USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team goes 3-0 on opening day of Fargo Memorial Tournament

May 26, 2018, 11:49 p.m. (ET)

Fargo, N.D. — The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) went 3-0 on opening day of the Fargo Memorial tournament, USA Softball announced today. The JMNT claimed a 5-4 win over Cross Lake before defeating the Fargo Knights, 10-1, and ended the day with a 9-5 victory over Len’s Automotive. 

 

“I am really pleased with how this weekend is going,” said Head Coach Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio). “The team is playing with confidence and feeding off of each other really well. Each member is accepting of their roles each game and comes together to play as a team. We still have more work to do tomorrow and in the following days to prepare for the World Championship, but I am pleased with our progress so far."

 

USA 5, Cross Lake 4

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Despite Cross Lake plating the first run on a RBI triple to right field in the first inning, Team USA didn’t let up and earned a hard-fought 5-4 victory thanks in part to a three-run second inning. Craig Lewis (Winston, Mo.) was issued a walk to lead off the second and after stealing second, advanced to third on an infield error. With C. Lewis in scoring position, Tony Wark (Munger, Mich.) hit a line drive straight to the pitcher who bobbled the ball, resulting in Wark reaching first and a plated run for the Red, White and Blue to tie the ballgame. The U.S. offense quickly loaded the bases after singles from Jason Obregon Jr. (Pico Riviera, Calif.) and Chayton Lloyd (Lakeside, Calif.) and tacked on another two runs after a hard-hit single to left field from Paul Miklovic (Caro. Mich.).

 

Cross Lake tied the game in the top of the fifth after scoring on a passed ball and RBI single, but the U.S. bounced back with two runs of their own in the bottom half to take the lead back. A single from Jeff Lewis (Amboy, Minn.) and back-to-back walks to Derek Gomez (Austin, Texas) and Seth Brandel (Houghton Lake, Mich.) loaded the bases for Team USA before C. Lewis reached first after an infield error and J. Lewis crossed home. A RBI single from Wark made it 5-3 U.S. lead before the inning ended.

 

With one out and two runners on base, C. Lewis entered the circle in the top of the seventh for starting pitcher Nathan Landry (Nova Scotia, Indian Brook). Cross Lake managed to plate a run off a RBI double before a couple infield groundouts closed out the game and secured the U.S. victory, 5-4. Landry picked up the win after allowing four hits and striking out six in six and one-third innings of work.

 

USA 10, Fargo Knights 1

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After retiring the side to open up their second game of the day, the JMNT got on the scoreboard early in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Miklovic was hit-by-pitch and reached second after a single from Wark. A passed ball allowed Miklovic and Wark to advance before both were brought home after an infield error off Chayton Lloyd's (Lakeside, Calif.) two-out infield pop fly.

 

Team USA took a sizable lead in the second and plated an additional five runs to make it a 7-0 ballgame. Dalton Gray (South Jordan, Utah) reached first on an error to lead off before a single from Ethan Rodriguez (San Ramon, Calif.) put two runners aboard. A RBI single from J. Lewis followed to bring home Gray before Miklovic was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. A hit-by-pitch to Wark plated the fourth run and a RBI triple from Gomez followed to put Team USA on top, 7-0.

 

The Fargo Knights scored a lone run in the fourth, and Team USA responded by tacking on another three runs. Daniel Stangel (Kewaunee, Wis.) led off with a single and moved to second after J. Lewis was hit-by-pitch. A bunt-single from Miklovic resulted in an infield error on the throw to bring home Stangel and J. Lewis, and allow Miklovic to reach third on the play. After a RBI single from Gomez, Miklovic would score Team USA’s 10th run and make it a 10-1 ballgame. C. Lewis and the U.S. defense closed out the game in similar fashion to the opening inning by retiring the side to secure their 10-1 (five innings) victory. C. Lewis was credited with the win in the circle after allowing just three hits and fanning four in five innings of work.

 

USA 9, Len’s Automotive 5

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The JMNT proved victorious in their third game of the Fargo Memorial tournament, scoring seven runs in the first inning of what would eventually become a 9-5 victory over Len’s Automotive. Back-to-back singles from Gray and J. Lewis led off the first and after advancing to third and second, respectively, both crossed home when Wark reached first off an infield error. Obregon then singled to centerfield and advanced to third on the throw while Wark scored to put Team USA up, 3-0. An infield error allowed Lloyd to reach first and Obregon to plate the fourth run for the U.S. Another two runs followed after Stangel singled and Justin Martinez (Covina, Calif.) hit a fly ball into right field, plating Lloyd and Stangel. A groundout to Dustin Thompson (Nevada City, Calif.) allowed Martinez to score to make it 7-0.

 

A two-run home run in the bottom half of the first inning put Len’s Automotive on the board before they tacked on another run in both the second and fifth innings to shorten the U.S. Lead, 7-4. A RBI single from J. Lewis would score Jose Dominguez (Union City, Calif.) in the top of the sixth to make it 8-4, while the U.S. defense would retire the side in the bottom half of the frame. Stangel doubled to right field in the top of the seventh inning, allowing Lloyd to score on the throw to add to the U.S. lead, 9-4. Len’s Automotive plated one run in the bottom half of the seventh inning but it was Team USA who came out on top with a final score of 9-5.

 

Alex Ibarra (Cedar Hill, Texas) picked up the win in the circle, allowing seven hits and striking out one in four innings of work. C. Lewis was credited with the save after pitching the final three innings, where he allowed just two hits and struck out one.

 

The JMNT is back in action tomorrow as they face Notre Dame in a 9 a.m. CT matchup for their final game of pool play. 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.

 

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.

  

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.).

 

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