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Winston Redbirds sweep through Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Tournament

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

2013-Winston.Boys.Fastpitch.webThe 2013 Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Champion Winston Redbirds include front row from left, Saxton Pliley, Ty Uthe, Stephen Evans, Chevy Calhoon, Dakota Hiley, Morgan Farrell, and Craig Lewis. Back row, left, assistant coach Jill West, Kristchon Hisel, Ethan Hiley, Jr. O’Dell, Zach O’Dell, Jordan Leonard, and head coach Eric Lewis. Not pictured, assistant coach Wayne Alexander and manager Jacob Lewis. Contributed Photo

WINSTON, MO – Led by superb pitching and an explosive offense, the Winston Redbirds swept through the 22nd annual Missouri Boys’ State Fastpitch Tournament undefeated by outscoring three opponents 42-3 to claim the title of the eight-team event held Oct. 4-5 at Danner Park in Chillicothe.

Winston opened with a 15-0 victory over Tina-Avalon, and followed that resounding offensive fireworks display by knocking off North Harrison 12-2 to set up a championship encounter with the Grundy County Panthers of Galt.

The Panthers (2-1) reached the finals by defeating East Harrison 17-2, and then pulled out a thrilling 9-7 victory over Jefferson. But the Panthers were no match for the Redbirds, who rolled to a 15-1 state championship victory – the first for Winston since the tournament began in 1992.

Winston enjoyed a dominating season by winning the HDC Conference title at 6-0, the HDC tournament championship and then capped off its season with a state title to finish 17-1.

And this may only be the start of a long championship run for the Redbirds as the entire roster is expected back next season, including freshman sensation pitcher, Craig Lewis, son of head coach Eric Lewis, who also serves as the school’s boys’ basketball coach and athletic director.

The Jefferson Eagles, 10-time state champions, claimed third with a 2-1 record, while North Harrison took fourth at 1-2. Newtown-Harris (2-1) claimed the consolation bracket by downing Mercer (1-2), 12-6.


1. Winston 6-0, 17-1
2. Grundy County 4-2, 9-4
2. Newtown-Harris 4-2, 7-9
2. North Harrison 4-2, 6-6
5. North Mercer 2-4, 7-12
6. East Harrison 1-5, 4-9
6. Tri-County 1-5, 1-7

    FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE (*denotes unanimous selection)

*Micah Busick, Sr. Newtown-Harris (U11,U12)
*Luke Stanley, Sr. North Harrison (AC11,U12)
*Gaige Blake, Sr. North Harrison (HM11,AC12)
*Reed Hallock, Jr. North Harrison
*Destin Gann, Sr. Grundy (HM11,U12)
*Clayton Radcliff, Sr. Grundy (U11,AC12)
*Cade Mullenix, Jr Grundy
*Chevy Calhoon, So. Winston (AC12)
*Craig Lewis, Fr. Winston
*Ty Uthe, So Winston
*Drew Cox, Jr. North Mercer (HM12)
Slade Orndorff, Jr. East Harrison (U12)
Matthew Craig, Sr. East Harrison (HM12)
Adam Crawford, Sr. Newtown-Harris (HM11,U12)
Grant Widner, Sr. North Mercer (U12)
Stuart Eller, Sr. Grundy

    Honorable Mention

Kristchon Hisel, So. Winston
Tanner Hudson, Jr. Grundy
Blake Emig, Jr. North Harrison
Trey Wilson, So. North Mercer
Nate Sutton, Sr. Tri-County

    Coach of the Year

Eric Lewis, Winston

Meadville claims Missouri High School Boys Fastpitch State Championship

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Submitted by Eric Lewis / Head Boys’ Fastpitch Coach Winston High School

DANNER PARK, CHILLICOTHE, MO – Meadville High School swept through the 21st Annual Missouri Boys State High School Fastpitch Softball Tournament, July 28-29, to claim the championship by defeating Tina-Avalon in the final, 13-4.

Meadville won three games to claim the title. In it’s opener, the Eagles defeated Grundy 8-6, and then knocked off Mercer, 15-2, to advance to the championship game. Meanwhile, the Tina-Avalon Dragons opened by downing North Harrison 17-2, then held on to turn back the reigning state Champion Jefferson Eagles, 6-5, before falling to Meadville.

    The Top Finishers:
    1. Meadville Eagles
    2. Tina-Avalon Dragons
    3. Jefferson Eagles
    4. Mercer Cardinals
    5. North Harrison Shamrocks won the Consolation Championship with a 11-2 win over Winston.

The teams entered in the tournament include: Grundy, Ridgeway, Hale, Winston, Newtown-Harris, Tina-Avalon, North Harrison, Meadville, Mercer, and Jefferson. Defending champion Jefferson won four consecutive state titles (2008-2011) and eight in the past nine years.

