The Junior Steelers have enjoyed a solid preparation for the 2018 Junior Men’s Softball World Championship with an encouraging performance at an invitational tournament in Ontario.
Ahead of the World Championship, which begins next weekend in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the Junior Steelers competed in the Hill United Chiefs Invitational, a tournament in Six Nations, Ontario that featured some of the world’s best men’s softball players.
Although it looked like a case of boys against men, the Junior Steelers quickly showed that they were more than competitive. They won their first game against Bear Bottom Lodge 8-3, with Shaun Lanaghan the winning pitcher and Jett Wright named MVP of the game.
In their second game, the Junior Steelers beat Nith River 3-2. Bradley Kilpatrick was the winning pitcher and Layton Reid the MVP.
Against the powerful Hill United Chiefs in their third game of the day, the Junior Steelers lost 10-3.
The following day they were back on the winners’ list, beating Toronto 7-4 and with Lanaghan collecting both awards.
But they lost 9-1 to the New Zealand Junior team in a game that decided who would progress to the final against the eventual winners, the Chiefs.
As they continue their pre-World Championship preparation, the Junior Steelers will play eight games this week against local teams in and around Milverton, Ontario.
All 54 games of the XII WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship will be live-streamed free through the official WBSC YouTube Channel.
Thirteen National Teams from the five Olympic continents will be a part of the global battle in Prince Albert, with Guatemala and Hong Kong making their debuts. Teams have been divided into two pools (see above).
The fifth-ranked Junior Steelers’ first game is against 16th-ranked India on July 7. Full schedule here. The top four nations from each group will advance to the playoffs.
Production across the two main venues in the pool games will feature three cameras, with production expanded to four cameras for the final four playoff games. All games will feature running commentary in English.
“The WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 is the world’s top men’s softball competition on this year’s international calendar, and we are excited to showcase this global event exclusively through the WBSC YouTube Channel,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.
“With this strategy we raise awareness of our sport’s growing global footprint, while connecting with more fans and new followers around the world through this engaging live content.”
Japan will head to Prince Albert as the defending World Champion, after going undefeated two years ago in Midland, Michigan, USA, and defeating New Zealand in a thrilling 2-1 final.
Local families are doing their best to make the Junior Steelers feel at home!
2018 Australian Under 19 Men’s Team
|Josh Bond (NSW)||Bradley Kilpatrick (NSW)||Layton Reid (Qld)|
|Jacob Donaldson (NSW)||Ryan King (NSW)||Keenan Smith (Qld)|
|Jarred Garland (NSW)||Shaun Lanaghan (NSW)||Dawson Summers (WA)|
|Matthew Harrow (ACT)||Michael Ludkin (Qld)||Jeremy Waters (Qld)|
|Blake Jackson (NSW)||Bolton Nussbaum (ACT)||Jett Wright (WA)|
|Riley James (Qld)||Christopher Plain (NSW)|
Head Coach: Laing Harrow
Assistant Coach: Darrin Hebditch
Assistant Coach: Adam Rindfleish
Team Manager: Mike Titheradge
Video Analyst: Tony Mackie
Physiotherapist: Bernie Simai
Statistician: Jim Giles
Umpire: Trevor Murphy