April 21, 2014

New GB Men’s Fastpitch Team Head Coach appointed

Great Britain head coach Russ Snow steps down (photo courtesy of Russ's facebook page, click to enlarge)

Great Britain head coach Russ Snow steps down (photo courtesy of Russ’s facebook page, click to enlarge)

Editor’s note: A job well done, Russ. As a player, as a coach, the same approach. Hard work, and nothing less than winning would suffice, a message still echoed in the letter to his team below. Russ and I were teammates on the Vista Rangers in 1989 at our first ISC World Tournament, and on the Vista Bombers, circa 1990 through 1993, where he helped pitch the Bombers to 1991 ASA A runner-up finish among 67 teams at Boulder, Colorado. A good hitting pitcher that was hard to keep out of the lineup, whether pitching or not. Mad skilz with a fishing pole too.

Russ Snow steps down, Norman Ames takes the reins of GB

Russ Snow, the most successful Head Coach in the history of the GB Men’s Fastpitch Team, has stepped down from the position and will be replaced by one of his former Assistant Coaches, Norman Ames, who lives and coaches in the Netherlands.

Russ took over the GB Men’s Team in 2005 and led them to three third-place finishes in European Championships and qualification for two World Championships, where the team finished eighth and ninth.

A former world class pitcher and the only person to coach both the GB Men’s and Women’s Teams, Russ has also been a consistent performer over the years with the Meteors Men’s Fastpitch Team, leading them to a European Championship in 1996 with his pitching and batting, and to numerous successes at the annual Zeisterslot Tournament in Holland.

Russ, who lives for most of the year in California, will be inducted into the BSF Hall of Fame at the AGM on 22 February in Manchester and has also received a Zeister Slot Hall of Fame award.

Russ’s legacy in British softball is likely to be carried on by his daughter Alana, who was a star performer for the GB Under-16s at European Championships in 2013.

New coach

Norman Ames, who was an Assistant Coach for Russ Snow and the GB Men in 2008, brings a considerable softball background to the post.

After moving from baseball to fastpitch softball in the 1990s, Norman played in the top Dutch League for EHS Haarlem until 2004.

He then took over as Head Coach at the club from 2004-2010, winning two national championships, and moved on to become the Head Coach at DVH Amstelveen for the past two seasons, winning the national championship in 2013.

Norman, who works in the global events business, was an Assistant Coach for the Dutch Men’s Fastpitch Team in 2005 and was a member of Russ Snow’s coaching staff in 2008, when the team qualified for the 2009 World Championships.

“It feels great to be back,” Norman said, “and to be part of the GB quest for gold. I feel it will be a privilege to work with this great group of guys. We have a lot of talent in this team and I look forward to building on the strong foundation that Russ Snow and Steve Fullan managed to create over the last few years.

“In my coaching career, I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to work with players from all over the world,” Norman added. “Creating a successful team from several nationalities has been a challenge from which I personally get a huge energy boost.”

Letter to the team

After stepping down from his position as GB Men’s Team Head Coach, Russ Snow sent the following letter to the team members that he coached at the World Championships in New Zealand last March:

Dear Team,

Happy New Year! Hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since we played in New Zealand.

The ISF has changed its Championship schedule. The next World competition will be held in Saskatoon in 2015. After the next Worlds, the competition will be open to any national team that wants to compete, and will be played every two years. I’m unsure how that will affect GB, but for this next competition, the usual qualification will take place, with the top three teams from Europe getting the berths.

That means we must play our way in once again. The European teams are getting tougher every year and we have a small pool of players, so we need everyone to play at their best.

With this in mind, after talking with Steve [Fullan] and Stan [Doney], I am stepping down as the GB Head Coach. It’s time for some new blood and some new ideas for this team. I read once that a Head Coach has about seven years’ shelf life before the players no longer hear the message that he is trying to get across. We didn’t achieve the round of playoffs this past year at the Worlds, the goal that we set for ourselves. That responsibility falls on me. It was my job to get the best out of all our players, to manage and make decisions. No one was more disappointed when we failed to advance. Our team has a good nucleus, and with further development and a bit of luck we will challenge for those top four spots. While no one has been selected yet, the new coach will inherit a great bunch of athletes who leave it all out on the field for each other.

