Josh Pernetti returned home from New Zealand on March 2.
“It was a fun experience,” the Ceres High senior said. “I’m just glad to be back. I missed baseball.”
Pernetti suited up for the USA Softball Under-18 Men’s National Team, Feb. 22-March 1, at the WBSC World Cup.
“It was an honor being able to have USA across my chest and to represent Ceres. I don’t know a lot of people that have done this. It seems special to me.”Josh Pernetti
“It was an honor being able to have USA across my chest and to represent Ceres,” he said. “I don’t know a lot of people that have done this. It seems special to me.”
The 11-team tournament was staged at Colquhoun Park in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Sixth-ranked USA placed 11th overall.
The National Team compiled a 2-6 record.
“It was my first time playing softball,” said Pernetti, who batted fifth in the lineup and logged playing time at first base. “The most challenging part was seeing a rise ball come at me. If I got an opportunity to play again, I’d do it.”
USA beat Singapore 4-2 on Feb. 28 and Denmark 7-3 on Feb. 25.
The National Team lost 11-7 to South Africa on Feb. 29, 8-6 to Canada on Feb. 27, 10-0 to Japan on Feb. 26, 10-3 to Guatemala on Feb. 24, 11-1 to New Zealand on Feb. 23 and 10-1 to Mexico on Feb. 22.
“We didn’t play our best but it was a good experience overall,” Pernetti said. “It was really fun. I got to meet a lot of new people.”
Pernetti and his USA Softball teammates didn’t do much sightseeing in New Zealand.
“We were on a mission to try to win games,” he said. “We went to a beach near Palmerston the last day we were there.”