Information courtesy of Codi Warren, USA Softball HOUSTON, Texas — The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) had a perfect 3-0 outing on the lone day of competition at the Father’s Day Memorial Tournament in Houston, Texas.  With ...

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USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team goes undefeated at Father’s Day Tournament in Houston, Texas

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Information courtesy of Codi Warren, USA Softball

HOUSTON, Texas — The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) had a perfect 3-0 outing on the lone day of competition at the Father’s Day Memorial Tournament in Houston, Texas.  With inclement weather in the Houston area causing an alteration to the tournament bracket, the Red, White and Blue earned a shutout 9-0 win over Baytown New Era and an 8-3 win over the Senators before closing out the day with an 8-4 win over Geo Per.

“We hit the ball and played defense really well this weekend,” said Head Coach, Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio). “Our pitchers have got to get ahead in the count.  We had too many walks and got behind in the count too many times.  I think we’ve also got to get better at staying focused when we’re ahead and we have to stay in the game from the first pitch to the last.  If our pitching gets more crisp and mentally we improve, I really like our chances to shock the world in Prince Albert.”

USA 9, Baytown New Era 0
Box Score<https://gc.com/game-5b1ff5684f2039001ab2b59e/stats>

A six-run first inning fueled the U.S. to a 9-0 win over Baytown New Era in their first game of the day.  Getting the offense started early, defensive miscues on a double from Paul Miklovic (Caro, Mich.), a three-run home run by Jason Obregon, Jr. (Pico Riviera, Calif.) and double from Chayton Lloyd (Lakeside, Calif.) gave Team USA a comfortable 6-0 lead after their first at-bat.

Another two runs crossed the plate for the JMNT in the top of the second.  Jose Dominguez, Jr. (Union City, Calif.), who entered as a courtesy runner for Obregon, Jr., came around to score off a misplayed double from Derek Gomez (Austin, Texas).  The miscue by the right fielder would give Gomez plenty of time to touch every base to make it an 8-0 ballgame.

Another run in the top of the third via an RBI single from Miklovic put Team USA up by nine runs, which would prove to be enough as Garrett Nickel (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Jeff Lewis (Amboy, Minn.), who entered the circle in the bottom of the fourth, retired the Baytown New Era lineup in order the next two frames.

Garrett Nickel (Clarksville, Tenn.) picked up the win in his Team USA debut, pitching the first three innings with two strikeouts.

USA 8, Senators 3
Box Score<https://gc.com/game-5b25140f191cb60022b2aa92/stats>

Three RBI, two runs scored and a perfect 2-for-2 outing by JMNT veteran J. Lewis handed Team USA their second win of the day.  Combined with leadoff batter Dalton Gray (South Jordan, Utah), who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, the two accounted for half of Team USA’s runs in the contest.

Three runs crossed the plate in the first via RBIs from three U.S. batters – a triple from Tony Wark (Munger, Mich.), single from Gomez and single from Ethan Rodriguez (San Ramon, Calif.).  A solo home run from the Senators in the bottom of the frame cut the lead for the U.S. to 3-1, but another three-run outing in the top of the second pushed Team USA ahead by five runs.  A RBI single from J. Lewis brought in the first run of the inning before a walk to Wark loaded the bases with one out.  A wild pitch allowed Gray and Lewis to score, making it a 6-1 lead.

The Senators cut their deficit to four runs in the bottom of the second inning with a pair of singles and a passed ball, but the U.S. would hold a 6-2 advantage until the top of the fourth when they plated another two runs.  Dominguez, Jr. led off with a single to put one on for J. Lewis, who drove a ball to the fence for a two-run home run.

Down to their final at-bat, the Senators pushed across one run in the bottom of the fourth, but Team USA would walk away with the 8-3 win.  Craig Lewis (Winston, Mo.) picked up the win in the circle, pitching all four innings with one strikeout and three earned runs.

USA 8, Geo Per 4
Box Score<https://gc.com/game-5b2514246904f7001f97a349/stats>

In their final contest of the day, the USA Softball JMNT captured a come-from-behind win to finish the weekend perfect.  Using a six-run fifth inning, the U.S. offense combined for eight hits, four of which came in the top of the fifth, while Alex Ibarra (Cedar Hill, Texas) and Nathan Landry (Indian Brook, Canada) combined for the win in the circle.

It was a shaky start in the circle for Ibarra, who issued three walks, a pair of singles and a double as Geo Per took an early 3-0 lead.  That would hold until the top of the third when Dustin Thompson (Nevada City, Calif.) singled with one out and advanced to second on an error by the left fielder.  A walk to Miklovic put two on for Lloyd, who drove a ball through the left side of the infield to plate the speedy Thompson.  With Miklovic on third, Obregon, Jr. reached safely on an infield single to put the U.S. within one run.

