USA Mens National Slow Pitch wins four in exhibition play

By Julie Bartel | July 23, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

MIDLAND, Mich.    – The USA Men's Slow Pitch National and Futures teams captured four straight wins over the last two days as they continue to prepare for Border Battle VI this Saturday in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Team USA jumped out strong on Monday evening in Midland, Mich. with back-to-back wins posting a 21-5 decision over Wallace Landscaping in game one and a 25-18 victory over the USA Futures 32-Under National team in game two.

"I am pretty happy with results this far,”  said U.S. head coach Steve Shortland.  “There's normally some growing pains when you put teams like this together, but I haven’t seen it. We seem to have starting gelling right from the start.  Nonetheless, we can't switch into cruise control. It is imperative we remain focused as there is a lot of softball to be played this week. On a side note, our hosts in Midland and Parma have been unbelievable. Kudos to both for their gracious hospitality.”

Game One: Denny Crine (Henderson, Nev.) led the Red, White and Blue in game one as he went 4-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. He homered in the second and fourth innings and the U.S. had six hitters record the long ball in the victory.  Complete game recap and box score…..

Game Two: The USA Men’s National team defeated the Futures squad 25-18 in game two in Midland, Mich. thanks to the efforts of Bryson Baker (Woodland, Calif.) who was 5-for-5 with five RBI.  Six players had multiple RBI performances led by Luis Reyna (Tampa, Fla.) who led with seven and four home runs.  On the USA Futures team, Mike Umscheid (Kenosha, Wisc.) led the roster with four hits and four RBI.  Complete game recap and box score….

The teams then traveled to Parma, Ohio were they competed in three exhibition games at Nike Park against the Cleveland All Stars.

Game One: The National team came out strong in game one scoring 12 runs and never looking back as they scored double-digits in four innings before the 45-21 victory. Kevin Filby (Delaware, Ohio) led all hitters going 5-for-5 with 11 RBI with three home runs.  Complete game recap and box score….

Game Two: USA Men's Slow Pitch Futures Team failed to take advantage of Chris Greinert's (St. Mary’s, Md.) effort at the plate on Tuesday, losing 31-25 to Cleveland All Stars in seven innings at Nike Park (Parma, OH).  Greinert racked up seven RBIs on four hits for USA Men's Slow Pitch Futures Team. He singled in the fifth inning and homered in the first, fifth, and seventh innings.

Complete game recap and box score…

Game Three: Brian Wegman (Hamilton, Ohio) clubbed two home runs to carry USA Men's Slow Pitch National Team to a 13-11 win over USA Men's Slow Pitch Futures Team at Nike Park (Parma, OH) in four innings.  Offense was not hard to come by on on Tuesday, as both teams combined for 24 runs and 32 hits, including 14 extra base hits.

Complete game recap and box score…

Click here to see the 2014 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team and Futures Team Rosters

The USA Slow Pitch National and Futures Teams are traveling today to Kitchener, Ontario for their first ever games on Canadian soil. On July 24, the Futures team will take on Quebec and Canada while the National Team faces Europe and Canada Selects. On July 25, the Futures team will take the field against Home Run Sports and the Nationals will play Europe before both U.S. teams face off in the final game of the day.

The culmination of the summer comes on July 26 when the USA Futures team takes on the Canada Selects at 2:00 p.m. and Border Battle VI between the USA National team and Canada caps the event at 4:00 p.m.

The Michigan and Ohio  tour stop events will be free to the public while weekend passes for the three-day Canadian event can be purchased for $20 prior to July 1 and $30 after July 1. Click the links in the schedule below to purchase tickets.