MEDFORD, Ore. — The US Softball Junior Men’s National team, on their way to the World Championships in Canada, made a stop in Medford on Thursday to play a pair of exhibition games against local teams. It was one of five stops the US team is making, trying to get some practice in, as well as raising awareness for the sport.
Former North Medford coach Larry Binney worked with Mike Wells, the state’s ASA Commissioner, to bring the US team to Medford and relive some of the glory days at Fagone Field. They even recruited a legendary men’s fastpitch pitcher to come to Medford and play against Team USA, current Oregon Ducks softball coach Mike White.
“I told the guys today that they’re the last link between yesteryear and today because back in the 70s this game was huge,” White said. “A lot of men’s fastpitch teams and then it kind of died off a bit, but it’s great to see it’s still going so I’m just happy to help out and see if we can build this program back up and get the men’s game going like it should be.”
“Well I think it’s tremendous what the ASA softball and USA softball is doing with these young boys playing,” Binney said. “They’re just, they’re going to be the ones that hopefully carry this in to the future.”
White and the Southern Oregon Bandits beat Team USA 10-7.