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USA wins Pan American Women’s Softball Championship over Mexico, qualify for Chiba 2018

posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:04 PM by Jairy Otero

USA wins Pan American Women’s Softball Championship over Mexico, qualify for Chiba 2018

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — USA was crowned as Pan American Champions after defeating Mexico in the final by 9-0. Previously, in the Bronze Medal game, USA defeated Canada by 11-3 to reach the final game.

Besides, we already know the Americas countries qualified for the next WBSC World Championship and Pan American Games. USA (#2 in the WBSC World Ranking), Canada (#3), Puerto Rico (#7), Mexico (#10) and Venezuela (#16) will play the Worlds next year; and will join Peru to compete in the Women’s Softball competition in Lima 2019.

USA had a furious offensive day this Sunday, in the Stadium 1 of the Centro Olimpico Juan Pablo Duarte, defeating by knock out their two rivals in five innings.

In the final, USA defeated Mexico by 9-0 with a no-hitter by Kelly Barnhill. In the first inning both teams retired the side, with Dallas Escobedo for Mexico and Barnhill for USA. However, the second inning was a slugging festival for USA to reach the victory.

Amanda Chidester led off with a single, and advanced with a bunt by Valerie Arioto. From there, the US bats got hot and the fireworks started. Ali Aguilar hit a two run homer; Delaney Spaulding and Aubree Munro followed her with consecutive singles, and Jannie Takeda hit a three run shot to make it 5-0.

Chyanne Tarango replaced Escobedo in the circle, but couldn’t stop the US offense. Chidester step up to the plate for second time in the inning, and hit an RBI single to plate Kelsey Stewart, and Arioto closed the party with a three run bomb to left field, scoring the last runs of the tournament.

In the other hand, the Mexican lineup was dominated by Barnhill, who allowed only one runner in the game (a hit by pitch in the second inning), and fanned 10, including the last three outs of the game to clinch the title.

This way, USA got the Gold Medal, Mexico the Silver and Canada the Bronze.

To play in the final, USA defeated Canada by 11-3 in the Bronze Medal game. Canada scored three runs in the first inning, but USA came recovered from a bad start and took the game.

Canada scored early against Danielle O’Toole, scoring three in the bottom of the first. Kelsey Jenkins walked, and scored with an RBI single by Erika Polidori. After that, Holly Speers hit a long homer to center field to put the game 3-0.

In the top of the second USA score done. Delaney Spaulding walked with the bases loaded for the first run of the US team.

One inning later USA tied the game. Valerie Arioto hit a change up to left field for an RBI double, and scored with a single by Ali Aguilar, to make it 3-3.

The champions took the lead in the fourth inning. Munro singled to left field and Stewart was hit by pitch, before Michelle Moultrie hit a three run bomb for the 6-3 lead.

Finally, in the top of the fifth, USA sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs with five consecutive RBI singles, to end the game by knock out.

Puerto Rico, the last guest

Puerto Rico clinched the fifth spot in the tournament defeating Cuba by 1-0. This way they will play the next World Championship and Pan American Games.

In a very close game, with a dominant performance by the pitchers, Puerto Rico took advantage of an error to take the lead and the game.

In the bottom of the second, Puerto Rico scored the only run of the game. Morganne Flores singled to right field, and advanced with a sacrifice by Casey Gordon. Aleshia Ocasio hit to the pitcher, who got the runner in a rundown between second and third, but a throwing error by the Cuban defense allowed Flores to reach third. With runners in the corners, Dayanira Diaz hit a rolling to second base to plate the game winning run.

All tournament team

During the closing ceremony, the organization announced the All tournament team:

Pitcher: Anyibel Ramírez (Venezuela)
Catcher: Magalí Frezzotti (Argentina)
First Base: Victoria Vidales (Mexico)
Second Base: Maylin Sanchez (Cuba)
Third Base: Yilian Rondon (Cuba)
Short Stop: Brigette Del Ponte (Mexico)
Outfield: Erika Polidori (Canada)
Outfield: Haylie McCleney (USA)
Outfield: Elicia D’Orazio (Puerto Rico)
Designated Player: Vivian Morimoto (Brazil)

Qualified teams:

2018 Women’s World Championship2019 Pan Am Games2018 CAC Games
CanadaCanadaColombia (host)
MexicoMexicoCuba
Puerto RicoPeru (host)Curacao
USAPuerto RicoDominican Republic
VenezuelaUSAMexico
VenezuelaPuerto Rico
Venezuela

 

Mexico in the final, USA and Canada in the Bronze medal game at Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:03 PM by Jairy Otero

Mexico in the final, USA and Canada in the Bronze medal game at Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Mexico continued with their hot streak today and defeated Canada by 5-0 in the first semifinal of the tournament. Once again Dallas Escobedo guided her team with 9 Ks, allowing only 3 hits.

