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Aussie Colts headed for ISF X Junior World Softball Championship

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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Collingwood, Victoria, Australia – Australia’s Under-19 Men’s (fast-pitch) Softball Team, Aussie Colts, leave Sydney today to participate in the coming ISF X Junior World Championship in Whitehorse, Canada, July 11-20.

The 17-player squad will fly to Vancouver where they will participate in a number of pre-event games in preparation for the World Championship, starting on July 11.

Group games at the World Championship will be played against:

  • New Zealand
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Czech Republic
  • United States
  • Denmark
  • Currently ranked third in the world, but previous gold medal winners on four occasions, the Aussie Colts are primed for competition with Wayne Saunders (head coach) and Kieran O’Leary (captain) leading the way.

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    Schedule Released for 2014 Junior Men’s International Softball Federation Championship

    Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The schedule is set for the 2014 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Championship.

    The 2014 championship will be held July 11 to 20 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse and International Softball executives announced the official game schedule Thursday.

    Ten teams from five continents will unite for 45 games in a round-robin format, followed by four playoff (page playoff system) games.

    Team USA opens on July 11 against Denmark and then takes on New Zealand the following day.

    In the 2012 World Championship, USA finished fifth overall with a 5-3 record. Argentina secured its first championship by beating Japan 5-0, thus unseating four-time defending champion, Australia.

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    ISC Press Release – Carrol Forbes Foundation – 2013 Bursary Winners

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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    ISC PRESS RELEASE / Joe Todd
    ISC V-P Communications
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    INGERSOLL, ONTARIO – For the second time in the past five years, the ISC’s Carrol Forbes Foundation (CFF) is awarding a pair of scholarships to two very deserving applicants.

    “Brent Meshke and Michael Lewis both have met all of the criteria we look for among applicants for the annual scholarship and we are pleased to make an award to each of them,” said Charlie Smith, ISC Treasurer and Chairman of the CFF Committee. “There were six applicants in 2013 and there were some very tough decisions before Meshke and Lewis prevailed as the successful applicants.”

    Brent Meshke is from Brookings, South Dakota and is enrolled in Agriculture Education Program at South Dakota State University.

    He has been involved with the ISC/ASA Pitcher Development Program from 2007 – 2012 and in 2012 was a member of the USA Junior Men’s National Team that competed in Parana, Argentina.

    In 2013, Brent was part of the Midland Jr. Explorers team that won the ISC U21 Championship in Quad Cities.

    Michael Lewis is a resident of Amboy, Minnesota and is a freshman at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota and is taking general level courses while he finalizes his career path.

    Michael attended quite a few ISC World Tournaments as a fan with his father, Jon Lewis, who played the men’s game for quite a few years. Michael now plays with the Fargo Kegel Black Knights and was also a member of the U21 champion Midland Jr. Explorers.

    Both of these fine young men personify the next generation of ISC fastpitch softball players.

    The Carrol Forbes Foundation was established in 1995 in memory of ISC founder Carrol Forbes (1909-1982) and has provided funding since 2006 for youth development programs. Its mission is “to invest in the future of this great sport of fastpitch softball.”

    Midland to host ISF Junior Men’s World softball championship in 2016

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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    In 2016, the best young talent (age 19 and under) in junior men’s fastpitch softball from throughout the world will be coming to Midland, Mich. for the International Softball Federation World Championship. USA Softball will be selecting a team for the coming event beginning in 2015. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By DAN CHALK / Midland Daily News
    chalk@mdn.net
    Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

    MIDLAND, MICH – Some of the best young male fastpitch softball players in the world will compete in Midland in July of 2016, thanks to a successful bid by a Midland group to host the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship at Emerson Park and Currie Stadium.

    The only other time that this event was even held in the United States was in 1985 in Fargo, N.D.

    “There’s been a long drought of not having it in our own country, and we’re cherishing the opportunity to bring it back here,” said David Lach, who is a co-chair of the tournament host committee along with Jeff Servinski and Kyle Beane. “We see this as a tremendous opportunity for young kids across the country, including young men from mid-Michigan, to represent their country on home soil. We feel that the Midland is the perfect place to host the event, with a great venue and the local history in fastpitch softball.”

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    Organizers hope junior worlds inspire next generation

    Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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    With the 2014 ISF Jr. Men’s World Softball Championship less than a year away, local organizers are getting to work.

    WHITEHORSE DAILY STAR
    By Marcel Vander Wier

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – With the 2014 ISF Jr. Men’s World Softball Championship less than a year away, local organizers are getting to work.

    The 2014 championship will be held July 11 to 20 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse.

    A press conference was held this morning at the softball complex, where organizers announced the creation of the event’s website: worldfastpitch2014.com

    The site features details on the event venue, updated news stories, and social media feeds, as well as travel information for visitors to the territory. During the tournament, the website will offer live scores and webcasts of every game.

    Sponsorship and volunteer initiatives were also announced.

    Organizing committee chair George Arcand said having the chance to host a tournament of this calibre is a coup for the Yukon capital.

    “I think what it means is that our kids get to see softball of this calibre, and can see what is there, and what getting into the game with that kind of intent can do for you,” he told the Star.

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    Men’s National Team arrives in Auckland for the ISF World Fastpitch Championship

    Monday, February 25th, 2013

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    AUCKLAND, New Zealand – The USA Softball Men’s National Team arrived in Auckland, New Zealand this week to begin their quest for the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Fastpitch Championship Gold the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball USA Softball announced today.

    The United States defeated a local New Zealand Softball New Zealand team 2-0 in a practice game in Auckland on Monday as they prepare for tournament competition. The USA Men will compete in two more practice games this week before starting pool play Friday, March 1 against Australia at 7:30 pm (NZDT).

    “We’ve been looking forward to finally getting here to New Zealand and getting on the field as a team,” said USA assistant coach Avon Meacham.

    “Our guys have been working hard individually to prepare for these World Championships but it’s nice to finally have the team together and to have the opportunity to fine tune the things that we will need to have in place before our first game on Friday,” he added

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    USA Softball hosts training camp for junior men’s pitchers and catchers

    Friday, January 25th, 2013

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    OKLAHOMA CITY — Sixteen athletes in the USA Softball Junior Men’s Fast Pitch National Team program See official USA SOFTBALL website will participate in a training camp starting today at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

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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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    Junior Explorers: New program could produce next generation of Midland Explorers’ players

    Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

    MIDLAND, MI – Young players like Auburn’s Jon Gwizdala are excited to be part of a brand-new program that could produce the next generation of fastpitch softball players for the Midland Explorers.

    Gwizdala, 21, is a pitcher for the 21-and-under Midland Junior Explorers, who will play in the International Softball Congress 21U Tournament in Midland in August.

    “It’s really exciting to be on the team,” said Gwizdala, who played baseball at Bay City Western and is a student at Delta College. “It’s exciting because it’s something new (on the fastpitch scene) and something new for the younger players.

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    The best of times for young pitchers

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

    YUCAIPA, CA – I’m borrowing a phrase from the English novelist, Charles Dickens, and tweaking it just a bit. “These are the worst of times and the best of times.”

    At least for men’s fastpitch softball.

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