USA National Softball Team stays perfect in Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament

Written by Bob on May 20th, 2017

Jonathan Lynch led a 16-hit attack to power Team USA to victory in the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Saturday, May 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

STEVENS, Penn. – Jonathan Lynch was perfect at the plate, B.J. Runoff dominated in the circle, and Team USA cruised to a 16-0 victory over Kelly’s in the second-round of the Rodney Fox Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Stevens, Saturday morning.

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Gophers softball team crushes Louisiana Tech 11-3 in NCAA tournament opener

Written by Bob on May 20th, 2017

St. Paul and Minneapolis StarTribune
By TOMMY DEAS Special to the StarTribune

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. – The Gophers grabbed a bat Friday and took out their frustrations.

Fortunately, they did so on a softball.

Minnesota, the No. 1-ranked team in the coaches’ poll that didn’t get seeded in the NCAA tournament, opened play in the Tuscaloosa Regional with an 11-3 victory over Louisiana Tech at Rhoads Stadium. The Gophers won in five innings by the mercy rule, but they weren’t in a particularly merciful mood.

The Big Ten regular-season and tournament champions improved to 55-3 and advanced to the winners’ bracket semifinal against host and 16th-seeded Alabama, which beat Albany 5-1. First pitch has been moved up two hours to 11:30 a.m. Saturday because of weather concerns.

“We just wanted to get out there really,” second baseman McKenna Partain said. “Just attack early, go for it early, get ahead early.”

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    Slugfest powers USA men’s national team to first-round victory in Rodney Fox Memorial

    Written by Bob on May 20th, 2017

    TOUGH LEFTY: Duane Weiler fired a one-hitter with six strikeouts to lead Team USA to victory in the first game of the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    STEVENS, Penn. – Matt Ratliff slugged a leadoff home run to open the game and two batters later Eric Ochoa belted a two-run blast that carried the USA Men’s National Softball Team to an 8-0 victory over PA Power in the opening game of the Rodney Fox Memorial tournament in Stevens, Saturday.

    Ratliff and Ochoa continued feasting off Power pitching by each driving in a run in the fifth to end the game under the mercy rule.

    Team USA collected 10 hits with Ratliff and Ochoa leading the team with two hits each in three trips to the plate.

    Meanwhile, Team USA pitcher Duane Weiler held Power to one hit by leadoff batter Kyle Frehater, who tripled in the first inning. The left-hander from Bedford, Penn. faced 15 batters, striking out six and walking one in four innings of work.

    Team USA has a busy day scheduled with games at 10:45, 5:45 and 7:30. The tournament concludes Sunday with a playoff and championship TBD.

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    Watch USA Men’s National Softball Team live At the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament

    Written by Bob on May 19th, 2017

    STEVENS, Penn. – The USA Softball national team is playing in the 12 Annual Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, May 19-21.

  • Team USA kicks off the weekend against PA Power Saturday at 9 a.m. (ET).
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    After Gophers’ NCAA softball snub, it’s Big Ten vs. the world

    Written by Bob on May 18th, 2017

    By JACE FREDERICK | jfrederick@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press
    PUBLISHED: May 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm | UPDATED: May 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Big Ten softball coaches are a tight-knit group.

    Illinois coach Tyra Perry has received many well wishes from the conference’s other coaches leading into the Illini’s NCAA tournament opener against Marshall on Friday.

    Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle, knowing her team wouldn’t be playing in the postseason, only watched the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday night for one reason.

    “To try to decide if I was going to drive to Minneapolis the first weekend (for regionals) or the second weekend (for Super Regionals) to watch (the Gophers),” Revelle said.

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    Bill Hopeman put Hingham, Wisc. on the fastpitch map

    Written by Bob on May 18th, 2017

    Since the late 1930s, hundreds of softball players have played fastpitch at the Hingham ballfields. Courtesy Photo

    “I have skipped class reunions and some marriages because of ball. It was probably wrong, but nothing was more important than playing ball. I just loved the game.” – Bill Hopeman

    HINGHAM, Wisc. – When he was six years old, Bill Hopeman got his first taste of fastpitch softball on Hingham’s grade school playground.

    Swinging a bat, catching and throwing a softball soon became a passion. His favorite position?

    “Anywhere they would let me play,” said Hopeman, who was younger than many of the school kids back in the early 1950s. “But mostly I played third base, shortstop and some first base.”

    But over the ensuing years, “let me play,” became a plea of sorts to “please pitch for us,” as Hopeman switched from infielder to pitcher. An outstanding one at that – who many claim the best to hurl a softball in the Hingham fastpitch league.

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    In losing a chance to host NCAA regional, Gophers became the country’s Cinderella

    Written by Bob on May 18th, 2017

    By DANE MIZUTANI | dmizutani@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press
    PUBLISHED: May 18, 2017 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: May 18, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    A week surrounded by controversy will come to a head for the Gophers softball team Friday when it starts regional play in the NCAA tournament at the University of Alabama.

    More than 1,000 miles away, Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus — home to the top-ranked team in this week’s USAToday/NFCA Coaches poll — will sit idle.

    As early as last week, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the Gophers would be host to an NCAA Regional, and maybe even a Super Regional. Instead, the NCAA deemed there were 16 teams more deserving.

    It raises the obvious question: What does Minnesota stand to lose?

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    Gophers softball coach Jessica Allister: ‘We’re going to prove them wrong.’

    Written by Bob on May 18th, 2017

    By BRIAN MURPHY / brianmurphy@pioneerpress.com
    Published: May 17, 2017

    TWIN CITIES, Minn. – The suddenly No. 1-ranked Gophers softball team was so certain it would be among the 16 schools to host an NCAA regional this weekend that travel plans were nonexistent — until Sunday night’s selection committee snub.

    “Shame on us for assuming anything,” Minnesota coach Jessica Allister said Wednesday.

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    SCIFL tournament at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs

    Written by Bob on May 18th, 2017

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – A So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance tournament will be held at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, May 20-21. It will have a round robin format on Saturday followed by a single elimination on Sunday.

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    Step Back In Time: Keg Bar Captures Prairie Du Chien Title

    Written by Bob on May 18th, 2017

    La Crosse Tribune
    June 6, 1972

    PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wisc. – The Keg Bar fastpitch softball team downed four straight opponents, including S&H of La Crosse to take the Prairie du Chien Minor Tournament title over the weekend.

    The Keg plundered three unknowns before facing S&H in the championship, rapping the La Crosse Classic League foes 8-4 for the crown.

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