417 Reloaded claims Bronze at WBSC Co-Ed Slow Pitch World Cup

Nov. 19, 2018, 12:34 p.m. (ET)

Plant City, Fla.— 417 Reloaded, representing USA Softball, closed out the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Co-Ed Slow Pitch World Cup with a Bronze Medal finish on Sunday, Nov. 18. With an overall record of 6-3, 417 Reloaded eventually fell to the hands of Curacao 1 in a closely contested matchup, 15-12, to close out the tournament.

  

Game Seven: 417 Reloaded 17, Curacao 1 7

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A three-run blast by Fred Lundien and RBI double from Jeff Mullins in the bottom half of the first inning allowed 417 Reloaded to take the lead, one they would ultimately hold onto for the rest of the game.

 

Curacao 1 tacked on two in the second to come within one run of a tied game, but 417 Reloaded extended their lead by three runs following a sac fly by Krystin Pyle and inside-the-park, two-run home run by Kevin Hofmeister.

 

The offense put up another four runs through the next two innings, taking an 11-5 lead after four innings.

 

Six runs came in the bottom of the sixth with two outs. A walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases before two straight walks made it 13-6 in favor of 417 Reloaded but they didn’t stop there. A double from Hofmeister and single from Jamie Holmes extended the lead, 17-6, securing the victory after holding Curacao 1 to a sole run in the seventh.

 

Hofmeister went 3-for-4 and led the team with four RBI, while Lundien, K. Pyle and C. Pyle collected three RBI apiece.

 

Game Eight: 417 Reloaded 7, Bahamas 11

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Despite battling through seven innings of play, 417 Reloaded could not catch up to Bahamas in an eventual 11-7 loss.

 

Down 5-0 heading into the bottom half of the third, 417 Reloaded got on the board after a line drive by C. Pyle drove in two runs to make it 5-2.

 

A sac fly by Justin Isaacson in the fourth tacked on another run, while singles from C. Pyle and Lundien allowed 417 Reloaded to close in on Bahamas lead, 7-6, after five.

 

The offense struggled to stay in the game and counter to Bahamas continued scoring as 417 Reloaded mustered just one additional run in the 11-7 loss to Bahamas. In the loss, C. Pyle went 3-for-3, plating four of the seven runs scored.

 

Game Nine: 417 Reloaded 12, Curacao 1 15 (six innings)

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In a rematch with Curacao 1 and the opportunity to advance to the Gold Medal finale, 417 Reloaded fell on the short end and succumbed to an eventual 15-12 loss to take home Bronze at the WBSC Co-Ed Slow Pitch World Cup.

 

417 Reloaded took a 3-1 lead after an inside-the-park homerun by Mullins plated Holmes and Lundien in the first inning, but the offense stalled and was unable to add to the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth inning.  Through the next three innings, Curacao jumped ahead to a 13-3 lead thanks to an eight-run fourth inning, but 417 Reloaded tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to eight runs.

 

Not going down without a fight, 417 Reloaded plated another seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings but it proved not enough as Curacao 1 finished on top, 15-12.

 

With the loss, 417 Reloaded finished in third place at the VII WBSC World Cup Co-Ed Slow Pitch World Cup. At the tournament, Lundien finished with a team-high .788 (26-for-33) batting average and 25 RBI, while Hofmeister led the home run category with eight total.

  

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 through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro 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.