USA Futures Team to compete in Men's Fastpitch Invitational Tournament

Feb. 09, 2019, 11:45 a.m. (ET)

Valley Center, Calif. — The USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) program continues development efforts as athletes will represent the Red, White and Blue on the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Futures Team roster at the 2019 USA Softball Men’s Major/Open Fastpitch Invitational tournament in Valley Center, Calif. 

Sanctioned by USA Softball of Northern California, more than half of the 14 athletes selected to the team have previous experience with USA Softball on either the MNT, Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT), have participated at a JMNT Exposure Camp, the USA Softball Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship or the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

The Futures Team will open the tournament today with an 11 a.m. PT contest against Cali Redz followed by a 1 p.m. PT game against Wagon Burners.  A 5 p.m. PT matchup against Budmen Fastpitch closes out pool play for the Futures. Sunday’s schedule will be determined by seeding following today’s results.

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Athletes selected to the tournament roster include Ryan Barnes, Jenner Christiansen, Matt Christiansen, Tyler Dudley, Dalton Gray, Jon Gwizdala, Brad Kilpatrick, Chayton Lloyd, Nick Mullins, Chris Norris, Jason Obregon Jr., Jason Obregon Sr., Ethan Rodriguez and Mingo Varela.

Christiansen, Dudley, Gwizdala and Mullins most recently were named to the 2019 MNT roster while Gray, Lloyd, Obregon Jr. and Rodriguez competed on the 2018 JMNT roster that competed at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World Championship.  Norris and Barnes are also alumni of the JMNT program, having played on the 2008 and 2014 rosters, respectively.

The USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Futures Team provides athletes in the United States with an opportunity to represent USA Softball while bridging the gap of opportunities between the Junior Men’s and Men’s National Team programs.  In addition to competing in high-level events, the Futures Team allows for members of the U.S. coaching staff to develop and evaluate a pool of athletes for the MNT roster.

Bob Piddock will lead the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Futures Team at this tournament, with Bill Kunkel serving as the assistant coach.

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USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations, and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 120,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

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