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:
 
 
 
Date: September 14-16, 2018
Location: Innerkip Sports Park, Innerkip, Ontario
Berths: 1 for 2019 ISC WT – we will pay winner’s entry fee
Teams: 12 – schedule attached
UiC: Ed Otterman – cc’d on this email
ISC Reps: Blair, Joe, Kyle
 
 

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.

Deer Park, WA  –  The 2018 ISC Legends World Tourney held in Kitchener Ontario on August 16-18 has a new champion; Sudbury Relics. Sudbury relics won the Legends WT with Bay Area Merchants second and Eagle Pack and Hammer Down Legends sharing 3rd.
 
Pitching was dominate with 10 shut out games in the 3 day ISC Legends Tourney.  Ward Gosse (Most Valuable Player award winner) had 4 wins, 49 strike outs and .52 era. Ward also drove in the winning and only run in the championship game as well as pitching a shutout victory for Sudbury Relics.
 
David Beets (Outstanding Pitching Award winner) finished tourney with 4 wins, 24 strike outs and .52 era.
 
Tim Neill with the Waterdown Hammer Legends and Kevin Kammueller with the Eagle Pack also each had 3 wins.
 
Leading hitter was Dennis Brownfield with .750 batting average for Ohio Battery team.
 
Three players with 6 rbi’s: Brian McGuire (Dieppe Legends), Darren Hunt (Midland Explorers) and Michael Makowiec (All Seasons Patriots).
 
Randy Potskin had only 3 at bats with 2 home runs to share most home runs with Jeff lane and Eddie Roy.
 
The all star team featured 12 players from six different teams:
 Dennis Brownfield (Ohio Battery)               
 Eric Linnell (Bay Area Merchants) 
 Pat Brennan (Sudbury Relics)                           
 Roddy Wetherell (Scout Logistics)
 Terry Challis (Scout Logistics)                          
 Joel Belanger (Sudbury Relics)
 Keith Peterson (Eagle Pack)                             
 Pete Kucharuk (Waterdown Hammer Legends)
 Kelly Wenstrom (Sudbury Relics)                      
 Ward Gosse (Sudbury Relics)
 Davis Beets (Bay Area Merchants)                   
 Tim Neill (Waterdown Hammer Legends)
 
 OUTSTANDING PITCHER; David Beets (Bay Area Merchants)
 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Ward Gosse (Sudbury Relics)

Keith Erkenbrack
keithe39@centurylink.net

 

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

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
 
 
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

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 

 

September 9, 2017  –  Road to #ISCWT2018 in Kitchener starts in Innerkip for the 2017 ISC Canada East Laverne Reichert Memorial Ontario Challenge Cup September 22-24. Fourteen teams from 11 different men’s fastball leagues across Ontario will battle for a paid berth to the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener next summer. All games will be at Innerkip Sports Park 104 Blandford St, Innerkip, ON N0J 1M0 

https://goo.gl/maps/4CTfehH5d7p

Opening round games are as follows:

Gm 1 Fri 7 pm Innerkip Expos vs Huron County League rep Gm 2 Fri 715 pm Glanworth Gators vs St. Thomas Storm Gm 3 Fri 915 pm Elmira 37s vs Hamilton Pirates Gm 4 Fri 9 pm Innerkip Eagles vs Kitchener Diamond Jaxx Gm 5 Sat 830 am Ohsweken Redmen vs Grand Valley Expos Gm 6 Sat 830 am Mitchell Mets vs Waubaushene Dodgers Gm 7 Sat 830 am Wiarton Nationals vs winner Gm 1 Gm 10 Sat 1030 am The Lakes vs winner Gm 6

Games continue all day Saturday and resume Sunday at 8:30 am with the championship game scheduled for approximately 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon. See the attached schedule.

For additional information, please contact:

Blair Setford – blairjs@gmail.com

Joe Todd – ftode739@rogers.com

Kyle Smith – kyle.smith@ballparkradio.com

 

 

 

 

                     2017 ISC LEGENDS TOURNAMENT

Aug 17 – 19

Art Van Sports Complex – Rockford, MI

FIRST PLACE:

Ohio Battery – Ashland Ohio 

SECOND PLACE:

Bay Area Merchants – Haywood CA 

THIRD PLACE:

Waterloo Legends – Waterloo, On

Waterdown Legends – Waterdown, On

FINAL STANDINGS: 

1 Ohio Battery – Ashland OH

2 Bay Area Merchants – Hayward CA

3 Waterloo Legends – Waterloo ON

3 Waterdown Legends – Waterdown ON

5 Midland Explorers Legends – Midland MI

5 Calgary Painters – Calgary AB

5 Scout Logistics – Toronto ON

5 Eagle Pack – Mishawaka IN

9 Frank Rogers/B&L Plumbing

9 Toronto Barracks – Toronto ON

9 Roberts Steel Erections – Vicksburg MI

9 Gushow Plumbing – Auburn MI

 

ISC LEGENDS ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

PITCHER:

Terry Luster – Ohio Battery

 CATCHER:

Fred Killings – Waterdown Legends 

INFIELDERS:

Ken Veitch – Waterloo Legends 

Rob Watson – Scout Logistics 

Mark Linnel – Bay Area Merchants 

John Dry – Frank Rogers/B&L Plumb 

Todd Schultz – Midland Explorers Legends 

OUTFIELDERS:

Bill Fairman – Waterdown Legends 

Mike Cavender – Ohio Battery 

Ray Biagini – Bay Area Merchants 

Kelly Wenstrom – Waterloo Legends 

DESIGNATED HITTER:

Reggie Barrau – Ohio Battery 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

John Melchiori – Ohio Battery 

OUTSTANDING PITCHER:

Brent Stevenson – Ohio Battery

               

2017 ISC II Tournament Awards

Aug 15 – 17

Art Van Sports Complex – Rockford MI

FIRST PLACE:

Page Brake – Salt Lake City, UT 

SECOND PLACE:

Pueblo Bandits – Pueblo, CO 

THIRD PLACE:

Ashland A’s – Ashland, OH

FINAL STANDINGS:

