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Guzman, Hackett, Hicks, McCurry and Muizelaar tabbed Assistant Coaches for 2019 Men’s National Team

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball has announced the USA Softball Men’s National (MNT) assistant coaches that will join Head Coach Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.) during the 2019 season.

Ron Guzman (Salinas, Calif.), Ron Hackett (Richmond, Va.), Greg Hicks (Bakersfield, Calif.), Nick McCurry (Ashland, Ohio) and Gerald Muizelaar (Grand Forks, N.D.) will assist Leather as the team competes at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru and select international events on the 2019 calendar.

This will be the first stint on the coaching staff for Hackett and Muizelaar while Guzman, Hicks and McCurry have each previously held roles on the MNT coaching staff.

Guzman, along with Hicks and McCurry, helped lead the 2018 U.S. team that competed at the Intercontinental Cup in Prague, Czech Republic. Despite a 1-4 showing at the event, Team USA proved they are a Top Five contender with a 5-4, walk-off win over Argentina.

“I am extremely honored to be a part of the USA Softball Men’s National Team program this summer,” said Guzman. “I’m looking forward to working with Coach Leather and the entire staff. This is the absolute pinnacle in your career to be able to wear the Red, White and Blue while representing your country.”

Hicks and McCurry have served as Assistant Coaches for the MNT since the 2014 season. In their tenure with Team USA, the duo has coached at two WBSC Men’s World Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games.

“As a player or coach, the highest honor you could ever get is to represent the United States,” said McCurry. “There is no better feeling to have a jersey with ‘USA’ on your chest. I’m very thankful that I am chosen for this prestigious honor. Softball has been in my blood ever since I was a very young man. I want to thank everyone that is involved in USA Softball for selecting me. I will never forget this honor. We are looking forward to working with the athletes to win a Gold Medal.”

Hicks and McCurry were also a part of the 2017 coaching staff that helped Team USA claim the Bronze Medal at the Pan American Championship – the first international medal for the U.S. since 2003.

“Being selected to be part of the coaching staff for the 2019 season is very special,” said Hicks. “Any time you can stand on a ball field with ‘USA’ across your chest – it is an unbelievable feeling and never gets old. I feel unbelievably blessed with the opportunity to represent my country in international competition. It is a unique experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Hackett joins the USA Softball MNT program for his first stint as Assistant Coach after being around the men’s game for a number of years. A native of Elkland, Pa., a hotbed for men’s fast pitch, Hackett played a number of years at the men’s major level. Beginning in 2015, Hackett transitioned into administrative roles, coaching and sponsoring several teams who finished in the Top 5 at the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship.

“It’s an honor to be selected as part of the Men’s National Team coaching staff,” said Hackett. “To represent your country competing against the best in the world is the pinnacle of our sport. I’m humbled and appreciative for the opportunity USA Softball has given us to represent our country this year.”

Muizelaar is making his first appearance as a coach for the MNT program, though he packs plenty of experience as an alumni of the program. A member of the 2013-2015 MNT rosters, Muizelaar competed in two WBSC Men’s World Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games. Muizelaar compiled a 2-3 record in 36 and one-third innings in the circle for Team USA at the World Championships, fanning 53 batters while he went 1-0 at the Pan American Games with 11 strikeouts in 10 and two-third innings pitched.

Gerald Muizelaar, a veteran on the USA National Men’s Fastpitch Team, has now joined the coaching staff on Team USA. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1999 ISC World Tournament

“I am very excited to continue my involvement with the USA Softball Men’s National Team,” said Muizelaar. “I know that my desire to compete on the field will never go away, but I look forward to the new challenge of coaching this group of talented athletes. With the right preparation, I believe that we can compete with the best in the world and have a legitimate opportunity to achieve our goal of winning Gold this summer.”

For more information on the USA Softball National Team program, please visit USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 208 National Federation and Associate Members in 135 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Premier12, World Baseball Classic, Baseball World Cups, Softball World Cups and Softball World Championships, as well as baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games.

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Baseball and softball not included among shortlisted sports by Paris Organizing Committee for 2024 Olympics

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Baseball and softball not included among shortlisted sports by Paris Organizing Committee for 2024 Olympics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2019
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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Paris Organizing Committee met recently to determine which sports would make up the 2024 Olympic Program and decided upon breakdancing, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing to make the final cut of shortlisted sports.

The decision comes after the groundbreaking Olympic Agenda 2020 passed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that gives Olympic host cities the right to propose sports that are popular in the host country and add to the appeal of the Games.

