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K-Club Men’s Fastpitch, gearing up for 2013

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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Rick Kolda will be counted on to handle the catching duties as well as toe the rubber for the K-Club Men’s Fastpitch team of Moses Lake, Washington.

MOSES LAKE, WASH – Planning and plotting for improvement always rates tops as a ball club’s chief goal heading into a new season.

The 2013 K-Club men’s fastpitch team is no different.

But there’s just one thing. K-Club had a great season in 2012, so how much more can they improve? Well, with a few key additions, along with several returning veterans, maybe just enough to reach the top rung on the sport’s ladder of success: winning a national fastpitch championship.

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A Missoula fastpitch revival

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

“Our goal is always to develop new players and get them to the park.” – Frank Hendrix, President, Missoula Fastpitch Association.

By BOB OTTO
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MISSOULA, MT –The numbers of teams in the Missoula Fastpitch League started dropping drastically a few years ago. Something had to be done, or goodbye men’s fastpitch.

“The league went down to three or four teams,” said 31-year-old Frank Hendrix, who is the president of the Missoula Fastpitch Association. “Older players started retiring when their kids started playing sports. We had to get new players playing.”

So Hendrix and a few devoted fastpitch leaders set a course to breath new life into the league. Veteran pitchers began pitching for two teams until a new pitcher could be developed. The league reached out to younger athletes playing American Legion and Babe Ruth baseball.

And once a veteran team developed a new pitcher, that youngster was encouraged to leave the nest and start his own team.

Has it worked?

This year the league will field seven teams with the possibility of an eighth.

“Our goal is always to develop new players and get them to the park,” Hendrix said.

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