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USA Junior Men’s Softball Team Faces Big Challenge In Australia

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

JustinPerez Justin Perez of Northeast, Pennsylvania leadsTeam USA in hitting, but Perez and his teammates will have to score some runs in order to get by a strong Australia team in a matchup of teams with 3-1 records in Wednesday night’s premiere game in the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship.

MIDLAND, Mich. – The United States and Australia Junior Men’s (age 19-under) National Fastpitch Softball Teams both have 3-1 records in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship in Midland (July 24-30).

But that will change tonight. The two ball clubs will meet at 10 p.m. (ET) at Emerson Park with the winner having a huge advantage in the playoffs. The winner will emerge with a guaranteed double-life, while the loser will be limited to single elimination.

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

Saturday, June 21st, 2014


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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Following In Dad’s Footsteps

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The Hunhoff family of South Dakota and California has a long tradition of men’s fastpitch softball pitching.
Courtesy Photos / Lori Hunhoff

HARRISBURG, SOUTH DAKOTA – If he were to call it quits and chuck his bat, glove and spikes in the closet and say, “I’ve been there and done that,” no one could really blame him.

For after all, Benjamin “BJ” Hunhoff – in the lingo of fastpitch softball – indeed has been there and done that.

He’s played and won at the international, national, and state championship levels. He’s collected a showcase full of most valuable pitcher and player awards.

By now if you’re thinking, let’s let the “old man,” ease back into his recliner and enjoy his well-deserved retirement, here’s the catch:

BJ Hunhoff is just 20-years-old. His fastpitch rocket is nowhere near leveling off, much less coming to a landing.

His thirst to compete, his drive to improve, his love of the game, and his desire to follow in his dad’s footsteps remain as strong as ever.

And it all started with John Hunhoff. BJ’s dad and the man he calls, “my hero.”

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Fastpitch softball, a Hunhoff family tradition

Friday, December 18th, 2009


HARRISBURG, SOUTH DAKOTA – First there was Tony then John. Next came BJ then Andy. And these Hunhoff’s all share something in common. They’re fastpitch softball pitchers.

Tony, 52, who now lives in northern California, started the foray as a 13-year-old back in Sioux Falls, South Dakota pitching in a Tri-County Boy’s Fastpitch League. Then John, his younger brother by four years came along and took up the windmilling trade.

“Our dad wasn’t a softball player,” said Tony Hunhoff. “But softball was so available to us. I remember me and my friends watching the men play and thinking, ‘we can do this.'”

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