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USA Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team set to begin WBSC World Championship play tomorrow

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Codi Warren
Managing Director of Communications
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Men’s National Team set to begin WBSC World Championship play tomorrow

OKLAHOMA CITY – The chance to stand atop the podium begins tomorrow for the USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) as the team is set to open play at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship (MWC), against Argentina at 7:30 p.m. PT. With the 17-member roster recently announced, the WBSC MWC is set to take place July 7-16 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

“I think we are ready,” said Head Coach Denny Bruckert. “With 20 games played we feel like we are more prepared then we’ve been in the past. Everyone is playing well and everyone is where they should be. There’s been a lot of competition within the team, which has pushed everyone to be at their best right now. Our goal is to be on the medal stand.”

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Mancha, Kay and double-play sends Team USA into Vancouver Challenge championship

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

TYLER DUDLEY an infielder for the USA Men’s National Team is one of the bright young stars helping to elevate the national team back to worldwide prominance in men’s faspitch softball. In the Vancouver Challenge, he turned a game-ending double play to give Team USA a 2-1 victory over the South Hill Giants to send the Americans into the championship game. Courtesy Photo USA Softball

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada – Team USA needed a big game from someone in the circle. And they got it from Tony Mancha.

The right-hander from Las Cruces, New Mexico delivered an inspiring, extra-inning, 2-1, victory over the tough South Hill Giants in the Vancouver Challenge, Sunday.

The win sends Team USA into the championship, where they will battle either Canada (5-0) or New Zealand (4-1), who square off in the final playoff game to determine who will face the Americans for the title.

Certainly, Mancha was the man of the hour. But in this sparse run-scoring contest, someone also had to step up big at the plate: Bryce Kay answered the call big time, hitting safely in all three trips to the plate.

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Team USA extends win streak in Vancouver Challenge

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – It wasn’t pretty, but in the scorebook it counts as a win.

The USA Men’s National Softball Team took advantage of three errors, while collecting six hits, to defeat the Sooke Loggers, 4-0, in the opening game of the Vancouver Challenge.

Team USA plated a single run in the fourth, and sealed the win with three more in the fifth to down the Loggers, one of Canada’s stronger major teams. Only one of the runs was earned.

Tony Mancha fired a one-hitter in Team USA’s victory over the Sooke Loggers. Photo By BOB OTTO

Meanwhile, right-hander Tony Mancha hurled a beauty, holding the Loggers to just one hit, a single by Ben Edgington, along with nine strikeouts and a walk.

The win keeps Team USA perfect at 14-0 in its pre-world championship tournament schedule in preparation for the XV World Softball Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 7-16.

In the win over the Loggers, Erick Ochoa, led the attack going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Derrick Zechman, Tyler Dudley, Nick Mullins and Gil Saenz had hits off Loggers’ hard-throwing right-hander, Scott Leiph, who struck out seven, walked two, and allowed an earned run.

Team USA returns to the ball diamond at 5 p.m. (PT) against CR Bartel Farms and then squares off with the Canadian national team at 7.

To follow the action, click on this link: Team USA / Vancouver Challenge.