PRINCE ALBERT, Canada – The hot bats of New Zealand came out swinging early and often as the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) were kept silent at the plate falling 11-1 in five innings.
“I was proud of our team’s effort tonight,” said Head Coach, Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio). “Craig [Lewis] did a nice job in the circle as our relief pitch and we had more quality at bats. Our job still isn’t done as we turn the page and look toward our matchup against Hong Kong.
New Zealand scored early as Reilly Makea’s homerun began the seven-run first inning. A double and a triple led to the scoring of the final five runs in the opening frame.
Nathan Landry (Nova Scotia) made the start for Team USA in the circle. Landry went just one-third inning of work allowing four runs before departing early.
Infielder Jeff Lewis (Amboy, Minn.) tallied the only run for the JMNT launching a bomb over the left field fence in the third.
Craig Lewis (Winston, Mo.) battled through the strong New Zealand lineup in 4.2 innings of relief. Lewis allowed seven runs, none of which were earned, and struck out two.
New Zealand took advantage of a JMNT error to begin the fifth before a bases clearing double scored three runs. The next play, a hard single snuck through the left side to cap off a four-run inning.
Needing to score to keep the game going, USA went three up, three down to fall 11-1. USA finished with just two hits in the game.
Team USA is back in action on Monday, July 9 as they take on Hong Kong in Group B play at 3:00 p.m. local time/4:00 p.m. CT. To follow along with the USA Softball National Team Program, please visit 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 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, www.USASoftball.com.
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).
For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org.