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Holders drawn in same pool as hosts for 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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By Daniel Etchells / Reporter

INSIDE THE GAMES – Two-time defending champions Argentina have been drawn in the same pool as hosts United States for the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in Midland, Mich.

The South American country, gold medallists in Canadian city Whitehorse two years ago and on home soil in Paraná in 2012, are also joined in Pool A by Australia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Denmark and Venezuela.

World number one ranked nation and 2014 silver medallists New Zealand headline Pool B, which features Canada, Israel, Mexico, South Africa and Japan – the 2012 runners-up and 2014 bronze medallists.

Competition is scheduled to take place from July 24 to 30 at the Currie Stadium in Emerson Park in the city in Michigan. Continue Reading in Inside The Games

Midland, Mich. Hosting 2016 International Softball Federation Jr. Men’s World Championship

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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MIDLAND, Mich. – The 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World (fast-pitch softball) Championship will be held in Midland, Mich. at Emerson Park, July 24-30.

Teams from around the globe will compete for the chance to call themselves a World Champion. The USA will field one of its strongest teams and will strive to improve on its 7-4 record in the 2014 world championship and consolation final – an 11-5 victory over Mexico.

Colton Nielson led the way with four RBI on three hits, and Phillip Zimmerman picked up the win, allowing just one run and striking out five over 4 1/3 innings.

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!

Learn more about the young men that will represent the United States at: WBSC USA Jr. Men’s website

Fast rising New Zealand pitcher takes his talent to Japan

Monday, July 6th, 2015
19-year-old Ethan Johnston is pitching in Japan after spending two tours pitching in the United States, while also pitching in his native country of New Zealand.

19-year-old Ethan Johnston is pitching in Japan after spending two tours pitching in the United States, while also pitching in his native country of New Zealand.

OSAKA, Japan – Learning to control and make a softball spin up and down can take years of practice and patience for many young pitchers. And once that’s mastered, it can take even longer to rise from the lower to the upper ranks where the best teams contend for national and international championships.

Well, that slow and steady route may apply to some, but not so for Ethan Johnston.

At 14 he started pitching. At 17 he was pitching in the United States. At 18 he was pitching for his country in the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Tournament. And now, 19-year-old Ethan Johnston is pitching in Japan.

Is Ethan Johnston on the fast track to the top in men’s fastpitch softball? Well, it kind of looks that way.

But if not for an injury and sibling role models, Johnston may have stayed a position player and never learned to spin the riser, drop and change-up that has established him as one of the best young pitchers worldwide.

“I used to be a catcher and third baseman until a knee injury,” said Johnston. “I decided to stop that and become a pitcher. My brother and sister pitched and being the youngest, I wanted to copy them. I had a lot of help from my older brother Carl.”

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Check out Champ’s Chatter news letter of the World Softball Championship

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Ty Stofflet.1web The great United States pitcher, Ty Stofflet, had a 0.00 ERA in the 1976 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, not allowing an earned run in 59 innings.

SASKATOON, CANADAChamp’s Chatter, the official news letter of the 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship released its second edition, for Saturday, and will be publishing daily until the end of the tournament on July 4.

Produced by Communications Manager Mark Loehndorf, the news letter provides brief summaries of games, commentary about players and teams, and the latest edition includes several beautiful opening ceremony and action pictures.

    Here’s an interesting sample from the second edition.
  • Lowest Earned Run Average in the history of ISF world championships is 0.00, that several great pitchers can lay claim to:

    Joe Lynch (USA) 22 innings; Harvey Sterkel (USA) 21 innings; Victor Guzman (PUR) 17 innings, 1968;Ty Stofflet (USA) 59 innings, 1976; Owen Walford (USA) 35 innings, 1980; Michael White (NZL) 35? innings; Gene McWillie (CAN) 18 innings; Bill Lunney (CAN) 15 innings, 1984; Esteban Gomez (CUB) 23 innings; Chubb Tangaroa (NZL) 22 innings, 1988; Michael White (USA) 14 innings, 2004; Andrew Kirkpatrick (AUS) 19 innings, 2009.

  • Click on Champ’s Chatter for the latest news at the ball park.

    USA Junior Men’s National (Fastpitch) Team Open Tryout In Midland, Mich.

    Thursday, June 25th, 2015
    Tyler Bouley taking his swings in the 2014 NAFA 23-Under championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Tyler Bouley was a member of the 2014 USA Junior Men’s National Team that finished fifth (7-4) in the World Softball Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo By BOB OTTO

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The ASA/USA Softball Jr. Men’s National Team will be competing in the 2016 WBSC World Championship in Midland, MI. The Amateur Softball Association of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., will hold an Open Jr. Men’s National Team (JMNT) tryout in 2015.

