The “Road to Whitehorse, Yukon” tour kicked off last night in Hayward, Calif. as the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) dropped two games the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. The first stop of a five-city tour in preparation for the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada July 11-20, the JMNT dropped game one against the Hayward Red team 10-3 while falling to Hayward White 4-1 in game two.
“We would have liked a better start but we are working towards being ready in Whitehorse,” said head coach Tim Lyon. “I can’t say enough about the local ASA/USA Softball hosts, who are helping us this week on our journey to the ISF Junior Men’s World Championships. We would like to thank John Gouveia and his crew at the Oakland ASA for hosting us at our first tour stop. It was a great start to our trip “
Up next for the USA Softball JMNT is a doubleheader in Stockton, Calif. tonight. The JMNT will take on a group of Stockton athletes starting at 6 p.m. PST. Click here for a complete schedule for the 2014 “Road to Whitehorse” tour.
Game One: Hayward Red 10, USA 3
Team USA, led by Peyton Hall (Prairie du Chien, Wis.), combined for six hits and two RBI but weren’t able to push enough runs across in a 10-3 loss to Hayward Red in Hayward, Calif. Hall led the Red, White and Blue, going 2-for-3 with one run scored while Hayward Red was sparked by Perreira and Moore, who teamed up for four hits and four RBIs.
Team USA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Hall singled to right field then advanced to second after Daniel Centeno (Salem, Utah) was issued a walk. A double steal put runners on third and second before Hall scored on the same play. Hayward Red would even up the score in the bottom half of the inning after Perreira walked, stole second base and scored on an RBI single from Moore.
Hayward Red would score two more runs in the bottom of the second after three-consecutive singles loaded the bases for Nelson, who walked to plate one run while a wild pitch plated the second. USA’s pitcher Phillip Zimmerman (New Holland, Pa.) quickly got the U.S. out of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat. Hayward Red increased its lead in the bottom of the third as five additional runs would cross the plate an added their final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth.
Team USA would not go down without a fight as they put two runs on the board in the top of the fifth inning. Tristan Sensenig (Denver, Pa.) led off the inning with a triple to left field before Carson Criner (Stockton, Calif.) would bring Sensenig home on a sac-fly. Justin Perez (North East, Pa.) would also come around to score after hitting a single to center field and scoring on an RBI single from James Pernetti (Ceres, Calif.).
Zimmerman took the loss for the U.S., allowing eight runs in three innings with five walk and four strikeouts. Team USA was unable to get on top of Hayward’s starting pitcher, Wells, who allowed just one run and one hit over the course of four innings while issuing nine strikeouts. Hayward’s Moore came in to close out the game against the U.S., issuing five hits and two runs in one inning pitched.
Game Two: Hayward White 4, USA 1
The U.S. bats were kept quiet in their final matchup in Hayward, Calif. as they collected just one hit and one run in a 4-1 loss to Hayward White. Team USA was kept off the unable to produce against Hayward White’s starter Gasper until the top of the third inning when they scored their lone run of the game.
Hayward White got started early as they scored in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Linnell. Three more runs would go on the board for Hayward White in the bottom of the second inning after three runners scored on a passed ball.
The U.S. would add a run of their own in the top of the third inning after Bryce DuCharme (Hudson, Wis.) hit an RBI triple to plate Cody Valeros (Stockton, Calif.), who had reached base earlier in the inning on a error by the first baseman.
Zane Chason (Alma, Ga.) suffered the loss for the U.S., allowing three hits, four walks and four runs in four innings of work while striking out two batters. For Hayward White, Gasper recorded the win, giving up just one run, one hit and two walks while striking out five.
A complete team roster, including coaches, can be found here. Visit www.USASoftball.com throughout the summer and leading up to and during the 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Championship for the tournament schedule and any additional updates and announcements.