Junior Men’s National Team Ends Run at WBSC Junior World Championships

July 13, 2018, 8:22 p.m. (ET)

PRINCE ALBERT – The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team could not recover from an early deficit as their WBSC Men’s Junior World Championship run came to an end with a loss to Argentina, 9-2 in six innings.

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"Overall it was a great experience for these kids," said Head Coach, Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio). “We learned a lot and we just have to learn to handle adversity along with getting mentally tougher. We competed with every team we played but one bad inning just got the best of us. I am really proud of how we fought and hung in there with the big teams."

As the visiting team, Argentina opened up the game with a run in the first. The bats did not stop there as a single, triple and an error led to a five-run second inning as Argentina took the early 6-0 lead.

USA starter Nathan Landry (Nova Scotia) lasted 1.2 innings allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits. It was Craig Lewis (Winton, Mo.) who came out of the pen to throw three straight innings of scoreless ball.

The JMNT broke through on the scoreboard in the fourth. With two outs, Justin Martinez (Covina, Calif.) drove in C. Lewis and Jeff Lewis (Amboy, Minn.) who had reached via a walk and hit by pitch respectively.

After being shut down for three innings, the Argentina bats came back alive. A one-out single and a sacrifice fly in foul territory led to a three-run sixth inning.

Needing one run in the sixth to keep the game going the USA went three up, three down to fall to Argentina 9-2.

With the loss, Team USA has concluded play at the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championships. Continue 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.