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Stepping Back In Time: Tim McGuire numbers among the best for Bloomington Beer Nuts

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

TIM McGUIRE had a successful pitching career with the Bloomington (IL) Beer Nuts, a major-caliber team from Bloomington, Illinois. Photo / The Pantograph

“I was wild as all get out. I might strike out 10, but I would walk 15 or 16.” – Tim McGuire

By RANDY KINDRED
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June 25, 1986

BLOOMINGTON, IL – The numbers don’t lie. A 22-3 record, 1.01 earned run average, 175 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 151 innings.

Without question, they add up to the best start of Tim McGuire’s softball pitching career. That, he says, is what worries him.

“The book on me is I usually throw better in July and August (than May and June),” the Bloomington Beer Nuts right-hander told a reporter at O’Neil Park, his home away from home.

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Rain hampers 2016 ASA Fastpitch Men’s Open East Coast Championship

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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The Elkhart Truth
By KEN FOX – kfox@elkharttruth.com
(Courtesy of David Lach)

ELKHART, Ind. – While the tournament itself got strong reviews, the heavy rains of the weekend but a damper on the American Softball Association Men’s Fast Pitch Open East National Championship at Riverview Park.

Hard work by the Elkhart Parks & Recreation Department got the diamonds back into shape after Saturday morning’s rain, but two storms that came through the area Sunday afternoon finally put an end to the tournament.

“We may have been able to get the diamonds back into playing shape by 6 p.m. or so, but by then you’re looking at possibly being here ’til 10 and a couple teams had long drives home, so they decided to just let it go,” Elkhart softball director Ed Bellows said. “You can plan for everything, but there is nothing you can do about the weather, and unfortunately we had more than our share of rain this weekend.”

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Canada, Mexico and United States Teams Battle For Las Vegas Road Trip Championships

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

maccabi.scifl.92Some of the best talent in North and South America will compete for championships in the Las Vegas Road Trip IX men’s fastpitch tournament, April 8-10 at Sunset Park fields in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To all teams, players and fans:

Less than a month away and here is the latest update on the Las Vegas Road Trip IX, April 8-10. At this time there are 32 teams confirmed to play. Teams from Canada, Mexico, and the United States are all represented at the tournament.

The schedule has been set and all divisions will use the 3-game guarantee NAFA bracket. The championship games are scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday with “IF” games immediately after if necessary. As with any tournaments these are the scheduled times and games may push back a bit during the course of the day so please plan flights accordingly.

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Reese A’s (Mich.) go 5-0, capture Ed White Memorial Invite

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

By Steve Foley / petoskeynews.com
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PETOSKEY, Mich. – Summer must finally be here as fast pitch softball is back in full swing at the waterfront.

The Reese A’s finished with a perfect 5-0 record to claim the season-opening tournament of the season Sunday — the Men’s Class C-D Ed White Memorial Invitational — at Bayfront Park’s Ed White Field.

The A’s went a perfect 3-0 in pool play, topped Dustin Memorial of the Petoskey Men’s Softball League, 10-0, in a semifinal game before topping the Hastings Brew Crew, 10-9, in the title game.

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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

I’m counting down to the NAFA World Series

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Just 17 days remain before the first pitch of the 2013 NAFA World Series in Des Moines. With that first pitch comes non-stop action from August 7 to 18. For a sports reporter and photographer, that’s a long challenging haul covering dozens of games in five divisions – about 160 teams in all.

I covered the World Series in 2010 when it was also held in Des Moines. And when NAFA Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock asked me for a return engagement, I said yes. Although my wife had some trepidation over my taking up the challenge again. She reminded me how tired I was when I returned home to California.

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Small town fastpitch in Whalan promises fun-filled 4th

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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WHALAN, MN – Looking for some sporting action over the 4th of July? If you live in the southeastern part of Minnesota, you may want to take in the eight-team 38th Annual Whalan Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Wow, 38 years, pretty amazing.

Tip-of-the-hat to Barb Scheevel of the Preston Merchants men’s fastpitch team for posting the bracket on her Facebook.

Whalan, population 63, is located 43 miles southeast of Rochester, and about 120 miles southeast of St. Paul. I have a feeling that this tournament in this small setting probably draws more fastpitch fans than the California Classic that I covered in Santee, Calif., last weekend, which is located near San Diego with its 1.2 million people.

I envision hot dogs and popcorn, cold beer and soda, great small-town men’s fastpitch in front of a bleachers filled with fans cheering for their favorite small-town team.

Ty Stofflet versus Kevin Herlihy in “The Game” at the 1976 ISF World Championship

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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Ty Stofflet, hurled a 20-inning game in which he beat New Zealand’s great Kevin Herlihy in the 1976 ISF World Championship. An encounter remembered for all time as “The Game.”

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – It’s been called “The Game” and the greatest pitching duel in the history of the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship.

The principals in the circle: Ty Stofflet of the Rising Sun Hotel representing the USA, and Kevin Herlihy pitching for the New Zealand National Team. The two great pitchers hooked up in a pitchers’ marathon in the 1976 ISF World Championship in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Many of the 8,000 fans that witnessed The Game, consider it the greatest fastpitch game and pitching classic of all time.

It was a marathon that went 20 innings and lasted four hours and 20 minutes. It was a game in which both pitchers were considered the best in the world from their respective sides – Stofflet the lefty, Herlihy the righty.

In the history of the ISF that started in 1966, it is without question the greatest game ever pitched on the world stage. And when all said and done, Stofflet drove in the winning run.

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Stofflet hit a two-out, run scoring single in the top of the 20th to give USA a 1-0 victory.

Though he lost, Herlihy, who died in 2006, was quoted as saying:

“The fact that I was able to play against a guy as great as Ty made it that much more memorable…it is the one game that I will remember more than any other. It had been billed as the best left-hander in the world versus the best right-hander at the time…”

herlihy,kevin.web Kevin Herlihy, perhaps the greatest right-handed pitcher of all-time.

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Pioneer Days Tournament returns to Salt Lake City

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Ken Hackmeister and Peter Meredith, both legends in men’s fastpitch softball, have teamed-up to revive the Pioneer Days Tournament, officially known this years as the Larry H. Miller Memorial 2013 Pioneer Days Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

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In his heyday, ISC Hall of Famer, Larry H. Miller, was a very respected fastpitch pitcher.

TOURNAMENT FACTS
Dates: July 12-13-14, 2013
Entry Fee: $450 per team (tentative)
Location: Larry H. Miller Softball Complex, 4400 S. 13th E., Salt Lake City, Utah. Softball Complex named after Larry H. Miller

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Start spreading the news about men’s fastpitch

Friday, February 1st, 2013

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YUCAIPA, CALIF – Where was the news coverage?

The AAU Men’s International Fastpitch Tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Florida is one of the most popular and prestigious tournaments in all of men’s fastpitch. This year (Jan. 24-27) featured teams from Canada, the U.S., South America, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

When the round robins and playoffs had been sorted out, the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada, and the Gremlins of New York advanced to the championship game with Hill United taking a 2-0 victory.

However, when I searched for details about the game, I came away disappointed.

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