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Yukon To Host 2017 Senior Men’s World Championship

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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WHITEHORSE, YUKNO, CA – Softball Yukon was awarded the International Softball Federation (ISF) 2017 Senior Men’s World Championship at the ISF Congress in Cartagena, Colombia last fall.

2017 will be the first time Yukon hosts a senior men’s event, however, Yukon has hosted three previous world championships – the Junior Men’s World Softball Championship in 2008 and 2014, as well as the 2012 Women’s World Softball Championship.

The 2017 men’s worlds will be an open tournament, with all games taking place at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse. ISF World Championships are held on a two-year cycle. The 2015 Men’s World Championship was hosted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

“We hope the exciting and fast-paced games at the 2017 Championship will inspire residents to take up the sport of softball, as well as inspire young athletes already enjoying softball to keep striving for a higher level,” said Executive Director of Softball Yukon, George Arcand.

Algar, Sorenson and Abbott Anchor (hypothetical) World-Class Fastpitch Team

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Paul Algar pitching in the 1997 ISC World Tournament, leading the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisc. to its first world tournament championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

Paul Algar pitching in the 1997 ISC World Tournament, leading the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisc. to its first world tournament championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, Calif. – Many great players have starred in the International Softball Congress World Tournament. Zack and White, Zimmerman and Stofflet, Paton and Rychcik have become iconic names in the 69 years of the greatest men’s fastpitch tournament in the world.

But if a sponsor and manager were to assemble a world-class ball club capable of winning the World Tournament, could he do any better than drafting these three ball players: Paul Algar, Mark Sorenson and Colin Abbott.

All three have since retired from the sport, but based on their resumes, they deserve status in the most hallowed club in any sport – “Greatest of All-Time.”

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USA Junior Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team Announced

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

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OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball released the 2016 roster of young men age 19-Under that will represent the United States in the 2016 International Softball Federation 11th Jr. Men’s Softball World Championship that will be held in Midland, Mich., July 22-30.

The United States finished fifth in 2014 with a 5-4 record.

2014 FINAL STANDINGS
1. Argentina, 9-0
2. New Zealand, 8-1
3. Japan, 6-3
4. Australia, 6-3
5. United States, 5-4
6. Mexico, 4-5
7. Canada, 4-5
8. Czech Republic, 2-7
9. Denmark, 1-8
10. Singapore, 0-9

  • To learn more about the International Softball Federation World Championship, visit: ISF Softball
  • Japan knocks out Australia in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship playoffs

    Sunday, July 20th, 2014

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA –Kento Okazaki is one of the best pitchers in the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship. Give him a couple runs and Japan has a good chance of winning. Give him a couple of touchdowns and it’s guaranteed.

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    ISF Jr. Men’s World Championship will showcase world’s up-and-coming stars

    Saturday, July 12th, 2014

    By Marcel Vander Wier / WHITEHORSE DAILY STAR
    July 11, 2014

    After years of preparation, the big day is finally here.

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Championship begins today in Whitehorse.

    Ten teams from five continents will spend the next week battling for the world title.

    Alongside host Canada and defending champion Argentina, eight other countries will be represented.

    Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA will all vie for softball glory. Continue reading in DAILY STAR

    USA defeats Denmark in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

    Friday, July 11th, 2014

    DuCharmBryce Bryce DuCharme sets the tone in his lead off spot as Team USA defeats Denmark.

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Bryce DuCharme hammered a home run over the right-field fence to lead off the game, and Team USA went on to run-rule Denmark, 13-4, Friday night in the first game of the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship for both teams.

    DuCharme, a left-handed hitter from Hudson, Wisc. went 4 for 4 to lead a 10 hit attack.

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    ISF Junior Men’s Softball (fast-pitch) World Championship

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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    The International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship (age 19-under) has been held nine times, with the tenth taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 11-20.

    Australia heads the list of gold medalists with four consecutive championships (2008, 2005, 2001, 1997), compiling a 44-3 record. In 2012, Australia slipped to third, but still had an 8-2 record.