I thank you for all the hard work that you have put in, and the opportunity to lead you. I’m most proud of our ability to gel quickly, despite not having the same players, and limited time to train. We always got a lot done in a short time. I know that will be a continuing hallmark of GB going forward. I’m confident that you’ll continue the run of GB teams making their mark on the Europeans and the Worlds.

Hopefully I’ll get the chance to watch somewhere down the road…. GO GB!

All the best in softball,
Russ Snow

Nice salute to Russ Snow on Facebook from David Bell (Las Vegas Hitmen)

Congratulations to my friend, rival, and teammate Russ Snow on his induction to the Great Britain Softball Hall of Fame after being their most successful coach in the country’s history. Russ taught me the change-up, however I never threw it like he did. A tough lefty to face, always seemed to find the exact spot that I couldn’t pull the trigger on. CHEERS SNOWY!!!

USA Softball names athletes to the 2014 USA Softball Mens Fast Pitch National Team

By Steve Embree/USA Softball
Cap tip: Kyle Smith

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Click logo for details at the official Team USA webpage

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ten athletes have been named to the 2014 USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. An additional seven athletes plus alternates will be named to the squad in August following the conclusion of the National Team Selection Camp in early August. The USA Men’s Fast Pitch National Team will compete at the IX Pan American Games/International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship qualifier event in Parana, Argentina, October 19 – November 3.

2014 USA Softball Men’s National Team
(Core Group)
*Additional athletes plus alternates will be named to the roster in August.

No. Name Position Hometown B/T
Frank DeGroat Jr. C Ringwood, N.J.
Lucas Goring OF Minneapolis, Minn
Josh Johnson P El Paso, Texas
Tony Mancha P Las Cruces, NM
Chris Miljavic OF Easton, Mo.
Nick Mullins INF Toms River, N.J.
Matt Palazzo INF Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Bobby Rosthenhausler C Tucson, Ariz.
Pat Sadgal OF Richland, Wash.
Derrick Zechman INF Watsontown, Pa.

Head Coach
Denny Bruckert, Gillespie, Ill.

Assistant Coaches
Greg Hicks, Bakersfield, Calif.
Gregg Leather, Staten Island, NY
Nick McCurry, Ashland, Ohio
Avon Meacham, Upper Marlboro, MD

Click here to see the 10 athletes named to the roster

All 10 athletes named to the roster competed with the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team at an international event in Altamonte Springs, Fla. in January. The remaining seven athletes plus alternates will be named to the roster on August 8, following the ASA/USA Softball Men’s National Team selection camp which will be held in South Bend, Ind. following the ASA Men’s Major National Championship July 31 – August 3. Invitations to the selection camp will be issued in early July.

In addition to the IX Pan American Games qualifier, the 2014 USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team will compete in a Labor Day tournament in Elkland, Pa. August 29 – September 1 as well as attend a training event September 26 – 28 in preparation for Octobers qualifying tournament.

For more information on the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team and to follow their events throughout the year, visit www.USASoftball.com.

Matt Palazzo Named 2013 USA Softball Player of the Year

2013 USA Softball Player of the Year Matt Palazzo (photo courtesy USA Softball, click to enlarge)

2013 USA Softball Player of the Year Matt Palazzo (photo courtesy USA Softball, click to enlarge)

ASA USA Softball announces 2013 USA Softball Athletes of the Year

BY STEVEN EMBREE

OKLAHOMA CITY – Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) was selected as the USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Athlete of the Year while Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) has been named the 2013 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.

Power hitter Palazzo led the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team in hitting at the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships to earn the USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Player of the Year title. Palazzo was successful in 10 of his 18 at-bats during the World Championships to amass a .556 batting average. He totaled 10 runs, four doubles, and four home runs as well as eight RBI in the event.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized as the USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Player of the Year,” said Palazzo. “ASA/USA Softball does a great job of promoting our sport and I appreciate the confidence they haveve shown in me to invite me to participate on the National Team over the past few years. There’s nothing like representing your country in the sport that you love.”

