March, 2012

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Remembering “The Fastpitch Bulletin” and some old world ways of communicating

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

YUCAIPA, CA – A couple of days ago I was driving on the freeway with my grandson Cameron and he asked me, grandpa what did you do when your car broke down before cell phones?

Well, I had to walk to the nearest phone booth or house and call AAA or a friend to come help me if I couldn’t fix the problem myself. It usually took awhile, I said.

Cam’s question got me thinking about how we communicated back in the “old world” days before modern technology such as the cell phone and texting, Iphone, Ipad, Internet, Facebook, Tweeting and Twittering, and all other faster-than-a millisecond technology blazed into our lives.

In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin, published by Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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International Softball Congress appoints new executive director

Monday, March 26th, 2012


Larry Fisher appointed Executive Director Designate of the ISC

ISC NEWS RELEASE – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that Larry Fisher of Findlay, OH has been appointed as the Executive Director Designate effective immediately.

Larry will work closely with retiring Executive Director Ken Hackmeister over the next five months until Ken’s retirement following the end of the 2012 ISC World Tournament in Midland, Michigan.

Larry joined the ISC in 1981 as an area commissioner for the state of Ohio.

In his 31 years with the organization, he has served on numerous committees including chairman of the World Tournament Committee as well as filling his most current position as chairman of the Executive Committee.

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Capital City Classic 25th Annual Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Monday, March 26th, 2012

WESTERVILLE, OH – The 25th annual Capital City Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held June 2-3, 2012 in No. Lewisburg, located west of Columbus.

This is fastpitch played in the environment it has been for years. North Lewisburg’s well-kept fields are located in a small-town park with big trees with lots of shade, and a great snack bar!

This is also a NAFA QUALIFIER for A, A-Major, and AA divisions. No AA-Major or Open pitchers. ASA A, B, and C. (See tournament flier below.)

To support the development of organized teams, we ask that teams assembled ONLY for this tournament, do not enter. That is, we do not welcome teams assembled from stars of more than two top teams in order to win the cash awards.

Call if you have a questions.

FORMAT: Guaranteed four games – three pool games on Saturday and a single elimination playoff for all teams on Sunday

First 12 teams with paid entry fee will be accepted.

Entry Fee:$375

Drawing will be held on May 25.

AWARDS:
Champion, $500 Expense money.
Runner-up, $300 Expense Money
Third place, $100 for each third place if 10 or more teams

CONTACT: Rich Markham, General Manager
Capitals Men’s Fastpitch Softball
Westerville, OH
Cell 614-477-1133
rmarkham@wideopenwest.com

HOST TEAM: Westerville Capitals

Capital City Tournament Flier

PATTON: A Stout legacy in Yucaipa

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


FRANK BELLINO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

BY GREGG PATTON
STAFF WRITER

YUCAIPA, CA — The number — which is up to 703 wins for Yucaipa baseball coach Jeff Stout — is pretty impressive.

But to capture the essence, tradition and, perhaps, even the mystique of Thunderbirds baseball in this tight, rural community, all you have to do is meet the team’s four senior captains.

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Dugout Fastpitch hosting Memorial Day Weekend Tournament in Cushing, Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


Looking for a great tournament over Memorial Day weekend? Looking for some fastpitch fun in northwestern Wisconsin? Then enter the Dugout Fastpitch Memorial Day Weekend Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2010 NAFA World Series

CUSHING, WI – For over 20 years, the small Wisconsin town of Cushing has hosted a men’s fastpitch softball tournament on Memorial Day weekend. And for the past nine years, the Dugout Men’s Fastpitch team has hosted the event.

And this year, Les Dietmeier of the Dugout team wants to make the event even bigger and better.

“Last year’s tourney was attended by 10 teams,” he said. “We had one team from Duluth (Minn.) and one from Rice Lake (Wisc.). We are trying to get this tourney back to where it was in the good old days when every team wanted in, and it ran for four days.”

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Someone to know: Fastpitch softball pitcher Michael Cantrell

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012


In just nine years, Michael Cantrell has become one of the young promising pitchers in the USA.
Contributed photo

“I’m a very antsy person, so when the fastpitch season is coming up all I want to do is play softball,” – Michael Cantrell

MECHANICSBURG, OH – Young pitchers who follow the heady advice of veteran pitchers generally have a good start in becoming first-rate fastpitch pitchers.

Michael Cantrell is one of them. Though he’s only 20 years old, he’s learned much in his nine years in the circle, where he windmilled his first pitch as a 12-year-old.

He credits veteran pitchers Rich Markham, Ron Marstiller, Scott Sutherland and Bill Hillhouse with giving him sound advice in learning the trade.

“Over the span of my career I have taken their information and used it,” Cantrell said. “All of them are successful pitchers, and combined they have a lot of knowledge.”

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Fast Pitch in right shape for nationals

Monday, March 12th, 2012

By Shane Hurndell / Hawke’s Bay Today
March 12, 2012

Mario Herbert has given his Fast Pitch premier men’s softball side the “all ready” signal for the national men’s interclub tournament which begins in Auckland tomorrow.

“We couldn’t have asked for better rehearsals at the weekend …I just wish I was going but work comes first,” Herbert said…

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K-Club hosting men’s fastpitch tournament in Moses Lake

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

MOSES LAKE, WA – The last time a men’s fastpitch softball tournament was played in Moses Lake, Washington? Most likely a very long time ago. But that’s about to change.

Mike Kolda, a Moses Lake resident, and player / manager of the K-Club men’s fastpitch team is busy organizing the first annual “Columbia Basin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational.”


Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex

The tournament will take place May 12 to 13 at the Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex in Moses Lake. Registration deadline is May 7, and the entry fee is $350. Please see the attached flier Tourney Flyer for complete information.

“We want eight to 10 teams,”said Kolda. “It’s a four-game guarantee with three games played Saturday in round robin. The complex is in great shape, and there’s a lot of fun stuff to do here with a water park, golfing, and public parks.”

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Williams gets chance to play against world

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

(Originally published Aug. 14, 2008, but still a good read about why some boys’, young men, and adults choose to play fastpitch softball.)

By Jim Rueda / Sports Editor
Mankato Free Press

MANKATO, MN – With the North American Fastpitch Association’s World Series beginning today at Caswell Park it’s time to talk softball.

Although 18-year-old Kevin Williams of Lake Crystal will not be participating in the NAFA event, he does have experience playing high-caliber fastpitch.

In fact, he has experience playing fastpitch at the highest of levels, having recently returned from the International Softball Federation’s Junior Men’s World Fastpitch Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada…

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Great pitchers make fastpitch go

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

…I have yet to find a baseball player who hasn’t enjoyed fastpitch softball when they’ve tried it…” – Doug Wolter

By Doug Wolter / Mankato Free Press
Aug. 15, 2008

MANKATO, MN – As you amble on over to Caswell Park this week to witness the North American Fastpitch Association national tournament, pay special attention to the pitchers.

Pitching is the crucial element that makes fastpitch softball the exciting, fast-paced game that it is. The 2008 World Series began Thursday in North Mankato, and it continues through Aug. 24. As the tournament brackets get higher, the riseballs, dropballs and curves get even more explosive…

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