  • Before 1997, the Aussies never medaled; what an incredible turnaround the program took in beginning its championship run.
  • Canada and Japan co-lead the medal count with seven each, while Australia has five, and New Zealand four.
  • The United States ranks sixth in medal count with two, both silvers in 1985 and 1981.
    • The Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists

    2012
    Gold: Argentina 9-0
    Silver: Japan 7-3
    Bronze: Australia 8-2

    2008
    Gold: Australia 12-1
    Silver: Canada 11-3
    Bronze: Japan 9-4

    2005
    Gold: Australia 10-0
    Silver: Japan 7-4
    Bronze: Canada 6-4

    2001
    Gold: Australia 11-0
    Silver: Japan 9-3
    Bronze: Canada 6-5

    1997
    Gold: Australia 11-2
    Silver: New Zealand 10-2
    Bronze: Canada 9-3

    1993
    Gold: Canada 11-4
    Silver: New Zealand 12-2
    Bronze: Japan 9-5

    1989
    Gold: New Zealand 12-2
    Silver: Canada 12-3
    Bronze: 7-7

    1985
    Gold: New Zealand 8-3
    Silver: USA 7-3
    Bronze: Canada 7-2

    1981
    Gold: Japan
    Silver: USA
    Bronze: Mexico
    (records unavailable)

    Love and Fastpitch Bring Kiwi Pitcher to Minnesota

    Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

    080813-Jamieson.Michael62lr New Zealand native Michael Jamieson pitching in the 2013 NAFA World Series for the (Wisconsin) Bar On The Avenue Appleton Buzz. He will soon be bringing his pitching talent to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo By BOB OTTO

    PARAPARAUMU, NEW ZEALAND – On June 2nd a plane from New Zealand will land at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport carrying fastpitch softball pitcher Michael Jamieson. He’s coming to Minnesota for two reasons: love and fastpitch softball.

    Now that surely has his girlfriend Natalie Bertucci excited and thrilled. But learning of a Kiwi pitcher moving to Minnesota most likely has fastpitch managers a bit thrilled, too.

    And asking: “I wonder if Michael needs a team to pitch for?”

    That’s still up in the air. But pitchers with talent are hot commodities in a sport so desperately lacking. Especially a Kiwi only 24 years old, but who has been playing fastpitch since he was eight.

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    New Zealand Black Sox Men’s Fastpich Softball Team looks at change in style

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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    NEW ZEALAND – A change in roster could herald a shift in game plan for the New Zealand men’s softball team as they build towards the defence of their world title.

    A loss of experience and power hitting could mean a change of style for the Black Sox men’s softball team under new coach Mark Sorenson.

    In naming his first squad, Sorenson has cast the net wide as New Zealand begin a two-year build-up towards the defence of the world crown they won in Auckland this year.

    Sorenson is excited by the replacements he has found for several veteran players who have called it a day, but says it doesn’t mean a continuation of a formula that has been successful.

    Mark_Sorenson Mark Sorenson was appointed as Head Coach of the New Zealand Black Sox National Men’s Fastpitch Team in 2013. The Black Sox won the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship with a 9-1 record, and will defend its crown in 2015 at Saskatoon, SK, Canada, June 26-July 7 in the 14th occasion of the world wide men’s fastpitch championships.

    “Not only have we lost a lot of experience, we’ve also lost a lot of power,” he said. “While we’ve still got big boppers like Brad Rona and Donny Hale, most of the other guys are very, very fit and fast, so we’ll have to approach the game differently and use those skills to build pressure on the opposition.”

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    USA Softball Junior Men’s Fastpitch Program Seeking Players

    Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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    USA Softball is seeking players for the Junior Men’s National fastpitch team that will compete in the 10th International Softball Federation (ISF) World Tournament, July 7 to 20, 2014 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

    With the first pitch 10 months away, USA Softball is busy recruiting players.

    To be eligible, a player must be born between 1995 and 1998. If a player is invited, all expenses for airfare, housing and meals is provided.

    To apply complete this form, USA Junior Men and submit it.

    For more information, contact:
    TIMOTHY LYON, Head Coach
    USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team
    801-244-7477
    timlyon@earthlink.net