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Boom time: Barnesville man hopes to go out on top at world fastpitch tourney

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

CHAD BOOM pitching for Junker’s Bar & Grill of North Mankato, Minn. in the ISC World Tournament. Boom, a feared hitter, was selected All-World three times in the ISC World Tournament (1999, 2002, 2006) Photo By BOB OTTO / ISC World Tournament

Chad Boom was born in a fastpitch family. His father Marlin Boom a player and manager was inducted into the 2016 Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame, and brother B.J. Boom was inducted into the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Hall of Fame in 2015.

And Chad played for the USA Men’s National Team, and was selected All-World three times (1999, 2002, 2006) in the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

Good read about Chad Boom’s 2004 national team experience and his life growing up with fastpitch.

INFORUM / Fargo, ND
By Hayden Goethe on Feb 3, 2004

Growing up in Ellsworth, Minn., Chad Boom immersed himself in fastpitch softball. As an adolescent, he watched his dad, Marlin, play in fastpitch leagues, awaiting the day when he could do the same.

Boom never imagined he would make it this far.

As a member of the U.S. fastpitch softball team, the Barnesville, Minn., resident now finds himself in New Zealand, competing in the men?s fastpitch world championships.

Boom has already flexed his strength at the tournament, leading the team to a 3-0 mark.

He blasted a home run in Friday’s game against Hong Kong and followed that with a 3-for-3 performance on Monday against Japan, scoring two runs in a 7-3 victory.

“He’s really our swingman,” said USA manager Pete Turner. “He gives a yeoman-like effort every game out. “If I had 15 of those, I’d be real happy.”

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Ultimate competitor Dan Nessler twice a Hall of Famer

Sunday, December 11th, 2016
DAN NESSLER of Happy Chef covers second base during the 1995 ISC World Tournament in which Happy Chef finished fifth. Nessler was selected an All-World player four times and was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2009. Photo By BOB OTTO

DAN NESSLER of Happy Chef covers second base during the 1995 ISC World Tournament in which Happy Chef finished fifth. Nessler was selected an All-World player four times and was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2009. Photo By BOB OTTO

MANKATO, Minn. – With a grunt and a leap, the pitcher hurls the softball from 46 feet, causing the violently spinning missile to jump or plunge a foot just before crossing home plate and slamming into the catcher’s mitt at 85 miles per hour.

The degree of difficulty of hitting such a frustratingly elusive projectile?

Nearly impossible for batsmen of modest ability. But for the very best, an improbability they handle with great aplomb.

Mark Sorenson was one of the best, as was Bill Boyer, Shawn Rychcik and Colin Abbott. This esteemed class also includes Dan Nessler of Mankato, Minnesota.

Nessler was a magician with the bat from the left-side batters box. He played small-ball as well as anyone, said pitcher Pete Sandman, a teammate with Nessler on the world championship Penn Corp teams of Sioux City, Iowa.

“Dan was a great hitter,” said Sandman, who pitched for Penn Corp and later National Health Care Discount (NHCD) from 1981 to 1991. “He was smart, could slap, drag bunt, hit balls to left, center or right. He was gifted with the bat.”

    ACCLAIMED PLAYER AND LEADER

With the likes of Sandman, Nessler, Sorenson and Boyer leading a stable of stars, Penn Corp / NHCD won four (1988, ’89, ’91, ’92) International Softball Congress World Tournament championships. During that reign, Nessler made ISC All-World twice.

Interspersed in those Penn Corp years, Nessler also played for Happy Chef of Mankato, helping the team finish fifth in the 1995 ISC World Tournament, and claiming the ASA Class A National Championship the same year.

During the Happy Chef years, Nessler earned two ISC All-World honors (1985, 1992), along with being selected ASA Second-Team, All-American.

Nessler took over as player / manager in 1992. A post he held for 10 years. He was a leader and an example to the younger players, said former infielder Scott Christensen, a three-time ISC All-World player with Happy Chef.