On the women’s side, in her third year with the USA Softball Women’s National Team, infielder Arioto showed why she’s considered one of the best in the game. The 24-year-old saw action in 22 games and helped lead Team USA to Silver in the General Tire World Cup of Softball, a Bronze at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International and Gold at the Pan-American Games/World Championship qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico this past summer.

“This is such a humbling honor to be named the USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year,” said Arioto. “The knowledge I have accumulated from working with the USA Softball staff and my teammates has been a blessing and they have made me better!”

The Cal-Berkeley alum batted .404 on the year with five home runs, 23 RBI and 18 runs scored. She compiled an astonishing .606 on-base percentage and an .830 slugging percentage.

In the field, Arioto recorded just one error in her 22 outings. The slugger also saw time in the pitching circle where she went 2-0 and allowed just two runs on eight hits in 11.2 innings for a 1.24 ERA.

Visit www.usasoftball.com for updates on all USA Softball National Team programs throughout the 2014 season.
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USA Men’s Fast Pitch National Team finishes 1-1 in bracket play at ISGU International

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The USA Men’s Fast Pitch National Team entered bracket play at the ISGU International as the number one overall seed but finished 1-1 in the single-elimination format. In their first game of the day, a walk-off, three-run homer from Matt Ratliff (Sandy, Utah) sealed the win for the Americans but the pitching of Australian Adam Folkard, whose widely considered the top pitcher in the world, proved too much in game two as Team USA fell to Sureno Soy 1-0.

Click here for complete box scores and photos from the ISGU International

USA 5, Venezolanos 3

The USA Men jumped on Venezolanos early via a Chris Miljavac (Easton, Mo.) home run in the first and a Bobby Rosthenhausler (Tucson, Ariz.) RBI single that scored Nick Mullins (Toms River, NJ) in the second but the scoring stalled for the next four innings.

Josh Johnson (El Paso, Texas) earned the start in the circle for Team USA and held Venezolanos scoreless through the first four innings until three singles and a double resulted in three runs in the top of the fifth to give the South American team a 3-2 lead. The score held into the seventh and the Americans found themselves one out away from an opening game loss. Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.) led off the at-bat with a double and Venezolanos chose to intentionally walk Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) three batters later. With two outs and two on, trailing by one, Ratliff pinch hit and came up huge for Team USA as he connected sending a long fly ball over the fence for the walk-off victory.

Johnson finished the game with 13 strikeouts, giving up three earned runs on seven total hits.

Sureno Soy 1, USA 0

In their second game, Team USA found themselves squaring off with a team that had defeated them 5-0 just one day earlier. Sureno Soy, led by Folkard, scored one run early and it proved to be enough as they defeated the USA 1-0. A single in the first at-bat of the game was the only hit that USA pitcher Tony Mancha (Las Cruces, NM) gave up in the game but a fielding error two batters later scored the sole run of the game for Sureno Soy.

Sadgal lead the way offensively for Team USA going two-for-four with a pair of singles but the Americans struggled to bring runners home throughout the game as they stranded seven on base.

Mancha finished the game with eight strikeouts, allowing just the one unearned run on one Sureno Soy hit.

The loss ends the tournament for Team USA who finishes 6-2 on the week. Next up for the team will be the announcement of the 17-man roster later in the year, prior to the team traveling to Parana, Argentina in October for an International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier. Please visit www.USASoftball.com throughout the year for updates on the USA Men’s Fast Pitch National Team.

2014 New Zealand Junior Black Sox team announced

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From Softball New Zealand:
The 2014 Junior Black Sox team was announced at the just completed U19 Boys National Championships. Coach Thomas Makea, Asst Coach Jarrad Martin, and Manager Wayne Small were present to name the 17 players who will contest the World Championships in Canada in July. The team is (in alphabetical order):

Tiwana Aranui Hawkes Bay
Bradley Bennett Auckland
Te Kahui Bishop Wellington
Luke Bowers Nelson
Eruera Drage Auckland
Callum Elson Auckland
Cole Evans Auckland
Vincent Harris Waikato
Lewis Gerrard Auckland
Ethan Johnston Canterbury
Dante Matakatea Wellington
Fraser McClaren Wellington
Conor Peden North Harbour
Blake Radford North Harbour
Maddix Rice Auckland
Nopera Stockford Canterbury
Jackson Watt Canterbury

Congratulations to all the players who made the team. The team will play in the Dean Schick in February, and then head to Vancouver at the end of June for warm up games before the World Championships start in July.

