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Men’s world fastpitch softball championship fast approaching

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, CANADA – The 15th Men’s World Softball Championship begins July 7 and continues through July 16 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada with 16 teams competing for the title at the Pepsi Softball Centre.

While 2017 will be the first time Yukon hosts a senior men’s event, Softball Yukon has hosted three previous world softball championships – the Junior Men’s World Softball Championship in 2008 and 2014, as well as the 2012 Women’s World Softball Championship.

  • The USA National Team will be right in the hunt for a medal.
  • To learn about the teams and players that comprise five regions of the world, visit: 2017 WBSC Men’s Rosters
  • Pools, Schedule announced for 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

    Thursday, June 8th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, Canada — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the pools and official tournament schedule of the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada from 7-16 July.

    NEW ZEALAND will once again be a contender to win the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Whitehorse, Canada, July 7-16, after finishing runner-up in 2015 to Canada. New Zealand leads all countries in the medal count with 12 gold, silver and bronze, including tops in gold with six, while Canada is a close second with 11 total medals, and No. 2 in the gold count with four. WBSC Photo

    The 15th edition of the men’s flagship softball event will showcase more than 80 games — 64 games taking place in the round robin over the first seven days, followed by three days of playoff action.

    The participating nations in the WBSC Men’s Softball Championship represent a global reach that spans across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania.

    Nations will be divided into two pools to compete in a challenging round-robin, with the top four finishers from each pool advancing to the double page playoff round. The remaining teams will compete in the placement round.

      Pool A

    No. 3 Argentina
    No. 5 Australia
    No. 4 Canada
    No. 11 Dominican Republic
    Hong Kong
    India
    No. 14 South Africa
    No. 6 USA

    USA Men’s National Team pitcher Duane Weiler of Bedford, Penn. hurls a pitch during the USA Softball Men’s National Invitational Fast Pitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 9-11. Photo courtesy of USA Softball

      Pool B

    No. 19 Botswana
    No. 8 Czech Republic
    No. 13 Denmark
    No. 10 Great Britain
    No. 20 Indonesia
    No. 2 Japan
    No. 1 New Zealand
    Turkey
    No. 7 Venezuela

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    In the spotlight, Toronto Gators Brad Rona 2016 ISC World Tournament MVP

    Monday, August 22nd, 2016
    HAPPY GATORS - Brad Rona is congratulated by his Toronto Gators teammates after he hit a two-run home run off New York Gremlins' Andrew Kirkpatrick that led to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    HAPPY GATORS – Brad Rona is congratulated by his Toronto Gators teammates after he hit a two-run home run off New York Gremlins’ Andrew Kirkpatrick that led to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – When New Zealand native Brad Rona squares up on a softball with his powerful swing, it will go a long, long way.

    Rona hit a home run off New York Gremlins Andrew Kirkpatrick that flew over the fence in left-centerfield about 300 feet that led to the Toronto Gators, 3-1, victory, moving the Gators into the winner’s bracket final.

    BRAD RONA of the Toronto Gators, 2016 ISC World Tournament Champions. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BRAD RONA of the Toronto Gators, 2016 ISC World Tournament Champions. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The Gators went on to win the World Tournament by dethroning two-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada.

    And Rona was named first-team All-World and selected the Cleo Goyette Most Valuable Player for his .385 average (5-for-13), 3 home runs and 5 RBI.

    Rona has been selected All-World seven times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), but 2016 marks the first time he received the MVP honor.

    USA-bound Cooper Grant’s a chip off the old block

    Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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    “I’ve played softball most of my life and grew up with Dad (fastball pitcher Marty Grant) playing it,” Cooper Grant said.

    By WAYNE MARTIN / www.stuff.co.nz

    CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

    He’s the son of three-time world champion Black Sox pitcher Marty Grant and in July, 12-year-old Cooper Grant heads to the United States for an international competition.

    But not as a softballer, rather as part of the New Zealand under-13 All Stars baseball team to contest the 2016 Cal Ripken World Series in Maryland from July 29 to August 6.

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    Six Kiwis make all-star team at major world softball club tournament in United States

    Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
    Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

    Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

    By TONY SMITH / Stuff.co.nz

    Six New Zealanders were selected in the all-star team at the International Softball Congress (ISC) tournament in the United States this week.

    Current Black Sox internationals Nathan Nukunuku, Brad Rona, Ben Enoka and Wayne Laulu, Canterbury hitter Frank Pointon and Auckland catcher Kallan Compain made the “all world” first team at the ISC tournament, widely regarded as world softball’s top club championship.

    The sextet were all members of the Toronto Gators team which lost the grand final to Ontario rivals, the Hill United Chiefs, 6-4 at South Bend, Indiana.

    Hutt Valley catcher Cory Timu, who played for the Circle Tap Dukes club from Wisconsin, made the “all-world” second team.

    Laulu picked up the award for the most runs batted in (RBIs) with 16. continue reading Six Kiwis make all-star team…