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Al Doran, a pioneer in men’s fastball

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

“Al Doran literally changed the game of fastball when he got involved. He became the focal point for fastball news. The game has never been the same since.” – Blair Setford

Alsfastball.1sblr Photo By Rosanne Allan / ISC Streaming Producer / Canadian Fastball & American Softball

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – In the world of fastball, Al Doran is known as a visionary, a game changer, a technology expert. And if you were to fix a title on him, “Friend of Fastball,” fits pretty well.

For he certainly has been that and more; especially to the International Softball Congress (ISC) and legions of fastball fans worldwide.

His ball diamond exploits won’t win him much fame. He played fastball as a teenager and adult, and he coached boys and girls’ fastball in Toronto.

But off the field?

That’s where he’s made his mark. Doran has nearly 50 years of experience in the design, development and application of computer-based information systems.

    SPREADING THE FASTBALL WORD

Back in 1995, he saw that fastball had a major problem: It had very little Internet presence. So he took his professional expertise, turned to fastball and basically said: let me help you broadcast fastball news and market this wonderful sport on the Internet.

“I decided to do something because no one in the media, with the exception of Bob Tomlinson and his Fastpitch Chronicle was talking about the sport,” said Doran. “But the Chronicle often took months to get to subscribers and by then a tournament in your own town could be over, and almost no one knew about it.”

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Gary Baughman creates an ISC Lifetime of Stats

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

“There is such a treasure trove of history that we are only now getting to see because of Gary Baughman. No one brings the same kind of dedication to their position in the ISC as Gary does to his statistician role.” – Blair Setford, ISC Vice President Operations.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Let’s see, Vic Cobos had a pretty decent ISC World Tournament in 1970 with a .286 batting average in helping Schafer-Smith Insurance of Phoenix, Arizona win the championship.

And there’s Dan Benalick of the 1980 third place Grimsby, Ontario Peach Kings. Wow! Benalick had a great tournament behind the plate with 45 put outs and perfect fielding percentage of 1.000.

The ISC World Tournament has been around since 1947. That’s 66 years in which thousands of players can boast that they’ve played in the “big show.” Which means that every player has stats attached next to his name – hits, runs, RBI’s, strikeouts, ERA….

The ISC statistics are enormous in volume. Now who would have the desire, dedication and know-how to compile such a vast volume of stats?

That would be ISC Statistician Gary Baughman. He’s been on the job since 1995 when he took over for Art Cashion (ISC Hall of Fame, 2005).

    NEW ERA OF STAT KEEPING

Shortly after his arrival, Baughman moved stat keeping from the scorebook and a No. 2 pencil and typewriter, into computer-based technology.

“In 1993, I did the statistics by hand for Art Cashion,” Baughman said. “In 1995, Pat Sullivan (ISC Iowa Area Commissioner) asked me if I would like to do the stats for the ISC (World Tournament) in Kimberly, Wisconsin.”

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Still pitching, Lexington’s Algar enters softballl Hall

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Paul Algar, the 1997 ISC World Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher in Victoria BC Canada. Photo By BOB OTTO

By Randy Kindred / Pantagraph Sports Reporter
rkindred@pantagraph.com

LEXINGTON, IL — Thirty years after making his International Softball Congress debut, Paul Algar was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame last week in Midland, Mich. The Lexington resident also was pitching for the Quad City Sox in the annual ISC World Tournament.

Closing in on his 48th birthday, Algar may not be done yet. He already has two offers to pitch next summer.

“It’s a possibility,” he said. “It just depends on what my mindset is and how my body feels. I’m not as good as I used to be, but I’m a lot smarter than I used to be.”


Born in New Zealand, Paul Algar came to the U.S. to pitch for American club teams, including the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisconsin. Photo By BOB OTTO

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Newspaper coverage of ISC and NAFA national tournaments vary greatly

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

The Midland Daily News did a good job of covering the 2012 ISC World Tournament in Midland, Michigan with several game stories, scoring summaries and a few feature stories.

But the same can’t be said of covering the NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas by the Topeka Capital-News which through my searches, only published three articles.

And that coverage was of the first week of the tournament. I’ve found nothing written or photographed in the Capital-Journal about NAFA’s AA-Major, A and 23-under divisions being played out from Thursday through Sunday.

One would think that when a major sports organization such as NAFA brings in over 100 teams to their fair city, which brings in a huge infusion of spending money (players, families and fans have to eat, need a place to stay, entertainment, and various shopping) that the local newspaper would cover the event.

Apparently not in Topeka. Maybe city officials and the business community should have a talk with the newspaper’s publisher.

