2009 Team USA Men’s Slowpitch

Created in 2009, the inaugural Border Battle slow pitch competition was held at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City where Team USA defeated Canada 30 to 23.  An instant success, the event has continued to grow with additional sponsors and multiple locations, including the 2014 and 2018 events in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and the 2015 and 2019 events in Midland, Mich.

Canada has twice claimed the Border Battle title, in 2010 with a 30-29 dramatic victory and in 2017 with a 31-28 win. Team USA has claimed every other Border Battle title: 2011 (25-3), 2012 (32-21), 2013 (25-10), 2014 (18-9), 2015 (22-7), 2016 (27-8), 2018 (30-13) and 2019 (30-14).

The USA Futures Team was established in 2012 to compete in the inaugural Slow Pitch Showdown against the U.S. Men’s Slow Pitch National Team.

Both the Border Battle and Slow Pitch Showdown are an opportunity for the top slow pitch athletes in the country to showcase their talents while exposing USA Softball Slow Pitch and promoting participation.

2009 Team USA Men’s Slow Pitch Roster

No. Name Position Hometown B/T Swings
24 Dexter Avery Outfield Decatur, GA R/R Combat Anti-Virus Morphes
4 Bryson Baker Infield Woodlands, CA R/R Worth Toxic
26 Rick Baker Outfield West Harrison, IN L/L Louisville Slugger Triton
16 Rusty Bumgardner Infield Gastonia, NC R/R Combat
3 Don DeDonatis III Infield Sterling Heights, MI L/R Worth Toxic
00 JD Genter Infield Chickamauga, GA R/R TPS Triton
44 Brett Helmer Utility Cicero, NY L/R Easton SCN11BH Synergy
25 Todd Joerling Infield New Melle, MO R/R Easton Synergy
7 Jason Kendrick Outfield Naples, FL L/L Combat Gear Afflicted
35 Johnny McCraw Outfield Lake Wylie, SC R/R Combat Gear Afflicted
19 Andy Purcell Pitcher Naples, FL R/R Worth Toxic
11 Brian Rainwater  Outfield Kathleen, GA L/L Worth Mutant/Toxic
 9 Dennis Rulli Infield Moore Park, CA R/R Worth Toxic
12 Brian Wegman Outfield Hamilton, OH R/R Easton Synergy
 13 Losson White Pitcher Omaha, NE L/L Easton Synergy


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