August 11, 2018   –  Mississauga, ON:    
We had a team drop out and unfortunately we were unable to replace them.
Revised ISC Canada East OCC schedule is below:
 

August 30, 2018 – By Joe Todd

When Tuesday morning rolled around at the 2018 ISC World Tournament, 12 teams had positioned themselves into the ISC II Championship Tournament. If we fast forward to the ISC II Championship game late Thursday afternoon, it featured two teams that were making their ISC debuts. Both Irma Tigers from Alberta and 3 Cheers Pub from St. Johns, Newfoundland had shaky and nervous starts in their opening games, but when they regrouped and settled down, they played some excellent and entertaining fastball to carry them into the ISC II Championship game.

3 Cheers Pub suffered a tough 1-0 extra-innings loss in their first game of ISC II play then reeled off five straight victories outscoring their opponents 38-10 in less then 36 hours of play to propel themselves into the ISC II Championship game. The Boys from the Rock rode the strong arm of South African newcomer Tidima Kekana, who finished with a 4-2 record and had 53 strikeouts in his 36 innings of work

Leading the attack for the 3CP squad were Shane Kelly, 10-21 .476 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs, and Justin Gill, 10-24 .417 with 2 triples and 4 stolen bases.

Irma Tigers had a perfect 3-0 record and had allowed only one run against in their three games while pounding out 28 runs of their own. Steven Normand finished with three wins and Michael Roote picked up the other victory sharing time on the mound for the Albertans. The Tigers with the unblemished record took the direct route to Championship game while the team from St. Johns had the harder route coming all the way through the loser’s bracket.

The well rested Tigers pounced on the 3 Cheers Pub who played two games early on Thursday morning and a came away with the 5-1 victory to clinch the Gord Newman Memorial ISC II Championship Trophy

Normand picked up the ISC II Most Outstanding Pitcher Award. Tigers outfielder Nicolas Potskin was the Leading Hitter, going 8 for 10 .800, with one home run and three RBIs. Tigers infielder Taylor Schubada won the Bob McGowan Most Valuable Player Award, showing some great defense in the Tigers infield and contributing with a .500 batting average 5 for 10 with 3 runs batted in.

The ISC congratulates both newcomer teams, the 2018 ISC II Champions Irma Tigers and the ISC II finalists 3 Cheers Pub for making a great run. We look forward to seeing both of these fine teams in Denmark, Wisconsin for the 2019 ISC World Tournament.

 

August 14, 2018 – Kitchener, ON The International Softball Congress is
pleased to announce that five individuals have been elected to it’s Hall
of Fame, including three players, one field manager and one sponsor.

August 14, 2018 – Kitchener, ON The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that five individuals have been elected to it’s Hall of Fame, including three players, one field manager and one sponsor.

 

Korrey Gareau, of Cobble Hill, BC,is among the top 10 pitchers in wins in the ISC World Tournament with 40. He was named to seven ISC   All World teams and was the winner of the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher Award in 2007, winning the ISC World Tournament with The Farm Tavern team from Madison, WI.

 

Patrick Shannon, of Auckland, NZ, is a 10-time ISC All World player and a four-time ISC World Champion with Marathon, WI County Materials in 2005-06 and with Kitchener, ON Rivershark Twins in 2008-09.

 

Jimmy Wana, of Wellington, NZ, pitched for the powerhouse Penn Corp teams of Sioux City, IA in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A three-time ISC All World pitcher, Wana (formerly Seaman) won four ISC World Tournament championships and won the Leroy Zimmerman Award as Most Outstanding Pitcher as 19-year-old in 1988.

 

Terry Baytor, of London, ON, managed teams in 11 seasons in ISC World Tournament play, compiling a 61-16 record for a .792 winning percentage, winning four championships, three with the Toronto Gators and one with the Tampa Bay Smokers.

 

Darren Derricks, of Green Bay, WI is a longtime sponsor of the Circle Tap Dukes team based out of Denmark, WI. Darren has been involved in ISC events for almost 30 years as a player and team sponsor, for a time sponsoring two teams. Circle Tap is the host organization for the 2019 ISC World Tournament. Darren will receive the Bob Welby Memorial Recognition of Service Award.

