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Saturday, August 13th, 2016

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NORTH MANKATO, Minn.Playnafa.org is providing the stats for the 2016 NAFA World Series being held at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Aug. 11-20.

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Lake Crystal Hennager Plumbing and Heating takes MSF Men’s Class B State Championship

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn. is the 2015 Minnesota Sports Federation Men's Class B State Champions. Photo By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn. is the 2015 Minnesota Sports Federation Men’s Class B State Champions. Photo By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

Front row, from left: Eric Hood, Lake Crystal; Spencer Yackel, Brooklyn Center; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; Jason Cook, Minneapolis; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; Seth Anderson, New Prague; David DeWitz, Good Thunder; and Robert Peterson, Pipestone. Back row, from left: Joe Reinhart, Winsted; Derek Meshke, Brookings, S.D.; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; Rick Saunders, Waconia; Michael Lewis, Amboy; assistant coach Jeff Hohenstein, Garden City; coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal; and sponsor Steve Hennager.

By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the 2015 Class B Men’s Fastpitch State Champion. The team posted a 4-0 record at Caswell Park, North Mankato, Minn.

The “Plumbers” won the opening round in five innings, defeating Beaver Creek, Minn., 8-0. Winning pitcher was Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, striking out six. At the plate, Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal, was three for three. Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal, and Michael Lewis, Amboy, were two for three. Brent Meshke inked a home run.

MESHKE AND LEWIS STRONG PITCHING DUO
In the second game, Hennager defeated Jonny’s of St. Charles, Minn., 4-3. Brent Meshke completed the first three innings in the circle, with three strikeouts. Lewis finished the game, striking out three. Swinging hot bats with two hits each, were Dalton; Lewis; and Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal. Both Lewis and Brent Meshke knocked home runs.

The Plumbers faced Odin, Minn., the longtime rival, in the semi-final game. At the top of the seventh, the Hennager men were behind 1-4. Leadoff batter Spencer Yackel, Brooklyn Center, drew a walk. Pitcher Lewis then hit a home run to tighten the score, 3-4. The next batter — Brent Meshke — followed with a solo home run to tie the game. After 10 innings, the Plumbers won 7-4.

Lewis pitched the entire game, striking out 10 batters. Racking up multiple hits in the contest was: Dalton; Schroeder; and Rick Saunders, Waconia.

Brent Meshke delivers a pitch in the MSF Class B State Championship game for Lake Crystal. Photo By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

Brent Meshke delivers a pitch in the MSF Class B State Championship game for Lake Crystal. Photo By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

PLUMBERS TAKE STATE CROWN
The Hennager team then advanced to the championship game, defeating Jordan Realty, Jordan, Minn., 9-0 in six innings. Brent Meshke took the win in the circle, striking out four batters and giving up one hit. Batters chalking up two hits each, included: Dalton, Yackel and Derek Meshke, Brookings, S.D. Brent Meshke added a solo home run.

This is the first men’s state championship for the Hennager team. After securing a second-place finish in the Class C tournament in 2014, and third in 2013, the team was classified as a Class B team.

Stats of interest:
• Brent Meshke pitched 14 innings, striking out 13 and giving up three runs. Michael Lewis pitched 14 innings, striking out 13 and giving up four runs.
• Jake Dalton was 9 for 13; Spencer Yackel, 4 for 8; Schroeder was 6 for 14; Lewis 6 for 14, with two home runs; and Brent Meshke logged four home runs.

Perry Coonce, State Commissioner
perry@msf1.org

Steve Ketter, Assistant State Commissioner
steve@msf1.org
Ph: 952-405-6936

ISC Press Release – Carrol Forbes Foundation – 2013 Bursary Winners

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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ISC PRESS RELEASE / Joe Todd
ISC V-P Communications
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INGERSOLL, ONTARIO – For the second time in the past five years, the ISC’s Carrol Forbes Foundation (CFF) is awarding a pair of scholarships to two very deserving applicants.

“Brent Meshke and Michael Lewis both have met all of the criteria we look for among applicants for the annual scholarship and we are pleased to make an award to each of them,” said Charlie Smith, ISC Treasurer and Chairman of the CFF Committee. “There were six applicants in 2013 and there were some very tough decisions before Meshke and Lewis prevailed as the successful applicants.”

Brent Meshke is from Brookings, South Dakota and is enrolled in Agriculture Education Program at South Dakota State University.

He has been involved with the ISC/ASA Pitcher Development Program from 2007 – 2012 and in 2012 was a member of the USA Junior Men’s National Team that competed in Parana, Argentina.

In 2013, Brent was part of the Midland Jr. Explorers team that won the ISC U21 Championship in Quad Cities.

Michael Lewis is a resident of Amboy, Minnesota and is a freshman at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota and is taking general level courses while he finalizes his career path.

Michael attended quite a few ISC World Tournaments as a fan with his father, Jon Lewis, who played the men’s game for quite a few years. Michael now plays with the Fargo Kegel Black Knights and was also a member of the U21 champion Midland Jr. Explorers.

Both of these fine young men personify the next generation of ISC fastpitch softball players.

The Carrol Forbes Foundation was established in 1995 in memory of ISC founder Carrol Forbes (1909-1982) and has provided funding since 2006 for youth development programs. Its mission is “to invest in the future of this great sport of fastpitch softball.”

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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Four Minnesotans Representing Team USA In The ISF World Championship

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

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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