Men's Fast Pitch Futures Team finishes fourth at Elkland Labor Day Tournament

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | Sept. 04, 2018, 2:19 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Futures Team (Men’s Futures FP) had a fourth-place finish at the 66th Annual Elkland Labor Day Classic.  The team, which was created to provide additional development opportunities for the Men’s National Team (MNT) program, completed their run at the tournament with a 4-3 record.

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The Men’s Futures FP opened the tournament with a 12-0 (five innings) shutout win over West Carlton Electric.  Zane Chason had five strikeouts while allowing just one hit from the circle while Tyler Bouley blasted a pair of home runs.  The team followed with a 15-3 (three innings) win over Kingston ON Party Lake in their second contest.  Anthony Aresco picked up the win in his first start while Bouley, Blaine Milheim and Zack Shreck each had home runs. 

The team was unable to overcome an early deficit in a 6-1 loss to Elkland PA ESA Merchants as strong pitching stifled the U.S. offense.  A 13-run, second inning propelled the U.S. to a 25-7 (three innings) win in their final game of pool play as all but one batter had a hit in the contest.  Bouley had another two-home run performance at the plate while Milheim, Michael Lewis and Colin Seubert each sent a ball out of the park.

In their first game of bracket play, the U.S. mounted a mid-game rally but could not shake an early 10 run lead by the New York Bombers.  Falling 10-4, Lewis and Bouley each had a home run, with Milheim picking up three RBI.  The team stayed alive in the tournament by edging out Kingston ON Party Lake 4-2.   Zack Shaw and Milheim each had 2-for-3 performances at the plate while Chason picked up the win after fanning five batters and allowing just two earned runs. 

A 10-3 (five innings) loss to Elkland PA ESA Merchants ended the Men’s Futures FP team’s run at the tournament.  Nine strikeouts at the plate and a nine-run, second inning by the Merchants proved to be the deciding factor in the loss.

As a team, the Men’s Futures FP team led the tournament with a combined team batting average of .370 (64-for-173) and a .740 slugging percentage.  Milheim led the tournament with 11 hits while Bouley’s 18 RBI also landed atop the tournament leaderboard.

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