that ends today against the United States southern neighbor.

Mexico advanced to the consolation championship by beating Canada 8–7. Mexico broke loose for five runs in the sixth to erase Canada’s lead and surge ahead 8–5. Canada fought back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Mexico hung on to even its record at 5–5.

The two ball clubs met in round robin play, with the USA pulling out a thrilling 7-6 victory.

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