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Australia rallies to eliminate the United States in Men’s Softball World Championship

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

DUANE WEILER pitched well in relief for Team USA, but Australia rallied for an 11-7 victory in the second round of playoffs of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Saturday, July 15. Photo USA Softball

WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – The United States jumped out to an early lead, chased one of the world’s best pitchers, and had all the momentum going its way.

But victory was not to be.

Australia capitalized on costly errors and shaky pitching to come away with an 11-7 victory in the second round of playoffs, Saturday, at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse.

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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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Eight nations including the United States remain in medal contention at WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship playoffs

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The United States reacts with joy during its 4-3 victory over the Republic of South Africa, Thursday, to qualify for the playoffs in the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship begining Friday. Eight teams are in the hunt for a Gold medal. WBSC Photo

WBSC Media Release

WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – The preliminary stage at the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship has concluded, leaving eight teams remaining in the hunt for the Gold Medal.

See Playoff Schedule

Following the seven-day round robin pool stage in the men’s international softball flagship event, eight nations (the top four nations from each pool) have advanced into a Double-Page Playoff beginning Friday, 14 July, to determine the 2017 Men’s Softball World Champion.

The national teams to survive into the Playoffs include:

No. 1 New Zealand
No. 2 Japan
No. 3 Argentina
No. 4 Canada
No. 5 Australia
No. 6 United States
No. 7 Venezuela
No. 19 Botswana

  • The United States (5-2 in Pool A) opens with Venezuela (6-1 in Pool B) at 2 p.m.at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse.
  • The bottom four teams in each pool have been eliminated from medal contention but will continue in the Placement Round to determine final standing.

    The 16 participating national teams in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship represent a global reach that spans across all regions – Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania – and will play 76 games in total before a World Champion is crowned.

    The gold medal game will take centre stage on 16 July at 16:00, and will be preceded by the bronze medal match at 13:00.

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    USA rallies to escape upset minded Republic of South Africa in Men’s Softball World Championship

    Thursday, July 13th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, YK, CanadaKevin Castillo gave Team USA hope, Matt Ratliff gave them new life, and Tyler Dudley gave them the winning run as the United States rallied in extra innings to defeat the Republic of South Africa, 4-3, Thursday night in the final game of pool play.

    The win moves Team USA (5-2) into Friday’s first-round of playoffs in the Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse. RSA, playing well in the tournament, drops to 2-5.

    But in the bottom of the seventh, victory seemed improbable with Team USA trailing 3-0 and down to their final out.

    Castillo, however, had other ideas.

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    Dudley and Mancha drive USA closer to playoff spot in Men’s Softball World Championship

    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Lean and fit Tyler Dudley doesn’t have the big, burly build of the prototypical power hitter, but his incredibly quick hands can whip a bat around with lightning speed.

    When Dudley hits a softball, it can go a long way.

    And two of his gigantic wallops did just that in leading Team USA to a 12-2 victory over the Dominican Republic in the Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Tuesday.

    With the USA trailing 1-0 in the bottom half of the first inning, Dudley came to the plate with the bases loaded and promptly drilled a triple down the left-field line to clear the sacks and give Team USA a 3-1 advantage.

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    Nowaczyk’s slam leads USA over India in Men’s Softball World Championship

    Monday, July 10th, 2017

    DUANE WEILER of Bedford, Penn. pitched a shutout to lead Team USA to an 11-0 victory over India in the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, Monday, July 10 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, YK, Canada. Photo USA Softball

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Duane Weiler fired a shutout, Jeff Nowaczk blasted a grand slam, and the defense was once again superb as the United States beat India, 11-0, in four innings under the mercy rule, at the Whitehorse Pepsi Softball Centre, Monday.

    The win evens Team USA’s record at 2-2 in Pool A of the Men’s Softball World Championship and keeps the team in the hunt for a medal-round playoff spot.

    Weiler was in command the entire way, allowing one hit and a walk, along with eight strikeouts to notch his first win in the tournament.

    The USA scored four runs in the first inning, highlighted by Tyler Dudley’s two-run homer over the centerfield fence. Back-to-back singles in the second by Pat Sagdal and Marcus Tan added another run, and a six-run barrage in the third put the game safely in the win column.

    JEFF NOWACZYK of Midland, Mich. went 1-for-3 against India, but his hit was huge: a grandslam that helped Team USA notch an 11-0 victory in the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship, Monday, July 10. USA Softball Photo

    Catcher Jeff Nowaczyk provided the fireworks in the sixth with his bases-loaded home run, and Ochoa’s double plated the final two runs in Team USA’s 10-hit attack.

    The United States (1-2) returns to action Tuesday against the Dominican Republic which currently sports a 3-0 record, tied with Canada for the top spot in Pool A.

    The game is scheduled at 5 p.m. (PT) and can be watched live on Sports Canada TV

    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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    Homers and Montero send Team USA to opening round defeat in Men’s Softball World Championship

    Saturday, July 8th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – The long ball and the pitching of Maxi Montero gave Argentina a 5-1 first-round victory over the United States in the 2017 XV Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Friday night.

    Team USA certainly got the start they wanted when second baseman Tyler Dudley drilled a double up the middle, scoring Matt Palazzo, who walked to open the game.

    But Argentina struck right back in the bottom half when Ladislao Malarczuk homered over the right-field fence to even the score. And from that point on, the offensive firepower belonged to the Argentinians.

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    USA Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team set to begin WBSC World Championship play tomorrow

    Thursday, July 6th, 2017

    By Codi Warren
    Managing Director of Communications
    USA Softball
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    Men’s National Team set to begin WBSC World Championship play tomorrow

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The chance to stand atop the podium begins tomorrow for the USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) as the team is set to open play at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship (MWC), against Argentina at 7:30 p.m. PT. With the 17-member roster recently announced, the WBSC MWC is set to take place July 7-16 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

    “I think we are ready,” said Head Coach Denny Bruckert. “With 20 games played we feel like we are more prepared then we’ve been in the past. Everyone is playing well and everyone is where they should be. There’s been a lot of competition within the team, which has pushed everyone to be at their best right now. Our goal is to be on the medal stand.”

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    Defending world champion Canada knocks off the United States to claim Vancouver Challenge

    Monday, July 3rd, 2017

    Devon McCullough pitched a one-hitter in leading Canada to a 4-0 victory over the United States in the Vancouver Challenge championship, July 3, in Vancouver, BC. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    VANCOUVER, BC, Canada – Is Canada peaking at the right time for the Men’s Softball World Championship?

    All indications that the Canadians are poised to make a strong run at defending their 2015 title was evident after an impressive performance in the Vancouver Challenge that featured several of the world’s best teams.

    Canada ran roughshod in the tournament by outscoring its opponents 54-6, while posting a 7-0 record, including a 4-0 victory over the United States in the championship.

    That perfect mark also includes a 10-3 hammering of the world’s No. 1 ranked New Zealand Black Sox in the semi-finals.

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