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In The Spotlight: Kevin Castillo, USA National Team and ISC All-World player

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A's earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

KEVIN CASTILLO of the Vancouver BC A’s earned All-World honors at the 2016 ISC World Tournament; his second such award, as he was named All-World in 2015, too. Photo By BOB OTTO

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Kevin Castillo had a successful 2016 fastpitch season, both with his Long Beach team, Those Guys, and the Vancouver BC Athletics, his club team that finished in the top tier at the ISC World Tournament in Moline, Illinois.

  • ISC performance earns Castillo high tournament honors:
  • He was selected a Second-Team, All-World infielder for helping the Athletics finish fourth in the 36-team field of the best club teams from the U.S. and Canada.

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    Ratliff Aiming For USA Softball Men’s National Team

    Sunday, June 26th, 2016

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    SANDY, UTAH – Matt Ratliff has enjoyed his share of success in fastpitch. He’s won an ASA national championship and in 2015 he was selected second-team, All-World at the ISC World Tournament.

    He’s played on some of the world’s best fastpitch teams, including the California A’s, and currently the Peligro Gremlins of New York City.

    But there’s one team – the ultimate team – he yearns to play for: The USA Softball Men’s National Team.

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    2016 ISC Guide Book Ready To Pre-order

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
    The ISC Guide contains information about the 2015 ISC World Tournament, including championship game results, individual stats, most valuable pitcher and player, all-world players, all-time records, hall of fame members, and much, much more.

    The ISC Guide contains information about the 2015 ISC World Tournament, including championship game results, individual stats, most valuable pitcher and player, all-world players, all-time records, hall of fame members, and much, much more.

    March 30, 2016 Mississauga, ON – With March coming to an end, fastball season is right around the corner in most of North America and now is the time to pre-order your 2016 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

    Featuring ISC MVP Nick Shailes, of the Hill United Chiefs, in full flight on the cover, the 2016 ISC Guide has over 120 color photos along with 156 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, and the ISC Legends 50+ Championship from the Belleville Sports Complex in South Bend, IN.

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    ISC Releases Promotional Video to Baseball Coaches

    Saturday, 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

    Saturday, 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.”

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    Happy Chef in Mankato for sale, full of fastpitch softball memories

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
    Leroy Jolstad was a mainstay for the Mankato Happy Chef men's fastpitch softball team.

    Leroy Jolstad was a mainstay for the Mankato Happy Chef men’s fastpitch softball team.

    By Patrick Reusse AUGUST 23, 2015 — 3:38PM

    MANKATO, Minn. – The Happy Chef restaurant and adjoining property are for sale. It’s the original and surviving restaurant from a collection of 63 that were once operated in the Midwest by the Fredrick brothers.

    “We’re still in business,” said Tom Fredrick, 81. “We’re going to stay in business.”

    Mention Happy Chef and many people think of the towering, round Happy Chef figure that stood in front of numerous restaurants — and remains smiling today next to Hwy. 169 as you enter Mankato. Mention Happy Chef to others and they think of something else near extinction: men’s fastpitch softball.

    There was a group of fast-pitchers that played out of Mankato starting in the late 1960s. They played Class AA (major) fastpitch through 1990. You could bring in players from anywhere and pay outsiders, if necessary.

    The team had a variety of sponsors in the 1970s. Happy Chef took over sponsorship for the Class AA team from 1980 through 1990, and then for five more years with a Class A team.

    “You could never work with a better sponsor than Tom,” said Marley Lloyd, an outstanding center fielder and promoter for Happy Chef. “We could fly to national tournaments while other teams took a bus.”

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    2015 ISC World Tournament poster by Matt Elick

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Matt Elick, Diamond Supervisor for the Belleville Softball Complex that recently hosted the ISC World Tournament, created this beautiful collage that encompasses the great action by some of fastpitch softball’s greatest players.

    Check out ISC website for World Tournament first and second teams and most valuable honors

    Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

    The new look ISC website has the All-World players listed for the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Tournament and the ISC Legends Championships listed. Go to ISC Fastpitch to check it out.

    Also, visit Pointstreak Scoring for every statistic imaginable in the ISC World Tournament, ISC II and Legends as well.

    Six Kiwis make all-star team at major world softball club tournament in United States

    Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
    Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

    Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

    By TONY SMITH / Stuff.co.nz

    Six New Zealanders were selected in the all-star team at the International Softball Congress (ISC) tournament in the United States this week.

    Current Black Sox internationals Nathan Nukunuku, Brad Rona, Ben Enoka and Wayne Laulu, Canterbury hitter Frank Pointon and Auckland catcher Kallan Compain made the “all world” first team at the ISC tournament, widely regarded as world softball’s top club championship.

