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No show leads umpire Cliff Whitson into men’s fastpitch

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – An umpire missed an assignment and suddenly Cliff Whitson found himself crouched behind home plate with his nerves rattling and knees knocking.

“In 1989 I had just finished umpiring a junior varsity softball game when I got a call that an umpire didn’t show up for a men’s fastpitch game at Dunning Field,” recalled Whitson.

So he said, sure, he could fill in. But the game wasn’t quite what he expected. For the two ball clubs Whitson would arbiter weren’t your run-of-the-mill league teams.

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Setbacks can’t keep Lon Andersen off the fastpitch field

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Long-time South Dakota fastpitch sponsor, manager and player will be inducted into the North America Fastpitch Association Hall of Fame during the NAFA World Series in Fargo, North Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, So. Dak. – It takes mental and physical toughness and a deep desire to continue pursuing a sporting passion when your body hurts and your doctor orders, “give it up.”

Lon Andersen has battled cancer that nearly claimed his life, he’s undergone two hip replacements, he was in a coma for four days. Yet despite these debilitating setbacks that would sideline those of a weaker constitution, Anderson stubbornly refuses to give up fastpitch softball.

“My doctor told me it’s time to quit,” said the 62-year-old Andersen. “I can’t play basketball anymore, but I’ve kept on playing fastpitch against his advice.”

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