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ISC fastpitch fans can watch World Tournament action on the ISC Network

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Sean Cleary, one of fastpitch softball’s top hurlers, will attempt to lead the Kitchener Hallman Twins to the 2018 ISC World Tournament title. Photo by BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC World Tournament

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The International Softball Congress will be streaming 23 games from the 2018 ISC World Tournament being played at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, Ontario through the ISC Fastpitch YouTube channel.

Starting Sunday August 12 with full coverage of four games, the ISC Network will showcase the best teams and players in men’s fastball, culminating in the ISC World Championship Game at 7 p.m. on Saturday August 18.

The ISC Network commentary team includes Kyle Smith, Blair Setford and Joe Todd as primary broadcasters and will feature a number of guest commentators throughout the week, including Lance Winn, Steve Sabourin, John Thompson, Erin Durant, Vahram Matoesian, Allan Etmanski and others.

ISC Network is partnering with SportsCanadaTV to produce the games.

To watch a game, click on the ISC Network logo on the ISC Fastpitch website home page at www.iscfastpitch.com.

With the generous support of our sponsors, all of the broadcasts from the 2018 ISC World Tournament will be presented free-of-charge for this year.

We gratefully thank our sponsors: Skelton Truck Lines, ISC Canada East, CKRZ FM, Corbetts Source for Sports, Mr. Ned Custom Tailor, Peligro Sports, Circle Tap, Jack Fireman, Kelly’s Pub, 3 Cheers Pub, Lumberjack Sports and Exit Speed Swing.

The full schedule of games is as follows:
Sunday August 12 1pm, 3pm, 5pm Opening Ceremonies, 6pm, 8pm
Monday August 13 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Tuesday August 14 5pm, 7pm
Wednesday August 15 5pm, 7pm
Thursday August 16 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Friday August 17 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm
Saturday August 18 11am, 130pm, 7pm

For additional information, please contact:

Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [@] gmail.com

The “Big Show” In Men’s Club Faspitch Softball Is About To Begin

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Ryan Boland, No. 10, and the rest of the Toronto Gators are ecstatic and waiting at home plate to greet Ryan’s brother, Shane Boland, who hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-3 victory over the United Hill Chiefs, Saturday night, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Just one team gets to celebrate a world championship. Which team will it be this year?

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The International Softball Congress kicks off it’s 72nd World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on Aug. 11 with 46 teams battling over eight days for the coveted crown of World Champion.

Will the defending champion Six Nations, Ontario, Hill United Chiefs repeat and claim a fifth title in the past six years? Only the Mary Star (Calif.) All-Stars, with five championships in the 1950s and the legendary Long Beach Nitehawks, with 10 titles between 1953 and 1975, have more ISC crowns.

But the Chiefs will have no walk in the park in this event as the New York Gremlins, fresh off an ASA Men’s Major National Championship will prove a mighty adversary.

And waiting to knock those two off their lofty perches are the likes of the J&B Bombers of Los Angeles; the Kitchener, ON Hallman Twins; Denmark, WI, Circle Tap Dukes; the Toronto, ON, Batmen, and several other ball clubs loaded with talented players from throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

But this isn’t the only fastpitch attraction taking place in Kitchener. Three other tournaments are being held as well.

Just a half-notch below the ISC World Tournament is the ISC II Tournament, featuring 12 Intermediate club teams. And for the veterans of the sport, the Legends Tournament features 13 teams loaded with talented ball players age 50-over.

And as in any sport, without youth their is no future. So the ISC holds an age 23-Under Tournament for the rising stars of the game.

For fastpitch fans it doesn’t get any better than this. If you can’t attend, then follow along on the ISC website for game and bracket results: 2018 ISC World Tournament

2018 Best of The West Tournament Results

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Tournament results from Cyde Bennett
Photos courtesy of Kary Moore

TONY MANCHA delivers a pitch for the J&B Bombers of California in the 24th Annual Best of The West Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament at Elings Park in Santa Barbara, Calif., June 3-4. Photo By Kary Moore

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Best of the West tournament director Clyde Bennett provided results of the 24th Annual Best of the West Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Elings Park, June 3-4.

