Hitting powers Team USA over Mexico in World Softball Championship

Written by Bob on June 26th, 2015

Kris Bogach (Huguenot, N.Y.) drove in two runs to led the United States in a 7-0 victory over Mexico in the opening game of the World Softball Championship, Friday.

SASKATOON, CA – Prior to the start of the 14th Men’s International Softball Federation World Softball Championship, USA national team head coach Denny Bruckert said hitting was the biggest improvement he has seen on the team.

Team USA awarded Bruckert’s confidence with the bats by beating Mexico, 7-0, in a game shortened to six innings by the mercy rule, Friday, at Bob Van Impe Stadium.

“Our hitting has been the thing lately that we have really improved on,” said Bruckert. “Getting three or four hitters hot at the right time is what it’s all about. I do like what I’m seeing…”

Team USA broke the game open by scoring three runs in each of the second and third innings. And in the sixth, Matt Palazzo lifted a fly ball deep enough to left field to score Chris Miljavic with the final run.

Kris Bogach – selected the “player of the game” – led Team USA’s six-hit attack by going 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Nick Mullins also went 2-for-2 with an RBI and run.

Right-hander Tony Mancha held Mexico to four hits, while striking out nine and walking two. Mexico threatened in the sixth by putting runners on second and third with two out, but Mancha fielded a comebacker and tossed to first base for the final out.

The United States (1-0) returns to action Saturday against the Dominican Republic (1-0) that beat Denmark 8-0, while Mexico (0-1) takes on Venezuela, which defeated the Netherlands, 11-1.

As for the 15-team international event that runs through July 5, Bruckert expects every game to be a battle.

“The WBSC Men’s World Championship is certainly going to be tough as there are a lot of great teams involved,” he said. “We just need to take it game by game and not get ahead of ourselves. Our bracket is extremely tough but I firmly believe we can play with all the teams. We really need to play the flawless defense we are capable of and make each opportunity count.”

1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jerry "Chips" Davidsavor says:

    Good luck Coach! Just play some ball…

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