USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team roster announced for Intercontinental Cup

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | July 13, 2018, 4:25 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball has announced a 17-player roster for the Men’s National Team (MNT) that will represent the United States at the Intercontinental Cup.  Held in Prague, Czech Republic August 28-September 1, Team USA touts a roster of veteran leadership from the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship and 2017 Pan American Championship rosters.

 

Click here to see the final Intercontinental Cup roster

 

“We are excited about the mix of veterans and new players that we are bringing to the Intercontinental Cup,” said Head Coach, Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.). “This is an excellent opportunity for us to travel abroad and play internationally in what would normally be an off year, and gives us invaluable experience heading into next year’s WBSC World Championship and the Pan American Games.”

  

Team USA will open the Intercontinental Cup, a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)-sanctioned event, August 28 with a 9:30 a.m. CEST (2:30 a.m. CT) game against No. 11 Denmark before playing No. 1 New Zealand at 5 p.m. CEST (10 a.m. CT) later that day. The Red, White and Blue are also scheduled to play No. 4 Argentina, No. 12 Botswana, No. 7 Czech Republic and No. 3 Japan.  All games will be live streamed via Playo.tv, a European broadcast company, with links (when available) at USASoftball.com.

 

Click here for more information on the Intercontinental Cup

  

The Intercontinental Cup will mark the first international event for the MNT after a breakout 2017 season in which the team competed in both the WBSC Men’s World Championship and the Pan American Championship. The Red, White and Blue finished the World Championship in sixth place with a .300 team batting average, 15 home runs, 64 RBI and a 6-3 record while the pitching staff combined for 74 strikeouts and allowed 26 earned runs through 49 complete innings. At the Pan American Championship, the MNT claimed the Bronze Medal, the first international medal for a U.S. Men’s National Team since 2003. As a team, the U.S. hit .237 with 11 home runs and recorded 56 RBI in 10 games played and from the circle, the U.S. staff combined for a 2.90 ERA and 62 strikeouts.

 

Announced in March as the Head Coach of the 2018 Intercontinental Cup roster, Leather served as the Head Coach for the MNT at last summer’s Pan American Championship in the Dominican Republic.  Joining Leather as assistant coaches are Greg Hicks (Bakersfield, Calif.), Nick McCurry (Ashland, Ohio) and Ron Guzman (Salinas, Calif.).  Hicks and McCurry were also on the coaching staff for the U.S. at the Pan American Championship and have been on the coaching staff with Leather since 2014.  Guzman will make his first appearance on the coaching staff for Team USA.

   

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.