In the long and storied history of the International Softball Congress, and it’s forerunners, the National Softball Congress and the International Softball League, the common denominator is a World Tournament Champion crowned at the end of the top men’s fastpitch tournament in the game.
With the weather starting to look more and more like fastpitch-softball season, now is the time to put in your pre-order for the 2019 ISC World Championship Guide.
Paying tribute to our reigning ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher, Andrew Kirkpatrick, of the New York Gremlins, is featured on the cover. Andrew became just the 11th player in ISC history to make All-World 10 or more times.
The 2019 ISC Guide features 148 pages of stories, statistics and photos from last year’s ISC World Tournament, held in Kitchener, ON 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 2019 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 2019 ISC Guide will also be available in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
ISC VP Operations/Guide Editor
blairjs [@] gmail.com
WHAT: Iowa Area ISC Qualifier Fastpitch Softball Tournament, Walcott, Iowa
WHEN: Friday, June 21 – Sunday, 23, 2019
WHERE: The 65th Annual International Softball Congress, (ISC), Iowa Qualifier will be held at Victory and Wescott Parks in Walcott, Iowa Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd, 2019. Walcott is located twelve miles west of Davenport, Iowa on I-80. 2019 marks the 35th consecutive year the ISC tournament will been held in Walcott.
The entry fee for this tournament is two hundred twenty-five dollars, ($225.00) which includes the cost of softballs and umpires. The Qualifier tournament is a three game guarantee. The tournament will determine an area representative for the ISC World Tournament which will be held in Denmark, Wisconsin in August. The ISC representative for this tournament is Wayne Fisher.
Please make check payable to Walcott Softball Organization, PO Box 163 Walcott, Iowa 52773. Also include team name, manager, phone numbers and email address for contact. Entry deadline for the tournament is May 27, 2019. The qualifier entry fee will not be refunded after the entry deadline date.
Prize money for the qualifier is as follows:
1st place – $500 2nd place – $300 3rd place – $200
Trophies will also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place teams, as well as for the most valuable pitcher and player of the tournament.
Thank you in advance for your interest in fastpitch softball. If you have any questions, please contact me, email = email@example.com, cell phone = 563-210-0935.
The INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL CONGRESS (ISCI) will be accepting bids for the 2021 ISC Men’s Fastpitch World Tournament, deadline for receipt of bids is July 1, 2019.
We anticipate a great deal of interest and excitement for the 2021 tournament as it will be the 75TH ANNIVERSARY of the INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL CONGRESS (ISCI).
The following is intended to provide prospective bidders with some pertinent information regarding the requirements to be accepted as the successful bidder: (A complete copy of the ISC World Tournament Contract is available on request).
- OPERATING EXPENSES: The Organizer shall secure: the “Facilities”, grounds crew, cashiers, ticket sellers and takers, maintenance, publicity, advertising, announcers, scoreboard operators, balls and all other items which, in the sole opinion of ISCI, are necessary for the successful operation of the Tournaments.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Organizer agrees to provide “Rooms” for the exclusive use of ISCI, as specified in the ISCI World Tournament contract, including umpires, at designated World Tournament Headquarters Hotel located within reasonable proximity of the “Facilities”.
- WORLD TOURNAMENT UMPIRES: The Organizer agrees to pay and/or provide the following for World Tournament Umpires and Associated Supplemental Tournament Umpires: Per Game Fee, ISCI umpire travel pool, per Diem to each ISCI out-of-town umpire. as specified in the ISCI World Tournament Contract.
- WORLD TOURNAMENT FACILITY: The Organizer agrees to reserve (Facility) exclusively for the ISC World Tournament and Supplemental Tournaments. Each playing facility, minimum (3) lighted diamonds, is to be completely enclosed and meet the following minimum requirements.
- PRIMARY FIELD: Seating capacity for at least 2000 spectators.
- Outfield fence distance of 250 feet.
- 46’ Pitching Distance – 60’ Bases
- Lighting system with 50’ candlepower in infield, 30’ in outfield.
- Electronic scoreboard (Home- Visitors- Innings-Score-Outs-Strike-Balls).
- Tarpaulin capable of complete coverage of infield area for primary field.
- Covered and enclosed dugouts with drinking water for players.
- Adequate press-box with public address system.
