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Jones is golden for Venezuela in the IX Pan American men’s fastpitch championship

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

PARANA, ARGENTINA – Needing just one victory to claim the gold medal in the IX Pan American games, Venezuela handed the ball to pitcher Ramon Jones and he didn’t disappoint his countrymen.

The big right-hander, known for his durability and his blistering, sharp-breaking drop ball, held Argentina to just three hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts in pitching Venezuela to a 2-0 victory late Saturday night at Nafaldo Cargnel Stadium in Parana.

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USA wins thriller over Argentina in IX Pan Am games

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Josh Johnson drilled a first-inning RBI single, scoring the only run the USA would need in defeating Argentina, 1-0, in the IX Pan American games in Parana, Argentina, Thursday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Josh Johnson drilled a first-inning RBI single, scoring the only run the USA would need in defeating Argentina, 1-0, in the IX Pan American games in Parana, Argentina, Thursday. Photo By BOB OTTO

PARANA, ARGENTINA – The United States Men’s National Fastpitch Team scored a run in the bottom of the first inning and made it stand up to defeat Argentina, 1-0, in the IX Pan American games on Wednesday.

The win was critical in USA’s quest to finish in the top four in round robin play and advance into the four-team playoffs that start on Friday. The win evens the American’s record at 3-3, while Argentina is still in second place at 4-2.

Josh Johnson had but one hit, but it was huge as his single to right field drove in Nate Devine with the winning run. Devine reached safely on a walk, moved to second after Matt Palazzo was hit by a pitch, and then raced home on Johnson’s hit.

The pitching tandem of Gerald Muizelaar, who started, and Tony Mancha, who relieved in the sixth, made the run stand up.

Muizelaar was nearly unhittable through five innings, allowing but one hit to Francisco Sabate in the third, and striking out six with two walks to craft a 2-0 record in the eight-team international tournament.

Gerald Muizelaar pitched five strong innings to lead the USA to victory over Argentina. USA Softball Photo

Gerald Muizelaar pitched five strong innings to lead the USA to victory over Argentina. USA Softball Photo

“Our backs were up against the wall tonight,” said Muizelaar. “It was a complete team effort, from top to bottom, and everyone contributed. We’ve been a bit inconsistent this week, but we beat two of the top three teams and had a lead on Canada. It just proves that we can play with anybody.”

But Argentina had Team USA sweating in the final two frames.

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