USA Junior Mens Fastpitch National Team wins championship at Midland Mich Tournament
Mich. – In their first event as a team, the 2014 USA Softball Junior Men’s
Fastpitch National Team took the championship of a tournament in Midland, Mich.
this weekend. Using the event as a tune-up for next month’s International
Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championships, Team USA went 3-2
in the event with a 14-7 win over Reese’s A’s in the finals.
14, Reese’s A’s 7
A superb effort by Junior Centeno (Salem, Utah) carried
Team USA to a 14-7 win in five innings over Reese A's on Sunday at Currie
stadium in Midland, Mich. Junior accomplished one of the rarest feats in
softball when he hit for the cycle going 4-4 in the game. He singled in the
first inning, homered in the third inning, tripled in the fourth inning, and
doubled in the fifth inning.
The USA Junior Men’s bats came to life
in the fourth inning as they scored eight runs by way of an RBI single by
Blaine Milhelm (Easton Rapids, Mich., a three-run home run by Bryce DuCharme
(Hudson, Wis.), an RBI double by Jimbo Pernetti (Ceres, Calif.), a two-run home
run by Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.), and a solo home run by Ryan Barnes
The teams traded runs for most of the
contest, leading to four lead changes in the game. Phillip Zimmerman (New Holland,
Pa.) recorded the win for
Team USA allowing seven runs over five innings. Zimmerman struck out four,
walked three and surrendered 10 hits.
Wright took the loss for Reese A's. He
allowed 14 runs in five innings and struck out five.
jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first after back-to-back
singles from DuCharme and Centeno was followed by a two-run RBI double from
Pernetti. Team USA then tacked on more runs when Pernetti scored on an RBI
single by Tyler Stoffel (North Mankato, Minn.).
The USA Junior Men added two
additional runs in the fifth after Pernetti’s double got things going, scoring
Centeno. That was followed up by a Bouley single, plating Pernetti.
Following the tournament championship,
the USA Softball Junior Men will play two exhibition games in Midland on Monday
and Tuesday night before breaking for the remainder of the month. The Team will
come together again on July 1 as they begin a five-city tour along
the west coast and then travel to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada for the ISF Junior
Men’s World Championship. Please visit www.USASoftball.com throughout the
year for updates on the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team.
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/.
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.