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.
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:
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
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Director of Marketing & Events
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.
ISC VP Communications
Kelowna, BC – The scorekeepers at the Kelowna May Days tournament this past weekend did a great job compiling statistics for ISC World Tournament VP Craig Donaldson.
Full stats are available and you will note that a lot of world-class players journeyed to Kelowna this past weekend. KELOWNA DAYS STATS
South Hill Giants defeated Sooke Loggers 5-2 in the championship game late on Sunday afternoon, while Grande Prairie Pirates (formerly Lloydminister Dodgers) earned a berth to the 2017 ISC World Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI as the highest-finishing team with a complete ISC Roster.
We congratulate Craig and his Kelowna team of volunteers! “All for the Love of the Game”.
ISC VP Communications
The 33rd annual Kelso Klassic (established in 1985) is June 9,10,11, 2017 and will be played at the Kelso City Park, located on Cherry St. in Kelso, MO. “We anticipate 14 teams, tremendous crowds, and great softball for fastpitch fans”, said Rick Heuring (Founder of the Kelso Klassic ).
“We have had many world class players come to Kelso, and although they have participated in places all over the country, they still think Kelso is right there at the top of the fastpitch venues when comparing competition, atmosphere, crowds, and overall organization”. Rick added that “The entire weekend is like a big tail-gate party. If we get good weather, we will draw around 2,000 fans for our Friday night session. Saturday night is also well attended.”
Rick has complete statistics for every player that has ever participated in the Kelso Klassic, now numbering 1,952 different individuals, since the tournament began in 1985. Rick has collected player profiles and photos from the past to build a history of fastpitch and the tournament. And according to Rick “We like to think that our information rivals that of the ISC”.
The ISC is very glad to once again have the ‘Kelso Klassic” as one of its ISC World Tournament Qualifiers !
May 8, 2017 – Ayr, Ontario – Congratulations to the 20-man crew selected by Umpire-in-Chief Bruce Bierman for the 2017 ISC World Tournament to be held this August in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
With input from Deputy UIC Lou Davis and Les Novak, the Blue Crew for the 2017 ISC World Tournament is as follows:
1 Rick Boyd – Oro Medonte, ON
2. Glenn Brown – Oak Harbor, WA
3. Lou Davis – Truro, NS
4. Robert Durand – Osceda, WI
5. Steve Gallagher – Cobourg, ON
6. Roger Griffith – Goshen, IN
7. Jon Hand – Maple Park, IL
8. Jay Hart – Dunnville, ON
9. Steve Jannke – Caledonia, MI
10 Gary Johnson – Eau Claire, WI
11. Serge Laflamme – Levis, QC
12. Chris Lamer – Belleville, ON
13. Mathieu Leclerc – Donnacona, QC
14. Fred Malatches – Cambridge, ON
15. LeWayne Rogers – Altoona, IA
16. Dave Selden – Reese, MI (Designated by ASA)
17. Paul Squires – Goldsboro, NC
18. Trevor Topping – Kitchener, ON
19. Justin Van Horn – Chatham, ON
20. Kevin Wallace – Shipman, IL
To be considered for this prestigious assignment, every umpire that would like the opportunity to officiate an ISC World Tournament must complete an application in the fall of the prior year and submit it to Bruce Bierman and Lou Davis. From the many applications that are received every fall, each is scrutinized and evaluated for selection.
Just as the teams, players, and coaches strive to participate in the ISC World Tournament every August, the same can be said for the Blue Crew. Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing you on the field in Grand Rapids.
ISC VP Communications
ISC Umpire in Chief
April 19, 2017 Mississauga, ON – What’s your favourite memory of the 2016 ISC World Tournament? Shane Boland’s championship-winning home run? Walk-off heroics by Nick Shailes or Wayne Laulu?
You can relive all of those moments and more with the 2017 ISC Digital Guide now available for your viewing pleasure online at the International Softball Congress website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
Simply click on the front cover of the 2017 Guide and you’ll be taken to a full-colour reproduction with more than 125 photos, links to all of the Pointstreak linescores and game stats and ISC Network broadcasts plus dozens of additional links sprinkled throughout. The ISC Digital Guide is a faithful reproduction of the hard copy ISC Guide which is now on sale.
