December 7, 2018  –  ISC Executive Director, Larry Fisher is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob McGowan to the ISC Board of Directors.
 
Bob is rejoining the ISC, having served on the ISC Board of Directors 1996 to 2006. He was the driving force behind the development of the ISC II program and served as the first ISC II VP from 2002 to 2006.
 
Bob, who resides in Freelton, Ontario, quoted ” I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the ISC, thanks to Larry Fisher”.
 
Larry Fisher stated “I am extremely happy Bob has agreed to once again rejoin our organization, I believe his experience and enthusiasm will be of significant value to us”.
 
Welcome back to Bob McGowan !!
 
Thank you, Keith Erkenbrack
ISC Vice President Communications

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Denmark, WI  –  12/4/18      The 18th Annual Boys of Summer Open will be held July 12-14 in Denmark, Wisconsin.  This year’s field will be increased to 16 teams.  Confirmed teams are:
 
1. AWP Lumberjacks—Du Quoin, Illinois
2. AHI Reapers—Kimberly, Wisconsin
3. Bandits—Pueblo, Colorado
4. Bar Buzz–Appleton, Wisconsin
5. Circle Tap Dukes—Denmark, Wisconsin
6. Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks—Aurora, Illinois
7. Hallman Twins—Kitchener, Ontario
8. Irma Tigers—Irma, Alberta
9. J&B Bombers—Los Angeles, California
10. Kansas City Monarchs—Belleville, KS
11. Kegel Black Knights—Fargo, ND
12. New York Gremlins—Clifton Park, NY
13. Norsemen—Ostrander, Minnesota
14. Orangemen—Rice Lake, Wisconsin
15. Tin Cup Tornado—St. Paul, Minnesota
16. USA Futures
 
 If you have any questions about this tournament or the ISC 2019, please contact Dean Kane at deankane16@gmail.com    The hotel list and other information with regard to the ISC 2019 are coming in early January.

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 keithe39@centurylink.net.

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  www.csmith2@elp.rr.com

November 1, 2018 – Denmark, WI –  The Boys of Summer Open is looking to expand to 16 teams in 2019.  We have received a lot of interest from teams that have not previously attended and would like to accommodate 16 teams this year instead of 12.  We ran the tournament with 16 for several years before scaling back.  The tournament will be held at the host sites for the 2019 ISC World Tournament.  The dates are July 12-14, 2019.  The Circle Tap diamond will be the main diamond and the two diamonds in the Village of Denmark Memorial Park will serve as the two others.  We have used these diamonds several years ago and are thrilled to be back.   They are much improved and have new scoreboards and regulation fastpitch size.  All three diamonds have permanent fencing which we believe everyone will appreciate.  The entry fee is $200 as it has been since 2001 when the tournament started.  Here is the list of committed teams and there are a couple of others that have expressed interest:
 
• The Bar Buzz
• Tin Cup Tornado
• Circle Tap Dukes
• Ostrander Norsemen
• Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks
• Kegel Black Knights
• Kansas City Monarchs
• Reapers
• Rice Lake Orangemen
• Pueblo Bandits
• Imra Tigers
• Bare Bottom Lodge
• Hallman Twins
 
Please contact Dean Kane at deankane16@gmail.com or Darren Derricks at 920.676.2448 for any questions or to enter the tournament.
  
Dean Kane
CT Fastpitch
Deankane16@gmail.com

Page 42  –  ISC HALL OF FAME RULES:
A motion was approved that voting shall be based upon the Person’s; Record, Playing Ability, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Character and Contributions to the ISC Organization.

Page 143 – PLAYING RULES:
A motion was approved that an exception be made that says that the “trapper glove” can only be used by first basemen and catcher.

Page 144 – FOREIGN SUBSTANCE RULE:
A motion was approved that when a ball gets too dirty the Umpire can throw out the ball at his discretion with no penalty to the pitcher.

Page 145  –  ALL WORLD TEAMS:
Beginning in 2019 Twelve (12) players shall be named to the 1st & 2nd ISC All World Teams: three (3) pitchers, one (1) catchers, four (4) infielders, three (3) outfielders, and one (1) designated hitter.

