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A Step Back In Time: Team USA captures 1996 Herald & Review Shootout

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

By MARK TUPPER
Decatur Herald & Review Sports Editor
July 17, 1996

DECATUR, IL – If the United States plans to win the gold medal at the International Softball Federation World Championship next month, it will almost certainly have to survive a challenge like it faced Sunday.

Key hitting and pressure pitching led USA past Green Bay (Wis.) All-Car, 2-1, in the championship game of the Herald & Review Shootout at Borg-Warner Field.

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National Teams Revealed For 2017 WBSC Men’s Fastpitch Softball World Championship

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Global Expansion: India and Turkey to debut on men’s softball world stage

WHITEHORSE, Canada – Marking just over 100 days until the start of the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the nations that will compete in the men’s softball flagship event.

A near record-high of 20 nations – the second largest in the event’s history – will be present for the
15th Men’s Softball World Championship, which will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada from 7-16 July.

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Bouley and Davis learning fastpitch the New Zealand way

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

TYLER BOULEY, left, and YUSEF DAVIS are playing fastpitch in New Zealand with the goal to improve their games for the upcoming 2017 North American fastpitch season. Courtesy Photo

NEW ZEALAND – It’s the off season for North American fastpitch and for most players, they’ve switched uniforms for a winter sport like basketball or hockey. Or they’re pumping iron at a fitness center muscling-up for the coming season.

Hitting, pitching, fielding? Not for a few months yet.

But not so for Yusef Davis and Tyler Bouley. These two young and budding stars – Davis, 22, and Bouley, 21 – shunned taking the winter off and instead boarded a plane for New Zealand.

All with the purpose of improving and pushing themselves to reach new heights in the sport they profess to love. As the saying goes, “to be the best you can be.”

Fastpitch is a pitcher’s game. Talented ones typically dominate hitters. So where better to improve one’s hitting than in pitching-rich New Zealand.

    TOUCH CHUCKERS

Bouley got a good feel for just how good these Kiwi hurlers are almost as soon as he landed.

“It has really helped my game because you don’t have to travel to (face) a quality pitcher,” said Bouley, who plays for Northcote Softball Club. “Every premiere team has a pitcher that either has competed at the (International Softball Congress World Tournament) or is capable of competing at the ISC. Two of the best I’ve faced so far are Bailey Hoani and Josh Pettett.”

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Christina Drumm of USA Softball of Southern California appointed to WBSC Regional Softball Umpire Coordinator Committee

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

CHRISTINA DRUMM received her WBSC certification in 2003 and has umpired in six softball World Championships and the World Cup of Softball. She has also served as an Assistant UIC for WBSC Junior Women’s and Women’s Softball World Championships. Drumm was named to the USA Softball National Umpiring Staff in 2015. Photo courtesy USA Softball


JAN. 13, 2017, 6:19 P.M. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Christina Drumm of USA Softball of Southern California has been appointed as one of the newest members of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Regional Softball Umpire Coordinator Committee, the WBSC announced today.

The new composition of the nine-member, gender-balanced committee covers the five Olympic continents — Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania.

Christina Drumm received her WBSC certification in 2003 and has umpired in six softball World Championships and the World Cup of Softball. She has also served as an Assistant UIC for WBSC Junior Women’s and Women’s Softball World Championships. Drumm was named to the USA Softball National Umpiring Staff in 2015.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with amazing people all over the world to assist umpires in their quest for greatness,” said Drumm. “I’ve been fortunate to be trained as an umpire and UIC at the highest levels by USA Softball and I am excited to contribute at a global level.”

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2017 Men’s National Team Selection Camp invitees announced

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that 34 athletes have accepted invitations to attend the 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) Selection Camp to be held January 20-22, 2017 in San Diego, Calif.

These athletes will vie for 17 spots on the 2017 USA Softball National Team roster that will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

SELECTION CAMP INVITEES

Mark Arands (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Freddy Carmona (San Antonio, Texas)
Dan Cevette (Elmira, N.Y.)
Nate Devine (Sonora, Calif.)
Jon Gwizdala (Bay City, Mich.)
Mike Hoadley (Worcester, Mass.)
Josh Johnson (El Paso, Texas)
Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Mich.)
Michael Lewis (Amboy, Minn.)
Tony Mancha (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.)
Jeff Nowaczyk (Midland, Mich.)
Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa)
Gilbert Saenz (Denver, Colo.)
Cameron Schiller (Prescott, Ariz.)
Marcus Tan (Union City, Calif.)
Matt Thornton (Thornton, Colo.)
Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.)
Duane Weiler (Bedford, Pa.)
Derrick Zechman (Watsontown, Pa.)
Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.)
Chris Heinline (Columbia, Mo.)
BJ Hunhoff (Harrisburg, S.D.)
Bryce Kay (Jefferson, Mo.)
Derek Martin (Stevens, Pa.)
Jonathan Lynch (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Jeremy Manley (Fielding, New Zealand)
Travis Nevin (Indian Brook, Nova Scotia)
Eric Ochoa (Mexicali, Mexico)
Matt Ratliff (American Fork, Utah)
Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.)
Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.)
Kevin Castillo (Long Beach, Calif.)
Jenner Christensen (Hayward, Calif.)

In The Spotlight: Kyle Linton, renowned Canadian and ISC pitcher

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Kyle Linton of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a  2.25 ERA.  Photo By BOB OTTO

KYLE LINTON of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a 2.25 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA – When Kyle Linton was 12 years old, he says, “I bugged my dad to teach me how to pitch.”

Dad must have been a very good teacher and Kyle a studious pupil. Because 19 years later at 31, Linton has developed into one of the world’s top fastpitch pitchers.

His resume in Canada and the ISC World Tournament fairly glows with success. Let’s start with his exploits in his homeland.

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Holders drawn in same pool as hosts for 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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By Daniel Etchells / Reporter

INSIDE THE GAMES – Two-time defending champions Argentina have been drawn in the same pool as hosts United States for the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in Midland, Mich.

The South American country, gold medallists in Canadian city Whitehorse two years ago and on home soil in Paraná in 2012, are also joined in Pool A by Australia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Denmark and Venezuela.

World number one ranked nation and 2014 silver medallists New Zealand headline Pool B, which features Canada, Israel, Mexico, South Africa and Japan – the 2012 runners-up and 2014 bronze medallists.

Competition is scheduled to take place from July 24 to 30 at the Currie Stadium in Emerson Park in the city in Michigan. Continue Reading in Inside The Games

Yukon To Host 2017 Senior Men’s World Championship

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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WHITEHORSE, YUKNO, CA – Softball Yukon was awarded the International Softball Federation (ISF) 2017 Senior Men’s World Championship at the ISF Congress in Cartagena, Colombia last fall.

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

The 2017 men’s worlds will be an open tournament, with all games taking place at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse. ISF World Championships are held on a two-year cycle. The 2015 Men’s World Championship was hosted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

“We hope the exciting and fast-paced games at the 2017 Championship will inspire residents to take up the sport of softball, as well as inspire young athletes already enjoying softball to keep striving for a higher level,” said Executive Director of Softball Yukon, George Arcand.

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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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