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International Men’s Softball (fastpitch) Challenge Cup In New Zealand

Friday, January 13th, 2017

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ALBANY, NEW ZEALAND – International Men’s Softball is back at AWF Sports Stadium. Five days of world class softball including the top-three ranked teams in the world. New Zealand (1), Japan (2), Argentina (3), Australia (5), Czech Republic (8), Samoa (12).

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    • CHALLENGE CUP CONTENDERS / RANKINGS
      #1 New Zealand

    International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship, Gold Medal: 1976, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2013.
    Competed in the last nine World Championship finals.
    ISF World Championship Under 19 Boys, Gold Medal: 1985, 1989.

      #2 Japan

    ISF World Championship, Silver Medal: 2000.
    ISF World Championship Under 19 Boys, Gold Medal: 1981, 2016.

      #3 Argentina

    ISF World Championship Under 19 Boys, Gold Medal: 2012, 2014.

      #5 Australia

    ISF World Championship, Gold Medal: 2009.
    ISF World Championship Under 19 Boys, Gold Medal: 1997, 2001, 2005, 2008.

      #8 Czech Republic

    European Championship, Gold Medal: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016.

      #12 Samoa

    ISF World Championship, competed in 2004, 2013.

    (#) World Baseball Softball Confederation World Ranking

    United States claims consolation title in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

    Saturday, July 4th, 2015
    Nick Mullins powered Team USA to the ISF Men's World Softball Championship, Consolation Title, with a home run in the sixth inning.

    Nick Mullins powered Team USA to the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Consolation Title, with a home run in the sixth inning.

    SASKATOON, SK, Canada – With one powerful swing of his bat, Nick Mullins erased a stalemate with Mexico and gave the United States the Consolation Championship of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship at Gordon Howe Softball Park, Saturday.

    Mullins came to the plate with two out in the bottom of the sixth and blasted a solo shot over the left field fence breaking a 3-all tie. All pitcher Tony Mancha had to do was close out Mexico in the seventh. And he did, ending the game with a ground ball to give Team USA a 4-3 victory and the consolation title.

    Team USA finishes 3-0 in the consolation playoffs and 4-3 in Pool B, good for fifth place.

      EXPLOSIVE START FOR USA

    Team USA jumped out to commanding start in the first inning, sending eight batters to the plate. And before the inning ended, the Americans had Mexico on the ropes, leading 3-0.

    Chris Miljavic started things off by working Mexico’s Samuel Vilalvazo for a walk. Kris Bogach followed with a single putting runners at first and third, and Josh Johnson brought home Miljavic with an RBI single.

    But Team USA wasn’t finished as Derrick Zechman drilled a single chasing in two more runs.

      LOPEZ BLASTS MANCHA

    Mexico fought back to tie the game 3-3 on Alex Garcia’s RBI single in the second, and Edgar Lopez’s two-run homer in the fourth.

    Then after a scoreless fifth inning, Mullins came to the plate in the sixth with two out. And he didn’t disappoint his teammates, blasting the game-winning home run to send the Americans home with a title.

      GAME’S BEST PLAYER

    For his efforts (1-for-3, RBI, run) Mullins was selected the “Player of The Game” by the Ballpark Radio broadcasting crew.

    Along with Mullins’ production, Nate Devine was 1-for-4, run; Chase Turner 1-for-3, Zechman 1-for-3, 2 RBI; Bogach 1-for-2, and Johnson went 1-for-2, RBI, run.

      MANCHA SOLID IN WORLD SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

    USA’s Tony Mancha pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs on just four hits, with two walks and 12 strikeouts.

    The right-hander from El Paso, Texas finishes the world softball championship with a 3-2 record over 27 2/3 innings. He allowed 12 hits, 12 walks with 45 strikeouts for a 2.37 ERA.

    FINAL CONSOLATION STANDINGS
    United States 3-0
    Mexico 2-1
    Guatemala 1-1
    Great Britain 1-1
    Netherlands 0-1
    Philippines 0-1
    Denmark 0-1
    Indonesia 0-0

    United States defeats Denmark in final pool game of ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

    Friday, July 3rd, 2015
    Nate Devine hit a bases-loaded triple to break open a tight game with Denmark in the 2015 ISF Men's World Softball Championship, July 2, at Bob Van Impe Stadium in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

    Nate Devine hit a bases-loaded triple to break open a tight game with Denmark in the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, July 2, at Bob Van Impe Stadium in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

    SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Nate Devine and Chris Miljavic drove in the runs, Josh Johnson (2-0) pitched his second win, and the United States defeated Denmark, 9-2, in the final game of Pool B to finish with a 4-3 record in the 2015 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe Stadium, Thursday.

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    Jones nasty dipper downs Japan

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
    Venezuela's Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 3-0 victory over Japan in the 2015 ISF Men's World Softball Championship, Monday.

    Venezuela’s Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 3-0 victory over Japan in the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Monday.

