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Kim Hansen leads Denmark to winning ways in the Men’s Softball World Championship

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

KIM HANSEN has led DENMARK to a 2-1 record in the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship. He has pitched every inning for his country and is among the tournament’s leading pitchers. WBSC Courtesy Photo

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Kim Hansen doesn’t blister 80-plus mile per hour risers and drops past batters as Australia’s top pitcher, Adam Folkard can, or Canada’s Sean Cleary, or Argentina’s Maxi Montero.

Not that Hansen windmills puff balls to the plate. No sir, the Denmark right-hander can bring it at a tough-to-hit speed of 75 to 78 mph range, I’m guessing from watching him shutout Botswana, 1-0, in the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship, Sunday.

Along with respectable speed is movement. He spins the riser in and out, up and down, and he will pound hitters with a knee-high drop on the corners. And seldom does any batsmen get a free pass, evidenced by only three walks in three games.

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Reliving Memories of one of fastpitch softball’s greatest pitchers

Monday, May 15th, 2017

WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE
Roy Burlison of the St. Louis Browns flies through the air before delivering a pitch to the plate in last night’s (June 16, 1973) professional softball game at Koch Park. Burlison tossed his third straight shutout, whipping the Philadelphia Patriots, 8-0. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photo By W. Thomas Stewart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –Roy Burlison was one of the greatest fastpitch pitchers the sport has ever known. When his 27-year playing career came to an end in 1992, he had won over 770 games against the best teams in the world.

In 1997 he was inducted into the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame for an arm’s length of accomplishments: nine times competing in the ASA national tournament; twice selected Most Valuable Pitcher, and twice leading his teams to runner-up in the national championship.

Burlison was also renowned as a coach, teaching hundreds of girls how to play the game the right way. But sadly on May 11, Burlison, 71, passed away (see Roller Homes obituary).

His fastpitch legacy will live on, however, in the girls he coached, and with the players he both played with and against in his long and distinguished career.

Let’s relive some of Burlison’s prowess with a stroll down memory lane…

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