WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup: USA announce squad, 14 back from Pan Am Championship winning team

WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup: USA announce squad, 14 back from Pan Am Championship winning team
17/10/2023
Cody Gibbons will be USA’s main weapon from the circle. The right-handed pitcher was named the MVP of the Americas Qualifier, posting a 4-0 record with 47 strikeouts in 23 innings, for a 0.30 ERA.

After an historic gold medal finish at the Americas Qualifier in September, world No. 5 USA announced their squad to play the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico, from 11 to 19 November. The US team aims to win a first World Cup medal after 35 years.

USA roster:

  1. Wylie Baumer
  2. Logan Boom
  3. Griffin Boucher
  4. Ian Carlin
  5. Braden Ducharme
  6. Brennan Ducharme
  7. Cody Gibbons
  8. Jackson Jordan
  9. Karson Martin
  10. Manny Mendham
  11. Kyle Miller
  12. Lucas Miller
  13. Drake Varela
  14. Brody Von Berge
  15. Logan Von Berge

The USA Softball U-18 Men’s National Team won the Pan American Championship posting a 5-1 record through the week-long event to clinch the gold medal and earn a spot in the 2023 WBSC World Cup.

The U-18 Men’s Pan American Championship gold medal marks the first medal for the programme since 1985, when the USA Junior Men’s National Team clinched a silver medal at the Junior Men’s World Cup held in Fargo, North Dakota. 

Cody Gibbons will be USA’s main weapon from the circle. The right-handed pitcher was named the MVP of the Americas Qualifier, posting a 4-0 record with 47 strikeouts in 23 innings, for a 0.30 ERA. Four other players were named to the qualifier’s best team: Brennan Ducharme (catcher), Braden Ducharme (shortstop), Brody Von Berge (left fielder) and Logan Boom (center fielder).

USA will play the Group Stage in Group B together with world No. 1 Argentina, No. 3 Japan, No. 7 New Zealand, No. 8 Venezuela and No. 17 Israel.

The US squad will make its debut against Venezuela on 11 November at 19:00 local time, which will be a rematch of the Pan Am Championship final, where USA defeated the South Americans 6-1.