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USA Softball Junior Men’s Fastpitch National Team at Pete Schwab Memorial…and more

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The world’s top age 19-under junior men’s fastpitch teams, including Team USA, will head to Argentina in November for the IX ISF Junior Men’s World Championship. Read about Team USA’s preparation and past ISF championships.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USA Softball Junior Men’s Fast Pitch National Team posted a 3-2 record and a third-place finish in the 12-team Pete Schwab Memorial Tournament in Frankenmuth, Mich…

The tournament was the first stop on a week-long tour of Michigan with games scheduled against premier men’s teams in the Midwest.

“Overall we were quite pleased with the performance of our young men,” commented USA head coach Tim Lyon. “They faced good men’s competition and with the exception of one game, competed really well. We’re looking forward to the rest of the week and getting our guys more good quality games.”

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The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team will compete in the International Softball Federation IX ISF Junior Men’s World Championship in Paraná, Argentina, Nov. 1-10.

The 15 countries participating will be: Argentina, Australia, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United States and Venezuela.

For more USA Softball junior men’s news as well as women’s and men’s teams visit USA Softball

The previous ISF Junior Men’s Championship in 2008 found the USA junior men finishing 8th with a 5-6 record. But of those six losses, three games were by one run (5-4 to Argentina), and two in extra innings; 4-3 to New Zealand in eight innings, and 1-0 to Canada also in eight.

Canada went on to finish in second place and New Zealand fourth. Australia claimed its fourth-consecutive Gold Medal with a 10-1 record, defeating Silver medalist Canada, 2-1, in the championship.

Read the game story by visiting AUSSIES CAME FROM DOWN UNDER TO CLINCH GOLD

Norman gives back for the love of the game

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

LAKE CRYSTAL, MINNESOTA – A bum knee forced Jack Norman from behind home plate, but it didn’t force the former fastpitch softball catcher out of the game.

Instead it launched a whole new career.

The 58-year-old Norman began playing fastpitch softball as a 10-year-old in 4-H. And at 17 he was matching his skills against veteran players in the New Ulm League. Then for the next 35 years he plied his trade in the sport he says he loved the moment he began playing as a kid.

And the sport he still loves today.

But in 2003 it all came to an end. Though his mind said, “go,” his bad knee said, “no.”

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