USA finishes fourth after 4-1 loss to Canada

October 9, 2006

Hermosillo, Mexico

USA finishes fourthafter 4-1 loss to Canada


Hermosillo, Mexico---The USAMen’s National Team lost its bid to repeat as the gold medalist of thePan American Softball Championships with a 4-1 loss to Canada in the openinground of the playoffs on Saturday. Despite the loss and a fourth place, the U.S. did qualify for the 2009 ISF Men’sWorld Championships being held in Saskatoon Canada.


Canada used its powerearly to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Jeff Ellsworth ledoff the inning with a walk and scored when Ian Fehrman blasted a home run overthe right field fence for the early lead.


In the fifth inning Scott Newittreached on a single and scored when Ryan Wolfe sent a pitch over the left fieldfence for a 4-0 lead.


Facing elimination and down 4-0, theU.S. responded with a run inthe top of the sixth inning that chased starter Cox from the game in favor of Nick UnderhillWith two runners on base and no outs, Underhill hit Kyle Magnusson (Salt LakeCity, Utah) with his first pitch to load the bases but the U.S. could notcapitalize as Omar Moraga (Tucson, Ariz.) and Frank DeGroat (Ringwood, NJ)struck out and Blake Miller (Albany, Ga.) was tagged out at home trying toscore on a passed ball.


Paul Algar (LexingtonIll.), who had been spectacular for the U.S. during thechampionships, was tagged with his first loss of the tournament.


Canada went on to defeat Argentinain the semi-finals to advance to the championship game against Venezuela buthad to settle for silver as Venezuela completed an amazing tournament with a3-2 extra inning win over the Canucks. 

 Brian McCall