USA captures top seed
June 23, 2007
USA captures top seed entering the playoffs at the ISF Men’s World Cup
PRAGUE, CZ -- Despite losing to Venezuela, 6-5, in its last game in the round robin, the USA Men's National Team has earned the No. 1 seed entering the playoffs at the ISF Men’s World Cup.
The USA, Japanand Venezuela all finished with 7-1 records in the round-robin, but the USA had the fewest runs scored against them (7) while Japan had nine and Venezuela 12.
DeMo EHS of the Netherlands earned the fourth and final spot in the playoffs with a 5-3 record and is scheduled to play Venezuela on Saturday in the opening round while the USA faces off with Japan at 1 p.m. CST on Saturday.
Japan defeated Venezuela 7-5 earlier today to complete its round-robin play. The Page playoffs will conclude on Sunday (June 24th).
World Championship Headquarters
June 23, 2007
USA works extra innings for 5-1 win over Canada
ENSCHED, Netherlands – The United States had to work a through an extra inning but it was worth it as the USA Junior team put up a 5-1 win over Canada Saturday afternoon at the Junior Women’s World Championships, winning in eight innings.
Canada struck first, scoring a run in the second inning on consecutive hits, but the USA responded in the fifth inning. Monica Harrison (Garden Grove, Calif.) led off the inning with a single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Rosey Neill (Laguna Hills, Calif.). Neena Bryant (Placentia, Calif.) then drove Harrison in with a single to right-center field to tie up the game.
That’s the way the game would stand until the end of the seventh, forcing the International Tiebreaker Rule. Katie Schroeder (Yorba Linda, Calif.) started the inning on second base, pinch running for Bryant. Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.) both reached on infield singles to load the bases before Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.) drew a four-pitch walk to give the USA a 2-1 lead. Lastrapes eventually scored on a wild pitch before Harrison came through again, this time with a two-RBI double to make it 5-1.
“On the first one, Coach told us to look for a first-pitch strike to drive because she was coming in with good pitches then and I just put it back up the middle,” Harrison said. “On the second one, I was just thinking about getting a base hit so we could get some more insurance runs.”
Canada threatened in the bottom of the eighth, putting two on with none out, but Ashley Brignac (River Ridge, La.) got two infield fly pop ups and a ground out to end the game. Brignac went 7.2 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits while walking one and striking out nine for a 2-0 record. Donna Kerr (San Diego, Calif.) pitched 1/3 of an inning in the fifth inning, issuing a pair of walks, before Brignac was brought back into the game.
At the plate, Harrison led the way with two hits and two RBI. Lastrapes, Haber and Bryant had the other three hits.
“It’s good to play a game like this in pool play as it helps us get ready for the medal round,” said head coach Jay Miller. “Obviously I’d like to win every game by 10 runs, but I thought we hung in there and played good defense. We gave up a run, but we fought back and had better execution and timely hits today.”
World Championship Headquarters
June 22, 2007Junior Women's World Championships Headquarters
ENSCHEDE, Netherlands – Donna Kerr (San Diego, Calif.) pitched three innings of no-hit ball with seven strikeouts and the offense pounded out 10 hits as the USA Junior Team opened up play Friday morning with an 11-0, five-inning win over Puerto Rico at the Junior World Softball Championships.
The USA got on the board in the first inning when Monica Harrison (Garden Grove, Calif.) singled through the left side to drive in GiOnna DiSalvatore (Palm Harbor, Fla.). That would be enough for the pitching staff, but the USA poured on 10 more runs, ending the game due to the run-ahead rule.
“I thought we came out pretty good,” said head coach Jay Miller. “We got a great performance out of Donna Kerr and the offense came around. We scored in each inning, which is a good sign. We weren’t sitting around and coasting on the lead. Defensively, we need to get a little tighter, but we’ll get that worked out.”
Kerr faced nine batters and struck out seven of them, throwing just 43 pitches. Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif.) pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit while striking out one.
“My riseball and screwball were working pretty well today, and they were swinging at them,” Kerr said. “Any time you can go out there with a lead, you are a little more relaxed. A win like this is important and will boost our confidence as we head into a tough game with Australia tonight.”
In the second inning, Katie Schroeder (Yorba Linda, Calif.) drove in pinch runner Alissa Haber with a ground out and then Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) drove in two runs with a triple down the right field line, scoring Neena Bryant (Placentia, Calif.) and Rosey Neill (Laguna Hills, Calif.).
