United States routs Dominican Republic in 2015 Pan American Games

Written by Bob on July 13th, 2015

antonio.mancha.44 Tony Mancha (El Paso, Texas) fired a no-hitter and had two hits in leading the United States to victory in the opening game of the 2015 Pan American Games, Sunday.

TORONTO – The United States Men’s National Softball Team played nearly flawless fastpitch softball in overpowering the Dominican Republic 10-0 in its first game of the Pan American Games at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark, Sunday.

Led by Tony Mancha’s no-hitter and an offense that pounded out 11 hits, Team USA was never threatened in its lopsided victory over one of the world’s most powerful softball teams.

Mancha flirted with a perfect game, and the only blemish was a walk to leadoff batter Jose Bueno in the fourth inning. Bueno reached second on a sacrifice, but a ground ball to third baseman Derrick Zechman and a fly ball to left fielder Kris Bogach ended the threat.

Other than that the right-hander from El Paso, Texas struck out eight and only faced 17 batters, while throwing 80 pitches, 54 for strikes.

Josh Johnson put the United States on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice fly, scoring Chris Miljavic, who led off the game with a walk.

Mancha (2-for-3, run) also had a great day with the bat and helped his cause in the second inning by leading off with a triple and later scoring on Bogach’s sacrifice fly.

Team USA added two more runs in the fifth on three singles and an error, and then broke the game open in the sixth by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs.

Marcus Tan did much of the damage by drilling a bases-loaded triple to centerfield that scored Matt Palazzo (single), Josh Johnson (walk) and Nate Devine (walk).

ZechmanDerrick Derrick Zechman led Team USA in batting in its victory over the Dominican Republic.

Zeckman, batting in the number two spot, led the United States, going 3-for-4, RBI, while Tony Mancha was 2-for-3, run; Tan 1-for-2, 3 RBI; Miljavic 1-for-3, 2 runs; Palazzo 1-for-3, RBI, 2 runs; Johnson 1-for-2, RBI, 2 runs; Chase Turner 1-for-4, and Sagdal 1-for-2, run.

The United States returns to action Monday in the six-team event by taking on Canada that beat Mexico, 10-5, in its opening game. Last week, Canada proved its an international fastpitch power by beating New Zealand, 10-5, to claim the WBSC 14th ISF World Softball Championship in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

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