With both teams qualified for the Worlds and the Pan Am Games, they jumped to the diamond with only one goal: to get a spot in the final of the tournament.

Mexico scored first in the second inning, with a two run homer by Koral Costa. Previously, Erika Polidori stole a homer to Anissa Urtez, but couldn’t do anything with Costa’s blast.

One inning later Mexico scored again. Brigette Del Ponte hit a line drive to the center field fence, for an RBI double, and a few batters later scored with a single by Urtez.

The last run of the game was scored after three consecutive hits, by Forbes, Del Ponte and Vidales, the last one a double to produce the fifth run of the game.

This way, Mexico is finalist of the IX Pan American Championship, while Canada will face USA in the bronze medal game.

USA defeated Puerto Rico by 4-0 and clinched their spot in the next WBSC World Championship and Pan American Games. US hurler Danielle O’Toole had a dominant outing, allowing only 1 hit.

In the bottom of the second USA took advantage of an error to open the score. Ali Aguilar hit softly to short stop but Quiana Diaz couldn’t make the play. The runner advanced to second with a sacrifice, and then scored with two outs. Puerto Rican pitcher Taran Alvelo tried to strike out Janie Takeda with a change up, but the batter hit a line drive to left field to plate the first run for her team.

In the third USA scored the 2-0 run. Haylie McCleney singled, and two outs later scored from first with an RBI double to center field by Amanda Chidester. After that, Megan King came in relief for Alvelo.

In the fifth the North American team scored again. Takeda and McCleney hit back to back singles to put runners on the corners, and Kelsey Stewart hit a sacrifice fly to center field to produce the third run of the game.

For the sixth inning, Aleshia Ocasio replaced King in the circle, and Aguilar welcomed her with a monster shot to center field, for the final run of the game.

O’Toole was nasty, pitching 5.1 innings without allowing a hit, before Elizia D’Orazio reached first with an infield hit. The left hander pitcher worked 6.2 innings, with 1 hit, 2 walks and 4 Ks. Kelly Barnhill retired the last out of the game with a strikeout. The loss was charged to Alvelo.

Venezuela defeated Cuba by 4-0 with a shutout by Desiree Ibarra, who pitched seven innings with 5 hits and 7 Ks.

Venezuela opened the score with a two-run single by Ana Corcorrosa, to score Yaicey Sojo and Ingrid Escobar.

In the sixth Venezuela doubled their difference with only one swing. Sojo singled and one out later Yuruby Alicart hit a two run shot to left field for the final 4-0.

In the last game of the day, USA beat Venezuela by 8-2 and clinched a spot in the podium.

Michelle Moultrie hit an RBI single in the first to open the score, and Jannie Takeda did the same in the second, to put the score 2-0.

However, in the third Venezuela tied the game. Aly Carda walked Sojo and Escobar, and Alicart singled to produce the first Venezuelan run. Later, Alicart scored the tying run on a passed ball.

But in the bottom of the sixth, USA sent nine hitters to the plate to score six runs. An RBI single by Delaney Spaulding led the way for the big inning.

With these scores, Puerto Rico will play tomorrow against Cuba at 11:00 for the fifth place, looking for the last ticket to the World Championship and Lima 2019. After that, Canada will face USA in the bronze medal game and finally Mexico will be waiting in the final game.

Softball National Teams qualify for multi-sport Barranquilla 2018 Games

posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:03 PM by Jairy Otero

Softball National Teams qualify for multi-sport Barranquilla 2018 Games

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Following the conclusion of the round robin at the Pan American Women’s Softball Championship, seven national teams have now qualified for the Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Curacao (for the English Caribbean region) will join host Colombia in the women’s Softball competition in the regional multi-sports event.

The 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, from July 20 to August 3, 2018. These Games is a multi-sport event held every four years since 1926 in different cities and countries from Central American and Caribbean Sea region and is the oldest regional multi-sport event in the world. The event is coordinated by the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (ODECABE).

