USA Softball Men's National Team goes undefeated at Father's Day Tournament
HOUSTON — The 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) went a perfect 4-0 on the first day of the Father’s Day Tournament in Houston, Texas. Outscoring their opponents 30-5, the Red, White and Blue will move on to Championship Sunday and resume action tomorrow against JB Titans at 11 a.m. CT.
Game One: USA 8, SA Glowworm 2 (four inning)
The MNT kicked off the Father’s Day Tournament with a four-inning 8-2 victory over SA Glowworm. Matt Ratliff (American Fork, Utah), Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.), Erick Ochoa (Imperial, Calif.), and Derrick Zechman (Watsontown, Pa.) each collected multiple hits while Zechman, Ochoa, and Dudley each drove in two runs to lead the Red, White and Blue.
Scoring multiple runs in all but one inning, the U.S. took the lead early in the first frame and kept the momentum going through the game. Tony Mancha had a strong performance in the circle and earned the win for the U.S. after tossing four innings and allowing two runs while striking out six.
Game Two: USA 15, Baytown Cardinals 1 (three inning)
In Team USA’s second game of the day, BJ Hunhoff (Harrisburg, S.D.) led the U.S. to a 15-1 (three inning) win over Baytown Cardinals. Hunhoff was solid in the circle and earned the win, allowing one run while striking out five and walking none.
The U.S. collected 14 hits on the night as homeruns by Ochoa, Kevin Castillo (Long Beach, Calif.), Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa), and Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.) extended the U.S. lead to 13-0 after the first two innings of work. Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.) followed suit and went yard to lead off the top of the third inning. Castillo then proceeded to hit the sixth homer of the night and his second. The Cardinals managed to put one run on the board in the bottom of the third, but it was Team USA who claimed the 15-1 win.
Game Three: USA 3, Geo Per 1 (four inning)
Despite trailing for the first time today, it was only a matter of time before Team USA would bounce back and go on to defeat Geo Per 3-1 in their third game of the tournament. Kept scoreless in the first, the U.S. began the second inning with a single by Dudley followed by a Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.) double. Saenz entered the game as a pinch runner for Dudley and later scored on a passed ball to even the score, 1-1.
The third frame became the deciding factor for the U.S. After Ratliff hit a single and Zechman was issued a walk, a passed ball would move both runners up. With one out, Ochoa hit a two-RBI single to right field to put the Red, White and Blue ahead, 3-1. Three straight strikeouts by Mancha kept Geo Per off the board and secured Team USA’s 3-1 victory.
Duane Weiler started the game for USA Softball MNT, throwing two and a third innings and allowing one run, while striking out two. earned the win after one and two-thirds innings of work, giving up zero hits while striking out five.
Game Four: USA 4, Houston Misfits 1 (five inning)
Behind the arm of Mancha, the U.S. earned the 4-1 win over the Houston Misfits. While it began as a battle of the two teams’ defenses, Team USA struck first in the third frame.
Saenz, Ochoa, Mullins, and Dudley each collected one hit to lead the Red, White and Blue, while Ratliff and Saenz posted one RBI apiece. Mancha earned the win after five innings of work, surrendering one run while striking out 13.
The U.S. returns to action tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET. Live stats and live streaming for all of Team USA’s games at the Father’s Day Tournament, recaps and more will be available at USASoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.