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CANADA RALLIES OVER UNITED STATES IN PAN AM GAMES

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

TORONTO – Josh Johnson belted a home run, Gerald Muizelaar and Tony Mancha were pitching superbly and the United States was on the brink of picking off one of the top teams in the world of men’s fastpitch softball.

But it was not to be as Canada rallied for a 3-2 victory in eight innings, Monday, to improve to 2-0 in the Pan American Games, while the United States evens its record at 1-1.

    JOHNSON DELIVERS

Team USA broke up a scoreless pitching duel between Canada’s Sean Cleary and Gerald Muizelaar when right-side slugging Josh Johnson homered over the right-field fence in the fourth inning.

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Mullaley a master blaster

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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Published on July 05, 2015

Steve Mullaley hits three home runs for seven RBIs in Canada’s gold-medal win over Kiwis; one of seven Newfoundlanders on championship team playing for Team Canada in the Pan American Games.

After a relative quiet tournament, at least by his standards, Freshwater native Stephen Mullaley’s bat came alive for Team Canada in the championship game as he hit three homers and drove in seven runs as Canada rallied from a 5-0 deficit.

After Harbour Main’s Brad Ezekiel brought Canada within two runs, making it 5-3 with a two-run homer run in the bottom of the third, Mullaley hit his first homer, a solo shot.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, Mullaley went yard again for a grand slam. His third was a two-run blast that put Canada ahead 10-5. Continue Reading in The Telegram.

EXPLOSIVE CANADA KNOCKS OUT VENEZUELA IN THE QUEST FOR GOLD

Sunday, July 5th, 2015
Sean Cleary allowed one hit in pitching Canada to a 10-0 win over Venezuela to advance Team Canada into the Gold Medal game of the 14th ISF Men's World Softball Championship, Sunday, July 5.

Sean Cleary allowed one hit in pitching Canada to a 10-0 win over Venezuela to advance Team Canada into the Gold Medal game of the 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Sunday, July 5.

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – In somewhat of a surprise, Venezuela started its No. 2 pitcher, Erick Urbaneja, rather than handing the ball to Ramon Jones against Canada in the Bronze Medal game, Sunday morning.

All Jones had done was win six games in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship including back-to-back, one-hit shutouts in the playoffs to get his team to this desirable juncture in the championship round.

Was the pitching decision made to counter the left-handed Urbaneja against the seven lefties in Canada’s lineup? Was it made because his slower speed and great change-up had given Canada problems in the past?

    CANADA SCORES EARLY AND OFTEN

Maybe so. But it didn’t work. And the way Canada was swinging the bats, it probably didn’t matter who Venezuela threw at them.

Team Canada exploded from the starting gate by torching Urbaneja for four runs on five hits including two home runs by Brad Ezekiel and Steve Mullaley to send the left-hander to the bench. Another lefty, Eder Pineda, came on in relief, but he wasn’t effective either as Canada continued the onslaught.

And before the first inning had ended, Canada had sent 10 batters to the plate, scored six runs on seven hits, and the game was essentially over as Canada went on to win 10-0 in a mercy-rule, four innings.

The win moves Canada into the Gold Medal game, Sunday afternoon against the defending 2013 champion New Zealand Black Sox.

    EZEKIEL DRIVES IN FIVE

Canada kept pounding the ball, adding four more runs in the third, highlighted by Ezekiel’s bases-loaded triple. Canada’s center fielder and No. 2 hitter was perfect in going 2-for-2 with five RBI, including his first-inning homer.

Brad Ezekiel hit a home run and accounted for five of Canada's 10 runs against Venezuela.

Brad Ezekiel hit a home run and accounted for five of Canada’s 10 runs against Venezuela.

    CLEARY NEARLY PERFECT

Sean Cleary got the start for Canada and he was on top of his game, mixing his rise ball effectively with his knee-buckling change-up against the free and hard-swinging Venezuelans.