USA Men’s Fast Pitch National Team earns No. 1 seed in bracket play at ISGU Tournament

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Information courtesy of ASA’s Steven Embree
ORLANDO, Fla. – The USA Men’s Fast Pitch National Team took two-of-three on Friday at the ISGU International Fast Pitch Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Team USA fell in their first game of the day to Sureno Soy 5-0 but bounced back to get back-to-back wins over Team X Panama (3-1) and Positive Brothers (12-0, 5 innings). The two wins closed out pool play for the Americans as they locked up the No. 1 overall seed entering the single-elimination bracket play portion of the tournament. Team USA must now wait to see who they will face at 3 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, they play the winner of a 9 a.m. contest between the ninth seed and 24th seed.

Click here for complete box scores and photos from the ISGU International

Sureno Soy 5, USA 0

In game one, Team USA surrendered their first runs of the tournament when Sureno Soy scored two in the first inning and three in the second off of pitcher Terry Luster (Bunceton, Mo.). On the offensive side, the American bats struggled to get much going as well. Frank DeGroat Jr. (Ringwood, NJ) recorded the only USA hit of the game, a single in the second inning.

B.J. Hunhoff (Sioux Falls, SD) entered in relief of Luster midway through the second and got Team USA out of the inning. Hunhoff returned to pitch in the third before Sean Kelly (Albion, Mich.) came in to close out the final two innings of the game. With Sureno Soy leading 5-0, the one hour and thirty minute time limit expired following the fifth inning and Team USA found themselves on the losing end for the first time in the tournament.

USA 3, X Panama 1

The Americans bounced back in their second game of the day. Pitcher Tony Mancha (Las Cruces, NM) earned the start and the New Mexico product delivered going six complete innings while allowing just one run on three hits and striking out 14 X Panama batters.

Team USA struggled to get much going offensively through two innings but a two-run Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) homer in the top of the third proved to be enough. A passed ball later in the at-bat scored Jonathan Lynch (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) to give the USA a three-run advantage.

Mancha kept X Panama scoreless through five innings of the game before surrendering a one-run home run to start the six and final inning. The solo shot proved meaningless as Mancha struck out three to end the inning and the game.

USA 12, Positive Brothers 0 (5 Innings)

In their final game of the day, Team USA face a Positive Brothers team out of the D.C. area. Garrett Hone (Draper, Utah) started in the circle for the Americans and threw four innings of no-hit ball before Sean Kelly entered in the fifth and final inning to complete the combo no-hitter. The duo combined to strikeout eight of the 16 batters they faced and allowed just one base runner in the game.

From the plate, Team USA went 9-for-23 for a .391 average that included 10 RBI. Matt Ratliff (Sandy, Utah) led the way going 2-for-3 with a single and a triple. The centerfielder recorded two RBI and two runs in the contest. Palazzo also connected on his second home run of the day, this a solo shot in the second inning.

With the win, the USA Men move on to the bracketed portion of the four-day tournament on Saturday. The Americans earned the No. 1 overall seed in the single-elimination bracket. With a win in their 3 p.m. contest, they will move on to play at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Please visit www.USAsoftball.com to follow live stats and see photos from all of USA’s games at the ISGU International Tournament.

Preparations underway for 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto

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Building Durham’s field of dreams
By Sabrina Byrnes / Metroland
AJAX — Construction has begun on the ball diamonds at the Ajax Sportsplex, transforming the fields to international baseball/softball standards in preparation for the 2015 Pan Am Games.

This is the second part of an ongoing series looking into the prep work being put into the Pan Am Toronto 2015 Games.?

