USA Softball Men's Futures set to participate in ISC Winter-Invitational

Jan. 16, 2020, 3:19 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Joining the pool of teams at the inaugural International Softball Congress (ISC) Winter-Invitational taking place in Kissimmee, Fla. from January 23-25 is the USA Softball Men’s Futures Team. Held at the Fortune Road Complex (2500 Fortune Rd), the Men’s Futures Team in addition to 11 other teams are set to begin competition Thursday, Jan. 23, with USA set to take the field at 4 p.m. ET.

 

“We’re excited for the Winter tournament and the opportunity to bring together some of our brightest young players,” said Men’s National Team Head Coach, Ron Hackett. “The competition will be a nice mix of teams that will challenge them as they continue their own personal journeys in our game.”

 

Tyler Albert (Montoursville, Pa.), Dante Biagini (San Francisco, Calif.), Dalton Gray (South Jordan, Utah), Adrian Leal (South Houston, Texas), Blaine Milheim (Eaton Rapids, Mich.), Jimbo Pernetti (Ceres, Calif.), Brogan Poll (South Weber, Utah), Branden Rutt (Robesonia, Pa.), Dusten Rutt (Ephrata, Pa.), Grant Ray Sailors (Wabash, Ind.), Zack Schreck (Jersey Shore, Pa.), Zac Shaw (Odessa, Mo.), and Phil Zimmerman (New Holland, Pa.) have been selected to compete for the USA Men’s Futures Team this tournament and will be considered for selection to the Pan American Qualifier team.

 

“Anytime we can get young players together who we believe will be the future of the U.S. Men’s National Team Program, it is an opportunity we plan to continue to take advantage of. Our goals for our Men’s Program are to continue developing and identifying talent as we strive to build a team that can be a perennial contender for WBSC, Pan Am and additional international competitions.”

 

Hackett, Vahram Mateosian (Montvale, N.J.), Nick McCurry (Ashland, Ohio), and Gerald Muizelaar (Grand Forks, N.D.) make up the USA Men’s Futures Team coaching staff.

 

Following their Jan. 23 4 p.m. ET game against Ostrander Norseman, the USA Men’s Futures Team will face Ohio Battery on Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. ET before a 3 p.m. ET game against Rio Grande Senators. 

 

The USA Men’s Futures Team joins the Alvinston Aces (Alvinston, Ontario), AWP Lumberjacks (Du Quoin, Ill.), East Bay Bashers (Hayward, Calif.), Hill United Chiefs (Ohsweken, Ontario), Houston Patriots (Houston, Texas), KC Monarchs (Kansas City, Kan.), Ohio Battery (Ashland, Ohio), Ostrander Norsemen (Ostrander, Minn.), Rio Grande Senators (Midland, Texas), The Bar (Appleton, Wisc.), and Toronto Batmen (Toronto, Ontario).

 

Additionally, Muizelaar will be conducting pitching clinics set for Jan. 23 (2 – 4 p.m. ET), Jan. 24 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) and Jan. 25 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET). 

 

“It’s vital for the future of our Men’s National Team program to develop the game at the grassroots level,” said USA Softball Director of National Teams, Chris Sebren. “We’re thrilled to have Gerald work alongside the ISC to provide opportunities for pitchers to enhance their skills and gain valuable insights into the game.”

 

In an ISC release, ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher said, “We are thrilled to have someone of Gerald’s stature involved in the first ISC Winter-Invitational and we’re quite happy to be working in conjunction with USA Softball to promote pitching development for our great game.”

 

About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) 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 & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USAS 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.  USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USAS umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USAS is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, 
www.USASoftball.com.