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Nowaczyk’s slam leads USA over India in Men’s Softball World Championship

Monday, July 10th, 2017

DUANE WEILER of Bedford, Penn. pitched a shutout to lead Team USA to an 11-0 victory over India in the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, Monday, July 10 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, YK, Canada. Photo USA Softball

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Duane Weiler fired a shutout, Jeff Nowaczk blasted a grand slam, and the defense was once again superb as the United States beat India, 11-0, in four innings under the mercy rule, at the Whitehorse Pepsi Softball Centre, Monday.

The win evens Team USA’s record at 2-2 in Pool A of the Men’s Softball World Championship and keeps the team in the hunt for a medal-round playoff spot.

Weiler was in command the entire way, allowing one hit and a walk, along with eight strikeouts to notch his first win in the tournament.

The USA scored four runs in the first inning, highlighted by Tyler Dudley’s two-run homer over the centerfield fence. Back-to-back singles in the second by Pat Sagdal and Marcus Tan added another run, and a six-run barrage in the third put the game safely in the win column.

JEFF NOWACZYK of Midland, Mich. went 1-for-3 against India, but his hit was huge: a grandslam that helped Team USA notch an 11-0 victory in the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship, Monday, July 10. USA Softball Photo

Catcher Jeff Nowaczyk provided the fireworks in the sixth with his bases-loaded home run, and Ochoa’s double plated the final two runs in Team USA’s 10-hit attack.

The United States (1-2) returns to action Tuesday against the Dominican Republic which currently sports a 3-0 record, tied with Canada for the top spot in Pool A.

The game is scheduled at 5 p.m. (PT) and can be watched live on Sports Canada TV

Defending world champion Canada knocks off the United States to claim Vancouver Challenge

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Devon McCullough pitched a one-hitter in leading Canada to a 4-0 victory over the United States in the Vancouver Challenge championship, July 3, in Vancouver, BC. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada – Is Canada peaking at the right time for the Men’s Softball World Championship?

All indications that the Canadians are poised to make a strong run at defending their 2015 title was evident after an impressive performance in the Vancouver Challenge that featured several of the world’s best teams.

Canada ran roughshod in the tournament by outscoring its opponents 54-6, while posting a 7-0 record, including a 4-0 victory over the United States in the championship.

That perfect mark also includes a 10-3 hammering of the world’s No. 1 ranked New Zealand Black Sox in the semi-finals.

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Farmersville Haymakers overcome slow start, finish strong with Elkland and NAFA World Series titles

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, Matt Sheaffer and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

“The beginning of year it took us awhile to bond as a team and we weren’t playing the best, but by the end of the year we meshed as a team and finished out strong. It was a fun ride!” – Haymakers coach Merlin High

EPHRATA, PA – Average. Ordinary. Mediocre. Not the kind of tags competitive athletes or teams want to be labeled with. It means you’re OK, but you’ve done nothing to distinguish yourself.

That was the kind of season the Farmersville Haymakers were having, hovering around .500, finishing third at 13-12 in the Stevens’ Northend Softball League, third in the league playoffs…you get the picture.

As coach Merlin High said, at the start of the year, “we weren’t playing the best.”

But as the sporting cliché goes: it’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. And what a finish, what a stunning turnaround the Haymakers pulled off.

    WEILER CLICKS, WINNING STREAK STARTS

And it all started at the NAFA World Series in North Mankato, Minnesota where the Haymakers delivered some big blows to go 5-0 and win the AA-Division championship.

“Things started to click at the start of the NAFA World Series,” said player / pitcher Justin Zimmerman.

And in fastpitch, “to click” starts with pitching. And with Duane Weiler as a late- season addition, the Haymakers fortunes shot upward like a NASA rocket.

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