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MSPNT claim win over Men's Futures Slow Pitch National Team in 2020 Slow Pitch Showdown

Oct. 13, 2020, 5:58 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY –– The 2020 Men’s Slow Pitch Showdown concluded yesterday in Viera, Fla. as the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team (MSPNT) closed the tournament with a 21-10 victory over the Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Men’s Futures) to claim the Men’s Slow Pitch Showdown title.
 
Men’s Futures 24, JUNO Athletics 25
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The Men’s Futures kicked off the final day of the tournament in a back-and-forth battle against JUNO Athletics, but fell short in a 25-24 loss. Both teams were dominant on offense, with JUNO Athletics totaling 34 hits and the Men's Futures collecting 29 hits. Trailing through five innings, the Men’s Futures tied the game, 16-16, in the bottom of the fourth but a five-run sixth inning and four-run seventh inning would seal the 25-24 victory for JUNO Athletics.

The Men’s Futures totaled eight homeruns with Phil Matte, Austin Andrews and Johnathan Williams each sending one deep, Jason Matusik hitting two over the fence and Josh Riley leading the offense with three long balls. Eight players for the Men’s Futures collected multiple hits in the offensive showdown including Alex Hovey, Adam Ussery, Tyler Marshburn, Collin Baartman. Andrews, Matte, Riley, and Matusik,
 
USA Men 13, Drip City/Monsta 11
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The MSPNT edged past their first game of the day with a narrow 13-11 win over Drip City/Monsta. Drip City got on the board early, scoring two in the top of the first inning, but the MSPNT offense responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 5-2 lead. The MSPNT extended their lead in the second and third innings, plating eight runs while Drip City only managed to tack on two. After pushing a lone run across in the top of the fourth and holding the MSPNT scoreless in the bottom of the frame, Drip City rallied with six runs in the top of the fifth, but Team USA remained strong for the 13-11 win. Due to travel accommodations, the contest concluded after five innings.
 
Travis Clark, Kyle Pearson and Filip Washington collected multiple hits for the MSPNT with Greg Connell and Ben Dunn each sending one out of the park and Pearson going deep twice.  
 
USA Men 21, Men’s Futures 10
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The MSPNT offense proved consistent, scoring at least one run in every inning while totaling 23 hits in the 21-10 win over the Men’s Futures. As the visiting team, the Men’s Futures plated the first run of the game with a long ball from Riley, but a double-play and a fly out would send the MSPNT to the plate for an explosive nine-run inning in the bottom of the frame. Pearson got things started for the MSPNT with a lead-off walk followed by a homerun from Ryan Harvey to put them on top, 2-1. Doubles from Daniel Cayton, Jeremy Yates and Connell would continue the inning with Bubba Mack going yard to extend the MSPNT lead, 6-1, with two outs remaining in the bottom of the first. A pair of singles and an inside-the-park homerun from Kevin Bazat would add three more to the MSPNT lead before a flyout to left field would end the inning with the Men’s Futures trailing, 9-1. A five-run second inning featuring homeruns from Zane Migues and Riley would put the Men’s Futures within three, but a triple from Harvey followed by a sac-fly from Cayton in the bottom of the inning would tack on another run for the MSPNT to extend the lead, 10-6.
 
After retiring the Men’s Futures in order, the MSPNT added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning followed by a one run fourth inning from both squads to improve the MSPNT lead, 13-7. The Men’s Futures managed to push a lone run in the top of the fifth inning with a homerun from Marshburn, while a single from Dale Brungardt and homer from Andrew Collins made it 16-8 in favor of the home team. After keeping the Men’s Futures off the board in the top of the sixth, the MSPNT plated five runs in the bottom of the frame to extend their lead, 21-8, with three outs remaining in the game. Lead-off doubles from Riley and Matte followed by a sacrifice fly from Marshburn would score two for the Men’s Futures but a pair of flyouts would secure the 21-10 victory for the MSPNT.

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