    SASKATOON – The box score showed that Roman Jones fired a two-hit shutout in leading Venezuela to a 3-0 victory over Japan in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Monday.

    What the box score doesn’t show is how he got the job done. Japan would undoubtedly say, “with a nasty, nasty dipper.”

    Jones makes no secret about how he goes after hitters. Basically, his philosophy is “here’s my drop, now let’s see if you can hit it.” Most hitters – including the best in the world – can’t.

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    United States national men’s fastpitch softball team undefeated in Canada

    Saturday, June 13th, 2015

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    Ste. Claire and St. Gervais, Quebec, CATeam USA went 3-0 in the round robin portion of the 2015 Bellechasse International Fastball Tournament played in Ste. Claire and St. Gervais, June 12-14.

    On Saturday, Team USA defeated Scarborough Force, Team Quebec Senior and the New York Peligro Gremlins by a 19-2 run advantage, while the pitching of Josh Johnson (2-0) and Gerald Muizelaar (1-0) only allowed two earned runs.

    The four-team tournament serves as a much needed workup in preparing Team USA for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) 14th Men’s World Softball Championship in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada, June 26-July 7.

    And a week later, Team USA will compete in the Pan American Games being played in Toronto, Ontario, July 12-26.

      USA 7, Team Quebec 0

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    Josh Johnson had all his pitches working and the right-hander notched a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks to lead Team USA to victory in five-innings with the game shortened under the mercy rule.

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    Mexico wins extra innings battle with USA in IX Pan Am games

    Saturday, October 25th, 2014

    usasoftballmancha.42 USA National Team pitcher Tony Mancha hurled a gem in the opening game of the Pan Am games on Friday, but Mexico held on to take a 2-1 victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

    PARANA, ARGENTINA – Tony Mancha allowed one earned run on three hits, with 18 strikeouts in 10 innings, but his performance wasn’t quite good enough.

    Mexico’s Eduardo Escobedo matched Mancha nearly pitch-for-pitch, finishing with an 11-inning four hitter and 11 strikeouts in leading Mexico to a 2-1 victory in the opening game of the IX Pan American games in Parana, Argentina on Friday.

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    Schedule Released for 2014 Junior Men’s International Softball Federation Championship

    Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The schedule is set for the 2014 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Championship.

    The 2014 championship will be held July 11 to 20 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse and International Softball executives announced the official game schedule Thursday.

    Ten teams from five continents will unite for 45 games in a round-robin format, followed by four playoff (page playoff system) games.

    Team USA opens on July 11 against Denmark and then takes on New Zealand the following day.

    In the 2012 World Championship, USA finished fifth overall with a 5-3 record. Argentina secured its first championship by beating Japan 5-0, thus unseating four-time defending champion, Australia.

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    Ty Stofflet versus Kevin Herlihy in “The Game” at the 1976 ISF World Championship

    Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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    Ty Stofflet, hurled a 20-inning game in which he beat New Zealand’s great Kevin Herlihy in the 1976 ISF World Championship. An encounter remembered for all time as “The Game.”

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – It’s been called “The Game” and the greatest pitching duel in the history of the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship.

    The principals in the circle: Ty Stofflet of the Rising Sun Hotel representing the USA, and Kevin Herlihy pitching for the New Zealand National Team. The two great pitchers hooked up in a pitchers’ marathon in the 1976 ISF World Championship in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

    Many of the 8,000 fans that witnessed The Game, consider it the greatest fastpitch game and pitching classic of all time.

    It was a marathon that went 20 innings and lasted four hours and 20 minutes. It was a game in which both pitchers were considered the best in the world from their respective sides – Stofflet the lefty, Herlihy the righty.

    In the history of the ISF that started in 1966, it is without question the greatest game ever pitched on the world stage. And when all said and done, Stofflet drove in the winning run.

    PITCHER WHO CAN HIT
    Stofflet hit a two-out, run scoring single in the top of the 20th to give USA a 1-0 victory.

    Though he lost, Herlihy, who died in 2006, was quoted as saying:

    “The fact that I was able to play against a guy as great as Ty made it that much more memorable…it is the one game that I will remember more than any other. It had been billed as the best left-hander in the world versus the best right-hander at the time…”

    herlihy,kevin.web Kevin Herlihy, perhaps the greatest right-handed pitcher of all-time.

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    Hot hitting and solid pitching lead USA over Venezuela in ISF World Softball Championships

    Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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    Josh Johnson is one pitcher who can help himself with the bat.

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – In today’s fastpitch game most managers use the designated hitter, choosing to sit their pitchers, not wanting to risk injury or tiredness. Or they just plain can’t hit.

    But not USA manager Pete Turner. Not when he’s got a pitcher who can hit a softball like Josh Johnson.

    Against Venezuela in day six of the ISF World Championship, Johnson started in the circle and he batted number four in the batting order.

    His day’s work?

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