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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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United States defeats Australia for crucial win in softball world championship

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – The defense? Stellar. The pitching? Superb. The offense? Clutch.

Team USA put together an outstanding game to defeat Australia, 2-1, in the second round of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Saturday.

And it was without a doubt a team win.

Let’s start with the pitching.

Jeremy Manley started and went five innings giving up just two hits – one of them a first-inning home run to Nick Shailes that gave the Aussies the early lead.

Often, that’s all the run support Aussie hurler Adam Folkard needs. Considered by many fastpitch experts as the best pitcher in all of men’s fastpitch, he can be nearly impossible to hit with his 80-plus mph riser and drop.

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Homers and Montero send Team USA to opening round defeat in Men’s Softball World Championship

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – The long ball and the pitching of Maxi Montero gave Argentina a 5-1 first-round victory over the United States in the 2017 XV Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Friday night.

Team USA certainly got the start they wanted when second baseman Tyler Dudley drilled a double up the middle, scoring Matt Palazzo, who walked to open the game.

But Argentina struck right back in the bottom half when Ladislao Malarczuk homered over the right-field fence to even the score. And from that point on, the offensive firepower belonged to the Argentinians.

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Team USA holds off CR Bartels Farms in Vancouver Challenge

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada – The USA Men’s National Softball Team hasn’t been challenged much during pre-world softball tournament play, but that changed in the second round of the Vancouver Challenge, Saturday afternoon.

In a tight contest, Team USA broke a 1-1 deadlock in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring twice to escape upset-minded CR Bartel Farms of Eugene, Oregon, 3-1.

Pinch runner Gil Saenz scored on an infield error, and Erick Ochoa’s deep sacrifice fly brought home Jon Lynch with the final tally in a game shortened to five innings (apparently under a time limit rule).

Bryce Kay blasted a solo home run in the third to give Team USA the early lead, but CR Bartels evened the score in the fifth when Jenner Christensen singled, stole second base and eventually scored on a passed ball.

Rich Haldane was tough on the Americans, spinning a three-hitter with four strikeouts and allowing two earned runs.

In his first appearance for Team USA, Jeremy Manley picked up the win with 4 1/3 innings work, while allowing three hits, no earned runs, and striking out two. Tony Mancha came on to get the final two outs to pick up the save.

The win improves Team USA to 2-0 in the tournament and boosts their overall record to 15-0 in preparation for the WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship, July 7-16. But the Americans will be tested later Saturday night in the featured game-of-the-day when they take on powerful Canada.

Team USA’s three hits came from Kay, Marcus Tan and Chris Heinline. CR Bartels countered with hits from Kevin Rasmussen, Christensen and Tyson Barkman.

The captain and pitcher lead Black Sox to World Championship

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

nzl.jub.3web The New Zealand Black Sox celebrate their sixth ISF World Championship after beating Venezuela, 4-1, at Rosedale Park in Auckland, Sunday, March 10.

“No two words (world championship) sound so pretty together.” – Black Sox catcher Patrick Shannon

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The New Zealand Black Sox had a couple of concerns going into the ISF World Softball Championship. Would their injured captain be able to perform at his world-class standard? And which pitcher would step forward as New Zealand’s go-to guy?

The captain, Rhys Casley, and the pitcher, Jeremy Manley, put those concerns to rest in grand style. Between the two of them, they helped lead New Zealand to a record-breaking sixth world softball championship Gold medal with a 4-1 victory over Venezuela on Sunday.

In front of a packed Rosedale Park in Auckland, Casley belted a three-run home run in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie. With the lead, Manley buckled down and pitched a gem, scattering four hits in going the distance.

For Manley, it was his second win over Venezuela. In the deciding winner’s playoff game, he shackled the South American’s on four hits and 15 strikeouts for a 2-0 win.

Along with its sixth championship, New Zealand won the gold in 1976 at Christchurch (shared with the USA and Canada after the tournament was rained out), 1984 and ’96 at Midland, Mich.; 2000 in East London, South Africa, and again at Christchurch in 2004.

After the game, about 3,500 delirious Black Sox fans – cheering and dancing in the stands – showed their appreciation for their national team bringing the championship back home.

“All the hard work and all the training was worth it,” said catcher Patrick Shannon, who helped the Black Sox cause with a home run. “We proved ourselves in the world championship. No two words sound so pretty together.”

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Canada and New Zealand hitters feast in an ISF world championship classic

Monday, March 4th, 2013

The New Zealand Black Sox perform the haka during the ISF World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo By Ben Campbell / World Softball Championships

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Fastball purists, those who relish a masterfully pitched, low-scoring game, would have turned away in disgust. But for those fans who delight in seeing softball bats smashing a yellow sphere all over a ball diamond – as well over the fence – they would have loved this classic matchup.

And numbers crunchers would have glowed over these stats.

The Canadian and New Zealand men’s national fastball teams combined for 26 hits, 16 runs, and five home runs on Monday night in the 13th International Softball Federation World Championship. See Box Score

And when the bats were finally set-aside for the night, Canada had outslugged New Zealand 9-7 to win a marquee matchup at Rosedale Park in Albany.

As for the pitching?

It was a game of survival, of weathering a tornado of hot hitters. Eight pitchers toed the rubber – four on each side.

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Softball: Black Sox make it two from two

Friday, March 1st, 2013

By Kris Shannon / The New Zealand Herald

iosefo.peneseNew Zealand Black Sox pitcher Penese Iosefo. Ben Campbell / World Softball Championships

AUCKLAND, NZ – Pitchers Penese Iosefo and Jeremy Manley combined to throw a no-hitter as New Zealand beat Colombia 4-0 to make it two wins from two at the World Softball Championships today.

The Black Sox backed up last night’s 5-0 win over Mexico at Rosedale Park on the North Shore to make it two straight shut-outs and continue their perfect start to the tournament. Continue Reading in New Zealand Herald

Levy’s triple lifts Midland Explorers over Denmark Circle Tap Dukes

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Midland, MI – Explorers’ Dale Levy admits he had a nightmare game against Dean Holoien of the Saskatoon Diamondbacks on Monday, striking out three times.

But what a difference a day makes.

Levy drove in the only run Midland pitcher Don Scott would need as the Explorers defeated the Circle Tap Dukes 2-0 Tuesday afternoon to stay alive in the losers bracket in ISC World Tournament play.

All the scoring was done in the top-half of the first inning.

Lead off batter Dan Loney worked Diamondbacks’ Jeremy Manley for a walk. And Levy followed by drilling a triple, driving in Loney. Eddy Ketlehut followed with an RBI hit, and Scott had all the runs he would need.

“We had a big lump to swallow after last night,” Levy said, referring to Midland’s 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on a game-ending walk off homer. “We came back today and refocused.”

Scott (2-1) got a bit of redemption after taking the loss against the Diamondbacks on Colby Beierle’s walk off homer last night.

But today Scott – known as primarily a rise ball pitcher – changed his pitching tactics, relying more on his change-up to keep a solid-hitting Circle Tap off their stride.

Levy complimented Scott’s (three-hit) pitching, and said that with Scott and Grant Patterson, Midland has two of the better pitchers in the world tournament. But pitching alone won’t get it done, he said.

“We have to stay focused and get good quality at bats.”

The win moves Midland (2-1) on in the losers bracket where they will take on the winner of the Snappers / A1 Brewers game.