Page 146  –  OUT OF REGION PLAYERS:
A motion was approved that All ISC teams who have four (4) or more approved Out-of-Region players must have their Out-of-Region players play in at least one approved ISC qualifying event or on an invitational tournament in both June and July with their current years team to be eligible for the current years ISC World Tournament. Exceptions to the preceding for rostered national team players and rostered junior national team players may be requested through the appropriate national Vice President.

Each team with four (4) or more approved Out-of-Region players will be allowed one (1) exception to the requirement that Out-of-Region players must play in an  approved ISC qualifying event or on an invitational tournament in both June and July. That exception must be declared and marked on the ISC Roster by June 15 and resubmitted to the Executive Director. This exception is subject to PRAWN rules and Out-of-Region form, June 15th deadline and fees.”

Aug 14, 2018 – Kitchener, Ontario

 
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 15, 2018  –  The ISC Board of Directions has selected the Quad Cities, IL/IA as the site of the 2020 World Tournament.

This will mark the fifteenth (15) time; Rock Island, IL (10), Quad Cities, IL/IA (5), that this area has played Host to the ISC World Tournament.

The tournament will once again be played at the Green Valley Softball Complex, Moline, IL, August 8th – 15th.

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

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

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

          1-       Alan  Blanchard  –   Lodi, CA  

          2-       Brandon Bluhm  –   Chehalis, WA  

          3-       Dave Selden  – Reese, MI

          4-       Ed Otterman  –   Woodstock, ON  

          5-       Fred Malatches  –   Cambridge, ON 

          6-       Gary Johnston  –   Eau Claire, WI 

          7-       Jan Hora  –   Cherny Vul, CI

          8-       Jon  Hand  –    Maple Park, IL 

          9-       Justin Van Horn  –   Chatham, ON 

          10-     Kevin Wallace  –   Shipman, IL

          11-     Lou Davis  –   Truro, NS

          12-     Mike Morrissey  –   Peterborough, ON

          13-     Paul Verheye  –   Kitchener, ON

          14-     Rob  Deakin  –   Wodstock, ON

          15-     Rob  Straetmans  –   Bracebridge, ON

          16-     Robert  Durand  –  Osceda, WI  

          17-     Serge Laflamme  –  Levis, Quebec

          18-     Tony Dickson  –   Oro-Medonte, ON 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 
Paying tribute to our reigning ISC Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Pitcher, Nicolas Carril and Adam Folkard are featured on the cover.
 
The 2018 ISC Guide features 148 pages of stories, statistics and photos from last year’s ISC World Tournament, held in Grand Rapids, MI as well as all-world players, all-time records, ISC Hall of Fame members, and much, much more.
 
You can now order and pay for the 2018 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting http://iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/  and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.
 
The 2018 ISC Guide will also be available in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
 
For additional information, please contact
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations/Guide Editor
blairjs [@] gmail.com
 
or
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com
February 22, 2018 – Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is thrilled to announce it’s virtual Hall of Fame is now open for visitors!
 
“With over 500 hours of development work in programming, we are now opening the doors to give ISC fast pitch fans around the world the opportunity to visit our Hall of Fame,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.
 
Click on the new ISC Hall of Fame link in the top right of the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com to visit the virtual ISC Hall of Fame. We also recommend that visitors take the opportunity to view this preview video at https://youtu.be/9355W08yg2U.
 
“We acknowledge that we are missing biographical information for many of our honored members and, in addition to working with our commissioners to develop content, we are actively seeking help from fans, players and officials to make the ISC Hall of Fame experience more complete,” said Fisher.
 
The ISC Hall of Fame includes 193 members currently. Inductees are elected by the ISC Board of Directors and are honored at the annual ISC Hall of Fame Breakfast at each year’s ISC World Tournament. Fans are always welcome to visit the ISC Hall of Fame in Kimberly, Wisconsin to experience it in real life, however this virtual version provides accessibility to fans around the world.
 
The 2018 ISC Hall of Fame Breakfast will be held on Sunday August 12 in Kitchener, site of this year’s ISC World Tournament. Honored inductees are: Players Rob Gray, Sean O’Brien and Paul Rosebush, Umpire Bruce Bierman, Administrator Ferdi Nelissen and Builder/Sponsor Jim Hallman.
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
 
February 5, 2018 – The ISC Executive Committee has approved naming the annual ISC Youth Developmental Tournament, ages 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under, to the “ISC/Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournament.” 
 