- Adequate pre-game warm-up area for each team.
- Enclosed warm-up area for pitchers warm-up.
- SECONDARY FIELDS: Seating capacity for at least 300 spectators.
- Outfield fence distance of 250 feet.
- 46’ Pitching Distance – 60’ Bases
- Lighting system with 50’ candlepower in infield, 30’ in outfield.
- Electronic scoreboard (Home- Visitors- Innings-Score-Outs-Strike-Balls).
- Covered and enclosed dugouts with drinking water for players.
- Adequate press-box with public address system.
INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL CONGRESS
The 2019 ISC Legends Tournament will be a 16 team tournament in Denmark, Wisconsin in August.
Its my pleasure to announce 10 teams that played in 2018 tournament are returning including the champions Sudbury Relics and runner up Bay Area Merchants.
January 12, 2019 – Denmark, WI – Please find attached the list of hotels in Green Bay that we have room blocks with regard to the 2019 ISC World Tournament. The Host and Headquarter Hotel will be Country Inn & Suites located at 850 Kepler Drive in Green Bay. Easy access to I43 which is a short 12 mile freeway drive to Denmark.
If you have any questions please contact Dean Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing everyone in Northeastern Wisconsin this August 10 – 17, 2019!
List is available by clicking the 2019 Denmark “logo” at the left.
January 3, 2019 – “The International Softball Congress is currently looking to designate tournaments held in April, May and June as Qualifiers for the 2019 ISC World Tournament in Denmark, Wisconsin.
If you are interested in having your tournament serve as an ISC Qualifier, please contact either Chris Santos, USA Vice President at email@example.com or Todd McCabe, Canada Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
We hope to have a complete listing of our Qualifiers available by the end of January.
January 1. 2019 – The ISC is saddened at the loss one of its “All-Time” pitching greats, pitcher KG Fincher, who passed away yesterday, on New Year’s Eve. Fincher hailed originally from the San Diego area, and resided in Tuscon, Arizona.
Inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 1986 his Hall of Fame bio can be viewed at: http://www.iscfastpitch.com/bio/k.g.fincher.pdf
December 30, 2018 – Not a surprise, but the number of teams expressing interest in participating in the 2019 Legends Tournament as part of the ISC World Tournament in Denmark, WI has already exceeded the maximum of twelve teams that can be accommodated.
With that in mind, we encourage any other Legends teams interested in participating, contact Legends Tournament Director Keith Erkenbreck prior to the deadline of Saturday, January 12, 2019.
After the January 12th deadline, the Legends Tournament committee will review the list of all teams that have expressed an interest in participation in the 2019 Legend Tournament and determine the twelve teams to be extended an invitation to the 2019 Legends Tournament.
Those invitations will be extended by the end of January 2019.
The remaining teams will be put on a priority list to fill any berths that might become available if one of the originally invited twelve teams is unable to accept the invitation.
The ISC is pleased with the response and success of our Legends Tournament and regrets that we are only able to extend an invitation to twelve teams for the 2019
December 19, 2018 – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Vail (Cottage Grove, MN) as ISC Umpire-in-Chief.
Steve is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin River Falls where he played football and baseball. While at River Falls he started officiating under the direction of Donald Page. He has umpired and officiated football, basketball, baseball and fast pitch softball for the past 54 years.
Officiating is not a job to Steve , it is a passion, His umpiring has taken him all over the US, Canada and other parts of the world.
Steve is looking forward for the opportunity of being the UIC for the ISC allowing him to remain in an active roll with fast pitch softball at the highest level in the world.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Joe Todd firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Smith email@example.com
AJ Moses firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
Joe Todd – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Smith – email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-884-4050.
August 24, 2017 Individual brackets for; World Tournament, ISC II and Legends can be found in the “World Tournament” Menu.
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
Field 4 Munger vs. Simcoe
Field 4 Stouffville vs. Oshawa
Field 4 Oshawa vs. Simcoe
Field 4 Stouffville vs. Simcoe
Field 2 Munger vs. Oshawa
Field 3 Munger – Richville vs. Kitchener Waterloo
Playoff for 16 Year old Division
10:00 Field 3 1st vs. 4th
Field 2 2nd vs. 3rd
12:00 Field 3 Championship Game
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.
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.
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