Six remain in quest for Gold at WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

Written by Bob on July 15th, 2017

ARGENTINA celebrates after defeating Botswana 5-0 in the first round of the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, Friday, July 14 at the Pepsi Softbal Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. WBSC Photo

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – After eight games Friday, six national teams remain in medal contention, while four were eliminated from the championship at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship.

Canada and Australia finished Pool A in the top two spots, while in Pool B New Zealand and Japan earned those same spots. This is important as each would have the ability the loss one game without being eliminated.

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Canada and New Zealand front runners in the quest for Gold at the Men’s Softball World Championship

Written by Bob on July 15th, 2017

Josh Pettit has a 4-0 record and is a prime reason New Zealand is making a strong run at winning the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s Softball World Championship. Courtesy Photo

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Where once there were sixteen of the world’s finest fastpitch teams battling for gold at the Men’s Softball World Championship, we are now down to six.

And these six – their rosters filled with the finest hurlers and batsmen worldwide – are indeed the best of the sixteen.

As the tournament heads into the final two days of championship play, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Japan, Australia and the United States remain in contention for the most treasured of all mens’ fastpitch softball titles: World Champion.

My pick for Gold? Canada.

The defending 2015 world champions are playing an incredibly high-caliber fastpitch.

The Canadians rode through Pool A at 7-0, and in their opening playoff game Friday, shutout Japan 2-0, to extend their unbeaten streak to 8-0 and remain the only undefeated team in the world championship.

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Big sticks and Manley lead the United States to playoff win in Men’s Softball World Championship

Written by Bob on July 14th, 2017

JEREMY MANLEY seen pitching for his native New Zealand Black Sox in an earlier time, turned in an outstanding pitching performance in leading the USA to an 11-3 victory over Venezuela.

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – In what was predicted to be a tightly contested game, Team USA pulled off a shocker by pounding Venezuela, one of the world’s most powerful teams, 11-3, in five innings under the mercy rule in the first-round of playoffs, Friday afternoon.

This huge victory moves Team USA (6-2) into the second round of the playoffs, Saturday, where they will take on the loser between New Zealand and Australia being played later Friday night.

Tony Mancha started, but he struggled from the outset and gave up a two-run homer in the first inning to catcher Rafael Flores that put Venezuela on top, 2-1.

After Mancha walked Jorge Lima, Head Coach Denny Bruckert was out of the dugout motioning for Jeremy Manley.

Bruckert’s decision proved a game-changer.

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In The Spotlight: Matt Ratliff of the USA Softball Men’s National Team

Written by Bob on July 14th, 2017

MATT RATLIFF made this amazing catch to rob Canada’s BRANDON HORN of a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and though the USA lost 7-1, Ratliff’s catch will long be remembered by his teammates and fastpitch fans worldwide as one of the greatest of the tournament, if not in the long history of the Men’s Softball World Championship. WBSC Photo

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Outfielder Matt Ratliff’s stock in men’s fastpitch took a sizable leap the past few days as he displayed his talent at the plate and in the field during the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship.

Playing in his first world championship for Team USA, Ratliff seized opportune moments to show just why he earned a spot on the squad.

In the fifth inning against Canada in an early-round pool play game, Ratliff playing right-field, made one of the most spectacular catches in world tournament history by leaping, catching and crashing into and over the fence to rob Canada’s Brandon Horn of a two-run homer during a Pool A game, Sunday, July 17.

If you think that was spectacular, it gets even better.

Trailing the Republic of South Africa, 3-1, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Ratliff, who leads off and bats from the left-side, launched a two-run homer deep over the centerfield fence to pull Team USA even, and sending the game into extra innings which Team USA rallied to win, 4-3.

Ratliff’s home run was huge as it helped the USA (5-2) finish in the top-eight of the 16 teams to qualify for chance at winning a medal – Gold, Silver or Bronze.

To read about Ratliff’s journey in men’s fastpitch click on: Ratliff Aiming For USA Softball Men’s National Team

In its first playoff game, Team USA takes on Venezuela (6-1), Friday, at 2 p.m. To watch the game, click on Sports Canada TV.

 

Eight nations including the United States remain in medal contention at WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship playoffs

Written by Bob on July 14th, 2017

The United States reacts with joy during its 4-3 victory over the Republic of South Africa, Thursday, to qualify for the playoffs in the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship begining Friday. Eight teams are in the hunt for a Gold medal. WBSC Photo

WBSC Media Release

WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – The preliminary stage at the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship has concluded, leaving eight teams remaining in the hunt for the Gold Medal.

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Following the seven-day round robin pool stage in the men’s international softball flagship event, eight nations (the top four nations from each pool) have advanced into a Double-Page Playoff beginning Friday, 14 July, to determine the 2017 Men’s Softball World Champion.

