There’s a new sport coming to town this summer, although returning might be the better word. Wilf Newth is part of a group of people looking to start up a weekly fastball drop-in night, with the possibility of it turning into something more structured for both children and adults.
Not to be mistaken for hardball, fastball uses the same ball as slow pitch, but with the very fast windmill style of pitching. Players are also allowed to bunt and steal.
However, like slow pitch, there is no leading off.
“I love the game, it’s so much faster than baseball, and I miss pitching. I want to get back into it and see what we can start up again,” said Newth.
Newth grew up watching his father play the sport in Fort St. John, and later played it himself on travel teams before becoming the president of Fort St. John Minor Fastball.
Newth moved to Kelowna and started a successful pitching teaching gig. He played in the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Fast-pitch Tournament multiple times, finishing third in 2012.
He’s in the process of securing a field to play on weekly, and is working out the different dimensions and lines that would be required for the sport. The drop-in night will be open for anyone who wants to play, and newcomers to fastball are welcome. Ideally, the drop-in would be open to kids for the first part of the night, and to adults the second part.
For more information, or to inquire about playing, visit the Drop-In Fastball Night FSJ Facebook page and leave Newth a message.
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