 

All five individuals will be inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during the annual Breakfast and Induction Ceremony which will be held in Denmark, WI at the 2019 ISC World Tournament.

 

For more information, please contact

Larry Fisher 

ISC Executive Director

Iscfastpitch@gmail.com

ISC Network to broadcast 23 games from 2018 ISC World Tournament
 
August 8, 2018 Kitchener, ON – The International Softball Congress will be streaming 23 games from the 2018 ISC World Tournament being played at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, Ontario through the ISC Fastpitch YouTube channel.
 
Starting Sunday August 12 with full coverage of four games, the ISC Network will showcase the best teams and players in men’s fastball, culminating in the ISC World Championship Game at 7 pm on Saturday August 18.
 
The ISC Network commentary team includes Kyle Smith, Blair Setford and Joe Todd as primary broadcasters and will feature a number of guest commentators throughout the week, including Lance Winn, Steve Sabourin, John Thompson, Erin Durant, Vahram Matoesian, Allan Etmanski and others. ISC Network is partnering with SportsCanadaTV to produce the games.
 
To watch a game, click on the ISC Network logo on the ISC Fastpitch website home page at www.iscfastpitch.com
 
With the generous support of our sponsors, all of the broadcasts from the 2018 ISC World Tournament will be presented free-of-charge for this year. 
 
We gratefully thank our sponsors: Skelton Truck Lines, ISC Canada East,  Jukasa Radio 93.5FM, Corbetts Source for Sports, Mr. Ned Custom Tailor, Peligro Sports, Circle Tap, Jack Fireman, Kelly’s Pub, 3 Cheers Pub, Lumberjack Sports and Exit Speed Swing.
 
The full schedule of games is as follows:
Sunday August 12 1pm, 3pm, 5pm Opening Ceremonies, 6pm, 8pm
Monday August 13 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Tuesday August 14 5pm, 7pm
Wednesday August 15 5pm, 7pm
Thursday August 16 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Friday August 17 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm
Saturday August 18 11am, 130pm, 7pm
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [@] gmail.com
 

July 26,2018 – Ayr, Ontario – Congratulations to the 19-man crew selected by Umpire-in-Chief Bruce Bierman for the 2018 ISC World Tournament to be held this August in Kitchener, ON.

With input from Deputy UIC Lou Davis and Les Novak, the Blue Crew for the 2018 ISC World Tournament is as follows:

          1-       Alan  Blanchard  –   Lodi, CA  

          2-       Brandon Bluhm  –   Chehalis, WA  

          3-       Dave Selden  – Reese, MI

          4-       Ed Otterman  –   Woodstock, ON  

          5-       Fred Malatches  –   Cambridge, ON 

          6-       Gary Johnston  –   Eau Claire, WI 

          7-       Jan Hora  –   Cherny Vul, CI

          8-       Jon  Hand  –    Maple Park, IL 

          9-       Justin Van Horn  –   Chatham, ON 

          10-     Kevin Wallace  –   Shipman, IL

          11-     Lou Davis  –   Truro, NS

          12-     Mike Morrissey  –   Peterborough, ON

          13-     Paul Verheye  –   Kitchener, ON

          14-     Rob  Deakin  –   Wodstock, ON

          15-     Rob  Straetmans  –   Bracebridge, ON

          16-     Robert  Durand  –  Osceda, WI  

          17-     Serge Laflamme  –  Levis, Quebec

          18-     Tony Dickson  –   Oro-Medonte, ON 

 

July 18, 2018 –  On Sunday morning August 12, the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame will host its annual induction breakfast at the Holiday Inn Ballroom, 30 Fairway Road South, Kitchener.

The Class of 2018 induction will be held as part of the ISC Championships and build on the successes of the previous Hall of Fame celebrations that have been held annually since the initial induction in 1965. This is the 5th time that the event will be hosted in Kitchener, ON.

