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In The Spotlight: Kyle Linton, renowned Canadian and ISC pitcher

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Kyle Linton of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a  2.25 ERA.  Photo By BOB OTTO

KYLE LINTON of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a 2.25 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA – When Kyle Linton was 12 years old, he says, “I bugged my dad to teach me how to pitch.”

Dad must have been a very good teacher and Kyle a studious pupil. Because 19 years later at 31, Linton has developed into one of the world’s top fastpitch pitchers.

His resume in Canada and the ISC World Tournament fairly glows with success. Let’s start with his exploits in his homeland.

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Free passes help Argentina take down defending world softball champion New Zealand

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

argentina Argentina secures big win in world softball championship.

SASKATOON – As defending International Softball Federation (ISF) Men’s World Softball champions, the New Zealand Black Sox have everyone gunning for them. The Black Sox won the title in 2013, and have claimed more world championships than any other country – six times in 1976, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2013.

And once again, New Zealand is considered a top contender at the 2015 world championships in Saskatoon.

But the Black Sox road to defending their title took a huge hit Friday night as another of the favorites, Argentina, edged New Zealand, 3-2, in Pool A.

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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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Argentina repeats as International Softball Federation Junior Men’s World Champions

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

argentina Argentina won its second consecutive Gold Medal in the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship by defeating New Zealand, 9-0, Sunday at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Canada.

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Argentina was slowed down but they couldn’t be stopped.

After losing Saturday to New Zealand, 3-1, in the semi-finals of the playoffs, Argentina came roaring back with a vengeance on Sunday.

And New Zealand felt the brunt of it.

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Johnston leads New Zealand past Argentina into Gold Medal game

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

johnston.kiwi.pitcher.183web Ethan Johnston pitching in the 2013 NAFA World Series for the Kansas City Outlaws. Against Argentina he scattered four hits, walked one and struck out 11 in leading New Zealand to a 3-1 victory and into the Gold Medal game of the 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Championship. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Argentina swept through the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship undefeated in round-robin play. The hitters scored 66 runs, while the pitching staff did not allow a single run in the first six games, and only three the rest of the way.

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The battle for Gold begins at the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The wheat has been separated from the chaff; the cream has risen to the top.

Call it what you may. But after eight days and 54 games in the 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Championship, it has come down to this.

Argentina, New Zealand, Japan, and Australia have proven they are the four best teams in young men’s (age 19-under) fastpitch softball.

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Strong arms drive Argentina past USA in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The number one team rests its number one pitcher and suffers no ill effects.

Argentina held back ace right-hander Huemul Mata, instead going with the strong-armed arsenal of Roman Godoy at the start and Franco Gini to close.

And the two were as good as Argentina could want, combining on a three-hitter to beat the USA 9-2 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Thursday.

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Big games ahead for USA Junior Men in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – It doesn’t get much bigger or more important for Team USA than their final two games of round robin play today and Friday.

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Masmu goes long ball and Argentina rolls over Japan in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Gonzalo Masmu bats in the number eight spot. But after his performance against Japan on Wednesday, Argentina management just might want to move him up a few spots.

Masmu hammered three home runs – a two run shot in the fourth inning, a three-run blast in the fifth, and for good measure another two-run homer in the seventh – to lead Argentina to an 8-1 victory over Japan.

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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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