OKLAHOMA CITY –– The 2020 Men’s Slow Pitch Showdown kicked off today in Viera, Fla. with the Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Men’s Futures) and Men’s Slow Pitch National Team (MSPNT) each collecting wins. Held at Space Coast Stadium, the Men’s Futures started the day with a 21-4 run-rule win over Drip City/Monsta while the MSPNT followed with a narrow two-run victory over JUNO Athletics in a 26-24 walk-off thriller.
Men’s Futures 21, Drip City/Monsta 4
The Men’s Futures dominated on offense today, defeating Drip City/Monsta, 21-4, in a four-inning run-rule. Drip City got on the board early, scoring four runs in the first two innings of the game before the Men’s Futures responded with a six-run second inning to take a 6-4 lead. Tyler Marshburn, Adam Ussery and Collin Baartman sparked the offense for the Men’s Futures followed by homeruns from Josh Riley and Johnathan Williams. The explosive offense continued in the third inning for the Men’s Futures with Ryan McClanahan, Phill Matte, and Marshburn each sending one out of the park while Zane Migues homered twice to extend the lead, 19-4.
A lead-off double from Riley followed by a homerun from Williams in the bottom of the fourth inning sealed the run-rule victory for the Men’s Futures. Overall, the Men’s Futures tallied 20 hits and eight homeruns with Alex Hovey, Jason Matusik, Riley, Marshburn, Migues, Baartman and Williams collecting multiple hits. Marshburn and Baartman each went 3-for-3 at the plate while Migues and Williams went yard twice.
MSPNT 26, JUNO Athletics 24
Both offenses were strong at the plate as the MSPNT collected 27 hits and JUNO Athletics totaled 30 hits in the back-and-forth offensive battle. JUNO Athletics opened up the scoring in the first inning, plating three runs before the MSPNT responded in the bottom of the frame with six runs of their own courtesy of homeruns from Kyle Pearson and Daniel Cayton. JUNO Athletics did not stay down long, though, scoring seven runs on seven hits in the top of the second inning to put them on top, 10-6. A homerun from Andrew Collins followed by hits from Pearson, Filip Washington and Jeremy Yates in the bottom half of the inning put the MSPNT within one, but JUNO Athletics extended the lead again in the top of the third to put them ahead by five.
The MSPNT evened the score in the bottom of the fourth inning after a homerun from Pearson, a double from Yates and a single from Andy Purcell drove in five runs to tie the game, 14-14. JUNO Athletics followed suit in the top of the fifth with four runs of their own to re-take the lead while the MSPNT chipped away in the bottom of the frame, plating two runs to cut the JUNO Athletics lead to 18-16. A six-run sixth inning and four-run seventh inning would cap off the scoring for the MSPNT with Ryan Harvey and Cayton going yard in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the 26-24 walk-off victory.
Collins, Cayton, Pearson, Washington, Yates, Ryan Harvey and Bubba Mack collected multiple hits for the MSPNT, with homeruns from Harvey, Yates, Pearson (3), Cayton (3), Collins and Brian Wegman.
USA Softball announced the 2020 Slow Pitch National Team rosters earlier this year. The MSPNT roster includes athletes from 11 different states with 14 veterans returning to the roster while the Men’s Futures Team is a mixture of veterans and rookies from 11 different states. Athletes on both rosters have earned numerous USA Softball National Championships and individual tournament accolades.
For the Super Draft matchup, Team Helmer included Kevin Bazat, Cory Briggs, Dale Brungardt, Daniel Cayton, Travis Clark, Greg Connell, Ben Dunn, Ryan Harvey, Tyler Marshburn, Ryan McClanahan, Kyle Pearson, Josh Riley, Adam Ussery, Filip Washington and Johnathon Williams while Colin Baartman, Joseph Bennett, Andrew Collins, Patrick Ellwanger, Chente Granados, Alex Hovey, Jared Hunt, Bubba Mack, Phil Matte, Jason Matusik, Zane Migues, Andy Purcell, Brett Rettenmeier, Brian Wegman and Jeremy Yates played for Team Humphrey.
The USA Softball Slow Pitch Showdown dates back to 2012 with the most recent edition being held in Midland, Michigan last year where the Men’s and Women’s National Teams each finished victorious. The 2019 competition settled with the MSPNT dominating in a 41-23 victory over the Men’s Futures while the WSPNT edged past the Women’s Futures with a narrow 7-6 win.
About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) 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 & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USAS 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. USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USAS 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, USAS 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 USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.