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In The Spotlight: Australian pitchers Andrew Kirkpatrick and Adam Folkard superb in ISF and ISC

Sunday, August 28th, 2016
AUSTRALIA'S AND NEW YORK GREMLINS GREAT LEFTY - Andrew Kirkpatrick has helped Australia win ISF and WBSC world championships, and in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, he pitched the New York Gremlins to third place with a 3-1 record that gives him 39 wins in world tournament competition. Photo by BOB OTTO

AUSTRALIA’S AND NEW YORK GREMLINS GREAT LEFTY – Andrew Kirkpatrick has helped Australia win ISF and WBSC world championships, and in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, he pitched the New York Gremlins to third place with a 3-1 record that gives him 39 wins in world tournament competition. Photo by BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, Calif. – In fastpitch circles, Andrew Kirkpatrick and Adam Folkard are household names, as recognizable as baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Sandy Kolfax and Walter Johnson.

And surely, once Kirkpatrick and Folkard’s fastpitch careers come to an end and they become eligible, induction into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame awaits them.

But before we talk about their ISC careers, let’s take a look at what these two have meant to their native Australia.

The highest level of men’s fastpitch is the International Softball Federation World Championship, (since surplanted by the World Baseball Softball Confederation). It pits country-against-country battling for world domination.

And in recent world championships, Australia always contends for a title because of Kirkpatrick and Folkard.

Since 2004, Australia has won the Bronze twice, fourth once, and in 2009 took the Gold by beating New Zealand, 5-0, led by the superb pitching of Folkard, who was just two walks away from a perfect game. Through much of the ISF competition, both men have been mainstays for their country.

FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER - Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards, and has led Australia to titles in the ISF and WBSC World Championships. In 2016, he pitched the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada to runner-up in the ISC World Tournament and was named an All-World pitcher for a eighth time.  His 4-1 record gives him 39 wins all-time in ISC World Tournament play. Photo By BOB OTTO

FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER – Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards, and has led Australia to titles in the ISF and WBSC World Championships. In 2016, he pitched the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada to runner-up in the ISC World Tournament and was named an All-World pitcher for a eighth time. His 4-1 record gives him 39 wins all-time in ISC World Tournament play. Photo By BOB OTTO

And in the junior men’s program (age 19-under), Australia won four consecutive ISF World Championships (1997, 2001, 2005, 2008). Folkard and Kirkpatrick played huge rolls in winning the titles in 2001 and 2005.

So these two great pitchers will forever be linked when Australian’s reminisce about the “greatest ever” to play for their national softball team.

But Kirkpatrick and Folkard’s footprint extends far beyond Australia. In the United States and Canada – and virtually every corner of the fastpitch world – they are celebrities of immense proportion. Most notably in the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

  • Both have created fabulous ISC careers, and are far from finished. Let’s look at their numbers in World Tournament competition.
  • NUMBER OF TIMES SELECTED ALL-WORLD

  • Kirkpatrick, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Folkard, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • If you’re counting, that’s eight times each. Well it gets even closer in what really counts for pitchers at the World Tournament – wins.

    At the conclusion of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Kirkpatrick had a 3-1 record in leading the New York Gremlins to a third place finish, while Folkard was 4-1 for the runner-up Hill United Chiefs.

    So where do they stand all-time among pitchers with the most World Tournament wins? In a dead heat at 39 each, trailing Korrey Gareau with 40.

    And in reaching number 39, both pitchers leapfrogged Dean Holoien, Frank Cox and Brad Underwood tied at 36. And they pushed past Ty Stofflet (37) and Doug Middleton (38).

    In the 70-year history of the ISC World Tournament, only eight pitchers remain perched above Kirkpatrick and Folkard in most wins all-time. At the 2017 World Tournament, it’s conceivable that they could surpass Gareau, and perhaps tie or even get past Paul Algar and Todd Martin with 42 each.

    However, Folkard does have a leg up over Kirkpatrick in a couple of areas. In most consecutive wins, Folkard has 22 (No. 2 all-time, trailing only Gerald Muizelaar with 23), while Kirkpatrick had a string of 13 wins from 2004-2007.

    And as for the most coveted individual honor for pitchers in the World Tournament, Folkard reigns as co-king with five Most Outstanding Pitcher awards tied with the legendary Leroy Zimmerman for whom the award is named.

    Kirkpatrick has one MOP honor, coming in 2006 when he pitched County Materials of Madison, Wisc. to the title.

    Both pitchers appear in good health. Both pitchers can still hit the catcher’s glove with plenty of pop and movement. Both pitchers are two of the most competitive to ever step in the circle. So it’s conceivable that fastpitch fans will be enjoying Kirkpatrick and Folkard’s ISF, WBSC, and ISC exploits for years to come.