“He was always thinking about game situations and our strengths and what the other team might do,” said Christensen. “He was a very intelligent player who could anticipate and be in the right place to make a play. You can’t teach that. He could adapt (at bat) and bunt or hit the other way.”

DAN NESSLER played in 16 ISC World Tournaments. In the four world tournaments in which he was selected All-World, he batted .407 with 15 runs and nine RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

DAN NESSLER played in 16 ISC World Tournaments. In the four world tournaments in which he was selected All-World, he batted .407 with 15 runs and nine RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

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2017 Men’s National Team Selection Camp invitees announced

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that 34 athletes have accepted invitations to attend the 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) Selection Camp to be held January 20-22, 2017 in San Diego, Calif.

These athletes will vie for 17 spots on the 2017 USA Softball National Team roster that will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

SELECTION CAMP INVITEES

Mark Arands (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Freddy Carmona (San Antonio, Texas)
Dan Cevette (Elmira, N.Y.)
Nate Devine (Sonora, Calif.)
Jon Gwizdala (Bay City, Mich.)
Mike Hoadley (Worcester, Mass.)
Josh Johnson (El Paso, Texas)
Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Mich.)
Michael Lewis (Amboy, Minn.)
Tony Mancha (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.)
Jeff Nowaczyk (Midland, Mich.)
Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa)
Gilbert Saenz (Denver, Colo.)
Cameron Schiller (Prescott, Ariz.)
Marcus Tan (Union City, Calif.)
Matt Thornton (Thornton, Colo.)
Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.)
Duane Weiler (Bedford, Pa.)
Derrick Zechman (Watsontown, Pa.)
Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.)
Chris Heinline (Columbia, Mo.)
BJ Hunhoff (Harrisburg, S.D.)
Bryce Kay (Jefferson, Mo.)
Derek Martin (Stevens, Pa.)
Jonathan Lynch (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Jeremy Manley (Fielding, New Zealand)
Travis Nevin (Indian Brook, Nova Scotia)
Eric Ochoa (Mexicali, Mexico)
Matt Ratliff (American Fork, Utah)
Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.)
Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.)
Kevin Castillo (Long Beach, Calif.)
Jenner Christensen (Hayward, Calif.)

8th Annual Amigos Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Results

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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Courtesy of Fred Williams, Ricky Sivilla, Marcus Tan

HAYWARD, Calif. – The 8th Annual Amigos men’s Fastpitch Tournament was a huge success with teams and players from South America, Canada and the United States competing.

Led by the pitching of Samuel Villalvazo, Mexico’s Electrica del Pacifico defeated Caballos (Calif.), 10-0, to take the championship, Sunday, Nov. 13 at Alden E. Oliver Sports Complex in Hayward.

The tournament that featured 17 top-caliber teams, was coordinated by tournament director Fred Williams, with the assistance of Ricky Sivilla and Marcus Tan.

    SCORES FROM SUNDAY’S SINGLE ELIMINATION WINNERS BRACKET

Team Tijuana(9) vs All Star Auto(3)
WP Alexis Corona, LP Bobby Alvara
CR Portland Bartels (5) vs KW Stockton Pirates (1) (8 innings)
WP Jorge Segura, LP Brian Palmer
J&B Bombers(8) vs Marin Pirates(0)
WP Tony Mancha , LP Brandon Sharer
Makule (2) vs Rio Grande Alliance(0)
WP Shawn Koster, LP?

QUARTERFINALS
J&B Bombers (7) vs East Bay Bashers (0)
WP Devon McCullough , LP Ramon Jones
CR Portland Bartels(0) vs Electrica del Pacifico (8)
WP Samuel Villalvazo, LP Juan Potolicchio
A’1 Construction(3) vs Team Tijuana (4)
WP Enoc Rodriguez , LP Caleb Keeshig
Caballos (4) vs Makule(0)
WP Derek Mayson , LP Shawn Koster

SEMIFINALS
Caballos (4) vs J&B Bombers(2)
WP Derek Mayson , LP Tony Mancha
Team Tijuana (2) vs Eléctrica del Pacifico(7)
WP Adan Due?as , LP Alexis Corona

