USA Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team set to begin WBSC World Championship play tomorrow

Written by Bob on July 6th, 2017

By Codi Warren
Managing Director of Communications
USA Softball
2801 NE 50th Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
405-425-3431

Men’s National Team set to begin WBSC World Championship play tomorrow

OKLAHOMA CITY – The chance to stand atop the podium begins tomorrow for the USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) as the team is set to open play at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship (MWC), against Argentina at 7:30 p.m. PT. With the 17-member roster recently announced, the WBSC MWC is set to take place July 7-16 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

“I think we are ready,” said Head Coach Denny Bruckert. “With 20 games played we feel like we are more prepared then we’ve been in the past. Everyone is playing well and everyone is where they should be. There’s been a lot of competition within the team, which has pushed everyone to be at their best right now. Our goal is to be on the medal stand.”

  • Click here to see: Team USA Schedule
  • Click here for 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team roster
  • THE MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM heads into the WBSC World Softball Championship coming off a runner-up finish at the Vancouver Challenge where they defeated South Hill Giants 2-1 (eight innings) before falling to Canada, 4-0, in the final game.

    “We’ve spent the last few days after the Vancouver Challenge ironing out some kinks and getting some much needed practice,” said Team USA veteran Chase Turner. “Most importantly we’ve gotten to do some team functions that have brought us together. We’ve got one more practice today before we get after it Friday evening. We’ve got to be ready to roll as we face some talented teams right out of the gate. I think this team is poised to make some noise and a deep playoff run.”

    In addition to their opening game against Argentina, Team USA will play remaining pool play games against Australia, host country Canada, India, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong and South Africa.

    The Red, White and Blue will face tough competition in round robin action as they will face the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 ranked-teams in the world in Argentina, Australia and Canada, respectively.

    The Canadians are also the reigning 2015 World Champions. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the double page playoff rounds, while the remaining teams will compete in the placement rounds.

    THE 16-TEAMS that will compete are: Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, USA and Venezuela. Currently ranked No. 6 in the world, the U.S. will look to improve upon a ninth-place finish at the 2015 WBSC World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where the team finished with a 7-3 record and placed first in the Playoff Rounds.

  • Click here for more information on the 2017 WBSC Men’s World Championship.
  • MEDIA: For more information on the WBSC Men’s World Championship, please contact: media@wbsc.org.

    About USA Softball
    USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

    As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

    About the World Baseball Softball Confederation

    Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.

    The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

    Codi Warren I Managing Director of Communications

    USA Softball

    2801 NE 50th Street

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
    405-425-3431

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