The Carrol Forbes Foundation, established in 1995, is committed to investing in youth fastball programs. The Carrol Forbes Foundationis exempt under section 501 [c] [3] of the Internal Revenue Code.  Membership is open to individuals, teams, sponsors, etc.
 
 The purpose of The International Softball Congress is to create and promote both youth and mens fastpitch softball. 
 
This years ISC/Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournament will be held in Saginaw, Michigan at Hoyt Park on July 20- 22, 2018.
 
ISC Regional Commissioner Tom Stasik and and Scott Stasik are the tournament directors.  Any interested youth teams can contact:  Tom Stasik at tomstasik@gmail.com – and Scott Stasik at scottstasik@gmail.com
 
Keith Erkenbrack
ISC VP Communication

The 2018 Boys of Summer Open Fastpitch Tournament will be held July 6-8, 2018.  The main field will be at Circle Tap Bar and Grill just outside of Denmark, Wisconsin.  Diamonds 2 and 3 will be in the Village of Maribel about 7 miles away.  This will be the final year for using the Maribel diamonds as beginning in 2019 the Village of Denmark will play host to diamonds 2 and 3 for the Boys of Summer as well as the ISC World Tournament.  This year’s Boys of Summer will play host to some of the best teams from across the US with players from all over the world.  The teams include:
 
1.    Agoura Hills, CA—J&B Bombers
2.    Appleton, WI—The Bar Buzz
3.    Aurora, IL—Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks
4.    Bloomington, IL—Stix
5.    Clifton Park, NY–Gremlins
6.    Denmark, WI—Circle Tap Dukes
7.    Fargo, ND—Kegel Black Knights
8.    Kimberly, WI—Reapers
9.    Ostrander, MN–Norsemen
10.  Six Nations, ON—Hill United Chiefs
11.  St. Paul, MN—Tin Cup
12.  Topeka, KS–Toros
 
Darren Derricks and the CT Fastpitch group pride themselves on running one of the best open level tournaments of the club season.  The atmosphere at Circle Tap is very unique in that the bar and restaurant sits on the first base line and the back drop of the facility is surrounded by country fields. 
 
The facility is undergoing many improvements in preparation for the 2019 ISC.  A new concession stand/bathrooms/press box was opened last summer.  A new scoreboard will be going in within the next couple of weeks, in-ground dugouts will be constructed this spring, and new permanent bleachers will be put in this year. 
 
Derricks’ dedication to Men’s Fastpitch is strong and the hopes are that the game, team, and future world tournaments will want to visit CT again and again.  
 
The original Circle Tap diamond was constructed by ISC Hall of Famer John Miller in the late 1960’s.   The Knights of Columbus tournament started around 1970 in Denmark and ran until it’s demise in the late 1990’s.   Derricks resurrected that tournament and re-branded it in 2001 as the “Our House” tournament and re-named a year later as the “Boys of Summer”   The tournament has played host to some of the greatest teams in the modern era such as County Materials, Farm Tavern, Broken Bow, Orillia Riversharks, NY Gremlins, Patsy’s, Townline, Bombers, and the home team Circle Tap, just to name a few. 
 
In early to mid 2000’s the tournament had 16 teams, all top level considered by many as the elite club tournament of the summer.  Although some of the big names have come and gone, you can’t help but tip your cap to teams like Kegel of Fargo and Dolan & Murphy who have competed in the tournament for countless years dating back into the early 2000’s. 
 
We welcome all fastpitch fans to experience the Boys of Summer and Northeasten Wisconsin at some point, you will not be disappointed.
 
Dean M. Kane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ISC HALL OF FAME –

CANADIANS DOMINANT FOR CLASS OF 2018

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 six outstanding Canadian nominees for induction into the International Softball Congress as the Class of 2018. The inductees include three players, an umpire, an administrator and a recipient of the Bob Welby Memorial Recognition of Service Award.

Four of the inductees were born in Ontario, while the others have origins in Manitoba and Newfoundland.

