Josh Johnson impressive in first trip to the circle

Written by Bob on June 30th, 2015
Josh Johnson of El Paso, Texas, held the Netherlands to one hit in leading the United States to a 3-1 victory in the ISF Men's World Softball Championship.

Josh Johnson of El Paso, Texas, held the Netherlands to one hit in leading the United States to a 4-1 victory in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

SASKATOON, SK, CANADA– In the first three games of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Josh Johnson didn’t venture into the circle at all. But on Monday, he got his chance, and he performed superbly.

The right-hander – who usually bats cleanup when he’s not pitching – hurled a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts as the United States beat the Netherlands 4-1 in a critical Pool B game at Gordon Howe Softball Park.

    BATTLING FOR TOP FOUR SPOTS

The win moves Team USA into a three-way tie for second place in the pool with the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, all at 3-1, while Australia sits on top at 4-1.

The United States and Venezuela collide on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in an important matchup that could go a long way in determining the top-four teams in the pool for the playoffs.

    BIG HOMER, CLUTCH HITS

Against the Netherlands, Johnson got all the run support he would need when Matt Palazzo blasted a solo homer in the fourth, and Derrick Zechman, Chase Turner, and Frank DeGroat, Jr. all had RBI singles to score the final three runs in the sixth.

Matt Palazzo, a NAFA Hall of Fame member, hit a home run for Team USA to help defeat the Netherlands, 4-1, in the 2015 ISF World Softball Championship.

Matt Palazzo, a NAFA Hall of Fame member, hit a home run for Team USA to help defeat the Netherlands, 4-1, in the 2015 ISF World Softball Championship.

    REIPH THE FOILER

The Netherlands (0-5) foiled Johnson’s bid for a no-hitter and shutout in the seventh when Angelo Arnold hit into a ground out that brought home Randy Reiph from third, who led off with a double.

But Johnson reached back to strike out Glennsig Polonius to end the game.

Team USA collected just five hits, but made them all count, with Palazzo (RBI), Zechman (RBI), Turner (RBI), and DeGroat, Jr. (RBI) getting one each.

The Netherlands Jeffry Visser took the loss, but he pitched will for five innings, giving up two runs on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Jeroen Mulder relieved in the sixth and allowed two runs on three hits, two walks and a strikeout.

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