Junior Men’s National Team Bounces Back with Win over Hong Kong

July 09, 2018, 8:41 p.m. (ET)

PRINCE ALBERT, Canada – After dropping its first two games of Group B play, the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) offense came alive in a bounce back win over Hong Kong, 11-1 in five innings.

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“It was nice to get a win today,” said Head Coach, Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio). “We had good quality at bats today and kept the ball down while driving in runs. Defensively we got better and our pitching came through big.”

The Red, White and Blue fired up the offense early in the first. Jeff Lewis (Amboy, Minn.) started the offensive slugfest with a two-run shot to left field. USA posted another two spot an inning later as Paul Miklovic (Caro, Mich.) drove in a run with a triple to the left-center gap. Leadoff hitter Dalton Gray (South Jordan, Utah) drove in Miklovic on a Hong Kong fielding error.

Keeping the two-run inning theme going, Justin Martinez (Covina, Calif.) picked up a pair of RBI with a hard single up the middle as the JMNT lead 6-0 after three.

The offensive production continued in the four as J. Lewis fell just short of another home run as his triple to right hit the bottom of the fence. A walk to Derek Gomez (Austin, Texas) set up Jason Obregon Jr. (Pico Riviera, Calf.) to connect on a three-run home run to center making it 9-0.

J. Lewis capped off his 3-for-4 day in the fifth with another triple, this time to center, scoring a pair to cap off the 11-run game.

Craig Lewis (Winston, Mo.) went the distance in the circle tossing all five innings allowing three hits, one run which was not earned and six strikeouts.

The JMNT look to continue their winning ways on Tuesday, July 9 as they take on Guatemala 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. 

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.