    The sextet were all members of the Toronto Gators team which lost the grand final to Ontario rivals, the Hill United Chiefs, 6-4 at South Bend, Indiana.

    Hutt Valley catcher Cory Timu, who played for the Circle Tap Dukes club from Wisconsin, made the “all-world” second team.

    Laulu picked up the award for the most runs batted in (RBIs) with 16. continue reading Six Kiwis make all-star team…

    Durham Bulls slug way to ISC Legends Championship

    Sunday, August 16th, 2015
    Tim Jacobs went 4-0 to lead the Durham Bulls to the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament Championship. Jacobs was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 12-team event that features some of the most talented teams, over age 50, in North America. Photo Courtesy of Dave Birnie

    Tim Jacobs went 4-0 to lead the Durham Bulls to the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament Championship. Jacobs was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 12-team event that features some of the most talented teams, over age 50, in North America. Photo Courtesy of Dave Birnie

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Despite reaching a stage in life known as Quinquagenarian – a fancy title for a person between 50-60 years old – the Bulls of Durham, Ontario, Canada, proved they still have the skills to play fastpitch softball.

    Especially swinging a bat.

    Powered by a strong-hitting lineup of ISC Hall of Famers and former All-World players, the Bulls defeated the Toronto Gators, 10-3, to claim the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament at Belleville Softball Park, Saturday.

      BALL BASHING BULLS

    The 12-team tournament featured some of the most talented, age 50-over teams in North America. But the Bulls were the cream of the crop. They bullied their way through the competition winning six consecutive games and outscoring their opponents 54-32.

    In the championship, the Bulls outhit the Gators 16 to 6, led by Rick Minton, who drove in three runs on two hits with a home run and a single.

    Paul Walford (1995, 2000 ISC All-World) and Jody Hennigar (2011 ISC Hall of Fame) gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead to start the game on a hit and sacrifice fly. Then in the second, shortstop David Boys (2013 ISC Hall of Fame) singled in a run and Minton launched a two-run bomb over the left-field fence for a 5-1 margin.

      PRICE GOES LONG BALL

    But the Gators had a few players of lore on their side as well. Including cleanup hitter Steve Price – an All-World player in 1998 – who drilled a home run over the left-centerfield wall with Terry Challis (2015 ISC Hall of Fame inductee) aboard in the third to trim the Bulls’ lead to 5-3.

      LEFTY JACOBS MVP

    Though Bulls’ pitcher Tim Jacobs gave up Price’s home run, he was steady throughout the game, walking one and scattering six hits with eight strikeouts.

    The left-hander mixed in a sharp-breaking drop that he spotted on the corners, along with changing speeds and a rise ball that he had hitters chasing above the letters, or freezing them at the knees.

    The win improved Jacobs to 4-0, and he was a worthy pick for the Most Valuable Pitcher award.

      ELLIS EXTENDS THE LEAD

    The Bulls gave Jacobs all the runs he would need in the sixth, when Ken Sherman led off with a double, and Minton, Walford, and Brian McGuire (3-for-4 to lead the Bulls) all hit safely driving in three more runs.

    And in the seventh, Rob Ellis homered over the left-field wall, and Boys ripped a double to the centerfield fence, driving in Chris Giamou (2-for-3), who rapped a two-out single, to get aboard.

      BULLS PATH TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

    The Bulls reached the championship by defeating the Gators earlier in pool play, 7-1. They also beat the Bay Merchants, 10-6, Waterloo Legends, 18-15, Rogers Masters, 7-6, and Eagle Pack, 2-1 with Jacobs outdueling Kevin Kammueller to get the Bulls into the title game.

      TORONTO MARCHES TO FINAL

    Meanwhile, the Gators finished 4-2. They beat Ohio Battery, 7-0, in their opener, then lost to the Bulls, but finished on a three-game win streak, downing Rogers Masters, 8-0, Waterloo Legends, 7-4, and the Midland Legends, 3-0.

      AWARD WINNERS

    Along with Jacobs’ post-tournament honor, Boys was the RBI Leader with nine, and Walford was selected the Most Valuable Player for his .500 average (12-for-24), 8 runs, 8 RBI, two doubles and two home runs.

    And Jeff Weaver of Eagle Pack was chosen the All-World Designated Hitter, batting .533 (8-for-15), including a double and home run, and 4 runs with 4 RBI.

    (It was difficult to hear the announcer, so I couldn’t get all of the All-World player names. Rather than leave anyone out, please check the ISC website for those results.)