ISC Releases Promotional Video to Baseball Coaches

Written by Bob on February 13th, 2016
Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is reaching out to high-school and college baseball coaches across the United States with a new recruiting video to entice new players into men’s fastball.

Featuring interviews with many of today’s fastball stars, including, Matt Palazzo, 2015 USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Athlete of the Year.

This new video Invitation To Coaches is now available on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com as well as on the ISC Facebook page www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch.

Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University, said:

“I immediately fell in love with the game, especially from a baseball background. It’s faster paced, low scoring and tougher to hit …and I just fell in love with it right from day one.”

Palazzo, who is a member of the U.S. men’s national team, plays for the New York Gremlins in ISC play. Continue Reading

 

Algar, Sorenson and Abbott Anchor (hypothetical) World-Class Fastpitch Team

Written by Bob on February 13th, 2016
Paul Algar pitching in the 1997 ISC World Tournament, leading the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisc. to its first world tournament championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

Paul Algar pitching in the 1997 ISC World Tournament, leading the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisc. to its first world tournament championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, Calif. – Many great players have starred in the International Softball Congress World Tournament. Zack and White, Zimmerman and Stofflet, Paton and Rychcik have become iconic names in the 69 years of the greatest men’s fastpitch tournament in the world.

But if a sponsor and manager were to assemble a world-class ball club capable of winning the World Tournament, could he do any better than drafting these three ball players: Paul Algar, Mark Sorenson and Colin Abbott.

All three have since retired from the sport, but based on their resumes, they deserve status in the most hallowed club in any sport – “Greatest of All-Time.”

Here’s what they’ve accomplished in their combined 61 years competing in the World Tournament.

PAUL ALGAR

Paul Algar had all the pitches - rise, drop and change-up. And he had the speed to blow the ball by most batters. Photo By BOB OTTO

Paul Algar had all the pitches – rise, drop and change-up. And he had the speed to blow the ball by most batters. Photo By BOB OTTO

Algar came to the United States a raw but talented 17-year-old pitcher, following in the footsteps of his older brother Loren. And when he finally retired, he had pitched in 27 ISC World Tournaments (1985-2012), amassing 42 wins that ties him with Todd Martin for fifth-best, all-time.

  • Two World Tournament championships (1997-’99 with Madison Farm Tavern)
  • Five All-World selections
  • Nine consecutive World Tournament wins (1996-’99)
  • Twice chosen the Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Award Most Valuable Pitcher
  • Selected to the ISC Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Okay, so we’ve got our No. 1 pitcher signed. But whose going to catch him. That would be Sorenson, also from New Zealand. And there’s none better than this versatile player, who has also spent time at first and third bases.

    But he’s best known for his ability to call pitches and guide his pitchers through the treacherous ordeals of getting the best hitters in the game out.

    MARK SORENSON

    Mark Sorenson seen batting for the Broken Bow, Neb. Travelers in the ISC World Tournament. Branded "Brutus" for his hitting prowess, Sorenson was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2010. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Mark Sorenson seen batting for the Broken Bow, Neb. Travelers in the ISC World Tournament. Branded “Brutus” for his hitting prowess, Sorenson was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2010. Photo By BOB OTTO

      Where to start with this super star that many in fastpitch worldwide consider the best player to ever step on to a ball diamond. This is what Sorenson – best known as “Brutus” in the fastpitch world – accomplished in World Tournament play:

    • Four ISC World Tournament titles
    • 18 World Tournament appearances
    • 12 All-World selections
    • One Most Valuable Player award
    • Selected to ISC Hall of Fame in 2010 (also inducted into the International Softball Federation in 2009, where he helped New Zealand win four ISF world championships. And he’s received several prestigious awards in New Zealand.)
    • COLIN ABBOTT

      Colin Abbott was one of the most feared clutch hitters in the history of the ISC World Tournament, and one of the best to ever wear a Farm Tavern uniform. Photo By BOB OTTO

      Colin Abbott was one of the most feared clutch hitters in the history of the ISC World Tournament, and one of the best to ever wear a Farm Tavern uniform. Photo By BOB OTTO

      Let’s say that our manager elects to slot Sorenson No. 3 in the batting order. That makes Abbott a lock to follow him as the clean-up hitter. Abbott, a Canadian from Newfoundland, also starred in hockey. But he quickly drew the attention of U.S. club teams for his prowess on the fastpitch diamond.

