IX ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

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Four Minnesotans make the final cut for Team USA

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

“I am very proud that the four of us from our area made the team. It is pretty special that we can represent Team USA together.” – Michael Lewis, Team USA

Brent Meshke, will wear the USA uniform of the Junior Men’s Fastpitch National Team.

LAKE CRYSTAL and AMBOY, MN – Most American fastpitch softball players can only dream of wearing the uniform with the big, bold, red-white-and-blue USA embroidered across the front. But for Brent Meshke, his dream has become reality.

Meshke has made “the final cut.” The 18-year-old pitcher and shortstop is now officially a member of the USA Junior Men’s Fastpitch National Team.

“When I found out my reaction was, ‘wow,’” said Meshke from Lake Crystal, Minn. “It was a relief. I have been working to be a member of the team since I was 10 years old.”

And now comes the payoff. A trip to Parana, Argentina to play in the most important tournament of his young fastpitch career: the IX International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship, November 1-10.

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USA Softball Junior Men’s Fastpitch National Team at Pete Schwab Memorial…and more

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The world’s top age 19-under junior men’s fastpitch teams, including Team USA, will head to Argentina in November for the IX ISF Junior Men’s World Championship. Read about Team USA’s preparation and past ISF championships.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USA Softball Junior Men’s Fast Pitch National Team posted a 3-2 record and a third-place finish in the 12-team Pete Schwab Memorial Tournament in Frankenmuth, Mich…

The tournament was the first stop on a week-long tour of Michigan with games scheduled against premier men’s teams in the Midwest.

“Overall we were quite pleased with the performance of our young men,” commented USA head coach Tim Lyon. “They faced good men’s competition and with the exception of one game, competed really well. We’re looking forward to the rest of the week and getting our guys more good quality games.”

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The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team will compete in the International Softball Federation IX ISF Junior Men’s World Championship in Paraná, Argentina, Nov. 1-10.

The 15 countries participating will be: Argentina, Australia, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United States and Venezuela.

For more USA Softball junior men’s news as well as women’s and men’s teams visit USA Softball

The previous ISF Junior Men’s Championship in 2008 found the USA junior men finishing 8th with a 5-6 record. But of those six losses, three games were by one run (5-4 to Argentina), and two in extra innings; 4-3 to New Zealand in eight innings, and 1-0 to Canada also in eight.

Canada went on to finish in second place and New Zealand fourth. Australia claimed its fourth-consecutive Gold Medal with a 10-1 record, defeating Silver medalist Canada, 2-1, in the championship.

Read the game story by visiting AUSSIES CAME FROM DOWN UNDER TO CLINCH GOLD

Four Minnesotans Representing Team USA In The ISF World Championship

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

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.


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