The right-hander struck out six of the first nine batters he faced and carried a perfect game into the fourth inning. But pinch hitter, Kerlis Rivero, broke up Cleary’s gem with a clean single.

Venezuela continued to threaten by loading the bases on an error and walk, but Cleary struck out Edwin Linares to end the game and send Canada into the Gold Medal game with New Zealand, waiting in the wings.

    GREAT SHOWING BY A WORLD-CLASS TEAM

Venezuela exits the world softball championship with the Bronze Medal, finishing 3-1 in the championship round and third in Pool B at 5-2. Venezuela has shown outstanding ability at the world level, taking the Silver Medal in the 2013 ISF World Championship.

    CLEARY STAYS PERFECT

The win boasts Cleary’s record to 5-0 (2-0 in the playoffs). Against Venezuela, he allowed the one hit and struck out nine. All totaled, Cleary has pitched 30 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits, crafting a 2.05 ERA, with 12 walks and 45 strikeouts.

Now the question? Will Cleary get the ball and go as far as he can against New Zealand? Or will Canada Head Coach John Stuart opt for left-hander Paul Koert, or the young right-handed Devon McCullough?

On Saturday the two teams met and Cleary lasted just 2 2/3 innings before being lifted after allowing two earned runs on three hits. New Zealand went on to rough up relievers Paul Koert and Devon McCullough as well in a 9-5 victory, earned largely by four home runs.

Gold Medal game time is 1:30 p.m. PDT. To watch live, visit: Sports Canada TV

Canada takes on Venezuela in Bronze Medal game of ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

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SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Canada suffered it’s first setback in the world softball championship, losing 9-5 to New Zealand, Saturday.

But Team Canada is still in contention for gold as it meets Venezuela, Sunday, in the Bronze Medal game, with the winner advancing to meet New Zealand to decide the championship.

For information, visit Team Canada website

Hot-hitting New Zealand thrashes Canada in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – No team in the 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship is hitting – make that slugging – the ball better than the New Zealand Black Sox.

In its last four games, New Zealand has outscored its opponents 37-7. The latest victory was huge, 9-5 over Canada in the playoffs Saturday that moves New Zealand into the Gold medal game on Sunday.

    FENCE BUSTERS

The Black Sox pounded out 10 hits, including home runs by Jerome Raemaki, Wayne Laulu, Thomas Enoka and Brad Rona.

Raemaki hit a home run in the third inning; Laulu blasted a two-run bomb over the left field fence erasing Canada’s lead for good, and pushing the Black Sox in front, 4-3, in the fourth inning. Tyson Byrne followed with a run-scoring triple that scored Cole Evans, and in the fifth, Enoka cleared the left-center field fence for a two-run homer.

Brad Rona finished the Black Sox fence-busting attack with a two-run shot in the seventh.

    CANADA GOES LONG BALL TOO

Ian Fehrman and Brad Ezekiel gave Canada hope when they hit solo home runs in the sixth and seventh innings off New Zealand’s Heinrick Shannon. But he withstood the onslaught and after Ezekiel led off the seventh with his homer, Shannon retired three in a row to seal the win.

Shannon threw seven innings to improve to 2-0 the playoffs. He allowed three earned runs on six hits, walked one and struck out four.

    DEFENDING CHAMPS SEEK SECOND GOLD

Now New Zealand – the defending ISF Men’s World Softball champions from 2013 – move to the Gold medal game, Sunday afternoon. Canada remains in the running for the gold, but must defeat the winner between Venezuela and Australia played Saturday night (results not available at publishing time).

    CANADA STILL IN CONTENTION

Canada came into the game against New Zealand undefeated and the top team in Pool A at 7-0. And the Canadians began the playoffs in dominating fashion, beating Australia and its ace pitcher Adam Folkard, 8-3, on Friday.

New Zealand finished round robin play in Pool A as the number four team at 5-2. The Black Sox entered the playoffs stinging the ball and beat the Dominican Republic, the top team from Pool B with a 6-1 record, 8-0, to set up the meeting with Canada.

