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Young Missouri ball player seeks fastpitch team for next season

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO – The men’s fastpitch season has about wrapped up, but already 19-year-old Jake Bryan is looking ahead to next season.

He’s looking for a ball club to give him a chance to earn a spot on a roster.

“I’ve been around fastpitch most of my life and just absolutely love the atmosphere and the awesome competition,” said Jake who comes from a talented fastpitch family.

His dad Wayne Bryan and his grandfather Tim Bryan played for many years. In fact, his dad played for some very good ASA and ISC teams: the GMC Dealers and the Lafayette Bar & Grill of St. Louis, and the Heflin Builders (New York and Florida). He was selected an ASA All-American player in 2005, and played in the 1998 U.S. Olympic Festival.

So chances are, some of that ball field know-how and athleticism has rubbed off on Jake.

And he’s willing to try and prove it to a team in the Missouri and Illinois area. He just wants some team, some manager to give him a chance.

Jake has been playing fastpitch for two years. He considers second base his strong suite, but he can play first and third as well as the outfield, if need be.

This past year he played in the Kelso Klassic tournament and in the St. Charles League. But some of the veterans on the team are starting to slow down and don’t want to play as much, while Jake’s career is on the upswing.

“I just want to try to find a team since my dad and them are getting older and aren’t playing much anymore,” he said. “I would love to keep playing.”

(Surely there are Missouri or Illinois teams that would give this young man an opportunity.)

You can contact Jake by email.

Follow ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch National Tournament in Ashland, Ohio

Friday, July 27th, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Keep up with the results of the ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship being held at Brookside Park in Ashland, Ohio, Aug. 26-29, by visiting the Amateur Softball Association website. ASA Men’s Major

For the latest fastpitch sports stories, follow the Ashland Times-Gazette

Paul Algar still has the fire

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Paul Algar pitching in the 2011 California Classic. Photo By Bob Otto

LEXINGTON, IL – Some 30 years a go, Paul Algar journeyed from his New Zealand homeland for the fastball-playing shores of the United States. Just 17 at the time in 1982, he was fast making a name for himself as one of the best young pitchers in the world.

But let’s back up for a moment.

Before Paul came along, his older brother Loren was already an established pitcher, and his dad, Ray, was a pretty fair first baseman on the ball diamonds of Wellington and Melrose.

Father and brother had set a path that young Paul eagerly followed. And one that ultimately landed him a seat in the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame.

“Watching my brother pitch, I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” said Algar, 47, adding that Loren is 11 years older. “I would practice on the sidelines while Loren pitched.”

And Paul practiced and practiced, and practiced some more, says his dad, Ray.

“Ever since he was a kid, he practiced hard by himself,” Ray Algar said. “He would gather a whole bunch of balls and throw at targets on a wall. He would spend two to three hours and then come home for a soft drink and then back to his pitching.”

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Midland Explorers Booster Club

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The Midland Explorers Booster Club

“Excellence in Fastpitch Softball since 1987”

MIDLAND, MI – It looks like winter has finally moved out and Spring is on the horizon, which means another summer of Midland Explorers softball. The 2010 season was one of the biggest in the team’s history as the Explorers Booster Club hosted the ISC World Tournament at Emerson Park and Redcoats Complex. The City of Midland and softball fans from all over the country turned out for the tournament and made it one of the best ever. 2010 was the Explorers 25th year of Major-level Fastpitch.

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It’s all about the challenge for Midland Explorers Frank Cox

Thursday, March 18th, 2010


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CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, CANADA – When Frank Cox toes the rubber and stares in at his catcher’s glove, this is what a batter sees from 46-feet away:

A 6-foot-2, 245 pound, menacing, right-handed windmiller with one goal in mind. Send the batter back where he came from – the bench.

If Cox’s eyes were a neon sign, they’d probably flash, “get ready batter, it’s just you and me.”

The 39-year-old Cox has played fastball for 25 years, for one compelling reason – the challenge.

“That’s why I play, for the challenge of it,” Cox said. “I want to pitch against the best. The Patsy’s (Broken Bow) and Kitcheners (Rivershark Twins) are the ones you want to play against.”

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