    As for ISC Hall of Fame induction when they become eligible? Shoo-ins.

    ISC WORLD TOURNAMENT / INDIVIDUAL PITCHING / MOST WINS

    70 Michael White (1980-2006)
    60 Peter Meredith (1980-2001)
    56 Darren Zack (1992-2012)
    48 Mike Piechnik (1985-2008)
    48 Gerald Muizelaar (1999-2014)
    42 Todd Martin (1993-2010)
    42 Paul Algar (1985-2012)
    40 Korrey Garreau (1995-2014)
    39 Andrew Kirkpatrick (2004-present)
    39 Adam Folkard (2004-present)
    …42 remaining pitchers with at least 20 wins…

    In the spotlight, Toronto Gators Brad Rona 2016 ISC World Tournament MVP

    Monday, August 22nd, 2016
    HAPPY GATORS - Brad Rona is congratulated by his Toronto Gators teammates after he hit a two-run home run off New York Gremlins' Andrew Kirkpatrick that led to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    HAPPY GATORS – Brad Rona is congratulated by his Toronto Gators teammates after he hit a two-run home run off New York Gremlins’ Andrew Kirkpatrick that led to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – When New Zealand native Brad Rona squares up on a softball with his powerful swing, it will go a long, long way.

    Rona hit a home run off New York Gremlins Andrew Kirkpatrick that flew over the fence in left-centerfield about 300 feet that led to the Toronto Gators, 3-1, victory, moving the Gators into the winner’s bracket final.

    BRAD RONA of the Toronto Gators, 2016 ISC World Tournament Champions. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BRAD RONA of the Toronto Gators, 2016 ISC World Tournament Champions. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The Gators went on to win the World Tournament by dethroning two-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada.

    And Rona was named first-team All-World and selected the Cleo Goyette Most Valuable Player for his .385 average (5-for-13), 3 home runs and 5 RBI.

    Rona has been selected All-World seven times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), but 2016 marks the first time he received the MVP honor.

    Viewing schedule for the 2016 ISC World Tournament

    Friday, August 12th, 2016

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    MOLINE, IL – The ISC World Tournament takes place Aug. 13-20 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline with 25 selected games available to fastball fans worldwide for live viewing FREE.

    To view the schedule and watch FREE, visit: ISC Network

    Looking forward to the 2016 ISC World Tournament

    Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
    Wonderful, nostalgic Phil Welch Stadium with its covered wooden bleachers in St. Joseph, Missouri, hosted the 2000 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Wonderful, nostalgic Phil Welch Stadium with its covered wooden bleachers in St. Joseph, Missouri, hosted the 2000 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, Ill. – It’s been 17 years since I attented an ISC World Tournament, and that was at St. Joseph, Missouri in 2000 where the Decatur (IL) Pride won the championship by defeating the Broken Bow (Neb.) Travelers 2-1 at Phil Welch Stadium.

    But after this long hiatus, I’ll be heading to Moline, Ill. and Green Valley Sports Complex to watch the final three days of the tournament as the best club teams the sport has to offer battle from Aug. 13-20 for the 2016 ISC World Championship.

    The great Peter Meredith of Salt Lake City Larry Miller Toyota fires a pitch during the 2000 ISC World Tournament at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph, Missouri. Meredith's ISC career extended from 1980-2001. He finished No. 2  all-time in world tournament victories with 60. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The great Peter Meredith of Salt Lake City Larry Miller Toyota fires a pitch during the 2000 ISC World Tournament at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph, Missouri. Meredith’s ISC career extended from 1980-2001. He finished No. 2 all-time in world tournament victories with 60. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The players I once photographed have since left the game. No longer do White, Algar, Meredith, Rychcik, Abbot, Sorenson, Martin, Middleton, Boys, Zack, Wahl, Martie, Miljavac, Walford, Tangaroa, Schott, Seaman, Makea, Wallin and Wiebe…and so many other great stars of fastball of a bygone era thrill fans with their amazing talent.

    But the current stars, of this new era are every bit as talented as the old guard. Stars such as Folkard, Jones, McCullough, Shailes, Kronk, Zechman, Mata, Cleary, Ellsworth, Ezekiel, Johnson and Mancha…will try with every ounce of their talent and toughness to win a world championship for their teams.

    Let the games begin!