The last edition was held in Veracruz in 2014, and the Dominican Republic won the Gold Medal in Softball, after beat Cuba in the final by 6-5. Bronze Medal went to Colombia, while Mexico, Venezuela and Guatemala ended outside the medal zone.

Canada and Mexico qualify to WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship, Pan Am Games

posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:01 PM by Jairy Otero

Canada and Mexico qualify to WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship, Pan Am Games

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Mexico and Canada are the first teams qualified for the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship and Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Today, both teams defeated USA and Venezuela respectively and clinched a spot in the podium of this event.

In the first game of the day, Mexico upset USA by 7-2 in eight innings. Pitcher Dallas Escobedo led her team from the circle, while Victoria Vidales had 4 RBIs in the Mexican offense.

The first hit for USA came in the bottom of the fifth innings, with two outs. Delaney Spaulding hit to right field and the ball landed a few inches inside the foul line for a triple. After that Jazmyn Jackson came from the bench as a pinch hitter, and delivered a two-run homer to right field to make it 2-0.

However, in the top of the seventh Mexico tied the game. Brigette Delponte hit a line drive to center field, and Vidales hit a bomb to center field to make it 2-2.

In the eighth inning, starting with a runner on second, Mexico exploded offensively to score five runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Delponte hit a single to right field to produce the go ahead run, and Vidales plated two more with a single to center field; while Anissa Urtez and Koral Costa contributed with an RBI single each.

With the obligation of score five runs to tie the game USA was aggressive with the bat, but they only could hit three popups to the infield against Escobedo, to end the game.

This way, Mexico was the first qualified for the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship and Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

The second qualified for both events is Canada, after they defeated Venezuela today by 2-1.

Canada opened the score in the third inning as Careigh-Lee Thomas singled, and with two outs the top of the order managed to hit three consecutive hits, including RBI singles by Sarah Chow and Jenn Salling for the 2-0.

Milagros Lozada scored in the fourth for Venezuela. The catcher singled, and advanced to third with two pass balls. With two outs, an error by Salling to first allowed Lozada to score and bring the game to 2-1.

The game winner was Jenna Caira, allowing only 1 hit in seven innings pitched.

Tomorrow Canada will face Mexico for a place in the final of this tournament. The game will be at 16:00.

In the lower part of the chart, Puerto Rico defeated Brazil by 2-0 an a single elimination game. Meghan King pitched a four-hit shutout, with 3 strikeouts.

Brazil had the chance to open the score in the second inning. With runner on second and two outs, Samira Tanaka singled to right field and Vivian Morimoto tried to score, but Carsyn Gordon made a great throw to home plate to retire the last out of the inning in home.

Puerto Rico scored first in the bottom of the third inning. Gordon led off the inning with a double to right field, advanced to third with a sacrifice bunt and finally scored with a rolling by Dayanira Diaz.

In the fourth inning Morganne Flores produced the second and last run of the game, with an RBI single to left to plate Elicia D’Orazio from second base.

With this victory, Puerto Rico is still alive in the tournament and tomorrow will face USA, at 11:00, trying to clinch a spot to the World Championship and Lima 2019.

Finally, in the last game of the day, in front of a huge crowd, Cuba defeated Dominican Republic by 2-0, and tomorrow will play against Venezuela. Anisley Lopez threw a four hit shutout to claim the victory.

Cuba had a great chance in the bottom of the first. Consecutive hits by Yuselis Acosta and Yilian Rondon, and a hit by pitch to Yanitza Aviles, loaded the bases with only one out. However, Rosaury Perez struck out Leanneyi Gomez and Yariana Lopez to escape the jam.

In the third, Cuba loaded the bases again, with two singles and an intentional base on balls. But this time Perez couldn’t allow the damage, since Gomez hit an RBI single and Yariana Lopez walked, to put the score 2-0 for Cuba.

The only chance to score for the host team was in the fifth inning. Anabel Ulloa was hit by pitch and Josefina Mercedes singled to put runners on the corners with two outs. However, Anisley Lopez forced Jessica Rivera to hit a fly to right field to end the inning.

This way, the Dominican Republic is eliminated from the tournament, taking one of the five available spots for the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.

These are the games for tomorrow:
11:00 – USA vs Puerto Rico
13:30 – Venezuela vs Cuba
16:00 – Canada vs Mexico
18:30 – Winner of the 11 game vs Winner of the 13:30 game

Pan American Women’s Softball Championship Playoffs begin tomorrow

posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:01 PM by Jairy Otero

Pan American Women’s Softball Championship Playoffs begin tomorrow

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — After the last day of the round robin, tomorrow will begin the double page playoffs of the Pan American Women’s Softball Championship.

