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