DURHAM — In Ajax, the municipality is living by the motto, “If you build it, they will come.”

With the Pan Am Toronto 2015 Games 17 short months away, work is ongoing at the President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark (Audley Sportsplex). Two soccer fields have been converted into a baseball diamond and an adjacent diamond will be rebuilt with new sod and clay to meet the most up-to-date International Baseball Federation standards. Ajax’s four “pinwheel” fields will host softball training and competitions and will also receive upgrades to meet International Softball Federation requirements.

“There’s a huge international sporting standard that we have to comply with,” said Marilou Murray, one of the Ajax co-chairwomen of the Pan Am Games. “There’s some incredible infrastructure being built.”

Despite the snow and cold, drainage and concrete work is being completed on the diamonds. Work will continue throughout the winter so the fields are finished and ready to test this summer.

Baseball Canada will host a high-level tournament on the Labour Day weekend. There is also a potential softball tournament that has yet to be confirmed. Both events will help organizers tweak the fields and the maintenance so everything is perfect when the Pan Am Toronto 2015 Games start on July 10, 2015.

“A lot of the world’s best (players) are going to be here,” said Tracey Vaughn, the other Ajax co-chairwoman of the Pan Am Games.

The price tag associated with these diamond upgrades comes in at about $9 million. The federal government is putting $5 million towards the project while Ajax is spending $4 million.

Two soccer pitches were sacrificed in order to build the world-class baseball diamond, complete with artificial turf. The original plan was to tear down the diamond and convert it back to soccer pitches when the Games were finished. However, officials have decided to leave the baseball diamond in place and instead convert the community centre fields to artificial turf.

Local soccer organizations will feel the pinch this summer but they have been understanding, noted Ms. Vaughn.

“The local sports groups here have been very good,” she said.

While construction continues in Ajax, in Oshawa very little needs to be done from an infrastructure point of view. The city plays host to weightlifting and boxing at the General Motors Centre. In Whitby, the Abilities Centre will host boccia and judo at the Parapan Am Games that commence on Aug. 7.

Leo Plue, the executive director at the Abilities Centre, said from a structural standpoint the facility is good, nothing needs to be added. It was part of the original bid for the Games and recently won an International Award of Distinction for Sports Facilities.

“Toronto 2015 promoted this building as being the most accessible building in the world,” he said. “The idea of the centre was to act as a model for the rest of the world.”

Up next: We examine some of the sports being played here in Durham during the Pan Am Toronto 2015 Games

Hopkins leading USA Jr. Men to softball championships at Whitehorse

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WARRENSBURG – Collin Hopkins said he doesn’t know if his friends would believe him if he told them he was one of the best softball players in the United States.

Maybe they will if he sends a postcard from Canada.

The Warrensburg-Latham senior, who wowed opposing Okaw Valley Conference hitters in baseball this past spring, has another talent up his jersey — fastpitch softball pitching.

And Hopkins not only can do it well, his talent landed him on the 2014 Junior Men’s National Team that will travel to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada this summer to compete for a world championship.

And it’s been a curious and very long trip to get there.

Hopkins isn’t new to fastpitch softball by any means — by now it’s a long-standing family tradition. His grandfather coached and his father, Mike, was elected to the Illinois Hall of Fame for his abilities as a third baseman and a catcher. Collin was there nearly every step of the way across Illinois and beyond to soak in the atmosphere of the softball field.

“I basically grew up at the field, watching him and my grandpa, too,” Collin said. “I just followed him and my dad around.”

Now it’s a little surreal to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

“Yeah, because me and my friends always played on the bases after the game, and now I actually get to play in the game.”

Collin Hopkins, USA Jr. Men (Photo by Herald Review, click to enlarge)

Collin Hopkins, USA Jr. Men (click to enlarge)

Spending enough time around the diamond paid off. Former Decatur Pride team manager Scott Standerfer saw Collin, envisioned him a pitcher and started molding him into a dominant starter.

“He’s the one that basically got Collin the opportunity and got his foot in the door,” Mike said. “He came to pitch with us that summer, and him and Collin hit it off and started pitching.”