The complete Media Release can be viewed at: http://iscfastpitch.com/pdf/ISCHoF2018MediaReleaseTickets.pdf

July 16, 2018   –  Brackets and schedules for the 2018 ISC World Tournament, August 11-18, Kitchener, Ontario, are now available for viewing at:

ISC World Tournament           http://www.iscfastpitch.com/pdf/isc.world.touranment.bracket.pdf

ISC II Tournament      http://www.iscfastpitch.com/pdf/isc.2.bracket.pdf

ISC Legends Tournament      http://www.iscfastpitch.com/pdf/isc.legends.schedule.pdf

ISC U23 Torunament              http://www.iscfastpitch.com/pdf/2016.u21.schedule.pdf

July 11, 2018 Kitchener, ON – The field is set and the top 16 teams have been ranked for the 72nd annual ISC World Tournament.
 
A total of 36 teams will battle for the ISC World Championship starting Saturday, August 11, 2018, culminating with the ISC World Championship Game on Saturday, August 18 at 6:30 pm at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener.
 
The top 16 ranked teams are:
 
1 Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2 Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
3 Los Angeles, CA J&B Bombers
4 Kitchener, ON Hallman Twins
5 Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
6 Kitchener, ON Hallman Cubs
7 Bloomington, IL Stix
8 Kansas City, KS Monarchs
9 Ephrata, PA Bear Bottom Lodge
10 Toronto, ON Batmen
11 Kingston, ON Axemen
12 Elmira, ON Expos
13 Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
14 Ostrander, MN Norsemen
15 Grande Prairie, AB Pirates
16 Pueblo, CO Bandits
The remainder of the 36-team field includes:
Alvinston, ON Aces
Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
Ashland, OH A’s
Aurora, IL Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks
Austin, TX Rio Grande Senators
Cobourg, ON Dirt Road Co.
Durham, ON Diamondbacks
Fenelon Falls, ON The Lakes
Frankenmuth, MI Brewers
Irma, AB Tigers
Kitchener, ON Bell Cartage Outlaws
Kitchener, ON Predators
New Hamburg, ON Nith River Monsters
Niagara Falls, ON Niagara Snappers
Ohsweken, ON Redmen
Puslinch, ON Kodiaks
St. Paul, MN Tin Cup Tornado
Shakespeare, ON Falcons
St. Johns, NL 3 Cheers Pub
Waterdown, ON FirstOntario Hammer 
 
For fastball fans that haven’t already done so, make plans very quickly to attend. Hotel and travel information is available on the Kitchener Fastball Promotions host committee web site at http://iscwt.teamsnapsites.com/
 
In addition to the ISC World Tournament, teams will compete in the ISC II Championship bracket as well as another 13 teams in the 50+ Legends division and 8 teams in a U23 junior men’s division.
 
For more information on the 2018 ISC World Tournament, contact:
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
Findlay, Ohio
 
 
We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Ontario Challenge Cup (#2018OCC) will be held in Innerkip, Ontario on the weekend of September 14-16.
 
All men’s fastball leagues across Ontario, and into both Manitoba and Quebec, are invited to send a representative to #2018OCC. We are asking for affiliation confirmation now. Deadline for entry fee as final confirmation will be August 27.
 
The tournament will be a double knockout with a single championship game. The winner will receive a paid berth to the 2019 ISC World Tournament in Denmark, Wisconsin, being hosted by the Circle Tap Dukes fastpitch club.
 
Entry fee is $385. Our preferred method of payment is via Interac E-Transfer.
 
Players on teams that qualify in advance for the 2019 ISC World Tournament (ie teams that win either the ISC World Tournament or the ISC II Championship) are not eligible for #2018OCC unless they leave that team.
 
If you have any questions, please contact us. We wish the best to all teams on the remainder of their seasons, look forward to a highly successful ISC World Tournament in Kitchener and another competitive season-ending #2018OCC.
 
Cheers,
 
Blair, Joe & Kyle
 

A record-breaking field of 37 teams will visit Keterson Park in Mitchell the weekend of June 15-17 for the 2018 International Softball Congress (ISC) Canada East Qualifier, the U23 championship and the inaugural Legends (50+) championship.

And it’s anybody’s guess who will come out on top.

At least that’s the view of one of three Canada East Commissioners entrusted to organize the tournament, Blair Setford, in conjunction with the Mitchell Mets intermediate club.

“With the field of teams that we’ve got and for what’s at stake it’s going to be a super competitive weekend across the board,” Setford said, adding the fact that the ISC world championship is being held in Kitchener in August helps draw teams to this qualifying event.

“I think it’s going to be a dogfight in all three divisions.”

