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Clutch Hits And Solid Pitching Lift Team USA Past Australia

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
Jonathan Broadbear delivered the game-winning hit in leading the USA Softball Junior Men's National Team to a 4-3 victory over Australia, Wednesday, at Emerson Park in Midland, Mich.

Jonathan Broadbear delivered the game-winning hit in leading the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team to a 4-3 victory over Australia, Wednesday, at Emerson Park in Midland, Mich.

MIDLAND, Mich. – Jonathan Broadbear was struggling with the bat, no doubt, getting just one hit in his last 13 trips to the plate. But it’s not what you did in the past that counts, but what you do NOW. Especially in a game-winning situation.

And did Broadbear ever come up clutch for Team USA late Wednesday night.

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USA! USA! USA!

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

By Jim Rueda / Mankato Free Press
jrueda@mankatofreepress.com

MANKATO, Minn. – It’s not your typical summer job. In fact, it’s not even a paid position.

But for three south-central Minnesota natives, it’s a unique opportunity.

Steve Nessler of Mankato, Jeff Lewis of Amboy and Isaac Hormann of Norwood Young America have been named to the USA Men’s Junior (under-19) fastpitch team which begins play at the International Softball Federation World Championships later this month.

Steve Nessler’s dad, Dan Nessler, who was recently named the head coach of the Bethany Lutheran women’s softball program, will serve as an assistant coach for the team.

“I’m excited,” said Lewis, the youngest of the three players at 17. “My dad was a big fastpitch player and so was my brother, so I’ve been around it my whole life. I look at this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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