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2015 ISC World Tournament poster by Matt Elick

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Matt Elick, Diamond Supervisor for the Belleville Softball Complex that recently hosted the ISC World Tournament, created this beautiful collage that encompasses the great action by some of fastpitch softball’s greatest players.

Six Kiwis make all-star team at major world softball club tournament in United States

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

By TONY SMITH / Stuff.co.nz

Six New Zealanders were selected in the all-star team at the International Softball Congress (ISC) tournament in the United States this week.

Current Black Sox internationals Nathan Nukunuku, Brad Rona, Ben Enoka and Wayne Laulu, Canterbury hitter Frank Pointon and Auckland catcher Kallan Compain made the “all world” first team at the ISC tournament, widely regarded as world softball’s top club championship.

The sextet were all members of the Toronto Gators team which lost the grand final to Ontario rivals, the Hill United Chiefs, 6-4 at South Bend, Indiana.

Hutt Valley catcher Cory Timu, who played for the Circle Tap Dukes club from Wisconsin, made the “all-world” second team.

Laulu picked up the award for the most runs batted in (RBIs) with 16. continue reading Six Kiwis make all-star team…

Durham Bulls slug way to ISC Legends Championship

Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Tim Jacobs went 4-0 to lead the Durham Bulls to the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament Championship. Jacobs was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 12-team event that features some of the most talented teams, over age 50, in North America. Photo Courtesy of Dave Birnie

Tim Jacobs went 4-0 to lead the Durham Bulls to the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament Championship. Jacobs was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 12-team event that features some of the most talented teams, over age 50, in North America. Photo Courtesy of Dave Birnie

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Despite reaching a stage in life known as Quinquagenarian – a fancy title for a person between 50-60 years old – the Bulls of Durham, Ontario, Canada, proved they still have the skills to play fastpitch softball.

Especially swinging a bat.

Powered by a strong-hitting lineup of ISC Hall of Famers and former All-World players, the Bulls defeated the Toronto Gators, 10-3, to claim the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament at Belleville Softball Park, Saturday.

    BALL BASHING BULLS

The 12-team tournament featured some of the most talented, age 50-over teams in North America. But the Bulls were the cream of the crop. They bullied their way through the competition winning six consecutive games and outscoring their opponents 54-32.

In the championship, the Bulls outhit the Gators 16 to 6, led by Rick Minton, who drove in three runs on two hits with a home run and a single.

Paul Walford (1995, 2000 ISC All-World) and Jody Hennigar (2011 ISC Hall of Fame) gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead to start the game on a hit and sacrifice fly. Then in the second, shortstop David Boys (2013 ISC Hall of Fame) singled in a run and Minton launched a two-run bomb over the left-field fence for a 5-1 margin.

    PRICE GOES LONG BALL

But the Gators had a few players of lore on their side as well. Including cleanup hitter Steve Price – an All-World player in 1998 – who drilled a home run over the left-centerfield wall with Terry Challis (2015 ISC Hall of Fame inductee) aboard in the third to trim the Bulls’ lead to 5-3.

    LEFTY JACOBS MVP

Though Bulls’ pitcher Tim Jacobs gave up Price’s home run, he was steady throughout the game, walking one and scattering six hits with eight strikeouts.

The left-hander mixed in a sharp-breaking drop that he spotted on the corners, along with changing speeds and a rise ball that he had hitters chasing above the letters, or freezing them at the knees.

The win improved Jacobs to 4-0, and he was a worthy pick for the Most Valuable Pitcher award.

    ELLIS EXTENDS THE LEAD

The Bulls gave Jacobs all the runs he would need in the sixth, when Ken Sherman led off with a double, and Minton, Walford, and Brian McGuire (3-for-4 to lead the Bulls) all hit safely driving in three more runs.

And in the seventh, Rob Ellis homered over the left-field wall, and Boys ripped a double to the centerfield fence, driving in Chris Giamou (2-for-3), who rapped a two-out single, to get aboard.

    BULLS PATH TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Bulls reached the championship by defeating the Gators earlier in pool play, 7-1. They also beat the Bay Merchants, 10-6, Waterloo Legends, 18-15, Rogers Masters, 7-6, and Eagle Pack, 2-1 with Jacobs outdueling Kevin Kammueller to get the Bulls into the title game.

