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A Step Back In Time: Team USA captures 1996 Herald & Review Shootout

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

By MARK TUPPER
Decatur Herald & Review Sports Editor
July 17, 1996

DECATUR, IL – If the United States plans to win the gold medal at the International Softball Federation World Championship next month, it will almost certainly have to survive a challenge like it faced Sunday.

Key hitting and pressure pitching led USA past Green Bay (Wis.) All-Car, 2-1, in the championship game of the Herald & Review Shootout at Borg-Warner Field.

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Casey salutes its fast-pitch softball heritage with museum

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

BOB FALLSTROM – Herald & Review Community News Editor
Originally published Sep 9, 2008

DECATUR, IL – The wonderful world of fast-pitch softball was remembered at the Casey Popcorn Festival over Labor Day weekend,

Fast-pitch softball was my favorite during 40 years of sports reporting. I was hooked as a skinny lad of 10 while chasing foul balls at the airport diamond in Dixon, my hometown. I received 10 cents for outmaneuvering several other boys to corral the foul ball and return it.

This was while my uncle was playing in a league game. He was a big guy, a catcher. They called him Fatty.

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Kyle Beane gets it

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


Kyle Beane,left, pictured with his father, Clint. Kyle is the Co-chairperson of the 2010 ISC World Tournament and plays for the Midland Explorers, which is managed by his dad.
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YUCAIPA, CA – I don’t know what Kyle Beane does for a living. But I suspect it has something to do with sales or marketing.

Beane along with Dave Lach are the Co-chairmen of the 2010 International Softball Congress World Tournament to be held in Midland, Michigan, Aug. 14-21. And I am learning fast that it would be hard to find two finer promoters for the tournament – and the sport of men’s fastpitch softball.

Recently Beane sent an email to several people including myself. He asked for help in promoting the world tournament by writing a series of stories about the 48 teams playing in the tournament.

“…Throughout the course of the ISC, and leading up to it, we’re hoping to do some things that other hosts haven’t done,” Bean said in his email. “One thing is to provide a unique team profile, article, and feature on our website of all 48 teams…. probably starting around May 1st, and adding three to four per week leading up to the beginning of the tournament.”

What a great idea. And one long overdue.

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