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Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Features Eight Strong Teams

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Fastpitch Tournament championship. He returns with Tin Cup to seek back-to-back titles, June 2-4, in Kimberly. Photo By BOB OTTO

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The field is set with eight talented teams competing for the prestigious Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament championship at Sunset Park’s upper and lower diamonds in Kimberly, June 3-5.

Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. returns as defending champion after defeating Dolan and Murphy (IL), 6-4, in the final.

THE TEAMS

Pool A

  • Circle Tap Lumberjacks, Denmark, WI
  • Hitters, Kimberly
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, WI
  • Pool B

  • Stoneyard, Appleton, WI
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton, WI
  • Hustle Hogs, DeKalb, IL
  • Optimum Crush, Kenosha, WI
  • TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
    Click to view or download: 2017 Grafmeier Tournament

    TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    Kimberly Recreation Association
    Justin Columbo
    jcolombo@humana.com
    bossdj32@yahoo.com
    Rainout number: 920-687-7890

    Who will win the 2016 ISC World Tournament?

    Sunday, August 14th, 2016

    Network_Logo Watch the best in men’s fastpitch softball on the ISC Network, Aug. 14-20, at the 70th Annual ISC World Tournament in Moline, IL. And while your at it, cast your vote on which team you think will win.

    MOLINE, IL – Who will it be? The defending and three-time champions, Hill United Chiefs? The New York Gremlins? The A-1 Bombers? The Toronto Gators? The Scarborough Force?

    Or maybe my favorite team, the Peligro Gremlins will win the 70th ISC World Tournament in Moline, Aug. 13-20.

    Fastball fans, you can cast your vote for your pick at this link: ISC Poll

    Currently, the poll shows the Chiefs leading with 20% of the votes, but the Gremlins are nipping on their heels at 17.5%. But the Gators – 2015 ISC World Tournament runner-up – and Scarborough Forces are close behind with 16.25% each.

  • The ISC is webcasting live 25 selected games, and starting Sunday, four games are scheduled with the British Columbia A’s up first at 1 p.m.
  • To watch the games, visit: ISC Network
  • Yusef Davis jump starts Peligro Gremlins to impressive victory in ISC World Tournament

    Saturday, August 13th, 2016

    Yusef Davis Jr., reaches up and slaps a high rise ball off BC A's pitcher Gregg Garrity and reaches safely on an infield single. Photo By BOB OTTO
    Playing in his first ISC World Tournament, Yusef Davis of Long Beach, Calif. was perfect at the plate in helping the Peligro Gremlins notch a win in their opening game, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Alliance Tournament

    MOLINE, IL – Nervous? Perhaps feeling a little anxious playing in his first ISC World Tournament? Apparently not. Yusef Davis, just 21 and batting leadoff went 3-for-3 with a two RBI and a run scored to lead the Peligro Gremlins to a 8-0 victory over the Wiarton Nationals, Saturday, at Green Valley Sports Complex.

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    Circle Tap taps international market for top talent

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

    Marty Kauffman, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
    12:22 p.m. CDT August 3, 2016

    DENMARK, Wisc. – The Circle Tap Dukes are a powerhouse in the fastpitch softball circuit, year in and year out. Not just in Wisconsin or the United States, but the world.

    And their roster reflects that.

    The Dukes, based out of Denmark, were ranked ninth to begin the 2016 season by the International Softball Conference after finishing seventh last season at the ISC World Tournament. Circle Tap has placed seventh or better in the world dating to 1996, including third- and fourth-place finishes in 2004 and 2005.

    Being a successful team has helped Circle Tap draw many players from outside of Wisconsin and the United States. This season, Circle Tap’s roster has eight international players from Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, while also having players from Illinois and Minnesota.

    According to Circle Tap general manager Dean Kane, the addition of international players began years ago when the team was looking for pitching.

    “We’ve always brought pitchers in from New Zealand and Australia because they start playing the game at a young age,” Kane said. “There’s not many American pitchers, so in order to compete with the big teams you have to bring in foreign pitchers, and it steamrolled from there.”

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    Annual Ed MCormick Tournament in Erie, Pennsylvania set with top-ranked teams entered

    Monday, July 27th, 2015

    hillhouse.bill.1web Bill Hillhouse, tournament director of the Ed McCormick Invitational, has eight of the world’s top-ranked teams entered and vying for a championship, Aug. 1-2.

    ERIE, Penn. – Everyone…

    The schedule for Erie will be completed TODAY/TONIGHT. There was the last minute subtraction of one more team leaving the tournament with eight teams – eight of the finest teams in North America: Toronto Gators, NY Gremlins, Circle Tap, Bloomington Stix, Scarb. Force, Peligro Gremlins, Hallman Twins and 2015 ASA National Champions Hill United.

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