      “I won a Midget National championship and two Junior National Championships before jumping into senior ball,” said Abbott. “It was at that time that I received a call from Mike Van Lanen to play with a team in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Moving from Portugal Cove, NL to Green Bay at 21 years of age seemed like moving halfway around the world.”

      And in Green Bay, he played for the All-Car Roadrunners, where he was introduced to the ISC.

      “I knew nothing about the ISC as my knowledge was with the Canadian Nationals,” he said. “I played from 1992–1997 with All Car and was fortunate to win my first ISC in 1994 at the age of 23. “I moved on to The Farm Tavern and Rod Peterson in 1998. I won two additional ISC championships in 1999 and 2007 before retiring in 2009.”

    • When Abbott retired, he had left quite a legacy.
    • Inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2015
    • Three ISC world tournament championships
    • 18 world tournament appearances
    • Three-time Most Valuable Player
    • 10-times selected all-world (fifth place tie, all-time)
    • RBI leader twice (1996 with 14; 2005 with 11)
    • Leading hitter once (1994, .500 avg. going 9 for 18)
    • Okay, so our hypothetical sponsor and manager have drafted their top-three picks. But of course it takes more than three superstars to make a world-class ball club.

      Who else would you draft?

      Check out the ISC website’s Hall of Fame; it’s filled with plenty of icons of the sport to fill our world tournament championship-caliber team, anchored by Algar, Sorenson and Abbotto.

     

    NAFA hosting 23-Under Young Men’s World Series

    Written by Bob on February 9th, 2016
    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    DAYTON, Ore. – The North American Fastpitch Association 23-Under Division World Series will be held Aug. 19-21 at the end of each night (so that there is no conflict of games times) during the Men’s “A” & “AA” World Series in the Mankato / North Mankato, Minnesota.

    DETAILS

  • Four-game guarantee
  • Entry fee $250
  • Text or call NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, for more info at Nafafastpitch@gmail.com, or 503-559-5398

     

    Las Vegas Road Trip Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Update

    Written by Bob on February 9th, 2016

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    Enter your team now for the Las Vegas Road Trip IX Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held April 8-10.

    By JESSE ORTIZ
    SCIFL President

    BURBANK, Calif. – I want to provide everyone with an update on the Las Vegas Road Trip IX that will be held on April 8-10, 2016.

    Click to continue reading “Las Vegas Road Trip Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Update”

     

    NAFA to Host Boys Fastpitch World Series

    Written by Bob on February 9th, 2016
    Tyler Bouley of Champlin, Minn. began his fastpitch career as a teenager and has advanced to playing on the USA Men's Junior National Team, and he was selected as as the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Tyler Bouley of Champlin, Minn. began his fastpitch career as a teenager and has advanced to playing on the USA Men’s Junior National Team, and he was selected as as the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Photo By BOB OTTO

    DAYTON, Ore. – Exciting news from the North American Fastpitch Association: The organization that offers international championships for five men’s divisions, has expanded its post-season offerings to include a 2016 Boys NAFA World Series.

    THE DETAILS

  • Divisions include ages 10-Under, 12-U, 14-U, 16-U, and 19-U.
  • Dates, July 30-31
  • Location: Vassar, Michigan
  • Format: Four-game guarantee
  • Entry fee: $250
  • REGISTRATION

  • As a team
  • As a free agent player (or with friends and be assigned to the same team).
  • CONTACT
    Corey Haubenstricker
    Tele: 989-529-9184
    Email: Corey@irdhomes.com
    Mailing address: 321 Prospect Street, Vassar, Michigan 48768

     

    Remembering and saying goodbye to my brother

    Written by Bob on January 30th, 2016

    I life well lived, but one we wish could have lasted much longer. Goodbye brother Bill.

