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Ray Foster inducted into NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame member Ray Foster with Jeff Tarwater, left, and Dave Parker, NAFA WoodBat Commissioner. right. Courtesy Photo

By DON CAMERON

Missouri ace savors NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame induction

ST. JOSEPH, MO – “It’s the way the game should be played.”

That’s how Ray Foster, the pride of St. Joseph’s, Missouri, describes the game of wood-bat fastpitch. It also aptly reveals Foster’s approach to the game of fastpitch itself, an approach founded in competitiveness, passion and sportsmanship.

“Softball has been my life, my blood supply,” said Foster, 58, the newest member of the NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame.

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2017 Midwest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Schedule

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Checkout 2017 men’s fastpitch tournaments in the Midwest provided by Richard Quigley and Ostrander Fastpitch of Minnesota.

A1 Bombers and J&B Painting merger creates super team with big goal

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The J&B BOMBERS defeated the Northeast Naturals, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament at Sunset Park in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The team includes co-sponsors and managers Bob Berger and Jerry Zimmerman; players Eli Salazar, Cameron Schiller, Tyler Dudley, Freddy Carmona, Jorge Segura, Pat Burns, Tony Mancha, Blake Hunter, Tyler McGaughey, Mike Hoadley, Derrick Kennedy, Kris Walushka, Jesse Palacios, Mark Aranda, Gil Saenz, Devon McCullough and Bryan Erwin. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – Both Jerry Zimmerman and Bob Berger look back with pride on the accomplishments of their respective ball clubs during the 2016 season.

Zimmerman’s A1 Bombers of Saskatoon, SK, CA finished fifth (4-2) in the ISC World Tournament, while Berger’s J&B Painting club of Agoura Hills, Calif. took 11th (2-2). And just a year prior, they finished third and fifth respectively.

Adding to those accolades, the Bombers also took second (5-2) in the 2016 ASA Men’s Major National Championship.

And during the regular season, both teams were ranked in the top-ten by the ISC.

Very good ball clubs? Certainly. Great? Close, but not quite.

While both were competitive, capable of and often beating the best in the game, neither had quite the firepower to grasp the brass rings – which in men’s fastpitch equate to winning the ISC world tournament and ASA major national championship.

So, if you come close but can’t quite win those titles, what can be done? Merge. Exactly what the two men decided to do.

By combining forces, they significantly raise the odds of winning those two coveted championships. And it appears they’ve created a ball club – the J&B Bombers – that must be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

Zimmerman and Berger left no doubt about their expectations.

“We’re going to win the world,” Berger said, “win everything. That’s our goal.”

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ISC appoints player representatives

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress has appointed a new slate of 12 player representatives.

“We want to thank all of these individuals who have stepped forward to be a voice for the players in the game,” said ISC President Dean Oscar.

ISC Player Representatives

  • Brad Pender – Canada East
  • Chris Diethert – US Central
  • Eric Fogel – US East
  • Jon Gwizadala – US East
  • Justin Schofield – Atlantic Canada
  • Kris Walushka – Canada West
  • Matt McLaren – Canada East
  • Nick Santos – US West
  • Scott Galenza – Canada West
  • Tyler Dudley – US East
  • Sisco Sabate – International
  • Zennon Winters – International
  • **See the full story at iscfastpitch.com**

    Stepping Back In Time: Tim McGuire numbers among the best for Bloomington Beer Nuts

    Monday, April 3rd, 2017

    TIM McGUIRE had a successful pitching career with the Bloomington (IL) Beer Nuts, a major-caliber team from Bloomington, Illinois. Photo / The Pantograph

    “I was wild as all get out. I might strike out 10, but I would walk 15 or 16.” – Tim McGuire

    By RANDY KINDRED
    Pantograph staff
    June 25, 1986

    BLOOMINGTON, IL – The numbers don’t lie. A 22-3 record, 1.01 earned run average, 175 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 151 innings.

    Without question, they add up to the best start of Tim McGuire’s softball pitching career. That, he says, is what worries him.

    “The book on me is I usually throw better in July and August (than May and June),” the Bloomington Beer Nuts right-hander told a reporter at O’Neil Park, his home away from home.

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    2017 ISC World Championship Guide ready for pre-ordering

    Saturday, April 1st, 2017

    Mississauga, ON – Celebrate the arrival of spring and the imminent return of the North American fastball season by pre-ordering your 2017 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

    The 2017 ISC Guide has a striking cover that features ISC MVP Brad Rona and Most Outstanding Pitcher Sean Cleary, of the Toronto Gators, along with the Gators’ Shane Boland and his World Tournament clinching walk-off home run.