SATURDAY TEAM RECORDS

J&B Bombers 3-0
Team Marques 3-0
KW Pirates 2-1
Budmen 2-1
Savala Painters1-1-1
Buzzards 1-1-1
Bay Area Merchants 0-1-2
Wololok 0-1-2
Americans 0-3

SUNDAY PLAYOFFS
Top Division
J&B Bombers 4, Budmen 1
Team Marquez 3, KW Pirates 0
Team Marquez 3 J&B Bombers 2

Lower Division
Wololok 8, Americans 1
Buzzards 5 Wololok 4

50-Over playoffs
Bay Area Merchants 8,
Savala Painters 1

Veteran fastpitch player and manager, Kary Moore, left, takes a picture with Clyde Bennet, Best of The West Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament Director at Elings Park in Santa Barbara, June 3-4. Photo Courtesy of Kary Moore.

ISC Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournaments In Saginaw

Monday, May 28th, 2018

SAGINAW, Mich. – The International Softball Congress will be holding four divisional youth tournaments conducted by tournament directors Tom Stasik and Scott Stasik at Hoyt Park in Saginaw, July 20-22.

THE DIVISIONS

  • 12-Under (Date of Birth 2006 or later)
  • 14-Under (Date of Birth 2004 or later)
  • 16-Under (Date of Birth 2002 or later)
  • 18-Under (Date of Birth 2000 or later)
  • ENTRY FEE

  • $325.00 (USD) – 4 game guarantee
  • CONTACT INFO
    Tom Stasik, TomStasik@gmail.com
    Scott Stasik, scottstasik@gmail.com
    989-714-3906

    Softball Hall of Fame to induct Daniel D. Dolan family of Aurora

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    Daniel D. Dolan, right, first sponsored a City League team, the Creative DJs, in 1982. (Brian Dolan)

    By Rick Armstrong
    Aurora Beacon-News
    August 7, 2016

    AURORA, Ill. – For decades, the Donlan has been synonymous with men’s fastpitch softball in Aurora. Come next weekend, its reach will be extended even further.

    That’s when the Daniel D. Dolan family, longtime sponsors of the men’s fastpitch softball Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, will be inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame.

    The family is this year’s recipient of the Bob Welby Memorial Recognition of Service Award that will be presented Sunday morning at the Class of 2016 induction breakfast.

    The event, which will be held at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, is being held in conjunction with the ISC World Tournament Aug. 13-20 at Moline’s Green Valley Softball Complex.

    “I got that call and I was flabbergasted,” Daniel D. Dolan, the family’s 85-year-old patriarch, said. “It is such an honor to be included.”

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    Sprucing up Pierce Field to revitalize Aurora fastpitch league

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018


    AURORA, Ill
    . – It’s old, it’s got an odd-ball configured outfield, and frankly, many a modern-era ball player would most likely prefer newer digs.

    But not Kyle Pittman.

    He has a fondness for 88-year-old Pierce Field in Aurora. Understandably so. The 27-year-old outfielder grew up learning the fastpitch softball game at Pierce. He’s played league games there since his introduction to the sport at 15.

    And he gets to pitch to his heart’s desire in the Pierce Field city league. Not so much with the open-level Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks traveling squad where he primarily patrols the outfield.

    But he does admit that Pierce has its peculiarities. Most notably, an outfield fence that starts out normal enough at 245-feet in left-field, but then begins angling out to 261’ in dead center, before cutting sharply back in to 196’ in right.

    Odd dimensions, certainly, but none-the-less, Pittman loves the old park with its aging wooden bleachers behind home plate; and being tucked snugly in a residential and industrial area of Aurora only adds to its homeyness.

    “Just about every ballpark you play in now everywhere is in a ‘cookie-cuter’ style complex with three to four fields,” said Pittman. “While those places are nice, I love being able to play in this old park a couple times a week.”

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    Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks carry on Aurora men’s fabled fastpitch tradition

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    JOHN SCHWEIGHART of Camargo, Ill. plays the outfield for the Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks of Aurora, Ill. Photo Courtesy Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks


    AURORA, Ill
    . – Men’s fastpitch tradition is a fabled one in Aurora, rivaling that of any city, state or nation. The names are legendary: Sealmasters, Home Savings, Coors Silver Bullets, Allsteel Steelers and Creative DJ’s.