The Missouri All-State Team: Meadville: Derek Smith, Derrick Knifong, Kolton Friesner and Trevor Corzette. Tina-Avalon: Noah Meyers and Joe Ray. Jefferson: Zach Jermain, Sam Kelley and Jordan McCrary. Mercer: Thomas Mallinson and Caleb Wyatt. North Harrison: Garren Gibson and Luke Stanley. Newton: Micah Busick.

Other high schools playing boys’ fastpitch include Gilman City, Pattonsburg, Northwestern, and Breckenridge.

To read and see photos about Missouri boys’ fastpitch, visit: Missouri Boys’ Softball News and Photos

Fastpitch is in his blood for good

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

“The reason I keep playing fastpitch is because the game is fast and challenging. And because I love it.” – Brody Abell

EAGLEVILLE, MO – Brody Abell loves saddling up one of his horses and riding, and when the Fall hunting season rolls around, you’ll find him treading softly through the woods or perched in a deer stand trying to bring down one of the those big, Missouri Whitetail bucks.

Great hobbies for sure.

But that’s not all the 19-year-old Abell likes doing in his spare time. In fact, during the summer months the horses and hunting take a back seat to what he enjoys the most:

Hurling a softball windmill style. And Brody, a right-hander, who stands 6-foot-3, and a solid 265 pounds, certainly has come a long way in the sport since he began playing as a 13-year-old.

Let’s learn about this talented young athlete, who pitched Northwest Implement of Maryville, Missouri to the 2010 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) 18-Under World Series Championship in Des Moines, Iowa.

In the NAFA World Series, you faced some good batters from Ramsey Financial (Bowen, Illinois). How did you approach facing them?
During the championship game (7-0 victory) I tried to work the zone and change speeds. If it looked like someone was getting close to getting a hold of something I would change the speed or throw a rise. I threw a lot of drop balls and mixed the rise well trying to keep the hitters off balance.

I mixed in my knuckle ball a couple of times. I tried to have just a good mix and good location, and I had great signal calling by my catcher Colton Holtman. (Brody finished with a 3-0 record.)

What is special about this NAFA championship?
We really worked hard and have been working towards this for a long time. The good thing about our team is we don’t have to rely on just one or two people because the whole team does their part. I think that about every player got a hit, scored a run, or made a play, so it definitely was a team effort. Northwest is a very sound team and I really liked playing with them.

Along with your teammates outstanding contributions, what stands out about that game?
The final out of the championship game was a strikeout. That’s something every pitcher wants to end the game with. When I threw that last pitch I knew the game was over. I was proud of myself and of my team.

You played in both the NAFA 18-Under and 23-Under tournaments. What was the biggest difference?
The biggest difference was consistency. You can make a mistake in the 18-under and get away with it, but in the 23-under if you make a mistake it usually hurts.

The 23-under teams are good hitters one through nine most of the time. They have more experience and their pitching is more consistent. There are good teams in both divisions and there were a lot of good players (in both divisions).

Northwest Implement has quite a legacy in boy’s and young men’s fastpitch. What has created all this success?
Greg McQuinn (sponsor and manager) is a great guy and does a lot for his teams by taking them to tournaments and giving them the experience of playing at higher levels. He does a lot for developing players by infusing the teams with youth and experience, and I appreciate him for letting me be a part of it.

The Northwest Implement 18-Under and 23-Under fastpitch players in action at the 2010 NAFA World Series in Des Moines and West Des Moines, Iowa.

What makes Northwest Implement a championship-caliber team?
Northwest works hard on the fundamentals. We hit well, we field well, and we pitch well. A lot of the players play or played in high school and that has given us a lot of experience and confidence in our abilities. We play as a team, we lose as a team, and we win as a team. Teamwork goes along way.

You started playing at 13, how did that come about?
I started out as a catcher until my freshman year. Our pitcher Clint Stobbe was a senior and someone needed to start to learn to pitch to replace him when he graduated. So I started working with Clint and former fastpitch pitcher from Eagleville, Dana Wilcoxson, helped me.

Along with Stobbe and Wilcoxson, who else has helped you develop as a pitcher?
I worked with Bill Hillhouse (International Softball Congress Commissioner) and he taught me a lot and fixed a few things I was having trouble with. I also worked with Gary Mullican (pitching coach for the USA Junior Men’s Team) while I was being looked at for the junior USA team.

How has your career developed in the six years you’ve been playing?
I started pitching in high school (North Harrison) when I was a junior. Then between my junior and senior year I started playing in a men’s league in Des Moines, Iowa with Greg Boyd. And that is when I got to spend a summer working with the Manley family (New Zealand softball players.)

They were playing for the Midwest Stampede and would play league with us. It was great getting to work with and watch Jeremy, Regan, and Glen pitch. I remember many nights staying late, so Jeremy could help me with the rise ball. And Regan would catch me and help me by talking me through games. It was great.

