PRINCE ALBERT, Canada – A six-run sixth inning by the host nation Canada led to the Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) to drop their Jr. Worlds Championship opener, 10-3 in six innings.
“Tonight was a learning experience,” said Head Coach, Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio). “Some things didn’t go our way and Canada took advantage of timely hitting. We will bounce back tomorrow, come out focused and be ready to play.”
The JMNT responded to Canada’s run in the first with a three-run second inning. Tony Wark (Munger, Mich.) led off the frame with a solo shot to left field. Back-to-back singles by Craig Lewis (Winston, Mo.) and Justin Martinez (Covina, Calif.) allowed a pair on base before both scored on bases loaded walk to give Team USA a 3-1 lead.
Canada responded with a three-run inning of their own as Brady Hogg launched a home run to center to take a 4-3 lead after two innings.
A pitcher’s duel began between USA starter Nathan Landry (Nova Scotia) and Canada’s Owen Torrie in the middle innings as both teams were forced to put up zeros.
The JMNT stranded a runner in the final three innings before Canada plated six runs in the sixth to end the game early. Sending all nine hitters to the plate, the hosts plated six runs on four hits including a pair of hit-by-pitches en route to a 10-3 final.
Team USA is back in action on Sunday, July 8 as they take on New Zealand in Group B play at 5:30 p.m. local time/6:30 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.
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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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