The top two teams of each group qualified for the playoffs, trying to reach one of the five spots for the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan; and as many places for Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Besides, the top five teams of the Central American and Caribbean region, plus the top ECASC team, will play Softball in Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.

In the first game of the day, Cuba beat Argentina by 2-0 and clinched the third place in Pool B. The Caribbean team opened the score in the first inning, with an RBI single by Leannely Gomez to plate Yuselis Acosta, while the second run was produced by Lorenzo with an RBI single to center field. For Argentina, the only two hits of the game were hit by Pamela Clark, in the first and last inning. With this score, Cuba finished in third place and Brazil fourth, while Argentina couldn’t make the playoffs finishing in the fifth spot.

The other relevant game for the playoff run was Dominican Republic against Curacao, and the host team won it 8-1 in six innings. The Dominicans opened a huge gap in the first two innings of play scoring seven runs to define the game. The game finished with a walk-off home run by Geavanny Nuñez to left field in the sixth inning to end the game by knock out.

With this scores, USA, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic advance to the playoffs in Pool A; while Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Brazil make the playoff in Pool B.

Tomorrow will begin the playoffs. At 11, USA will face Mexico; while Canada and Venezuela will play at 13:30. The four teams have double life in the playoff. In the other hand, in single elimination games, Puerto Rico will play against Brazil at 16:00, and the Dominican Republic will face Cuba at 18:30.

USA, Canada, Venezuela and Mexico with double life in the playoffs at Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:00 PM by Jairy Otero

USA, Canada, Venezuela and Mexico with double life in the playoffs at Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The first two positions of each group are set. USA and Canada clinched today the top spot in the Pools A and B, and will face Mexico and Venezuela respectively in the playoffs.

Canada claimed first place in Pool B with a superb performance by Jenna Caira, who pitched a six-inning perfect game against Cuba. However, the day for Canada started early in the morning, beating British Virgin Islands by 11-0 in the first game of the day. In the afternoon, the Canadian team faced Cuba and got the win by 8-0, with the perfect game of their pitcher.

Canada attacked their opponent consistently, scoring runs all along the game; while Caria pitched all over the corners and kept out of balance their opponents with her change up, recording out after out. The right hander struck out 6 of the 18 batters faced in the game.

With these results, Canada secured the first place in the Pool B, and will be playing against the second seed of the Pool A on Friday, at 18:30.

In the other hand, USA defeated Aruba in their first game of the day by 16-1, and after that beat Puerto Rico by 4-1. USA was dominant against Aruba and won the game without complications.

But in the second match they had to work a little more, since Puerto Rico played a good game. US team started hot with the bats, batting four consecutive hits to open the game, and scored two runs, with an RBI single by Amanda Chidester and a sac fly to left by Valerie Arioto.

The third run of the game was scored by Aubree Munro taking advantage of an error by the Puerto Rican defense, after hitting a double to center field. The only run for Puerto Rico was scored in the fourth inning by Korina Rosario, with an RBI single by Aleimalee Lopez as a pinch hitter.

However, USA scored again an inning later with a sacrifice fly by Kelsey Stewart to plate Munro, scoring the last run of the game.

After these results, USA remains undefeated and clinched the first place in Pool A. On Friday they will be playing against Mexico at 16:00, who secured the second place in Pool B with their win against Brazil, by 9-1.

Host team also played twice today. In the first game, they had to work hard against El Salvador to get the victory by 2-0. The two runs of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning with a single by Rosaury Perez to right field, with the bases loaded. The winner was Geovanny Nuñez with a seven inning shutout, allowing only two hits.

But in the second game, they lost against Venezuela by 5-0. This way, the South Americans clinched the second place in Pool A, and will face Canada on Friday. Yuruby Alicart produced the first two runs of the game, with a hit to right field. Felinais Reyes hit an RBI single in the fourth to open the gap to 3-0, while the last two runs were produced by Denisse Fuenmayor with a two-RBI single to right field. Desiree Ibara was the winner, with 13 Ks.

In the other results of the day, Curacao beat El Salvador by 5-4; Colombia over Peru by 4-3; Venezuela defeated Aruba by 5-0; Argentina won against British Virgin Islands by 16-1; Mexico over Bahamas 7-0.