“We’ve taken our time to truly take in what Paris 2024’s decision means, not only to USA Softball as a whole but to the sport that means so much to people all around the globe,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer, Craig Cress. “While disheartening, the response we’ve seen from the softball community is a resounding display that our sport will continue to thrive and grow. We won’t give up, the work never ends – but we can promise you that our athletes will continue to compete each year and proudly represent our great nation on the international stage and we encourage fans to continue their loyal support of softball. We also stand with the international softball community in the fight for inclusion in future Olympic Games and we will continue to work with groups who value the growth of our sport both domestically and internationally.”

The IOC still needs to give final approval to the choices made by the Paris 2024 organizers during the executive board in December 2020.

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Japan tops host New Zealand to win men’s softball TAB Challenge Cup

Friday, March 1st, 2019

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Men’s softball No. 3 nation in the world Japan shocked the host crowd and claimed the TAB Challenge Cup 2019 with a 3-1 victory over No. 1 New Zealand in the final of the tournament.

A two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning off the bat of HIKARU MATSUDA provided the Japanese pitching staff enough difference to secure the title at Rosedale Park in Albany, Feb. 10.

Both national teams had advanced to the final after crushing victories in the semifinal. New Zealand beat New Zealand B, 7-0, and Japan defeated Australia by a score of 10-2.

Australia, Japan and New Zealand are tunning up for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019, to be held from 13-23 June, in Prague and Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic. New Zealand is the defending world champions.

REO KOYAMA, key member of the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2016 title for Japan, had a stellar outing in the final and claimed the win, pitching 6.33 innings with 5 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. He kept the powerful Black Sox line up quiet for six innings before leaving the circle in the bottom of the seventh, with the score 3-1.

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Men’s National Team training roster announced as 18 athletes selected to represent Team USA

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

KEVIN CASTILLO, left, and JONATHAN LYNCH, have been selected to the 2019 USA Softball Men’s National Training Roster. Photo USA Softball

JAN. 06, 2019, 8:47 P.M. (ET)
OKLAHOMA CITY — The training roster for the 2019 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) has been announced today as 18 athletes have been selected following three days of Selection Trials, USA Softball announced.

Selected by members of the Men’s National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC), these athletes will compete in select tournaments/invitational events before the final 17-player roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship and the 15-player roster for the Pan American Games will be finalized.

“The players in attendance certainly made our job on the selection committee difficult,” said 2019 MNT Head Coach Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.). “There were a lot of talented players and the committee has assembled a team that gives the United States a great opportunity to capture Gold this summer at the WBSC World Championship and Pan American Games.”

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Santa Dan Delivers Early Christmas Present For Ball Cap Bob

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

DAN NESSLER sent me eight fastpitch softball and baseball caps, including front row, left to right, a Mankato Bethany Lutheran College Lancers softball cap, a Happy Chef cap, WBSC Jr. Men’s Softball World Championship cap, along with my Farm Tavern cap. The second row includes Dan’s gifts of which the MSU cap is from the 2012 Mavericks baseball team that finished third in the NCAA Div. II baseball national championships. On the top row is another BLC cap sandwiched by my 1995 ISC World Tournament cap, left, and 2017 NAFA World Series cap.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’m a sucker for caps. Doesn’t matter if it’s softball, baseball, football – any kind of stylish ball cap will hook me into reaching for my wallet.

In the back window of my car, there’s perched a Chicago Bears’ cap. I’m not a Bears fan, so why’s it there? I just like the way the “C” is prominently displayed on the crown. And if I forget one of my caps when I leave the house, “Da Bears” is my backup.

I’ve also got NASCAR hats, my son’s Tyree Oil cap, my grandson Cam’s Spirit Aerosystems cap, Case, Farmall and John Deere hats, three Marine Corps caps…

And a bunch of softball caps – 33 in all, and of course, only of the fastpitch variety.

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USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Futures Team set to compete at 10th Amigo’s Fast Pitch Tournament

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Hayward, Calif. — The USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Futures Team will head to Hayward, Calif. this weekend for the 10th Amigo’s Fast Pitch Tournament, a USA Softball of Northern California-sanctioned event.

The Futures Team will open the tournament with a 10:45 a.m. PT matchup on Saturday, Nov. 10 against Wololoks, followed by a 12:30 p.m. PT game against Team TJ’s, a 2 p.m. PT game against NW Braves and a 3:45 p.m. PT game against EB Bashers to close out the day. Sunday’s schedule will be determined by seeding following Saturday’s results.

  • Athletes selected to the Amigo’s tournament roster include Anthony Aresco, Mick Baker, Ryan Barnes, Dante Biagini, Tyler Bouley, Ryker Zane Chason, Dalton Gray, Peyton Hall, Brad Kilpatrick, Jeff Lewis, Mike Lewis, Chayton Lloyd, Brent Meshke, Chris Norris, and Tony Wark.
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    USA meets Canada in Fastpitch Softball World Championship

    Saturday, July 7th, 2018

    PRINCE ALBERT, Canada – The XII World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 is underway tonight and Team USA meets Team Canada in the first game for both teams in round robin play.

