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International Softball Congress hosting 2017 boys’ tournament in Saginaw, Michigan

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Just like baseball, fastpitch softball is a pitch, hit, run and field game. Many boys play BOTH sports and reap doubly the benefits. Photo By BOB OTTO

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – The ISC will be hosting a boys’ fastpitch softball tournament in Saginaw, MI, July 21-23.

The tournament offers competition in three age divisions: 14-Under, 16-Under and 18-Under. Led by Tournament Director, Tom Stasik, the ISC is seeking to grow and increase fastpitch numbers among the youth throughout North America.

“We are hoping that this will be an annual event,” said Stasik, the ISC treasurer, and who has served the ISC since 1984. “We are hoping to draw several teams from the United States. I have had several Canadian teams contact me already.”

Stasik added that it’s imperative that all who support the growth of male fastpitch “spread the word” about the tournament.

“If any of you know of any areas that may have youth teams or individual players that may be interested in giving fastpitch a shot, please pass the word along,” he said.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
When: July 21-23, 2017
Where: Saginaw, Mich.
Divisions: 14-U, 16-U, 18-U.
Entry fee: $300

CONTACT INFO
Tom Stasik
tomstasik@gmail.com
989-798-6471

International Softball Congress offers youth fastpitch softball tournament

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

ISC announces developmental tournaments in Michigan for July 21-23, 2017

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

By Joe Todd
ISC VP Communications
Ingersoll, Ontario
ftode739@rogers.com

December 13, 2016

Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.

The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.

“With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher.

Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.

“We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher.

More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.

The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.

For additional information, please contact:

Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
Findlay, OH
iscfastpitch@gmail.com

ISF Junior Men’s Softball (fast-pitch) World Championship

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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The International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship (age 19-under) has been held nine times, with the tenth taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, July 11-20.

Australia heads the list of gold medalists with four consecutive championships (2008, 2005, 2001, 1997), compiling a 44-3 record. In 2012, Australia slipped to third, but still had an 8-2 record.

  • Before 1997, the Aussies never medaled; what an incredible turnaround the program took in beginning its championship run.
  • Canada and Japan co-lead the medal count with seven each, while Australia has five, and New Zealand four.
  • The United States ranks sixth in medal count with two, both silvers in 1985 and 1981.
    • The Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists

    2012
    Gold: Argentina 9-0
    Silver: Japan 7-3
    Bronze: Australia 8-2

    2008
    Gold: Australia 12-1
    Silver: Canada 11-3
    Bronze: Japan 9-4

    2005
    Gold: Australia 10-0
    Silver: Japan 7-4
    Bronze: Canada 6-4

    2001
    Gold: Australia 11-0
    Silver: Japan 9-3
    Bronze: Canada 6-5

    1997
    Gold: Australia 11-2
    Silver: New Zealand 10-2
    Bronze: Canada 9-3

    1993
    Gold: Canada 11-4
    Silver: New Zealand 12-2
    Bronze: Japan 9-5

    1989
    Gold: New Zealand 12-2
    Silver: Canada 12-3
    Bronze: 7-7

    1985
    Gold: New Zealand 8-3
    Silver: USA 7-3
    Bronze: Canada 7-2

    1981
    Gold: Japan
    Silver: USA
    Bronze: Mexico
    (records unavailable)

    The best of times for young pitchers

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

    YUCAIPA, CA – I’m borrowing a phrase from the English novelist, Charles Dickens, and tweaking it just a bit. “These are the worst of times and the best of times.”

    At least for men’s fastpitch softball.

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    Missouri’s fastpitch leaders already planning for 2011 boy’s national tournaments

    Friday, September 10th, 2010


    Craig Lewis, 11, dad Eric, and Jacob, 9. The Lewis boys are following in their dad’s footsteps by becoming fastpitch softball pitchers. They helped their Northwest Missouri Royals win back-to-back ASA Boy’s National Championships.
    Photo By BOB OTTO at the NAFA World Series in Des Moines and West Des Moines, Iowa.

    WINSTON, MO – Some men would just throw up there hands and say, “enough’s, enough, it just isn’t meant to be, I give up.”

    But you won’t hear that from Eric Lewis of Winston, Missouri. The father of two fastpitch-playing sons, Craig, 11, and Jacob, 9, is determined to keep the boy’s fastpitch game alive – at least in his part of the country – northwest Missouri.

    Though denied participation in the Rolla, Missouri 2010 ASA Boy’s National Tournament in the 10-under and 12-under age divisions because of a lack of teams to offer competition in the two divisions, Lewis is undeterred. He plans on entering his two teams in the ASA 2011 boy’s national in Mankato, Minnesota.

    But even though his teams couldn’t play at Rolla in the 2010 event, his boys played none-the-less.

    “I stayed home and played a fantastic game between my two boys teams,” said Lewis, who is the principal, athletic director, and boy’s softball coach at Winston High School. “I had nineteen little boys age 12 and under play a scrimmage game. We had uniforms, umpires, PA announcing, etc. Great time was had by all.”

    And as for the ASA boy’s national in Mankato next year?

    “I am planning on going to Mankato and taking a 10-Under and a 12-Under team. I am also talking to a couple dads about putting a 14-Under team together. And I’m sure my brother-in-law, Greg “Skipper” McQuinn will have at least an 18-Under and 23-Under (this year he had those two and a 16-Under).”


    Northwest Implement of Maryville, MO, won the NAFA World Series, Age 18-Under championship by going undefeated with a 4-0 record, Aug. 14-15, in Des Moines and West Des Moines, IA. Greg McQuinn is pictured back row, left.

