417 Reloaded clinches No. 1 seed at WBSC Co-Ed Slow Pitch World Cup

Nov. 17, 2018, 1:58 p.m. (ET)

Plant City, Fla.— A 3-0 outing on the final day of pool play has 417 Reloaded clinching the No. 1 seed at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Co-Ed Slow Pitch World Cup.  Highlighted the day with 11 homeruns, 417 Reloaded outscored their opponents 83-8 to finish 5-1 in pool play.


Game One: 417 Reloaded - 33, Curacao 1 – 4 (five innings)

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A seven-run first inning allowed 417 Reloaded to take an early lead, which they held onto for a final 33-4 victory over Curacao 1. 


Not a minute was wasted as 417 Reloaded quickly put the first two runners aboard in the top of the first before a single from Fred Lundien plated Kevin Hofmeister. A bases-loaded double from Brian Schemmer was soon to follow, tacking on another two runs. The momentum continued as the team finished the inning with a 7-0 lead.


Curacao 1 put up three in the bottom of the first, but 417 Reloaded responded by extending their lead to 11-3 in their next at-bat thanks to Hofmeister, Lundien and Jeff Mullins.


After shutting down Curacao 1 in the bottom of the second, the bats stayed hot for 417 Reloaded, widening their lead to 15-3 after RBIs from Corey Pyle, Jamie Holmes, and Lundien in the third.


417 Reloaded held Curacao 1 to a solo run in the bottom half of the third while adding to their lead in the fourth, 18-4.


The fifth inning ultimately sealed the 33-4 (five innings) victory as a total of 15 runs came across home plate. Hofmeister and Mullins led the team with 5 RBI apiece, with an additional seven players finishing with multiple RBI.


Game Two: 417 Reloaded - 25, Curacao 2 – 1 (four innings)

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Four innings was all 417 Reloaded needed to capture a 25-1 win over Curacao 2 and their fourth win in pool play at the WBSC Co-Ed Slow Pitch World Cup.


An inside-the-park two-run home run by Lundien drove in the first two runs for 417 Reloaded in the first inning. RBIs from Mullins, Pyle, Isaacson and Barrett extended the lead to 7-0 before a bases-clearing grand slam by Hofmeister, his second of the tournament, put 417 Reloaded ahead, 11-0.


The team tacked on another six runs through the next two innings to take a 17-1 lead after three innings. Holding Curacao 1 to just one run, 417 Reloaded secured the win after an eight-run fourth inning made it 25-1. 


Game Three: 417 Reloaded - 25, Turks & Caicos – 3 (four innings)

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417 Reloaded finished pool play with a 5-1 record and secured the No. 1 seed following their 25-3 win over Turks & Caicos.


A solo home run by Hofmeister began the game, as if to indicate that the game was going to be no different for 417 Reloaded than the ones before it that day. Holmes then singled before Lundien’s second inside-the-park home run that day, extending their lead to 3-0. The team tacked on another five runs and induced a 1-2-3 inning to return to the plate for the second.


The scoring continued for 417 Reloaded, including homeruns by Hofmeister, Mullins, Andi Anti, and two by Lundien, to add 14 to the scoreboard in the second.


Each team put up three runs apiece through the next two innings, with 417 Reloaded coming out on top for the 25-3 win (four innings) win. 


Hofmeister led 417 Reloaded at the plate on the second day, hitting .923 (12-for-13) with five home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs scored while Holmes (.857) and Lundien (.833) rounded out the Top 3 offensive leaders for 417 Reloaded.


417 Reloaded returns to action as the No. 1 seed to play Curacao 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET today. 


Fans at home can tune in to all of 417 Reloaded’s games through the USA Softball of Missouri Facebook page while live stats will be available at USASoftball.com.


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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).


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