This is the seventh year of publication for the ISC Digital Guide by Red Mat Media, led by Scott Standerfer and his team.
You can now order and pay for a hard copy of the 2017 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting http://iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/ and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.
We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and FirstOntario Credit Union, for enabling us to bring you the 2017 ISC World Championship Guide.
For additional information, please contact
ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor
ISC Executive Director
ISC VP Communications
April 11, 2017 – Reedsburg, WI – The International Softball Congress has appointed a new slate of 12 player representatives.
“We want to thank all of these individuals who have stepped forward to be a voice for the players in the game,” said ISC President Dean Oscar.
1- Brad Pender – Canada East
2- Chris Diethert – US Central
3- Eric Fogel – US East
4- Jon Gwizdala – US East
5- Justin Schofield – Atlantic Canada
6- Kris Walushka – Canada West
7- Matt McLaren – Canada East
8- Nick Santos – US West
9- Scott Galenza – Canada West
10 – Tyler Dudley – US East
11- Sisco Sabate – International
12- Zennon Winters – International
US Player reps are appointed by US Vice President Chris Santos. In Canada, they are appointed by Canada Vice President Todd McCabe. International player reps are appointed by Dean Oscar. The player’s rep committee discusses business throughout the year via email and has the power to propose motions to the ISC Board of Directors on a wide variety of issues.
The ISC would like to thank the previous group of player reps, some of whom had close to a decade or more of service, for their time and commitment. The injection of new faces with new ideas and the fire of enthusiasm will be a plus for the game we all love.
ISC VP Communications
February 10, 2017 – Findlay, OH – Greg Nydick, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Kunkel, from Eaton Rapids, MI, are both joining the International Softball Congress (ISC) as Commissioners-at-Large, the ISC announced today.
“In addition to having a passion for the game, each of these individuals have skills that we need in our organization as we continue to support men’s fastpitch softball,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.
Fans of the game will be familiar with Greg due to his association with the New York Gremlins and statistician and social media director. Greg has been involved with the game since he was 13 years old and is a second generation softballer, his father Bob Nydick has been a team sponsor for a number of years. In his professional life, Greg is as an auditor for a public accounting firm.
“I am excited to join an organization that has meant so much to me growing up, and I look forward to helping promote and grow the game of fastpitch,” said Nydick. “I am looking forward to working with all the other Commissioners.”
“Greg’s experience, both in his fastpitch associations and his professional life, will be of great value to the ISC,” said Fisher.
Bill has been involved with the game since 1991 and has wide experience as a player, manager, sponsor and clinician. In 2016, Bill organized and ran training clinics for junior men’s national teams from countries such as Israel, Botswana and Denmark. Bill has also worked with the US junior men’s team members and was just announced as a member of the 2017-2020 USA Softball men’s national team coaching pool. He is currently working with the West Michigan Sports Commission in preparation for the 2017 ISC World Tournament.
“I would like to thank Larry Fisher and the ISC for including me in the organization. I hope to use this new position to help maintain the world class quality of fastpitch softball that ISC has provided for many years now,” said Kunkel. “I also hope to use my new role as a recruiting platform to attract the younger generation to fastpitch softball and the international level of completion that is so hard to find otherwise.”
“Bill’s strong involvement with, and passion for, the development of the sport will be extremely useful as we face the challenges of trying to grow the game,” said Fisher.
The ISC welcomes both Greg and Bill to the Board of Directors. Both are keen and willing to become important components of the ISC and it is felt that their energy and enthusiasm will be an asset to the organization moving forward.
For more information, please contact:
ISC VP Communications
ISC Executive Director
February 3, 2017 – The ISC is currently seeking interested players for appointment to the ISC Player Rep Committee. Player Rep Committee members should be active participants on teams that are planning to participate in the 2017 ISC World Tournament.
If you wish to be considered for the 2017 Player Rep Committee, I ask that you send an “email of interest” to me at email@example.com as well as your respective ISC Vice President, Chris Santos, USA VP at firstname.lastname@example.org or Todd McCabe, CA VP at email@example.com by no later than Feb. 15th, 2017.
December 13, 2016 – Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.
The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.
“With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher. Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.
“We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher.
More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.
The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.
For additional information, please contact:
ISC Executive Director
ISC VP Communications
December 9, 2016 – Ayr, Ontario – The International Softball Congress is reminding umpires that the deadline to apply to officiate at the 2017 ISC World Tournament is January 15, 2017.