    Lewis added that it’s possible that northwest Missouri will have a team in every division of the ASA boy’s national event.

    And he sees a glimmer of hope that he and McQuinn aren’t alone in the push to revive the boy’s and young men’s sides of the sport.

    “I saw some of the younger boys division dads and coaches playing fastpitch in Des Moines in the NAFA World Series tournaments,” he said. “They spoke very confidently of taking teams to Mankato (and) some spoke of taking multiple teams.

    “Let’s try and reverse the tide and have a tournament with more teams in every age division.”

    Missouri high school fastpitch, keeping an American sport alive

    Friday, September 10th, 2010

    LUDLOW, MO – There are few opportunities to play boy’s fast pitch softball but two high school leagues in northwest Missouri are hanging onto the traditional small town sport.

    One such league is the Carroll-Livingston Activities Association which has eight boy’s teams taking the field this season.

    Today the sport is classified as an “emerging” sport by the Missouri state high school activities association because there are less than fifty teams registered to play.

    SHOW ME STATE, THE LEADER
    Missouri is the only state that offers a boy’s (fall) high school fastpitch program. The addition of eighth graders helps teams fill their rosters to assure that squads continue to play.

    With the numbers of participants falling with small school enrollments it was a welcome rule change for Southwest who added eighth grader Ryan Bell to create a ten man roster.

    This summer Rolla, Missouri served as the host of (the Amateur Softball Association) three boy’s and men’s national fast pitch tournaments and the winner was Northwest Implement of Maryville, Missouri in both the Boys 16-Under and 18-Under tournaments.

    McQuinn STONG SUPPORTER
    Northwest Implement Coach and sponsor, Greg McQuinn has four boys who play the sport. McQuinn’s sons and their friends. Kyle, 22, Brett, 21, Ryan, 18, and Troy, 17. McQuinn has made sure his boys have teams to play on, including the Jefferson High team in Conception Junction, a small town in northwestern Missouri.

    The Jefferson Eagles have quite a fastpitch history, winning five consecutive state championships from 2002-2007.

    “Developing pitching starts in about the sixth or seventh grade,” said McQuinn, who is also the school board president of Jefferson High School.

    Northwest Implement plays about a 40-game summer schedule. They play in the men’s league in St. Joseph and in weekend tournaments.

    McQuinn’s brother-in-law is Eric Lewis, the athletic director and boy’s softball coach at Winston High Schoo, who helps McQuinn in the drive to save boy’s and men’s fastpitch by forming boy’s teams.

    This year five teams played in the national 16-Under tournament, four teams in the 18-Under and seven in the men’s 23-Under. Teams traveled from Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, South Dakota, Utah, and Minnesota to participate.

    EAGLES DOMINATE
    The Jefferson Eagles have won the Missouri state high school tournament seven times since it’s beginning in 1992. In that initial year CLAA member Meadville claimed third place behind North Harrison and Bunceton. Bosworth was second in 1993, and Hale claimed third in 1994. Tina-Avalon was second in 1996 and that year Bosworth was third. T.A. again placed in 1998 with a third and in 1999 Bosworth was the champion for the first of back to back championships.

    In 2000 a squad from Southwest captured second place, and until 2009 the CLAA was vacant from the top three until Tina Avalon won third place.

    The Southwest boys faced the CLAA’s strongest two teams to begin the 2010 season in Meadville and T.A., and made a lot of improvements over the two game span in their losses.

    “It really helps to get experience on the field,” said Coach Marj Locker about the boy’s team who is led by young players with no experience in the game.

    Last year the school did not field a team and there’s a lot of ground to be made up. The biggest obstacle is trying to develop a pitcher in three week’s time, added Coach Locker.

    YOUNG PITCHER SLATED FOR MOUND DUTY
    This season the pitcher most likely to see the most time is freshman Brandon Bothwell who has yet to learn to windmill, but is learning the basics for the moment.

    “It takes several seasons to become a really good windmill pitcher, so it was a real challenge to ask Brandon to take the pitcher’s plate after just three weeks, but he is doing an admirable job,” Locker said.

    Freshman Cole Upton has a quick glove and has started at the short stop position. Sophomore Caden Hacker is steady at second base, and freshman Alec Trent is working in the outfield.

    TWO SPORT GUYS
    The rest of the roster is made up of football players who must first fulfill their obligations at football practices and are pulling double duty trying to practice some softball and attend games after football practice is over.

    “I haven’t heard any complaints yet about the occasional double practice and we sure had a fun time playing against T.A. last week,” said Coach Locker.

    For now the Southwest boys are doing their best against the odds and playing the roll of the underdog as they help to keep an American sport alive.

    Exceptional fastpitch men to know

    Saturday, June 26th, 2010


    Jon Gwizdala, 19, on the pitching rubber. He’s a product of the Vassar League and its commitment to develop young pitchers.
    Courtesy Photo

    “Fastpitch here is making a comeback, we’ve developed quite a few pitchers.” – Andy Wadsworth

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    REESE, MI – What shape would fastpitch softball be in without the “fastpitch doers?” I think we all know the answer to that.

    Recently, I found out about some remarkable men, who live in or about the small towns of Reese, Vassar, Frankenmuth, and Munger, Michigan.

    Most of you like myself probably never heard of Don Petro. Del Benson. Pete Bouvy. Ryan Truemner. Andy Wadsworth. Or Eric Rupprecht.


    Mark Gwizdala gets congratulated after hitting a home run by Don Petro during a Vassar League game.

    These guys are doers. They don’t just talk about reviving the game of men’s fastpitch softball. They go out and get the job done.

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