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

Thursday, 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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Venezuela’s Ramon Jones sends United States home from Pan American Games

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Venezuela's Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 1-0 victory over the United States in Friday's Pan American Games playoffs.

Venezuela’s Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 1-0 victory over the United States in Friday’s Pan American Games playoffs.

TORONTO – Ramon Jones throws the ball hard, he throws the ball with lots of spin, he has the best drop ball in men’s fastpitch. He’s unquestionably one of the top pitchers in the world.

Team USA can attest to that.

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Josh Johnson impressive in first trip to the circle

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Josh Johnson of El Paso, Texas, held the Netherlands to one hit in leading the United States to a 3-1 victory in the ISF Men's World Softball Championship.

Josh Johnson of El Paso, Texas, held the Netherlands to one hit in leading the United States to a 4-1 victory in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

SASKATOON, SK, CANADA– In the first three games of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Josh Johnson didn’t venture into the circle at all. But on Monday, he got his chance, and he performed superbly.

The right-hander – who usually bats cleanup when he’s not pitching – hurled a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts as the United States beat the Netherlands 4-1 in a critical Pool B game at Gordon Howe Softball Park.

    BATTLING FOR TOP FOUR SPOTS

The win moves Team USA into a three-way tie for second place in the pool with the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, all at 3-1, while Australia sits on top at 4-1.

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Muizelaar hurls Team USA into ISF World Softball Championship playoffs

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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Gerald Muizelaar of Grand Forks, North Dakota was at the top of his game in hurling Team USA into the ISF World Softball Championship playoffs.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Team USA needed a big game from their ace. And they got it.

Right-hander Gerald Muizelaar fired a two-hitter and struck out 12 in leading USA to a 4-1 victory over Great Britain in the final game of pool A in the ISF World Softball Championships on Wednesday.

USA had a lot riding on this game: If they win they’re in the playoffs. Lose and go home. And it took a reach deep, gut check to turn things around after a disastrous 0-3 start.

But Team USA did an about face, and chalked up four consecutive wins to qualify for the grand finale – the eight-team playoffs – that will decide which country can claim the title of “world’s greatest fastball team.”

But going in to the bottom of the fifth inning, USA found itself trailing Britain 1-0 as James Darby was twirling a one-hitter himself. But USA got on the board in a big way with four runs, aided by two walks, two errors and Chase Turner’s two-run single that gave Muizelaar all the runs he would need.

Muizelaar finished the seventh by striking out the side for his best performance in pool play. His counterpart, Darby, pitched a strong game as well for Great Britain (3-4), allowing but two hits (Turner 1-3, 2 RBI, and Derrick Zechman 1-3), and striking out five.

Great Britain scored its solo run in the third when they loaded the bases on a leadoff walk by Luke Peters, a single by Kenneth Pregnell (who was the only Britain to hit safely, with a 2-for-3 effort), and a walk to Ryan Martin. Then up to the plate stepped the dangerous Richard Haldane – batting in the number two spot.

But Muizelaar got him with a popup to shortstop Todd Schultz. But a wayward pitch hit Darrin Newson, sending Peters home with Britain’s run. But Muizelaar reached back and struck out Darby to end the threat and the inning.

Muizelaar had his strikeout pitch working as well as his drop ball as he got six batters via the ground ball, and just two by way of the fly ball.

Now Team USA waits the pairing for the playoffs that will be played March 8-10, with the top three teams awarded the Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. Currently, Australia – the defending 2009 champion – has a 6-0 record on top of Pool A.

In Pool B, New Zealand and Canada share the top spot at 5-1, with Canada taking a 9-7 decision over the Kiwis in their matchup.

Let the playoffs begin!