Umpires wanting to work the 2017 ISC World Tournament, must complete the ISC Umpire Pool Application form, which can be found on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com in the ISC Forms tab.
Pool application are to be sent to ISC Umpire-in-Chief Bruce Bierman and ISC Deputy UIC Lou Davis. E-mail addresses are at the bottom of the pool application.
The ISC reminds umpires that they must apply each year to be considered to umpire in the World Tournament.
The 2017 ISC World Tournament will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan from August 11-20 at the Art Van Complex.
ISC Umpire In Chief
December 2, 2016 – Mississauga, ON – While Christmas is less than a month away, for those still pining for the smell of freshly mown grass and the crack of a home run, all of the 2016 ISC World Tournament game videos have been collected on the FASTPITCH ON YouTube channel and are available for viewing.
The playlist for the games is: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5CtRiA3GJz7H6Fs63zCPD6l_ywJAWTzJ and is accessible from the FASTPITCH ON YouTube link on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
The ISC is asking fans to click on the “subscribe” button for the ISC Fastpitch channel on YouTube. Subscribing is free and will provide you with notifications whenever videos are added to the ISC Fastpitch channel. In addition, when we get to 100 subscribers, YouTube enables us to have a more user-friendly URL rather than the random collection of letters and numbers like above.
“Look for additional ISC Network broadcasts to be added to the ISC Fastpitch channel in the future as we build our archives library in one place,” said ISC VP Operations and broadcast co-executive producer Blair Setford. “The YouTube platform is ideal for us for both live webcasts as well as archived games.”
The ISC gives special thanks to headline sponsors FirstOntario Credit Union as well as Murphy’s Fish & Chips and First Nations Payments Systems. In addition, we want to recognize the financial contributions of Circle Tap Bar & Grill, Cooper Tires, Corbett’s Source for Sports, Fireman Steinmetz Daya, Gorilla Gold, Mr. Ned’s Custom Tailors, Peligro Sports, Skelton Trucking and Rawlings Sports (Worth).
Our preference has been to try to secure sufficient sponsorship such that we can continue to bring the games to our fans at no cost. However, this means balancing meeting the needs of our fans around the world who want to watch the ISC World Tournament with the reality of increased production costs. In 2016, we went with a single-camera production. We would like to do more, but that comes with a cost.
With most of the sponsorship coming from sponsors who already support their teams, we ask fans who may know of businesses that may be prepared to provide financial support for the broadcasts to contact us for further information.
ISC VP Communications
ISC VP Operations
November 4, 2016 – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Kane, of Denmark, Wisconsin, as Treasurer. Kane, 41, replaces Charlie Smith who has held the position for the past 14 years.
Kane is a treasury analyst at a Wisconsin insurance firm, where he has worked for the past nine years. His love for working with numbers is second only to his love for the game of men’s fastball.
“I am looking forward to this new opportunity with the ISC and working with the executive committee and the regional commissioners to continue the unrivaled heritage of the ISC World Tournament,” says Kane.
Kane started playing fastball at the age of 16 for Denmark State Bank in local leagues and tournaments. He played with the lower level Circle Tap II team until 2001. In 2002, he joined the Circle Tap major men’s team as a player-coach and administrator, playing in his first ISC World Tournament during that year. Kane has been with Circle Tap since then and helps organize and run the annual Boys of Summer Tournament each July.
“The ISC Board of Directors welcomes Dean into its fraternity as a very important component of the ISC team and we look forward to working with him,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher.
For more information, please see the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
ISC VP Communications
Oct 15, 2016 – by Gordon Wise – A very important torch is going to be passed in the International Softball Congress this year, a torch which has been held in the most-capable of hands for many decades. A key player in the ISC will step back and take a new role in this organization which has been a big part of his life.
CHARLIE SMITH has announced his retirement as Treasurer, following 14 years in that post.
Charlie succeeded his friend and mentor, Frank Porth, as Treasurer in 2002, and the organization has seen rock-solid financial leadership throughout his years of service. Before being selected for that office, Charlie had served the organization since his appointment as a Commissioner in 1986. He has served on the Executive Committee from 1994 – 2016.