1        Page Brake – Salt Lake City, UT

2        Pueblo Bandits – Pueblo, CO

3        Ashland A’s – Ashland, Ohio

4        Frankenmuth Brewers – Frankenmuth, MI

5        Oetman Excavating – Wayland,  MI

6        Durham Diamondbacks – Durham, ON

7        daHoggs – Six Nations, ON

8        S&B Wranglers – Frankemuth, MI

9        Reese A’s – Reese, MI

10       St. Paul Generals – St Paul, ON

11       Rice Lake Orangemen – Rice Lake, WI

12       Shakespeare Falcons – Shakespeare, ON

 

ISC II ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM: 

PITCHER:

Erick Chapparo Page Brake

Melvin Batista – Pueblo Bandits

Jonas Mach – Ashland A’s 

CATCHER:

Tyrone Sandoval – Pueblo Bandits 

INFIELDERS:

Randy Wheelock – Oetman Excavating

David Krafft – S & B Wranglers

Trent Pell- Frankenmuth Brewers

Gin Barnes – Page Brake

Randy Barnes – Page Brake 

OUTFIELDERS:

Albert Spena – Durham Diamondbacks

Andy Triest – Durham Diamondbacks

Alex Phillips – Ashland A’s

Pablo Figuerio – Pueblo Bandits

Riley White – Page Brake 

DESIGNATED PLAYER:

Ryan Nicholls – Frankenmuth Brewers

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

Gin Barnes – Page Brake

 OUTSTANDING PITCHER:

Erick Chapparo – Page Brake 

2017 ISC WORLD TOURNAMENT

Aug 12 – 19

Art Van Sports Complex, Rockford, MI

FIRST PLACE:

Hill United Chiefs

SECOND PLACE:

J&B Bombers

THIRD PLACE:

NY Gremlins

FOURTH PLACE:

Toronto Batmen

FRANK PORTH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD:

Wiarton Nationals

KEVIN HERLIHEY NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:

Reily Makea – Bloomington Stix

BEST DRESSED TEAM:

Elmira Expos – Elmira,ON

LEADING HITTER:

Tyler Pauli – Nith River  –  .636

MOST RBI’s:    (8)

Nicolas Carril (Hill United) –  Peyton Hall (Topeka) – Cam Schiller (J&B)

1st TEAM ALL WORLD:

DESIGNATED HITTER:

Mark Johnson – Hill United Chiefs

CATCHER:

Fred Carmona – J&B Bombers

Jason Sanford – Hill United Chiefs

OUTFIELDER:

Brad Ezekiel – Hill United Chiefs

Zenon Winters – NY Gremlins

Blake Hunter – J&B Bombers

Nicolas Carril – Hill united Chiefs

INFIELDER:

Nick Shailes – Hill United Chiefs

James Toddhunter – Hill United Chiefs

Manuel Godoy – Circle Tap

Cam Schiller – J&B Bombers

Scott Leblanc – Waterdown Hammer

PITCHER:

Adam Folkard  – Hill United

Caleb Keeshig – Toronto Batmen

Devon McCullough – J&B Bombers

2nd TEAM ALL WORLD:

DESIGNATED HITTER:

Andrew Kirkpatrick – NY Gremlins

CATCHER:

Kallan Compain – KW Cubs

Bryden Arcand – Grande Prairie

OUTFIELDER:

Riely Makea – Bloomington Stix

Matt Ratliff – A1 Power

Justin Krulick – Toronto Batmen

Ben Wideman – Hill United Chiefs

INFIELDER:

Travis Jones – Toronto Batmen

Ladislao Malarczuk – NY Gremlins

Tyler Dudley – J&B Bombers

Tyson Bartorillo – Bloomington Stix

Juan Cruz Zara – CanAm Twins

PITCHER:

Jorge Segura – A1 Power

Sean Cleary – CanAm Twins

Duane Weiler – Bear Bottom Haymakers

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

Nicolas Carril – Hill United Chiefs

OUTSTANDING PITCHER:

Adam Folkard  – Hill United Chiefs

August 2, 2017   –  The International Softball Congress announces the schedule for the 2017 ISC U21 Tournament.  This years five team tournament will be made up with teams from; Alvinston Jr Indians, Chippewa Warriors, New Hamburg Mustangs, Port Perry Bulls and Richville, MI.

Complete schedule is available in the World Tournament ‘drop-down” menu

ISC HALL OF FAME – IMPRESSIVE CLASS OF 2017

By John Thompson

The International Softball Congress Hall of Fame Selection committee is pleased to confirm that the ISC Board of Directors approved a slate of five impeccable nominees (four players and one umpire) for induction into the ISC Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017.

INDUCTION 2017 –      The ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 induction continues the tradition of casting a spotlight on outstanding individuals who have participated in or contributed to the International Softball Congress. The five new inductees will be honored in fashion similar to previous recognition ceremonies that have been hosted annually since the initial presentation in 1965. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday August 13, 2017 at 8 am (doors open at 7:30 am) as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament hosted in Grand Rapids MI.

PLAYERS 

Chris DeLarwelle – Denmark WI – Born August 13, 1967

    From his first steps in Forestville WI in the 1970s, Chris was active and athletic. While playing as a three-sport athlete with the Eagles of Southern Door High School in Brussels WI, baseball was his focus. He played at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where as a member of the Titans from 1987-90 he earned the 1990 Division III Player of the Year honors and was a two-time (1989-90) 1st Team NCAA Division III All-American. With his obvious elite baseball skills, Chris spent three years as a member of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins minor league system.

    Having never played fast-pitch, in 1993 Chris joined the Denmark WI Dukes where he enjoyed four seasons. In 1997 Rod Peterson recruited Chris for the established Madison WI Farm Tavern team where he shared in winning ISC titles in 1997 and 1999, book-ended around a 2nd place finish in ’98.  With Farm Tavern, Chris earned an All World 1st Team designation in 1998, sandwiched between 2nd team laurels in 1997 and 1999. 

    In 2002, Chris joined his good friend Darren Derricks and the Denmark WI Circle Tap squad, with the team making top four finishes back-to-back in 2003-04. Chris again earned ISC All-World 1st team accolades in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Following a brief retirement, Chris returned to Circle Tap as a veteran contributor in the ISC tournaments in 2012 and 2013.

