November 30, 2018 – Denmark, WI., will be hosting the ISC Legends Tournament, August 15-16-17, 2019. A field of ONLY 12 teams will make up the field for the 10th edition of this highly competitive event.
In order to not be left out of this popular event, teams interested in being considered for an invitation to participate in this “invitational event” are encouraged to immediately contact ISC Legends Tournament Director Keith Erbenkbrack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete ISC Legends Tournament rules can be viewed Here.
El Paso, TX – November 14, 2018 – Reminder to any eligible ISC players that the Carrol Forbes Scholarship Foundation is accepting scholarship requests for 2019.
The closing date will be January 5, 2019. Interested applicants can find form and details on ISC website : www.iscfastpitch.com. Click on Forbes Foundation section.
The information on the ISC website provides the requirements. Any male fastball players who have participated in any ISC youth tourney or other ISC event, completed their secondary or high school and will be continuing their academic carrier at a recognized post secondary institution are encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants please send to Charlie Smith, CFF Scholarship Chair at email@example.com
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)
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
ISC Executive Director
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
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)
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
As the calendar gets set to turn to April, now is the time to pre-order your 2018 ISC World Championship Guide.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Todd email@example.com
Kyle Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
AJ Moses email@example.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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Todd – email@example.com
Kyle Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 ISC LEGENDS TOURNAMENT
Aug 17 – 19
Art Van Sports Complex – Rockford, MI
Ohio Battery – Ashland Ohio
Bay Area Merchants – Haywood CA
Waterloo Legends – Waterloo, On
Waterdown Legends – Waterdown, On
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
Terry Luster – Ohio Battery
Fred Killings – Waterdown Legends
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
Bill Fairman – Waterdown Legends
Mike Cavender – Ohio Battery
Ray Biagini – Bay Area Merchants
Kelly Wenstrom – Waterloo Legends
Reggie Barrau – Ohio Battery
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
John Melchiori – Ohio Battery
Brent Stevenson – Ohio Battery
2017 ISC II Tournament Awards
Aug 15 – 17
Art Van Sports Complex – Rockford MI
Page Brake – Salt Lake City, UT
Pueblo Bandits – Pueblo, CO
Ashland A’s – Ashland, OH
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:
Erick Chapparo Page Brake
Melvin Batista – Pueblo Bandits
Jonas Mach – Ashland A’s
Tyrone Sandoval – Pueblo Bandits
Randy Wheelock – Oetman Excavating
David Krafft – S & B Wranglers
Trent Pell- Frankenmuth Brewers
Gin Barnes – Page Brake
Randy Barnes – Page Brake
Albert Spena – Durham Diamondbacks
Andy Triest – Durham Diamondbacks
Alex Phillips – Ashland A’s
Pablo Figuerio – Pueblo Bandits
Riley White – Page Brake
Ryan Nicholls – Frankenmuth Brewers
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Gin Barnes – Page Brake
Erick Chapparo – Page Brake
2017 ISC WORLD TOURNAMENT
Aug 12 – 19
Art Van Sports Complex, Rockford, MI
Hill United Chiefs
FRANK PORTH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD:
KEVIN HERLIHEY NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
Reily Makea – Bloomington Stix
BEST DRESSED TEAM:
Elmira Expos – Elmira,ON
Tyler Pauli – Nith River – .636
MOST RBI’s: (8)
Nicolas Carril (Hill United) – Peyton Hall (Topeka) – Cam Schiller (J&B)
1st TEAM ALL WORLD:
Mark Johnson – Hill United Chiefs
Fred Carmona – J&B Bombers
Jason Sanford – Hill United Chiefs
Brad Ezekiel – Hill United Chiefs
Zenon Winters – NY Gremlins
Blake Hunter – J&B Bombers
Nicolas Carril – Hill united Chiefs
Nick Shailes – Hill United Chiefs
James Toddhunter – Hill United Chiefs
Manuel Godoy – Circle Tap
Cam Schiller – J&B Bombers
Scott Leblanc – Waterdown Hammer
Adam Folkard – Hill United
Caleb Keeshig – Toronto Batmen
Devon McCullough – J&B Bombers
2nd TEAM ALL WORLD:
Andrew Kirkpatrick – NY Gremlins
Kallan Compain – KW Cubs
Bryden Arcand – Grande Prairie
Riely Makea – Bloomington Stix
Matt Ratliff – A1 Power
Justin Krulick – Toronto Batmen
Ben Wideman – Hill United Chiefs
Travis Jones – Toronto Batmen
Ladislao Malarczuk – NY Gremlins
Tyler Dudley – J&B Bombers
Tyson Bartorillo – Bloomington Stix
Juan Cruz Zara – CanAm Twins
Jorge Segura – A1 Power
Sean Cleary – CanAm Twins
Duane Weiler – Bear Bottom Haymakers
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Nicolas Carril – Hill United Chiefs
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.
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.
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:
All breakfast attendees are required to have a ticket, available as follows:
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 email@example.com or 519-884-4050.
August 24, 2017 Individual brackets for; World Tournament, ISC II and Legends can be found in the “World Tournament” Menu.
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.
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 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”.
ISC VP Communications
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.
ISC VP Communications
ISC Umpire in Chief
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
ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor
ISC Executive Director
ISC VP Communications
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.
ISC VP Communications
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
ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor
blairjs [@] gmail.com
ISC Executive Director
iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com