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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.)

  • Mancha hurls USA Men’s National Team to top seeding

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

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    STEVENS, Penn. – Tony Mancha hurled a shutout as the USA Men’s National Team extended its winning streak to four by defeating Farmersville, 6-0, in the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, late Saturday, in the final game of round-robin play.

    The right-hander allowed just two hits – one each by leadoff batter Yusef Davis and Steve Mullady – and then proceeded to handle the rest of Farmersville’s lineup by striking out 21 batters. Only one other batter reached base, a walk to James Gilbert in the fifth inning.

    Wth the win, Team USA moves into Sunday’s playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

    Mancha, a right-hander from Las Cruces, New Mexico, picked up his first win of the tournament, but he had plenty of support in getting it. Led by hot-hitting Eric Ochoa, Team USA roughed up Farmersville’s Jonas Mach for six runs on 12 hits.

    Ochoa (2-for-3) hit his third home run of the tourney and drove in three runs, while Tyler Dudley had two RBI and was 2-for-4 at the plate with a homer.

    As in their previous three games, Team USA started strong by plating three runs in the first inning on Ochoa’s three-run homer; picked up a run in the fourth on Derrick Zechman’s sacrifice fly, and pushed two runs across in the seventh when Dudley hammered a two-run homer deep over the left-field fence.

    The USA Men’s National Team returns to action Sunday morning at 11, opponent yet to be determined.

    To follow Team USA, visit: Rodney Fox Memorial Schedule

    J&B Bombers roll into Las Vegas Road Trip final

    Sunday, April 9th, 2017

    JORGE SEGURA BONILLA fires a pitch during J&B Bombers 7-0 win, Sunday, in the AA/AA-Major Division winners bracket final. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The Bombers lived up to their name in the winners bracket final of the AA/AA-Major Bracket by pounding out a 7-0 win over the Northeast Naturals.

    Pitchers Tony Mancha and Jorge Segura Bonilla combined for the win with Mike Hoadley slugging a three-run homer, and Mancha rapping out a pair of hits with two RBI.

    Mark Aranda and Jesse Palacios reached safely and drove in a run each.

    With the win, the Bombers improve to 3-0 and await the survivor of the losers bracket in the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. at Sunset Park in Las Vegas.

  • Check out the: AA/AA-Major bracket
  • Whynot homers to save the game for J & B Painting

    Monday, August 15th, 2016

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    MOLINE, IL – J & B Painting’s Tyler Whynot drilled a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to forge a 1-1 tie, and Jesse Palacios drove in the winning run in the eighth on a bases-loaded fly ball to bring in Blake Hunter, as J & B held off the Bloomington (IL) Stix, 2-1, to improve to 2-0 in the ISC World Tournament.

    Patrick Burns fired a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts over seven innings, and Tony Mancha came on in relief in the eighth to seal win, and send J & B into Tuesday’s round at 8 p.m. against the Toronto Gators (2-0), who beat the Topeka Toros, 8-0, to advance.

    The Stix scored an unearned run in the fourth to take the lead, and in the top of the eighth they had an excellent chance to win the game by loading the bases. But with two outs, Mancha struck out Rogelio Sequera to end the threat.

    Jeff Farion pitched well in defeat, giving up one earned run on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings. Ethan Johnston took the loss after relieving Farion in the eighth.

      AT THE PLATE

    J & B Paining collected seven hits with Hunter 3-for-3, run; while Mancha, Whynot (home run), Aaron Harvey, and Wilbert Cowick had one hit each.

    The Bloomingto Stix had four hits with John Zambrano going 2-for-2, while Abraham Jose Solorzano and Sequera had one hit a piece.

    ** For World Tournament results, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

    Mancha the man for J & B Painting

    Sunday, August 14th, 2016

    MOLINE, IL – Tony Mancha hurls the ball windmill style with the best in world. He also swings the bat with authority, too. And in the opening game of the 70th Annual ISC World Tournament, Sunday, Mancha did it all in leading J & B Painting of Agoura Hills, Calif. to a 6-1 victory over Waterdown First Ontario Hammer.