Even with the Hall of Fame credentials, Mike, a shortstop/third baseman/catcher, couldn’t quite teach the nuances of pitching well enough to get Collin a spot on the Junior National team. And that’s where the Hopkins started getting creative.

Through some connections, Collin and Mike found a pitching coach in California, Gary Mulligan, and started a collaboration in 2010. Every month Collin would videotape himself playing, send a 10-minute segment to Mulligan and wait for the critique.

“It was pretty stressful,” Collin said. “My first video was pretty nerve-wracking because I had never made a video before. It took me about a few videos until where I started to notice a difference.”

The lack of a coach didn’t deter his dedication. When he wasn’t at the Medalist Athletic Center in Warrensburg, Collin took an hour or so out in the garage to make his practice a daily routine. Early on, Collin said the toughest part was finding accuracy.

“The release point really,” Collin said. “I’m a baseball pitcher, too, and it’s basically just the release point that’s the toughest part. I can’t tell you how many times I tossed it 20 feet over the backstop. Now, I don’t need that at all.”

In between sending in video segments, there were tryouts that slowly whittled down the national team’s prospects. One by one, Collin passed each checkpoint during the last couple of years. Finally, after two long years of wondering if all that work would translate into a spot on the national team, he got the call saying he made one of the 17 roster spots.

Still, even if it hadn’t worked out, softball has become a way for Collin and Mike to bond.

“Words can’t express it,” Mike said. “I’m a catcher, so to play on the same field and be a catcher, and being able to catch him for those last few years of Decatur Pride was really special. My dad always coached, and I always played.”

“It’s basically a little cool club that we all have,” Collin added. “That’s the one thing that we share. And my little brother Parker, he’s 11, and he tries to pitch too.”

Coaching him as well?

“I try to, but you know brothers. You can’t tell them what to do,” Collin said.”

Now, after a two-year long tryout session, there’s still a little more waiting left to do. The national team will get together in late June for about a week to train before heading off to Whitehorse from July 11-20 to play teams from Europe, South America, Asia and Australia for the X International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship (Under-19).

And if anyone still doesn’t quite believe Collin’s accomplishments, he has the jersey with USA plastered across it for proof.

“It was something, I don’t how to describe it,” Collin said of making the team. “It was stressful not knowing for two years. But it feels great now, especially getting to wear those three letters across my chest.”

USA Softball names 2014 Junior Men’s National Team roster for ISF World Championships

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball announced today the final roster for the 2014 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team. The 17-member team will travel to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada in July to compete in the X International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championships (Under-19).

“We’ve assembled a great group of young men to represent the United States in the World Championships,” said Head Coach Tim Lyon. “We’re coming off of one of our best finishes at a World Championships in 2012 and we expect to build off of that momentum and perform very well in Whitehorse.”

Seventeen players, plus two alternates, will come together in Midland, Mich. June 13-18 for training and exhibition games before hitting the road for a a warm-up tour June 30-July 6 that will see games played in California, Oregon and Washington. Following the tour, the team will head to Whitehorse for the 10-day ISF World Championship.

The 17 athletes, plus two alternates, who have been selected to the 2014 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team are:

Faron Apauty Jr. (Anadarko, Okla.)
Ryan Barnes (Lehi, Utah)
Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.)
Daniel Centeno Jr. (Salem, Utah)
Zane Chason (Grand Ridge. Fla.)
Bryce DuCharme (Hudson, Mich.)
Peyton Hall (Chien, Wis.)
Collin Hopkins (Decatur, Ill.)
Aaron Madrid (Stockton, Calif.)
Blaine Milhelm (Eaton Rapids, Mich.)
Taylor Neilson (Lehi, Utah)
Ryan Nessler (NorthMankato, Minn.)
James (Jimbo) Pernetti (Ceres, Calif.)
Tristan Sensenig (Denver, Pa.)
Tyler Stoffel (North Mankato, Minn.)
Cody Valeros (Stockton, Calif.)
Phillip Zimmerman (New Holland, Pa.)

Alternates:
Carson Criner (Stockton, Calif.)
Justin Perez (North East, Pa.)

