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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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Canada continues unbeaten streak at world championships

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

By Marissa Tiel
Daily Star

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Team Canada continued their winning streak at the 2017 Men’s World Softball Championship with a 9-4 win over Australia Tuesday night.

“We’ve got a motto as a team, it’s one step at a time, so this is just another step along the ladder,” said thirdbaseman Derek Mayson.

“We do have benchmark games and Australia is one of them because they’re a very deep team, they’ve got some of the best pitching in the world. So we knew we were in for a tough game.”

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New Zealand beats Japan to remain unbeaten in Pool B play

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

TOP PITCHER – New Zealand’s Joshua Pettett pitches during a game against Japan this morning. The Black Sox pulled ahead 8-1 to secure the win as Pettett became the top pitcher in the tournament. By Marissa Tiel

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WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Joshua Pettett didn’t sleep well.

The New Zealand pitcher only caught about five hours of sleep last night, but that didn’t stop him from helping the Black Sox to a 8-1 victory over Japan this morning.

“It’s awesome because it sets us up real good,” said Pettett.

The Black Sox bounced back after trailing 0-1 last night in the third inning, when play was suspended until this morning due to rain.

“It was hard with the brand new ball and the rain. It was slippery,” said Pettett. “You can’t hit as many spots as you want. So when it was rain delay, I was kind of glad to come back out against a good team.”

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Team Canada undefeated in world softball championships

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

By Emily Blake / Whitehorse Daily Star

WHITEHORSE, YK, CanadaTeam Canada (5-0) was on a winning streak this weekend at the Men?s Worlds Softball Championship.

The returning champs and hosts started off this year?s championship strong, remaining undefeated after the first three days of competition in Whitehorse.

Facing off against South Africa Friday night they won 10-2 and went on to win 8:3 against Argentina the following evening.

Sunday night?s game was a nail biter against Team U.S.A. with Canada starting off slow and ending with a resounding finish.

Canada continued its winning streak culminating with a 9-4 win over Australia to improve to 5-0 in Pool A on Tuesday. Continue reading in The Daily Star

Canada’s Zehr provides heroics in walkoff victory over USA

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

After their 7-1 lead evaporated in the top of the seventh inning last night, Team Canada needed a hero.

By Marcel Vander Wier / Whitehorse Daily Star

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – After their 7-1 lead evaporated in the top of the seventh inning last night, Team Canada needed a hero.

Tyson Zehr, a 19-year-old infielder from Tavistock, Ont., seized the moment, hitting a bases-loaded double over the American left-fielder’s head to give the hosts a 9-8 walkoff victory and push their record to 2-1.

“I knew I?had to hit it deep, and it just kept going,”?Zehr said of his winning hit. “There were chills running through my body. But it wouldn’t have mattered if the four guys before me wouldn’t have got on base.”

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ISF Jr. Men’s World Championship will showcase world’s up-and-coming stars

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

By Marcel Vander Wier / WHITEHORSE DAILY STAR
July 11, 2014

After years of preparation, the big day is finally here.

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Championship begins today in Whitehorse.

Ten teams from five continents will spend the next week battling for the world title.

Alongside host Canada and defending champion Argentina, eight other countries will be represented.

Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA will all vie for softball glory. Continue reading in DAILY STAR

Japan takes Gold, holds off USA in extra innings for 2-1 victory

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Team USA’s Keilani Ricketts and Japan’s Yukiko Ueno hooked up in a superb pitchers’ duel through 10 innings in the Gold Medal game of the XIII International Softball Federation Women’s World Fastpitch Championship before Japan scored the decisive run in the top of the tenth inning for a 2-1 victory.

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