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Argentina’s Mata and Godoy overpower New Zealand in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

mata_Huemul Argentina’s Huemul Mata has not allowed any runs in the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship through six games. Photo By MADDY FLANAGAN / ISF Official Photographer

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The question: Can anyone score off Argentina’s pitching staff? Through six games, no.

Roman Godoy and Huemul Mata have been without blemish by not allowing a single run at the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship.

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Hot hitting and solid pitching lead USA over Venezuela in ISF World Softball Championships

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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Josh Johnson is one pitcher who can help himself with the bat.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – In today’s fastpitch game most managers use the designated hitter, choosing to sit their pitchers, not wanting to risk injury or tiredness. Or they just plain can’t hit.

But not USA manager Pete Turner. Not when he’s got a pitcher who can hit a softball like Josh Johnson.

Against Venezuela in day six of the ISF World Championship, Johnson started in the circle and he batted number four in the batting order.

His day’s work?

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Black Sox bounce back against Argentina in ISF World Softball Championship

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

ISF Men's World Softball Championships - Day 5
New Zealand Black Sox pitcher Heinie Shannon

BY TONY SMITH / stuff.co.nz

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Hobbling Heinie Shannon was hailed as a hero after pitching the Black Sox to a 2-1 win over Argentina at the World Softball Championships tonight.

Three-time gold medallist Thomas Makea smashed a home run for the Black Sox but it was southpaw Shannon who stole the show as the Black Sox avenged Monday’s defeat to Canada.

“You don’t use the word heroic very often in softball, but I thought that was quite a heroic performance out there by Heinie Shannon,” coach Eddie Kohlhase said. “Unbelievable really…”

Shannon admitted he was in a fair bit of pain from a small tear in his calf.

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Black Sox hit out at pitching repeat offender

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

By TONY SMITH / Stuff.co.nz

KITCHENER, ONTARIO – New Zealand softball team manager Carl Gould has cried foul and claimed an Australian pitcher ”deliberately hit” a Black Sox batter with a pitch for the fourth time at an international tournament in Canada.
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New Zealand trio excited to spend summer in Fargo playing softball

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

By: Eric Peterson, INFORUM

FARGO, ND – Aaron Knight, Jackson Prime and Zane Van Lieshout flew more than 10,000 miles to play fastpitch softball.

All three landed in Fargo a few weeks back, completing a journey that started in Auckland, N.Z., and had stops in Sydney, Australia; Los Angeles; and Denver along the way.

“I thought it was the opportunity of a lifetime to come over to the states and play softball,” said the 19-year-old Van Lieshout. “I’ve always wanted to travel overseas and play.”

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World has pulled way ahead in fast-pitch softball

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Quad-City Times
By Don Doxsie

If you were planning to head out to the ISC World fast-pitch softball tournament at Moline’s Greenvalley Complex in the next few days to root on the local entries, forget it.

Too late. They’re gone, eliminated, sent to the sidelines.

The last of them disappeared Wednesday afternoon when the Quad-City Sox lost to Pete’s Blues of Mascoutah, Ill., 5-2, in a loser’s bracket contest. You can rest assured that the Sox, the Quad-City Silver Bullets, the Quad-City Subway Titans, the Walcott Tri-County All-Stars and the Thomson Merchants gave it everything they had for the home fans.

But this truly is a world tournament. And it seems if your roster isn’t amply stocked with players from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, your chances of winning the big trophy are extremely bleak.

“It’s too bad because it’s a great game,” said Randy Kramer, player-manager of the Albaugh team of Elkhart, Iowa, which played in the winner’s bracket semifinals Wednesday night. “It’s fun, exciting, fast-paced, challenging. It’s just a great game.”

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