Chris’ distinguished ISC career spanned 21 seasons during which he claimed a spot with the national Team USA from 1999 to 2009 winning a Pan Am silver medal in 1999 and an ISF bronze medal in 2000.

Keith Mackintosh – Saskatoon SK – March 26, 1968

    Keith Mackintosh, born in Melfort SK, grew up in nearby Star City and played his entire minor league career under the tutelage of coach Doug Holoien whose son Dean is also an ISC Hall of Famer. Keith, with his younger brother Pat, and Dean Holoien won national midget and junior championships with the Melfort SK 222’s. Keith graduated to senior ranks with Camrose AB Merchants for five seasons, prior to suiting up with Victoria BC Legends in the NorWest league and being introduced to the annual ISC World Tournament.

    In 1997, Victoria hosted the ISC event which was a highlight of Keith’s career- playing for the home team in a world tourney. Victoria made it to the Championship game before succumbing to perennial contender Madison WI Farm Tavern. Following stints with Owen Sound ON, Can-Am Windmillers and Calgary AB Diamonds, Keith enjoyed a memorable two seasons with the storied Farm Tavern in 2005-06.

    After years of travel, Keith returned home to play in Saskatoon SK for the Kuryluk family-sponsored Aspen Interiors. 2008 was a  “dream season” when Aspen won every tournament it entered… except for the ISC losing to Kitchener in Kimberly WI in one of the most memorable ISC championship tilts ever played. Following the 2009 season which featured a 3rd place finish with Aspen in Quad Cities, Keith hung up the playing spikes.

    In a stellar 17 year career spanning 1991-2008, Keith was an ISC All-World selection five times – including 1st team with Victoria (1997) and Madison (2006) and 2nd team in Camrose (1991); Madison (2005) and Aspen (2008). While the ISC Championship has eluded him, Keith was a bridesmaid on three occasions with Victoria (1997), The Farm (2005) and Aspen (2008).

Internationally, Keith donned Team Canada Red/White from 1998-2009 capturing a Pan Am gold medal in 2003 in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic and an ISF bronze medal in 2009 in his hometown Saskatoon SK.

 Doug Middleton – Blue Springs MO – September 18, 1962

    Doug Middleton grew up in Springfield MO and as a natural athlete enjoyed a multitude of sports. He started playing softball at age 10, where he learned the game from his father Chuck Middleton who coached Doug and his team-mates to four national championships in youth ball.

    Doug entered ISC competition in 1984 and his entire career evolved around teams in the Missouri – Kansas area. A memorable 1988 ISC tournament, when Doug’s team – Harold’s Supermarkets of Lexington MO – was perfect in their first five games, clawing its way to the Championship final. En route, Doug hurled five consecutive wins, including shutouts over Nava Brothers, Hayward CA; Sioux City IA Penn Corp; Nothdurft Tool, Detroit MI and Owen Sound Canadian Tire (Brad Underwood) and a 2-1 win over Peter Finn and the Midland MI Explorers.     Doug recalls his team having only 9 guys remaining for the championship game and Sioux City IA Penn Corp showed its prowess sweeping Lexington in the two game Sunday format.

     During his quarter century career, Doug was named ISC All-World four times – three times on the first team with Harold’s Supermarkets, Lexington MO (1988); Topeka Travelers, Topeka KS (1995) and Meierhoffer, St. Joseph MO (2002). In 2002 in Kitchener ON Doug was named to the 2nd team with St. Joseph Frontier Casino when his team-mate and friend Michael White won the Outstanding Pitcher Award, as the pair combined to lead St. Joseph to a sterling 10-1 record and the ISC championship. Doug had four wins striking out 56 in 37 innings and posting a 0.72 ERA.

    Overall, Doug ranks 9th in ISC career wins (38) spanning the period 1986 – 2002. Possessing a quiet disposition and obvious humility, Doug was a leader by example on rosters that featured many outstanding players.

Todd Schultz – Williamston MI – Born May 1, 1964

    Todd Schultz launched his ISC career at the 1986 World Tournament in Sioux City IA with the Lansing MI Spartans. In the ensuing 23 years career, Todd displayed precision defense as a mid-infielder and was always a threat in the batter’s box.

    Todd’s combined skills resulted in four All-World Selections, most memorably as a first team honoree in 2003 with Marathon WI County Materials when he batted .400 in leading his team to an ISC 2nd place finish.

    Todd was a contributing member of County Materials’ back-to-back championships in 2005-06, being named to the 2nd All-World team in 2005. He also received All World 2nd team laurels in 1992 and 2009 with his home-state Midland MI Explorers and in 2010 with Chicago/NY Fastpitch of New York City, NY.

    Noted for his soft hands and near-perfect fielding, he utilized a variety of skills in the batter’s box to be a complete two-way player.  With 322 official ABs in ISC competition, Todd combined speed and savvy to carve an impressive .290 batting average, including 15 homers and 48 RBIs. In a memorable three-year stretch spanning 2003 to 2005, while batting in ninth position for County Materials, Todd socked an impressive seven home runs.

    Todd also suited up for Team USA which was a huge thrill playing in his home park in Midland MI against Team Canada in 1996 and hitting a double and collecting a RBI off legendary Canadian pitcher Darren Zack.

UMPIRE 

David Casso – Chandler AZ – May 30, 1948

    David Casso was born in Whittier CA and spent his youthful years in Southern California enjoying participation in an abundance of sports through high school as well as college. Academically, he graduated from Fresno State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in history and physical education.

    Sports became his passion and he dedicated a career to officiating – initially with high school football, basketball and baseball. In due course, David was arbitrating major college baseball in the Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC 12). It was while living in California that David was encouraged to umpire fast-pitch softball. His first assignment was a match between six-time world champions Long Beach Nitehawks and the 1973 world champion Lakewood Jets. David loved the speed and athleticism of the sport – and he was hooked! In 1977 he umpired the ISC World Tournament in Phoenix AZ, a start to a nineteen year career as a fast-pitch umpire at the highest level.

