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A1 Bombers and J&B Painting merger creates super team with big goal

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The J&B BOMBERS defeated the Northeast Naturals, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament at Sunset Park in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The team includes co-sponsors and managers Bob Berger and Jerry Zimmerman; players Eli Salazar, Cameron Schiller, Tyler Dudley, Freddy Carmona, Jorge Segura, Pat Burns, Tony Mancha, Blake Hunter, Tyler McGaughey, Mike Hoadley, Derrick Kennedy, Kris Walushka, Jesse Palacios, Mark Aranda, Gil Saenz, Devon McCullough and Bryan Erwin. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – Both Jerry Zimmerman and Bob Berger look back with pride on the accomplishments of their respective ball clubs during the 2016 season.

Zimmerman’s A1 Bombers of Saskatoon, SK, CA finished fifth (4-2) in the ISC World Tournament, while Berger’s J&B Painting club of Agoura Hills, Calif. took 11th (2-2). And just a year prior, they finished third and fifth respectively.

Adding to those accolades, the Bombers also took second (5-2) in the 2016 ASA Men’s Major National Championship.

And during the regular season, both teams were ranked in the top-ten by the ISC.

Very good ball clubs? Certainly. Great? Close, but not quite.

While both were competitive, capable of and often beating the best in the game, neither had quite the firepower to grasp the brass rings – which in men’s fastpitch equate to winning the ISC world tournament and ASA major national championship.

So, if you come close but can’t quite win those titles, what can be done? Merge. Exactly what the two men decided to do.

By combining forces, they significantly raise the odds of winning those two coveted championships. And it appears they’ve created a ball club – the J&B Bombers – that must be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

Zimmerman and Berger left no doubt about their expectations.

“We’re going to win the world,” Berger said, “win everything. That’s our goal.”

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ISC appoints player representatives

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress has appointed a new slate of 12 player representatives.

“We want to thank all of these individuals who have stepped forward to be a voice for the players in the game,” said ISC President Dean Oscar.

ISC Player Representatives

  • Brad Pender – Canada East
  • Chris Diethert – US Central
  • Eric Fogel – US East
  • Jon Gwizadala – US East
  • Justin Schofield – Atlantic Canada
  • Kris Walushka – Canada West
  • Matt McLaren – Canada East
  • Nick Santos – US West
  • Scott Galenza – Canada West
  • Tyler Dudley – US East
  • Sisco Sabate – International
  • Zennon Winters – International
  • **See the full story at iscfastpitch.com**

    2017 ISC World Championship Guide ready for pre-ordering

    Saturday, April 1st, 2017

    Mississauga, ON – Celebrate the arrival of spring and the imminent return of the North American fastball season by pre-ordering your 2017 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

    The 2017 ISC Guide has a striking cover that features ISC MVP Brad Rona and Most Outstanding Pitcher Sean Cleary, of the Toronto Gators, along with the Gators’ Shane Boland and his World Tournament clinching walk-off home run.

    The 2017 ISC Guide has over 130 color photos along with 140 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, ISC Legends 50+ Championship and the ISC U21 Championship from the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL.

    You can now order and pay for the 2017 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/ and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.

  • The 2017 ISC Guide will also be available in the near future in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
  • We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and First Ontario Credit Union, for enabling us to bring you the 2017 ISC World Championship Guide.

    For additional information, please contact

    Blair Setford
    ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor
    blairjs [@] gmail.com

    or

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com

    Kitchener to host 2018 ISC World Tournament

    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

    KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CA – Located east of Toronto and just north of the United States border, Kitchener is an excellent and easily reachable destination for any event – including the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

    And in 2018, Kitchener for a FIFTH time will host fastpitch softball’s most competitive event: The ISC World Tournament. Kitchener hosted the event in 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2014.

    See breaking story in The Record by Christine Rivet: World fastball tournament returns to Kitchener in 2018

    Typically, upwards of 40 or more teams battle for the opportunity to be crowned, “world champions of fastball.” Top teams are filled with talented ball players from the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and last but not least – Canada.

    So plan ahead to attend this prestigeous men’s fastpitch tournament, and stayed tuned for more information as it unfolds.

    International Softball Congress hosting 2017 boys’ tournament in Saginaw, Michigan

    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

    Just like baseball, fastpitch softball is a pitch, hit, run and field game. Many boys play BOTH sports and reap doubly the benefits. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – The ISC will be hosting a boys’ fastpitch softball tournament in Saginaw, MI, July 21-23.

    The tournament offers competition in three age divisions: 14-Under, 16-Under and 18-Under. Led by Tournament Director, Tom Stasik, the ISC is seeking to grow and increase fastpitch numbers among the youth throughout North America.

    “We are hoping that this will be an annual event,” said Stasik, the ISC treasurer, and who has served the ISC since 1984. “We are hoping to draw several teams from the United States. I have had several Canadian teams contact me already.”

    Stasik added that it’s imperative that all who support the growth of male fastpitch “spread the word” about the tournament.

    “If any of you know of any areas that may have youth teams or individual players that may be interested in giving fastpitch a shot, please pass the word along,” he said.

    TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    When: July 21-23, 2017
    Where: Saginaw, Mich.
    Divisions: 14-U, 16-U, 18-U.
    Entry fee: $300

    CONTACT INFO
    Tom Stasik
    tomstasik@gmail.com
    989-798-6471

    ISC welcomes Greg Nydick and Bill Kunkel as Commissioners-at-Large

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    Findlay, OH – Greg Nydick, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Kunkel, from Eaton Rapids, MI, are both joining the International Softball Congress (ISC) as Commissioners-at-Large, the ISC announced today.

    “In addition to having a passion for the game, each of these individuals have skills that we need in our organization as we continue to support men’s fastpitch softball,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

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    ISC announces developmental tournaments in Michigan for July 21-23, 2017

    Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

    By Joe Todd
    ISC VP Communications
    Ingersoll, Ontario
    ftode739@rogers.com

    December 13, 2016

    Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.

    The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.

    “With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher.

    Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.

    “We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher.

    More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.

    The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    Findlay, OH
    iscfastpitch@gmail.com

    Farmersville Haymakers overcome slow start, finish strong with Elkland and NAFA World Series titles

    Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
    2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

    2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, Matt Sheaffer and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

    “The beginning of year it took us awhile to bond as a team and we weren’t playing the best, but by the end of the year we meshed as a team and finished out strong. It was a fun ride!” – Haymakers coach Merlin High

    EPHRATA, PA – Average. Ordinary. Mediocre. Not the kind of tags competitive athletes or teams want to be labeled with. It means you’re OK, but you’ve done nothing to distinguish yourself.

    That was the kind of season the Farmersville Haymakers were having, hovering around .500, finishing third at 13-12 in the Stevens’ Northend Softball League, third in the league playoffs…you get the picture.

    As coach Merlin High said, at the start of the year, “we weren’t playing the best.”

    But as the sporting cliché goes: it’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. And what a finish, what a stunning turnaround the Haymakers pulled off.

      WEILER CLICKS, WINNING STREAK STARTS

    And it all started at the NAFA World Series in North Mankato, Minnesota where the Haymakers delivered some big blows to go 5-0 and win the AA-Division championship.

    “Things started to click at the start of the NAFA World Series,” said player / pitcher Justin Zimmerman.

    And in fastpitch, “to click” starts with pitching. And with Duane Weiler as a late- season addition, the Haymakers fortunes shot upward like a NASA rocket.

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