Clutch Hits And Solid Pitching Lift Team USA Past Australia

Written by Bob on July 28th, 2016
Jonathan Broadbear delivered the game-winning hit in leading the USA Softball Junior Men's National Team to a 4-3 victory over Australia, Wednesday, at Emerson Park in Midland, Mich.

Jonathan Broadbear delivered the game-winning hit in leading the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team to a 4-3 victory over Australia, Wednesday, at Emerson Park in Midland, Mich.

MIDLAND, Mich. – Jonathan Broadbear was struggling with the bat, no doubt, getting just one hit in his last 13 trips to the plate. But it’s not what you did in the past that counts, but what you do NOW. Especially in a game-winning situation.

And did Broadbear ever come up clutch for Team USA late Wednesday night.

In the bottom of the ninth with two out and the winning run on second base, Broadbear drilled a clean single past third base to send Steven Nessler racing home for a walk off 4-3 victory over Australia in the final game of Pool A in the WBSC 11th Junior Men’s World Championship at Emerson Park in Midland.

The win gives Team USA (4-1) the No. 2 seed in the pool behind No. 1 Argentina (5-0), and double-life in the playoffs that start Thursday with the United States slated to take on Japan (5-0) the No. 1 from Pool B in the day’s finale at 7:30 (ET). Click to watch the game live.

Meanwhile, Australia (3-2) falls to No. 3 and takes on Mexico (2-2) the No. 4 from Pool B at noon, Thursday.

Nessler_200x150 Steven Nessler delivered a game-tying single in the bottom of the ninth inning to help Team USA defeat Australia in the final game of Pool A.

But Broadbear wasn’t alone in the clutch department against the Aussies. Nessler, who came on to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth with Team USA trailing 3-2, laced a single into left field to score Isaac Hormann from third and tie the game.

The game stayed scoreless through five innings, with Team USA’s Zane Chason in top form, hurling a perfect game through four innings and a no-hitter through five with just one walk and six strikeouts.

Zane Chason pitched a strong five innings in helping Team USA defeat Australia.

Zane Chason pitched a strong five innings in helping Team USA defeat Australia.

But the right-hander from Alma, Georgia ran into trouble in the sixth when he walked two to start the inning. And Izack Rossi followed with a single to push the Aussies ahead, 1-0. Then after an intentional walk that loaded the bases, Chason hit Jeff Wright to force in a second run.

That spelled the night for Chason, bringing on Derek Martin, who got a ground ball double play to end the inning.

But Team USA fought back in its half of the inning and evened the score on Hormann’s two-out double into left field that chased home Derek Martin and Bryce DuCharme. Both reached safely on back-to-back singles.

After a scoreless seventh and eighth innings, Australia broke the 2-2 deadlock in the top of the ninth when Adam Talarico (international tiebreaker runner) raced home on an infield ground ball and slid safely around the tag of catcher Peyton Hall.

But Team USA was not to be denied the victory. Broadbear and Nessler saw to that.

Martin (2-0) picked up his second win of the world championship and was cool, calm and determined in hurling Team USA to victory, by allowing just one hit, one walk with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

Martin showed his grit in the seventh by getting a ground out to end the inning with Aussies on second and third. And in the eighth he stranded the go ahead run at second with a strikeout to end the inning.

Chason (1-1) went five innings, allowing just one hit, four walks, with six strikeouts. Aussie right-hander Luke Ollerenshaw (1-2) pitched the entire game, scattering nine hits with 13 strikeouts and two walks.

Martin, batting No. 3, led all batters with a 2-for-4 performance. While DuCharme, Hall, Jeff lewis, Hormann, Matthew Martin, Nessler and Broadbear had one hit each. Australia had but two hits from Rossi and Blake Bell.

Pool A Final Standings

Argentina 5-0
USA 4-1
Australia 3-2
Czech Republic 2-3
Botswana 1-4
Denmark 0-5

Pool B Final Standings

Japan 5-0
New Zealand 4-1
Canada 3-2
Mexico 2-2
Republic of South Africa 1-4
Israel 0-5

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