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Midland to host ISF Junior Men’s World softball championship in 2016

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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In 2016, the best young talent (age 19 and under) in junior men’s fastpitch softball from throughout the world will be coming to Midland, Mich. for the International Softball Federation World Championship. USA Softball will be selecting a team for the coming event beginning in 2015. Photo By BOB OTTO

By DAN CHALK / Midland Daily News
chalk@mdn.net
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

MIDLAND, MICH – Some of the best young male fastpitch softball players in the world will compete in Midland in July of 2016, thanks to a successful bid by a Midland group to host the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship at Emerson Park and Currie Stadium.

The only other time that this event was even held in the United States was in 1985 in Fargo, N.D.

“There’s been a long drought of not having it in our own country, and we’re cherishing the opportunity to bring it back here,” said David Lach, who is a co-chair of the tournament host committee along with Jeff Servinski and Kyle Beane. “We see this as a tremendous opportunity for young kids across the country, including young men from mid-Michigan, to represent their country on home soil. We feel that the Midland is the perfect place to host the event, with a great venue and the local history in fastpitch softball.”

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New elite men’s fastpitch team forming in Midland

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

“…What we’re looking at doing is something brand-new…There are kids out there who want to play (open fastpitch) and don’t have an avenue to play… – Gregg Sauve

By Dan Chalk chalk@mdn.net
Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MICH – Gregg Sauve and Dave O’Keefe are excited about what lies ahead this summer, and for many years to come, in local men’s fastpitch softball.

The two longtime players and coaches have a vision for a new fastpitch organization that’s young, athletic, made up of local players, and built to last for a long time.

And that’s why they’ve organized a new elite men’s fastpitch team in Midland.

The new team, the “Midland Emerson ACes,” visit Midland Emerson ACes website will make its debut this summer. The team name was chosen to reflect Emerson Park, where the ACes will play their home games at Currie Stadium, and as a tribute to the Dow AC’s (Athletic Club), a dominant Midland fastpitch team in the 1940s and 1950s.

“The Dow AC’s were the first big fastpitch team in Midland,” Sauve noted. “(The team name) kind of ties it all together nicely.”

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Midland Explorers prepping for ISC world tournament

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

By John Kennett for the Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MI – With one International Softball Congress World Tournament already under their belts, plans are well underway for the 2012 ISC Men’s World Fastball Tournament.

Projected to pump $2.3 million into the local economy, the Midland Explorers host committee welcomes over 70 teams to Emerson Park on Aug. 11 for eight days of the best fast pitch softball in the world.

“I still say we were very fortunate because we got great community response from the fans that came out in 2010,” said Midland Explorers’ Host Committee CO-chair Kyle Beane. “The second time through is easier. It’s still a lot of hard work, but there are not as many surprises this time because we have a list to work from.”

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