But Charlie’s involvement with the ISC goes back to the beginning of the organization’s historic run in Rock Island, IL. It was then that Charlie, and his teammates on the Dautrich Realty team from El Paso, TX captured the first of two straight ISC World Tournament titles.
And his involvement with the sport itself goes way back to the years before the ISC itself was Formed. Flash back to 1944 and look in on the young Charlie Smith (just 14 and breaking into the tough El Paso Church League.) This was the beginning of a career which was to lead to adventures and “making a lot of outstanding trips and making a lot of outstanding friendships.”
Along the way, Charlie, a first baseman throughout, racked up additional honors all Along the way. He competed in 12 NSC/ISC World Tournaments where his teams fared quite well.
In addition to the ISC championship years of 1961 and 1962, his teams finished second once, twice finished fourth and twice finished in seventh place.
His honors in the diamond sport continued with induction into the El Paso Hall of Fame in both softball and baseball and El Paso’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
His crowning honor came in 1983 when Charlie was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame.
Since 1986, he has served the ISC in a variety of posts including Commissioner of the West Texas/New Mexico Area; Southern Vice-President; as well as Treasurer of the Carrol Forbes Foundation prior to becoming ISC Treasurer in 2002.
The long track record of quality service to the sport and the organization will not end with his retirement from the Treasurer’s post. He will continue to be an active part of the ISC from his new post of Commissioner at Large.
Hats off to Charlie Smith, one of the truly fine gentlemen of our organization!
September 26, 2016 – Findlay, OH – A video has been released, announcing the new project underway to make the ISC Hall of Fame available for everyone to view and explore. More updates will be posted here as work is completed… but for the introductory video, please click on he following link…
September 25, 2016 – Larry Fisher, Executive Director of the International Softball Congress, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Thompson, of Waterloo, Ontario, as a ISC Specialist as the Hall of Fame Coordinator, formalizing a position John has filled since 2011.
“When the ISC assumed the costs and responsibility for the annual Hall of Fame Breakfast and Induction Ceremony, there were a lot of questions as to what we could do and how long we could do it,” said Fisher. “When I talked with John that very same afternoon, he just said “I’ll see what I can do.’’
Thompson has not only kept the Hall of Fame Breakfast and Induction Ceremony alive these past six years, but he has truly emphasized the “ceremony” of this very important part of the ISC World Tournament and made it an event.
“Since 2011, when John said ‘I’ll see what I can do”, he has provided 31 Hall of Fame inductees, their families and friends with a morning they will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Fisher, noting that Thompson’s official appointment is long overdue.
Thompson was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2014, receiving the Bob Welby Memorial Recognition of Service Award for his long tenured devotion to the game in Waterloo and to the ISC.
The ISC welcomes John Thompson in his formal role and we will all look forward to continuing the successful Hall of Fame Breakfasts for many more years.
ISC VP Communications
September 20, 2016 – Pictures are up for the 2016 ISC World Tournament and available for viewing and purchase. We are offering greatly reduced prices for this tournament and pictures can be ordered for $3 for a team picture and $1 for each individual/action shot. Special requests for sizing or edits are welcome for an additional cost. Follow the link below to the page with all of the pictures, find your desired images based on album and each picture has a identification number in the description. Send a private message or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the album and id# of the pictures requested…and a secured payment email will be sent to you to complete the purchase.
Thank you for your interest….and hope you enjoy the memories!!
-Nick @ Quest Media Design
September 16, 2016 – The following rule changes were approved by the ISC Board of Directors effective for the 2017 season:
RESIDENCY – pg 154 – CURRENT RULE: Approved Out-Of-Region players on all ISC teams must 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.
NEW RULE: “Approved Out-Of-Region players on all ISC teams must play in at least one approved ISC Qualifying event or in invitational tournaments in July, with their current year’s team, to be eligible for World Tournament play.”
OUT-OF-REGION PITCHERS – pg 154 – CURRENT RULE: Team rosters for all ISC Championship play shall be restricted to two (2) out-of-region pitchers. Pitcher is defined as any player on an 18-man roster who pitches in ISC Championship competition. The two (2) pitchers for ISC Championship play are deemed to be the first two (2) that pitch in ISC Championship play in any bracket.
NEW RULE: “Teams shall be allowed 3 pitchers with only 1 being a PRAWN pitcher.”