    David diversified his career with work in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and the International Hockey League (IHL). Recently David completed twenty seasons as an “off-ice” official in the National Hockey League (NHL), including some Stanley Cup games.

    David’s sports officiating has now eclipsed four decades and what he remembers the most are not the games…but the players – the outstanding athletes who competed who were not only tremendously skilled, but also quality individuals.

 

July 29, 2017 – Waterloo, ON  –  ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction Breakfast

 

On Sunday morning August 13, the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame will host its annual induction breakfast at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503  

The Class of 2017 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 1st time that the event will be hosted in Grand Rapids, MI.

Doors will open at 7:30 am, with breakfast at 8:00 and the program and inductions at 9:30. The event will adjourn at 11:30 am, in advance of the Sunday scheduled games.

For more information about the 2017 Championship, please visit the following websites:

ISC Fastpitch – www.iscfastpitch.com   Host Committee  – www.iscgr.com

All breakfast attendees are required to have a ticket, available as follows:

TICKET SALES

ON-LINE and RESERVED TABLES OF EIGHT

Tickets, $35 each, and/or reserved tables of eight (8) for $250, may be purchased using the attached form or on-line using VISA/MC credit cards by contacting Breakfast Event Chair John Thompson at sstj99@gmail.com or 519-884-4050.

This year the Hotel has dictated that the final number attending be confirmed ten (10) days in advance, so I will require your request for a ticket(s) by Wednesday August 2nd or earlier.
 

 

 

 

August 24, 2017    Individual brackets for; World Tournament, ISC II and Legends can be found in the “World Tournament” Menu.

INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL CONGRESS 2017 DEVELOPMENTAL TOURNAMENT
HOYT PARK 1574 SOUTH WASHINGTON AVENUE SAGINAW, MICHIGAN
 FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
4:00  Field  4   Munger vs. Stouffville
6:00  Field   3    Frankenmuth Tiffany’s vs. Munger – Richville
          Field   4    Westport   vs.   Simcoe
 
 8:00  Field   4    Westport   vs.   Oshawa
 
SATURDAY, July 22
 
10:00   Field 3   Kitchener – Waterloo  vs.   Innerkip
              Field 4   Munger   vs.  Simcoe
 
12:00    Field  3   Frankenmuth  vs.   Kitchener – Waterloo
              Field  4   Stouffville   vs.   Oshawa
 
2:00      Field   3   Innerkip   vs.   Munger – Richville
              Field   4   Oshawa   vs.  Simcoe
 
4:00      Field   3    Frankenmuth  vs. Innerkip
              Field   4    Stouffville   vs. Simcoe
              Field   2   Munger vs. Oshawa
 
6:00       Field   4    Stouffville   vs.   Westport
               Field   3    Munger – Richville vs. Kitchener Waterloo
 
SUNDAY, JULY 23
 
10:00     Field 4   Munger vs. Westport
  
Playoff for 16 Year old Division       
10:00 Field 3   1st   vs.  4th    
              Field 2   2nd   vs.  3rd
12:00   Field 3 Championship Game
 
Division 14  Playoff
12:00 Field  2  2nd vs. 3rd
               Field 4  1st vs 4th
2:00  Field  4   Championship Game

July 15, 2016  – The International Softball Congress announces the schedule for the 2017 ISC Developmental tournament starting Friday July 21st. The 26 game schedule, consisting of team in the U14, U16 and U18 age classifications will be played at Hoyt Park, 1574 S Washington Ave – Saginaw, MI 48601.

 Friday July 21st
 
4:00 Field 3 Innerkip vs. Vassar  (U16)
        Field 4 Munger vs. Stouffville   (U14)
 
6:00 Field 3 Frankenmuth vs. Vassar (U16) *Exhibition*
        Field 4 Westport vs. Simcoe  (U14)
 
Saturday July 22nd
 
10:00 Field 6 Munger vs. Simcoe  (U14)
          Field 3 Caledonia vs. Richville   (U18)
          Field 4 Vassar vs. Kitchener Waterloo  (U16)
 
12:00 Field 6 Stouffville vs. Oshawa   (14)
          Field 3 Caledonia vs. Munger Priority  (18)
          Field 4 Vassar vs. Frankenmuth  (U16)
 
 2:00 Field 6 Simcoe vs. Oshawa   (U14)
         Field 3 Westport vs. Munger   (U14)
         Field 4 Frankenmuth vs Innerkip  (U16)
 
 4:00 Field 6 Stouffville vs. Simcoe   (U14)
         Field 3 Westport vs. Oshawa   (U14)
         Field 4 Innerkip vs. Kitchener Waterloo  (U16)
 
 6:00 Field 4 Frankenmuth vs. Kitchener Waterloo  (U16)
 
Sunday July 23rd
 
10:00 Field 3 Westport vs. Stouffville  (U14)
          Field 4 Division 16 2nd vs. 3rd  (U16)
          Field 6 Oshawa vs. Munger  (U14)
 
12:00 Field 3 Division 14 1st vs. 4th  (U14)
          Field 4 Caledonia vs. Richville  (U18)
          Field 6 Division 14 2nd vs. 3rd  (U14)
 
 2:00 Field 3 CHAMPIONSHIP – Division 16 1st vs. (Winner 2nd vs 3rd)  (U16)
         Field 4 Caledonia vs. Munger Priority (U18)
         Field 6 CHAMPIONSHIP Division 14 (Winner 1st vs 4th) vs (Winner 2nd vs.    3rd)  (U14)

July 14, 2017 – The following list of teams will be participating in the 2017 ISC World Tournament, August 11th – 19th at the Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford, MI.  Rockford is approximately 10 miles North of Grand Rapids, MI.

The Number ranked Hill United Chiefs will head a field that will include 13 teams making their 1st appearance in ISC World Tournament action.  This year’s field will include players from 9 different countries, including Team Marquez from Ensenada, Mexico.
 
