USA Men’s National Team in Pool A of softball World Championship

Written by Bob on February 10th, 2013

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The 13th International Softball Federation Men’s World Championship is just a few weeks away (March 1-10) and will be held at Rosedale Park in Auckland’s North Shore.

And TEAM USA will be competing. The schedule Pool Play Draw has been released, and the U.S. squad will compete in Pool A, which includes:

    Australila
    United States
    Venezuela
    Great Britain
    Czech Republic
    South Africa
    Indonesia
    Samoa

Team USA’s National Team roster opening game on Mar. 1 won’t be an easy one as the Americans play defending world champion, Australia.

The Aussie’s won its first-ever title in 2009 convincingly by defeating three-time defending champion, New Zealand, 5-0 on Adam Folkard’s two hit, 10 strikeout performance.

Pool B consists of: New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Philippines, Mexico, Colombia, and Netherlands. Pool play continues through March 7, with the final three days scheduled for playoffs to decide which countries will win the Gold, Silver or Bronze.

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Team USA won its last Gold Medal in 1988 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CA 1988 ISF Final Standings, along with taking the Bronze in 2000 and 1992. Since then, the U.S. has finished no higher than fourth in in 2004 and 2009.

The 2013 USA Men’s National Team roster includes:

    Derrick Zechman (Watsontown, Pa.)
    Frank DeGroat Jr. (Ringwood, N.J.)
    Roman Foore (Rosemount, Minn.)
    Jaime Cruz Garcia Jr. (Kansas City, Kan.)
    Josh Johnson (Brooklyn, Wis.)
    Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Mich.)
    Eddy Ketelhut (Frankenmuth, Mich.)
    Adam LaLonde (Ashland, Ky.)
    Dave Lohman (Lindenhurst, N.Y.)
    Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa)
    Travis Price (Orange, Calif.)
    Robert Rostenhausler (Tucson, Ariz.)
    Todd Schultz (Williamston, Mich.)
    Marcus Tan (Umon City, Calif.)
    Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.)
    Tommy Crouch (Dekalb, Ill.)
    Gerald Muizelaar (Grand Forks, N.D.)
    *Kevin Castillo (Long Beach, Calif.)
    *Matt Ratliff (American Fork, Utah)
    *Alternates

Clips of Team USA history in ISF World Championships:

…The Sealmasters of Aurora, Ill., represented the United States and captured the inaugural ISF Men’s World Championship in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1966 and did so in impressive fashion.

The team posted a 12-0 overall record – including eight victories by shutout – en route to the title. Dominating pitching was a huge factor in the championship, as U.S. hurlers threw a total of four one-hitters during the competition.

Charlie Richard went 5-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 61 strikeouts, while Harvey Sterkel went 3-0 with 19 strikeouts.

SEALMASTERS DOMINATE ISF AGAIN
The Sealmasters squad made its second consecutive appearance as the United States representative in the ISF Men’s World Championship in 1968 in Oklahoma City, and it captured a second consecutive gold medal with a 10-1 record.

The U.S. pitchers were again overpowering, with one perfect game, two no-hitters and two one-hit performances from the staff. Charlie Richard’s perfect game, which came against the Philippines, was the first perfect game to be recorded during an ISF Men’s World Championship competition.

Harvey Sterkel and Joe Lynch each posted 3-0 records, with Sterkel striking out 48 and giving up just four hits in 21 innings. Lynch finished with 45 strikeouts and three hits allowed in 22 innings of work…

For Team USA’s history (1966-2004) in the ISF World Championship visit: ISF World Championships

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