Team USA Concludes Play at Larry H. Miller Pioneer Days Tournament

July 01, 2018, 1:23 p.m. (ET)

SALT LAKE CITY – The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) wrapped up the Larry H. Miller Pioneer Days by falling to the New York Gremlins 13-0 in three innings of play.

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“This was a good week,” said Head Coach, Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio). “We worked through some situations and got better. I thought we moved the ball really well off some very good pitching. As we start the final leg of our journey we will work to get better as we shock the world!”

The New York Gremlins came out swinging from the start plating 12 runs on eight hits in the opening frame courtesy of a pair of three-run home runs. In the second, the USA defense buckled down allowing one run as a solo shot led off the bottom half of the inning.

The JMNT could not keep up with the speed of one of the top pitchers in the world, despite quality at bats, as Juan Potolicchio picked up the win in the circle. Craig Lewis (Winston, Mo.) recorded the only hit for the USA as he led off the third with a single to center.

The JMNT heads to Prince Albert, Canada for the 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championships July 7-15. Team USA opens up Group B play against Canada on Saturday, July 7 at 8:30 p.m. CT.

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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 69 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,

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).

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