Tomorrow will decided the last invited teams to the playoffs. In Pool A Puerto Rico will play against Peru and Aruba, trying to finish in third place. Besides, the Dominican Republic and Curacao will face with the fourth place at stake. In the other Pool, Argentina, Cuba and Brazil will compete for the last two spots in the playoffs. Argentina needs to win against Cuba by a seven run margin to make the playoffs.

Canada and USA lead their pools at Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

posted Aug 18, 2017, 1:59 PM by Jairy Otero

Canada and USA lead their pools at Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — After today’s games, USA and Canada continue leading the standings as the only two undefeated teams in the tournament. USA won against Venezuela, while Canada beat Argentina.

In a duel between the two undefeated teams of the Pool A, USA beat Venezuela by 6-0, and remains as the only leader in their group. For the winner, Jazmyn Jackson and Haylie McCleney homered, in the fourth and seventh respectively, while Ally Carda combined with Kelly Barnhill to pitch a two-hit shutout from the circle. The US team scored their first run in the first inning. McCleney led off with a double, and scored with an RBI single by Michelle Moultrie. Venezuela had their chance to score in the top of the third inning, when US pitcher Ally Carda got into problems, loading the bases with 2 walks and a hit by pitch, with one out. However, the right hander escaped the jam retiring Yuruby Alicart and Milagros Lozada with two ground outs. In the bottom of that same inning Moultrie led off the inning with a triple, and scored with a sacrifice fly to center field by Delaney Spaulding.

Before that game, Mexico defeated Cuba by 2-0 in a key game in the playoff run in Pool B. Dallas Escobedo threw a complete game shutout, with 4 hits and 9 Ks. The loser for Cuba was Anisley Lopez, who allowed 4 hits too, but was responsible for 2 runs. The first run for Mexico was in the third inning, with an RBI double to center field by Brigette Delponte, to score Sashel Palacios from first. The other run of the game came with the same formula, an RBI double, this time by Koral Costa to plate Suzannah Gonzalez. This way, both teams are tied in the standings, with 4 wins and 1 loss, in the second place of the Pool B.

In that same pool, Canada beat Argentina 8-1 early in the morning, and remains as the only undefeated team of the group. Victoria Hayward and Kareigh Lee Wise homered for the winner, while the only run for Argentina came with a solo bomb by Candela Figueroa. The winner was Sara Groenewegen, and the loser Carla Villalva.

Finally, in the first game of the night, in front of a fully packed stadium, Puerto Rico defeated host Dominican Republic by 3-1. The Boricua team came from behind in the last two innings to clinch the victory. In the bottom of the fifth the host team opened the score. Josefina Mercedes hit a pop up fly in front of home plate, but the defense couldn’t make the play with confusion trying to catch the ball. Later in the inning, with two outs and runners on the corners, a delayed steal of second started a run down between first and second, and a bad throw allowed the runner on third to score. The tying run came an inning later, with an RBI single by Carsyn Gordon; and the come-back was finished in the top of the seventh, with RBI singles by Elicia D’Orazio and Jahelis Muñoz. Meghan King was brilliant from the circle, allowing only 2 hits and 1 unearned run, and 11 Ks.

In the other games, Aruba defeated El Salvador by 8-4; Curacao beat Peru 7-5; Guatemala knocked out Panama 7-0; and British Virgin Islands won 3-1 against Bahamas.

The schedule for tomorrow is:

8:30
Brazil vs Mexico
Peru vs Colombia
British Virgin Islands vs Canada

11:00
Curacao vs Venezuela
Bahamas vs Mexico
British Virgin Islands vs Argentina

14:00
USA vs Aruba
Canada vs Cuba

16:00
USA vs Puerto Rico
Panama vs Brazil

18:30
El Salvador vs Dominican Republic
Peru vs Aruba

21:00
Venezuela vs Dominican Republic

WBSC Softball Hall of Famer receives home town honours

posted Aug 18, 2017, 1:58 PM by Jairy Otero

SHEPPARTON, Australia — Legendary Australian softball umpire Margo Koskelainen has added yet another accolade to her already-impressive list of achievements by being inducted into the Greater Shepparton Sports Hall of Fame.

The central Victorian city of Shepparton has produced its fair share of sporting success stories over the years, so it made sense for the city council to introduce a Sports Hall of Fame. And with a lifetime of softball umpiring behind her, Koskelainen was a standout candidate to be in the first batch of inductees.

