Jones nasty dipper downs Japan

Written by Bob on June 30th, 2015
Venezuela's Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 3-0 victory over Japan in the 2015 ISF Men's World Softball Championship, Monday.

Venezuela’s Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 3-0 victory over Japan in the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Monday.

SASKATOON – The box score showed that Roman Jones fired a two-hit shutout in leading Venezuela to a 3-0 victory over Japan in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Monday.

What the box score doesn’t show is how he got the job done. Japan would undoubtedly say, “with a nasty, nasty dipper.”

Jones makes no secret about how he goes after hitters. Basically, his philosophy is “here’s my drop, now let’s see if you can hit it.” Most hitters – including the best in the world – can’t.

    DOMINATING PERFORMANCE

Jones struck out 13 batters, with nine of those coming off the drop ball. As for the rest of the outs, only three balls went beyond the infield, and he retired five with ground balls.

The win improves Venezuela to 3-1 in Pool B, while Japan evens its mark at 2-2. Venezuela took the silver medal in the 2013 world championship, losing to gold-medalist New Zealand in the final. And once again, Venezuela is a threat for a gold medal in Saskatoon.

The game with Japan stayed scoreless until the fourth, when Luiger Pinto blasted a two-run homer with Rafael Flores aboard by way of a walk. Then in the fifth, Yeider Chirinos homered for Venezuela’s final run.

    JAPAN DENIES NO-HIT BID

Jones carried a no-hitter into the sixth, but Takuro Hiramoto and Yukihiro Nishiyama broke it up with singles. A ground ball out moved both runners to second and third, but Jones struck out Hikaru Matsuda with a drop ball to end the inning.

    ISC WORLD TOURNAMENT STAR

Ramon Jones is no stranger to North American fastpitch. In 2014, he was selected a first-team pitcher in the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament for leading Pennsylvania Power of Harrisburg to third place (4-2).

Jones had a 3-1 record, pitched 19 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits, three earned runs and six walks, with 42 strikeouts and a 1.09 ERA.

    PAN AM’S BEST PITCHER

Jones had a banner year in 2014, leading Venezuela to the championship of the IX Pan American games in Parana, Argentina in November. He was one of the tournament’s top pitchers with a 4-1 record over 33 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on 13 hits, with 54 strikeouts and a miniscule 0.21 ERA.

    BIG GAME WITH USA

Venezuela returns to action in the World Softball Championship, Tuesday, with an 8:30 p.m. meeting with the United States. Both teams have 3-1 records.

The game will have a huge bearing on placing in the top four in Pool B that earns entry into the playoffs. And it could also determine a top-two finish in the pool, which guarantees double-life in the playoffs.

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