USA Softball

Jan 22 USA Softball wins 2006 AAU Tourney

Jan. 22, 2006, 1:30 p.m. (ET)
USA Softball wins 2006 AAU Men's FP Tourney 
 
Orlando, Fla.---The USA Softball Men’s National Team completed a stellar week by capturing the 2006 AAU Men’s International Fast Pitch Tournament with a 3-2 win over Team Minnesota in the finals. Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, U.S. centerfielder Adam LaLonde (Kentwood, Mich.) delivered a single through the left side to score Blake Miller (Albany, Ga.) for the winning run.
 
Team Minnesota took an early 1-0 lead when shortstop Greg Cascaes singled, advanced to second on an error and scored on a double by designated hitter Scott Deutch.
 
Shutout through three innings, Landy Rodriguez (West Haverstraw, NY) tied the game with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the fourth, his fifth home run of the tournament.
 
The U.S. took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Ben Fjelland (Slater, Iowa), who entered the game for the injured Rey Garcia (North Andover, Mass.), led off with a double to center field, advanced to third on a single by Miller and scored on a throwing error.
 
Down to their last six outs and trailing by one run, Team Minnesota came up with a run in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game 2-2. Cascaes led off with a double to left field, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Elsworth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Deutch. 
 
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Miller walked and was sacrificed over to second by Chris Miljavac (St. Joseph, Mo.) to bring up LaLonde. With the winning run standing at second base, LaLonde came up with a hard single that ricocheted off the glove of the shortstop to allow Miller to score the winning run.
 
Travis Price (Santa Ana, Calif.), who was named as the Tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher, got the complete game win after allowing only one earned on seven hits. Catcher Frank DeGroat, Jr., (Ringwood, NJ) was named as the Tournament MVP after compiling a .412 batting average that included three home runs and a team leading eight RBI. 
 
USA Softball advances to championship game with 4-1 win
 
Orlando, Fla.---The USA Softball Men’s National Team advanced to the championship game of the 2006 AAU Men’s International Fastpitch Tournament with a 4-1 win over the Hallman Twins of Canada. Team USA will face Team Minnesota for the title at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
 
The U.S. took advantage of two walks in the first inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Adam LaLonde (Kentwood, Mich.) and Landy Rodriguez (Westhaverstraw, NY) walked and both scored on a single by Chad Boom (Barnesville, Minn.).
The Twins responded with a solo home run by Dale Levy in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to 2-1. 
 
Two insurance runs came in the top of the fourth inning when Boom led off with a double to left field and Ben Fjelland (Slater, Iowa), running for Boom, scored on a triple by Sonny Perkins (St. Michaels, Ariz.). Rey Garcia (North Andover, Mass.) drove in the final run of the game with a single to left field to plate Perkins.
 
Terry Luster (Bunceton, Mo.) picked up the win after allowing only one run on six hits and fanning seven in 6 1/3 innings of work. Mike White (Eugene, Ore.) got the save by recording the final two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and leaving runners stranded on the corners.
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