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The Boise Fastpitch Revival is underway

Friday, April 30th, 2010

“You start your own team by getting one young guy and he brings a buddy, and that buddy brings a buddy.” – Ryan Meister.

BOISE, IDAHO – For the past two months Ryan Meister has been burning up his long distance minutes. He’s made calls to Utah, Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Meister’s a man on a mission. He’s determined that the first annual Meridian Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be successful.

And if it is, then maybe the men’s fastpitch revival that he and Greg Alder are working so hard to bring about will actually come about.

Alder, 57, remembers when Boise was a hot bed of men’s fastpitch in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. But the glory years are long past. Men’s fastpitch has since died in Idaho. Except for Boise.

And Meister and Alder refuse to surrender Boise without a fight.

Thus they’ve devised a plan: Host a tournament to attract teams from out of state for the Meridian tournament (May 22nd). And if enough local slowpitch and baseball players see good fastpitch, then just maybe that will spark an interest.

“If we can start it and let people know we’re still playing, I think we can get it going again,” said Meister, 38.

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