2012 ISF Junior Men’s Fastpitch Championship

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ISC Press Release – Carrol Forbes Foundation – 2013 Bursary Winners

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014


ISC V-P Communications

INGERSOLL, ONTARIO – For the second time in the past five years, the ISC’s Carrol Forbes Foundation (CFF) is awarding a pair of scholarships to two very deserving applicants.

“Brent Meshke and Michael Lewis both have met all of the criteria we look for among applicants for the annual scholarship and we are pleased to make an award to each of them,” said Charlie Smith, ISC Treasurer and Chairman of the CFF Committee. “There were six applicants in 2013 and there were some very tough decisions before Meshke and Lewis prevailed as the successful applicants.”

Brent Meshke is from Brookings, South Dakota and is enrolled in Agriculture Education Program at South Dakota State University.

He has been involved with the ISC/ASA Pitcher Development Program from 2007 – 2012 and in 2012 was a member of the USA Junior Men’s National Team that competed in Parana, Argentina.

In 2013, Brent was part of the Midland Jr. Explorers team that won the ISC U21 Championship in Quad Cities.

Michael Lewis is a resident of Amboy, Minnesota and is a freshman at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota and is taking general level courses while he finalizes his career path.

Michael attended quite a few ISC World Tournaments as a fan with his father, Jon Lewis, who played the men’s game for quite a few years. Michael now plays with the Fargo Kegel Black Knights and was also a member of the U21 champion Midland Jr. Explorers.

Both of these fine young men personify the next generation of ISC fastpitch softball players.

The Carrol Forbes Foundation was established in 1995 in memory of ISC founder Carrol Forbes (1909-1982) and has provided funding since 2006 for youth development programs. Its mission is “to invest in the future of this great sport of fastpitch softball.”

Someone to know: Argentina fastball pitcher Pablo Masmu

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Pablo Masmu, 20, is one of several talented foreign pitchers pitching for elite men’s fastpitch clubs in the U.S.

MASCOUTAH, ILL – In fastpitch softball, the U.S. is like a magnet pulling talented foreign pitchers to its ball diamonds eager to challenge the world’s elite hitters with their risers and drops, change-ups and curves.

Many foreign pitchers have established great careers in the U.S. such as White and Meredith, Mata and Folkard, Potolicchio and Gervasutti.

And now there’s Pablo Masmu. The 20-year-old from Argentina is pitching for Pete’s Blues of Mascoutah, Ill. And it looks like Pete’s found a gem.

His 2012 resume shines with success. The right-hander helped his country win the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship in Parana, Argentina last November. Where he was chosen the ISF’s Most Valuable Player.

Three months earlier, Masmu helped Argentina (7-0) win the 2012 ISC Under-21 World Championship in Midland, Michigan. He was one of the tournament’s elite pitchers, earning All-World for his 4-0 record, 0.43 ERA, and 28 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

Certainly he enjoyed a great 2012. But Masmu’s not resting on his laurels. He’s off to a great start this season. Recently he pitched Pete’s Blues to the championships of the Kelso Klassic, going 3-0 and allowing just four hits and no earned runs in 15 2/3 innings.

When the tournament awards were passed out, Masmu was chosen the Most Valuable Pitcher.

“Pablo is very mature and confident in the circle for a 20 year-old kid,” said Pete’s Blues infielder and coach Dave Perkins. “He threw a perfect game against a good Franny’s Ole Irish Pub from Springfield, IL, then held down a Bloomington Stix lineup (3-2) full of current and future Aussie Steelers for two games on Sunday. Every time Pablo steps in the circle, we have a chance to win.”

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Multi-sport athlete Jonathan Lynch choses fastpitch

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Jonathan Lynch shows his speed as he races around the bases at the 29th Annual Kelso Klassic tournament where he was selected the Most Valuable Player. Contributed Photo

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Sporting choices – young Jonathan Lynch has so many. Soccer? Yes. Baseball and basketball? Certainly.

And fastpitch softball? Most definitely.

The 19-year-old Lynch has played all four sports. He excelled in soccer, basketball and baseball in high school, and he recently finished his freshman year of baseball at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas.

But he’s set aside this summer for a sport he professes to love – fastpitch softball. And if his performance in the 14-team, 29th Annual Kelso Klassic tournament, June 8-9, is any indication, he’s off to a great start.

Lynch, who plays first base and outfield for Kelso Fastpitch, lit up some pretty good pitchers to the tune of a .667 batting average (8-for-12), four RBIs, one double, two triples and three stolen bases.

And when the awards were handed out, Lynch carted off the Most Valuable Player trophy. And well-deserved said tournament media coordinator, Jerry Wolsey, who also plays for Kelso Fastpitch (12-4), winner of two tournaments.

“He had an outstanding tournament. His stats were against some of the top pitchers in the tournament,” Wolsey said.

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Fastpitch softball: Team USA evens score Huron Wellness goes down, 3-0

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

By Joseph Hayes / Times Herald

A team comprised of some of the nation’s most talented young fastpitch softball players defeated one of the Blue Water Area’s top teams Tuesday evening.

(The USA Junior Men’s National team is preparing for the 2012 International Softball Federation World Championship in Parana, Argentina in November. For more information, Visit ISF website)

PORT HURON, MI – The U.S. Junior National Fastpitch squad settled a score with Huron Wellness, taking a 3-0 win in five innings in an exhibition game at Pine Grove Park. The national team USA Junior Men’s website, composed of players ages 17 to 19, faced the Mike West Attorney team from the local Ange Law Fastpitch League in the nightcap. That game was still under way at press time.

“I knew they were going to be in Michigan this week, and they were looking for games,” Huron Wellness manager and Ange league organizer Kurt Schieman said. “I asked if they were interested in coming to Port Huron because we are trying to gain interest locally. This gives exposure to the game we are trying to have catch on.”

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