USA drops opener to Australia in ISF Men’s World Championship

Written by Bob on March 1st, 2013

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Australian pitcher Adam Folkard hurled Australia to victory over the United States in the 13th International Softball Federation World Championship on March 1.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Beating the world’s best fastpitch softball pitcher can by a daunting task. And many in the world of men’s club teams, believe Australian Adam Folkard the best in the game today.

The United States national team may second that assessment after Folkard hurled a two-hit, 12 strikeout gem in leading Australia to a 6-0 victory over Team USA in the opening game for both teams in the 13th ISF World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand on March 1.

While Folkard held Team USA scoreless, his teammates gave him a three-run cushion in the second inning, and added single runs in each of the third through fifth innings to complete their scoring in the 16-team international tournament that runs March 1-10.

Joel Southam swung the big bat in Australia’s seven-hit attack Softball Australia, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Tim Chrome (1 for 2) and Andrew Havercroft also drove in one run each.

Australia is seeking its second consecutive ISF World Championship crown after winning the title in 2009 by downing New Zealand in the final, 5-0, with Folkard hurling the win. Meanwhile, the United States finished fourth; a feat also duplicated in the 2004 event.

For the United States, only Adam LaLonde (1 for 2) and Josh Johnson (1 for 2) were able to collect hits of Folkard. josh.johnson
Josh Johnson of Brooklyn, Wisc. had one hit off Adam Folkard. His fastpitch honors include ASA First Team All American in 2007.

“We just never quite settled into the ballgame,” USA assistant coach Avon Meacham was quoted in USA Softball.com. “Australia is a really good team and they deserve credit for the win but we did a lot of things to help them out along the way. With that said, I still feel good about the way our team is playing. We just have to put this one behind us and look to get on a run as we continue through pool play.”

Travis Price started for the U.S. and went 3.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Johnson finished the final 2.1 innings, and gave up but one hit, no earned runs, while striking out one batter.

Team USA will face Samoa in their second pool play game on Saturday. Pool play will continue through March 7 when the top four teams from each pool will be seeded into a bracket scheduled for March 8-10.

Samoa, South Africa, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Venezuela, and Great Britain are in the same pool as Australia and the United States.

To follow the world championship, visit the official website: TRADESTAFF ISF World Softball Championships

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