PRINCE ALBERT, Canada – Behind the strong arm of right-hander Nathan Landry (Indian Brook, Nova Scotia), who struck out 14 of the 24 batters faced, the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) worked past Guatemala, 3-0. With the win, the JMNT have secured a spot in the playoff round.
“I love the fight in this team,” said Head Coach, Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio). “We stepped up when we had to and secured a spot in the playoff round. Defensively we looked great and you have to tip your cap to Nathan [Landry] who pitched a heck of a game.”
Despite allowing a leadoff walk to start the game, Landry worked back to strike out six of the next 11 batters faced. The offense assisted the defense scoring in the opening frame. The game’s first run crossed the plate as Dalton Gray (South Jordan, Utah) scored on a wild pitch after leading off the bottom half of the first with a single to left field. Jeff Lewis (Amboy, Minn.) made it 2-0 courtesy of a Guatemala fielding error.
In the fourth, the JMNT produced an insurance run with two-outs as J. Lewis sent a hard single to short scoring Craig Lewis (Winston, Mo.)
From there it was all Landry as he struck out the side in back-to-back innings. Guatemala broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out single up in the middle in the sixth.
With the 3-0 lead, Landry allowed a free pass to start the seventh but buckled down to produce a strikeout, fly out and a ground out to secure the win.
The JMNT will take advantage of an off day on Wednesday, July 11 before returning to the diamond on Thursday, July 12 to finish out pool play against the Czech Republic. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. local time/8:30 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.