    Watch the game live on YouTube by clicking on USA vs Canada

    USA Junior Men’s National Team sweeps Fargo tournament

    Thursday, May 31st, 2018

    The USA Junior Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team.

    FARGO, No. Dak. – Team USA went undefeated at 7-0 to win the 2018 Fargo Memorial Tournament at North Softball Complex in Fargo, May 25-27. The national team is preparing for the WBSC World Championship tournament for young men age 19-under in Prince Albert, Canada, July 7-15.

    The USA Junior Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team includes Seth Brandel, Houghton Lake, Mich.; Trey Brown, Sanford, Fla.; Jose Dominguez, Union City, Calif.; Derek Gomez, Austin, Texas; Dalton Gray, South Jordan, Utah; Steven Hecht, Vassar, Mich.; Alex Ibarra, Cedar Hill, Texas; Nathan Landry, Indian Brook, Canada; Craig Lewis, Winston, Mo.; Jeff Lewis, Amboy, Minn.; Chayton Lloyd, Lakeside, Calif.; Justin Martinez, Covina, Calif.; Paul Miklovic, Caro, Mich.; Travis Miller, Kewaunee, Wis.; Garrett Nickel, Clarksville, Tenn.; Jason Obregon Jr., Pico Rivera, Calif.; William Pahlow, Oshkosh, Wis.; Ethan Rodriguez, San Ramon, Calif.; Daniel Stangel, Kewaunee, Wis.; Dustin Thompson, Nevada City, Calif., and Tony Wark, Munger, Mich. The COACHING STAFF includes Tyron McKinney, Head Coach, and assistant coaches Tony Aresco, Mike Armitage and Bob Piddock.

    Team USA stays perfect in Fargo Memorial Tournament

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    JASON OBREGON, JR. of Pico Rivera, Calif., led Team USA batsmen with a 4-of-4 performance in defeating Len’s Automotive of St. Paul, Minn., 9-5, in the Fargo Memorial Tournament, Saturday, May 26. Courtesy Photo / USA Softball

    FARGO, No. Dak. – The USA Jr. Men’s National Team capped an impressive fastpitch day by winning its third straight game, 9-5, over Len’s Automotive of St. Paul in the Fargo Memorial Tournament at North Softball Complex, Saturday.

    JASON OBREGON, Jr. led Team USA’s 13-hit barrage with a perfect 4-of-4 at the plate and an RBI, while ALEXANDRO IBARRA, Jr. picked up the win, allowing a pair of runs in four innings. The Texas native struck out one and walked two to notch his second win of the tournament.

    CRAIG LEWIS hurled the final three frames, allowing a run on two hits with a strikeout.

    Team USA broke the game open with a seven-run barrage in the bottom half of the first inning, along with solo scores in the sixth and seventh to improve to 4-0 in the tournament.

    Along with Obregon, Daniel Stangel was 3-of4, RBI, run; Jeff Lewis, 2-of-4, RBI; Tony Wark, 1-of-4, RBI, run; Dalton Gray, 1-of-3, run; Chayton Lloyd, RBI, 2 runs; Dustin Thompson, RBI, Jose Dominguez, Jr., 1-of2, run.

    In the tournament, the bats have been prolific, driving in 34 runs, while opponents have plated 11.

    And in the circle, Ibarra, Lewis and Nathan Landry have allowed just 4 earned runs in 25 innings for a team ERA of 1.67.

    The tournament closes Sunday with Team USA meeting Notre Dame at North Softball Complex at 7 p.m.

    15th Annual Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In Pueblo

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    By JERRY SANTOS
    Co-Director, 2018 Joe Santos Memorial Tournament

    PUEBLO, Colo. – “The 15th Anniversary Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is just five weeks away and the tournament response has been amazing!” said Jerry Santos of the Pueblo Bandits, who along with brother Chris Santos serve as tournament directors.

    The tournament will be held Memorial Weekend May 25, 26 and 27 at Joe Santos Field and if necessary City Park Field.

    Teams from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and South Dakota will be competing for a berth to the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario Canada.

    Please confirm your teams entry by getting your entry fee into Chris or Jerry Santos. Deadline for entry fee is May 11th. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of Men’s Fastball and Celebrating the Legacy of our Father Mr. Joe Santos….

    ***Contact Chris Santos – jcsantos25@msn.com, or Jerry Santos -jerrysantos66@hotmail.com or on Facebook***