A loss against the United States left the Argentina men’s softball team without a podium finish at the WBSC World Cup, being held in Auckland, New Zealand. In their final appearance, they lost 2–0 to the Yankees under the leadership of Julio Gamarci from Paraná and ended their participation with their second consecutive defeat.
That is, on Saturday, he had to face an unexpected defeat from Australia by the same score. Up to that point, the Argentine artist was undefeated in the competition, but could not beat Ocean and had to fight for third place with the North Americans.
Argentina won Group A with wins over Cuba (3–1), the Philippines (6–0), New Zealand (11–5), the Czech Republic (8–1) and the United States (5–3). Already in the Super Round they beat Venezuela (6–3) and Canada (5–4), but the loss against Australia (0–2) was lapidary with a very good campaign.
The Argentine team is made up of a majority of Entre Ríos, with 12 of the 14 provincial athletes in the group: Santiago Carril, Federico Eder, Manuel Godoy, Roman Godoy, Martín González, Francisco Lombardo, Ladislao Malarczuk, Teo Migliavaca, Mariano Monteiro, Bruno Motroni , Gonzalo Ojeda, Lucio Retamar and Gian Cialacomo are from Paraná, while Alan Pekar was born in Villa Clara, Villagué Department. The squad is completed by Humul Mata (Santa Rosa, La Pampa) and Juan Zara (Bahía Blanca).
It should be noted that the tournament meant the departure of Paraná native Bruno Motroni from the Argentina team. The softball player, former team captain and three-time Silver Olympia winner, announced her retirement from the national team.
Argentina team became world champions in 2019 with a historic 3-2 win in 10 innings against Japan in the World Cup final in Czech Republic. Subsequently, she won a medal at the Pan American Games in Lima and the Softball Pan American Games played in Paraná that year.