Jarvis Travelers capture third consecutive ISC World Tournament Championship

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

“We have a great bunch of hitters. I’m so excited to have this chance for the championship.” – Paul Koert, Jarvis winning pitcher

MIDLAND, MI – The Jarvis Ontario Travelers dreamed it, craved it, and finally got it, a third consecutive ISC World Tournament Championship.

But it was far from easy.

Jarvis had to survive a tense, eight-inning slugfest, and an early 3-0 deficit. But they prevailed in beating Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs 8-6 at Currie Stadium, Saturday night.

The joy of winning a world tournament championship was sweetened even more as Jarvis tied a 55-year old ISC record. Matching the Mary Star All-Stars (Calif) who won three consecutive ISC World Tournament titles from 1952 to ’54.

    HALE SHATTERS RBI RECORD

But another record fell as well. Donnie Hale, Jarvis’ designated hitter, set an all-time RBI record with 17; breaking the old mark of 14 set in 1998 by Steve Price of Ballston Lake, NY.

Hale (2-3) drove in three runs – one in the second inning on a single, and two in the fourth on a home run deep over the right field fence that helped Jarvis to a 4-3 lead.

“I’m happy for our team to create history with a three-peat that hasn’t been done for 55 years,” Hale said, who was selected the Cleo Goyette Most Valuable Player for his .579 batting average (11-for-19) and 17 RBIs. “I was just happy to do my part.”

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Jarvis Travelers short circuit PA Power, earn a shot at three-peat

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Now the question, do the Jarvis Travelers have enough left in their tank to pull off the coveted three-peat?

They will certainly get their chance after beating the Pennsylvania PA Power 5-1 in the losers bracket final of the ISC World Tournament, Saturday afternoon.

The Travelers (6-1) will meet the undefeated Hill United Chiefs (5-0) in a Saturday night game at Currie Stadium in Midland to decide the championship.

Jarvis scored single runs in the first, second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead.

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Jarvis Travelers stun New York Gremlins on Horn’s clutch hit

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Brandon Horn comes through in hero’s style

MIDLAND, MI – The New York Gremlins and left-handed pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick needed just one out to advance to the final three of the ISC World Tournament.

But Brandon Horne ruined all that with a clutch, two-out, two-run single into short centerfield that gave the Jarvis Travelers a come-from-behind 5-4 victory, Saturday morning.

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ISC World Tournament Super Saturday, undefeated Chiefs the team to beat

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – The ISC World Tournament has reached the juncture that all teams aspire for – Super Saturday – when the tournament has whittled its way down from 46 to the final-four teams in contention for a world tournament title.

And it’s hardly a surprise that the ISC’s four top-rated teams are still in uniform. Here’s how the action breaks down today:

No. 1 New York Gremlins (4-1) take on the No. 3 Jarvis Ontario Travelers (4-1) in a survival game at noon. The winner advances to meet No. 4 Harrisburg PA Power (4-1) at 2 p.m. for the right to take on the undefeated and No. 2 ranked Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs (5-0) in the championship at 7 p.m.

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ISC rankings right on

Friday, August 17th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – It appears that whomever is involved with the ISC ranking of teams is right on this year. As the No. 1 New York Gremlins, No. 2 Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs, No. 3. Jarvis Ontario Travelers and the No. 4 Harrisburg PA Power will comprise the “final four” of the World Tournament.

The only upset could be if the Kegel Black Knights of Fargo (ND) overcome a 2-0 deficit against the Gremlins with the game in progress in the fourth inning.

So kuddos to the rankings masters, you were right on.

    Scores today:

    Toronto Ontario Gators 2, Eugene OR California A’s 0
    Fargo Kegel Black Knights 7, Saskatoon SK Diamondbacks 1
    Jarvis Travelers 8, Toronto Gators 1

Tonight at 8 p.m. PA Power (4-0) battles the Hill United Chiefs (4-0) in the winners bracket final. Should be a great matchup of pitchers with Power’s Lucas Mata (4-0) battling Chiefs’ Adam Folkard (3-0)

Toronto Gators upend Eugene (OR) California A’s on big hits and Justin Schofield pitching

Friday, August 17th, 2012


Justin Schofield, age 20 at the time and pitching in California in 2010, threw a fine game in beating the Eugene (OR) California A’s, 2-0, in the losers bracket of the ISC World Tournament.

MIDLAND, MI – The Toronto Gators only got three hits, but two of them were huge as Greg Garrity and John Kemp hit solo home runs and the Gators upended the Eugene (OR) California A’s 2-0, Friday, in a losers’ bracket game.

The win exits the ISC No. 6 ranked A’s from the ISC World Tournament, and sends the Gators on to a matchup with the Jarvis Ontario Travelers Friday afternoon.

Toronto right-hander, Justin Schofield, survived some tense moments as he wiggled out of trouble, stranding 12 A’s runners.

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