Pernetti drives in four in USA Junior Mens 4 to 2 win over Japan at World Championship
WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team moved to 4-2 overall with a win over Japan at the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship on Tuesday the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. Phillip Zimmeran (New Holland, Pa.) earned the start and the win while Jimbo Pernetti (Ceres, Calif.) drove in all four of the Team USA runs in the 4-2 victory.
“I can’t say enough about the way our team fought for this win tonight,” said USA Softball Head Coach Tim Lyon. “Phil continues to throw the ball very well for us and Jimbo did what we all knew he could do. He really came through with some clutch hits and the rest of our guys did a great job of getting on base so he could drive them in.”
Zimmerman allowed just two earned runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings in the circle. With the win, he moves to 3-2 in the tournament. On the offensive side Pernetti was 2-for-2 with a run and four RBI. Bryce DuCharme (Hudson, Wis.), Ryan Barnes (Lehi, Utah) and Peyton Hall (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) each recorded a hit in the game as well.
USA jumped on the board early when, with Tyler Stoffel (North Mankato, Minn.) on base, Pernetti homered in the bottom of the first. The 2-0 lead held until the top of the fourth when the Japanese tied it with two runs on three hits and two USA errors. But the tie didn’t last long. In the bottom half of the inning Team USA loaded the bases and a Pernetti singled scored two more runs giving them a 4-2 lead.
Zimmerman and the USA defense held strong through the remaining three innings and the USA Junior Men earned the win over Japan. With the win, Team USA moves to 4-2 in the tournament and into third place in the current standings. The Americans will face Singapore at 1:30 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday. Visit www.USAsoftball.com to follow live stats, streaming and see photos from all of USA’s games at the ISF World Championship.
Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is a member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the world governing body for the sport which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.