    TORONTO MARCHES TO FINAL

Meanwhile, the Gators finished 4-2. They beat Ohio Battery, 7-0, in their opener, then lost to the Bulls, but finished on a three-game win streak, downing Rogers Masters, 8-0, Waterloo Legends, 7-4, and the Midland Legends, 3-0.

    AWARD WINNERS

Along with Jacobs’ post-tournament honor, Boys was the RBI Leader with nine, and Walford was selected the Most Valuable Player for his .500 average (12-for-24), 8 runs, 8 RBI, two doubles and two home runs.

And Jeff Weaver of Eagle Pack was chosen the All-World Designated Hitter, batting .533 (8-for-15), including a double and home run, and 4 runs with 4 RBI.

(It was difficult to hear the announcer, so I couldn’t get all of the All-World player names. Rather than leave anyone out, please check the ISC website for those results.)

Hill United Chiefs dream of three-peat comes true

Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, Aug. 15, and was selected the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher.

Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, Aug. 15, and was selected the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Six Nations Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada were pursuing a dream and chasing a couple of legends.

And on a late Saturday night at the Belleville Softball Complex in South Bend, the dream came true and the legends were caught.

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J & B Painting survives the Force for huge ISC World Tournament victory

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Tony Mancha pitched 12 innings to lead J&B Painting to a 5-1 victory over the Scarborough Force, Aug. 10, in the 2015 ISC World Tournament.

Tony Mancha pitched 12 innings to lead J&B Painting to a 5-1 victory over the Scarborough Force, Aug. 10, in the 2015 ISC World Tournament.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Fastpitch fans should have figured as much. For when you have the United States best fastpitch pitcher going against one of Argentina’s best, it’s probably going to be much like a tug of war – neither side giving ground.

On Monday, J & B Painting’s Tony Mancha (El Paso, TX) and the Scarborough Force’s Juan Potolicchio (Parana, Arg.) battled each other through 12 grueling innings before J&B was able to escape with a 5-1 victory in the ISC World Tournament at Belleville Softball Complex in South Bend.

The win improves J&B Painting to 2-0 and sets up the California team with Wisconsin’s Circle Tap (2-0) in a featured game, Tuesday night that will be broadcast live.

    GOOSE EGGS BROKEN IN NINTH

The game stayed scoreless through eight innings, only to see both sides plate single runs in the ninth. J&B Painting struck first on Mark Aranda’s sacrifice fly that scored Patrick Burns, who started the inning with a clean single.

But the Force of Ontario, Canada answered right back, tying the game on Bruno Motroni’s base hit that brought home Ben Wideman, who led the inning off with a walk.

Then over the next two innings, Mancha and Potolicchio resumed their tug of war. But in the 12th inning, J&B Painting finally broke the Potolicchio stranglehold.

    MANCHA DRIVES IN GAME-WINNER

Aranda started things off with a single, moved up to third on two wild pitches, and raced home to score on Mancha’s base hit.

Wilbert Cowick followed with a single, moving Mancha to second; then after two strikeouts, Eli Salazar, Golden San Roman and Burns hit safely to drive in the final three runs.

Scarborough threatened in its last turn at the plate with Craig Butler and Scott Leblanc reaching safely on base hits, but Mancha buckled down and got an infield out and a strikeout to end the game.

    PRETTY FAIR CHUCKING

The win improves Mancha to 2-0 and places him among the world tournament’s pitching leaders in innings (20), strikeouts (27), ERA (0.35), and earned runs (1).

J&B Painting collected 10 hits, led by Burns 2-for-6, 2 RBI; San Roman 2-for-5, Salazar 2-for-5, RBI; and Jesse Palacios, Aranda (RBI), Mancha (RBI), Cowick, had a hit apiece.

Scarborough had eight hits, led by Motroni 2-for-5, RBI; Scott Leblanc 2-for-5, and Andy Skelton, Don Hale, Craig Buttar and Jake Taylor with one hit each.

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

ASA Major Men’s Fast Pitch National Championship results

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The ASA Major Men’s Fast Pitch National Championship, Aug. 1-3, finds the Hill United Chiefs taking on the New York Gremlins (defending champions) in the Winners’ Bracket Final, Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Belleville Softball Complex.

The Chiefs defeated Penn Power 8-2 to advance, while The Gremlins held off the Hallman Twins, 4-2.

For bracket, game summaries, photos, and pitcher / player stats, visit: 2014 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship