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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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Canada converts USA walks into blowout in Men’s Softball World Championship

Monday, July 10th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – One walk, troublesome; two walks, alarming; three, flirting with disaster, but five consecutive? Well, against a prolific hitting team like Canada, it can mean only one thing: catastrophe and game over.

For five innings in the Men’s Softball World Championship, Sunday, the United States and Canada battled toe-to-toe like two heavyweight fighters, with Team USA holding a 1-0 advantage heading into the sixth inning.

And until the sixth, USA pitcher Tony Mancha had been pitching tough-minded and making crucial pitches at critical times. The defense had made superb, run-saving plays behind him. And the offense had taken a first inning 1-0 lead on Erich Ochoa’s (2-for-2) RBI single.

Everything seemed to be going Team USA’s way. They had powerful Canada on the ropes. A United States victory was a very real possibility.

Then disaster struck in the sixth.

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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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ISC Releases Promotional Video to Baseball Coaches

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is reaching out to high-school and college baseball coaches across the United States with a new recruiting video to entice new players into men’s fastball.

Featuring interviews with many of today’s fastball stars, including, Matt Palazzo, 2015 USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Athlete of the Year.

This new video Invitation To Coaches is now available on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com as well as on the ISC Facebook page www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch.

Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University, said:

“I immediately fell in love with the game, especially from a baseball background. It’s faster paced, low scoring and tougher to hit …and I just fell in love with it right from day one.”

Palazzo, who is a member of the U.S. men’s national team, plays for the New York Gremlins in ISC play. Continue Reading

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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Hitting powers Team USA over Mexico in World Softball Championship

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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Kris Bogach (Huguenot, N.Y.) drove in two runs to led the United States in a 7-0 victory over Mexico in the opening game of the World Softball Championship, Friday.

SASKATOON, CA – Prior to the start of the 14th Men’s International Softball Federation World Softball Championship, USA national team head coach Denny Bruckert said hitting was the biggest improvement he has seen on the team.

Team USA awarded Bruckert’s confidence with the bats by beating Mexico, 7-0, in a game shortened to six innings by the mercy rule, Friday, at Bob Van Impe Stadium.

“Our hitting has been the thing lately that we have really improved on,” said Bruckert. “Getting three or four hitters hot at the right time is what it’s all about. I do like what I’m seeing…”

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Horses carrying Team USA in IX Pan Am games

Monday, October 27th, 2014

PARANA, ARGENTINA – There’s a saying in fastpitch when a pitcher’s hot that goes something like this: “We’ll ride our big horse to the championship.”

Meaning of course, that the pitcher is throwing so well that the team climbs on his back and rides him to a tournament or league title.

Well, fortunately for the USA Men’s National Fastpitch Team, they have three big horses to ride. And all three of them – Tony Mancha, Josh Johnson, and Gerald Muiselaar – are pitching extraordinarily well in the IX Pan Am games.

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USA defeats Cuba in IX Pan Am games

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) drove in two runs to help Team USA defeat Cuba, 4-2, in the Pan American games on Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) drove in two runs to help Team USA defeat Cuba, 4-2, in the Pan American games on Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO

PARANA, ARGENTINA – The pitching was steady, the hitting sufficient enough, and the USA Men’s National Fastpitch Team defeated Cuba 4-2 in the IX Pan American games, on Sunday.

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Erick Chaparro, reaching for the top in men’s fastpitch

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

ChaparroErick Erick Chaparro of Venezuela is pitching for the Rice Lake Orangemen and has started the season strong. Courtesy Photo

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Since the early 1980s, foreign fastpitch softball pitchers have been trekking to the U.S. hoping to improve their skills, hoping to raise their game to a higher level by competing against some of the best club teams in the world.

21-year-old Erick Chaparro of Maracaibo, Venezuela is one of them. He’s been coming stateside since he was 18.

This year he’s in Wisconsin pitching for the Rice Lake Orangemen. And with his past two tournament performances as a barometer, he’s off to a great start.

    A CHAMPIONSHIP AND A NO-NO

At the 10th Annual Hollywood Days Tournament, June 21-22, at the Hollywood Sports Complex in Watertown, Minn., Chaparro led the Rice Lake Orangemen to the championship, and finished with a personal 3-1 record.

His 5-2 victory over the Fargo, North Dakota Bombers on a three-hitter with four walks and five strikeouts in the championship was but one fine performance. He also hurled a no-hitter against Tin Cup of St. Paul in a 2-1 win.

The right-hander also pitched the Orangemen to the Rice Lake 36th Annual Aquafest Invitational title the week before and was selected the Most Valuable Player for both his pitching and his hitting.

Rice Lake manager Travis Thompson says Chaparro is having a superb year, and has come to the rescue after veteran Bryan Lathrop underwent hip surgery that has sidelined him until next season. He sees only an upside to the young pitcher’s future.

“He’s made big progress especially with the change-up,” said Thompson, who also catches Chaparro. “He shows mental toughness, throws hard, and he has that drive that most don’t have nowadays.”

So what’s propelled this young hurler off to such a good start?

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