The Red, White and Blue broke things open in the third inning, scoring six runs, highlighted by Neill’s two-RBI triple to the gap. Maggie Viefhaus (Pacific, Mo.) drove in two with a double while Bryant and Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.) also had an RBI in the inning.
In the fourth inning, DiSalvatore drove in Schroeder with a single to right field to make it 11-0.
At the plate, Bryant led the way with two hits and an RBI. Schroeder, Lastrapes, DiSalvatore, Viefhaus, Harrison, Hansen, Tiffany Huff and Neill each had one hit in the game.
USA Men blank Prague
June 22, 2007
USA Men blank Prague Stars for seventh consecutive win
PRAGUE, CZ---The USA Softball Men’s National Team coasted to a 10-0 five inning run rule victory over the Prague Stars (1-4) on Friday morning to remain undefeated at 7-0 in the ISF Men’s World Cup. Three-home runs in just one inning helped to propel to Red, White and Blue to their fourth victory via the run-rule.
The USA pounded two Prague pitchers for 12 hits including three homers ina six-run third inning. Ales Jetmar was the losing pitcher and worked two innings, allowingsix runs and eight hits. Right-handerPetr Bednar replaced Jetmar after the USA hit consecutive homers (DeLarwell and DeGroat)in the third inning and finished the game, allowing four runs and four hits.
Chris DeLarwelle (Appleton, Wis.) opened thethird with a solo blast to leftfield and catcher Frank DeGroat(Ringwood,N.J.) followed witha solo homer tocenter field before Adam LaLonde (Cheboygan, Mich.)sent a blast over the center field fence later in the inningfor the USA's first grand slam of the World Cup.
It was the second home run of the game for DeLarwelle who helped put three runs on the board in the first inning with a solo shot. DeGroat increased his home run total to four with his solo home run while LaLonde broke into the home run club with his first. The three homers in the third inning increased the overall USA total to 14 in just seven games.
Although it wasn't the first time LaLonde has hit a grand slam in his career, it was the first grand slam for him in his six-year career as a member of the USA National Team. LaLonde had a pair of singles in two earlier at-bats to finish off a perfect day. DeLarwelle also had a perfect day offensively going 3-for-3 with a single and two home runs.
Cody Thomson (Salt Lake City, Utah) hurled the first three innings for the USA to pick up his second win in the circle. During his stint in the circle he allowed only one hit, one walk and fanned two batters. Left-hander B.J. Hunhoff(Harrisburg, S.D.) came in from the bull pen in the fourth inning to finish off the game. In two innings of work he did not allow a hit and struck out two.The U.S. must now turn its sights towards a showdown with undefeated Venezuela later in the day. The winner will secure the top seed going into the page playoffs on Saturday. The last time these two teams met up was in October of 2006 at the Men’s Pan American Championships in Hermosillo, Mexico where Venezuela dismantled the USA, 8-0, and allowed only one hit. The U.S. went on to finish fourth while Venezuela won the title after beating Canada 2-1 in eight innings.
World Championship headquarters
June 22, 2007
USA blanks Australia, 6-0, at Junior World ChampionshipsENSCHEDE, Netherlands – Ashley Hansen’s two-RBI triple broke open a tight ballgame in the sixth inning as the United States went on to beat Australia 6-0 on Friday evening at the Junior World Softball Championships.
“We had runners on base every inning, but if you get that many on, you’d like to get some more runs,” said head coach Jay Miller. “We left a lot of runs out there tonight and our pitching wasn’t sharp. But it’s an excellent sign that you can come out without your best stuff and still throw shutouts. We’re not clicking on all cylinders, but we keep improving. I’m pleased with the way we started, but I think we can be much better.”
Leading 2-0, Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.) laced a triple to the right-center gap on the first pitch she saw, scoring GiOnna DiSalvatore (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Neena Bryant (Placentia, Calif.). On the play, with Hansen sliding into third, the throw to the base scooted past the fielder and allowed her to reach home making it 5-0.
Ashley Brignac (River Ridge, La.) earned her first win of the tournament going 5.0 innings. The Gatorade National Player of the Year scattered two hits with five strikeouts and two walks, throwing 76 pitches. Megan Elliott (Prince Frederick, Md.) pitched the final two innings, walking one and striking out one.
Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) led off the game with a single to left-center and then stole second base. She moved up on Hansen’s ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.). In the third inning, Haber reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second before scoring on a triple by Maggie Viefhaus (Pacific, Mo.) to the left-center gap.
“It was very important for us to come out and set the tone today so that other teams can see that we’re here for a reason,” Viefhaus said. “It gives us confidence to come out and play like this and hopefully we can continue to do so.”