    The 2017 ISC Guide has over 130 color photos along with 140 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, ISC Legends 50+ Championship and the ISC U21 Championship from the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL.

    You can now order and pay for the 2017 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/ and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.

  • The 2017 ISC Guide will also be available in the near future in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
  • We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and First Ontario Credit Union, for enabling us to bring you the 2017 ISC World Championship Guide.

    For additional information, please contact

    Blair Setford
    ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor
    blairjs [@] gmail.com

    or

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com

    Stepping Back In Time: Hicks brothers Ted and Al remain on top of fastpitch world

    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

    THE HICKS BROTHERS, Ted, left, and Al, are recognized internationally for their softball talents, especially hitting. TED is considered one of the country’s best right-handed hitters on the Decatur (IL) ADM nationally ranked team, while Al is ‘Mr. Consistency’ for Missouri power Walnut-Woods of St, Joseph. Constitution-Tribune Photo by Bob Carter

    By BOB CARTER / The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune Sports Editor
    July 31, 1984

    CHILLICOTHE, MO – The Mary Jane Hicks family held its typical fun-loving summer reunion at the Tomahawk homestead Sunday afternoon.

    Like many reunions before, fastpitch softball was the talk of the day.

    But this time, there was special emphasis placed on the upcoming ASA National Fastpitch Softball Tournament scheduled to open at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph on Friday, Sept. 7.

    Mary Jane’s three sons, will hold another reunion on the national softball turf, but this time, they’ll be playing on opposing teams.

    AL HICKS
    Al, at a ripe age of 44, is Mr. Handy Man on the St. Joseph Walnut-Woods team, the tournament’s host team.

    Al, called “Papa” by his teammates, will be used in his familiar role as the team’s designated hitter.

    The popular St. Joseph police officer, who has played for five different St. Joseph softball teams, knocked the cover off the ball last season, batting a sizzling .400. This season, Al is batting a respectable .300.

    Although gradually losing his foot speed, Al hasn’t lost his tough at the plate, ranking among the best Walnut-Woods has to offer.

    “I still see the ball good and I make contact,” Hicks said. “That’s the key to hitting.”

    How many playing years are left? Hicks isn’t sure, but he’s not ready to hang up the cleats yet.

    “I love the game,” he said. “As long as I can contribute and someone wants me, I’ll continue to play. I’ve been playing ball ever since I took up walking. It’s been an important part of my life.”

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    Kitchener to host 2018 ISC World Tournament

    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

    KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CA – Located east of Toronto and just north of the United States border, Kitchener is an excellent and easily reachable destination for any event – including the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

    And in 2018, Kitchener for a FIFTH time will host fastpitch softball’s most competitive event: The ISC World Tournament. Kitchener hosted the event in 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2014.

    See breaking story in The Record by Christine Rivet: World fastball tournament returns to Kitchener in 2018

    Typically, upwards of 40 or more teams battle for the opportunity to be crowned, “world champions of fastball.” Top teams are filled with talented ball players from the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and last but not least – Canada.

    So plan ahead to attend this prestigeous men’s fastpitch tournament, and stayed tuned for more information as it unfolds.

    International Softball Congress hosting 2017 boys’ tournament in Saginaw, Michigan

    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

    Just like baseball, fastpitch softball is a pitch, hit, run and field game. Many boys play BOTH sports and reap doubly the benefits. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – The ISC will be hosting a boys’ fastpitch softball tournament in Saginaw, MI, July 21-23.

    The tournament offers competition in three age divisions: 14-Under, 16-Under and 18-Under. Led by Tournament Director, Tom Stasik, the ISC is seeking to grow and increase fastpitch numbers among the youth throughout North America.

    “We are hoping that this will be an annual event,” said Stasik, the ISC treasurer, and who has served the ISC since 1984. “We are hoping to draw several teams from the United States. I have had several Canadian teams contact me already.”

    Stasik added that it’s imperative that all who support the growth of male fastpitch “spread the word” about the tournament.

    “If any of you know of any areas that may have youth teams or individual players that may be interested in giving fastpitch a shot, please pass the word along,” he said.

    TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    When: July 21-23, 2017
    Where: Saginaw, Mich.
    Divisions: 14-U, 16-U, 18-U.
    Entry fee: $300

    CONTACT INFO
    Tom Stasik
    tomstasik@gmail.com
    989-798-6471

    ISC welcomes Greg Nydick and Bill Kunkel as Commissioners-at-Large

    Sunday, 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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