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Gophers softball coach Jessica Allister: ‘We’re going to prove them wrong.’

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

By BRIAN MURPHY / brianmurphy@pioneerpress.com
Published: May 17, 2017

TWIN CITIES, Minn. – The suddenly No. 1-ranked Gophers softball team was so certain it would be among the 16 schools to host an NCAA regional this weekend that travel plans were nonexistent — until Sunday night’s selection committee snub.

“Shame on us for assuming anything,” Minnesota coach Jessica Allister said Wednesday.

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Reliving Memories of one of fastpitch softball’s greatest pitchers

Monday, May 15th, 2017

WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE
Roy Burlison of the St. Louis Browns flies through the air before delivering a pitch to the plate in last night’s (June 16, 1973) professional softball game at Koch Park. Burlison tossed his third straight shutout, whipping the Philadelphia Patriots, 8-0. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photo By W. Thomas Stewart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –Roy Burlison was one of the greatest fastpitch pitchers the sport has ever known. When his 27-year playing career came to an end in 1992, he had won over 770 games against the best teams in the world.

In 1997 he was inducted into the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame for an arm’s length of accomplishments: nine times competing in the ASA national tournament; twice selected Most Valuable Pitcher, and twice leading his teams to runner-up in the national championship.

Burlison was also renowned as a coach, teaching hundreds of girls how to play the game the right way. But sadly on May 11, Burlison, 71, passed away (see Roller Homes obituary).

His fastpitch legacy will live on, however, in the girls he coached, and with the players he both played with and against in his long and distinguished career.

Let’s relive some of Burlison’s prowess with a stroll down memory lane…

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2017 Las Vegas Road Trip Bigger and Better

Monday, February 27th, 2017

LAS VEGAS – This year the Las Vegas Road Trip X will have 42 teams in total; the most ever participating in the event.

Teams from Canada, Mexico, and the United States are all represented in this tournament.

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Liberty University Dedicates Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Liberty University dedicated Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Field, April 3, 2015. Courtesy Photos

Lynchburg, VA
April 3, 2015
Courtesy of Mark Seward

LYNCHBURG, VA – Prior to the beginning of today’s Big South Conference softball doubleheader against Presbyterian, Liberty Athletics held a special dedication ceremony as part of the grand opening of the new softball facility.

During the ceremony, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Director of Athletics Jeff Barber were recognized for their commitment to provide Liberty’s student-athletes with all they need to succeed, both on the field and in the classroom.

Former Lady Flames Head Softball Coach Paul Wetmore (1994-2013) offered a prayer of dedication for the state-of-the art facility, while Liberty Head Softball Coach Dot Richardson threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The highlight of the pre-game ceremony was the announcement of naming rights of the field, which will now be called Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium in honor of Dwayne Kamphuis.

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USA Softball selects Men’s National Team Coaching Pool for 2017-2020

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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E: cwarren@usasoftball.com
P: (405) 425-3431

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today 19 coaches who have been selected to the 2017-2020 USA Softball Men’s National Team Coaching Pool.

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Christina Drumm of USA Softball of Southern California appointed to WBSC Regional Softball Umpire Coordinator Committee

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

CHRISTINA DRUMM received her WBSC certification in 2003 and has umpired in six softball World Championships and the World Cup of Softball. She has also served as an Assistant UIC for WBSC Junior Women’s and Women’s Softball World Championships. Drumm was named to the USA Softball National Umpiring Staff in 2015. Photo courtesy USA Softball


JAN. 13, 2017, 6:19 P.M. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Christina Drumm of USA Softball of Southern California has been appointed as one of the newest members of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Regional Softball Umpire Coordinator Committee, the WBSC announced today.

The new composition of the nine-member, gender-balanced committee covers the five Olympic continents — Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania.

Christina Drumm received her WBSC certification in 2003 and has umpired in six softball World Championships and the World Cup of Softball. She has also served as an Assistant UIC for WBSC Junior Women’s and Women’s Softball World Championships. Drumm was named to the USA Softball National Umpiring Staff in 2015.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with amazing people all over the world to assist umpires in their quest for greatness,” said Drumm. “I’ve been fortunate to be trained as an umpire and UIC at the highest levels by USA Softball and I am excited to contribute at a global level.”

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Enjoy Maddy Flanagan’s photos of the Raymond Angulo Memorial Tournament

Monday, September 5th, 2016
A close play at second base between the Beaumont Coyotes and Those Guys of Long Beach. Photo By MADDY FLANAGAN

A close play at second base between the Beaumont Coyotes and Those Guys of Long Beach. Photo By MADDY FLANAGAN

CORONA, Calif. – Maddy and Jim Flanagan of fastpitchwest attended the Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, Jim pitching for Those Guys and Maddy photographing the tournament taking some amazing action and candid photos.

Check out Maddy’s photo gallery at 2016 Angulo Tournament and enjoy the tournament through Maddy’s lens.

Men’s Fastpitch Softball, What Happened To It???

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

HitmenThirdBasePlay.172web Men’s fastpitch softball has all the action found in baseball: hitting, pitching and defense. The differences are of dimension, the bases are of shorter distance, and the pitching rubber is 60’6″ in baseball versus 46′ in fastpitch. Many young men who once played baseball have turned to fastpitch because the game is quicker and filled with fast-paced action. Photo by BOB OTTO / Beaumont (CA) Coyotes 4th of July Tournament

By Troy Olson / Fastpitch Player’s Essay

I find it very amusing that I tell people I have a softball game and they naturally assume I am playing slow pitch softball. Did you know that there is actually Mens Fastpitch Softball in America? I happen to live in Wisconsin and we have a lot of Fastpitch Teams in our state.

The league I play in is in a small town called Cushing. Our league is consistently between 8-12 teams per year, just depending on who is around for the summer. Most tournaments will once again draw 8-12 teams with several traveling from Minnesota to participate.

At one time men’s fastpitch was a huge sport in this country, in the 1960’s and 70’s it was at its peak.

There was all kinds of hugely talented teams and of course the most famous of them all “The King and His Court.” So what happened to this one time flourishing sport?

In my opinion it’s a combination of several things, first was the evolution of slowpitch softball. Most people aren’t happy going 1 for 3 at the plate, jumping to slowpitch would allow even poor hitters to put the ball in play all the time. It also seems with no practice one can still compete in slowpitch.

Lets be honest if you are going to be successful at Fastpitch you have to put time and practice, you just don’t pick up a bat and hit riseballs out of the park.

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2016 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team Prepares for World Championship

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship will be held in Midland, Mich. at Emerson Park. Teams from around the globe will compete for the chance to call themselves a World Champion.

Live streaming will be available throughout the entire tournament at no cost to viewers! From first pitch until the Gold Medal moment, fans never have to miss out on the action!

Be sure to check back during the Championship to catch the world’s best 19-Under men’s fast pitch teams!

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Training/Exhibition Games

  • June 23-30, 2016 Normal, Ill.
  • Training/Exhibition Games July 13-17, 2016 Ashland, Ohio
  • Training/Exhibition Games July 18-23, 2016 Midland, Mich.
  • WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship July 24-30, 2016 Midland, Mich.
  • USA Women’s National Team arrive in Tokyo for USA vs Japan All Star Series

    Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

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    JUNE 21, 2016, 4:54 P.M. (ET)
    Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan — Members of the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) landed in Tokyo, Japan for the USA vs Japan All-Star Series the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.

    Team USA will participate in three games against the Japan National Team, including a series-opening matchup at the Tokyo Dome.

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