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U-18 Men’s National Team drops Game 2 of the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup with 11-1 loss to host country New Zealand

Feb. 23, 2020, 5:25 a.m. (ET)

Palmerston North, New Zealand – On the second day of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Men’s World Cup under the lights at Colquhoun Park, the USA Softball U-18 Men’s National Team (MNT) faced New Zealand. Chase Thomson (Herriman, Utah) launched a solo shot in the third inning, however costly errors by the U.S. proved to be the downfall in the 11-1 (four innings) loss to the host country. 


The U.S. left four runners stranded through the opening two innings of play as Ian Winterhalder (Murray, Utah) and William Ponce (Olathe, Kan.) drew walks in the first half, while Matthew Armitage (Evansville, Wisc.) and Braden DuCharme (Hudson, Wisc) reached on a walk themselves. New Zealand struck first after back-to-back walks and a sac fly, while an error in the second made it 2-0.


Highlighting the third inning for the U.S. was Thomson who sent a two-out no-doubter past the left field fence to cut the Red, White and Blue deficit in half, 2-1. New Zealand led off the bottom half of the third with a walk and strung together a pair of singles to post a two-run third inning and extend their lead.


Down 4-1, No. 7 batter Armitage and No. 8 Braden DuCharme collected singles in the top of the fourth inning with one out but a strikeout and fly out to centerfield ended the U.S. chances of scoring anything additional. After New Zealand quickly tacked on two runs in the bottom half of the fourth frame, Parker Hopkins (Decatur, Ill.) entered the circle which resulted in Thomson swapping positions to catcher and Winterhalder taking over at second. However, New Zealand capitalized on another U.S. error before plating another four runs on three hits and a walk to take a 11-1 lead and finish the game. 


Armitage, Thomson and Braden DuCharme collected the only three hits for the U.S. in Game 2 of the WBSC U-18 Men’s World Cup. Thomson took the loss after giving up seven runs and three hits over three and a third innings of work, while Beamsley-Allan earned the win for New Zealand.


Team USA returns to action to face Guatemala Monday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 pm local time.