PLAYERS

Rob Gray – Vaughan ON

    Rob Gray, 43, resides in Vaughan ON and had his ISC debut in 1996 with the Toronto ON Gators. Possessing a keen batting eye, Rob carved a career spanning 15 seasons that resulted in an impressive .339 batting average that included 17 home runs. Rob suited up for eight different club teams, with his prominence primarily with the Madison WI Farm Tavern (2004-09).  He played in six ISC Championship games and was a three-time ISC Champion with the Tampa Bay FL Smokers (1998), Marathon WI County Materials (2005) and Madison WI Farm Tavern  (2007). Rob earned All-World status four times with Portage WI County Classics (2001), Marathon WI County Classics (2003), and twice with the Madison WI Farm Tavern (2004 and 2005). Rob retired following his 2010 season as a member of the Kitchener ON Rivershark Twins. .  

Sean O’Brien – Brockville ON

    Sean O’Brien, 46, was born in Newfoundland and made his inaugural ISC appearance as a member of the Owen Sound ON Selects in 2000. His decade long career ended in 2010 as a member of the ISC Champion Jarvis ON Travelers.  During his eleven year career, Sean was also a member of the back-to-back champion Amsterdam NY Broken Bow Spirit. He earned ISC All-World honors on five occasions – 2002 and 2003 with Amsterdam NY Spirit; 2008 and 2009 with Saskatoon SK Aspen Interiors, and in his final 2010 season with the champion Jarvis ON Travelers. During his illustrious career, Sean batted .304, including four tournaments when he batted .400 or higher.  

Paul Rosebush, Bakersfield CA

    Paul Rosebush, 42, originally from Ontario, started his ISC career in 1999 as a member of the Oshawa ON Gators and quickly established himself as a feared top-of-the order hitter with a career .330 batting average. In 2000, he joined the Madison WI Farm Tavern for the first of nine seasons where he earned ISC All-World laurels at three tournaments (2001, 2003 and 2008), helped his team to seven top four finishes, played in three championship games and was a member of The Farm Championship squad in  2007. Paul finished his ISC career in 2011 as a member of the Bakersfield CA Angels.

UMPIRE

Bruce Bierman – Ayr ON

    Bruce Bierman of Ayr ON has enjoyed a lengthy career in softball as an umpire and official.  Within the ISC he has served for twenty years, and assumed the role as the Umpire in Chief for ISC qualifiers in 1987 and was the UIC for the inaugural ISC II in Kitchener in 2002 and again in 2006.  In 2006, he also assumed the role of UIC for the ISC and has held that position for twelve years, including the 2017 championship in Grand Rapids MI. Bruce was recognized as a “Legend” in the Officials category of the Kitchener-Woodstock  based Legends tournament in 2008, and was inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in Winnipeg MB in 2015.

ADMINISTRATOR

Ferdi Nelissen – Portage LaPrairie MB

    Concurrent to a lengthy career during which Ferdi Nelissen of Portage LaPrairie MB played and coached in 15 ISC World Tournaments from 1988 to 2002, he also served as an ISC volunteer commencing in 1993. For 17 years until 2009 Ferdi was an ISC Area Commissioner for Western Canada. In addition he served on, and eventually chaired the Rules Committee for 14 years, and was elected as the ISC Canadian Vice-President and a member of the Executive Committee in 1999. With an obvious passion for the sport, Ferdi spent huge amounts of time at the ball park during ISC Championship tournaments, including many hours as a member of the broadcast crew for the internet streaming of games, helping to promote the ISC world-wide.

BOB WELBY MEMORIAL RECOGNITION OF SERVICE AWARD

Jim Hallman- Kitchener ON

          Jim Hallman and his family have had a long-time love affair with softball as local players, corporate sponsors and team/league administrators. At the ISC level, Jim became a co-sponsor in 2002 of the Waterloo Twins who at that time were one of the longest participating senior teams in Canada. In 2005, Jim assumed primary sponsorship creating the Kitchener Hallman Twins and was very supportive of Kitchener’s hosting of the ISC Championship in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, following an amalgamation with the Orillia ON Quaker Riversharks, the new look Rivershark Twins became just the 2nd Canadian team to win the highly competitive ISC Championship. The Hallman family was also instrumental in forming the Kitchener Cubs, a team that has also consistently competed in the ISC annual tournaments. Jim’s support and enthusiasm has been instrumental in keeping competitive men’s fastball alive in the Kitchener-Waterloo Community.  