Twenty-four men’s teams are vying for what Setford guesses will be 12 berths to the world championships, while five teams will fight for an Under-23 berth at the worlds as well. Adding to the fun, and showing that high level fastpitch softball still is near and dear to many people’s hearts, an inaugural Legends division for players 50-years and over will be held as well, and eight teams have entered seeking that first championship.

“It’s just wonderful to see these guys who literally were legends of the game in their own time and still continue to play,” he said. “They are still out there competing but mostly they are out there to have fun.”

The commissioners met with the Mets last fall about the possibility of hosting this qualifier, recognizing that with the world championships in Kitchener that there would be a lot of teams showing interest and they needed a place with at least four diamonds.

“We’ve got a history of the qualifier being in Mitchell (as recently as 2014) and we know the people there are great ball fans,” he said. “It was a mutual effort where the Mets were interested and certainly where we knew we could be accommodated.”

The defending champion Toronto Batmen will be a contender once again, Setford notes, plus a young up-and-coming squad such as the Nith River Monsters and veteran teams like Elmira Expos, Shakespeare Falcons and Kingston Axemen to keep an eye on. New teams setting foot in the ISC program, such as Milverton and Dundalk as two examples, will get their collective feet wet in the program and look for experience for the future.

“The Toronto Batmen are the defending champions but there’s a half a dozen teams that could upset them,” he said.

Setford commented on the state of the game, as rising numbers of baseball players take to the field with the popularity of the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I like to think it’s holding its own,” he said. “There are pockets in small towns where it’s doing great and there are big cities where it’s not. What we need to do is get the game into the schools and get more people playing.

“It’s an effort but you can say the same for all sports. It’s a challenge to get the young kids off of devices and out on a playing field.”

The host of this qualifying tournament is the Mitchell Mets, who are in their 41st consecutive season of competitive men’s fastpitch softball, a feat that Setford called “impressive.” Although the Mets per se aren’t playing in the qualifier, a handful of their players are playing for various teams, including AJ Moses, Kevin Ward and Scott Lealess (Elmira) and Tyler Pauli (Nith River) while Mitchell-area residents and natives Andrew Medhurst (Shakespeare) and Joe Harris (Ponsonby) are also scheduled to make an appearance. Local teams from Monkton, St. Pauls and Milverton are also entering teams.

Some true legends are also expected to participate, including former all-world pitcher Darren Zack (Sudbury). Longtime Met Jeff Pauli is also playing in this division, suiting up with Waterloo.

Monkton will also host some games in this tournament, primarily the Legends, rekindling some memories for many as the village hosted their own prestigious tournament from 2004-2009.

Action begins on all four Mitchell diamonds, plus Monkton, on Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m., and continues Saturday, June 16 at 8 a.m. and goes all day as well as Sunday. The Legends final is set for 1 p.m. Sunday in Monkton while the U23 championship will be played at 3 p.m. Sunday in Mitchell. The men’s championship game is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

“We think we’ve got the best of both worlds here – the best players, the best umpires, the best sponsors…and it’s that team effort that makes a successful tournament,” Setford said, adding getting involved at the ISC level along with Joe Todd and Kyle Smith as commissioners “is a labour of love.”

Members of the organizing committee have reached out to various organizations for help in running the tournament including the Mitchell Jr. C Hawks (refreshments), Mitchell Legion, br. 128 (food), Mitchell Curling Club (gate/admissions) and the Mitchell Jr. Mets (grounds crew). More volunteer help is still needed in a number of areas. If interested, contact Moses (ajmoses44@gmail.com or 519-348-4600).

“I hope there’s some surprises and I know we’ll have an absolutely terrific weekend of ball,” Setford said.

Admission will be $5 for the day or $10 for a weekend pass.

 

 

 
May 29, 2018 – Mississauga, ON – Hill United Chiefs start their fourth straight men’s fastpitch season as the #1 ranked team. The Chiefs, who won their fourth ISC World Championship in the past five years in 2017, will look to join a select group of teams with five or more titles.
 
Only Mary Star All-Stars, with five championships in the 1950s and the legendary Long Beach Nitehawks, with 10 titles between 1953 and 1975, have more ISC crowns.  
 
