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A Step Back In Time: Team USA captures 1996 Herald & Review Shootout

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

By MARK TUPPER
Decatur Herald & Review Sports Editor
July 17, 1996

DECATUR, IL – If the United States plans to win the gold medal at the International Softball Federation World Championship next month, it will almost certainly have to survive a challenge like it faced Sunday.

Key hitting and pressure pitching led USA past Green Bay (Wis.) All-Car, 2-1, in the championship game of the Herald & Review Shootout at Borg-Warner Field.

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Nicholas Mercer: The violence of throwing a softball

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER - Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards, and has led Australia to titles in the ISF and WBSC World Championships. In 2016, he pitched the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada to runner-up in the ISC World Tournament and was named an All-World pitcher for a eighth time.  His 4-1 record gives him 39 wins all-time in ISC World Tournament play. Photo By BOB OTTO

FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER – Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards, and has led Australia to titles in the ISF and WBSC World Championships. In 2016, he pitched the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada to runner-up in the ISC World Tournament and was named an All-World pitcher for a eighth time. His 4-1 record gives him 39 wins all-time in ISC World Tournament play. Photo By BOB OTTO

The Telegram Sports
By Nicholas Mercer
Sept. 12, 2016

ST. JOHNS, NL – Seeing high-level fastpitch softball play out on a computer screen over a webcast doesn’t do the game justice.

Nor does it allow the average fan to appreciate just what goes into throwing the softball very hard at the plate.

When you’re watching the game 20-feet from the pitching rubber, it’s easy to see the webcast sells the act incredibly short.

A hush falls over the crowd as the pitcher takes his signs from the catcher. They’re counting on seeing something great with every pitch.

That sense of anticipation only heightens when the pitcher rocks back before leaping towards the plate and uncoiling a ball that travels at ungodly speeds.

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In The Spotlight: Kevin Castillo, USA National Team and ISC All-World player

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A's earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A’s earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Kevin Castillo had a successful 2016 fastpitch season, both with his Long Beach team, Those Guys, and the Vancouver BC Athletics, his club team that finished in the top tier at the ISC World Tournament in Moline, Illinois.

  • ISC performance earns Castillo high tournament honors:
  • He was selected a Second-Team, All-World infielder for helping the Athletics finish fourth in the 36-team field of the best club teams from the U.S. and Canada.

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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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    ISC Releases Promotional Video to Baseball Coaches

    Saturday, February 13th, 2016
    Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is reaching out to high-school and college baseball coaches across the United States with a new recruiting video to entice new players into men’s fastball.

    Featuring interviews with many of today’s fastball stars, including, Matt Palazzo, 2015 USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Athlete of the Year.

    This new video Invitation To Coaches is now available on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com as well as on the ISC Facebook page www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch.

    Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University, said:

    “I immediately fell in love with the game, especially from a baseball background. It’s faster paced, low scoring and tougher to hit …and I just fell in love with it right from day one.”

    Palazzo, who is a member of the U.S. men’s national team, plays for the New York Gremlins in ISC play. Continue Reading

    CANADA RALLIES OVER UNITED STATES IN PAN AM GAMES

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
    Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

    Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

    TORONTO – Josh Johnson belted a home run, Gerald Muizelaar and Tony Mancha were pitching superbly and the United States was on the brink of picking off one of the top teams in the world of men’s fastpitch softball.

    But it was not to be as Canada rallied for a 3-2 victory in eight innings, Monday, to improve to 2-0 in the Pan American Games, while the United States evens its record at 1-1.

      JOHNSON DELIVERS

    Team USA broke up a scoreless pitching duel between Canada’s Sean Cleary and Gerald Muizelaar when right-side slugging Josh Johnson homered over the right-field fence in the fourth inning.

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    USA Junior Men’s National (Fastpitch) Team Open Tryout In Midland, Mich.

