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A step back in time: Cedar Rapids Greets Its ‘Champs’

Friday, April 14th, 2017

WELTY WAY, World Runner-Up: Welty Way of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, finished runner-up in the 1972 World Softball Championship in Manila. The squad members, front row, from left: Manager Jim Caviness, Ed White, Joe Swanson, Mike Pallesen, Ray Sturm, Dale Usher and Steve Andrew. Back row: Ed Williams, Cliff Rice, Rich Stephen, Dick Thenhaus, Gary Morrow, John Muench, Bob Timmons and Doug Havlik. Not pictured is pitcher Dick Brubaker. Photo From The Des Moines Register’s Iowa News Service

WELTY WAY STILL NO. 1 TO SOFTBALL FANS…

By William Simbro / Staff Writer
Des Moines Register
Mar. 15, 1972

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. – The Welty Way softball team may be the world’s second best, but it got a reception befitting the champions as the squad arrived here from the Philippines Tuesday evening.

Three city council members, some 250 fans and the El Kahir Shrine band welcomed the team as Manager Jim Caviness, 15 players and 10 wives stepped off the plane and onto a red carpet.

“We came back losers,” said a sad-faced Caviness as he shook hands with Roger Welty, president of Welty Way Products, Inc.

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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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World’s top men’s fastpitch in Europe in 2018

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

By Helena Novotna
Photos by Dirk Steffen
21 Feb 2017

A meeting of the Men’s Fastpitch Development Commission took place in New Zealand, in February, during the Challenge Cup competition.

The meeting was led by the Chair of the Commission, Rex Capil from New Zealand. The World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division (WBSC-SD) was represented by President Dale McMann and Executive Director Ron Radigonda, and representatives of some of the top men’s fastpitch countries — Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Japan and New Zealand – were also invited.

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Don’t Miss USA Men’s National Invitational Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

USA Softball selects Men’s National Team Coaching Pool for 2017-2020

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT
Codi Warren
Managing Director of Communications
E: cwarren@usasoftball.com
P: (405) 425-3431

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today 19 coaches who have been selected to the 2017-2020 USA Softball Men’s National Team Coaching Pool.

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ISC makes second recruitment video available for College & High School baseball coaches

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

ISC Press Release
January 23, 2017

FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress continues its outreach to university, college and high school baseball coaches across the United States with a second recruiting video to attract new players into men’s fastpitch softball.

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

“As stated in the video, it’s a great tool, but it needs to be shared with as many baseball coaches and players as possible so that we can get new players into the game,” says Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director. “We encourage all men’s teams to reach out to their local colleges and high schools and spread the word – there’s a significant pool of talent there and we need to tap into it to bring young players into our game.”

“By our unofficial count, there’s nearly 1,300 men’s fastpitch softball teams across North America, so there’s an opportunity out there for those that want to play,” says Fisher.

Tapping into the baseball past of several players on the highly-ranked New York Gremlins team, the video features several top players as well as USA Softball President Warren Jones, who speaks about the opportunities for younger players to be identified for the U.S.A. U19 junior men’s national team.

“We want to let these young kids know that there’s another game out there that they can play,” says Jones.

MATT PALAZZO (Des Moines, Iowa) is a USA National Team player and a fixture in the ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Among the Gremlins, Matt Palazzo talks about the quick pace of play, the ability for one hit to be a big difference in the game and the success he’s had in recruiting athletes in the Des Moines, Iowa area to take up the game.

“Once they try it, just like myself, they fall in love with the game and its pace,” says Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University and, in addition to the Gremlins, stars on the U.S.A. men’s national team and has twice been named the U.S. Male Fastpitch Player of the Year

Aimed at high school and college seniors, the video commentary notes that men’s fastpitch softball offers baseball players the opportunity to utilize all of the skills they’ve developed over a lifetime of playing, and will give them the chance to create 20+ years of new memories.

“I’ve been able to travel around the world and see the best in the world … and it’s been a great challenge and a good experience,” says Nick Mullins, who played baseball at the University of Pittsburgh, and plays for the Gremlins as well as Team U.S.A. “For all of the young kids out there who are playing baseball or just finished playing baseball, [fastpitch softball] is definitely a good game, so get out here and let’s see what you’ve got!”

International stars Zenon Winters and Bryan Abrey also talk about the opportunities and experiences they’ve enjoyed.

Abrey, who is a member of the defending World Champion Canadian men’s national team, played junior college baseball in California before transferring to an NAIA school in Idaho. Abrey talks about the speed of the game and the adjustments that baseball players will need to make.

Winters notes that he’s been playing fastpitch softball for 27 years, starting as a six-year-old in his native Australia, and has been able to travel the world because of the game and highlights the opportunity for American players to do the same thing.

“We think that if baseball players give fastpitch softball a chance, we’re confident that they’re going to fall in love with the game just like Matt Palazzo talks about,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

For more information on the ISC and men’s fastpitch softball, see the ISC website at
www.iscfastpitch.com.

Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
iscfastpitch@gmail.com

Bouley and Davis learning fastpitch the New Zealand way

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

TYLER BOULEY, left, and YUSEF DAVIS are playing fastpitch in New Zealand with the goal to improve their games for the upcoming 2017 North American fastpitch season. Courtesy Photo

NEW ZEALAND – It’s the off season for North American fastpitch and for most players, they’ve switched uniforms for a winter sport like basketball or hockey. Or they’re pumping iron at a fitness center muscling-up for the coming season.

Hitting, pitching, fielding? Not for a few months yet.

But not so for Yusef Davis and Tyler Bouley. These two young and budding stars – Davis, 22, and Bouley, 21 – shunned taking the winter off and instead boarded a plane for New Zealand.

All with the purpose of improving and pushing themselves to reach new heights in the sport they profess to love. As the saying goes, “to be the best you can be.”

Fastpitch is a pitcher’s game. Talented ones typically dominate hitters. So where better to improve one’s hitting than in pitching-rich New Zealand.

    TOUCH CHUCKERS

Bouley got a good feel for just how good these Kiwi hurlers are almost as soon as he landed.

“It has really helped my game because you don’t have to travel to (face) a quality pitcher,” said Bouley, who plays for Northcote Softball Club. “Every premiere team has a pitcher that either has competed at the (International Softball Congress World Tournament) or is capable of competing at the ISC. Two of the best I’ve faced so far are Bailey Hoani and Josh Pettett.”

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For the future of USA men’s fastpitch, it’s all about pitching

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

ALAN COLGLAZIER pitched Aurora, IL, Home Savings to the ISC World Tournament championship in 1980. He is but one of four USA born pitchers to win an ISC World Tournament Championship game between 1980 and 1991. Photo By BOB OTTO

NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand is the mecca of men’s fasptich softball. To argue otherwise is just plain nonsense. The results prove the Kiwi’s dominance in fastpitch worldwide.

The Black Sox, the country’s national team, leads the International Softball Federation (now the World Baseball Softball Confederation) world championships with 12 gold, silver and bronze medals since the event started in 1966.

And in the past six championships (1996 to 2015) the Black Sox have taken four-of-six golds and two silvers.

Canada comes a close second with 11 total medals, and did claim the latest world championship in 2015, by pounding the Kiwi’s, 10-5, in the final.

    THIRD NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Bringing up the third spot with nine medals is the United States. Nine sounds like a respectable number, right?

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Christina Drumm of USA Softball of Southern California appointed to WBSC Regional Softball Umpire Coordinator Committee

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

CHRISTINA DRUMM received her WBSC certification in 2003 and has umpired in six softball World Championships and the World Cup of Softball. She has also served as an Assistant UIC for WBSC Junior Women’s and Women’s Softball World Championships. Drumm was named to the USA Softball National Umpiring Staff in 2015. Photo courtesy USA Softball


JAN. 13, 2017, 6:19 P.M. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Christina Drumm of USA Softball of Southern California has been appointed as one of the newest members of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Regional Softball Umpire Coordinator Committee, the WBSC announced today.

The new composition of the nine-member, gender-balanced committee covers the five Olympic continents — Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania.

Christina Drumm received her WBSC certification in 2003 and has umpired in six softball World Championships and the World Cup of Softball. She has also served as an Assistant UIC for WBSC Junior Women’s and Women’s Softball World Championships. Drumm was named to the USA Softball National Umpiring Staff in 2015.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with amazing people all over the world to assist umpires in their quest for greatness,” said Drumm. “I’ve been fortunate to be trained as an umpire and UIC at the highest levels by USA Softball and I am excited to contribute at a global level.”

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Weather cancels USA Softball Men’s selection camp

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT
Codi Warren
Managing Director of Communications
E: cwarren@usasoftball.com
P: (405) 425-3431

2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team Selection Camp cancelled due to inclement weather

OKLAHOMA CITY – Anticipated rainfall in the Southern California area has cancelled the 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) Selection Camp, which was slated to be held January 20-22 in San Diego, Calif., USA Softball announced today.

Thirty-four athletes had received an invitation to attend the 2017 USA Softball MNT Selection Camp, in which the athletes participate in position drills as well as simulated games while being evaluated by the USA Softball Men’s National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC).

Currently ranked No. 6 in the WBSC Softball World Rankings, the MNT will compete in the WBSC Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 7-16, 2017.

The Red, White and Blue will look to improve upon a ninth-place finish at the 2015 WBSC World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where the team finished with a 7-3 record and placed first in the Playoff Rounds.

The U.S. will be led by National Softball Hall of Fame coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.).

The complete 2017 schedule for the MNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date. For updates on the USA Softball MNT and events throughout the 2017 season visit
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