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Midland County Sports Hall of Fame: Isenhart’s induction an honor to family, friends, fastpitch

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Midland Daily News
Joel Barnhart
sports@mdn.net
Monday, May 1, 2017
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MIDLAND, Mich. – To those who knew him best, the late Leland “Lee” Isenhart was an unselfish man who loved fastpitch softball and worked tirelessly to grow the game in Midland.

With his upcoming induction into the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame in a May 13 ceremony at Dow Diamond, the humble man who spent his life dedicated to helping others will be honored in a way he never would have asked for, but certainly deserved.

“I think everyone in the softball community around town thinks this is well-deserved,” said Eric Isenhart, one of five children of Lee and the late Mary Jane Isenhart, who were married for 58 years. “My dad did a lot getting fastpitch softball here. He and Lefty (Bartos) did so much for the game to keep it alive in Midland.”

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Dow AC’s had strong influence with boys in Midland in 1940s and 1950s

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

MIDLAND, Mich. – Heroes. Superstars.And everyday citizens of Midland.
In the 1940s and 1950s, the Dow ACs men’s fastpitch softball team won two national championships and a world championship.

But the legendary players and coaches, like Clyde “Lefty” Dexter, Al Linde, and Jimmy Walsh, didn’t stop there.

Through coaching and mentoring youth, they also helped lay the groundwork for today’s flourishing sports community in Midland. Their fingerprints can be found in such organizations as Little League and Pee Wee football, and the ACs were a springboard for Midland becoming a town known for producing outstanding softball organizations such as McArdle’s and the Midland Explorers.

Bud Collins, 92, of Midland, was part of the very first Dow ACs (Athletic Club) team in 1941, just after The Dow Chemical Co. had taken over the former Chemical City Athletic Club team.

The Dow ACs – a program which also included a highly competitive basketball team that played its games in what is now Central Middle School – was the biggest thing in a long time to hit Midland, which Collins noted was still a rural community of fewer than 10,000 people in the early 1940s.

“With Midland being so small at that time, that was the biggest thing that could have happened (to the town),” said Collins, who played third base for the Dow ACs until about 1950, outside of the years that he served in the Navy in World War II. “We packed (Currie) Stadium for every game.”

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NAFA WoodBat Tourneys in Texas and New Mexico

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

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Don’t miss NAFA WoodBat tournaments in Las Cruces and El Paso.

MIDLAND, TEX – The following NAFA WoodBat tournaments will be held in El Paso and Las Cruces this year.

    May 4,5 Cinco De Mayo El Paso,Texas

    May 25,26 Memorial Weekend El Paso, Texas

    June 15,16 Southwest Classic Las Cruces, New Mexico

    TBD Texas / New Mexico State tournament Las Cruces, New Mexico

El Paso Contact: Fred Gomez 915-449-7700

Las Cruces Contact: Clark Evans 575-642-7564 zebrasnm06@yahoo.com

NAFA WoodBat Contact: Dave Parker 432-634-6474 wyofastpitch@gmail.com

“We invite any men’s fastpitch team to come join us for this growing segment of our sport that provides a safe and level playing field through the use of the wood bat instead of metal bats,” said Dave Parker, NAFA WoodBat Commissioner on the NAFA Website. We urge you to try wood bat locally as well for the development of the sport…”

For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA Fastpitch

Dave Parker
NAFA West Texas WoodBat
Midland,Texas
wyofastpitch@gmail.com
432-634-6474