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Jon Gwizdala, personifying the golden opportunities in American male fastpitch

Monday, March 10th, 2014

gwizdalaJonNAFA55lr Jon Gwizdala pitching for Northwest Implement of Maryville, Missouri in the 2013 NAFA World Series, 23-Under division, in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The naysayers will tell you, “there’s no opportunity in American male fastpitch softball. You’re just wasting your time on a dying sport. The girls own the sport now.”

But if you talk to 22-year-old Jon Gwizdala, he’ll challenge all that negative garbage. In fact, he’ll tell you of all the golden opportunities he has had in his 15 years of pitching when he first started windmilling a softball at age seven.

Remember now, Jon is just 22. But already he’s played in the ISC World Tournament, ASA national tournaments, and in the NAFA World Series.

Gwizdala and the teams he’s pitched for have won ASA national youth and young men’s titles, a NAFA World Series, and he has been named an ASA All-American and NAFA All-World, along with winning a home run title.

Opportunities in American boys and men’s fastpitch? Of the golden variety.

Especially for aspiring pitchers, with the work ethic and the willingness to put in hours of practice to become proficient in the circle.

    BASEBALL’S GOOD, BUT FASTPITCH IS BETTER

Gwizdala played high school and college baseball. He was club president at Delta Junior College and captain of the varsity team during the 2010-2011 season. Baseball is a sport he grew up with, a sport he enjoys playing. But in comparison to fastpitch, well, there is no comparison.

“My true passion will always be for my first love, and that is fastpitch softball,” he said.

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