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Eléctrica del Pacifico(10) vs Caballos(0)
WP Samuel Villalvazo, LP Derek Mayson

TOURNAMENT AWARDS
MV-Player Edgar “Pipilo” Lopez
MV-Pitcher Samuel Villalvazo

CONSOLATION GAME
Rio Grande Alliance(10) vs NW Braves(7)

In The Spotlight: Kevin Castillo, USA National Team and ISC All-World player

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A's earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A’s earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Kevin Castillo had a successful 2016 fastpitch season, both with his Long Beach team, Those Guys, and the Vancouver BC Athletics, his club team that finished in the top tier at the ISC World Tournament in Moline, Illinois.

  • ISC performance earns Castillo high tournament honors:
  • He was selected a Second-Team, All-World infielder for helping the Athletics finish fourth in the 36-team field of the best club teams from the U.S. and Canada.

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    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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    Olympic baseball, softball to return in 2020 as part of new sports package

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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    Breaking: Baseball/Softball will be played at @Tokyo2020 Olympics !!!!!!!!
    12:48 PM – 3 Aug 2016 · Gangnam-gu, Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea

    RIO DE JANEIRO — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today welcomed the decision of the IOC Session to approve adding baseball and softball to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

    The WBSC is now looking forward to the honour of showcasing baseball/softball on the world’s greatest stage in 2020 and making a valuable contribution to the Olympic Movement by connecting the IOC to new audiences in every corner of the globe.

    WBSC President Fraccari said: “Today’s decision is an important milestone in the sport’s history and a momentous day for baseball/softball’s estimated 65 million athletes in over 140 countries, as well as millions more fans around the world. On behalf of the WBSC and all the athletes, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Tokyo 2020 leadership for putting their faith in our sport to begin with; to IOC President Thomas Bach, whose Olympic Agenda 2020 vision has made this opportunity a reality; and to all IOC members for recognising the valuable contribution the sport can make to the Olympic Movement.
    A key part of baseball/softball’s popularity is the universality of the sport. It offers an accessible route for young people all over the world to play and stay in sport.”

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    Japan wins 2016 Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in thrilling 2-1 victory over New Zealand

    Sunday, July 31st, 2016

    MIDLAND, Mich. – Japan defeated New Zealand, 2-1, in an electric finale to win the 11th WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in Midland, MI, USA, Saturday.

    The Japan Junior Men’s Softball NationalTeam dominated the competition throughout the tournament, finishing with an undefeated record of 8-0.

      GOLD MEDAL GAME RECAP

    In a close scoring game, Japan attacked first scoring one run in the second inning when Kento Morita ripped a liner up the middle to score Hirishi Sakata. The bats were silent until New Zealand tied the game up in the fourth inning as Zac Boyd singled to center to drive in Reilly Makea for a 1-1 ball game.

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    Randerson Leads Canada Past Czech Republic in Junior Men’s World Championship playoffs

    Thursday, July 28th, 2016

    MIDLAND, Mich. – Tyler Randerson fired a two-hitter and struck out 16 in leading Canada to a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic, Thursday, in the first round of the WBSC 11th Softball Junior Men’s World Championship playoffs at Emerson Park.

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    Clutch Hits And Solid Pitching Lift Team USA Past Australia

    Thursday, July 28th, 2016
    Jonathan Broadbear delivered the game-winning hit in leading the USA Softball Junior Men's National Team to a 4-3 victory over Australia, Wednesday, at Emerson Park in Midland, Mich.

    Jonathan Broadbear delivered the game-winning hit in leading the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team to a 4-3 victory over Australia, Wednesday, at Emerson Park in Midland, Mich.

    MIDLAND, Mich. – Jonathan Broadbear was struggling with the bat, no doubt, getting just one hit in his last 13 trips to the plate. But it’s not what you did in the past that counts, but what you do NOW. Especially in a game-winning situation.

    And did Broadbear ever come up clutch for Team USA late Wednesday night.

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