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Alders Continue Long Tradition of Boise Men’s Fastpitch League

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

GREG ALDER was inducted into the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Hall of Fame in 2014 for his many years contributing and giving back to the game. Alder was one of the best pitchers in the country, and after retiring he continues to help revitalize men’s fast pitch in Boise. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

BOISE, Idaho – If you ask Greg Alder why he works so tirelessly to keep the Treasure Valley Men’s Fastpitch League going, he says that when he was youngster of 15, there were veterans who helped him get started, so now it’s his turn to give back.

But the 65-year-old Alder admits it’s a battle to keep the game alive in Boise – in which the Treasure Valley Men’s Fastpitch League has been in existence for over 50 years, dating back to when his grandfather, Orin Alder, ran the league.

Now it’s Greg and his son Shane’s turn at the wheel. They plan for league play to start the first week of June through July. Though it’s down a little, there will be a league, says Greg Alder.

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K-Club Invitational draws top Northwest teams

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

paul.lauzier Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex, Moses Lake, Wash, will be the site of the 2014 K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.
See tournament flier: ML Flyer ’14

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Moses Lake lies about halfway between Seattle and Spokane off the 90 Interstate. Most people have never heard of Moses Lake, and have no reason to go to Moses Lake.

But there’s at least one exception. Men’s fastpitch softball. In particular the annual K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

Since the tournament began in 2012, spearheaded by the Kolda family – father Dan and sons Rickey and Mike – teams from the greater Northwest have become quite familiar with Moses Lake, and have taken a liking to the tournament.

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The Boise Fastpitch Revival is underway

Friday, April 30th, 2010

“You start your own team by getting one young guy and he brings a buddy, and that buddy brings a buddy.” – Ryan Meister.

BOISE, IDAHO – For the past two months Ryan Meister has been burning up his long distance minutes. He’s made calls to Utah, Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Meister’s a man on a mission. He’s determined that the first annual Meridian Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be successful.

And if it is, then maybe the men’s fastpitch revival that he and Greg Alder are working so hard to bring about will actually come about.

Alder, 57, remembers when Boise was a hot bed of men’s fastpitch in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. But the glory years are long past. Men’s fastpitch has since died in Idaho. Except for Boise.

And Meister and Alder refuse to surrender Boise without a fight.

Thus they’ve devised a plan: Host a tournament to attract teams from out of state for the Meridian tournament (May 22nd). And if enough local slowpitch and baseball players see good fastpitch, then just maybe that will spark an interest.

“If we can start it and let people know we’re still playing, I think we can get it going again,” said Meister, 38.

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