A Step Back In Time: All-American Bar ousts the Farm Tavern from 1981 ISC World Tournament

Written by Bob on April 28th, 2017

PETER MEREDITH pitching for the USA Men’s National Team. Photo By BOB OTTO

Green Bay Press-Gazette
Aug. 23, 1981

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Farm Tavern of Madison lost to All-American Bar of St. Paul, Minn. 3-2 Saturday and was eliminated from the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

The Farm was among the final six teams left in the 41-team tournament and finished with a 4-2 record. That equalled the best mark ever by a Wisconsin team.

(The Farm went on to win ISC World Tournament championships in 1997, 1999 and 2007.)

All-American Bar scored its three runs in the fifth.

Losing pitcher Peter Meredith walked Les Dittrich. He then gave up singles to Jim McDonald and Tim Egan before being replaced by left-hander Bob Moore.

Egan’s hit scored Dittrich to make it 1-0.

Jerry O’Connor then reached on an error by right-fielder Deno Amundson as McDonald scored. Hal Martinez’ base hit scored Egan for a 3-0 game.

The Farm answered with two runs in the sixth.

Mickey Selmo singled in Bill Jochum, who had doubled. Amundson’s sacrifice fly eventually brought home Jim Melville, who had been hit by a pitch.

    FARM TAVERN 1, SAGINAW BOLTERS 0

Earlier Saturday, winning pitcher Bob Moore of The Farm singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to beat ace pitcher Kevin Herlihy of the Saginaw boaters 1-0.

Moore went the distance against Saginaw and struck out seven.

KEVIN HERLIHY, of New Zealand starred in men’s fastpitch in the United States with several club teams in the ISC World Tournament. Courtesy Photo

Herlihy, who ended up with 21 strikeouts, fanned the first 16 batters of the game and didn’t allow a runner until Melville tripled with one out in the bottom of the 10th.

Saginaw left-fielder Matt Dijack was playing deep on the Melville’s hit. He ran in to play the ball, but it skipped by him and rolled to the fence.

Jerry Welling then went in as a pinch-runner for Melville.

After Herlihy intentionally walked Steve Larson and Selmo to load the bases, Moore drove in Welling with a single to right.

THE TOP FOUR TEAMS OF THE 1981 ISC WORLD TOURNAMENT
1. Camarillo Kings, Camarillo, Calif.
2. Firebirds, Tulsa, Okla.
3. Valley Mechanical, Midland, Mich.
4. All-American Bar, St. Paul, Minn.

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  1. Cam Lind says:

    What a great story from the glory years.

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