World Class Softball Comes to Moorefield, Ontario

June 4, 2012

Moorefield, ON

The legendary softball fields of Moorefield Ball Park will host two of the game’s most exciting teams when the New Zealand Black Sox and the Argentina Men’s National Team bring their fast paced international brand of fastball to Mapleton  Township and Wellington County, Wednesday June 20.

New Zealand is regarded as one of the top 3 fastball teams in the world. They are  5 time International Softball Federation World Champions, holding that distinction for 12 years straight from 1996 until 2009 when they lost their crown to the Australia Steelers. They will get a chance to regain the world title when they host the ISF World Tournament on home turf in march of 2013.
Argentina is a fastball crazy country that boasts some of the fastest players and certainly 3 of the top pitchers in the game. Their stable of pitchers includes Lucas Mata, Juan Potolicchio and Sebastian Gervasuti all well known to the ardent Ontario fans and certainly all 3 capable of beating the New Zealand powerhouse.
Both New Zealand and Argentina are in the area to participate in the Legends of Fastball Classic, regarded as Canada’s number one men’s club tournament. Legends will run June 21 – 24, at Peter Hallman Ball , Kitchener and tickets are available at the gate for that as well.
Moorefield has long been renown for hosting softball events and many area fans will remember the great tournaments featuring overnight camping, exciting local teams and of course the great aroma of ballpark hotdogs and onions. Things have changed over the years but the cozy confines of Moorefield Park still attracts minor softball, local men’s and ladies teams and of course the family reunions in a beautiful tree enclosed setting.
The opportunity to host an international event  in Moorefield is very timely. The ballpark is having a major upgrade this Spring with the outfield fence being replaced, moved back and heightened to eight feet. The biggest improvement will be the replacement of the 50 year old wooden light standards thanks to a partnership with the Town of Minto and the opportunity to pick up the redundant light standards in Teviotdale. These came available with the closing of the park there in advance of a new OPP station at that location.
The New Zealand – Argentina game is being used as a local fund raiser to help defray costs of a historical mural now being developed by renowned artist Alan Hilgendorf. The mural, depicting many of the historic aspects of Moorefield’s past is being developed on panels and will be installed in the heart of the community in late summer. All of the profit from the ball game will go to this project. The host committee for this event includes the Moorefield Optimists, Moorefield Athletic Association, Moorefield - Drayton Minor Softball, Drayton Kinsmen and Kitchener Fastball Promotions.
The double header action is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with team introductions and a ceremonial first pitch to precede the games. Tickets are available at the gate only at a cost of $5.00 per person. Children under 12 are admitted free and all minor softball players are encouraged to wear their team sweaters. Both teams will be available to sign autographs before and after the games.
Larry Lynch
Director of Public Works
Township of Mapleton
PO Box 160
7275 Sideroad 16
Drayton, ON     N0G 1P0
Phone: (519) 638-3313 ext. 26
Fax: (519) 638-5113
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