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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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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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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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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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The World’s Best Men’s Fastpitch Softball Teams Set to Battle For Softball World Championship

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

For men’s fastpitch softball fans, it doesn’t get any better than this: XV Men’s Softball World Championship. Courtesy WBSC Photo

WHITEHORSE, Canada – In just three days the best international men’s fastpitch teams will seek to do their countries proud in the highest and most prestigious tournament for men – the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s XV Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, CA, July 7-16.

Click on these links for complete information

  • Tournament Website
  • LIVE VIEWING from: Sports Canada World Softball Championship
  • World Baseball Softball Confederation Men’s World Softball rankings

    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
  • 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship offers live web-streaming

    Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

    Sixteen teams will compete in the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 7-16. Courtesy Photo

    WHITEHORSE, YT, Canada – Fans around the world will be able to watch the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship from their living room, thanks to SportsCanada.TV and Ballpark Broadcasting.

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    Men’s world fastpitch softball championship fast approaching

    Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, CANADA – The 15th Men’s World Softball Championship begins July 7 and continues through July 16 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada with 16 teams competing for the title at the Pepsi Softball Centre.

    While 2017 will be the first time Yukon hosts a senior men’s event, Softball Yukon has hosted three previous world softball championships – the Junior Men’s World Softball Championship in 2008 and 2014, as well as the 2012 Women’s World Softball Championship.

  • The USA National Team will be right in the hunt for a medal.
  • To learn about the teams and players that comprise five regions of the world, visit: 2017 WBSC Men’s Rosters