How did all this mentoring pay off?
My senior (high school) season I felt like a different player. All the things I had seen and done set me up for a great season. After graduation it was back to Des Moines for league and getting to meet and work with (pitcher) Tony Peeples.

Tony would pitch one game and I would catch him, then I would pitch and he would catch me. Then at the ISC World Tournament I worked with Rob Schweyer on getting more behind the ball, it really changed me.

You also worked with another renowned fastpitch pitcher and instructor?
The start of this year I worked with Doug Gillis just to make sure every thing was going right. I don’t think I would be where I am with out anyone of them, and would love to get to work with them all again.

What other sports did you try?
In high school I tried basketball but it wasn’t for me. We didn’t have baseball or football. But it wouldn’t have mattered; I was a softball player.

What high school team did you play fastpitch for?
I played for the North Harrison Shamrocks of Eagleville, Missouri. Our team has had a good history of being tough and my four years were no different. During my freshmen year we won our conference, won the conference tournament, and placed second at the state tournament.

My sophomore year we placed second at state (Brody was selected to the All Conference team as a catcher). My junior year – the first season I pitched – we tied for the conference championship, and finished second at state (Brody was chosen All Conference and All State as a pitcher).

How did you finish your final high school season?
My senior year we won the conference tournament and placed third at the state tournament. I finished the season with 208 strikeouts in 104 innings (Brody was again selected to the All Conference and All State teams).

Now that you’ve finished your high school fastpitch career, what keeps you motivated to continue playing?
The reason I keep playing fastpitch is the people I meet and the friends I make, and because the game is fast and challenging. And because I love it. It’s in my blood for good.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to hunt, fish, and ride my horses, but those are just hobbies, softball is what I like to do the most.

What are some of your most memorable times as a young ball player?
My most memorable times are winning the 2008 ISC 19-under World Championship (Sand Prairie Construction from WI), winning the 2010 18-under ASA National Championship, and the 2010 NAFA World Series championship with Northwest Implement.

Any unforgettable experiences on the ball diamond?
Having a hand in recording every out at a high school game. I had 15 strikeouts, caught a fly ball, tagged a kid out at second, and got a kid in a run down between home and third. The game only lasted six innings and there were 18 outs.

Any more fond memories of playing the sport?
Hitting back-to-back homeruns at the 2008 ISC 19-Under World Tournament with my bash brother Lawrence Bay. And winning my first men’s game at 17-years-old.

In your brief career, what men’s teams have you played for?
I’ve played for a number of men’s teams (including) Hopeville Hackers, Topeka Wave, Piper Lake, Herzog, Polsky, Miljavac Electric, and of course Northwest Implement where I pitched with Brandon Craig, who was my high school coach.

What’s in store for Brody Abell in the coming season?
I’ll be with Northwest Implement next year and there are a few other teams I will probably help out. I just want to keep playing.

What would you tell other boy’s or young men about why they should give fastpitch a try?
It has been quite an experience playing fastpitch softball. I’ve met great friends from other countries. I’ve played ball all over the Midwest and have had experiences that will last a lifetime. I wouldn’t have any of that if it weren’t for softball and all the people who helped me out along the way.

For more great fastpitch news, visit these websites:
Al’s Fastball
Fastpitch West
International Softball Congress
North American Fastpitch Association
2010 ISC World Tournament, Midland, Mich.

Northwest Implement sweeps 16 & Under, 18 & Under national titles

Friday, September 10th, 2010

By Dave Roberts
The Rolla Daily News
Posted Aug 09, 2010 @ 10:00 AM

ROLLA, MO – It was a Maryville, Mo. area sweep – along with a pair of Rolla players thrown in – in the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) 16 & Under and 18 & Under Fast-Pitch National Tournaments at Ber Juan Park over the weekend.

The Northwest Implement Age 16 & Under and Age 18 & Under squads, of the Maryville area, both captured national championships in their respective brackets over the weekend.

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Someone to know: Greg McQuinn, Missouri boy’s fastpitch

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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MARYVILLE, MO – By day Greg McQuinn sells the green and yellow, by night and on the weekends, he wears it. And so do his four boys.

McQuinn is co-owner and general manager of Northwest Implement, a John Deere dealership in Maryville. The dealership is well known among Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska farmers.

But in fastpitch softball, it has quite a reputation as well.

In the 2009 ASA Boy’s National Tournament, Northwest Implement won the age 16-under division national championship. And over the past few years, McQuinn’s teams have notched a couple of seconds in other age divisions as well.

McQuinn started sponsoring and coaching boy’s fastpitch six years a go. All because of his sons and their friends. Kyle, 22, Brett, 21, Ryan, 18, and Troy, 17 have a fondness for fastpitch. And McQuinn has made sure his boys have teams to play on.

“I’ll keep helping them as long as they want to keep playing,” said McQuinn, 47.

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