The national teams to survive into the Playoffs include:

No. 1 New Zealand
No. 2 Japan
No. 3 Argentina
No. 4 Canada
No. 5 Australia
No. 6 United States
No. 7 Venezuela
No. 19 Botswana

  • The United States (5-2 in Pool A) opens with Venezuela (6-1 in Pool B) at 2 p.m.at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse.
  • The bottom four teams in each pool have been eliminated from medal contention but will continue in the Placement Round to determine final standing.

    The 16 participating national teams in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship represent a global reach that spans across all regions – Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania – and will play 76 games in total before a World Champion is crowned.

    The gold medal game will take centre stage on 16 July at 16:00, and will be preceded by the bronze medal match at 13:00.

    LIVE WEBCAST
    Continued coverage of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship is available via Sports Canada TV

     

    USA rallies to escape upset minded Republic of South Africa in Men’s Softball World Championship

    Written by Bob on July 13th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, YK, CanadaKevin Castillo gave Team USA hope, Matt Ratliff gave them new life, and Tyler Dudley gave them the winning run as the United States rallied in extra innings to defeat the Republic of South Africa, 4-3, Thursday night in the final game of pool play.

    The win moves Team USA (5-2) into Friday’s first-round of playoffs in the Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse. RSA, playing well in the tournament, drops to 2-5.

    But in the bottom of the seventh, victory seemed improbable with Team USA trailing 3-0 and down to their final out.

    Castillo, however, had other ideas.

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    Canada continues unbeaten streak at world championships

    Written by Bob on July 13th, 2017

    By Marissa Tiel
    Daily Star

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Team Canada continued their winning streak at the 2017 Men’s World Softball Championship with a 9-4 win over Australia Tuesday night.

    “We’ve got a motto as a team, it’s one step at a time, so this is just another step along the ladder,” said thirdbaseman Derek Mayson.

    “We do have benchmark games and Australia is one of them because they’re a very deep team, they’ve got some of the best pitching in the world. So we knew we were in for a tough game.”

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    Wisconsin NAFA State Tournament Bracket

    Written by Bob on July 13th, 2017

     

    Canada and western United States competing for Seattle Invitational championships

    Written by Bob on July 13th, 2017

    The 2017 Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament features 16 teams battling for championships at Fife, Wash., July 21-23. Courtesy Photo / Seattle Invitational

    By RYAN DALY
    Tournament Administrator

    FIFE, Wash.The 57th Seattle Invitational Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament is ready to kickoff at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, with the championships scheduled for July 23.

    The tournament has 16 teams spread over three divisions: NAFA A, NAFA A-major/AA, and NAFA OPEN.

    The NAFA OPEN and NAFA A-major/AA will be pooled together with the top two teams from Pools A & B advancing to the open bracket. The bottom two teams will advance to the NAFA A-major/AA bracket.

    POOL A

    CR Bartel Farms, Vancouver, WA
    Builder’s, Abbotsford, BC
    Marlin’s, Fleetwood, BC
    Lacey A’s, Lacey, WA

    POOL B

    Lomas, Vancouver, BC
    Desperado, Missoula, MT
    K-Club, Bremerton, WA
    All-Star Automotive, Grass Valley, CA

  • The NAFA A Division (below) will be completely separate.
  • POOL C

    Expert Air Control, Rat City, USA
    Dukes, Coquitlam, BC
    Rockies, Cloverdale, BC
    Interbay Door, Seattle, WA

    POOL D

    Northwest Braves, Hermiston, OR
    Ladner Masters, Ladner, BC
    Oregon Cascades, Portland, OR
    Cleon’s Auto Repair, Spanaway, WA

  • Not only is there competition on the fields, but “The Invite’s” beer garden has been known to host Corn Hole, Washers, Beers-bee, and Beer-Bobbing showdowns between teams, fans and players as well.
    • 2017 Seattle Invite schedule and past champions

    2017 Seattle Invite Schedule
    Seattle Invite Champions
    NAFA Website

     

    United States climbs to third at Men’s Softball World Championship

    Written by Bob on July 12th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – The USA Men’s Fastpitch Softball National Team improved its record to 4-2 and moved into third place in Pool A of the Men’s Softball World Championship after defeating Hong Kong 16-0, Wednesday.

    With the win and just one game remaining in pool play against Republic of South Africa (2-4) on Thursday, Team USA is in a good position to secure a spot in the eight-team medal-round playoffs that begin Friday.

    Team USA made short work of Hong Kong by putting 11 runs on the board in the first inning. Two more runs in the second and three in the fourth halted the game under the mercy rule.

    Duane Weiler hurled a one-hitter with six strikeouts to improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

    The offense pounded Honk Kong pitching for 13 hits, including six home runs by Kevin Castillo, Jeff Nowaczyk, Erick Ochoa, Matt Palazzo, Marcus Tan and Chase Turner.

    POOL A STANDINGS

    1. Canada 5-0
    2. Argentina 4-1
    3. USA 4-2
    4. Australia 3-2
    4. Dominican Republic 3-2
    6. Republic of South Africa 2-4
    7 Hong Kong 1-5
    8. India 0-6

     
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