Leading 2-0, the skies opened up and torrential rain flooded the field, delaying the game almost two hours in the top of the third inning.
The USA added a run in the seventh inning when Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif.) doubled to score Monica Harrison (Garden Grove, Calif.), who singled to start the inning.
At the plate, Hansen had two hits and two RBI while Viefhaus had two hits and an RBI. Lastrapes, Harrison, Bianca Mejia (Sylmar, Calif.), Langenfeld and DiSalvatore each had two hits.
World Championship Headquarters
June 21, 2007Junior Women's World Championships Headquarters
ESCHEDE, Netherlands - The United States’ run for the gold medal was delayed a day as the final games of the day – including the USA/Puerto Rico match up – were rained out on the first day of the ISF Junior Women’s World Softball Championships.
USA hold off Czech Republic
June 21, 2007USA Men hold off Czech Republic to secure 6-4 winHAVLICKUV, BROD---Holding off a last inning rally by the Czech Republic (1-4), the USA Softball Men’s National Team won its sixth consecutive game on Thursday, 6-4, to remain undefeated in the ISF Men’s World Cup. The U.S. improved to 6-0 in pool play which concludes on Friday with a double-header.
For the first time in the tournament the U.S. found itself trailing in a game when the Czech’s took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning but the Red, White and Blue came storming back in the top of the fourth inning after a couple is costly defensive miscues.
Frank DeGroat, Jr. (Ringwood, N.J.) reached on a fielding error by the shortstop to lead off the inning and Mo Kandouse (Patterson, N.J.) was inserted to pinch-run. A trot would be the extent of running Kandouse would have to do as Nate Devine (Merced, Calif.) blasted his second home run of the World Cup to left field to give the U.S. a 2-1 advantage.
The Czech Republic came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. T. Benda led off the inning with a single and scored on a single by V. Svoboda coupled with an error by U.S. right fielder Chris Miljavac (St. Joseph, Mo.)
The USA regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning on a solo homer by shortstop Omar Moraga (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and an RBI single by Devine but the pesky Czech’s added a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead in half.
Two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the game, increased the U.S. lead to 6-3. Moraga led off the inning with a double to center field and scored on an RBI single by Chris DeLarwelle (Appleton, Wis.). With one out in the inning, DeLarwelle stole second, advanced to third on an error by the shortstop and scored on a wild pitch.
With their home town fans behind them, the Czech’s mounted a come back in the bottom of the seventh inning. L. Prochazka led off with a single and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. A walk to M. Cermak prompted Head Coach Peter Turner to turn to his bull pen to put a stop to the rally.
Sonny Perkins (St. Michael’s, Ariz.) came in to relieve starter Travis Price (Santa Ana, Calif.) with the winning run coming to the plate. D. Mertl greeted Perkins with a single to right field that scored Prochazka but that would be all Perkins and the U.S. defense would allow. A heads-up play by USA first baseman Nate Devine (Merced, Calif.) turned a routine out into a double play when he took the throw from second baseman Blake Miller (Albany, Ga.) and laced it to third to pick-off the runner. Perkins wrapped up his first save with a strikeout to end the game.
Price picked up his third win of the World Cup, hurling 6 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts. The USA and the Czech Republic each had eight hits apiece with Moraga and Devin leading the way with three hits apiece for the USA.
The USA will complete the round robin portion of the World Cup on Friday with games against the Prague Stars and Venezuela.
June 20, 2007USA Men Push Record to 4-0 With Easy Win Over Halcones TenerifePRAGUE, CZ – The USA Softball Men’s National Team won its fourth game in a row and second run-rule in the ISF Men’s World Cup, routing Halcones Tenerife of Spain, 21-2, in five innings Wednesday morning. It was the third loss in as many games for Halcones Tenerife.
Left-hander B.J. Hunhoff (Harrisburg, SD), the youngest player on the USA team at just 18, made his first start in the pitching circle and allowed just two runs on three hits to collect his first win. He gave up a solo homer in the second inning to Oropeza Merentes over the right center field fence with one out and an RBI single in the third inning by Pena Garcia, scoring Arteaga Matei who had walked to open the inning and went to second on a wild pitch. Hunhoff fanned five batters and walked only one.
The USA scored once in the second inning on a solo homer by catcher Frank DeGroat, Jr., (Ringwood, N.J.) off losing pitcher Escalona Zambrano, who was rocked for 18 hits, including 11 hits in a 14-run fifth inning.
