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May 05, 2010 - Go west! That is where the ICE-Silver 12-and-under fastpitch team is headed in July. The 11 players from Clarkston, Lake Orion, Shelby Township and Davison, their three coaches and families are going to Bellevue, NE for one week to attend the Cat Osterman Experience.

Cat Osterman a former Olympic pitcher, currently professional fastpitch player has organized and built an Olympic-type facility that will house up to 45 teams. Players and coaches will stay at the "village" and will have the opportunity to interact and trade pins with 45 other 12-and-under teams from around the nation and possibly other countries.

The teams will participate in an opening ceremony that will simulate the Olympic opening ceremonies.

During the week, the teams will play eight games leading up to the championship. Players and coaches will participate in clinics, team building activities and meet with olympic and college coaches and players.

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Even though their eyes are set on Nebraska, the ICE 12U team has a heavy schedule of league games and tournaments to attend to first.

The season began on Saturday, April 24 at the GSA Spring Fling in Flint. The team played up an age level in the 14-and-under division, and won the tournament by shutting down the 14-and-under Oakland Cobras 2-0 in the championship game, one hit away from a perfect game.

The ICE organization, which includes seven teams, is also announcing their first annual ICE Tournament Sept. 25 and 26 to be held at Creasey Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc. This will be a 32-team tournament with age groups 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U.

Anybody who wishes to help support the ICE 12U team with a contribution or who has questions about the ICE organization can email jsmday@comcast.net or can access the ICE website at: www.eteamz.com/ICEFastpitch/.

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