1   A1 Power – Eaton Rapids, MI   (#5)
2   A’s – Reese, MI *
3   Ashland A’s – Ashland, OH *
4   Bloomington Stix – Bloomington, IL   (#8)
5   CanAm Twins –  Kitchener, ON   (#4)
6   Circle Tap Dukes –  Denmark, WI   (#6)
7   Dolan & Murphy –  Auroa, IL
8   Durham Diamondbacks – Durham, ON *
9   Elmira Expos – Elmira, ON
10 Farmersville Haymakers –  Ephrata, PA *
11 Frankenmuth Brewer – Frankenmuth, MI *
12 Glanworth Gators – Glanworth, ON *
13 Grand Prairie Pirates – Grande Prairie, AB *
14 Hill United Chiefs – Ohsweken, ON   (#1)
15 J&B Bombers – Agoura, CA   (#3)
16 Kegel Black Knights – Fargo, ND
17 Kingston Axemen – Kingston, ON
18 Kitchener Cubs – Kitchener, ON
19 New York Gremlins – Staten Island, NY   (#2)
20 Nith River Monsters – New Hamburg, ON *
21 Oetman Excavating – Moline, MI *
22 Ostrander Fastpitch – Ostrander, MN
23 Page Brake – Salt Lake City, UT
24 Pueblo Bandits – Pueblo, CO
25 Rice Lake Orangemen – Rice Lake, WI *
26 S&B Wranglers – Frankenmuth, MI *
27 Shakespeare Falcons – Shakespeare, ON
28 St. Paul’s Generals – St Pauls, ON *
29 Team Marquez – Ensenada, MX *
30 The Bar on the Avenue Buzz –  Appleton, WI
31 Tin Cup Bar – St Paul, MN
32 Topeka Toros – Topeka, KS
33 Toronto Batmen – Toronto, ON   (#7)
34 Twin City Gray Sox – St Joseph, MI
35 Waterdown Hammer – Waterdown, ON
36 Wiarton Nationals – Wiarton, ON
  * Indicates 1st appearance

 
July 10, 2017   Grand Rapids, MI  –   We look forward to hosting you in Grand Rapids, MI for the 2017 World Fastball Championship!  I wanted to let you know about a few things for the upcoming tournament.
 
 
1. The host hotel the Amway Grand Plaza is closing their discounted block on Friday, July 14th.  Please make your reservation before that date using the link here: https://aws.passkey.com/e/16078503
 
2. While you’re here our city is hosting Restaurant Week.  This means participating restaurants are offering 2 courses for lunch at $14.99 and 3 courses for dinner at $28.  If you’d like to learn more you can visit this website: https://www.experiencegr.com/restaurant-week/
It’s highly recommended that you get reservations for dinner as it fills up quickly.  We’d be happy to recommend some too!
 
3. Since you’ll be in Beer City USA, I wanted to let you know about our Brewsader opportunity.  You can get a free brewsader t-shirt by purchasing a pint at 8  of the 24 breweries in the area.  Just pick up a beer passport at any brewery and take it with you to collect your stamps throughout the week.
 
More information can be found at this website: www.2017iscgr.com
 
See you in about a month and safe travels!
Katy Tigchelaar
Director of Marketing & Events
616.608.1838
June 21, 2017  –  Mississauga, ON – Hill United Chiefs will spring into action this weekend at the Hallman Memorial Tournament in St. Clements as the top-ranked team. Joining them will be five other teams from the Top 12, making for a great test for all teams in the field.
 
Special congratulations to the Elmira Expos, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time on the heels of a solid third place finish at the Canada East qualifier. Newcomers to the Top 16 include Tin Cup, who won the Grafmeier tournament in Kimberly and Team Marquez, with a late roster submission.
 
The Top 16 is as follows (pre-season rankings in brackets):
 
1. (1) Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2. (2) Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
3. (3) Agoura Hills, CA J&B Bombers
4. (4) Kitchener, ON CanAm Twins
5. (6) Eaton Rapids, MI A1 Power
6. (5) Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
7. (7) Toronto, ON Batmen
8. (9) Bloomington, IL Stix
9. (8) Kitchener, ON Cubs
10. (12) Elmira, ON Expos
11. (10) Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
12. (11) Kingston, ON Axemen
13. (NR) St. Paul, MN Tin Cup
14. (14) Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
15. (15) Ostrander, MN Norsemen
16. (NR) Ensenada, MX Team Marquez
 
Per a motion passed at the 2016 ISC Board of Directors meeting, only the Top 16 ranked teams will be published and will be used as the basis for seeding at the ISC World Tournament. Rankings are based on rosters and/or reported tournament results for 2017.
 
The 71st annual ISC World Tournament will be held August 12-19, 2017 at the Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [at] gmail.com
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
ftode739 [at] rogers.com

The Moline Softball Association originated in the small town of Moline Mi.  Moline is 20 miles south of Grand Rapids Michigan.

Organized Fast Pitch softball has been played in Moline since the late 1950’s.  The ladies Garden Club of Moline thought the community needed something for the people to do together.  The local elementary school had a softball diamond outback and that is where Moline Softball began.

In the early 1960’s the Moline Softball Association was formed to take over managing the league from the garden club. George Schrotenboer was the first President.  There are currently 10 board members and their wives that care for the maintenance, run the concession stand or canteen as it is known.  Each board member serves a 3 year term and attends about 3-5 meetings a year.  Moline Softball is a non profit organization dedicated to providing softball and recreation to the surrounding communities.

Moline has always had a very strong presence in fast pitch softball in the West Michigan area.  It continues to be one of the strongest fast pitch leagues in West Michigan.  Our most competitive Thursday night league has expanded to the point that we now play in two locations; Moline and Ada.  We could no longer accommodate every team in our Moline location. 

We play softball four nights a week, starting the third full week of May and ending the end of August.  There are a variety of leagues in Moline;

Mondays we have a men’s slow pitch church league along with a girl’s high school summer instructional league. 

Tuesdays are reserved for a women’s slow pitch league and the local Casino has an employee co-ed softball league. 

Wednesday’s and Thursday’s are men’s fast pitch nights.  Our Wednesday league is for beginners and and old timers who just want to keep playing.  The age of the players in our Wed night league ranges from 15 to 65 and we currently have 10 teams in this league.  Our focus for this league is to attract younger new players to the game of fast pitch and hopefully give them the bug to want to play fast pitch softball after they graduate from high school baseball. 

