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Holders drawn in same pool as hosts for 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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By Daniel Etchells / Reporter

INSIDE THE GAMES – Two-time defending champions Argentina have been drawn in the same pool as hosts United States for the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in Midland, Mich.

The South American country, gold medallists in Canadian city Whitehorse two years ago and on home soil in Paraná in 2012, are also joined in Pool A by Australia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Denmark and Venezuela.

World number one ranked nation and 2014 silver medallists New Zealand headline Pool B, which features Canada, Israel, Mexico, South Africa and Japan – the 2012 runners-up and 2014 bronze medallists.

Competition is scheduled to take place from July 24 to 30 at the Currie Stadium in Emerson Park in the city in Michigan. Continue Reading in Inside The Games

Midland gearing up for ASA boys’ national championships and ISF World Championship

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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MIDLAND, Mich. – Midland has long played host to championship tournaments in men and boys’ fastpitch softball. As recently as 2010 and 2012, Midland hosted the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

And once again – led by the Midland Explorers Booster Club – the city will roll out the welcome mat, July 30 to Aug. 2, when three Amateur Softball Association (ASA) national championships will be held at Emerson Park for the boys, the young men’s age 23-under, and the Masters 40-older divisions.

“All the divisions promise to be very competitive,” said David Lach of the booster club, who also serves as the tournament director in a press release. “We wanted to provide ‘fastpitch dads’ an opportunity to spend a long weekend playing adjacent to their sons in a national championship.”

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Prescott (Ariz) and Madison (Wisc) to host 2013 NAFA WoodBat World Series tourneys

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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MIDLAND, TX – A highlight of the North American Fastpitch Association annual slate will split into two events for the 2013 season, NAFA WoodBat commissioner Dave Parker and NAFA executive director Benjie Hedgecock announced.

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Formerly the NAFA WoodBat Nationals, the premier event on the WoodBat men’s fastpitch softball scene will split into two separate national tournaments:

    *NAFA Western WoodBat World Series, Aug. 24-25 in Prescott, Arizona.
    *NAFA Eastern WoodBat World Series, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Madison, Wisconsin.

FOR WESTERN TEAMS
The western event will take place at the legendary Prescott complex and will be a three-game guarantee, with prizes for first through fifth place. Including All-American awards, tournament MVP and MVP pitcher.

Entry fee is $350.

FOR EASTERN TEAMS
The Madison eastern event is set for Labor Day weekend at the Bowling Green Recreation Center in Middleton, Wisc.

Last summer, the Kansas City Indios defeated the Wizards of Oz to earn the 2012 WoodBat Nationals title.

For more information on the NAFA Western WoodBat World Series, contact Dave Parker at 432-634-6474 or wyofastpitch@wyoming.com; or Clark Evans at 575-642-7564 or zebrasnm06@yahoo.com.

For more information on the NAFA Eastern WoodBat World Series, contact Benjie Hedgecock at 503-559-5398 or nafafastpitch@gmail.com.

    NAFA WoodBat Nationals — Champions Circle
    2012 — Kansas City Indios (Kansas City, Kan.)
    2011 — J-Train (Newton, Kansas)
    2010 — New Image (Monfort, Wisconsin)
    2009 — J-Train (Newton, Kansas)
    2008 — Fort Collins Fastpitch (Fort Collins, Colorado) ***CO-CHAMPS
    Todd’s Trailer Sales (Sutton, Nebraska) ***CO-CHAMPS
    2007 — Dragons (Englewood, Colorado)
    2006 — Fort Collins Fastpitch (Fort Collins, Colorado)

New elite men’s fastpitch team forming in Midland

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

“…What we’re looking at doing is something brand-new…There are kids out there who want to play (open fastpitch) and don’t have an avenue to play… – Gregg Sauve

By Dan Chalk chalk@mdn.net
Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MICH – Gregg Sauve and Dave O’Keefe are excited about what lies ahead this summer, and for many years to come, in local men’s fastpitch softball.

The two longtime players and coaches have a vision for a new fastpitch organization that’s young, athletic, made up of local players, and built to last for a long time.

And that’s why they’ve organized a new elite men’s fastpitch team in Midland.

The new team, the “Midland Emerson ACes,” visit Midland Emerson ACes website will make its debut this summer. The team name was chosen to reflect Emerson Park, where the ACes will play their home games at Currie Stadium, and as a tribute to the Dow AC’s (Athletic Club), a dominant Midland fastpitch team in the 1940s and 1950s.

“The Dow AC’s were the first big fastpitch team in Midland,” Sauve noted. “(The team name) kind of ties it all together nicely.”

