World’s top men’s fastpitch in Europe in 2018

Written by Bob on February 22nd, 2017

By Helena Novotna
Photos by Dirk Steffen
21 Feb 2017

A meeting of the Men’s Fastpitch Development Commission took place in New Zealand, in February, during the Challenge Cup competition.

The meeting was led by the Chair of the Commission, Rex Capil from New Zealand. The World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division (WBSC-SD) was represented by President Dale McMann and Executive Director Ron Radigonda, and representatives of some of the top men’s fastpitch countries — Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Japan and New Zealand – were also invited.

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Remembering Peters Packers of Eau Claire, one of Wisconsin’s best in the 1960s

Written by Bob on February 13th, 2017

1963 PETERS PACKERS won the Wisconsin State Championship with its roster, front row from left, Don Lee, Ron Buckli, Larry Bergh, Ted Lahner, Jim Peuse, John Schaaf and DeBug Johnson. Back row, left, equipment manager Merrill Semingson, manager Duke Severson, Jim Bollinger Harv Tomter, Jon Wensel, Gene Golden, Al Mitchell, Coach Jim Warden, Don Amundson, Bobo Johnson. Missing is Tex Brooks. Photo Green Bay Press-Gazette / Sat. Aug. 24, 1963

AUSTIN, Minn. – Peters Packers tries for a fourth straight championship in the fifth annual 1965 Midwest Invitational Softball Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Austin, Minn.

Peters faces Loesch’s Bar of Hastings, Minn., in its opening game Saturday at 9:30 a.m. In all, there are 32 teams entered from five states. The tournament is considered one of the finest in the Midwest. Peters won the previous three titles, defeating Scandia in the finals last year.

Peters, 21-8 for the season, will count on the slants of Gary Watland, Al Mitchell and Tex Brooks. Manager Diz Kronenberg is back at the helm.


Some of the other top teams include: Scandia, Austin Moose, Sioux Falls, S.D. Truckers, Ft. Dodge, Iowa Hormel and Minneapolis King of Clubs.

Catcher Don Amundson will miss the tournament due to an injury, but leads the team with 8 home runs, and 21 RBI.

JON WENSEL has taken over the club’s batting lead, rapping .359 on 23 hits in 64 trips. Fred Golden is second with a .353 average and five home runs.

BROOKS, unbeaten in five games, has an 0.23 ERA to lead the pitchers, while notching two, two-hitters. Watland, 9-5, has a 0.83 ERA with 140 strikeouts in 93 inning. He has thrown a no-hitter, one-hitter, and two-hitter. Mitchell is 7-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 76 innings.


A Step Back In Time: Root and Lunz lead Mankato Players Lounge to Winona softball title

Written by Bob on February 13th, 2017

Winona Daily News
June 28, 1971

WINONA, Minn. – Players Lounge jumped on a faltering Carl Aegler for four home runs and coasted to a 9-1 triumph over Club Midway of Fountain City in Sunday’s title game of the 1971 Winona Invitational Softball Tournament.

Aegler, starting his fifth game in sweltering heat, was greeted by Mankato’s Gary Lunz, who belted a homer deep over the left-field fence in the first inning. Then after a single by Les Dittrich, Jerry Flanagan clouted another round-tripper over the deepest part of the centerfield to make it 3-0.

DALE ROOT, picked up the win after earlier shutting out Ronnie’s Bar of Ettrick, Wisc., 5-0, in the quarterfinals earlier in the afternoon. He apparently was at full strength throughout the championship tilt.

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Deadline near for Las Vegas Road Trip X

Written by Bob on February 12th, 2017

BURBANK, Calif. – The Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament (April 7-9) is fast approaching and some teams have yet to pay their entry fee. If you have not paid, please do so as soon as possible.

This is a second email update I have issued regarding the Las Vegas Road Trip X.


  • Teams that have not paid will have until Friday, February 17, otherwise, you run the risk of being dropped to the waiting list.
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    ISC welcomes Greg Nydick and Bill Kunkel as Commissioners-at-Large

    Written by Bob on February 12th, 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.

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    ASA Meet May Top the World

    Written by Bob on February 12th, 2017

    TY STOFFLET pitched for several national championship teams, including 1979 York (Pa.) Barbells. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1991 ASA Masters National Championship

    By Bob McGinn / Green Bay Press-Gazette
    Aug. 14, 1979

    GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The ISC World Tournament. The fastpitch softball faithful in the Fox Valley speak of it in almost reverential tones.

    It conjures up images, always, of a week or two on the West Coast, in places like Sun City, Ariz., Long Beach, or even Bakersfield, Calif., where this summer’s version of the International Softball Congress’s national tournament is scheduled to begin Friday.

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    New Zealand Black Sox win Challenge Cup after smashing Argentina in final

    Written by Bob on February 12th, 2017

    WAYNE LAULU hit a grand slam homer to give the New Zealand Black Sox a walk-off 8-6 win over Argentina to send New Zealand into the finals of the 2017 Challenge Cup where they once again downed Argentina, 9-0, to claim the championship. Courtesy Photo
    Feb. 12, 2017

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The Black Sox rediscovered their form with a disciplined 9-0 win over Argentina in the final of the Challenge Cup men’s fastpitch softball tournament in Auckland.

    The New Zealanders had qualified directly for the final after a tempestuous 8-6 win over world No.3 Argentina on Saturday night gave them nine wins from 10 matches.