    “Learn how you or someone you know could possibly be a member of the team.”

    As the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball is responsible for selecting the players and coaches for the Jr. Men’s National Softball Team that will participate in the 2016 WBSC World Championship, July 7-16.

    ASA/USA Softball takes this important responsibility seriously and has invested its time and resources to create a fair and equitable tryout process.

      THE DETAILS
  • To apply please login or register an account and fill out an application. The deadline to apply is July 2, 2015.
  • The Open JMNT tryout will be held at Emerson Park in Midland, MI on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
  • The 2015 JMNT Selection Camp (invitation only) will be help at Emerson Park on July 25 – Wednesday July 29.
  • The top performers from the Open tryout on July 25 will be invited to participate in the 2015 JMNT Selection Camp on July 25-29.
  • The application fee is $50.00 if the applicant is registered with ASA and $65.00 if they are not.
  • Any male United States citizen born in 1997, 1998, 1999 or 2000 and can commit to the July 25-29, 2015 timeline period is eligible.
  • Please read the Eligibility Rules before filling out and submitting an application to make sure you qualify.

    Young Craig Lewis sets high goals in fastpitch softball

    Monday, November 10th, 2014
    The Lewis family after winning the 2014 ASA Boys' 16-Under Fastpitch National Championship. From left, wife and mother, Deanna Lewis, Jacob, 13, Craig, 15, Brian, 10, and Eric Lewis. Contributed Photo.

    The Lewis family after winning the 2014 ASA Boys’ 16-Under Fastpitch National Championship. From left, wife and mother, Deanna Lewis, Jacob, 13, Craig, 15, Brian, 10, and Eric Lewis. Contributed Photo.

    WINSTON, Mo. – When he was a little tyke of 3 or 4, Craig Lewis was already wind-milling a softball and tagging along with his dad from one Missouri ball field to the next.

    By first grade, he knew how to keep a scorebook.

    And now at 15?

    Well, let’s just say he’s too valuable on the field to have sitting on the bench scoring the game.

      TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL HONORS

    Craig Lewis had himself quite a high school fastpitch season this year. He pitched the defending champion Winston Redbirds to third place in the Missouri State High School Boys Fastpitch Tournament. This coming on the heels of pitching the Redbirds to the Harrison-Daviess-Caldwell (HDC) Conference championship (6-0, 16-2).

    And he was a unanimous pick on the all-conference and all-state teams. Pretty good accomplishments for a 15-year-old sophomore, who had a 14-2 record. And just imagine the grief he’s going to give the competition with two more varsity years left.

    So how did all this success come about?

    No need to look any further than Craig’s dad, Eric Lewis.

    “I grew up watching my dad pitch and I wanted to be just like him,” Craig said. He taught me to pitch and be mentally tough and not cave under pressure. He was always setting up games and taking my (boys’) team places to play, so we could be good in the future. He is the reason I have gotten into pitching.”

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    USA Softball Junior Men claim consolation prize at ISF Junior Mens World Championship

    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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    BY STEVEN EMBREE | JULY 20, 2014, MIDNIGHT (ET)

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team took the field versus Mexico on Sunday in the consolation finals of the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship and won convincingly 11-5 the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.

    With the win, Team USA finished 7-4, their best record in the Junior Men’s World Championship since 1985.

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    Argentina repeats as International Softball Federation Junior Men’s World Champions

    Sunday, July 20th, 2014

    argentina Argentina won its second consecutive Gold Medal in the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship by defeating New Zealand, 9-0, Sunday at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Canada.

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Argentina was slowed down but they couldn’t be stopped.

    After losing Saturday to New Zealand, 3-1, in the semi-finals of the playoffs, Argentina came roaring back with a vengeance on Sunday.

    And New Zealand felt the brunt of it.

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    Mighty Masmu sends Argentina into gold medal game against New Zealand

    Sunday, July 20th, 2014

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Argentina’s Gonzalo Masmu was nicknamed the “Mighty Masmu” after he hit three home runs and drove in seven runs against Japan in an 8-1 win during round-robin play of the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship.

    If there was any doubt he deserved that title then, those doubts were erased Sunday afternoon in the Bronze medal game.

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    Johnston leads New Zealand past Argentina into Gold Medal game

    Sunday, July 20th, 2014

    johnston.kiwi.pitcher.183web Ethan Johnston pitching in the 2013 NAFA World Series for the Kansas City Outlaws. Against Argentina he scattered four hits, walked one and struck out 11 in leading New Zealand to a 3-1 victory and into the Gold Medal game of the 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Championship. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Argentina swept through the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship undefeated in round-robin play. The hitters scored 66 runs, while the pitching staff did not allow a single run in the first six games, and only three the rest of the way.

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