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Aussie Colts primed for title defence in Argentina, USA Junior Men prepared as well

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

PARANA, ARGENTINA – Four years preparation is over and the Aussie Colts are ready to win their unprecedented 5th consecutive World title on the eve of the ISF IX Junior Men’s World Championships in Paraná, Argentina from 1-10 November 2012.

Last night marked the end of the preparation, as the Aussie Colts played two played games against Japan winning both games. The team played in front of the large group of Australian supporters – who are converging on Argentina to support the Aussie Colts in their challenge for another title.

Head Coach Gary Butler summarised the leadup to the World Championships:

“The teams’ preparations have come along nicely, with our hitters having the opportunity to face some quality Argentinean pitchers. Our discipline in the box has been a large focus and this resulted in a strong performance in our final games. Our defence is set, so we are looking forward to our first game – the lads are ready to go.”

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Four Minnesotans Representing Team USA In The ISF World Championship

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

KEYC TV MANKATO
Watch an interview with four of the 17 players (age 19-under) who will represent the U.S. in the IX International Softball Federation Junior Men’s World Championship in Parana, Argentina, November 1-10.

By COURTNEY JOHNS / Reporter

MANKATO, MN – Coach Blake Meshke says, there is a reason it’s called fast pitch. Coach Meshke says, “Every pitch there is something going on.”

Some of Meshke’s players are so speedy, they will soon be competing for the International Softball Federation’s World Championship. Left fielder Spencer Yackel is one of the 17 athletes chosen across the U.S. to represent the Junior Men’s National Team. Yackel says, he never imaged he would play for the international championship.

In November his teammates will fly to Parana, Argentina to compete against 15 countries. Fastpitch pitcher, Brent Meshke says,

“Everybody is counting us. I mean we’ve worked hard to this point and going there will be a blast, but hopefully we come home with a medal.”

The reigning four-time champ to beat is Australia.

Team USA hopes to win its first ISF World Championship title. Brent says, “This is always been something I’ve wanted to accomplish and it’s just a huge part of my life.”

In addition to Yackel and Meshke, Jake Dalton of Lake Crystal, and Michael Lewis from Amboy are also members of the national team.

Coach Meshke says, “I never had a kid quit on me because they didn’t like the game.”

Almost a quarter of the USA team have played for coach Meshke. “I just wish more kids would give it a try.”

He says the speed of the game is what makes it fun.

A fast pitch can travel at a speed of 90 miles per hour. The only thing faster is the plane these players will fly in on their way to Argentina for the championship.

(A special thank you to Sheryl Meshke for informing us about the interview.)

For more information about the USA Softball Junior Men’s program visit USA Softball