Geo Per pushed across another run in the bottom of the third and their 4-2 lead would stand until the top of the fifth inning.  Thompson once again singled and moved to third after an error on the first baseman and scored on a single from Miklovic.  A passed ball allowed Miklovic to advance to third before a walk to Lloyd put runners on the corners and a walk to Steven Hecht (Vassar, Mich.) loaded the bases.

The game went in favor of the U.S. after Obregon, Jr. hit a ball to the third baseman, who attempted to throw Miklovic out at home.  An error on the play allowed Miklovic to safely score and gave Lloyd enough time to also cross the plate to give Team USA a 5-4 lead.  An intentional walk to Justin Martinez (Covina, Calif.) loaded the bases for Seth Brandel (Houghton Lake, Mich.), who singled to score another two and made it 7-4, USA.   The final run of the game scored after Rodriguez singled to plate Martinez.

Landry entered for Ibarra in the bottom of the fifth and shut down the Geo Per offense to hand the U.S. the 8-4 win.

The USA Softball JMNT will regroup once more June 26-July 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah for additional training and competition in their final preparation for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World Championship.

“In Salt Lake we’re going to face much better pitching, so I am excited to see how our batters react to pitchers who can make the ball really go up and down,” said McKinney on how the Salt Lake tournament will help prepare the JMNT in their quest to #JMNTShockTheWorld.

The final 17-player roster for the 2018 USA Softball JMNT will be determined prior to the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship (JMWC), which will be held July 7-15 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.

A complete schedule for the 2018 WBSC JMWC was announced on May 18 and can be found here<https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/Events/2018/July/07/WBSC-Junior-Mens-World-Championship>.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,www.USASoftball.com<http://www.usasoftball.com/>.

Codi Warren I Managing Director of Communications
USA Softball
2801 NE 50th Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
Visit Us Online: USASoftball.com<http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball>

    



Live Streaming of USA Men’s Fast Pitch NIT at Ashland OH – June 9-10, 2018

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Information courtesy of Codi Warren, USA Softball

Live streaming all the games from the USA SB Men’s FP NIT this weekend in Ashland, OH.  Links will be posted on this site once available: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/Events/2018/June/09/USA-Softball-Mens-Fast-Pitch-NIT

Editor’s note:  The linked page will include the brackets for the tournament.  Great opportunity to watch men’s fastpitch played at its highest level !

    



Next SCIFL Alliance Tournament – June 23-24, 2018 at Santa Fe Springs, CA

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From the SCIFL:

To All Managers:
SCIFL will be hosting its next Alliance Tournament on June 23-24, 2018 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA. This tournament will have a round robin format on Saturday followed by a single elimination on Sunday.
Teams interested in participating in the event need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Sunday, June 10, 2018 so the fields can be paid the following day, per the City of Santa Fe Springs permit agreement. Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments so please make sure you notify Jesse in a timely manner.
We will continue to use the bat tester and provide tamper proof decal stickers at this event. Each bat will need to be tested prior to use. Bats that do not have a tamper proof decal sticker will not be allowed in the game. Players should not try to take the tamper proof decal sticker off because any bat with a sticker that looks like it’s been tampered with will not be allowed in play.
In order to start the games on time please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to game time so we can test your bat and provide passing bats with a tamper proof decal sticker for umpires to check on the field.
SCIFL is a non-profit organization that only receives funds from the entry fee teams pay to cover the expenses of running a tournament. Once a team commits to the tournament the expenses are calculated and the field rentals are paid in advance. If a team has committed and then decides to drop out of the tournament, for any reason, they will be subject to the entry fee to cover expenses. The fees will need to be paid prior to any future SCIFL and NAFA tournaments to avoid the team’s roster (players) from suspension. SCIFL will take the team’s roster from the last tournament the team played and will place it on a suspension list if the cancellation fee is not paid. This means players from that team will not be able to play in any SCIFL and NAFA tournaments until the cancellation fee is paid, so please make sure when you commit you are committed to playing in the tournament.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Sincerely,
Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President / Commissioner
    



WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship groups and schedule announced; USA Junior Men’s National Team looks to improve upon fifth-place finish in 2016

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Information courtesy of Katie Willis, USA Softball

OKLAHOMA CITY — The groups and full competition schedule for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World Championship (JMWC) was recently released by the WBSC. The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) will travel to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada and compete in the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship from July 7-15, 2018, where they will look to improve upon their fifth-place finish at the 2016 World Championship in Midland, Mich.

“We’re looking forward to competing at the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship this July,” said USA Softball Executive Director, Craig Cress.  “The Selection Committee, coaching staff, and athletes have worked incredibly hard to select, train and prepare for what we know will be an incredible showing of junior men’s fast pitch from competing countries across the globe.”

