USA Softball Junior Men top Singapore 8 to 4 at ISF World Championship
WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team scored five runs in the first inning on their way to an 8-4 win over Singapore in the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championships on Wednesday the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. With the win, Team USA moves to 5-2 in the tournament with just two pool play games remaining.
Collin Hopkins (Decatur, Ill.) drew the start and got the win for the USA Junior Men. The lefty went four innings allowing four runs on six hits and striking out three. Zane Chason (Alma, Ga.) entered in relief in the fifth and struck out six batters while not allowing a run or a hit.
The Americans set the tone early by scoring five runs in the top off the first off of two hits and an error. Justin Perez (North East, Pa.) and Tyler Stoffel (North Mankato, Minn.) each walked to start the at-bat and Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.) drove them in with a double. A fielding error in the next at-bat scored Bouley to give Team USA a 3-0 lead. Later in the at-bat an RBI single by Hopkins that scored Ryan Barnes (Lehi, Utah) from third was followed by a while pitch that plated Faron Apauty Jr. (Anadarko, Okla.) for the fifth run of the inning.
In the top of the second Apauty Jr. singled to score Bouley from third to make it USA 6, Singapore 0. That score held until the bottom of the third when Singapore scored four runs off of four hits to get back into the game.
Leading by just two runs, Team USA picked up a safety run in the top of the fourth when Taylor Nielson (Lehi, Utah) scored on a fielding error by the pitcher and scored their eighth run in the top of the seventh when Jimbo Perenetti (Ceres, Calif.) reached on a single and was driven in by Bouley later in the at-bat.
Chason held Singapore scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win for Team USA.. The Americans will face the defending ISF Junior Men’s World Champs Argentina at 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Thursday. 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.