Mullaley homers Canada past New Zealand

Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Steve Mullaley homered to lead Team Canada over New Zealand in the ISF Men's World Softball Championship, Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Steve Mullaley homered to lead Team Canada over New Zealand in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Sunday, June 28, 2015.

SASKATOON – Steve Mullaley hammered a two-run homer, Sean Cleary allowed just one run, and Team Canada survived a tense 2-1 victory over New Zealand Sunday afternoon at Bob Van Impe Stadium.

The win keeps Canada undefeated at 3-0 in Pool A of the 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, while New Zealand drops to 1-2.

    MULLALEY HOMER ATONES

The game stayed scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Mullaley came to the plate. And he greeted newly-entered pitcher, Kurt Schollum, by drilling his rise ball offering deep over the right-centerfield fence with Brad Ezekiel on first by way of a leadoff walk.

For Mullaley, his home run was an atonement of sorts. He took a called third strike with the bases loaded in the third to let New Zealand and Heinie Shannon escape unscathed.

    SHANNON PITCHES WELL

Schollum was called on to relieve Shannon at the start the sixth. It appeared a surprise move as Shannon had been throwing well. He didn’t sit long as New Zealand manager Mark Sorenson was forced to re-enter him after Schollum continued to struggle.

Shannon promptly put an end to Canada’s uprising by retiring Ian Fehrman on a ground ball. But the damage had already been done.

    LAULU HOMERS, CLEARY CLOSES

All Cleary had to do was close out the Black Sox in the seventh. He started well enough with a strikeout, but pinch hitter Wayne Laulu drove a Cleary rise ball over the left field fence to pull New Zealand within one.

Sean Cleary held New Zealand to just one run to help Team Canada improve to 3-0 in the World Softball Championship.

Sean Cleary held New Zealand to just one run to help Team Canada improve to 3-0 in the World Softball Championship.

But the right-hander finished strong by striking out Joel Evans and Josh Harbrow with his rise ball jumping above the letters.

In seven innings, Cleary (2-0) gave up just four hits, two walks, struck out nine and allowed the one earned run. He was selected the “Player of The Game” for his efforts.

Shannon, in his first appearance in the tournament, was nearly as good, allowing four hits, two walks and no runs, while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. Schollum took the loss, giving up two earned runs on two hits, with a walk and a strikeout in 1/3 inning.

Juan Potolicchio hurls Argentina over Canada in ISF World Championship

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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Argentina celebrates after defeating Canada 2-1 to advance in the 13th ISF World Championships.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – It was a rematch, a chance for redemption. And Argentina didn’t waste the opportunity.

Behind the three-hit pitching of right-handed Juan Potolicchio, the Argentinians defeated Canada, 2-1, to square an earlier (2-1) loss in round-robin play in Pool B.

The right-hander with a hard rise ball as his go-to pitch, tossed a gem, allowing just the one run on three hits, while striking out nine, and walking just one batter.

With the win, Argentina (2-0 playoffs, 6-2 overall) advances to take on defending 2009 ISF World Champion Australia in Saturday’s final playoff game.

Though Canada (0-2, 6-2) was eliminated, right-fielder Jeff Ellsworth was philosophical about the loss and upbeat about the future of Softball Canada:

“We weren’t able to hit and put runs on the board. We’ve got a lot of young guys and this was their first ISF. Now they’ve got a couple years to get ready (for the next ISF).”

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Venezuela holds off Canada in ISF World Softball Championship playoffs

Friday, March 8th, 2013

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The Canadian Men’s National Fastball Team came into the 13th International Softball Federation World Championship with one of the strongest hitting lineups.

In claiming the top spot in Pool B, with a 6-1 mark, Canada outscored its opponents 43-12.

So going into the first playoff game against Venezuela, it stood to reason that the Canadians would score a few runs.

HURLERS SHUT DOWN CANADA
But Erick Urbaneja and Ramon Jones had other ideas.

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