Thursday night is our most competitive teams with faster pitching and more experienced players that are some of the best in the area.  This league will have 12 teams this year. 

This summer there will b 38 different teams playing ball in Moline.  Moline Softball Association will host many other tournaments this summer.  We will be hosting the Michigan Class B Men’s Fast Pitch State Championship Final tournament, We will also host a Girl’s 10-14 fast pitch tournament and the local little leagues All-Star games under the lights for our future ball players. 

There are many things going on up to Moline and it takes many people giving many, many hours of their time to make it all happen.  We could not do it without their help.

 We are looking forward to the Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament in Rockford Michigan this summer.  The fast pitch community here enjoys playing as well as watching the game we love. 

If you are interested in playing fast pitch or would like some information you can visit our website at www.molinesoftball.com and see some of the events we are hosting and check out our leagues.  Our address if you want to come visit is 1148 144th Moline Michigan 49335 ( behind the old elementary school)  You can also contact Ken Ritz at 616 430-4848.

            Moline Softball “ where the game is still played”

 

Kelowna, BC – The scorekeepers at the Kelowna May Days tournament this past weekend did a great job compiling statistics for ISC World Tournament VP Craig Donaldson.

Full stats are available and you will note that a lot of world-class players journeyed to Kelowna this past weekend.     KELOWNA DAYS STATS   

South Hill Giants defeated Sooke Loggers 5-2 in the championship game late on Sunday afternoon, while  Grande Prairie Pirates (formerly Lloydminister Dodgers) earned a berth to the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI as the highest-finishing team with a complete ISC Roster.

We congratulate Craig and his Kelowna team of volunteers! “All for the Love of the Game”.

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

ftode739@rogers.com

 

May 24, 2017  –  Mississauga, ON – Hill United Chiefs will open the 2017 fastball season just as they have the previous three seasons, as the #1 ranked team. The Chiefs are looking to regain the ISC World Tournament Championship after dropping the title last year.
 
With significant turnover among teams in the off-season, the rankings have a different flavour than in past years. New teams CanAm Twins and A1 Power will be contenders and squads such as Kitchener Hallman Cubs and Toronto Batmen are breaking into the Top 10 with some prominent roster additions.
 
The top 16 is as follows:
 
1. Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2. Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
3. Agoura Hills, CA J&B Bombers
4. Kitchener, ON CanAm Twins
5. Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
6. Eaton Rapids, MI A1 Power
7. Toronto, ON Batmen
8. Kitchener, ON Cubs
9. Bloomington, IL Stix
10. Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
11. Kingston, ON Axemen
12. Elmira, ON Expos
13. Oswego, NY CPI
14. Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
15. Ostrander, MN Norsemen
16. New Hamburg, ON Nith River Monsters
 
Per a motion passed at the 2016 ISC Board of Directors meeting, only the Top 16 ranked teams will be published and will be used as the basis for seeding at the ISC World Tournament.
 
The 71st annual ISC World Tournament will be held August 12-19, 2017 at the Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [at] gmail.com
 
Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
ftode739 [at] rogers.com
May 18, 2017  –  The ISC Canada East qualifier has been a mainstay on the Ontario tournament circuit since the early 1970s, when the Ontario Fastball League was affiliated with the ISC. Winners over the years include Oshawa Tony’s, Grimsby Peach Kings, Agincourt Rawlings, Toronto Gators and Owen Sound Tiremen among others. In the 2000s, teams that have won the qualifier multiple times include the Gators, Scarborough Force, Kitchener Cubs, Waterdown Hammer and Ottawa Team Easton Thunder.
 
For the last five years, the Canada East qualifier has grown to include a U21 Championship. Winners include Wiarton Red Devils, Stratford Cubs, Alvinston Junior Indians and New Hamburg Mustangs, all of whom have gone on to success at the ISC U21 Championship held at the annual ISC World Tournament.
 
For 2017, we will have a strong field of 14 men’s teams and 6 U21 teams. By the time we finish, some time around 7 pm on Sunday evening, we’ll have completed 37 games. As always, we will send a strong contingent of Canada East teams to the ISC World Tournament, where teams from our region have now won the past nine ISC World Championships. We are also pleased to have ISC Umpire-in-Chief Bruce Bierman as the UiC for our tournaments and ISC Statistician Gary Baughman providing full stats packages.
 
Schedules will be available shortly.
 
Date:  June 16-18, 2017
Location:  Innerkip, ON Sports Park
Berths:  4 for Canada East teams (winner receives paid berth + travel money) + additional invites as available; U21 winner receives paid berth + travel money + additional invites for all U21 teams
Entry Fee:  $450 Cdn
Format:  Double knockout with single championship game for ISC; Pool play with crossover for U21
Contact:  Blair Setford blairjs@gmail.com
UIC:  Bruce Bierman bierhawk@xplornet.com 
ISC Rep:  Joe Todd ftode739@rogers.com, Kyle Smith kyle.smith@ballparkradio.com 
 
ISC Entrants:
1. Durham Diamondbacks
2. Elmira Expos
3. Glanworth Gators
4. Kingston Axemen
5. Kitchener Hallman Cubs
6. Kitchener Bell Cartage Outlaws
7. Nith River Monsters
8. Ohsweken Da Hoggs
9. Shakespeare Falcons
10. St. Paul’s Generals
11.Toronto Batmen
12.Waterdown Hammer
13.Wiarton Nationals
14.Wyevale Tribe
 
U21 Entrants
1. Alvinston Aces
2. New Hamburg Mustangs
3. Owen Sound Selects
4. Port Perry Bulls
5. Tavistock Athletics
6. Wellesley Wildcats
 
Blair Setford, Joe Todd, Kyle Smith
ISC Canada East

 

The 33rd annual Kelso Klassic (established in 1985) is June 9,10,11, 2017 and will be played at the Kelso City Park, located on Cherry St. in Kelso, MO.  “We anticipate 14 teams, tremendous crowds, and great softball for fastpitch fans”, said  Rick Heuring (Founder of the Kelso Klassic ). 

