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Stepping Back In Time: Walt Nelson Hurls No-Hit Masterpiece For Sandusky’s Stroh’s Beer

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

WALT NELSON pitched for outstanding teams in Minnesota from 1961 to 1972, and in Ohio from the early 1950s until 1961 when he moved to Hastings, Minnesota. Courtesy Photo / Steve Nelson

The Sandusky Register / Sandusky, Ohio
July 31 1958

Stroh’s Ace Faces 21 Batters

NORWALK, Ohio – Walt Nelson grabbed the spotlight in the opening night of the Fifth District Amateur Softball Association tournament here Wednesday night at McQuan Park by tossing a glittering no-hitter.

Nelson faced 21 batters as Sandusky Stroh’s Beer handcuffed the defending champion Fremont Schick’s, 5-0, after the Tiffin Spartans downed Lorain United Polish Club, 4-3.

The big right-hander struck out 15 and didn’t issue any bases on balls in hurling his masterpiece, although two runners reached base. Nelson hit one and the other reached base on an error, but both were cut down trying to steal in the second inning by catcher Walt Nicholson.

Second baseman Carl Michels saved Nelson’s no-hitter in the sixth inning with a sparkling play in which he went behind the base to haul in a sharp grounder and threw the man out.

Nelson made sure of the next batters himself by striking out the last four he faced.

Stroh’s scored once in the first and third innings on a passed ball and an error, adding three in the fifth with Dan Majoy and Nelson rapping out back-to-back singles to open the inning.

Stroh’s collected six singles off the servings of Curt Bowser and reliever Jack Kaiser, with Nelson getting two of them.

    Stroh’s Hurler Walt Nelson Selected Most Valuable Player

The Sandusky Register
Wed. Oct. 28, 1959

NORWALK, Ohio – Walt Nelson was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Norwalk Softball League Tuesday night at the Norwalk Softball Association’s annual banquet.

The Sandusky Stroh’s Beer pitcher received 137 votes, the highest ever polled. Gordon Schaechterle of Brooker Brothers, placed second with 109.

    Stroh’s Hurt Erie Lumber’s Title Plans

The Sandusky Register
Wed. Aug. 14, 1957

Walt Nelson a one-man gang

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Walt Nelson was the fly in the ointment for Erie County Lumber in Sandusky Softball League action Tuesday night at Battery Park as Stroh’s Beer copped a 6-3 decision.

NELSON HURLED a four-hitter at the Lumbermen and drove in three runs with a double and single as Stroh’s dashed the Lumbermen’s hopes of a SSL title.

The loss dropped Erie one game back of the Rockets and only one more game to go with the Rockets and Erie Lumber squaring off Sunday night a 7 o’clock.

Stroh’s jumped on losing pitcher Dan Renz for two runs in the second inning. Don Stellrecht led off with a single and scored on Nelson’s double; Nelson later scored on an infield out.

Stroh’s added four more in the third frame with Stellrecht and Nelson each driving in a pair of markers with singles.

ERIE LUMBER narrowed the margin in the fourth as Bob Peters whacked out a round-tripper after Paul Nemitz had walked.

Erie threatened in the sixth inning by loading the bases before Nelson retired the last man on a strikeout.

Nelson struck out six for the third-place teams, while Renz gave up five hits and struck out three.

Yusef Davis Gets His Chance

Saturday, June 18th, 2016
Yusef Davis Jr., of Long Beach, Calif., was selected second-team, all-tournament at the 2016 USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 11-12. Courtesy Photo

Yusef Davis Jr., of Long Beach, Calif., was selected second-team, all-tournament at the 2016 USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 11-12. Courtesy Photo

LONG BEACH, Calif. – All Yusef Davis Jr. wanted was a chance. He got it and he made the most of it.

Davis heard about the USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament being held June 11-12. It was an opportunity for U.S. players to be evaluated by the USA men’s coaching staff and the USA national team selection committee.

It was an opportunity Davis couldn’t pass up. If he played well and impressed the evaluators, it just might earn him an invite to a USA national team tryout camp.


That was all it took for the 21 year old Davis to pay his own airfare to Ashland, Ohio where the tournament was being held.

The experience?

“It was incredible,” said Davis, who grew up playing soccer, football, basketball and baseball in youth and high school. “I was nervous. I knew a lot of talent would be there. I wanted to play against that talent and be seen.”

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USA Men’s Invitational Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 11-12

Saturday, June 4th, 2016


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., has announced today the creation of the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Invitational Tournament to be held June 11-12 in Ashland, Ohio.

  • California A’s
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  • Capitals Prospects
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  • For the first time in its history, ASA/USA Softball will be introducing this opportunity for Men’s Fast Pitch players to participate in this inaugural tournament, where athletes will be evaluated by the USA Softball Men’s National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC) and USA Softball Men’s National Team coaching staff in hopes of making it into an elite identified athlete pool.

    “This tournament is important for a player to be seen and evaluated so they have a chance of making the identified athlete pool,” Tournament Director and Men’s National Team Head Coach Denny Bruckert said. “If a player is selected to be part of the pool, that player has the chance to be invited to January’s Men’s National Team Selection Camp, where the roster for the USA Softball Men’s National Team will be chosen.”

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