July2008

USA Men’s National Team Concludes 3 Nations Challenge with loss to Japan

July 7, 2008

Saskatoon, SK


USA Men’s National Team Concludes 3 Nations Challenge with loss to Japan

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan --- The USA Men's National Team closed the 3 Nations Challenge in Saskatoon, SK on Sunday afternoon with a 9-3 loss to Japan.  Team USA played well holding a lead for the first four innings of the game.  The game was played in cool rainy conditions and included two rain delays of over one hour. Team USA finished the tournament at 0-5.
 
“Even though our won loss record does not show it, this was a highly successful trip for the team,” said USA head coach Pete Turner. “We brought a developmental team to Canada with a lot of young hitters and pitchers. We were competitive with the Japanese and Canadian teams that will be participating in next years World Championships."
 
The U.S. opened the game with three runs in the first on walks to Chase Turner Stockton, Calif.) and Kyle Magnusson (Salt Lake City, Utah), and then a three-run line drive off the scoreboard by Frank DeGroat, Jr. (Ringwood, N.J.).  
 
Starting pitcher Travis Price (Corona, Calif.) held the Japanese through the first three innings giving up only a solo home run in the bottom of the third.  The Japanese tied the game in the fourth on two singles and a walk combined with a throwing error by the Americans.

Price gave up two more runs in the fifth before giving way to relief pitcher Cody Thomson (Herriman, Utah).  Team USA had great scoring chances in the third and sixth inning, but a lack of timely hitting and great defense by the Japanese held the Americans scoreless.  Magnusson led the Americans again going 2-for-2 and ended the tournament hitting ..510.  Catcher DeGroat Jr. also went 2-for-3 with all three USA RBI.

The Americans will conduct a try out camp this fall for the 2009 National Team that will compete in next years ISF Men's World Championships to be held in Saskatoon, SK.. 

Team Canada won the 3 Nations Challenge with a 1-0 win over Japan on Sunday evening.

United States   300 000 0   3  5  4
Japan              001 224 x   9 10 0

Winning Pitcher   Kazutaka Muros          Losing Pitcher  Travis Price
 
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USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit
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Julie Bartel
ASA/USA Softball
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