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Monday, July 3rd, 2017

CANADA won the 2015 World Softball Championship with a 10-5 victory over New Zealand. The Canadians will return to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada to defend their title, July 7-16.

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, Canada – The 15th Men’s World Softball Championship (fastpitch) under the flagship of the World Baseball Softball Confederation begins Friday, July 7 with the world’s top-ranked teams vying for the title.

    WBSC RANKINGS
  • 1. New Zealand
  • 2. Japan
  • 3. Argentina
  • 4. Canada (2015 defending champion after defeating New Zealand 10-5 in Saskatoon, SK, Canada).
  • 5. Australia
  • 6. United States
  • 7. Venezuela
  • 8. Czeck Republic
  • 9. Mexico
  • 10. Great Britain
  • 11. Dominican Republic
  • 12. Samoa
  • 13. Denmark
  • 14. Republic of South Africa
  • 15. Columbia
  • Pools, Schedule announced for 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

    Thursday, June 8th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, Canada — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the pools and official tournament schedule of the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada from 7-16 July.

    NEW ZEALAND will once again be a contender to win the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Whitehorse, Canada, July 7-16, after finishing runner-up in 2015 to Canada. New Zealand leads all countries in the medal count with 12 gold, silver and bronze, including tops in gold with six, while Canada is a close second with 11 total medals, and No. 2 in the gold count with four. WBSC Photo

    The 15th edition of the men’s flagship softball event will showcase more than 80 games — 64 games taking place in the round robin over the first seven days, followed by three days of playoff action.

    The participating nations in the WBSC Men’s Softball Championship represent a global reach that spans across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania.

    Nations will be divided into two pools to compete in a challenging round-robin, with the top four finishers from each pool advancing to the double page playoff round. The remaining teams will compete in the placement round.

      Pool A

    No. 3 Argentina
    No. 5 Australia
    No. 4 Canada
    No. 11 Dominican Republic
    Hong Kong
    India
    No. 14 South Africa
    No. 6 USA

    USA Men’s National Team pitcher Duane Weiler of Bedford, Penn. hurls a pitch during the USA Softball Men’s National Invitational Fast Pitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 9-11. Photo courtesy of USA Softball

      Pool B

    No. 19 Botswana
    No. 8 Czech Republic
    No. 13 Denmark
    No. 10 Great Britain
    No. 20 Indonesia
    No. 2 Japan
    No. 1 New Zealand
    Turkey
    No. 7 Venezuela

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    Pat Sagdal, in the fastpitch spotlight

    Thursday, August 25th, 2016

    Sagdal_collage.1lr Pat Sagdal had a great game against the Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, ND in the 2016 ISC World Tournament in Moline, IL. He went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, and also scored twice in leading the A’s to a 6-0 victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Pat Sagdal has played fastpitch softball on many levels, starting locally in his home state of Washington.

    From the lower divisions his talent quickly jettisoned him to the highest: As a member of Team USA since 2014 representing the United States in the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

    One of his highlights on Team USA was hitting a home run against Mexico to advance the team in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, CA.

    On the club level he has played for some of the highest ranked teams by the International Softball Congress in its World Tournament. This season he was with the No. 5 ranked Vancouver BC A’s.

    Sagdal helped the A’s finish fourth (5-2), Aug. 20, in Moline, IL. He is known for his abiltiy to drive the ball to all fields, for his speed in the outfield and on the base paths.

    Sagdal was also selected an ASA All-American and was the batting champion for helping the Cal-State Builders / Eventhelper win the 2013 ASA Class A National Championship in Salem, OR.

    And in the 2012 NAFA World Series at Topeka, KS, Sagdal helped the Bucknell Park A’s of Washington win the AA-Division championship, and was chosen an All-World player.

    Success has found Sagdal, and he will no doubt experience more of it in the future.

    ISC Releases Promotional Video to Baseball Coaches

    Saturday, February 13th, 2016
    Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is reaching out to high-school and college baseball coaches across the United States with a new recruiting video to entice new players into men’s fastball.

    Featuring interviews with many of today’s fastball stars, including, Matt Palazzo, 2015 USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Athlete of the Year.

    This new video Invitation To Coaches is now available on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com as well as on the ISC Facebook page www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch.

    Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University, said:

    “I immediately fell in love with the game, especially from a baseball background. It’s faster paced, low scoring and tougher to hit …and I just fell in love with it right from day one.”

    Palazzo, who is a member of the U.S. men’s national team, plays for the New York Gremlins in ISC play. Continue Reading

    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 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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    Folkard and Australia overpower USA in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

    folkard Adam Folkard held the United States two one hit in Australia’s 8-0 victory, Wednesday, in Pool B of the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

    SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Give the world’s best fastpitch pitcher a couple of runs and odds are the game’s over. Give him two field goals and a safety and it’s guaranteed.

    The United States did just that and came up on the short end of an 8-0 loss to Australia and its dominating right-hander Adam Folkard on Wednesday. Folkard is considered by many fastpitch experts as the best pitcher in the game today.

    In the second inning, Mark Harris provided all the run support Folkard would need when he blasted a grand-slam home run over the left field fence that turned a close one-run game into a 5-0 blowout.

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    Disastrous miscues lead to USA loss to Venezuela in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

    SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Late Tuesday night the United States men’s national softball team was probably frustrated and angry and thinking that they had just lost a game they should have won.

    And they had good reason for such feelings.

    Team USA saw victory slip away as Venezuela took advantage of walks, passed balls and wild pitches to escape with a 3-2 win in Pool B of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe Stadium.

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    Josh Johnson impressive in first trip to the circle

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
    Josh Johnson of El Paso, Texas, held the Netherlands to one hit in leading the United States to a 3-1 victory in the ISF Men's World Softball Championship.

    Josh Johnson of El Paso, Texas, held the Netherlands to one hit in leading the United States to a 4-1 victory in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

    SASKATOON, SK, CANADA– In the first three games of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Josh Johnson didn’t venture into the circle at all. But on Monday, he got his chance, and he performed superbly.

    The right-hander – who usually bats cleanup when he’s not pitching – hurled a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts as the United States beat the Netherlands 4-1 in a critical Pool B game at Gordon Howe Softball Park.

      BATTLING FOR TOP FOUR SPOTS

    The win moves Team USA into a three-way tie for second place in the pool with the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, all at 3-1, while Australia sits on top at 4-1.

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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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