Challenging the Chiefs this year, among several solid-looking contenders will be the re-tooled New York Gremlins, a beefed-up Kitchener Hallman Twins squad looking to win at home, last year’s finalist J&B Bombers and next year’s host, Circle Tap Dukes.
 
The top 16 is as follows:
 
1 Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2 Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
3 Kitchener, ON Hallman Twins
4 Los Angeles, CA J&B Bombers
5 Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
6 Toronto, ON Batmen
7 Bloomington, IL Stix
8 Kitchener, ON Hallman Cubs
9 Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
10 Ostrander, MN Norsemen
11 Elmira, ON Expos
12 Ephrata, PA Bear Bottom Lodge
13 Kansas City, KS Monarchs
14 Grande Prairie, AB Pirates
15 Kingston, ON Axemen
16 Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
 
Per a motion passed at the 2016 ISC Board of Directors meeting, only the Top 16 ranked teams are now published and will be used as the basis for seeding at the ISC World Tournament. Also receiving votes, in alphabetical order, were: Aurora, IL Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, Irma, AB Tigers, New Hamburg, ON Nith River Monsters, Niagara Falls, ON Snappers, Pueblo, CO Bandits, Southampton, ON Great Lakes Pirates, St. John’s, NL 3Cheers Pub, St. Paul, MN Tin Cup, Waterdown, ON Hammer.
 
The 72nd annual ISC World Tournament will be held August 11-18, 2018 at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, Ontario. 
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [at] gmail.com

April 25, 2018  –  Hoyt Park in Saginaw, MI, will once again play host to the newly-named ISC/Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournament. With 26 games in three age groups, the 2017 Tournament was considered an outstanding success in the first attempt in providing these young players with some International Competition.

The 2018 event will take place July 20-22 and entry fee will be $325. Teams will compete in 12-under, 14-under, 16-under, 18-under and 21-under divisions.

12U DIVISION (Player must be “12” in the calendar year)

14U DIVISION (Player must be “14” in the calendar year)

16U DIVISION (Player must be “16” in the calendar year)

18U DIVISION (Player must be “18” in the calendar year)

For more information, please contact ISC Regional Commissioner Tom Stasik at: tomstasik@gmail.com or Scott Stasik at: scottstasik@gmail.com to express interest or for additional information.

 

The ISC is saddened to share details on the passing of long-time commissioner Royce Heath. Royce, 91, from Iredell, Texas, joined the ISC in 1953, only six years after the founding, and served in various roles for 59 years prior to retiring in 2011.

Among his many accomplishments within our organization, Royce was the driving force behind the inauguration of the ISC Hall of Fame, and served as chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee for over three decades. 

“We hope that the sorrow for the Heath family is lightened by the knowledge that the ISC fastpitch softball family mourns with them,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director. Royce will be commemorated at this year’s Hall of Fame Breakfast on the opening Sunday of the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener, ON.

Royce’s ISC Hall of Fame bio can be viewed at 

http://www.iscfastpitch.com/bio/royce.heath.pdf

As the calendar gets set to turn to April, now is the time to pre-order your 2018 ISC World Championship Guide.

 
Paying tribute to our reigning ISC Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Pitcher, Nicolas Carril and Adam Folkard are featured on the cover.
 
The 2018 ISC Guide features 148 pages of stories, statistics and photos from last year’s ISC World Tournament, held in Grand Rapids, MI as well as all-world players, all-time records, ISC Hall of Fame members, and much, much more.
 
You can now order and pay for the 2018 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting http://iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/  and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.
 
The 2018 ISC Guide will also be available in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
 
For additional information, please contact
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations/Guide Editor
blairjs [@] gmail.com
 
or
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com
February 22, 2018 – Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is thrilled to announce it’s virtual Hall of Fame is now open for visitors!
 
“With over 500 hours of development work in programming, we are now opening the doors to give ISC fast pitch fans around the world the opportunity to visit our Hall of Fame,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.
 
Click on the new ISC Hall of Fame link in the top right of the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com to visit the virtual ISC Hall of Fame. We also recommend that visitors take the opportunity to view this preview video at https://youtu.be/9355W08yg2U.
 
“We acknowledge that we are missing biographical information for many of our honored members and, in addition to working with our commissioners to develop content, we are actively seeking help from fans, players and officials to make the ISC Hall of Fame experience more complete,” said Fisher.
 
