United States falls to Samoa in ISF World Championship

Written by Bob on March 1st, 2013

Gerald Muizelaar pitched well enough to win, but Team USA couldn’t overcome clutch pitching of Samoa’s Thomas Enoka in second game of the 13th ISF World Championship.

AUCKLAND, NZ – In somewhat of a stunner, Samoa knocked off the United States 3-2 in the 13th International Softball Federation World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand, March 2.

Josh Johnson hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull the U.S. squad within one, but Samoa pitcher Thomas Enoka (2-0) got Roman Foore on a fly ball and Robert Rosthenhausler on a strikeout to end the game.

The loss pins the United States with an 0-2 record, while Samoa improves to 2-0 after beating Great Britain in their opening game.

Samoa scored two runs in the third inning and one in the fourth, while the U.S. took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a fielder’s choice that allowed Adam LaLonde (1 for 3, run scored) to score. Johnson’s (1 for 3, run, RBI) home run pulled Team USA close, but Enoka toughened with the strikeout to give the Samoans the victory.

Team USA’s Adam Lalonde from Ashland, KY, has been a member of the USA Men’s Fastpitch National Team since 2000.

Enoka picked up the win in relief of Zane Siolo, going 3.33 innings, allowing one hit and one earned run, while striking out three. Siolo started and gave up one earned run on three hits, along with four strikeouts in his 3.67 innings of work.

For the U.S., Gerald Muizelaar went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, one walk, and five strikeouts.

Matt Palazzo and Dave Lohman each singled for the USA’s final two hits. For Somoa, Tony Niu was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Gerard Long went 2 for 3 with a run and RBI. Box Score

Somoa outhit the U.S. 6 to 4, and committed two errors, while the U.S. had three.

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