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    Liberty University Dedicates Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium

    Written by Bob on February 9th, 2017

    Liberty University dedicated Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Field, April 3, 2015. Courtesy Photos

    Lynchburg, VA
    April 3, 2015
    Courtesy of Mark Seward

    LYNCHBURG, VA – Prior to the beginning of today’s Big South Conference softball doubleheader against Presbyterian, Liberty Athletics held a special dedication ceremony as part of the grand opening of the new softball facility.

    During the ceremony, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Director of Athletics Jeff Barber were recognized for their commitment to provide Liberty’s student-athletes with all they need to succeed, both on the field and in the classroom.

    Former Lady Flames Head Softball Coach Paul Wetmore (1994-2013) offered a prayer of dedication for the state-of-the art facility, while Liberty Head Softball Coach Dot Richardson threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

    The highlight of the pre-game ceremony was the announcement of naming rights of the field, which will now be called Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium in honor of Dwayne Kamphuis.

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    Pitching great Dwayne Kamphuis returns to center stage

    Written by Bob on February 9th, 2017

    DWAYNE KAMPHUIS shows that he still packs the muscle at this past Saturday’s pitching exhibition at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene. Kamphuis talked about his time playing softball and briefly about how religion helped save him during his bout with alcoholism. Photo By Michael Kantian / Daily Sun News

    Daily Sun News
    Tuesday, January 25, 2005
    Courtesy of Mark Seward

    GRANDVIEW, Wash. – There was a time when many followers of men’s fastpitch softball made the argument that Dwayne Kamphuis had the deadliest arm in the country. Many fans argued Kamphuis’ arm was better than that of legendary softball pitcher Eddie “The King” Feigner.

    Regardless of who comes out on top of the argument, make no mistake, Kamphuis was one of the greatest to ever pick up a softball.

    Kamphuis, who lives in Grandview, put on a pitching display this past Saturday morning at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene.

    Kamphuis, 67, provided some history on softball. He said softball started being played in Chicago in the late 1800s.

    Kamphuis said he started pitching in 1945. His family didn’t have much money so he would use palmigranites growing on nearby trees with which to practice.

    He started playing ball in California at a young age. At the age of 16, Kamphuis was inducted into the Junior Softball Hall of Fame.

    In 1957, Kamphuis was inducted into the military service.

    “It was during my time in the service I learned to throw this softball,” he said while palming a ball.

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    Stepping Back In Time: Walt Nelson Hurls No-Hit Masterpiece For Sandusky’s Stroh’s Beer

    Written by Bob on February 9th, 2017

    WALT NELSON pitched for outstanding teams in Minnesota from 1961 to 1972, and in Ohio from the early 1950s until 1961 when he moved to Hastings, Minnesota. Courtesy Photo / Steve Nelson

    The Sandusky Register / Sandusky, Ohio
    July 31 1958

    Stroh’s Ace Faces 21 Batters

    NORWALK, Ohio – Walt Nelson grabbed the spotlight in the opening night of the Fifth District Amateur Softball Association tournament here Wednesday night at McQuan Park by tossing a glittering no-hitter.

    Nelson faced 21 batters as Sandusky Stroh’s Beer handcuffed the defending champion Fremont Schick’s, 5-0, after the Tiffin Spartans downed Lorain United Polish Club, 4-3.

    The big right-hander struck out 15 and didn’t issue any bases on balls in hurling his masterpiece, although two runners reached base. Nelson hit one and the other reached base on an error, but both were cut down trying to steal in the second inning by catcher Walt Nicholson.

    Second baseman Carl Michels saved Nelson’s no-hitter in the sixth inning with a sparkling play in which he went behind the base to haul in a sharp grounder and threw the man out.

    Nelson made sure of the next batters himself by striking out the last four he faced.

    Stroh’s scored once in the first and third innings on a passed ball and an error, adding three in the fifth with Dan Majoy and Nelson rapping out back-to-back singles to open the inning.

    Stroh’s collected six singles off the servings of Curt Bowser and reliever Jack Kaiser, with Nelson getting two of them.

      Stroh’s Hurler Walt Nelson Selected Most Valuable Player

    The Sandusky Register
    Wed. Oct. 28, 1959

    NORWALK, Ohio – Walt Nelson was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Norwalk Softball League Tuesday night at the Norwalk Softball Association’s annual banquet.

    The Sandusky Stroh’s Beer pitcher received 137 votes, the highest ever polled. Gordon Schaechterle of Brooker Brothers, placed second with 109.

      Stroh’s Hurt Erie Lumber’s Title Plans

    The Sandusky Register
    Wed. Aug. 14, 1957

    Walt Nelson a one-man gang

    SANDUSKY, Ohio – Walt Nelson was the fly in the ointment for Erie County Lumber in Sandusky Softball League action Tuesday night at Battery Park as Stroh’s Beer copped a 6-3 decision.

    NELSON HURLED a four-hitter at the Lumbermen and drove in three runs with a double and single as Stroh’s dashed the Lumbermen’s hopes of a SSL title.

    The loss dropped Erie one game back of the Rockets and only one more game to go with the Rockets and Erie Lumber squaring off Sunday night a 7 o’clock.

    Stroh’s jumped on losing pitcher Dan Renz for two runs in the second inning. Don Stellrecht led off with a single and scored on Nelson’s double; Nelson later scored on an infield out.

    Stroh’s added four more in the third frame with Stellrecht and Nelson each driving in a pair of markers with singles.

    ERIE LUMBER narrowed the margin in the fourth as Bob Peters whacked out a round-tripper after Paul Nemitz had walked.

    Erie threatened in the sixth inning by loading the bases before Nelson retired the last man on a strikeout.

    Nelson struck out six for the third-place teams, while Renz gave up five hits and struck out three.

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