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San Antonio Glowworms Hosting ISC World Tournament qualifier

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The San Antonio Glowworms will host an International Softball Congress World Tournament qualifier to send one team to Denmark, Wis., which will be hosting the event, Aug. 10-17.

DETAILS

  • $350 entry fee
  • Three-game guarantee
  • Tournament site: Koger Stokes Softball Complex and possibly Alva Jo Fischer Softball Complex, depending on number of entries
  • Dates: June 29-30
  • CONTACTS

    Ruben Rios
    Tournament Director
    210-854-6409

    David Rios
    210-310-6681
    elirios3155@gmail.com

    The Rios family’s San Antonio Glowworms steadfast devotion to men’s fastpitch softball

    Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

    The San Antonio Glowworms men’s fast pitch team was started, managed and coached by Heldebrand “Chilolo” Rios, Jr. in 1957. Courtesy Photo By Rios family

    Rios family and their San Antonio Glowworm tournament join forces with the International Softball Congress by hosting a world tournament qualifier

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas – If any team in America, Canada, or for that matter the world, can beat these numbers, speak up.

    For 118 years combined, the Rios family of San Antonio has been firmly entrenched in the men’s fastpitch game. Sixty-two of those years as a team of Rios’ dads, sons, uncles, cousins, grandkids, and 56 years hosting a Rios family run tournament.

    It all began with the patriarch of the family, Heldebrand “Chilolo” Rios, Jr., who after an injury ended his playing career in 1957, started the San Antonio Glowworms with its roster filled with Rios’ names. He steadfastly managed and coached the ball club until his death in 1998.

    Though he’s gone, the Rios family resolutely continues his devotion and love for the game.

    “My grandfather loved this sport,” said grandson David Rios. “It is an honor to carry on his tradition. I am proud to say that there has been a Rios playing men’s fastpitch since the 1930s, from my grandfather to my father and uncles to the grandchildren. We are blessed to carry on his legacy and keep his memory alive.”

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    Help support Reapers Fastpitch run to the ISC World Tournament

    Sunday, January 27th, 2019

    By RIC THOMPSON

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Our annual softball team fundraiser will again be held at our longtime sponsor, Hitter’s Sports Bar! $20 gets you food and tap beer from 3:00-6:00 and, entry into our cash raffle drawing!

    Need not be present to win cash.

    Then, stick around after for NCAA Final Four action! Contact a Reaper’s team member to purchase your ticket or, stop in the day off the fundraiser!

    Also being raffled off is our signature “Cooler of Booze”! Tickets for the cooler will be sold the day of the event and, you will need to be present to win! Thank you for the support as we make begin our run to the ISC World Tournament to be held in Denmark, WI, at Circle Tap!

    It is a very exciting season for the AHI Reapers/Hitter’s Fastpitch Team!

    Hitter’s Sports Bar
    141 Clark St., Kimberly, Wisc. 54136
    (920) 815-3967
    Click for Map / Directions

    ***Contact Ric Thompson through Facebook***

    Minnesotan Named ISC UIC

    Monday, January 7th, 2019

    ISC Press Release
    Dec. 19, 2018

    The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Vail of Cottage Grove, Minn. as ISC Umpire-in-Chief.

    Steve is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin River Falls where he played football and baseball. While at River Falls he started officiating under the direction of Donald Page.

  • He has umpired and officiated football, basketball, baseball and fast pitch softball for the past 54 years.
  • Officiating is not a job to Steve , it is a passion, His umpiring has taken him all over the US, Canada and other parts of the world.

    Steve is looking forward for the opportunity of being the UIC for the ISC allowing him to remain in an active roll with fast pitch softball at the highest level in the world.

    **Visit the ISC website at: ISC Fastpitch**

    The Grafmeier Features Top Men’s Fastpitch Softball Teams

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019

    Beautiful Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisc. will be the setting for for the 2019 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, May 31-June 3. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By Justin Colombo
    Tournament Director
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The 2019 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament will be held May 31-June 2 at legendary Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI.

    Entry fee is $300.

    “We have 12 teams committed at this time,” said tournament director Justin Colombo.

    Committed Teams

    – New Zealand Men’s National Team
    – Tin Cup Tornados St Paul, MN
    – The Bar Buzz Appleton, WI
    – Kegel Black Knights Fargo, ND
    – Hustle Hogs Dekalb, IL
    – Kansas City Monarchs
    – Stoneyard Madison, WI
    – Hitters Kimberly, WI
    – Rice Lake Orangemen
    – Bar Blues Madison, WI
    – Silver Star Lacrosse, WI
    – Dolan and Murphy Aurora, IL

    Contact Info
    Justin Colombo at Bossdj32@yahoo.com with any questions.

    Godoy Hurls Circle Tap Dukes Past Hill United Chiefs in ISC World Tournament Semis

    Thursday, August 16th, 2018

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – If the Hill United Chiefs are going to repeat as ISC World Tournament champions, they’re going to have to do it the hard way. Through the losers bracket. The Circle Tap Dukes and pitcher Roman Godoy saw to that by stinging the Chiefs, 3-1, in the semifinals at Peter Hallman Ball Yard late Thursday night.

    The win moves Circle Tap (4-0) into Friday nights winners bracket final, while Hill United (3-1) must win three games to reach Saturday’s title game.

    Godoy hurled a dandy, and has won all four games for the Denmark, Wis. ball club. His outing against the ISC’s No. 1 ranked Chiefs was his best so far as he allowed five hits, walked four and struck out seven. His only blemish was a bases-loaded walk to Mark Johnson that forced in the Chiefs lone run in the fourth inning. But Godoy escaped disaster by getting Shane Boland on a screaming line drive to first baseman Blair Ezekiel, and James Todhunter to ground out to end the inning.