“We have had many world class players come to Kelso, and although they have participated in places all over the country, they still think Kelso is right there at the top of the fastpitch venues when comparing competition, atmosphere, crowds, and overall organization”. Rick added that “The entire weekend is like a big tail-gate  party.  If we get good weather, we will  draw around 2,000 fans for our Friday night session. Saturday night is also well attended.”    

Rick has complete statistics for every player that has ever participated in the Kelso Klassic, now numbering 1,952 different individuals, since the tournament began in 1985. Rick has collected player profiles and photos from the past to build a history of fastpitch and the tournament. And according to Rick “We like to think that our information rivals that of the ISC”.

The ISC is very glad to once again have the ‘Kelso Klassic” as one of its ISC World Tournament Qualifiers !

May 8, 2017 – Ayr, Ontario – Congratulations to the 20-man crew selected by Umpire-in-Chief Bruce Bierman for the 2017 ISC World Tournament to be held this August in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

With input from Deputy UIC Lou Davis and Les Novak, the Blue Crew for the 2017 ISC World Tournament is as follows:

1   Rick Boyd – Oro Medonte, ON

2.  Glenn Brown – Oak Harbor, WA

3.  Lou Davis – Truro, NS

4.  Robert Durand – Osceda, WI

5.  Steve Gallagher – Cobourg, ON

6.  Roger Griffith – Goshen, IN

7.  Jon Hand – Maple Park, IL

8.  Jay Hart – Dunnville, ON

9.  Steve Jannke – Caledonia, MI

10  Gary Johnson – Eau Claire, WI

11. Serge Laflamme – Levis, QC

12. Chris Lamer – Belleville, ON

13.  Mathieu Leclerc – Donnacona, QC

14.  Fred Malatches – Cambridge, ON

15.  LeWayne Rogers – Altoona, IA

16.  Dave Selden – Reese, MI  (Designated by ASA)

17.  Paul Squires – Goldsboro, NC

18.  Trevor Topping – Kitchener, ON

19.  Justin Van Horn – Chatham, ON

20.  Kevin Wallace – Shipman, IL

To be considered for this prestigious assignment, every umpire that would like the opportunity to officiate an ISC World Tournament must complete an application in the fall of the prior year and submit it to Bruce Bierman and Lou Davis. From the many applications that are received every fall, each is scrutinized and evaluated for selection.

Just as the teams, players, and coaches strive to participate in the ISC World Tournament every August, the same can be said for the Blue Crew. Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing  you on the field in Grand Rapids.

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

ftode739@rogers.com

Bruce Bierman

ISC Umpire in Chief

bierhawk@xplornet.com

 

April 19, 2017     Mississauga, ON – What’s your favourite memory of the 2016 ISC World Tournament? Shane Boland’s championship-winning home run? Walk-off heroics by Nick Shailes or Wayne Laulu? 

You can relive all of those moments and more with the 2017 ISC Digital Guide now available for your viewing pleasure online at the International Softball Congress website at www.iscfastpitch.com

Simply click on the front cover of the 2017 Guide and you’ll be taken to a full-colour reproduction with more than 125 photos, links to all of the Pointstreak linescores and game stats and ISC Network broadcasts plus dozens of additional links sprinkled throughout. The ISC Digital Guide is a faithful reproduction of the hard copy ISC Guide which is now on sale.

This is the seventh year of publication for the ISC Digital Guide by Red Mat Media, led by Scott Standerfer and his team. 

You can now order and pay for a hard copy of the 2017 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.

We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and FirstOntario Credit Union, for enabling us to bring you the 2017 ISC World Championship Guide.

For additional information, please contact

Blair Setford

ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor

blairjs@gmail.com

or 

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

iscfastpitch@gmail.com 

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

April 11, 2017 – Reedsburg, WI – The International Softball Congress has appointed a new slate of 12 player representatives.

“We want to thank all of these individuals who have stepped forward to be a voice for the players in the game,” said ISC President Dean Oscar.

1-     Brad Pender  –  Canada East

2-     Chris Diethert  –  US Central

3-     Eric Fogel  –  US East

4-     Jon Gwizdala –  US East

5-     Justin Schofield  –  Atlantic Canada

6-     Kris Walushka  –  Canada West

7-     Matt McLaren  –  Canada East

8-     Nick Santos  –  US West

9-     Scott Galenza  –  Canada West

10 – Tyler Dudley  –  US East

11-  Sisco Sabate  –  International

12-  Zennon Winters  –  International

US Player reps are appointed by US Vice President Chris Santos. In Canada, they are appointed by Canada Vice President Todd McCabe. International player reps are appointed by Dean Oscar. The player’s rep committee discusses business throughout the year via email and has the power to propose motions to the ISC Board of Directors on a wide variety of issues.

The ISC would like to thank the previous group of player reps, some of whom had close to a decade or more of service, for their time and commitment. The injection of new faces with new ideas and the fire of enthusiasm will be a plus for the game we all love.

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

 

 

March 29, 2017 –Mississauga, ON – Celebrate the arrival of spring and the imminent return of the North American fastball season by pre-ordering your 2017 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

Complete with a striking cover that features ISC MVP Brad Rona and Most Outstanding Pitcher Sean Cleary, of the Toronto Gators, along with the Gators’ Shane Boland and his World Tournament clinching walk-off home run, the 2017 ISC Guide has over 130 color photos along with 140 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, ISC Legends 50+ Championship and the ISC U21 Championship from the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL.

You can now order and pay for the 2017 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 2017 ISC Guide will also be available in the near future in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com

We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and FirstOntario Credit Union, for enabling us to bring you the 2017 ISC World Championship Guide.

For additional information, please contact

Blair Setford

ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor

blairjs [@] gmail.com

or 

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com

 

Even with the snow on the ground, we are actively planning the 2017 ISC Canada East Qualifier for Innerkip June 16-18.
 
This event is for all teams in Canada East who haven’t yet qualified for the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI.
 
The qualifier will be a double knockout event with a paid entry & travel money for the winner. Additional invites will be made available to teams based on their finish in the qualifier and other ISC CE qualifying events.
 