    The right-hander from Las Cruces, New Mexico gave up one earned run on four hits, while walking one and striking out 10. And batting in the No. 5 slot, Mancha went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs.

    But he had plenty of help as his teammates pounded out 10 hits, with Jesse Palacios going 3-for-4, and Cameron Schiller, Blake Hunter, Tyler Whynot, Wilbert Cowick (home run), and Patrick Burns had one hit each.

    J & B Painting, ranked No. 7 by the ISC, fell behind 1-0 in the third on Scott Leblanc’s RBI triple, but it was shortlived as the J & B Painting plated two in its half of the inning and just kept rolling, adding two more in the fourth and single runs in the fifth and sixth.

    Mancha closed out the game in dominating fashion with two strikeouts and groundout to move J & B Painting into the second round on Monday where they will meet the Bloomington Stix (1-0) at 2 p.m.

  • For Scores and more, visit: ISC Pointstreak
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    Results at the NAFA Open World Series / Seattle Invitational

    Saturday, August 1st, 2015
    Tony Mancha will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. He is seen here pitching the Steel of Texas to the NAFA World Series championship in 2010. Mancha is also a member of the USA Men's National Team. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Tony Mancha will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. He is seen here pitching the Steel of Texas to the NAFA World Series championship in 2010. Mancha is also a member of the USA Men’s National Team. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FIFE, Wash. – Tony Mancha led J & B Painting to a 6-0 victory over Meralomas on Saturday in the NAFA Open Division and at 5:30 p.m. he will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame along with Canada umpire Dan Young.

    SATURDAY RESULTS

    Surrey Rebels 8
    Victoria Thunder 0
    Winning Pitcher Travis Suzuki
    Losing Pitcher Rob Gunter

    Oregon Cascades 1
    Ladner Masters 0
    Winning pitcher Aaron Emory
    Losing Pitcher Rob Jonston

    J & B Painting 6
    Meralomas 0
    Winning pitcher Tony Mancha
    Losing Pitcher Eruera Drage

    Cal State Builders 7
    Fleetwood Marlins 3
    Winning pitcher Juan Castro, Save Sisko Sabate
    Losing Pitcher Brandon Peck, relief Harv
    Weins

    Seqwyits 8
    Northwest Naturals 3
    Winning pitcher Ivan Thomas
    Losing Pitcher Mark Seward

    K-Club 16
    Press Box 1
    Wiining Pitcher Dan Kolda
    Losing Pitcher Mike Koentopp

    Thunder 8
    Misfits. 0
    Winning pitcher Ryan Spence
    Losing Pitcher Cleon Tungsvick, Bert Ford Relief

    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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    CANADA RALLIES OVER UNITED STATES IN PAN AM GAMES

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
    Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

    Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

    TORONTO – Josh Johnson belted a home run, Gerald Muizelaar and Tony Mancha were pitching superbly and the United States was on the brink of picking off one of the top teams in the world of men’s fastpitch softball.

    But it was not to be as Canada rallied for a 3-2 victory in eight innings, Monday, to improve to 2-0 in the Pan American Games, while the United States evens its record at 1-1.

      JOHNSON DELIVERS

    Team USA broke up a scoreless pitching duel between Canada’s Sean Cleary and Gerald Muizelaar when right-side slugging Josh Johnson homered over the right-field fence in the fourth inning.

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    United States routs Dominican Republic in 2015 Pan American Games

    Monday, July 13th, 2015

    antonio.mancha.44 Tony Mancha (El Paso, Texas) fired a no-hitter and had two hits in leading the United States to victory in the opening game of the 2015 Pan American Games, Sunday.

    TORONTO – The United States Men’s National Softball Team played nearly flawless fastpitch softball in overpowering the Dominican Republic 10-0 in its first game of the Pan American Games at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark, Sunday.

    Led by Tony Mancha’s no-hitter and an offense that pounded out 11 hits, Team USA was never threatened in its lopsided victory over one of the world’s most powerful softball teams.

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