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Fast rising New Zealand pitcher takes his talent to Japan

Monday, July 6th, 2015
19-year-old Ethan Johnston is pitching in Japan after spending two tours pitching in the United States, while also pitching in his native country of New Zealand.

19-year-old Ethan Johnston is pitching in Japan after spending two tours pitching in the United States, while also pitching in his native country of New Zealand.

OSAKA, Japan – Learning to control and make a softball spin up and down can take years of practice and patience for many young pitchers. And once that’s mastered, it can take even longer to rise from the lower to the upper ranks where the best teams contend for national and international championships.

Well, that slow and steady route may apply to some, but not so for Ethan Johnston.

At 14 he started pitching. At 17 he was pitching in the United States. At 18 he was pitching for his country in the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Tournament. And now, 19-year-old Ethan Johnston is pitching in Japan.

Is Ethan Johnston on the fast track to the top in men’s fastpitch softball? Well, it kind of looks that way.

But if not for an injury and sibling role models, Johnston may have stayed a position player and never learned to spin the riser, drop and change-up that has established him as one of the best young pitchers worldwide.

“I used to be a catcher and third baseman until a knee injury,” said Johnston. “I decided to stop that and become a pitcher. My brother and sister pitched and being the youngest, I wanted to copy them. I had a lot of help from my older brother Carl.”

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Tyler Bouley named Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Tyler Bouley of Champlin, Minnesota was selected the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Bouley also helped Minnesota Computers / Kegel Black Knights win the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division where he was named to the All-World team. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

Tyler Bouley of Champlin, Minnesota was selected the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Bouley also helped Minnesota Computers / Kegel Black Knights win the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division where he was named to the All-World team. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is proud to announce the selection of Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.) as the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year.

Bouley’s bat came alive for the U.S. at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship (JMWC) in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada where led the tournament with five doubles. His .421 batting average also landed him at number three in the leader board for the event.

“I am so honored and humbled to be named 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year,” said Bouley. “I would like to thank everyone at ASA/USA Softball for giving me this opportunity and for all that you do to promoting the sport. I would also like to thank my coaches, my teammates, and my family for all the support that they give me.”

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Canada takes wild rollercoaster border battle from USA

Monday, July 14th, 2014

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Canada giveth and Canada taketh away.

The marquee game of Sunday night’s ISF Junior Men’s World Championship featured the border battle between Canada and the USA.

But through the first 6 1/3 innings the game was less marquee and all Canadian dominance.

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Young Venezuelan spends summer in U.S. working on his fastball pitching

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


Erick Chaparro, 18, of Venezuela has spent part of his summer pitching fastball in the U.S. Courtesy Photo

OMAHA, NEB – A summer of travel, sight seeing, meeting new people and making new friends. And of course softball – fastball style. And lots of it.

Erick Chaparro of Maracaibo, Venezuela has experienced all of the above. But the last part, the fastball; he’s gotten a heavy dose of that, and he loves it – USA style.

By Sunday, August 19, the 18-year-old right-hander will have played in the NAFA World Series in four divisions, which just might be a NAFA record. He pitched in the A-Major division with the Winnipeg Bullets and for Black Gold of Missouri in the AA last week.

And this weekend, he’s back in Topeka, Kansas for the NAFA A and the Young Men’s 23-Under championship. This is his first experience pitching in NAFA, and he likes what he’s seen.

“The competition is really good,” he said. “They’re pretty good hitters, and compared to Venezuela fastball, they are similar. I play with my college team (National College in Maracaibo) and here the hitters are better than my college teams.”

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Four Minnesotans Representing Team USA In The ISF World Championship

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

KEYC TV MANKATO
Watch an interview with four of the 17 players (age 19-under) who will represent the U.S. in the IX International Softball Federation Junior Men’s World Championship in Parana, Argentina, November 1-10.

By COURTNEY JOHNS / Reporter

MANKATO, MN – Coach Blake Meshke says, there is a reason it’s called fast pitch. Coach Meshke says, “Every pitch there is something going on.”

Some of Meshke’s players are so speedy, they will soon be competing for the International Softball Federation’s World Championship. Left fielder Spencer Yackel is one of the 17 athletes chosen across the U.S. to represent the Junior Men’s National Team. Yackel says, he never imaged he would play for the international championship.

In November his teammates will fly to Parana, Argentina to compete against 15 countries. Fastpitch pitcher, Brent Meshke says,

“Everybody is counting us. I mean we’ve worked hard to this point and going there will be a blast, but hopefully we come home with a medal.”

The reigning four-time champ to beat is Australia.

Team USA hopes to win its first ISF World Championship title. Brent says, “This is always been something I’ve wanted to accomplish and it’s just a huge part of my life.”

In addition to Yackel and Meshke, Jake Dalton of Lake Crystal, and Michael Lewis from Amboy are also members of the national team.

Coach Meshke says, “I never had a kid quit on me because they didn’t like the game.”

Almost a quarter of the USA team have played for coach Meshke. “I just wish more kids would give it a try.”

He says the speed of the game is what makes it fun.

A fast pitch can travel at a speed of 90 miles per hour. The only thing faster is the plane these players will fly in on their way to Argentina for the championship.

(A special thank you to Sheryl Meshke for informing us about the interview.)

For more information about the USA Softball Junior Men’s program visit USA Softball