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Jarvis Travelers capture third consecutive ISC World Tournament Championship

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

“We have a great bunch of hitters. I’m so excited to have this chance for the championship.” – Paul Koert, Jarvis winning pitcher

MIDLAND, MI – The Jarvis Ontario Travelers dreamed it, craved it, and finally got it, a third consecutive ISC World Tournament Championship.

But it was far from easy.

Jarvis had to survive a tense, eight-inning slugfest, and an early 3-0 deficit. But they prevailed in beating Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs 8-6 at Currie Stadium, Saturday night.

The joy of winning a world tournament championship was sweetened even more as Jarvis tied a 55-year old ISC record. Matching the Mary Star All-Stars (Calif) who won three consecutive ISC World Tournament titles from 1952 to ’54.

    HALE SHATTERS RBI RECORD

But another record fell as well. Donnie Hale, Jarvis’ designated hitter, set an all-time RBI record with 17; breaking the old mark of 14 set in 1998 by Steve Price of Ballston Lake, NY.

Hale (2-3) drove in three runs – one in the second inning on a single, and two in the fourth on a home run deep over the right field fence that helped Jarvis to a 4-3 lead.

“I’m happy for our team to create history with a three-peat that hasn’t been done for 55 years,” Hale said, who was selected the Cleo Goyette Most Valuable Player for his .579 batting average (11-for-19) and 17 RBIs. “I was just happy to do my part.”

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Scott sharp, hurls Midland Explorers over New York Bombers

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Don Scott picked up right where he ended the 2011 ISC World Tournament: winning.

The right-handed Scott, who was the Most Outstanding Pitcher of last year’s world tournament after pitching the Jarvis Travelers to the title, hurled a brilliant game in leading the Midland Explorers to a 5-0 victory over the New York Bombers, Sunday night.

As the host team, Midland (1-0) picked up its first win of the World Tournament, while New York pulls even at 1-1.

Scott was in top form, showing his signature explosive rise ball, along with mixing in an effective drop and change-up. Through six innings he was nearly unhittable and carried a perfect game into the seventh inning.

But with one out, Jeff Carr doubled into left field and Bruce Hackett followed with a single. But Scott struck out the next two batters to end the game, finishing with a two-hitter and 16 strikeouts.

He said he wasn’t too concerned about losing the perfect game.

“You always try and get it, but in the long run you want the win,” he said.

The Explorers took advantage of three walks off Bombers’ starter Doug Hoffman, cashing in on all three to take a 3-0 lead through four innings. Back-to-back walks to Steve Horning (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Adam Lalonde (1-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), followed by a passed ball that allowed Horning to score, and Ed Ketelhut’s (1-3) RBI single to left field gave Midland a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Then in the third inning, Hoffman’s two-out walk to Lalonde set the table for Dale Levy, who drove a triple down the right field line scoring Lalonde; and essentially that was all the runs Scott would need.

But the Explorers put the game out of reach in the fifth when Lalonde drilled a two-run homer over the right centerfield fence for Midland’s final tally. Kyle Beane, Justin Krenzke and Shea Bryant also had one hit apiece to help Midland’s cause.

Scott finished the 2011 ISC World Tournament with a 6-0 record. He said he likes the Explorers championship chances if the offense can keep plating runs.

“We’ve got to keep hitting, and then we’ve got a shot,” he said of Midland which collected nine hits off Hoffman and Shawn Samson, who came on in the fifth.

The Explorers move on to face the Saskatoon Diamondbacks Monday at 6 p.m. Saskatoon defeated the Elmira Expos 2-0 on Trevor Ethier’s three-hit, 10 strikeout effort, Sunday afternoon.

The Bombers came into the game by defeating the Sweaburg Crush on Saturday. Sweaburg jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but that was all the runs they could manage. Meanwhile, the Bombers chipped away with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to pull within 4-3 heading into the seventh.

And then Carr shocked the Crush by drilling a three-run, walk off home run – his only hit of the game – to steal the win.

Lower level city leagues needed for fastpitch revival

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

YUCAIPA – I read today that the Midland Explorers men’s fastpitch softball team will field a Junior Explorers age 21-Under team for 2012.

From the news release, I gathered the purpose two fold: to have a host team for the Under-21 young men’s tournament that will be a part of the 2012 ISC World Tournament in Midland, and as an effort to help revive a sport that has been in rapid decline since the mid-1990s.

I commend Dave Lach for undertaking the effort as the manager of the Junior Explorers. Persuading boys’, and young men – high school and college ages – to join the fastpitch game during their baseball playing days, or after their hardball careers are over, has been a daunting task.

Many well-intentioned coaches and sponsors have undertaken the tremendous task of starting boys’ and young men’s teams. Some have found success. But many more have failed. Finding the recruiting, training pitchers and players, too difficult and time-consuming a task. Ultimately conceding the sport to the female side in which fastpitch has flourished.

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