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Love and Fastpitch Bring Kiwi Pitcher to Minnesota

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

080813-Jamieson.Michael62lr New Zealand native Michael Jamieson pitching in the 2013 NAFA World Series for the (Wisconsin) Bar On The Avenue Appleton Buzz. He will soon be bringing his pitching talent to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo By BOB OTTO

PARAPARAUMU, NEW ZEALAND – On June 2nd a plane from New Zealand will land at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport carrying fastpitch softball pitcher Michael Jamieson. He’s coming to Minnesota for two reasons: love and fastpitch softball.

Now that surely has his girlfriend Natalie Bertucci excited and thrilled. But learning of a Kiwi pitcher moving to Minnesota most likely has fastpitch managers a bit thrilled, too.

And asking: “I wonder if Michael needs a team to pitch for?”

That’s still up in the air. But pitchers with talent are hot commodities in a sport so desperately lacking. Especially a Kiwi only 24 years old, but who has been playing fastpitch since he was eight.

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West St. Paul men’s fastpitch league thriving in Minnesota

Monday, July 30th, 2012

An overview of the West St. Paul Sports Center where 12 men’s teams are still able to play fastpitch softball.

WEST ST. PAUL, MN – Give us a place to play during the week.

That’s a plea that many men’s fastpitch players and teams champion throughout the U.S. But finding a city league that offers weeknight games has become difficult throughout the U.S. as the men’s game has fallen off over the past two decades.

But not so in West St. Paul.

The city that borders the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis has offered a city league, well, as long as any of the current crop of players can remember. And this year is no exception.

The West St. Paul League has 12 teams competing – from the “A” classified Minnesota Angels (ISC and ASA Major team) to several “B” and “C” ranked teams.

During the course of the season, which runs from April to August, the teams crossover and play each other.

Scott Emerson plays for the Blvd team, a C-team managed by Mike Fink. He’s a Wisconsin native who has played in his share of leagues. He likes what West St. Paul has to offer.

“The WSP is a 12 team league that is split up into two divisions,” he said. “There’s six B and higher teams and six C teams. I have played in Wisconsin and Minnesota and I would say this is the most competitive league I have played in. All of the teams are tough.”

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The Olson’s carry on family fastpitch tradition

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The Grantsburg Lumber team of Grantsburg, Wisc. consisted of the eight Olson brothers, and this photo taken in the early 1970s was after they won a men’s fastpitch tournament; possibly in Stillwater, Minn. Front row from left, Jim Olson, Marvin Olson, Rich Olson and Dean Tyberg. Second row from left, Bob Gustafson (cousin), Mike Herrick, Jerry Olson, Donnie Olson, Chris Olson and Darrell Olson. Photo, courtesy of Troy Olson.

CUSHING, WI – In Cushing and Grantsburg, Wisconsin, and into Minnesota, when softball fans fan the flames of “remember when,” the Olson name frequently pops up.

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The Twin Cities and Minnesota fastpitch scene

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The Jordan Realty men’s fastpitch softball team of the Minnesota Twin Cities area has won NAFA Masters Over-40 championships and ASA Masters state tournaments.
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ST. PAUL and MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Kevin Kammueller’s loyalty lies with Jordan Realty and the Minnesota Angels men’s fastpitch softball teams. But when his ball clubs have the weekend off, the right-hander’s phone starts ringing.

“On any given weekend, I can be found playing with any team that needs a pitcher,” said the 44-year-old Kammueller, who began playing fastpitch in his mid-20s. “One of the many jokes about me is that I have a hat from every team in the state.”

And with all those tournaments and all those games, Kammueller has forged an impressive pitching resume.

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