The homer was DeGroat’s third of the World Cup and leads the USA team. DeGroat’s homer was the first of three launched by the USA in the game. Omara Moraga (Agoura Hills, Calif.) hit a solo homer and Tim Hunt (LaHabra, Calif.) also contributed a two-run round-tripper in the 14-run fifth inning.
Daryn Miller (Creve Coeur, Ill.) had three singles in five trips to the plate, driving in three runs, while Blake Miller (Albany, Ga.) drove in five runs with a double and two singles in five at-bats. Hunt also had a pair of singles to go along with his homer to lead the USA offensive attack.
USA Softball Undefeated
June 20, 2007
USA Softball remains undefeated in ISF Men’s World Cup with 8-1 win
PRAGUE, CZ --The USA Softball Men's National Team exploded for six runs in the fifth inning to score its second run rule win of the day and third overall of the tournament by defeating Santa Isabel Zaragoza of Spain, 8-1, to remain undefeated in the ISF Men’s World Cup.
Until the fifth inning, the USA, now a perfect 5-0, held only a 2-1 lead against Santa Isabel Zaragoza, which suffered its fourth defeat in as many games.
The USA's Chris DeLarwelle (Appleton, Wisc.) doubled home the first USA run in the bottom of the first inningand Nate Devin (Merced, Calif.) plated the second run with a sacrifice fly that brought home Chris Miljavac (St. Joseph Mo.) who tripled to open the third inning.
Santa Isabel Zaragoza closed the margin to one run in the top of the fifth inningon a solo homer by Miguel Andrade offUSA starter and winning pitcher Cody Thomson (Salt Lake City, Utah). Thomson picked up his first win in two starts after a solid performance that included 12 strikeouts. He allowed only two hits in 4 2/3 innings of work and was replaced by Travis Price (Santa Ana, Calif.) who came in and recorded the final out in the top of the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning the USA picked up the runs it needed to shorten the game to just five innings. The Red, White and Blue got a two-run RBI double by DeLarwelle, an RBI singleby Daryn Miller(Creve Coeur, Ill.) and a three-run walk-off homer by BlakeMiller(Albany, Ga.) tohand pitcher Gabriel Melendez the loss. Melendez hadallowed only three hits through four innings before the USA's bats camealive in fifth inning. Miller'sopposite field shot, which came with one out, was his second in as many games.
The USA finished the game collecting eight hits and was led by DeLarwelle who was a perfect 3-for-3 on the night with a pair of doubles and a single. Miljavac also had multiple hits in the game going 2-for-3 with a triple and a single.
Next up for the USA is a showdown with the host team, Czech Republic, on Thursday, June 21, at 1 p.m. CST in Havlickuv Brod, which is60 miles southeast of Prague in Eastern Bohemia.The USA will complete round-robin play on Friday, June 22 when they take on the Prague Stars and undefeated Venezuela. The Page Playoffs are scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 23.
ASA ISC Pitcher Development
June 19, 2007ASA/ISC Pitcher Development Program is off to a great startOne month into the joint ASA/ISC Pitcher Development program, we’re happy to report what appears to be an overwhelming success. On May 15th, USA Softball National Teams Director Ronnie Isham and ISC Executive Director Ken Hackmeister made the initial announcement on various softball related websites. Since that time, 26 individuals have signed up for the program. Those who have submitted applications range from age 6 to 28 and hail from all over the USA. Breakdowns of those who are now part of the program are as follows:
Age 6-10: 2
Age 11-15: 6
Age 16-20: 9
Age 20-30: 9
The ASA and ISC would like to thank all those that have applied thus far and want to extend this invitation to any other male under the age of 30 who is interested in developing as a pitcher.
Students have the opportunity to work with USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team Pitching Coach Gary Mullican or former USA National Team pitcher Michael White. The program at this time is strictly a video analysis program. Applicants will be asked to submit a videotape every 30-60 days, depending on age and skill level. One of the two instructors will then evaluate the video and make corrections/suggestions, which will be communicated back to the applicant. The instructors will also supply the applicant with drills that will help to improve their overall mechanics. This program is open to players of all skill levels, from raw beginners to more advanced pitchers. There is no cost for the program other than normal postage cost to submit the video. Funding for the program is being provided jointly by the ASA and ISC.
Applications are available for download on the USA Softball website under the Junior Men’s National Team folder and the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com under the Developmental and Rules and Forms links from the front page. These web site links will have a program application and a sample email analysis to review. Or for more information, please contact the program administrator, Scott Standerfer, at Standerfer@mchsi.com.