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Must see 2013 ISC World Tournament video

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Check out ISC World Tournament video highlights – fastball fans will love it!

The film is edited and produced by the ISC Network’s Lance Winn. The theme for the lead video revolves around the action throughout the week, including plenty of clips from the thrilling 2013 ISC Championship Game, and also features great footage of the terrific ISC fan base.

NAFA AA-Major teams in ISC II “Final Four”

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

MOLINE, ILL – The ISC II final-four has been determined and two of the four teams left in the running for the championship played in the NAFA AA-Major World Series last week: The San Mateo Cal-State Builders, and the Topeka, Kansas Toros.

The Builders (6-3) who finished fifth in the AA-Major in Des Moines, take on the Wiarton, Ontario Nationals at 10 a.m. with the winner advancing to meet the Toros (5-3) at noon. The Toros finished out of the top five in the AA-Major.

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San Mateo Cal-State Builders pitcher Kevin Kammueller is shouldering the pitching duties in the ISC II Championship tournament in Moline, Ill.

Builders pitcher and Minnesotan, Kevin Kammueller, is having a great tournament with a 5-1 record. The result of Cal-State’s latest win, 6-1, over the Halifax NS Pepperjacks Wednesday night hasn’t been recorded yet, and Kammueller may have pitched that game, too.

The winner of the noon game will meet the Midland, Mich. Emerson Aces (6-2) in the 4 p.m. championship game. So there’s a good possibility that a NAFA team will be in the final.

The championship will be broadcast by video free, courtesy of Thunder Tribe Energy Shot.

For a complete audio and video broadcast schedule of the ISC World Tournament and ISC II Championship games, visit: ISC Network Broadcasts

Want to play in TWO national tournaments with a defending champion?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

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OLYMPIA, Wash. Well, here’s your chance. The Lacey A’s men’s fastpitch team that won the 2012 NAFA AA World Series is looking for an outfielder and middle infielder to play in the NAFA AA-Major and in the ISC World Tournament.

Field Manager Pat Bucknell says the team can take care of the motel, but you must be able to get to Des Moines for the NAFA and the Quad Cities for the ISC.

Contact Pat Bucknell at:
360-791-9121 cell
360-456-1525 home
pat.bucknell@gmail.com

Kragthorpe: Tourney celebrates Larry H. Miller’s love of softball

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

By Kurt Kragthorpe / Tribune Columnist
First Published Jul 10 2013 08:45 am • Last Updated Jul 10 2013 11:23 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – There’s a reason the number 9 is displayed on the banner honoring former Jazz owner Larry H. Miller in the rafters of EnergySolutions Arena. The same number adorns his locker in a corner of the room where the players dress.

It has nothing — or everything — to do with basketball. Long before the Jazz came into his life, Miller was obsessed with softball. And to understand Miller’s competitiveness and how that translates in a meaningful way to this upcoming Jazz season, you have to know his softball background. Continue reading

Someone to know: Dean Holoien, Canadian fastball star

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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Dean Holoien pitching in the 2000 ISC World Tournament for the Edmonton (Alberta) Express had a 4-1 record in 35 1/3 innings with 64 strikeouts and a 1.39 ERA. He led the Express to ninth place in the 48-team tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

“Fastpitch softball was lucky to have him and I was grateful that I got a front row seat for a lot of years.” – Todd Martin about former teammate Dean Holoien

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN – Dean Holoien knows where to give credit for his long and successful fastball career – his father Doug. If not for dad’s insistence that “it’s time to practice,” fastball may not have enjoyed the exploits of one of the sport’s greatest pitchers and hitters.

“I remember pitching in the yard to dad until the moon came out,” Dean Holoien said. “There were many times when I would have rather did other things, but he had me pitching. But I’m sure glad he did.”

Holoien retired after the 2012 season, finishing a 20-year fastball career at the elite level. His talent carried him far – throughout Canada and the United States playing for elite club teams – and on to the worldwide stage, competing in the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship.

His former teammate and pitcher, Todd Martin, knows Holoien well – since 1993 when they started playing together for the Camrose Merchants. Then they teamed up with the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisconsin (2002 to 2004), and also played on Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team (1997-2009).

Martin says no one was any tougher or fierce a competitor in the circle than Holoien. His will to win and his hard spinning rise ball elevated him to the top of the sport. But adds Martin, with a bat in his hand, Holoien was a terror in the batter’s box as well.

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In 1998, Todd Martin, pitching for the Tampa Smokers of Florida was awarded the ISC World Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher for leading the Smokers to the championship. In his career, Martin has been selected a Most Outstanding Pitcher three times. Photo By BOB OTTO

“He had a ton of huge hits over the course of his career,” said Martin, a three-time Most Valuable Pitcher in the ISC World Tournament. “Not many guys are capable of throwing a shutout and hitting a bomb to win a game 1-0. But that was Deano.”

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Pioneer Days Tournament returns to Salt Lake City

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Ken Hackmeister and Peter Meredith, both legends in men’s fastpitch softball, have teamed-up to revive the Pioneer Days Tournament, officially known this years as the Larry H. Miller Memorial 2013 Pioneer Days Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

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In his heyday, ISC Hall of Famer, Larry H. Miller, was a very respected fastpitch pitcher.

TOURNAMENT FACTS
Dates: July 12-13-14, 2013
Entry Fee: $450 per team (tentative)
Location: Larry H. Miller Softball Complex, 4400 S. 13th E., Salt Lake City, Utah. Softball Complex named after Larry H. Miller

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Quad Cities busy preparing for 2013 ISC World Tournament

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

QUAD CITIES, IL/IA – The cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa; and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline comprise the cities that border both Illinois and Iowa, and are known as the “Quad Cities.”

Some of the very best men’s fastpitch softball has been played in these parts. And some of the sport’s most voracious fans also come from this part of the country.

In August, these ardent fans, along with fastpitch fans from throughout North America, will descend upon the Quad Cities and be treated to the very best in men’s fastpitch softball: the 2013 International Softball Congress World Tournament, Aug. 10-17.

2013 will mark 13 times that the World Tournament has been held in the Quad Cities area. Most recently in 2009 and 2011.

The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau recently released its tournament website. Be sure to visit the website and plan now to attend the World Tournament. The website lists many attractions for visitors along with information on flights into the area, as well as accomodations at preferred hotels.

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Also visit the ISC website to learn more about the World Tournament, and the teams and players that make up the highest level of competition in men’s fastpitch.