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USA pulls off another thrilling win, 4-3 in nine innings over Australia

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Midland Daily News
Fred Kelly /

Midland, Mich. – The United States’ final pool play game began over four hours late on Wednesday, but it sure was worth the wait.

Jonathan Broadbear’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave USA a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory over Australia for the Americans’ second dramatic win in front of a large crowd at Currie Stadium in as many nights at the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship.

A day after edging Czech Republic 3-2 at the stadium, USA came from behind twice against perennial power Australia in a game which was originally slated for 6 p.m. but which ended up starting after 10 p.m. after a mid-afternoon thunderstorm swept through Midland and pushed the day’s action behind schedule.

Two and a half hours and three ejections later, USA emerged with its hardest-fought victory of the tournament so far. Continue Reading

USA Softball Junior Men’s Fastpitch Program Seeking Players

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013


USA Softball is seeking players for the Junior Men’s National fastpitch team that will compete in the 10th International Softball Federation (ISF) World Tournament, July 7 to 20, 2014 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

With the first pitch 10 months away, USA Softball is busy recruiting players.

To be eligible, a player must be born between 1995 and 1998. If a player is invited, all expenses for airfare, housing and meals is provided.

To apply complete this form, USA Junior Men and submit it.

For more information, contact:
USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team

Four Minnesotans Representing Team USA In The ISF World Championship

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Watch an interview with four of the 17 players (age 19-under) who will represent the U.S. in the IX International Softball Federation Junior Men’s World Championship in Parana, Argentina, November 1-10.


MANKATO, MN – Coach Blake Meshke says, there is a reason it’s called fast pitch. Coach Meshke says, “Every pitch there is something going on.”

Some of Meshke’s players are so speedy, they will soon be competing for the International Softball Federation’s World Championship. Left fielder Spencer Yackel is one of the 17 athletes chosen across the U.S. to represent the Junior Men’s National Team. Yackel says, he never imaged he would play for the international championship.

In November his teammates will fly to Parana, Argentina to compete against 15 countries. Fastpitch pitcher, Brent Meshke says,

“Everybody is counting us. I mean we’ve worked hard to this point and going there will be a blast, but hopefully we come home with a medal.”

The reigning four-time champ to beat is Australia.

Team USA hopes to win its first ISF World Championship title. Brent says, “This is always been something I’ve wanted to accomplish and it’s just a huge part of my life.”

In addition to Yackel and Meshke, Jake Dalton of Lake Crystal, and Michael Lewis from Amboy are also members of the national team.

Coach Meshke says, “I never had a kid quit on me because they didn’t like the game.”

Almost a quarter of the USA team have played for coach Meshke. “I just wish more kids would give it a try.”

He says the speed of the game is what makes it fun.

A fast pitch can travel at a speed of 90 miles per hour. The only thing faster is the plane these players will fly in on their way to Argentina for the championship.

(A special thank you to Sheryl Meshke for informing us about the interview.)

For more information about the USA Softball Junior Men’s program visit USA Softball

Lyon at the helm

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

“(Fastpitch) is a great game and once they are exposed to it, young men and boys seem to get hooked and fall in love with the game.”
– Tim Lyon, Head Coach, Junior Men’s National Team

By BOB OTTO / Yucaipa, CA
(Originally published, Jan. 8, 2001, but still relevant today)

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USA JUNIOR MEN’S FASTPITCH – He won’t give you jaw flapping, arm waving dramatics. Nor will you see him impatiently stomp around in his coach’s box or leap from his seat in the dugout in torture when one of his players errors.

That’s just not Tim Lyon’s coaching style.

But what you will get from Lyon is organization and attention to detail. And an intense, but calm leadership in the heat of battle.

Lyon, the 41-year-old head coach of the USA Junior Men’s National Team, is seeking to bring home a World Championship to the USA.

John Becker, (former) head coach of the USA Men’s National Team, knows Lyon quite well. As his assistant coach, Lyon was Becker’s organizational right-hand man during the 2000 ISF World Championship.

“His strongest strengths as a leader are definitely his organizational skills,” said Becker. “He is precise, he leaves very little to chance and his teams are well prepared…

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USA Junior Men’s fast-pitch softball hosting mini camp and clinic

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

ROLLA, MO – The USA Softball Junior Men’s National team coaching staff will be hosting a two day mini camp and clinic before the start of the ASA Boys (fastpitch) National Tournament in Rolla, Missouri.

This camp and clinic will be the start of the evaluation process for the 2012 USA Junior Men’s (fastpitch) National team, which will compete in the 2012 International Softball Federation World Championships in Parana, Argentina.

The camp will be on Wednesday and Thursday (August 4-5) from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To be eligible, athletes wishing to participate should be born in the years 1993 through 1996. However, pitchers of any age can attend the morning pitching sessions; please contact Head Coach, Timothy Lyon, if you would like to attend as a pitcher.

  • No softball experience is necessary.
  • Training will begin in 2010. All expenses are paid for those players invited to participate.
  • Please click here to fill out the information form

    For more information, please contact USA Junior Men’s Head Coach, Timothy Lyon.

    Head Coach
    USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team
    timlyon (at)