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A Step Back In Time: Best Field Yet in 1960 ISC World Tournament

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Joe Rodgers was the founder, owner, manager and shortstop of the Long Beach Nitehawks. During his managerial tenure, he led the Nitehawks to seven ISC World Tournament championships. Rodgers also served as an ISC Vice President from 1952 to 1967. He was inducted into the ISC Hall o f Fame in 1970. But Rodgers’ impact was even deeper than that in Long Beach: He was actually the original owner of the land where the Nitehawks softball field (since named Joe Rodgers Stadium) was put together, and he donated it to the city to ensure kids would continue to have the opportunity to play the sport that he loved. Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram Photo, Aug. 27, 1960

(Joe Rodgers’ column appeared Aug. 27, 1960 in the Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram on the eve of the ISC World Tournament being held in Long Beach. The Nitehawks’ manager writes about his team, his players and the competition in the 21st ISC World Tournament.)

By JOE RODGERS
Manager, Long Beach Nitehawks
Aug. 27, 1960

LONG BEACH, Calif. – With the ISC World Softball Tournament starting tonight, (sports reporter) Hank Hollingworth graciously offered me the opportunity to write his column and devote it to my favorite sport – fastpitch softball.

And any of my friends know there is very little else I really care about. Softball is a great game and we here in Long Beach see the finest softball in the world.

It seems strange to me that people who have never seen softball say that they don’t like it because the pitchers are too good and there is not enough hitting. These same people I see at the Dodgers’ games saying they enjoy seeing a good pitching duel.

Anyone who has ever seen my Nitehawks first baseman Larry Silvas, outfielder Lucky Humiston or Second baseman Cleo Goyette can never say we win by pitching alone. Those boys swing from the heels like the best baseball players.

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Bowen (Ill) Fastpitch takes title at Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the 2014 NAFA A-Division World Series Photo By BOB OTTO

By MATT BENZ
Black Gold Fastpitch

NEW HAVEN, MO – For the third time in the last four years Black Gold finished second in their own men’s fastpitch softball tournament, held June 24-25 at New Haven City Park in New Haven, Missouri.

Bowen Fastpitch of Bowen, Illinois was led by pitcher and leadoff hitter Julian Fernandez who pitched 19 scoreless innings to lead his ball club to the title.

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Men’s fastpitch teams heading to San Francisco Bay Area for top-flight tournament

Friday, June 16th, 2017

  • For more details, contact tournament committee members Fred Williams, Ricky Sivilla, and Marcus Tan.
  • Reliving Memories of one of fastpitch softball’s greatest pitchers

    Monday, May 15th, 2017

    WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE
    Roy Burlison of the St. Louis Browns flies through the air before delivering a pitch to the plate in last night’s (June 16, 1973) professional softball game at Koch Park. Burlison tossed his third straight shutout, whipping the Philadelphia Patriots, 8-0. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photo By W. Thomas Stewart

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –Roy Burlison was one of the greatest fastpitch pitchers the sport has ever known. When his 27-year playing career came to an end in 1992, he had won over 770 games against the best teams in the world.

    In 1997 he was inducted into the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame for an arm’s length of accomplishments: nine times competing in the ASA national tournament; twice selected Most Valuable Pitcher, and twice leading his teams to runner-up in the national championship.

    Burlison was also renowned as a coach, teaching hundreds of girls how to play the game the right way. But sadly on May 11, Burlison, 71, passed away (see Roller Homes obituary).

    His fastpitch legacy will live on, however, in the girls he coached, and with the players he both played with and against in his long and distinguished career.

    Let’s relive some of Burlison’s prowess with a stroll down memory lane…

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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 Releases Promotional Video to Baseball Coaches

    Saturday, February 13th, 2016
    Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is reaching out to high-school and college baseball coaches across the United States with a new recruiting video to entice new players into men’s fastball.

    Featuring interviews with many of today’s fastball stars, including, Matt Palazzo, 2015 USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Athlete of the Year.

    This new video Invitation To Coaches is now available on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com as well as on the ISC Facebook page www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch.

    Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University, said:

    “I immediately fell in love with the game, especially from a baseball background. It’s faster paced, low scoring and tougher to hit …and I just fell in love with it right from day one.”

    Palazzo, who is a member of the U.S. men’s national team, plays for the New York Gremlins in ISC play. Continue Reading

    Boys of Summer tournament to honor ‘Creature’ Krueger

    Sunday, July 13th, 2014

    Andrew Pekarek, Press-Gazette Media
    6:40 p.m. CDT July 10, 2014

    Former Circle Tap manager will have No. 38 retired at tournament

    DENMARK, Wisc. – Wayne “Creature” Krueger never traveled without his catcher’s gear.

    It was a habit the Denmark native developed as a teenager when he started playing fastpitch softball at Greenleaf’s Way-Morr County Park in the 1960s. And it came in handy when he transitioned to manager of the Circle Tap team in the mid-1990s and was occasionally needed to fill in behind in the plate.

    But pitcher Jeff Umentum remembers one time when Krueger forgot a very important piece of equipment.

    “He didn’t have a cup for protection, so he used a French fries basket from inside the bar,” Umentum said. “We threw it out afterwards. But he wanted a little protection because I was known for throwing some in the dirt.”

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    ASA Fast Pitch Player ratings

    Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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    OKLAHOMA CITY – As a fastpitch player, are you curious about your rating with the Amateur Softball Association?

    Then check it out at ASA Fast Pitch Player 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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    Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Columbia Basin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

    MOSES LAKE, WASH – K-Club Men’s Fastpitch manager Mike Kolda is helping to revive men’s fastpitch in the great Northwest by hosting the ball club’s second annual tournament.

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