OKLAHOMA CITY Ė The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today the final roster for the 2012 USA Softball Junior Menís National Team. The 17-member team will hit the road in November when they travel to Parana, Argentina to compete in the IX International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Menís World Championships (Under-19).
ďWeíre very excited about this group of young men,Ē said Head Coach Tim Lyon. ďWe feel this is the best Junior Menís team that weíve put together and weíre really looking forward to the opportunity to go to Parana and compete for the World Championship.Ē
Twenty-one young men from across the United States traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah in June and Midland, Mich. in July to participate in selection camps hoping to earn their way onto the final Junior Menís roster. The 17 athletes who have been selected to the 2012 USA Softball Junior Menís National Team are the following:
Jerlin Rutt (Bernville, Pa)
Zach Lach (Frankenuth, Mich.)
Austin Tuttle (Payson, Utah)
Dakota Wells (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Jonathan Lynch (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Jake Dalton (Lake Crystal, Minn.)
Junior Centeno (Salem, Utah)
Tyler Johnson (Union, Mo.)
Justin Wurtz (New Haven, Mo.)
Dylan Elmer (Machesney Park, Ill.)
Michael Lewis (Amboy Minn.)
Nick Serrato (Corona, Calif.)
Jack Rutt (Ephrata, Pa.)
Spencer Yackel (Lake Crystal, Minn.)
Mauro Olivarria (San Diego, Calif.)
Brent Meshke (Lake Crystal, Minn.)
Addison Beutler (West Valley, Utah)
The IX ISF Junior Menís World Championship is scheduled for November 1-10. Fifteen countries including, Argentina, Australia, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, USA and Venezuela, will compete in the tournament, the most to ever in a Junior Menís. Australia is the reigning four time defending champions, having defeated Canada 2-1 in eight innings in 2008. The USA Junior Menís National Team will be looking for their first ISF World Championship title.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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