OKLAHOMA CITY Ė An outstanding effort by Lee Powers led the USA Futures to an 18-17 win over Canada on Friday afternoon in menís slow pitch exhibitions games at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Complex.
The two teams traded the lead throughout the game as Canada took a 17-16 lead heading into the bottom half of the sixth. Powers racked up seven RBIs on four hits, including three home runs, for the USA Futures. He added a double in the fourth and his two-run shot in the sixth proved to be the game winner.
Luc Chauvette hit two home runs for Canada. Chauvette went 3- for-4 in the game with four RBI and three runs scored. Chauvette had two home runs.
The two teams combined for 35 total runs and 45 hits during the game. The game was back-and-forth heading into the sixth, with 11 lead changes. Travis Clark walked two and gave up 23 hits in the win for the USA Futures. Chris Parr ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision. He allowed 18 runs in six innings and walked one. The USA Futures pounded Canadaís pitching, as eight hitters combined for 18 hits, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored.
The USA National Team and Canada meet Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. CT in the Border Battle IV. The game airs nationally on ESPN2.
USA National Team 28, Touch of Gray 12
Brian Wegman and Andy Purcell each went 4-for-5 as the USA National Team downed Touch of Gray 28-12 Friday evening in Oklahoma City. Purcell was one two USA players have a multi-home run game as Greg Connell also had two long balls in the win. Purcell drove in a game-high eight runs, while also picking up the win as the USA National Teamís starting pitcher.
Dennis Rulli went a perfect 4-for-4 in the last batting spot, scoring three runs. Connell and Wegman led the charge with four runs scored each. The USA National Team scored the 28 runs on 29 hits and 27 of those were driven in by hits.
The USA National Team held Touch of Gray to a single run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings en route to the run-rule win.
Canada 30, Touch of Gray 15
Todd Cadenhead had two home runs to carry Canada to a 30-15 win over Touch of Gray in the dayís final contest. Jerry Yancey blasted two home runs for Touch of Gray. Yancey went 2-4 in the game with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Twenty runs in the opening three innings allowed Canada an early cushion but a late surge from Touch of Gray cut the lead to six after the top half of the fifth inning. Canada added nine runs in the bottom half to force the run-rule.
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About USA Softball
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 nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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