Men’s National Team game schedule announced for Intercontinental Softball Cup in Prague, Czech Republic

June 04, 2018, 2:35 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The full competition schedule for the 2018 Intercontinental Cup, scheduled to take place August 28-September 1, 2018, was recently released by tournament organizers. The USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) will travel to Prague, Czech Republic and face off against some of the top-ranked teams in the world.

 

“The Intercontinental Cup provides high-level competition for members of our Men’s National Team as they train for the 2019 season,” said USA Softball Executive Director, Craig Cress.  “With two important events on the 2019 calendar, the WBSC Men’s World Championship and 2019 Pan American Games, quality events like these are critical to the team’s preparation.  They will be facing teams ranked 12th and higher in the world, including reigning World Champions New Zealand, and we look forward to the opportunity to gain additional experience at the site of the 2019 World Championships.” 

 

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 lived streamed via Playo.tv, a European broadcast company, with links (when available) at USASoftball.com.

 

The Intercontinental Cup is a great opportunity for us to gain valuable experience by playing some of the world’s top national teams,” said Head Coach Gregg Leather. “We have the opportunity to strengthen our program with this international competition. Going to Prague this summer ahead of next year’s WBSC Men’s World Championship will allow us to get acclimated to the location and just focus on playing ball when we return in 2019.”

 

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.

   

The roster for the Intercontinental Cup will be announced at a later date.  For more information on 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 Cups, 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, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.