USA Softball Junior Men fall to Australia in final pool play game at ISF World Championship
WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – With a spot in the championship bracket on the line, the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team took the field with Australia on Friday evening and suffered an 8-0, five-inning loss at the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. The Aussies scored six runs in the top of the first and Team USA couldn’t muster a comeback.
Phillip Zimmerman (New Holland, Pa.) started the game in the circle for the USA team and allowed six runs on four hits before Zane Chason (Alma, Ga.) entered in relief in the second inning. Chason pitched the remainder of the game giving up just two runs on three hits and striking out three Australian batters.
Team USA struggled to get anything going offensively throughout the contest as the Australian pitching corps combined for a no-hitter.
Australia scored two more runs in the second inning by way of a Matthew Wickham homerun but following the second, Chason recorded three consecutive three up, three down innings in the circle. Despite the late success, the Americans couldn't overcome the early Australian runs falling 8-0 in five innings.
As a result of the loss, Team USA enters the consolation bracket where they’ll compete for fifth place. The next game for the USA Junior Men will be at 7:30 p.m. (PST) on Saturday versus the winner of Czech Republic and Denmark. Live streaming and live stats are available during every contest of the World Championship. Visit www.USASoftball.com to see all of the action.
Headquartered 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/.
About USA Softball
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.