Entry fee is $450. We request that you send payment via Interac Email transfer to blairjs@gmail.com. Interac E-Transfer is a fast, secure, and convenient way to transfer funds and is available through virtually every Canadian financial institution for the same cost as a postage stamp.
 
For those needing accommodations, there are a pair of Choice Hotel properties in Woodstock, about a 10-minute drive from the park. Bookings can be made through the choicehotels.com website using the ISC promo code 00228500. Note that this must be done through the website. Calling the hotel directly and quoting the code will not provide the discount.
 
For additional info, please contact any of the following:
 
Blair Setford – blairjs@gmail.com
Joe Todd – ftode739@rogers.com

February 10, 2017 –    Findlay, OH – Greg Nydick, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Kunkel, from Eaton Rapids, MI, are both joining the International Softball Congress (ISC) as Commissioners-at-Large, the ISC announced today.

“In addition to having a passion for the game, each of these individuals have skills that we need in our organization as we continue to support men’s fastpitch softball,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

Fans of the game will be familiar with Greg due to his association with the New York Gremlins and statistician and social media director. Greg has been involved with the game since he was 13 years old and is a second generation softballer, his father Bob Nydick has been a team sponsor for a number of years. In his professional life, Greg is as an auditor for a public accounting firm. 

“I am excited to join an organization that has meant so much to me growing up, and I look forward to helping promote and grow the game of fastpitch,” said Nydick. “I am looking forward to working with all the other Commissioners.”

“Greg’s experience, both in his fastpitch associations and his professional life, will be of great value to the ISC,” said Fisher.

Bill has been involved with the game since 1991 and has wide experience as a player, manager, sponsor and clinician. In 2016, Bill organized and ran training clinics for junior men’s national teams from countries such as Israel, Botswana and Denmark. Bill has also worked with the US junior men’s team members and was just announced as a member of the 2017-2020 USA Softball men’s national team coaching pool. He is currently working with the West Michigan Sports Commission in preparation for the 2017 ISC World Tournament. 

“I would like to thank Larry Fisher and the ISC for including me in the organization.  I hope to use this new position to help maintain the world class quality of fastpitch softball that ISC has provided for many years now,” said Kunkel. “I also hope to use my new role as a recruiting platform to attract the younger generation to fastpitch softball and the international level of completion that is so hard to find otherwise.” 

“Bill’s strong involvement with, and passion for, the development of the sport will be extremely useful as we face the challenges of trying to grow the game,” said Fisher.

The ISC welcomes both Greg and Bill to the Board of Directors. Both are keen and willing to become important components of the ISC and it is felt that their energy and enthusiasm will be an asset to the organization moving forward.

For more information, please contact:

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

 

Larry Fisher

ISC Executive Director

Findlay, Ohio

iscfastpitch@gmail.com

February 3, 2017  –  The ISC is currently seeking interested players for appointment to the ISC Player Rep Committee. Player Rep Committee members should be active participants on teams that are planning to participate in the 2017 ISC World Tournament.

If you wish to be considered for the 2017 Player Rep Committee, I ask that you send an “email of interest” to me at oscar@rucls.net as well as your respective ISC Vice President, Chris Santos, USA VP at jcsantos25@msn.com or Todd McCabe, CA VP at todd_mccabe23@hotmail.com by no later than Feb. 15th, 2017.

Thanks,

Dean Oscar

ISC, President

January 23, 2017 – The International Softball Congress continues its outreach to university, college and high school baseball coaches across the United States with a second recruiting video to attract new players into men’s fastpitch softball.
 
The new video is now available on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com as well as on the ISC Facebook page www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch.
 
“As stated in the video, it’s a great tool, but it needs to be shared with as many baseball coaches and players as possible so that we can get new players into the game,” says Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director. “We encourage all men’s teams to reach out to their local colleges and high schools and spread the word – there’s a significant pool of talent there and we need to tap into it to bring young players into our game.”
 
“By our unofficial count, there’s nearly 1,300 men’s fastpitch softball teams across North America, so there’s an opportunity out there for those that want to play,” says Fisher.
 
Tapping into the baseball past of several players on the highly-ranked New York Gremlins team, the video features several top players as well as USA Softball President Warren Jones, who speaks about the opportunities for younger players to be identified for the U.S.A. U19 junior men’s national team. 
 
“We want to let these young kids know that there’s another game out there that they can play,” says Jones. 
 
Among the Gremlins, Matt Palazzo talks about the quick pace of play, the ability for one hit to be a big difference in the game and the success he’s had in recruiting athletes in the Des Moines, Iowa area to take up the game.
 
“Once they try it, just like myself, they fall in love with the game and its pace,” says Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University and, in addition to the Gremlins, stars on the U.S.A. men’s national team and has twice been named the U.S. Male Fastpitch Player of the Year
 
Aimed at high school and college seniors, the video commentary notes that men’s fastpitch softball offers baseball players the opportunity to utilize all of the skills they’ve developed over a lifetime of playing, and will give them the chance to create 20+ years of new memories.
 
“I’ve been able to travel around the world and see the best in the world … and it’s been a great challenge and a good experience,” says Nick Mullins, who played baseball at the University of Pittsburgh, and plays for the Gremlins as well as Team U.S.A. “For all of the young kids out there who are playing baseball or just finished playing baseball, [fastpitch softball] is definitely a good game, so get out here and let’s see what you’ve got!”
 
International stars Zenon Winters and Bryan Abrey also talk about the opportunities and experiences they’ve enjoyed. 
 
Abrey, who is a member of the defending World Champion Canadian men’s national team, played junior college baseball in California before transferring to an NAIA school in Idaho. Abrey talks about the speed of the game and the adjustments that baseball players will need to make. 
 
Winters notes that he’s been playing fastpitch softball for 27 years, starting as a six-year-old in his native Australia, and has been able to travel the world because of the game and highlights the opportunity for American players to do the same thing.
 
“We think that if baseball players give fastpitch softball a chance, we’re confident that they’re going to fall in love with the game just like Matt Palazzo talks about,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director. 
 
For more information on the ISC and men’s fastpitch softball, see the ISC website at 
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director