USA Softball Men’s National Team finishes Father’s Day Tournament with 8-4 victory over JB Titans
HOUSTON — The 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) won their fifth-straight game of the weekend, 8-4, to complete their impressive outing at the Father’s Day Tournament in Houston, Texas, USA Softball announced today. The U.S. scored eight runs on nine hits with no errors.
Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.) got things going with a lead-off double in the second inning before tagging up and reaching third on a flyout by Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.). A walk to Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.) put two runners on for Team USA and a homerun by Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.) made it a 3-0 lead.
JB Titans came up in the fourth frame with a two-run homer to put the score to within one at 3-2, but Team USA responded back with an explosive five-run inning to secure a comfortable lead. Sagdal started the frame with a double to center field and advanced to third on the throw. An RBI single by Gil Saenz (Denver, Colo.) brought Sagdal home, and Saenz later advanced to third on a single by Derrick Zechman while he took second on the throw. A walk to Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) would load the bases for the Red, White and Blue. From there, the U.S. went on to score four additional runs, including a 3-run homer by Erick Ochoa (Imperial, Calif.) before the inning’s end.
The scoreboard was left unchanged through the fifth until the Titans led off with a home run in the top of the sixth inning. A walk to the Titans followed which led to a pitching change to BJ Hunhoff (Harrisburg, S.D.). The U.S. would hold the Titans to two runs that inning to finish off their fifth win of the weekend.
Tony Mancha (Las Cruces, N.M.) issued nine strikeouts, allowing four runs on three hits to earn the win in the circle.
The Red, White and Blue continue to prepare for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship, which will be held July 7-16 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Team USA will also participate in the Vancouver Challenge July 1-3 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada prior to the final 17-player World Championship roster being named.
With Denny Bruckert at the helm of the Men's Program, the U.S. coaching staff also includes Greg Hicks (Bakersfield, Calif.), Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Nick McCurry (Ashland, Ohio).
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.