Koskelainen, who has lived in Shepparton since 1968, has achieved just about everything a softball umpire can achieve.

She has travelled to about 20 countries in her role as an on-field umpire, selector and administrator. But it is a much shorter trip – to Sydney in 2000 – that remains a career highlight.

“The Sydney Olympics were an amazing experience,” she says. “There was pressure to make sure the umpires were consistent.”

The 2008 Olympics in Beijing were another career highlight. “I was the chief umpire, which is a bit like being the referee at a major tennis tournament. You’re not on the field but you are there to make sure everything goes according to law.”

The Olympic experiences were the culmination of an umpiring career that began in humble circumstances back in 1971. “I was just a standard player, nothing special,” Koskelainen recalls. “It was finals time in Shepparton and we needed umpires. I knew how to score, and I was told that if I could score and I could learn the rules, then I could umpire.”

Thus began a career that continued for almost 50 years, with Koskelainen involved initially in on-field umpiring and coaching junior players in Shepparton before moving into administrative roles, including selection for Olympic and World Championship events, plus becoming president of the Shepparton association and eventually Softball Australia’s National Director of Umpiring.

Now, she takes great pride in seeing Australian umpires receiving recognition as being among the world’s best, as shown by the recent performances of Australians Leigh Evans and Jason Carter at the Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, plus Jay Gibson and Warren Duff at the Junior Women’s World Championship in Florida.

“We have some great umpires and they are now being recognised for it,” Koskelainen says. The processes we put in place in 1985-86 still hold true, and that process has helped develop world-class umpires.”

A member of the Softball Australia and Softball Victoria Halls of Fame, Koskelainen was also inducted into the International Softball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Other honours bestowed on her included an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2000.

Koskelainen was not the only umpire inducted as an inaugural member of the Greater Shepparton Sports Hall of Fame. She was joined by Glenn James, who umpired 166 Victorian Football League games including the 1982 and 1984 Grand Finals.

The 27 inductees also included Louise Dobson (hockey), Lee Naylor (athletics) Steve Fairless and Brett Lancaster (cycling) and Liz Boniello (netball).


Margo Koskelainen’s umpiring career

INTERNATIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • 1991 DUIC Jr. Women’s World Championship – Adelaide, Australia
  • 1995 UIC Asia/Oceania Region Olympic Qualifier – Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1998 DUIC Women’s World Championship – Fujinomiya, Japan
  • 1999 UIC Asia/Oceania Region Olympic Qualifier – Kaoshiung, Chinese Taipei
  • 1999 DUIC Jr. Women’s World Championship – Taipei, Chinese Taipei
  • 2000 DUIC 2000 Olympic Games – Sydney, Australia
  • 2001 UIC Jr. Men’s World Championship – Sydney, Australia
  • 2003 UIC Asia/ Oceania Region Olympic Qualifier – Sydney, Australia
  • 2006   DUIC Women’s World Championship – Beijing, China
  • 2007   UIC Asia/Oceania Region Olympic Qualifier – Tainan City, Chinese Taipei
  • 2008   DUIC 2008 Olympic Games – Beijing, China

SOFTBALL AUSTRALIA APPOINTMENTS

  • 1980 Umpire “Mini World” Series – Brisbane
  • 1985 UIC Sth Pacific Classic – Melbourne
  • 1988 UIC Women’s International Bicentennial Challenge – Brisbane
  • 1989 UIC Jr. Women’s Australia v NZ Series – Canberra
  • 1993 UIC Arafura Games – Darwin
  • 1994 UIC South Pacific Classic – Sydney
  • 1995 UIC Women’s Australia v NZ Challenge – Brisbane
  • 1995 UIC Arafura Games – Darwin
  • 1995 UIC Women’s Australia v USA Series – Sydney
  • 1996 UIC Women’s 4 Nations Challenge – Brisbane
  • 1996 UIC Women’s Australia v CTP International Series – Melbourne
  • 1997 UIC Arafura Games – Darwin, Australia
  • 1998 UIC Jr. Women’s Oceania Region World Championship Qualifier – Brisbane
  • 1999 UIC Arafura Games – Darwin
  • 1999 UIC Men’s Oceania Region World Championship Qualifier – Canberra
  • 2000 UIC Women’s Five Nation Challenge – Sydney
  • 2000 UIC International Women’s Challenge – Brisbane
  • 2001 UIC Women’s Australia v NZ Series – Melbourne
  • 2001 UIC Arafura Games – Darwin
  • 2002 UIC Women’s Australia v Japan Series – Melbourne
  • 2002 UIC South Pacific Classic – Perth
  • 2003 UIC Youth Olympic Festival – Sydney
  • 2004 UIC Blacktown City International Challenge – Sydney