The X ISF Junior Men’s World Championship is scheduled for July 11-20. Argentina is the defending World Champion having defeated Japan 5-0 in the finals of the 2012 event. The USA Junior Men’s National Team finished the 2012 event in fifth place with a 5-3 record. Team USA is coached by Tim Lyon, Scott Standerfer and Gary Mullica

Softball Canada Announces 2014 Senior Men’s National Team Athlete Pool

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(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada is pleased to announce the list of athletes who have been selected to the 2014 Senior Men’s National Team Athlete Pool. In 2014, the Senior Men’s National Team will compete at the Pan American Championship which will take place from October 25 to November 2, 2014 in Parana, Argentina.

The Pan American Championship will serve as a qualifier for the 2015 International Softball Federation (ISF) XIV Men’s World Championship which will be held June 26 to July 5, 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and also for the 2015 Pan American Games that will take place the following week in Toronto, Ontario. Canada is the defending champion of the Pan American Championship, having defeated Venezuela 4-1 to win the Gold medal at the previous event held in Colombia in 2012. “The Senior Men’s National Team coaching staff are excited about our 40-man athlete pool” said Men’s National Team Head Coach Don Bates. “Offensively, we have a good mix of speed, power, and on-base percentage. Defensively we are solid in the infield, outfield, behind the plate, and in the pitcher’s circle. We have a number of young talented players who we feel will be challenging for starting positions.” The athletes who have been selected to the 2014 Canadian Senior Men’s National Team Athlete Pool are:

First Name Last Name Hometown Province

Bryan Abrey Richmond BC
Donnelly Archibald Antigonish NS
Brian Banner Sooke BC
Ryan Boland St. John’s NL
Shane Boland Goulds NL
Sean Cleary Harbour Main NL
Justin Dauvin Bruno SK
Jeff Ellswortjh St. Lawrence PEI
Trevor Ethier Saskatoon SK
Blari Ezekiel Harbour Main NL
Brad Ezekiel Harbour Main NL
Jeff Farion Saskatoon SK
Ian Fehrman Townsend ON
Ryan French Kitchener ON
Justin Gill St. John’s NL
Matt Greer Shawville QC
Mitch Hardy Alberton PEI
Jason Hill St. John’s NL
Adam Hiller Elmira ON
Brandon Horn Waterloo ON
Blake Hunter Nanaimo BC
Mark Johnson Glencoe ON
Paul Koert Brooklin ON
Rowan Lam Glencoe ON
Scott Lieph Sooke BC
Derek Mayson North Vancouver BC
Devon McCullough Saskatoon SK
Dan Mitchell Paris ON
Steve Mullaley Freshwater NL
Brennan Pokoyoway Saskatoon SK
Mathieu Roy St-Gervais QC
Jason Sanford Durham NS
Kevin Schellenberg Squamish BC
Justin Schofield Wolfville NS
Don Scott Stratford ON
Andy Skelton Scarborough ON
Kris Walushka Victoria BC
Sean Whitten Calgary AB
Ben Wideman Elmira ON
Ryan Wolfe Melbourne ON

The coaching staff reserves the right to add or remove athletes from this list at any time.
Coaching Staff

Head Coach Don Bates (Saskatoon, SK)
Assistant Coach Les Howey (Conception Bay, NL)
Assistant Coach John Stuart (Vancouver, BC)
Assistant Coach TBD
Manager – National Teams Mike Branchaud (Ottawa, ON)

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For more information, please contact:
Gilles LeBlanc Manager – Marketing and Communications Softball Canada (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 gleblanc@softball.ca

Editor’s Note:

Here is the same list, re-arranged by Province:

First Name Last Name Hometown Province

ALBERTA(1)
Sean Whitten Calgary AB

BRITISH COLUMBIA(7)
Bryan Abrey Richmond BC
Brian Banner Sooke BC
Blake Hunter Nanaimo BC
Scott Lieph Sooke BC
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Rowan Lam Glencoe ON
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Don Scott Stratford ON
Andy Skelton Scarborough ON
Ben Wideman Elmira ON
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