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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 .

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

2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship photos by The Star Phoenix of Saskatoon

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

ISF Photos.1lr Team Canada infielder Ian Fehrman looks to the umpire to see if he tagged Team New Zealand outfielder Ben Enoka during the 14th Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe field, June 28, 2015.

SASKATOON, SK, CANADA – Look and enjoy some terrific World Softball Championships photos taken at Bob Van Impe Stadium and Gordon Howe Softball Stadium in Saskatoon by photojournalists of the Star Phoenix newspaper.

A cap tip to Al Doran of Al’s Fastball for providing the information.

Has the time come for Coed Fastpitch Softball?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013


Could coed fastpitch softball provide a new avenue for males and females to compete together?
By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, CA – There’s no doubt that men’s fastpitch softball has been on the decline throughout the U.S. And in Southern California the fall off of men’s teams has been as great, or greater than any other state in the country.

The Western Softball Congress League that for many years produced International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament champions: Gone.

The Pacific Coast Softball League that produced some of the best Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Class “A” teams in the country: Gone.

The Southern California Fastpitch Association that produced top ASA Class A & B teams for years: Gone.

All that’s left in southern Cal is the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), which has about a dozen ASA and North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) lower level teams gamely hanging on and keeping the sport alive.

There’s also a smattering of city leagues, but that’s it. Nothing else.

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Women carry on the great tradition of fastpitch softball

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012


UCLA Bruin catcher Dani Yudin rips a hit off Missouri Tigers’ pitcher Chelsea Thomas during the 2012 Cathedral City Softball Classic, Feb. 26, at Big League Dreams softball complex in Cathedral City, Calif.
Photo By BOB OTTO
(For more photos of The Classic, visit my link at the bottom of the story.)

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA – Ever wonder what fastpitch softball would be like if the women hadn’t swooped in and saved the sport? What with the dying state of the boys and men’s side, the sport would surely be in a dismal state. If not for our counterparts.

Most certainly Title IX enacted by Congress in 1973 paved the way for women to compete on equal scale with men in athletics. Which of course opened the door to women’s collegiate sports, including softball. No such luck for the men’s side of softball at the collegiate level. And even high school, for that matter.

We can whine about the unfairness of it all: “If we had high school or college men’s fastpitch, our side of the sport would be flourishing as well or better than the females!” shout some diehard men’s fastpitch buffs.

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Al Doran weighs in on Paul Algar’s 2012 ISC Hall of Fame induction

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

QUAD CITIES, IL – In his many years watching and reporting on men’s fastpitch softball, Al Doran has seen some of the greatest pitchers step inside the circle and work magic with a softball.

He includes Paul Algar among that class of pitchers – such as Zack, White, Meredith, Piechnik…

In 2012, Algar will be inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame, and deservedly so, says Doran.

Paul Algar pitching for the California A’s in the 2011 California Classic.

“…looking at his body of work since 1994 and indeed long before
that, Paul Algar deserves to be there in the Hall of Fame with the other
great pitchers who have come before him,” said Doran, who himself is a Hall of Famer, inducted in 2008 in recognition of his service to the ISC.

Doran looks back in time to the 1994 ISC World Tournament in Summerside, PEI when he first saw Algar pitch for the All-Car Roadrunners of Green Bay, WI. He had the best seat in the stadium – seat one, row one, right behind home plate, sitting besides Darren Zack’s wife Charlotte, and his aunt and uncle.

At that ’94 tournament he got a full fastball “101 course” often from all three of Zack’s family of faithful followers.

They were big Zack fans, of course, Doran says, but none-the-less, they were also fans of “Alfie” as Algar has come to be known in the fastball world.

“When All-Car was playing, they would say, ‘watch Alfie,'” Doran said who owns and runs the popular fastpitch website, Alsfastball.com. “Man that young fellow could pitch, and pitch he did all week, teaming up with Brad Underwood to go right to the championship game and win it.”

But Algar took his success in stride, added Doran.

“He was the hero of the day, yet he was just a cool Kiwi enjoying a beer with his mates and lots of fans who adored him,” Doran said. “He made an impression on me that week and it has stood until this day.

“In some ways it shocks me to hear that Alfie is going into the Hall of Fame. Does that mean he is going to retire? I hope not. I hope like Zack that he is around for many more years to come.”

Here’s hoping he is.

In the 1994 World Tournament, All-Car won the championship, defeating the Gators in the final. The Gateway 2000 Soos of Sioux City, Iowa finished third, followed by No. 4 Decatur (IL) Pride.

The Best of 1994

All-World Pitchers First-Team: Record – ERA – Strikeouts
Darren Zack – Toronto, 4-1, 0.55 ERA, 87 strikeouts
Mike Piechnik – Sioux City, 4-1, 1.05, 57
Randy Parkhurst – Jefferson City, 5-1, 1.14, 69

All-World Pitchers Second-Team: Record – ERA – Strikeouts
Brad Underwood – Green Bay 3-0, 2.80, 37
Glenn Davis – Long Beach 4-2, 0.37, 44
Todd Martin – Napanee, 3-1, 0.53, 65

Other Award Winners:
Most Valuable Player –Colin Abbot, Green Bay, WI
Most Outstanding Pitcher – Brad Underwood, Green Bay, WI
Leading Hitter – Colin Abbott, Green Bay, WI (.500 batting average)
Glenn Littlejohn, St. Johns, NB (.500 avg.)
Todd King, Summerside (.500 avg.)
Most Runs Batted In – Don Burnett, Toronto, ON (9)
Team Sportsmanship – Long Beach, Calif. Painters
Best Dressed Team – Winnebago, Neb, North Americans

For more information about the ISC, visit ISC Fastpitch.com