    Manuel Godoy quickly pulled the Dukes even in the bottom of the fourth by blasting an Adam Folkard rise ball deep over the right-field fence. Then in the sixth, Godoy (2-for-3) got the best of Folkard again with a lead-off single, followed by Folkard issuing back-to-back walks to load the bases.

    Folkard struck out Zane Vanlieshout for the first out, but then walked Leonardo Latasia to force in the go-ahead run. With the bases still full, Guillermo Patat lifted a fly ball deep enough to centerfield to bring home pinch runner, Julian Fernandez, with the third run. Folkard (3-1) allowed just three hits with 13 strikeouts and six walks.

    Boland gave Hill United a glimmer of hope when he led off the seventh by beating out a high chopper in front of the plate. But Godoy bore down, striking out Todhunter, getting Ezekiel to hit into a force out at second base, and finishing off the Chiefs by striking out Nicolas Carril to end the game.

    River Monsters Edge Knights in ISC World Tournament action

    Thursday, August 16th, 2018

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – Brady Woods delivered a grand pitching performance with a 3-hitter and 11 strikeouts, but as good as the Kegel Knights ace was, he took a tough-luck, 3-2, loss to the Nith River Monsters in a losers bracket matchup in the ISC World Tournament on Thursday at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener.

    The River Monsters of New Hamburg, Ontario took the early lead in the first inning on Tyler Pauli’s solo homer run, and after Jeff Lewis shot the Knights ahead with a two-run blast in the third, Greg Hammil delivered the game-winner for Nith on a two-run double in the fourth.

    Hammil also came on in relief in the fourth of Tyler Randerson (3-1) to earn the save. Both pitchers were effective in holding the Knights to four hits and two earned runs. Hammil allowed one hit with a strikeout, while Randerson gave up the two runs on three hits with four strikeouts.

    The win moves the Nith River Monsters (4-1) on in the losers bracket, while the Kegel Knights of Fargo, N.D. bow out of the world tournament with a 3-2 record.

    ***For standings, scores, team and player statistics, click on ISC Pointstreak.***

    Big Inning Sends NY Gremlins Into Semis of ISC World Tournament

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

    Andrew Kirkpatrick pitched the New York Gremlins into the semi-finals of the 2018 ISC World Tournament with a 1-hit shutout in the Gremlins 14-0 victory over the Bloomington, IL Stix at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, ON, Canada, Wednesday, Aug. 15. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC World Tournament

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The New York Gremlins broke open a scoreless game by plating three runs in the fourth inning and then put the game in the win column by putting 11 more on the board in the fifth to ease past the Bloomington Stix, 14-0, at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Wednesday night in ISC World Tournament action.

    The win improves the Gremlins to 3-0 and moves the New Yorkers into the semi-finals on Thursday, when they will meet the Kitchener Hallman Cubs who defeated the Ostrander (Minn.) Norsemen, 4-1, Wednesday. In their three wins, the Gremlins have outscored their opponents by a 37-2 margin.

    Through the first three innings the Stix Harrison Peters matched Gremlins’ left-hander, Andrew Kirkpatrick, pitch-for-pitch. But it all came undone for Harrison in the fourth as Ladislao Malarczuk drilled a two-run double up the middle, and Zenon Winters followed with another shot into centerfield that plated Malarczuk to give the Gremlins a three-run cushion.

    Three runs for Kirkpatrick is often more than he needs, but the Gremlins made his outing one of ease by lighting up the scoreboard for 11 more in the fifth. The big blows coming from Ben Enoka’s two-run home run – a line drive over the left-field fence – and from his brother Campbell Enoka’s three-run homer.

    The Gremlins are fresh off winning the ASA Major National Championship and finished third in last year’s world tournament, and are hungry for an ISC title after they’ve come so close in the past several years, finishing in the top-four eight times.

    Kirkpatrick, the Most Valuable Player of the ASA national tournament, had all his pitches working in winning his second game in the tournament. In the final tally, he fired a one-hitter, didn’t issue any free passes and struck out three.

    The Gremlin batsmen collected 14 hits led by Malarczuk, 3-for-3, 3 RBI; Campbell Enoka, 2-for-2, 3 RBI; Ben Enoka, 1-for2, 2 RBI, and Erich Ochoa, 2-for-4.

    Check out ISC World Tournament Live Streaming

    Monday, August 13th, 2018

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The live streaming and commentary is first class at the 2018 ISC World Tournament.

    Hoadley a standout in world and national competitive men’s softball

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    By John Orrell sports@thelandmark.com
    Posted Aug 8, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    HOLDEN, Mass. – Perhaps few could see the signals as to what was to come when traded to another team by his brother in a 1996 recreational league. After all, when you’re own sibling jettisons you to parts unknown in a rather unceremonious nature, it could be just a slight bit daunting.

    For Holden’s Mike Hoadley, it was not a setback of his goal to play elite competitive men’s softball as it might have been to others. To Hoadley, seizing opportunities and running with them are what it’s all about.

    Since then it’s been a list of national and international accomplishments that jump off the page. Hoadley has been a five-time national champion, competed in over 20 national championship tournaments, seven Fast Pitch World Championship Tournaments and was a NAFA All-World Player and All-American multiple times.

    In addition, he has been a two-time winner of US Cup Championships and a member of the Team USA program, and the “journey” as he calls all this, is far from over

    “Twenty years ago I started in a local league with my brother just like anyone else and one day I woke up, looked around and I was surrounded by the most elite softball players the world had to offer,” he said. “Now I can say that I’ve competed around the world and nationally and played with and against players from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Argentina and Venezuela. It’s been incredible.”

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