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Top Ranked Teams Battle For Tin Cup Challenge Championship

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Eight International Softball Congress (ISC) top-rated teams will battle for the THE TIN CUP CLASSIC Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium, White Bear Lake, Minn., July 28-30. Courtesy Photo / Christopher Diethert

By Christopher Diethert
Tin Cup Fastpitch

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The field is set and eight of the finest men’s fastpitch teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas and North Dakota will battle in the Tin Cup Men’s Challenge Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium in White Bear Lake, Minn. July 28-30.

The tournament features a full slate of games Friday night and Saturday in pool play format with the playoffs on Sunday. Five of the eight teams are ranked in the top-20 by the International Softball Congress.

POOL A / ISC RANKING

No. 6 / Circle Tap Dukes, Denmark, Wisc.
No. 15 / Ostrander Norsemen Fastpitch, Ostrander, Minn.
Topeka Toros, Kansas
Rice Lake Orangemen, Wis.

POOL B / ISC RANKING

No. 8 / Bloomington Stix, Bloomington, Ill.
No. 11 / Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, No. Dak.
No. 13 / Tin Cup, St. Paul, Minn.
Jamo’s Fastpitch, St. Paul, Minn.

The tournament opens Friday night with two games on tap. At 7 p.m., Ostrander Norsemen square off against the Rice Lake Orangemen, and in the nightcap, host Tin Cup battles Jamo’s at 9 p.m.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE AT THE VILLAGE STADIUM

9 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Rice Lake
11 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Ostrander Norsemen
1 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Ostrander Norsemen
3 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Rice Lake Orangemen
5 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Kegel Black Knights
** 7 p.m. – Ceremony for 1976 All-American Bar (1976 ISC World Tournament Champions)
7:30 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Bloomington Stix
9:30 p.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Topeka Toros

SATURDAY AT PIONEER PARK

11 a.m. – Jamo’s Fastpitch vs. Kegel Black Knights
1 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Kegel Black Knights
3 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Jamo’s Fastpitch

SUNDAY PLAYOFFS AT THE VILLAGE STADIUM

10 a.m. – A1 vs. B2
12 p.m. – A2 vs. B1
2 p.m. – Championship

** Tie breakers decides by head-to-head and runs allowed **

Contact Information

Christopher Diethert
cgdiethert@gmail.com

Circle Tap Tournament underway in Denmark, Wisconsin

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

DENMARK, Wisc. – The big-time tournament in the little town of Denmark is underway.

Host Kelso Fastpitch squad settles for third place at 33rd Annual Kelso Klassic

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017
By Trent Singer – Southeast Missourian

KELSO, Mo. — Nevermind the fact that Sunday didn’t go according to plan for Kelso Fastpitch. Coach Larry Eftink is still encouraged about the future.

Kelso dropped a 7-0 decision against the Bloomington Stix in the winner’s bracket final of the Kelso Klassic before being eliminated by the Pueblo Bandits, 9-2, as pitching ran out for the tournament hosts.

But Sunday wasn’t an indication of what Kelso was able to accomplish in the three-day tournament. After going 3-0 through the first two days, the hosts found themselves in a place they hadn’t been in quite some time, competing in the winner’s bracket final for the first time since 1998.

Having to deal with an abundance of youth, Eftink didn’t know what to expect before Friday’s action got underway. By the time Kelso left off the field Sunday following its elimination loss, Eftink was more than pleased with the fight he saw from his team.

“It’s a great experience, a great showing for these guys,” said Eftink, whose team settled for third place in the 33rd edition of the Klassic. “There were a lot of unknowns coming in. … We just kind of rallied the troops and made things happen. We scrapped it together and played good ball. I’m definitely very happy with the showing we made.”

Continue reading the story in the Southeast Missourian.

International Softball Congress releases rankings, Hill United Chiefs No. 1

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

The J&B BOMBERS defeated Team Marquez, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The Bombers were recently ranked the No. 3 team in Open men’s fastpitch by the International Softball Congress. 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

Mississauga, Ontario, CA – Hill United Chiefs will open the 2017 fastball season just as they have the previous three seasons, as the No. 1 ranked team.

The Chiefs are looking to regain the ISC World Tournament Championship after dropping the title last year ,6-3, to the Toronto, Ontario Gators which folded after the conclusion of the ISC World Tournament.

With significant turnover among teams in the off-season, the rankings have a different flavour than in past years.

New teams CanAm Twins and A1 Power will be contenders and squads such as Kitchener Hallman Cubs and Toronto Batmen are breaking into the Top 10 with some prominent roster additions.

TOP 16 TEAMS

  • 1. Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
  • 2. Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
  • 3. Agoura Hills, CA J&B Bombers
  • 4. Kitchener, ON CanAm Twins
  • 5. Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
  • 6. Eaton Rapids, MI A1 Power
  • 7. Toronto, ON Batmen
  • 8. Kitchener, ON Cubs
  • 9. Bloomington, IL Stix
  • 10. Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
  • 11. Kingston, ON Axemen
  • 12. Elmira, ON Expos
  • 13. Oswego, NY CPI
  • 14. Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
  • 15. Ostrander, MN Norsemen
  • 16. New Hamburg, ON Nith River Monsters
  • READ MORE AT: ISC Rosters

    Whynot homers to save the game for J & B Painting

    Monday, August 15th, 2016

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    MOLINE, IL – J & B Painting’s Tyler Whynot drilled a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to forge a 1-1 tie, and Jesse Palacios drove in the winning run in the eighth on a bases-loaded fly ball to bring in Blake Hunter, as J & B held off the Bloomington (IL) Stix, 2-1, to improve to 2-0 in the ISC World Tournament.

