USA Men set to compete in Pan American Championships

October 1, 2006

Hermosillo, Mexico

From the USA Softball Website:

Hermosillo, Mexico---The USA Softball Men's National Team will being
their quest to earn a spot in the 2009 ISF Men's World Championships
on Sunday, October 1 at the VII Men's Pan American Softball
Championship in Hermosillo, Mexico. Thirteen teams have confirmed
their participation in the championship that runs October 1-8.

The USA, who is the defending gold medalist in this event, is the top
seed in Section "A" and will open the tournament against Argentina,
who is the No. 3 seed in Section "A", at 8 p.m. on October 1.

The Red, White and Blue are looking to end the 2006 season the same
way they started it back in January – with a gold medal. The U.S. took
gold at the A.A.U. National Tournament in Orlando, Fla., and look to
repeat as the champions of the Pan American Softball Championships.

Players representing the United States this week include eight members
of the USA team that captured the 2006 AAU Men's Fast Pitch
Tournament. It was the first event won by the Men's National Team
since it captured the gold medal at the 2002 Pan American Softball
Championships in Guatemala.

Members from the AAU championship squad are Chad Boom (Barnesville,
Minn.), Frank DeGroat (Ringwood, NJ.), Chris Miljavic (St. Joseph,
Mo.), Blake Miller (Albany, Ga.), Sonny Perkins (St. Michaels, Ariz.),
Travis Price (Santa Ana, Calif.), Landy Rodriguez (West Haverstraw,
N.Y.) and Michael White (Sioux City, Iowa).

Other players selected to the roster include Paul Algar (Lexington,
Ill.), Gregg Cascaes (Apple Valley, Minn.), Chad Ferguson (Battle
Creek, Mich.), Lucas Goring (St. Paul, Minn.), Luis Joglar (Fairview,
N.J.), Kyle Magnusson (Salt Lake City, Utah), Omar Moraga (Tucson,
Ariz.), James Pecoraro (Swansea, Ill.) and Tony Peeples (San Miguel,

The USA Softball Men's Pan American team will be led by head coach
Peter Turner (Stockton, Calif.). Turner will be assisted by Thad Brown
(Modesto, Calif.) and Mitch Munthe (Modesto, Calif.).

During the round robin portion of the championship the USA will face
Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Ecuador and the British
Virgin Islands.

Teams in Section "B" of the championship include Canada, Venezuela,
Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Bahamas and Cuba.

The playoffs begin on Friday, October 6 and end with the championship
game on Sunday, October 8 at 1 p.m.

Round-Robin Schedule for USA Softball at the Pan American Softball Championships

Sunday, October 1 USA vs. Argentina 8 p.m.
Monday, October 2 USA vs. Puerto Rico 6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3 USA vs. El Salvador 9 a.m.
Wednesday, October 4 USA vs. British Virgin Islands 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 5 USA vs. Ecuador 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 6 USA vs. Mexico 10 p.m.

Best regards,
Jim Flanagan
Email: jim (at) fastpitchwest.com



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