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Six remain in quest for Gold at WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

ARGENTINA celebrates after defeating Botswana 5-0 in the first round of the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, Friday, July 14 at the Pepsi Softbal Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. WBSC Photo

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – After eight games Friday, six national teams remain in medal contention, while four were eliminated from the championship at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship.

Canada and Australia finished Pool A in the top two spots, while in Pool B New Zealand and Japan earned those same spots. This is important as each would have the ability the loss one game without being eliminated.

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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 converts USA walks into blowout in Men’s Softball World Championship

Monday, July 10th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – One walk, troublesome; two walks, alarming; three, flirting with disaster, but five consecutive? Well, against a prolific hitting team like Canada, it can mean only one thing: catastrophe and game over.

For five innings in the Men’s Softball World Championship, Sunday, the United States and Canada battled toe-to-toe like two heavyweight fighters, with Team USA holding a 1-0 advantage heading into the sixth inning.

And until the sixth, USA pitcher Tony Mancha had been pitching tough-minded and making crucial pitches at critical times. The defense had made superb, run-saving plays behind him. And the offense had taken a first inning 1-0 lead on Erich Ochoa’s (2-for-2) RBI single.

Everything seemed to be going Team USA’s way. They had powerful Canada on the ropes. A United States victory was a very real possibility.

Then disaster struck in the sixth.

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Kim Hansen leads Denmark to winning ways in the Men’s Softball World Championship

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

KIM HANSEN has led DENMARK to a 2-1 record in the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship. He has pitched every inning for his country and is among the tournament’s leading pitchers. WBSC Courtesy Photo

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Kim Hansen doesn’t blister 80-plus mile per hour risers and drops past batters as Australia’s top pitcher, Adam Folkard can, or Canada’s Sean Cleary, or Argentina’s Maxi Montero.

Not that Hansen windmills puff balls to the plate. No sir, the Denmark right-hander can bring it at a tough-to-hit speed of 75 to 78 mph range, I’m guessing from watching him shutout Botswana, 1-0, in the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship, Sunday.

Along with respectable speed is movement. He spins the riser in and out, up and down, and he will pound hitters with a knee-high drop on the corners. And seldom does any batsmen get a free pass, evidenced by only three walks in three games.

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Webcast details announced for 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

Thursday, July 6th, 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, 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.

Sixteen teams from all five Olympic continents will compete in the 15th edition of the men’s softball championship, which will be hosted in Whitehorse, Yukon, July 7 to 16. Live streaming video will be offered for all 76 games played over the 10 days.

SportsCanada.TV will provide the video production for each game while Ballpark Broadcasting will provide the play-by-play and colour commentary. The cost to view all games, including playoffs, is US $29.95.

  • Games will be recorded and archived for on-demand viewing as well. Fans can subscribe to the service through this link: http://sportscanada.tv/worldsoftball/.
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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
    2801 NE 50th Street
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
    405-425-3431

    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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    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
  • 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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    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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