    Those teams both inspired admiration and struck fear in many a visiting ball club to Aurora’s Stevens-Adamson Field where they once played.

    International Softball Congress World Championships? Amateur Softball Association titles? International Softball Federation championships? More than a few, including Stealmasters (formed in 1943) ASA national titles in 1959, 1961, 1965 and 1967. And the list could go on.

    As with most things in life, there comes an end. And the great teams that once graced Stevens-Adamson Field have long since disbanded. But not so with the Aurora fastpitch tradition. The Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks have kept that accord very much alive.

    For 32 years, the Shamrocks have been a competitive staple in ISC and ASA competition, traveling the Midwest and beyond competing against the best teams in North America.

    Kyle Pittman, 27, began playing in a local league at 15 and now patrols the outfield for the Shamrocks. He’s come to know the history of Aurora fastpitch very well.

    “Once I started getting into it I started finding out more about the history and legacy of the game in Aurora,” said Pittman. “It seemed like everyone I talked to who was from here new about the game back in its prime. I never got to go watch a game at Stevens-Adamson Field where you could watch the best players in the world compete; it’s something I regret.”

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    15th Annual Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In Pueblo

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    By JERRY SANTOS
    Co-Director, 2018 Joe Santos Memorial Tournament

    PUEBLO, Colo. – “The 15th Anniversary Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is just five weeks away and the tournament response has been amazing!” said Jerry Santos of the Pueblo Bandits, who along with brother Chris Santos serve as tournament directors.

    The tournament will be held Memorial Weekend May 25, 26 and 27 at Joe Santos Field and if necessary City Park Field.

    Teams from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and South Dakota will be competing for a berth to the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario Canada.

    Please confirm your teams entry by getting your entry fee into Chris or Jerry Santos. Deadline for entry fee is May 11th. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of Men’s Fastball and Celebrating the Legacy of our Father Mr. Joe Santos….

    ***Contact Chris Santos – jcsantos25@msn.com, or Jerry Santos -jerrysantos66@hotmail.com or on Facebook***

    Dutch Elbers helped drive St. Paul to fastpitch greatness

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    Ben Maloney, left, Ed Mathias, and Dutch Elbers hold the 1963 ASA Northern Regional Tournament championship trophy.

    (Sadly Dutch Elbers passed away on April 5, 2018. See obituary in which condolences and tributes are welcome)

    Dutch Elbers served the International Softball Congress for over 20 years in several capacities, including the organization’s president. In 1988, he was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Strong armed, with a lanky athletic build, Dries (Dutch) Elbers mostly likely could have stared at baseball, but fortunately for fastpitch softball, he never got the chance.

    “My dad played baseball, but he steered me into softball,” said Elbers. “I have never played a game of baseball in my life.”

    Elbers, who grew up in Steen in southwestern Minnesota, began playing fastpitch in the 4-H League in 1945 as a 15-year-old. It wasn’t long, though, that he graduated from the boys’ league into the Steen men’s league.

    Steen might have been small in numbers with its 185 citizens, but they and the farm families surrounding the little village located 25 miles east of Sioux Falls, kept the six team-league healthy with numbers and talent.

    “As kids, we wanted to get a uniform and play with the big boys,” Elbers said. Soon enough Elbers would be playing with the ‘big boys’ of fastpitch – worldwide.

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    24th Annual Best of the West Tournament In Beautiful Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    Yusef Davis, Jr., left, and Bryan Lathrop are two of the best players in the game.
    Photo By BOB OTTO

    Could there be a better place to play men’s fastpitch softball in America than Santa Barbara? I’ve played there. The answer is NO. So make plans now to enter this great tournament.

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

    Event Name: 24th Annual Best of the West Tournament

    Location: Elings Park, Santa Barbara
    Date: June 2-3
    Entry Fee: $400
    Entry Fee Deadline: May 18, 2018
    Format: Round Robin into single elimination. 4-game guarantee.
    Time Limit: Saturday 90 minutes; Sunday no time limit

    Contact: Clyde Bennett; email: clydebennett50@gmail.com; 805-895-9007
    Mailing Address: 6600 stagecoach Rd Santa Barbara Ca. 93105