OKLAHOMA CITY - The USA Softball Junior Men's Fast Pitch National team swept a doubleheader in Port Huron, Mich. Tuesday night by scores of 3-0 and 6-4 the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.
In the first game, Jerlin Rutt (Ephrata, Pa.) tossed a two hitter and struck out seven batter while allowing only four walks as Team USA shutout Huron Wellness Center of Port Huron. Danial "Junior" Centeno's (Salem, Utah) single scored Tyler Johnson (Union, Mo.), who led off the third inning with a single and stolen base. Later in the third inning, Justin Wurtz' (New Haven, Mo.) triple plated the other two USA runs.
Another three-run third inning vaulted Team USA to the nightcap win over the Mike West Attorney team of Port Huron. Jake Rutt's (Ephrata, Pa.) single provided two runs in the inning. Gabe Valdivia (Beaumont, Calif.), Addison Beutler (West Valley, Utah) and Myles Froese (Heyworth, Ill.) added hits as well. From the circle, Brent Meshke (Lake Crystal, Minn.) pitched two shutout innings to start the game, allowing only one hit, while walking three and fanning one. Zach Lach (Frankenmuth, Mich.) entered in the third, giving up six hits, two walks and striking out four.
"This doubleheader provided our young guys with a lot of good game situations," said USA head coach Tim Lyon. "I'm happy with the way they reacted and we did a lot of the little things right tonight. The more experience we can get them will pay off down the line."
The USA Softball Junior Men's Fast Pitch National is now 5-2 against men's teams on their Michigan tour. The men also played in Coldwater, Mich. Wednesday night for another scheduled doubleheader. These exhibition games are part of a 10 day selection and training camp as Team USA prepares for the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Menís World Championships, November 1-10 in Parana, Argentina. Seventeen athletes will be selected to the final roster on July 25. For more information on the Junior Menís schedule, please visit USASoftball.com.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
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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