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Wrapping up the 2013 California Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

SANTEE, CA – If you’re a men’s fastpitch fan living in southern California, there’s not much in the way of top-flight tournaments to watch. Except the California Classic. It’s the only big-time tourney being offered south of Santa Barbara where Clyde Bennett hosts the Best of The West.

Now concluding its fourth consecutive year, the Classic offers good competition. This year the Sooke Loggers of British Columbia, CA stopped the California A’s from claiming its fourth consecutive title with a 9-6 victory on Sunday.

Some thought California was heavily favored. That the A’s – loaded with international stars – were a superior team. Especially with Argentine and ISC All-World pitcher Lucas Mata toeing the rubber.

Schellenberg.Kevin.CalifA's.430web Shortstop Kevin Schellenberg is one of several international stars who play for the California A’s. He’s been a member of Team Canada that finished fifth in the 2013 ISF World Championships.

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The New Zealand Black Sox seek ISF World Championship crown

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Eddie Kohlhase, New Zealand Black Sox Head Coach

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The New Zealand Black Sox men’s fastball team is seeking to win the 13th International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship held on it’s own soil, March 1-10, at Rosedale Park in Auckland.

But Black Sox coach Eddie Kohlhase acknowledges it won’t be easy.

“It’s a very, very demanding draw,” he said. “Canada, Japan and Argentina are three of the big powers in world softball. It’s a tough draw, not just in terms of qualifying for the quarterfinals, but also building up some powerful momentum going forward. It will be a real test for us…”

“Canada Softball Canada has been New Zealand’s traditional rival at the tournament. Like the Kiwis, they have taken the crown four times, last winning in 1992, when they beat the Black Sox in the final,” Kohlhase continued.

But they also lost to the Kiwis at the final stages in 1996 and 2004.

“They’re always a very tough team to play,” Kohlhase said. “They have powerful pitching – they throw the ball very hard…”

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USA Softball names 2012 Junior Men’s National Team roster for ISF World Championships

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

August 7, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today the final roster for the 2012 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team.

The 17-member team will hit the road in November when they travel to Parana, Argentina to compete in the IX International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championships (Under-19).

“We’re very excited about this group of young men,” said Head Coach Tim Lyon. “We feel this is the best Junior Men’s team that we’ve put together and we’re really looking forward to the opportunity to go to Parana and compete for the World Championship.”

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USA Junior Men’s Age 19-Under Fastpitch Softball Team

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

A step back in time with America’s finest young fastpitch softball players.
Photos By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, CA – Some of America’s finest young athletes from age 19-under competed for a spot on the USA Junior Men’s National Fastpitch Softball team in a tournament held in Corona, Calif. in July 2004.

Team USA played against two of the better men’s teams in Southern California.

Then in 2005, Team USA competed in the VII International Softball Federation World Championship in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, where they finished fifth in the nine team tournament with a 4-4 record.

“The Australian team impressed me,” said BJ Hunhoff, who pitched for the USA as a 16-year-old. “They were disciplined, fundamentally sound, and had a great pitcher in Adam Folkard. He throws the ball so hard and has a good rise ball and drop.”

1. Australia 10-0 Gold Medal
2. Japan 7-4 Silver
3. Canada 6-4 Bronze
4. New Zealand 6-3
5. USA 4-4
6. Mexico 3-5
7. Argentina 3-5
8 Czech Republic 1-7
9. Denmark 0-8

The 2005 USA roster: Jeremy Cline, Nicholas Cole, Mitchell Elliott, Bryant Hale, James Hartman, Mike Hayes, B.J. Hunhoff, Tyson Lambourne, Cedrick Lang, Gentry Mitchell, Chris Norris, Robert Reder, Nick Santos, Tony Viger, Mitch Warne, JT. Weststeyn, Kevin Willians, and coaches Tim Lyon, Gary Mullican, and Scott Standerfer.

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