USA shuts out Virgin Islands
USA shuts out Virgin Islands 3-0
HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The USA Men’s National Softball team, backed with a no-hitter performance by Sonny Perkins (St. Michaels, Ariz.), shut out the Virgin Islands 3-0 to improve its record to 3-2 at the 2006 Men's Pan American
Softball Championships. In his first appearance of the tournament, Perkins struck out 10 batters faced and issued only one walk.
The United States struck in the second inning with lead off batter Landy Rodriquez (West Haverstraw, N.Y.) hitting a double to get it started. Louis Joglar (Fairview, N.J.) was hit by a pitch, reaching second on a ground out by Jim Pelacazo. A groundout by Blake Miller (Albany, Ga.) plated Rodriguez for the first run of the game.
It was pretty much three up three down on both sides until the fifth inning when the red, white and blue increased its lead to 3-0. Chris Miljavac (St. Joseph, Mo.) was hit by a pitch to reach first, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Miljavac scored when Frank DeGroat (Ringwood, N.J.) reached on an error by Virgin Island shortstop Jeremy Penn. Omar Moraga (Tucson, Ariz.) scored the third and final run of the game, scoring on a fielder’s choice by Chad Boom (Barnesville, Minn.), who reached on one of four walks of the game.
The Virgin Islands squad broke up the perfect game in the sixth inning when Juan Hatchett reached first on a walk. Two strikeouts by Perkins halted any scoring possibility and three outs in the seventh led the U.S. to its third win of the tournament.