Wednesday December 13th, 2017
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2016 ASA/USA Border Battle – USA wins – Day 3 update!

 

A special thank you to all those that shared great photos on Facebook or sent me photos for the reports on the Border Battle and to ASA for providing daily updates and boxscores and the livestream.

 

Border Battle VIII

USA 27, Canada 8 (five innings)

Click here for a box score

 

For the seventh-time since the inaugural Border Battle in 2009, the USA Softball Slow Pitch National Team held up the Border Battle trophy as the team glided to a 27-8 (five innings) win over Canada.  Led by Dale Brungardt (Vancouver, Wash.), who went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI, the U.S. plated runs in each inning en route to the win.

“There’s no greater feeling,” said Team USA veteran Brett Helmer (Cicero, N.Y.) on winning the Border Battle matchup.

It was a close ball game through the first inning of play as Canada scored four runs and Team USA responded with five in the bottom of the frame.  The U.S. defense put in work in the top of the second after a leadoff single by Canada.  After a fly ball out to left field, a 6-4-3 double play ended the top of the second with no damage done.  The U.S. offense came alive in the bottom of the second, scoring 14 runs to extend their lead to 19-4.  Highlighting the rally were four home runs, two singles, a double and a bases-loaded walk.

Canada pushed across three runs in the top of the third to make it a 19-7 ball game but Team USA’s offense could not be stopped as they tacked on another seven runs.  Thanks in large to two home runs, two singles, a double and a triple, the U.S. headed to the fourth inning with a 26-7 lead.

Canada hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth and the U.S. would respond with a solo shot by Brungardt in the bottom of the fourth.  Leading 27-8 in the top of the fifth, Team USA turned a double play for the first two outs of the inning and a fly out to right field gave the U.S. the 27-8, run-rule victory.

2016 Team USA 

 


 

Final 2016 Border Battle 8 Standings:
Team USA 4-1
USA Futures 3-2
A&A Utility/KV Weld/BHR 2-2
Canada 2-3
Play the Game Sports 2-2
OC 1-4

 


 

2016 Team Canada

 


 

 


 

 


 

2016 Future Stars with Play The Game Sports 

2016 Play The Game Sports 

 


 

Team USA 4-1

 





USA Futures 3-2

 





A&A Utility/KV Weld/BHR 2-2

 


 

Canada 2-3

 





OC 1-4

 


 

Play the Game Sports 2-2

 


Hall of Famers Mike Schenk and Bruce Meade 

 

 

 

 

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