    Bill Otto obituary

     

    56th Seattle Invitational At Fife, Washington

    Written by Bob on January 28th, 2016

    ScottLieph.1lr Some of fastpitch softball’s top pitchers, such as Scott Lieph, will be coming to Dacca Park in Fife, Wash. for the 56th Seattle Invitational tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

  • What: 56th Seattle Invitational Men’s fastpitch Tournament
  • When: July 22-24, 2016. *Register before May 1st and save $100!
  • Where: Dacca Park- Fife, WA
  • Entry Fee: $400-USA, ($300 if paid by May 1st)
  • Three Divisions

  • NAFA “OPEN” World Series ($4,000 in Travel Money!)
  • NAFA “A” Western Championship
  • NAFA “AA” Western Championship
  • Awards (per division)

  • 1st-3rd place trophies
  • Individual Player Awards, First Place

  • MVP- Player
  • MVP- Pitcher
  • (10) All-Tournament selections
  • $4,000 Cash- Travel Money (OPEN Div. only)
  • Beer Garden
    Free Beer Friday- players & coaches will receive tickets for complementary beers.
    21+ must show ID

    Visit www.Seattleinvite.com for lodging information and Dacca Park location, and tournament format.

    Registration

  • Notify: Ryan Daly (Rdaly24@gmail.com) 425.445.6028
  • Pay: PayPal to Rdaly24@gmail.com
  • Pay (option 2): by Check: C/O Ryan Daly S.I.T
    2716 NE 23rd Pl. Renton, WA 98056
  • Changes for 2016 Tournament

  • Bat Rule- if they don’t have the ASA stamp, we will be able to test them onsite (affected most Canadian teams).
  • Rules- Umpires were confused at times last year, we will be playing straight NAFA Championship Rules.
  • 2015 Champions
    NAFA OPEN: Cal-State Builders
    NAFA A-A major: Surrey Rebels

    Questions / Information
    Ryan Daly- Renton, WA
    Tournament Administrator
    425.445.6028 / rdaly24@gmail.com

     

    38th Annual RICE LAKE INVITATIONAL MEN’S FASTPITCH TOURNAMENT

    Written by Bob on January 28th, 2016

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  • Dates:
  • June 10-12, 2016

  • Location:
  • Fred Tate Memorial Park Rice Lake WI

  • Announcement:
  • Tournament Director Loren A. “Fab” Lathrop has announced that the Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament has been moved one week ahead of its traditional Fathers Day weekend and will again be part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

    Ronn Kopp – ronnkopp@charter.net
    Wisconsin NAFA

     

    So. Calif. Bombers plan Open men’s fastpitch tournament in Beaumont

    Written by Bob on January 18th, 2016

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    BEAUMONT, Calif. – The So. Calif. Bombers, in conjunction with the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) is hosting the 2016 Kick-Off Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Noble Creek Park in Beaumont.

    Registration is on-going with the deadline set for Feb. 7 for teams to enter.

      TOURNAMENT DETAILS
  • Dates: Feb. 13-14
  • Location: Noble Creek Park, Beaumont, Calif.
  • Classification: Open with four-game guarantee in pool play
  • Entry Fee: $400
  • Game ball: NAFA white
  • Rules: NAFA rules will be in effect
    • CONTACT INFORMATION

    Albert Garcia at 951-212-2415
    bert.dog9@yahoo.com o

    Ralph Roybal at 909-954-8036
    ralphies11@aol.com

      DEADLINE REMINDER

  • Please respond no later than Feb. 7, if you are interested.
  • Sincerely,
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    661-510-8928

     

    2014 NAFA World Series Book ready for preview and to order directly from Blurb

    Written by Bob on January 1st, 2016

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – The 2014 NAFA World Series book contains 152 pages of championship game, feature, and Hall of Fame stories, and over 200 color photographs of the players and contributors that make the game so great…and much more.

     
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