The USA Men’s Slow Pitch National and Futures teams arrived in Midland, Mich. on Sunday as they begin their week long preparation for Border Battle VI in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The preparation schedule includes two exhibition stops prior to the 2014 Border Battle festivities the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball recently announced.
The sixth edition of the annual Border Battle between the USA National team and the Canadian National Team moved to Kitchener, Ontario, Canada this year. In addition the USA National Team and Futures Team will compete in exhibition games in Midland, Mich. on July 21 (tonight), Parma, Ohio on July 22 and in Kitchener July 24-26 leading up to the Border Battle.
“We are really looking forward to our exhibition here in Midland, Mich.,” said U.S. head coach Steve Shortland. “We appreciate the opportunity to showcase the teams and want to thank the city and Michigan ASA for hosting us. Both teams are very excited to get started.”
The action kicks off tonight in Midland, Mich. on July 21 when the USA National Teams take the field in an exhibition double header sponsored by Wallace Landscaping. In the first game of the evening, the USA National Team will take on the Wallace Landscaping All Stars and in game two the USA Futures Team will get in on the action when they face the USA National Team.
“We are very excited to host the USA Men’s Slow Pitch National Team and Futures Team,” said Wallace Landscaping Manager Jim Wallace. “The is a once in a life time opportunity for our players on the Wallace Landscaping team to play in a game against players of the caliber of Team USA. This event is so great for the Midland Community. Midland has been an ASA softball supporter for many years and to host these teams now is simply outstanding for all involved.”
Following the Midland stop, both national teams will travel to Parma, Ohio for an evening of slow pitch at Nike Park on July 22 hosted by the Ohio ASA/ Parma City Softball. Both teams will take turns playing the Cleveland All Stars 1 and Cleveland All Stars 2 before facing off for the nightcap at 8:30 p.m.
The USA Slow Pitch National and Futures Teams will then travel to Kitchener, Ontario for their first ever games on Canadian soil. On July 24, the Futures team will take on Quebec and Canada while the National Team faces Europe and Canada Selects. On July 25, the Futures team will take the field against Home Run Sports and the Nationals will play Europe before both U.S. teams face off in the final game of the day.
The culmination of the summer comes on July 26 when the USA Futures team takes on the Canada Selects at 2:00 p.m. and Border Battle VI between the USA National team and Canada caps the event at 4:00 p.m.
The Michigan and Ohio tour stop events will be free to the public while weekend passes for the three-day Canadian event can be purchased for $20 prior to July 1 and $30 after July 1. Click the links in the schedule below to purchase tickets.