Turnin2 on the Precipice of National Recognition

Turnin 2 Organization National Softball Club

by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

Rodney Robeson and Ron Pezzoni were just a couple guys who wanted to teach the game of fastpitch softball game the right way.

The duo connected in 2013, and in less than a decade since, they have been the catalysts in building the Turnin2 club organization into one beginning to earn national notoriety.

The organization has grown into having 26 teams, the most at any point in its history. Turnin2 is based in Brighton, Michigan, about 30 miles north of Ann Arbor.

High 5 From the On-Deck Batter After a Turnin 2 Home Run
High 5 From the On-Deck Batter After a Turnin 2 Home Run
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Team NC Finds a Role for Everyone in their Rise to the Top

Team NC

The organization has been competing at a national level for several years and finally broke through in the summer of 2019, as Nate Eaton’s 14u team won the Triple Crown/USA Nationals championship in Georgia.

Eaton’s team finished in third at nationals the year prior but triumphed by beating the Texas Bombers to cap off a 9-0 run through the tournament.

Eaton’s group, which now competes at the 16u level, is one of over 20 teams in the Team NC program, but its story is one that epitomizes what the fastpitch organization is all about.

Team NC Makes its mark in National Championships
Team NC Makes its mark in National Championships
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Empire State Huskies Provide Valuable Resources

Empire State Huskies Pitching

by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

When you grow up in the northeast, hockey is the sport of choice to maximize your time outside playing sports and hanging out with friends.  For John Knopf, that was where he cut his teeth in sports and how he ended up getting drafted and spending time in the Vancouver Canucks organization.  

“As a hockey player, it was great growing up in the northeast. I played hockey from October on outside,” said Knopf.

After his hockey days were over, friends convinced him to give fastpitch softball a try, given his athleticism and his need for a fun way to burn youthful energy. Those times were fast and furious but gave him an indoctrination into the game.  

Empire State Huskies provide position aa well as Team Workouts
Empire State Huskies provide position aa well as Team Workouts
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O’Donnell’s Intensity Sustained by Inspiration, Hard Work, and Mastery

Intensity Softball - Awareness

by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

Some might wonder if you can start a softball team, much less a softball organization, with just ten players.  Kevin O’Donnell, of the Intensity Softball organization, would have no doubts based on his experience. 

When O’Donnell started his first New Jersey Intensity softball team in 2002, they only had ten girls on the team.  

“We started with a group of ten committed girls,” said O’Donnell.  “We came from a town team.”

Intensity Softball - Success
Intensity Softball – Success
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