Folkard and Australia overpower USA in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Written by Bob on July 2nd, 2015

folkard Adam Folkard held the United States two one hit in Australia’s 8-0 victory, Wednesday, in Pool B of the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Give the world’s best fastpitch pitcher a couple of runs and odds are the game’s over. Give him two field goals and a safety and it’s guaranteed.

The United States did just that and came up on the short end of an 8-0 loss to Australia and its dominating right-hander Adam Folkard on Wednesday. Folkard is considered by many fastpitch experts as the best pitcher in the game today.

In the second inning, Mark Harris provided all the run support Folkard would need when he blasted a grand-slam home run over the left field fence that turned a close one-run game into a 5-0 blowout.

Zenon Winters drilled a two run single in the third that capped the Aussies scoring, with their first run coming in the first inning on Andrew Kirkpatrick’s fielders choice that scored Winters, who opened the inning with a single.

Folkard held Team USA to one hit, one walk, while striking out 10 in a mercy-ruled game shortened to five innings. In the world championship, Australia improves to 5-1 in Pool B, tied with the Dominican Republic and Venezuela for the top spot.

Kevin Castillo, batting for J & B Painting in the 2014 NAFA World Series, had the only hit off Adam Folkard in Team USA's 8-0 loss to Australia in the 2015 ISF Men's World Softball Championship.

Kevin Castillo, batting for J & B Painting in the 2014 NAFA World Series, had the only hit off Adam Folkard in Team USA’s 8-0 loss to Australia in the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

Kevin Castillo broke up Folkard’s bid for a no-hitter with a leadoff single in the fifth inning, but Folkard got a fly ball and two strikeouts to end the game.

In world championship play, Folkard’s record stands at 4-0 in 30 2/3 innings with 11 hits allowed and 53 strikeouts for a 0.45 ERA.

Gerald Muizelaar (0-1) started for Team USA and took the loss. He pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowed five earned runs on six hits, a walk and two strikeouts. Tony Mancha relieved and went 2 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on one hit, two walks and four strikeouts.

Pool B play concludes Thursday with Australia battling Mexico (2-4) and Team USA taking on the Denmark (1-5).

Team USA is tied with Japan at 3-3 in the fourth spot that earns a trip to the playoffs that start Friday.

Japan beat the United States in head-to-head play, so for Team USA to make the playoffs, they need the Netherlands (0-6) to defeat Japan, today, and the United States must knock off Denmark (1-5).

POOL B STANDINGS
Australia 5-1
Dominican Republic 5-1
Venezuela 5-1
Japan 3-3
USA 3-3
Mexico 2-4
Denmark 1-5
Netherlands 0-6

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