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Big game at noon in NAFA 23-Under, Bowen Fastpitch taking on Japan’s Waseda University Maroon

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
The two Waseda University teams - White and Maroon - from Tokyo, Japan, have impressed their competition and fastpitch fans with their skill, excellent fundamentals, and sportsmanship, while playing in the NAFA 23-Under World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

The two Waseda University teams – White and Maroon – from Tokyo, Japan, have impressed their competition and fastpitch fans with their skill, excellent fundamentals, and sportsmanship, while playing in the NAFA 23-Under World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – At noon today the future stars of fastpitch return to the ball diamond with some big match-ups.

The biggest is two evenly matched ball clubs playing in Pool A, Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois and Waseda University Maroon of Tokyo, Japan.

Both teams have 2-0 records; both teams can score runs; and both teams have excellent pitching.

Michael Cantrell hurled two complete games on Friday night in leading Bowen to a 9-2 victory over the Young Bucks of Santa Barbara, Calif., and 8-0 over Sight & Sound of Canada.

Waseda University Maroon claimed two victories late Friday night by scoring a pair of shutouts in beating Sight & Sound, 18-0, and the Young Bucks, 8-0.

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Also in Pool A, the Young Bucks, managed by the legendary Clyde Bennett, will try and rebound against Sight & Sound at noon.

In Pool B at noon, undefeated Kegel / Minnesota Computers (2-0), meets Nebraska (0-2), while Waseda University White (1-1) takes on Mid America Advertising of Illinois (1-1)

These games will complete pool play, and after the seedings are determined, the young men will return to the ball diamond at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline and battle it out for the championship.

The two pool play winners will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing into Sunday’s championship scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

See bracket for complete results: Saturday 23U Schedule

Someone to know: Fastpitch softball pitcher Michael Cantrell

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012


In just nine years, Michael Cantrell has become one of the young promising pitchers in the USA.
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“I’m a very antsy person, so when the fastpitch season is coming up all I want to do is play softball,” – Michael Cantrell

MECHANICSBURG, OH – Young pitchers who follow the heady advice of veteran pitchers generally have a good start in becoming first-rate fastpitch pitchers.

Michael Cantrell is one of them. Though he’s only 20 years old, he’s learned much in his nine years in the circle, where he windmilled his first pitch as a 12-year-old.

He credits veteran pitchers Rich Markham, Ron Marstiller, Scott Sutherland and Bill Hillhouse with giving him sound advice in learning the trade.

“Over the span of my career I have taken their information and used it,” Cantrell said. “All of them are successful pitchers, and combined they have a lot of knowledge.”

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