Click here to view the complete schedule for the USA Softball JMNT at the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship<https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/Events/2018/July/07/WBSC-Junior-Mens-World-Championship>

“We are excited to have the opportunity to compete at the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship,” said Junior Men’s National Team Head Coach, Tyron McKinney. “The young men that make up Team USA have the passion and desire to get better and improve each and every day. We take pride in representing the United States and look forward to competing on the international stage in Prince Albert come July.”

The 13 participating countries, representing five Olympic continents, have been drawn into two groups. Competing in Pool B, Team USA will take the field against Canada in its opening match July 7 at 7:30 p.m. MT (8:30 p.m. CT). The Red, White and Blue are also scheduled to play Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hong Kong and New Zealand as part of preliminary round-robin action before heading into the playoff rounds. The top four finishers from each group will advance to the double page playoff round, while nations not advancing will compete in the placement round.

“This global showcase will feature the top young under-19 men’s softball players in the world and National Teams from five continents,” said WBSC Softball Division Chairman,  Tommy Velazquez. “The hosts in Prince Albert are ready to roll out an exciting world stage for these elite athletes, who will have 54 games to prove who’s the best in the world.”

Joining Head Coach Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio) are Tony Aresco (Stoneham, Mass.), Mike Armitage (Normal, Ill.) and Bob Piddock (Castro Valley, Calif.) who will serve as Assistant Coaches in 2018. The JMNT heads to Canada having placed fifth in their last appearance at a WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship, where the Red, White and Blue finished with a 4-3 record.

Click here to see the 2018 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team roster<https://www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/team-usa/junior-men>

Click logo for official tournament website

 

Tickets for the 2018 WBSC Jr. Men’s World Championship are available for purchase through the tournament website, www.jrsoftballworlds2018.com<http://wbsc.pointstreaksites.com/view/2018wbsc/tickets-1>. For updates on the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team and events throughout the 2018 season visit www.USASoftball.com<https://www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/team-usa/junior-men>.<https://www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/team-usa/junior-men>

 

Ballpark Broadcasting signs on for 2018 WBSC Jr. Men’s World Championship in Prince Albert in July

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit www.USASoftball.com<http://www.usasoftball.com/>.

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Cups, Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

For more information, visit www.wbsc.org<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001qCkRAShOoG2l2A_34AfFaCSkd5OvaMjYxrIeNs8oW-azVmOlj4rwUJQBlNGyQL9Q_g3LZQJa1Axf_Dty2MBvIMGYfnbqTvG6sRIMgWCPJPoL9XD9plo2bJCzenVvinBasfdTQGGJj943Jz9nFdtoGLdLGxvR8Cop&c=YU_Z8F_bBs0wxx35iEEXfrMUMJUT8tca0HXj2LOwfhTJXOuytmaINg==&ch=AZ1ehx8orVJw2opV8tf9AOERvusteRqfp1eLIBwV4L4RQ8KRN27HbA==>, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

[cid:15CEA1F0-8285-4725-8318-33F6A3850506]
Katie Willis I Communications Manager
USA Softball
2801 NE 50th Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
405-425-3425 (O)
Visit Us Online: USASoftball.com<http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball>

    


Next SCIFL Alliance Tournament – May 18-19, 2018 – Santa Fe Springs, CA

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From the SCIFL:

SCIFL will be hosting its next Alliance Tournament on May 19-20, 2018 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA. This tournament will have a round robin format on Saturday followed by a single elimination on Sunday.
Teams interested in participating in the event need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com by Sunday, May 6, 2019 so the fields can be paid the following day, per the City of Santa Fe Springs permit agreement. Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments so please make sure you notify Jesse in a timely manner.
We will continue to use the bat tester and provide tamper proof decal stickers at this event. Each bat will need to be tested prior to use. Bats that do not have a tamper proof decal sticker will not be allowed in the game. Players should not try to take the tamper proof decal sticker off because any bat with a sticker that looks like it’s been tampered with will not be allowed in play.
In order to start the games on time please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to game time so we can test your bat and provide passing bats with a tamper proof decal sticker for umpires to check on the field.
SCIFL is a non-profit organization that only receives funds from the entry fee teams pay to cover the expenses of running a tournament. Once a team commits to the tournament the expenses are calculated and the field rentals are paid in advance. If a team has committed and then decides to drop out of the tournament, for any reason, they will be subject to the entry fee to cover expenses. The fees will need to be paid prior to any future SCIFL and NAFA tournaments to avoid the team’s roster (players) from suspension. SCIFL will take the team’s roster from the last tournament the team played and will place it on a suspension list if the cancellation fee is not paid. This means players from that team will not be able to play in any SCIFL and NAFA tournaments until the cancellation fee is paid, so please make sure when you commit you are committed to playing in the tournament.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Sincerely,
Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President / Commissioner
661-510-8928
    


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