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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

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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.


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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Six new members inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Todd Martin was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 2016 ISC World Tournament. The right-handed pitcher won three ISC World Tournament championships (1996, 1998, 2008), and was a member of four Canadian Senior Men's championship teams.

Todd Martin was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 2016 ISC World Tournament. The right-handed pitcher won three ISC World Tournament championships (1996, 1998, 2008), and was a member of four Canadian Senior Men’s championship teams. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1998 ISC World Tournament

MOLINE, IL – During ceremonies at the ISC World Tournament, six outstanding individuals were inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame.

  • Tom Boyd, umpire, New Tripoli, PA
  • Daniel D. Dolan Family, sponsor, Aurora, IL
  • Thomas Makea, outfielder, New Zealand
  • Jarrad Martin, first base, outfielder, pitcher, New Zealand
  • Todd Martin, pitcher, Ontario, CA
  • Robert “Chubb” Tangaroa, New Zealand
  • To read their Hall of Fame biographies, visit: alsfastball / ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2016

    A Legendary Run For The Hometown Team

    Monday, May 9th, 2016
    Victoria Legends manager Rocky Vitale sends Kevin Bobroske home after he hit a home run in the 1997 ISC World Tournament in Victoria, BC, Canada. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Victoria Legends manager Rocky Vitale sends Kevin Bobroske home after he hit a home run in the 1997 ISC World Tournament in Victoria, BC, Canada. Photo By BOB OTTO

    VICTORIA, BC – The Victoria Legends thrilled thousands of fastball fans with an incredible run in the 1997 ISC World Tournament at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC, Canada, by finishing second with an 8-2 record.

    One of the many stars on the No. 4 ranked Legends was KEVIN BOBROSKE, who led the tournament with 11 RBI, and had three, 3-RBI games. The right-side batting infielder was named First-Team All-World along with pitcher KORREY GAREAU, who earned the title “workhorse” for his seven games in which he was 5-2 in 38 innings with a 2.95 ERA, along with 64 strikeouts.


    Also earning All-World honors was infielder KEITH MACKINTOSH (.483 avg., 13-of-30, 3 RBI, and 8 runs), and outfielder DARRELL SANDBACK (.394 avg., 13-of-33, 10 runs).

    Not to be overlooked was Second-Team All-World catcher DOUG CHASE, who batted .300 (9-of-30), had 9 RBI, 2 home runs, and 10 runs; and infielder DAVE BADOVINIAC, who belted the best pitching in the world for a .538 avg. (7-of-13), with 3 RBI, a home run, and 3 runs. BADOVINIAC had the fourth-best average in the tournament with Decatur Pride’s TERRY WALLIN tops at .600 (9-of-15)

    Also earning Second-Team All-World was outfielder RICK ELIAS with a .313 avg. (10-of-32) 7 RBI and 5 runs.


    The Legends opened with a 9-2 victory over the Royal Kings of St. Paul, MN, followed by beating Jack & Do’s, Findley, OH, 10-2, and Larry Miller Toyota of Salt Lake City, 5-4, to set up a match with the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisc. in the quarterfinals.

    The Legends lost to ROD PETERSON’S team and eventual champion, 7-6, but the Legends then began a march to the championship game by beating the Heflin Builders, of New York, 4-1, then shutout Canadian rivals Fast As Flite, 7-0, and the Tiremen, 3-2, followed by a narrow, 3-2, win over the Tampa Bay Smokers to reach the losers bracket final with All-Car of Green Bay, Wisc.

    The Legends bats heated up with an 11-2 romp, to set up a rematch with the Farm Tavern. But the Legends incredible run came to an end in a 11-2 loss that gave PETERSON his first ISC world championship.

    But amongst knowledgeable Canadian fastball fans (who numbered nearly 7,000 in the finale), the Legends 10-game run in the 1997 ISC World Tournament hasn’t been forgotten.

    Fond memories of the Hollywood Store

    Sunday, December 20th, 2015

    WATERTOWN, Minn. – The name may have changed to Hollywood Sports Complex, but for many old timers it will forever be known as the Hollywood “Store.” Back in the 1960s and ‘70s, some of the fiercest men’s fastpitch battles in Minnesota were fought on the two ball diamonds at the Store, located near Watertown and about 40 miles west of Minneapolis.

    In 1974 the Store underwent a name change to the Hollywood Sports Complex. And in 2008 this historic fastpitch site reached a rare milestone, celebrating its 50th anniversary of hosting men’s fastpitch softball leagues and tournaments.

    The fastpitch tradition began in 1959 when Melvin and Esther Littel, who owned the Hollywood Store, started a team and joined a traveling league. And for many years, the Store hosted three league games every Sunday.

