USA Mens Fast Pitch National Team finishes 1 1 in bracket play at ISGU International
Fla. – The USA Men’s Fast Pitch National Team entered bracket play at the ISGU
International as the number one overall seed but finished 1-1 in the
single-elimination format. In their first game of the day, a walk-off,
three-run homer from Matt Ratliff (Sandy, Utah) sealed the win for the
Americans but the pitching of Australian Adam Folkard, whose widely considered
the top pitcher in the world, proved too much in game two as Team USA fell to
Sureno Soy 1-0.
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5, Venezolanos 3
USA Men jumped on Venezolanos early via a Chris Miljavac (Easton, Mo.) home run
in the first and a Bobby Rosthenhausler (Tucson, Ariz.) RBI single that scored
Nick Mullins (Toms River, NJ) in the second but the scoring stalled for the
next four innings.
Johnson (El Paso, Texas) earned the start in the circle for Team USA and held
Venezolanos scoreless through the first four innings until three singles and a
double resulted in three runs in the top of the fifth to give the South
American team a 3-2 lead. The score held into the seventh and the Americans
found themselves one out away from an opening game loss. Pat Sagdal (Richland,
Wash.) led off the at-bat with a double and Venezolanos chose to intentionally
walk Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) three batters later. With two outs and
two on, trailing by one, Ratliff pinch hit and came up huge for Team USA as he
connected sending a long fly ball over the fence for the walk-off victory.
finished the game with 13 strikeouts, giving up three earned runs on seven
Soy 1, USA 0
their second game, Team USA found themselves squaring off with a team that had
defeated them 5-0 just one day earlier. Sureno Soy, led by Folkard, scored one
run early and it proved to be enough as they defeated the USA 1-0. A single in
the first at-bat of the game was the only hit that USA pitcher Tony Mancha (Las
Cruces, NM) gave up in the game but a fielding error two batters later scored
the sole run of the game for Sureno Soy.
lead the way offensively for Team USA going two-for-four with a pair of singles
but the Americans struggled to bring runners home throughout the game as they
stranded seven on base.
finished the game with eight strikeouts, allowing just the one unearned run on
one Sureno Soy hit.
loss ends the tournament for Team USA who finishes 6-2 on the week. Next up for
the team will be the announcement of the 17-man roster later in the year, prior
to the team traveling to Parana, Argentina in October for an International
Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier.
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throughout the year for updates on the USA Men’s Fast Pitch National Team.