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Canada and New Zealand front runners in the quest for Gold at the Men’s Softball World Championship

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Josh Pettit has a 4-0 record and is a prime reason New Zealand is making a strong run at winning the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s Softball World Championship. Courtesy Photo

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Where once there were sixteen of the world’s finest fastpitch teams battling for gold at the Men’s Softball World Championship, we are now down to six.

And these six – their rosters filled with the finest hurlers and batsmen worldwide – are indeed the best of the sixteen.

As the tournament heads into the final two days of championship play, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Japan, Australia and the United States remain in contention for the most treasured of all mens’ fastpitch softball titles: World Champion.

My pick for Gold? Canada.

The defending 2015 world champions are playing an incredibly high-caliber fastpitch.

The Canadians rode through Pool A at 7-0, and in their opening playoff game Friday, shutout Japan 2-0, to extend their unbeaten streak to 8-0 and remain the only undefeated team in the world championship.

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New Zealand roster set for 2017 TAB Challenge Cup

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Golden Homes Black Sox Head Coach Mark Sorenson has named a 17 man squad to compete in the inaugural TAB Challenge Cup commencing next month.

The side is again a youthful one but one that will offer both speed and power. A number of debutants from last Novembers Argentinian tour have been renamed along with Auckland based Alfonz Oveinikovas who will make his first appearance in the black jersey.

The team features the naming of the three Enoka brothers: Thomas, Ben and Campbell with Thomas once again being named captain.

Rising star Cole Evans returns to the team after a brief stint playing baseball in the Canadian, British Columbia Premier League. Evans who made the league All Star team is a welcome return and will provide further depth to the infield and hitting line-up.

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Japan wins 2016 Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in thrilling 2-1 victory over New Zealand

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

MIDLAND, Mich. – Japan defeated New Zealand, 2-1, in an electric finale to win the 11th WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in Midland, MI, USA, Saturday.

The Japan Junior Men’s Softball NationalTeam dominated the competition throughout the tournament, finishing with an undefeated record of 8-0.

    GOLD MEDAL GAME RECAP

In a close scoring game, Japan attacked first scoring one run in the second inning when Kento Morita ripped a liner up the middle to score Hirishi Sakata. The bats were silent until New Zealand tied the game up in the fourth inning as Zac Boyd singled to center to drive in Reilly Makea for a 1-1 ball game.

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Remembering Chubb Tangaroa in the 1996 ISC World Tournament

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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WHAT A RISE BALL: Late in the night under the lights, Chubb Tangaroa throws his fabled high rise ball by a North Mankato, Minn., Junker’s Bar batter during the 1996 ISC World Tournament in which Tangaroa pitched the Decatur, Ill. Pride to a 1-0 victory on a three-hitter. Photo By BOB OTTO

KIMBERLY, WISC. – One of the greatest pitchers I’ve had the pleasure of photographing was Robert “Chubb” Tangaroa pitching for the Decatur (Ill) Pride in the 1996 ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, Wisc.

Chubb didn’t finish with the best of records at 1-2, but he pitched well. In 20 1/3 innings, he allowed just four earned runs on 19 hits, no walks and struck out 24 hitters. And his ERA of 1.38 was one of the best in the tournament.

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