    “The Store was a beacon for fastpitch on Sunday afternoons,” said Bruce Johnson, 58, who grew up in the area and began playing on the Store ball diamond as a 16-year-old. Johnson retired in the mid 1990s at age 44, but fond memories of the little ball diamond play on.

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    Check out Al’s Fastball redesigned website. Fantastic!

    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015


    Al Doran has been promoting, marketing and sharing the latest news about men’s fastball, and recently he unveiled his new-look website.

    Check it out at alsfastball, I’m certain you will like the new style and format.

    Al Doran was inducted into the in 2008 for his many years of service to the ISC and to fastpitch softball.

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    2015 ISC World Tournament set, schedule released

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

    2015 ISC Tournament.2lr Photo by MATT ELLICK, Photographer and Diamond Supervisor for the Belleville Softball Complex.

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For all the information concerning the ISC World Tournament, Aug. 8-15, at the Belleville Softball Complex in South Bend, visit 2015 ISC World Tournament and Alsfastball By Al Doran .

    Official tournament website
    ISC team rosters
    World Tournament bracket
    World Tournament umpires

    Men’s fastpitch does a poor job marketing itself

    Saturday, April 11th, 2015

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    YUCAIPA, Calif. – In 1979 I got into the insurance business when a very successful friend convinced me that selling auto, home and life policies could be financially lucrative.

    The first thing he advised me – actually warned me – was something I’ve never forgotten about marketing:

    “If you don’t let people know what you do, you will fail.”

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    Circle Tap of Denmark, Wisc. claims Bloomington, Ill. men’s fastpitch tourney

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

    The Circle Tap Dukes went 5-1 (15-2) to capture the Midsummer classic in Bloomington, Illinois.

    By Dean Kane / Circle Tap Information Director

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Circle Tap (CT) opened with a loss to Dolan Murphy of Aurora, IL 3-2. Dolan & Murphy struck first as Jacob Rooke led off the game with a bloop fly ball that fell between four defenders winding up as a double. A walk and a sacrifice bunt later and Jesse Delorit delivered a two RBI single.

    Circle Tap evened the score at two in the second inning as Lewis Weldon doubled and scored when Tom Crouch reached on an error. Crouch scored on a wild pitch.

    Dolan & Murphy struck back in the bottom half on an RBI single by Rooke which proved to be the game winner. Pat Sagdal was 2 for 3 for CT.

    WP: Martin Gonzales 2R 4H 3K 2BB
    LP: Juan Potolicchio 3R 8H 10K 1BB

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    Rice Lake knocks off Fargo to take Hollywood tournament

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

    chaparro.erick Erick Chaparro, 21, had a 3-1 record and pitched a no-hitter in helping the Rice Lake Orangemen win the 10th Annual Hollywood Days Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

    WATERTOWN, Minn. – Rice Lake’s bats, arms and gloves were in solid form and as a result the Orangemen won the 10th Annual Hollywood Days Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 21-22, at the Hollywood Sports Complex in Watertown.

    The Orangemen defeated the Fargo Bombers 5-2 behind the three-hit pitching of 21-year-old Erick Chaparro, who walked four and struck out five to lead Rice Lake to its second tournament championship in consecutive weekends.

    The Orangemen also won the Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational, June 13-15, the first such title for the ball club in the 36 years of the event.

    Fargo stuck Chaparro with his lone loss (5-4) on Saturday in round-robin play, but the right-hander from Maracaibo, Venezuela bounced back in fine form in the second meeting.

    “He threw much better the second game,” said Orangemen manager Travis Thompson, in his first year leading the ball club. “Erick has a lot of heart, drive and fire.”

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    Beaumont Coyotes hosting 37th Annual 4th of July Tournament

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

    valdivia.david.1web David Valdivia started the Beaumont Coyotes men’s fastpitch team and its tournament in 1977 and the team and tournament carry on to this day. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BEAUMONT, Calif. – Every 4th of July weekend, Rangel Park in Beaumont comes alive. It’s time for the Beaumont Coyotes annual men’s fastpitch tournament that draws some of the better teams from Southern California.

    David Valdivia started the tournament in 1977. It’s been going off, well, like fireworks ever since, now marking the 37th year of the popular event.

    He recalls that first year fondly when the home-run hitting Cororna Chicanos (then managed by the legendary Jim ‘Chayo’ Rodriguez) launched a homer assault on “Valdivia Field,” which the City of Beaumont named in honor of Valdivia’s many years of service to softball and the city.

    “The fences down the left field line and right field line are 200 and 220 feet (respectively) and 230 in center,” Valdivia said. “There was chain link 12-feet high back then, but the ball still sailed over the fences. There was something like 96 homers hit in the tournament, and the Chicanos with Ray and Freddy Bega and Joey and Jim Rodriguez hit a lot of them.”

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