The ISC Hall of Fame includes 193 members currently. Inductees are elected by the ISC Board of Directors and are honored at the annual ISC Hall of Fame Breakfast at each year’s ISC World Tournament. Fans are always welcome to visit the ISC Hall of Fame in Kimberly, Wisconsin to experience it in real life, however this virtual version provides accessibility to fans around the world.
 
The 2018 ISC Hall of Fame Breakfast will be held on Sunday August 12 in Kitchener, site of this year’s ISC World Tournament. Honored inductees are: Players Rob Gray, Sean O’Brien and Paul Rosebush, Umpire Bruce Bierman, Administrator Ferdi Nelissen and Builder/Sponsor Jim Hallman.
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
 
February 5, 2018 – The ISC Executive Committee has approved naming the annual ISC Youth Developmental Tournament, ages 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under, to the “ISC/Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournament.” 
 
The Carrol Forbes Foundation, established in 1995, is committed to investing in youth fastball programs. The Carrol Forbes Foundationis exempt under section 501 [c] [3] of the Internal Revenue Code.  Membership is open to individuals, teams, sponsors, etc.
 
 The purpose of The International Softball Congress is to create and promote both youth and mens fastpitch softball. 
 
This years ISC/Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournament will be held in Saginaw, Michigan at Hoyt Park on July 20- 22, 2018.
 
ISC Regional Commissioner Tom Stasik and and Scott Stasik are the tournament directors.  Any interested youth teams can contact:  Tom Stasik at tomstasik@gmail.com – and Scott Stasik at scottstasik@gmail.com
 
Keith Erkenbrack
ISC VP Communication
The 2018 Boys of Summer Open Fastpitch Tournament will be held July 6-8, 2018.  The main field will be at Circle Tap Bar and Grill just outside of Denmark, Wisconsin.  Diamonds 2 and 3 will be in the Village of Maribel about 7 miles away.  This will be the final year for using the Maribel diamonds as beginning in 2019 the Village of Denmark will play host to diamonds 2 and 3 for the Boys of Summer as well as the ISC World Tournament.  This year’s Boys of Summer will play host to some of the best teams from across the US with players from all over the world.  The teams include:
 
1.    Agoura Hills, CA—J&B Bombers
2.    Appleton, WI—The Bar Buzz
3.    Aurora, IL—Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks
4.    Bloomington, IL—Stix
5.    Clifton Park, NY–Gremlins
6.    Denmark, WI—Circle Tap Dukes
7.    Fargo, ND—Kegel Black Knights
8.    Kimberly, WI—Reapers
9.    Ostrander, MN–Norsemen
10.  Six Nations, ON—Hill United Chiefs
11.  St. Paul, MN—Tin Cup
12.  Topeka, KS–Toros
 
Darren Derricks and the CT Fastpitch group pride themselves on running one of the best open level tournaments of the club season.  The atmosphere at Circle Tap is very unique in that the bar and restaurant sits on the first base line and the back drop of the facility is surrounded by country fields. 
 
The facility is undergoing many improvements in preparation for the 2019 ISC.  A new concession stand/bathrooms/press box was opened last summer.  A new scoreboard will be going in within the next couple of weeks, in-ground dugouts will be constructed this spring, and new permanent bleachers will be put in this year. 
 
Derricks’ dedication to Men’s Fastpitch is strong and the hopes are that the game, team, and future world tournaments will want to visit CT again and again.  
 
The original Circle Tap diamond was constructed by ISC Hall of Famer John Miller in the late 1960’s.   The Knights of Columbus tournament started around 1970 in Denmark and ran until it’s demise in the late 1990’s.   Derricks resurrected that tournament and re-branded it in 2001 as the “Our House” tournament and re-named a year later as the “Boys of Summer”   The tournament has played host to some of the greatest teams in the modern era such as County Materials, Farm Tavern, Broken Bow, Orillia Riversharks, NY Gremlins, Patsy’s, Townline, Bombers, and the home team Circle Tap, just to name a few. 
 
In early to mid 2000’s the tournament had 16 teams, all top level considered by many as the elite club tournament of the summer.  Although some of the big names have come and gone, you can’t help but tip your cap to teams like Kegel of Fargo and Dolan & Murphy who have competed in the tournament for countless years dating back into the early 2000’s. 
 
