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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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Team USA extends win streak in Vancouver Challenge

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – It wasn’t pretty, but in the scorebook it counts as a win.

The USA Men’s National Softball Team took advantage of three errors, while collecting six hits, to defeat the Sooke Loggers, 4-0, in the opening game of the Vancouver Challenge.

Team USA plated a single run in the fourth, and sealed the win with three more in the fifth to down the Loggers, one of Canada’s stronger major teams. Only one of the runs was earned.

Tony Mancha fired a one-hitter in Team USA’s victory over the Sooke Loggers. Photo By BOB OTTO

Meanwhile, right-hander Tony Mancha hurled a beauty, holding the Loggers to just one hit, a single by Ben Edgington, along with nine strikeouts and a walk.

The win keeps Team USA perfect at 14-0 in its pre-world championship tournament schedule in preparation for the XV World Softball Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 7-16.

In the win over the Loggers, Erick Ochoa, led the attack going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Derrick Zechman, Tyler Dudley, Nick Mullins and Gil Saenz had hits off Loggers’ hard-throwing right-hander, Scott Leiph, who struck out seven, walked two, and allowed an earned run.

Team USA returns to the ball diamond at 5 p.m. (PT) against CR Bartel Farms and then squares off with the Canadian national team at 7.

To follow the action, click on this link: Team USA / Vancouver Challenge.

Team USA beats one of fastball’s best in big win over Globe to claim Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament championship

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

PAT SAGDAL belted a two-run home run to help the USA Men’s National Softball Team defeat Globe, 8-0, in the 2017 Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Sunday, May 21, 2017. USA Softball Photo.

STEVENS, Penn. – The USA Men’s National Team bullied their way to a 4-0 mark in the Rodney Fox Memorial Fastpitch Tournament on Saturday. They bludgeoned opposing pitchers for 38 runs, and on Sunday in the opening game of the playoffs they kept on swinging those hot bats, beating Elanco, 13-3.

That set up a matchup with Globe for the tournament championship.

Now surely this title game would present a far greater challenge for Team USA. For the guy toeing the rubber for Globe was an internationally renowned pitcher: Sean Cleary.

The hard-throwing Canadian right-hander has an impressive resume:

  • He’s a Canadian national team pitcher.
  • He’s the 2016 International Softball Congress Most Outstanding Pitcher for hurling the Toronto, Ontario Gators to the ISC World Tournament championship.
  • In 2015, Cleary helped pitch Canada to the World Softball championship.

    But on this day, the United States’ batsmen got the better of Cleary and Globe for an 8-0 victory that gives Team USA its first tournament title of the season, and great preparation for the 14th World Softball Championship tournament at Saskatoon, Canada, June 26-July 5.

    In the quest for the title, they roughed up Cleary for five runs on five hits in four innings before he gave way to reliever Jon Gwizdala in the fifth.

    Bryce Kay hammered a two-run homer in the second inning, Nick Mullins drove a run-scoring double into left-field that ignited a four-run fifth, and Pat Sagdal homered with one aboard to close out the scoring in the sixth, ending the game on the mercy rule.

    That was more than enough runs for Team USA veteran pitcher Tony Mancha who held Globe to two hits with nine strikeouts and a walk. Both runs were unearned.

    Team USA had seven hits, with Mullins perfect at 2-for-2, and Jeff Nowaczk, Bryce Kay, Kevin Castillo, Sagdal and Matt Ratliff getting one hit each. Both Sagdal and Kay homered, and Mullins and Castillo doubled.

    (I wasn’t aware this was the championship game. Congratulations Team USA. Off to a great start in preparation for the 2017 WBSC World Championship.)

  • USA National Softball Team stays perfect in Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    Jonathan Lynch led a 16-hit attack to power Team USA to victory in the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Saturday, May 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

    STEVENS, Penn. – Jonathan Lynch was perfect at the plate, B.J. Runoff dominated in the circle, and Team USA cruised to a 16-0 victory over Kelly’s in the second-round of the Rodney Fox Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Stevens, Saturday morning.

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    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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    Sagdal Homer Sends Team USA into Pan Am Playoffs And A Chance For Gold

    Friday, July 17th, 2015
    Pat Sagdal belted a two-run home run to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the 2015 Pan American Games, Thursday, July 16. The win moves Team USA into the playoffs with a chance to win the Gold Medal.

    Pat Sagdal belted a two-run home run to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the 2015 Pan American Games, Thursday, July 16. The win moves Team USA into the playoffs with a chance to win the Gold Medal.

    TORONTO – The United States could muster just two hits off Mexico’s Jose Naranjo, but one of them was as big as it gets.

    In the fifth inning, Pat Sagdal broke up a scoreless pitching duel between USA’s Gerald Muizelaar and Naranjo by drilling a home run over the right-field fence with Nick Mullins aboard with a leadoff walk to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Mexico on Thursday.

    The win ends a three-game skid and improves Team USA’s record to 2-3 in the Pan American Games at President’s Choice Ajax Ballpark in Toronto. It was also the final round-robin game for both teams and it was huge.

      TEAM USA PLAYOFF BOUND

    Though both teams have 2-3 records, the win places the USA fourth in the six-team tournament that secures the final playoff spot, edging out Mexico because of head-to-head competition.

    “Anytime you hit a home run it’s a big moment,” said Sagdal, who batted ninth and played centerfield. “That hit couldn’t have happened at a better time.”

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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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