Representing the United States in international softball action, Union graduate TJ Johnson and Hermann graduate Justin Wurtz had the experience of a lifetime recently in Argentina.
The two played for Team USA in the IX ISF Junior Men’s World Championship in Parana, Argentina.
Team USA went 5-1 in pool play to finish second to Australia, beating Denmark, Singapore, India, Venezuela and New Zealand before losing to Australia.
In the playoffs, the Americans lost to Pool B winner Argentina and then fell to Canada.
Johnson, who is playing baseball at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill., batted .471 during the tournament with one double, two triples and a home run. He scored five runs and drove in five. He walked once and stole one base.
Johnson hit .615 during pool play. He had a double, triple and home run in the win over India Nov. 4. He went 3-4 in that game while scoring twice and driving in three runs.
Johnson also went 2-2 in the win over New Zealand with one run.
Wurtz played in seven games during the tournament, hitting .263 with one double, three runs, three RBIs, one walk and one stolen base.
During pool play, he batted .333.
Wurtz had his best game against Venezuela, going 2-2 with one run, two RBIs and a walk.
The double came in a game against Denmark.