    Thursday, June 25th, 2015
    Tyler Bouley taking his swings in the 2014 NAFA 23-Under championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Tyler Bouley was a member of the 2014 USA Junior Men’s National Team that finished fifth (7-4) in the World Softball Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo By BOB OTTO

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The ASA/USA Softball Jr. Men’s National Team will be competing in the 2016 WBSC World Championship in Midland, MI. The Amateur Softball Association of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., will hold an Open Jr. Men’s National Team (JMNT) tryout in 2015.

    “Learn how you or someone you know could possibly be a member of the team.”

    As the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball is responsible for selecting the players and coaches for the Jr. Men’s National Softball Team that will participate in the 2016 WBSC World Championship, July 7-16.

    ASA/USA Softball takes this important responsibility seriously and has invested its time and resources to create a fair and equitable tryout process.

      THE DETAILS
  • To apply please login or register an account and fill out an application. The deadline to apply is July 2, 2015.
  • The Open JMNT tryout will be held at Emerson Park in Midland, MI on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
  • The 2015 JMNT Selection Camp (invitation only) will be help at Emerson Park on July 25 – Wednesday July 29.
  • The top performers from the Open tryout on July 25 will be invited to participate in the 2015 JMNT Selection Camp on July 25-29.
  • The application fee is $50.00 if the applicant is registered with ASA and $65.00 if they are not.
  • Any male United States citizen born in 1997, 1998, 1999 or 2000 and can commit to the July 25-29, 2015 timeline period is eligible.
  • Please read the Eligibility Rules before filling out and submitting an application to make sure you qualify.

    14th ISF Men’s Softball World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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    SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA – Live streaming video broadcasts will be offered for all 65 games played over the 10 days of the 14th International Softball Federation World Men’s Softball Championship, June 26 to July 5.

    The broadcasts will be a joint venture between SportsCanada.TV and Ballpark Broadcasting. SportsCanada.TV will provide the video production for each game and Ballpark Broadcasting will provide the play by play and color commentary for 50 of the 65.

      WATCH GAMES LIVE!

    Click to subscribe to SportsCanada TV. Certainly can’t be the price – a bargain for fastpitch fans.

    USA men’s national fastpitch softball playing for championship in Canada

    Sunday, June 14th, 2015
    Gerald Muizelaar, a veteran on the USA National Men's Fastpitch Team, picked up the win over Cuba with five innings of work. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Gerald Muizelaar, a veteran on the USA National Men’s Fastpitch Team, is pitching the championship game of the 2015 Bellechasse International Fastball Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    St. Gervais, Quebec, CA – For fans of Team USA men’s fastpitch softball, the Bellechasse International Fastball Tournament championship game has just begun with Team USA facing the Scarborough Force.

    Gerald Muizelaar (1-0) is in the circle, taking on Andy Skelton (2-0), who came on in 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief to help the Force beat the New York Peligro Gremlins, 6-4, to reach the title game.

    You can follow Team USA in the title game on Game Live at: Team USA vs. Scarborough Force.

    Seattle Pay ‘N Pak men’s fastpitch softball reunion

    Friday, May 8th, 2015

    Courtesy of Jimmy Moore and Mark Crawford

      THE DETAILS
  • What: Pay ‘N Pak softball
  • When: Saturday, July 25
  • Where: Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA
  • Cost: $30 Per Person
  • The Seattle Pay ‘N Pak men’s fastpitch team is having a reunion, but the event is also open to players from other teams that Pay ‘N Pak competed against, said Jimmy Moore, who pitched for the team.

    “I am hoping to see friends from teams that played against us, whether local or not,” Moore said. “It would be great to see a carload or two of guys from Portland, Longview, Olympia, Yakima, Boise, Lynden, Mount Vernon, Victoria, Vancouver or Bremerton.”

    Moore adds that fans and family are also welcome. The banquet room at Tulalip Resort Casino can only hold about 100 people, so if you want to attend, please let Moore and Crawford know.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Jimmy Moore
    Mark Crawford