We welcome all fastpitch fans to experience the Boys of Summer and Northeasten Wisconsin at some point, you will not be disappointed.
 
Dean M. Kane

            The ISC Legends tourney is entering its 9th year, started in 2010 by Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director for the masters teams. It continues to be a very competitive and attracts 12 premier 50 + masters teams from North America each year. 

            The tourney offers great experience for the masters players and teams to play competitive games and renew past friendships with each other. 

            Cobourg Ontario Force won the first tourney and repeated in 2012 and 2014. Ohio Battery Ashland Ohio won the tourney 2013 and 2017, the only two teams winning multiple titles. The other winners are Cuba City WI Hindu’s/Sand Prairie 2011, Whitby Ontario Durham Bulls Legends 2015 and Toronto Ontario Toronto Gators Legends in 2016.

             The tourney always fields strong teams with many past familiar fastball names; David Boys, Terry Challis, Peter Finn, Jody Hennigar, Brian Martie, Pete Meredith, Steve Schott, Brent Stevenson, Paul Wolford, Terry Weibe and Darren Zack have been involved or still playing in the tourney. Brent Stevenson has been MVP pitcher 3 times, 2011,2013 and 2017. Each year there are new players coming in to add strength to the teams.
 
              Definitely encourage fans attending 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener Ontario to include watching the Legends competition, The tourney offers chance to view many past ISC World Tournament players and still see quality performances.
 
Keith Erkenbrack
VP Communications
keithe39@centurylink.net

December 7, 2017 – Findlay, OH – Recent action by the Executive Committee of the International Softball Congress provides some relief to teams with youth or junior players on their rosters. According to Dean Oscar, ISC President and Executive Committee Chair the Committee voted to empower the appropriate VP, on a case by case by basis, to rule on any exception requests for younger or “junior” players to the ISC rule that requires ‘Approved out-of-region players on all ISC teams to play in at least one approved ISC Qualifying event or in invitational tournaments in both June and July, with their current year’s team to be eligible for World Tournament play.

This action should make it easier for players competing with their national teams in this years WBSC Junior tournament to meet the eligibility requirements to also compete with a team in the International Softball Congress World Tournament. All players and teams would still be subject to the June 15 Out-of-Region deadline as well as Out-of-Region fees and all PRAWN Restrictions.

November 1, 2017 – Mitchell, ON – ISC Canada East and the Mitchell Mets fastball club are pleased to announce that the 2018 ISC Canada East Qualifier Tournament will be held in Mitchell at Keterson Park on the event’s traditional Father’s Day weekend of June 15-17, 2018.

“With the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener in August, we’re expecting a large contingent of teams will be on hand looking to earn a spot,” said ISC Canada East Regional Commissioner Kyle Smith.

It will be a very busy weekend at Keterson Park with 24 teams or more expected to be on hand. Mitchell last hosted the ISC Canada East Qualifier in 2014, also when the World Tournament was in Kitchener, and there were 16 men’s teams and 8 U21 teams that participated.

As has been the case for the past several years, the event will include the ISC Canada East U23 (formerly U21) Championship. “With the Junior Men’s age category returning to U23, we are going to reflect that in our event,” said ISC Canada East Regional Commissioner Joe Todd.

New this year will be the inaugural ISC Canada East Legends Championship for teams in the 50+ age bracket. “This division is quite popular at the ISC and we’re happy we can provide the teams in our region an opportunity to play together in June, to go along with the events that they have in July and August,” said ISC Canada East Regional Commissioner Blair Setford.

“We’re excited to have teams of all age ranges playing in Mitchell,” said AJ Moses, head of the Mets host committee. “It will be a great opportunity to see up and coming players, today’s stars and Legends of the game all in one place.”

Each winning team will earn a paid berth to the 2018 ISC World Tournament in their division along with travel money. Additional berths and invites to the ISC World Tournament will be available to entered teams.

For further information, please contact:

Blair Setford blairjs@gmail.com

Joe Todd ftode739@rogers.com

Kyle Smith kyle.smith@ballparkradio.com

AJ Moses ajmoses44@gmail.com