INDUCTION 2018

    The ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2018 induction continues the tradition of casting a spotlight on outstanding individuals who have participated in or contributed to the International Softball Congress. The six new inductees will be honored in a fashion similar to previous recognition ceremonies that have been hosted annually since the initial presentation in 1965. The 2018 induction is scheduled for Sunday August 12, 2018 at 8 am (doors open at 7:30 am) as part of the 2018 ISC World Tournament hosted for the fifth time in Kitchener ON.

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 HoF “Class of 2017” Induction –  Ticket Order Form

Induction Breakfast Event – Sunday August 13, 2017

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI

7:30 am – doors open;     8:00 am – Breakfast;     9:30 – Program/Inductions

ADVANCE TICKETS

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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

For tickets, e-mail this form, or a message with the required information to

John Thompson, Chair – Breakfast Event Committee sstj99@gmail.com 

ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction – Phone 519-884-4050 

LIMITED NUMBER of tickets MIGHT be available for sale at ISC Registration-Sat. Aug. 12

 

 

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”

 

June 20, 2017 – Findlay, OH – For the second consecutive year, the ISC Executive Committee has approved an adjustment to the entry fee for the World Tournament and Legends 50+ for all Canadian teams, setting it at $350 USD.

At today’s currency exchange rates, Canadian teams will pay approximately $470 in Canadian dollars.

All other ISC fees, such as Out of Region player fees, remain unaffected and are payable in USD.

This same change was also made available last year, ensuring Canadian and U.S. teams pay essentially the same amount in their native currency.

Entry fees for the planned ISC U21 Championship tournament will be announced shortly.

For Canadian players and fans, it is also recommended to purchase out of country health insurance in advance to cover any unforeseen incidents that might occur on your visit to the United States.

The 71st ISC World Tournament will be held August 11-19, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Art Van Sports Complex. 

 

Joe Todd

ISC VP Communications

Ingersoll, Ontario

ftode739@rogers.com

 
 
The 2017 ISC Canada East qualifier tournament will be held June 16-18 in Innerkip, Ontario on the three-diamond complex at the Innerkip Sports Park – see https://goo.gl/maps/zJPo6Ca1p5p. The winning team will receive a paid berth and travel money for the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
Opening round games are as follows:   WINNERS BRACKET                  LOSER BRACKET
Gm 1 D1 Fri 7 pm Shakespeare Falcons vs Kitchener Bell Cartage Outlaws
Gm 2 D2 Fri 7 pm Waterdown FirstOntario Hammer vs St. Paul’s Generals
Gm 3 D1 Fri 9 pm Elmira Expos vs Wyevale Tribe
Gm 5 D2 Fri 9 pm Nith River Monsters vs Durham Diamondbacks
Gm 4 D1 Sat 830 am Kingston Axemen vs Da Hoggs
Gm 6 D2 Sat 830 am Wiarton Nationals vs Glanworth Gators
Gm 7 D2 Sat 1030 am Kitchener Hallman Cubs vs winner Gm 1
Gm 10 D2 Sat 1230 pm Toronto Batmen vs winner Gm 6
 
Games continue all day Saturday and resume Sunday at 8:30 am with the championship game scheduled for 4:30 pm Sunday. See the attached schedules.
 
The six-team Armitage Technology ISC Canada East U21 Championship starts Saturday morning.     U21 SCHEDULE
Sat 830a New Hamburg Mustangs vs Tavistock Athletics
Sat 1030a Port Perry Bulls vs Owen Sound Selects
Sat 1230p Alvinston Aces vs Tavistock Athletics
Sat 230p Wellesley Wildcats vs Owen Sound Selects
Sat 430p New Hamburg Mustangs vs Alvinston Aces
Sat 630p Port Perry Bulls vs Wellesley Wildcats  
 
Quarter final cross-overs between the second and third-place teams in each pool will be played on Sunday morning starting at 8:30 am with the semi-finals at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and the championship scheduled for 4:30 pm. Like the ISC Qualifier, the winning U21 team will receive a paid berth and travel money for the 2017 ISC U21 Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
For additional information, please contact:
Blair Setford – blairjs@gmail.com
Joe Todd – ftode739@rogers.com

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 !