    Patrick Burns fired a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts over seven innings, and Tony Mancha came on in relief in the eighth to seal win, and send J & B into Tuesday’s round at 8 p.m. against the Toronto Gators (2-0), who beat the Topeka Toros, 8-0, to advance.

    The Stix scored an unearned run in the fourth to take the lead, and in the top of the eighth they had an excellent chance to win the game by loading the bases. But with two outs, Mancha struck out Rogelio Sequera to end the threat.

    Jeff Farion pitched well in defeat, giving up one earned run on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings. Ethan Johnston took the loss after relieving Farion in the eighth.

      AT THE PLATE

    J & B Paining collected seven hits with Hunter 3-for-3, run; while Mancha, Whynot (home run), Aaron Harvey, and Wilbert Cowick had one hit each.

    The Bloomingto Stix had four hits with John Zambrano going 2-for-2, while Abraham Jose Solorzano and Sequera had one hit a piece.

    ** For World Tournament results, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

    Kelso Klassic will have new champ this year

    Friday, June 13th, 2014

    Friday, June 13, 2014
    By Ben Striker – Southeast Missourian

      The 14-team men’s fastpitch tournament begins today

    KELSO, MO – For the first time in four years, there will be a new Kelso Klassic champion.

    Pete’s Blues of Mascoutah, Illinois, the powerhouse squad that won the last three titles of the men’s fastpitch softball tournament, will not be around for the 30th annual event.

    The absence gives way to a wide-open field when play begins today at Kelso City Park, said tournament media coordinator Jerry Wolsey.

    “There is no telling who the favorite really is,” said Wolsey, a former Southeast Missouri State baseball player and current Kelso Fastpitch player and coach. “Pete’s Blues usually runs the table, and now that they’re out it just creates all kind of scenarios. Anyone could win, even a Cinderella team could come out on top.”

    Click to Continue Reading in Southeast Missourian

    Someone to know: Argentina fastball pitcher Pablo Masmu

    Friday, June 28th, 2013

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    Pablo Masmu, 20, is one of several talented foreign pitchers pitching for elite men’s fastpitch clubs in the U.S.

    MASCOUTAH, ILL – In fastpitch softball, the U.S. is like a magnet pulling talented foreign pitchers to its ball diamonds eager to challenge the world’s elite hitters with their risers and drops, change-ups and curves.

    Many foreign pitchers have established great careers in the U.S. such as White and Meredith, Mata and Folkard, Potolicchio and Gervasutti.

    And now there’s Pablo Masmu. The 20-year-old from Argentina is pitching for Pete’s Blues of Mascoutah, Ill. And it looks like Pete’s found a gem.

    His 2012 resume shines with success. The right-hander helped his country win the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship in Parana, Argentina last November. Where he was chosen the ISF’s Most Valuable Player.

    Three months earlier, Masmu helped Argentina (7-0) win the 2012 ISC Under-21 World Championship in Midland, Michigan. He was one of the tournament’s elite pitchers, earning All-World for his 4-0 record, 0.43 ERA, and 28 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

    Certainly he enjoyed a great 2012. But Masmu’s not resting on his laurels. He’s off to a great start this season. Recently he pitched Pete’s Blues to the championships of the Kelso Klassic, going 3-0 and allowing just four hits and no earned runs in 15 2/3 innings.

    When the tournament awards were passed out, Masmu was chosen the Most Valuable Pitcher.

    “Pablo is very mature and confident in the circle for a 20 year-old kid,” said Pete’s Blues infielder and coach Dave Perkins. “He threw a perfect game against a good Franny’s Ole Irish Pub from Springfield, IL, then held down a Bloomington Stix lineup (3-2) full of current and future Aussie Steelers for two games on Sunday. Every time Pablo steps in the circle, we have a chance to win.”

    Click to continue reading “Someone to know: Argentina fastball pitcher Pablo Masmu”

    Pete’s Blues takes Kelso Klassic

    Monday, June 10th, 2013

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    Jonathan Lynch of Kelso Fastpitch was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Kelso Klassic men’s fastpitch tournament. (See stats and links below to feature stories about Lynch and the tournament.)

    By JERRY WOLSEY / Media Coordinator
    2013 Kelso Klassic

    KELSO, MO – Pete’s Blues men’s fastpitch softball team from Mascoutah, Ill claimed the 29th Annual Kelso Klassic held at Kelso City Park, June 7 to 9. The Blues defeated the Bloomington (ILL) Stix, 3-2, in the final with Topeka (KS) Toros finishing third.

    With the championship, Pete’s claims the 2013 ISC World Tournament entry awarded to the top finishing team.

    Individual honors include, Pablo Masmu of Pete’s Blues named the Klassic Most Valuable Pitcher with a 3-0 record in 15 2/3 innings, including 15 strikeouts, four hits allowed and no earned runs.

    Jonathan Lynch of Kelso Fastpitch was selected the Most Valuable Player by going 8-for-12 (.667 batting average), with one double, two triples, four RBIs, and three stolen bases.

    Lynch played on the 2013 USA Junior Men’s National Fastpich Team; see related story in Southeast Missourian: Notre Dame grad Jonathan Lynch earns spot on men’s softball junior national team

    For the tournament wrap up, please read Southeast Missourian story: Pete’s Blues extends title streak to three at Kelso Klassic