April 3rd, 2012

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Lower level city leagues needed for fastpitch revival

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

YUCAIPA – I read today that the Midland Explorers men’s fastpitch softball team will field a Junior Explorers age 21-Under team for 2012.

From the news release, I gathered the purpose two fold: to have a host team for the Under-21 young men’s tournament that will be a part of the 2012 ISC World Tournament in Midland, and as an effort to help revive a sport that has been in rapid decline since the mid-1990s.

I commend Dave Lach for undertaking the effort as the manager of the Junior Explorers. Persuading boys’, and young men – high school and college ages – to join the fastpitch game during their baseball playing days, or after their hardball careers are over, has been a daunting task.

Many well-intentioned coaches and sponsors have undertaken the tremendous task of starting boys’ and young men’s teams. Some have found success. But many more have failed. Finding the recruiting, training pitchers and players, too difficult and time-consuming a task. Ultimately conceding the sport to the female side in which fastpitch has flourished.

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Midland Explorers prepping for ISC world tournament

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

By John Kennett for the Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MI – With one International Softball Congress World Tournament already under their belts, plans are well underway for the 2012 ISC Men’s World Fastball Tournament.

Projected to pump $2.3 million into the local economy, the Midland Explorers host committee welcomes over 70 teams to Emerson Park on Aug. 11 for eight days of the best fast pitch softball in the world.

“I still say we were very fortunate because we got great community response from the fans that came out in 2010,” said Midland Explorers’ Host Committee CO-chair Kyle Beane. “The second time through is easier. It’s still a lot of hard work, but there are not as many surprises this time because we have a list to work from.”

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