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Dudley and Mancha drive USA closer to playoff spot in Men’s Softball World Championship

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Lean and fit Tyler Dudley doesn’t have the big, burly build of the prototypical power hitter, but his incredibly quick hands can whip a bat around with lightning speed.

When Dudley hits a softball, it can go a long way.

And two of his gigantic wallops did just that in leading Team USA to a 12-2 victory over the Dominican Republic in the Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Tuesday.

With the USA trailing 1-0 in the bottom half of the first inning, Dudley came to the plate with the bases loaded and promptly drilled a triple down the left-field line to clear the sacks and give Team USA a 3-1 advantage.

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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 beats one of fastball’s best in big win over Globe to claim Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament championship

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

PAT SAGDAL belted a two-run home run to help the USA Men’s National Softball Team defeat Globe, 8-0, in the 2017 Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Sunday, May 21, 2017. USA Softball Photo.

STEVENS, Penn. – The USA Men’s National Team bullied their way to a 4-0 mark in the Rodney Fox Memorial Fastpitch Tournament on Saturday. They bludgeoned opposing pitchers for 38 runs, and on Sunday in the opening game of the playoffs they kept on swinging those hot bats, beating Elanco, 13-3.

That set up a matchup with Globe for the tournament championship.

Now surely this title game would present a far greater challenge for Team USA. For the guy toeing the rubber for Globe was an internationally renowned pitcher: Sean Cleary.

The hard-throwing Canadian right-hander has an impressive resume:

  • He’s a Canadian national team pitcher.
  • He’s the 2016 International Softball Congress Most Outstanding Pitcher for hurling the Toronto, Ontario Gators to the ISC World Tournament championship.
  • In 2015, Cleary helped pitch Canada to the World Softball championship.

    But on this day, the United States’ batsmen got the better of Cleary and Globe for an 8-0 victory that gives Team USA its first tournament title of the season, and great preparation for the 14th World Softball Championship tournament at Saskatoon, Canada, June 26-July 5.

    In the quest for the title, they roughed up Cleary for five runs on five hits in four innings before he gave way to reliever Jon Gwizdala in the fifth.

    Bryce Kay hammered a two-run homer in the second inning, Nick Mullins drove a run-scoring double into left-field that ignited a four-run fifth, and Pat Sagdal homered with one aboard to close out the scoring in the sixth, ending the game on the mercy rule.

    That was more than enough runs for Team USA veteran pitcher Tony Mancha who held Globe to two hits with nine strikeouts and a walk. Both runs were unearned.

    Team USA had seven hits, with Mullins perfect at 2-for-2, and Jeff Nowaczk, Bryce Kay, Kevin Castillo, Sagdal and Matt Ratliff getting one hit each. Both Sagdal and Kay homered, and Mullins and Castillo doubled.

    (I wasn’t aware this was the championship game. Congratulations Team USA. Off to a great start in preparation for the 2017 WBSC World Championship.)

  • 2013 NAFA AA-Major Most Valuable and All-World selections

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

    DES MOINES – Many fine performances came from dozens of outstanding pitchers and players, but some rose above to become the best-of-the-best in the NAFA AA-Major World Series. These selections are from first place Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, second place Iowa Winterset A’s, third place Huron Wellness of Michigan, and the fourth place Seattle Cal-State Builders. Photos By BOB OTTO

    Huron Wellness (Mich.)
    Hoisington.Jason.Huron.45web Jason Hoisington, Huron: .280 batting average, 9 runs, 4 RBIs, 2 homer runs.

    Thompson.Josh.Huron.48web Josh Thompson, Huron: .391 BA, 6 runs, 4 RBIs, 2 home runs.

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    Kegel Black Knights celebrate anniversary year with world championship

    Saturday, August 10th, 2013

    kegel.warne.safe.104web Kegel’s Mitch Warne slides safely into home plate with the winning run in the Black Knights 2-1 victory over the Winterset A’s in the NAFA AA-Major World Series Championship. Warne scored the game-winner on a wild pitch by A’s pitcher Marshall Kronk (45) in the bottom of the seventh. Photo By BOB OTTO

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Year after unfailing year the Kegel Black Knights have fielded a men’s fastpitch softball team – this year marks their 30th anniversary.

    And what better way to celebrate such a remarkable achievement than winning an international championship. The Black Knights of Fargo did just that late Friday night by defeating a tough band of Winterset, Iowa A’s 2-1 to claim the North American Fastpitch Association AA-Major World Series title.

    For Matt Darling – selected the AA-Major Most Valuable Player – this was his first NAFA championship.

    “This is so nice to come out here and win this,” said Darling who had retired for a couple years, but was added to Kegel’s roster for the tournament. “This division had a lot of good pitchers, so to put up some decent runs is a credit to everybody on our team.”

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