(UIC = Umpire in Chief. DUIC = Deputy Umpire in Chief)

Czech Republic wins U-16, U-19 Men’s Softball European Championships

posted Aug 18, 2017, 1:57 PM by Jairy Otero

U-16 Junior Men’s Softball European Championship

photo: Martina Macháčková

The Czech Republic is the first-ever European Softball Champion in the U-16 men’s category.

The Czechs remained undefeated from the first game to the final game. None of the other teams were strong enough to stop the Czech offense, the statistics show clearly that the Czech boys did exceptionally well during the whole tournament.

The final game’s score was 15:0 over Israel. The Czechs won in three innings, the same way the won the semifinal against the Danish earlier. The game was closed by a walk-off two-run home run by Krystof Tomek.

The final standings are:

1. Czech Republic
2. Israel
3. Denmark
4. Croatia


U-19 Junior Men’s Softball European Championship

photo: Martina Macháčková

The Czech Republic won the U-19 Junior Men’s European title for the fourth time in a row.

The Czechs remained undefeated throughout the whole tournament and won most of their games on a run-ahead-rule. The only team, who was capable of challenging the Czechs were the Danish.

The final game ended with a 10:0 score, Czech batters hit four home runs in the final game and didn’t allow a single run.

Final standings:

1. Czech Republic
2. Denmark
3. Israel
4. Croatia
5. Great Britain

Four teams remain unbeaten in the Women’s Pan American Softball Championship

posted Aug 18, 2017, 1:56 PM by Jairy Otero

Four teams remain unbeaten in the Women’s Pan American Softball Championship

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Four teams remain undefeated in the IX Women’s Pan American Softball Championship in Santo Domingo. In the Pool A, USA and Venezuela lead the standings, while in Pool B Canada and Cuba are the leaders.

Venezuela beat Puerto Rico by 1-0 in an intense pitching duel. For Venezuela Desiree Ibarra threw the shut-out with 4 hits, while Puerto Rico’s Aleshia Ocasio and Taran Alvelo only allowed 3 combined hits. In the top of the third Puerto Rico loaded the bases. Korina Rosario and Quiana Diaz walked, and Elicia D’Orazio singled; however Ibarra struck out Ocasio to escape the jam. In the bottom of this inning Venezuela scored the only run of the game. Yaicey Sojo walked, advanced to second with a sacrifice bunt and scored with an RBI single by Milagros Lozada to center field. It was all Ibarra needed to claim a very important victory thinking on the playoff run. Venezuela is still unbeaten with three wins, and Puerto Rico sums two wins and one loss.

Another unbeaten team is Canada. The red and white squad sent 11 batters to the box in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead against Brazil. In the top of the fourth, Kaleigh Rafter hit an RBI single, and Careigh Lee Thomas hit a 3-run shot to center field to increase the lead to 9-0. Sara Plourde tossed a two-hit shut-out to earn the win in five innings. Canada improved their record to 4-0, at the top of the Pool B.

In the final game of the day, USA defeated host Dominican Republic by 7-0 in five innings of play. Delaney Spaulding hit an RBI triple in the third, and Amanda Chidester hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth to lead the US offense. Jessica Moore won the game with four innings of work, with a one inning relief by Kelly Barnhill.

Argentina defeated Bahamas 12-2 in four innings, earning their third win of the tournament. The Argentinean team took the lead early in the game to win with authority. With this result, Argentina is 3-2 in the tournament, while Bahamas have a 1-3 record.

In the other games of the day, Mexico knocked out Panama by 12-1; Curacao defeated Aruba 8-1; Colombia won against El Salvador by 5-3; Cuba beat Guatemala by 8-0; who after that defeated British Virgin Islands by 10-1; and Cuba beat Brazil by 9-0.

The schedule for tomorrow is as follow:

8:30
ARG – CAN
ARU – ESA

11:00
MEX – CUB
CUR – PER

14:00
VEN – USA
GUA – PAN

16:00
COL – PUR
BVI – BAH

18:30
PUR – DOM
PAN – BVI

21:00
DOM – COL
ESA – CUR

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