USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team soars to 10-1 victory over Fargo Koalas in exhibition game

May 25, 2018, 10 p.m. (ET)

Fargo, N.D. — Despite the Fargo Koalas striking first, the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team stayed focused and used an explosive seven-run third inning to secure a 10-1 victory Friday evening.


The Fargo Koalas plated a run early on in the first inning after a walk was issued to J. Crummy. After a stolen base and passed ball, Crummy advanced to third and was brought home on a RBI single from J. Anderson. After starting pitcher Alex Ibarra (Cedar Hill, Texas) issued a walk, he and the U.S. defense gained control and closed out the inning after a fly out and line out stopped additional runs from scoring.


Trailing 1-0, Craig Lewis (Winston, Mo.) entered the circle for Team USA to start the third inning and worked out of a bases loaded jam to bring the U.S. offense back to the plate. A leadoff double by C. Lewis in the bottom half of the frame proved to be what the Red, White and Blue needed to fuel the offense. C. Lewis advanced to third on a bunt from Jose Dominguez (Union City, Calif.) before touching home on a wild pitch to tie the ballgame. 


The U.S. took the lead, 2-1, after a sac fly from Jeff Lewis (Amboy, Minn.) brought Dominguez home. Team USA put another two runners on base after Derek Gomez (Austin, Texas) singled and Travis Miller (Kewaunee, Wis.) reached second on an error by the centerfielder. The U.S. quickly loaded the bases after Seth Brandel (Houghton Lake, Mich.) was hit-by-pitch, before a double from Dustin Thompson (Nevada City, Calif.) plated the two runs. Brandel plated the fifth run on a passed ball before a wild pitch brought Thompson across the plate and made it 6-1. The U.S. closed out the inning with one last run by Dalton Gray (South Jordan, Utah) who reached on a dropped third strike before he rounded the bases and scored on a groundout from Daniel Stangel (Kewaunee, Wis.).


Entering the circle in the fifth inning was Nathan Landry (Indian Brook, Nova Scotia) who induced a groundout before back-to-back strikeouts brought the Red, White and Blue back to the plate. Jason Obregon Jr. (Pico Riviera, Calif.) led off the bottom half by reaching third on a fielding error before a RBI single from Thompson made it an 8-1 lead.


The JMNT capped off their night by scoring two additional runs in the the sixth inning. Paul Miklovic (Caro, Mich.) was issued a walk and advanced to third after a double from C. Lewis. A passed ball brought Miklovic home before a groundout from Dominguez allowed C. Lewis to score the 10th, and what would be the final run of the game.


The pitching staff of Ibarra, C. Lewis, and Landry combined to allow just two hits, while fanning 11 batters through seven innings of work. The JMNT is back in action tomorrow as they open the Fargo Memorial tournament with a 10 a.m. CT game against Cross Lake before facing Fargo Knights (12 p.m. CT) and Len’s Automotive (4 p.m. CT). 


The Fargo Memorial tournament serves as an additional training opportunity for the 2018 JMNT as the team prepares for the WBSC JMWC.  The final 17-player roster for the 2018 USA Softball JMNT will be determined prior to the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship (JMWC), which will be held July 7-15 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.  A complete schedule for the 2018 WBSC JMWC was announced on May 18 and can be found here.

 

Live stats for all of Team USA’s games at the Fargo Memorial tournament, recaps and more will be available at USASoftball.com. Fans can also follow USA Softball on social media for additional updates.

 

With Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio) at the helm of the Junior Men's Program, the U.S. coaching staff also includes Tony Aresco (Stoneham, Mass.), Mike Armitage (Normal, Ill.) and Bob Piddock (Castro Valley, Calif.).

 

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.