    At the 2000 ISC World Tournament, a then young Billy Sizemore got St. Joseph Meierhoffer pitcher Chris Bigelow to autograph his softball. Bigelow (2-2, 0.88 ERA) helped St. Joseph finish fourth at 6-2 in the 48 team tournament.  Photo By BOB OTTO

    At the 2000 ISC World Tournament, a then young Billy Sizemore got St. Joseph Meierhoffer pitcher Chris Bigelow to autograph his softball. Bigelow (2-2, 0.88 ERA) helped St. Joseph finish fourth at 6-2 in the 48 team tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Hank & Karen’s strives to ‘four-peat’ in Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament June 3-5

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

    LathropRiceLake.286lr The 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament will feature strong pitching and highly ranked teams and players competing for the championship in this coveted tournament at Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By Justin Colombo / Tournament Director
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament opens Friday night at 7 and taking center stage on fabled Sunset Park’s lower diamond will be Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch.

    Hank & Karen’s Pub & Grill, located in Appleton, will look to defend its title – for a FOURTH time. But it won’t be easy. Seven teams are looking to seize the title, including:

      POOL A
  • Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch
  • Hitter’s of Kimberly
  • Hustle Hogs, Dekalb, IL
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
    • POOL B
  • Stoneyard, Appleton
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton
  • Dolan & Murphy, Aurora, IL
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • The tournement continues through Saturday with a full slate of pool play games to decide seeding for Sunday’s playoffs.

    The tournament features three teams ranked highly by the International Softball Congress. Aurora Dolan & Murphy is ranked No. 24; Bar Buzz, No. 27, and Tin Cup (fresh from taking the championship of the Dugout Memorial Tournament in Cushing, Wisc.) holds the No. 31 spot.

    TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

    For more information, contact Tournament Director, Justin Colombo
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    Those Guys Bringing Young Guys Into Fastpitch

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
    Those Guys fastpitch team of Long Beach, Calif., has five high school players on its roster, along with a good veteran core. In early April, the team finished runner-up to J & B Painting (an ISC caliber team) in a So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) tournament. Courtesy photo / SCIFL

    Those Guys fastpitch team of Long Beach, Calif., has five high school players on its roster, along with a good veteran core. In early April, the team finished runner-up to J & B Painting (an ISC caliber team) in a So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) tournament. Courtesy photo / SCIFL

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – In the late 1970s, Paul Castillo and a few of his fastpitch buddies decided to start a team. But what to name it? How about Those Guys, suggested Castillo.

    Approval was given, and now almost 40 years later, Those Guys are still playing the game they love in So. Calif.

    In the early years, veterans made up a good share of the roster. But over the past several years, Castillo has made a concerted effort to bring young players into the fold.

    Most ball clubs prefer veterans over untested rookies. After all, there’s no training involved with proven veterans; whereas with many rookies, it can be a struggle to learn the nuances of a new sport.

      GIVING THE KIDS A CHANCE

    And besides, Castillo, now 58, remembers as a teenager he was given the opportunity to play.

    “When I was 18, I was given a chance to play,” said Castillo. “It’s the reason I give my young guys a chance. There’s teams that want all veterans, but we’ve got to develop kids (for the sport to grow), and they need somewhere to play.”

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    2016 ISC Guide Book Ready To Pre-order

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
    The ISC Guide contains information about the 2015 ISC World Tournament, including championship game results, individual stats, most valuable pitcher and player, all-world players, all-time records, hall of fame members, and much, much more.

    The ISC Guide contains information about the 2015 ISC World Tournament, including championship game results, individual stats, most valuable pitcher and player, all-world players, all-time records, hall of fame members, and much, much more.

    March 30, 2016 Mississauga, ON – With March coming to an end, fastball season is right around the corner in most of North America and now is the time to pre-order your 2016 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

    Featuring ISC MVP Nick Shailes, of the Hill United Chiefs, in full flight on the cover, the 2016 ISC Guide has over 120 color photos along with 156 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, and the ISC Legends 50+ Championship from the Belleville Sports Complex in South Bend, IN.

    Click To Pre-Order Your Guide

    Major Teams Wanted To Play Si Señor Men’s Fast-pitch Team in Tubac

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

    1995-FarmMillerToyota.2web Play exciting Major Division men’s fastpitch softball in Tubac, Ariz. this fastpitch season against Si Señor, which has been in the sport for over 30 years. Photo By BOB OTTO

    TUBAC, Ariz. – Si Senor men’s fastpitch is looking for major teams to play in Tubac. The team will pick you up in Tucson and transport you to Tubac for a least a double header.

    Si Señor will pay your lodging at the beautiful Tubac Golf Resort.

    Contact Information
    Name: Herb Wisdom
    Email: Herbwisdom@webtv.net
    Phone: 520-398-2397
    Website: Wisdom Sports And Scholarships