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Unranked Topeka Toros topple ISC big guns to take Tin Cup Challenge

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

2017 TOPEKA TOROS include Carlos Carreno, Matt Chambers, Jaime Garcia, Jr., Peyton Hall, Travis Nevin, Jared Pinkerton, Brogan Potter, Rogelio Sequera, Zac Shaw, Tony Sparvier, Tyler Thomlinson, Matt Thornton, Jeremy Kenney, Carlos Ucero, player / manager Josh White and coaches Terry White and Mike Watson. 2017 ISC World Tournament roster

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – The Topeka Toros weren’t ranked among the world’s top men’s fastpitch softball teams coming into the Tin Cup Challenge, but after the Toros impressive performance, one must ask, why not?

The Toros went undefeated (5-0) in blazing their way past five International Softball Congress top-16 ranked teams to claim the eight-team Challenge, culminating with a 5-0 victory over No. 6 Circle Tap Dukes of Denmark, Wisc. in the championship, July 30.

The key to the Toros success?

“Good pitching combined with top-level defense and timely hitting was the key to our success,” said player / manager Josh White. “We had our moments offensively. We seemed to score early in most of our games and we seemed to be able to get the lead-off guy on base. Everyone seems to be contributing offensively one through nine.”

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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.

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

    In The Spotlight: Yusef Davis, Southern California’s fast-rising star in men’s fastpitch

    Saturday, August 27th, 2016
    Yusef Davis of Long Beach, Calif. played in the ISC World Tournament with the New York Peligro Gremlins, and also in the NAFA A-Division World Series for the Beaumont, Calif. Coyotes. He batted .375 in the world Tournament, and was selected to the NAFA All-World Team. Courtesy Photo

    Yusef Davis of Long Beach, Calif. played in the ISC World Tournament with the New York Peligro Gremlins, and also in the NAFA A-Division World Series for the Beaumont, Calif. Coyotes. He batted .375 in the world Tournament, and was selected to the NAFA All-World Team. Courtesy Photo

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – He’s young, he’s fast, he can drop down a bunt, slap or send a stinging line drive into the gap, and with his speed, he can cover the outfield like a cheetah.

    Oh, one other thing, Yusef Davis in his few short years playing men’s fastpitch, has been smitten by the game. So much so, that earlier in the season, he paid his own way to play in the USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio in June.

    The money he spent has paid dividends: He made second-team, All-Tournament and caught the eye of the New York Peligro Gremlins, a major men’s fastpitch team that finished the season ranked No. 8 by the International Softball Congres.

    Peligro picked him up for the ISC World Tournament in Moline, IL, and the 22-year-old played very well. In his first game, he went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs, and overall, finished the tournament with a .375 average. Peligro went 2-2 and finished 16th in the 36-team field.

    He was disappointed the the tournament came to an end in a 2-0 loss to the Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, ND. But he’s grateful for the experience and plans for more world tournament’s in his future. He added that facing the world’s top pitchers was quite an eye opener.

    “The experience was unbelievable,” said Davis. “It’s a tournament I’ll never forget. The pitching was unreal. I faced Sebastian Gervasutti from Circle Tap Dukes and he threw really well, and had a good curve pitch and a sneaky drop pitch.”

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    Hill United Chiefs beat Circle Taps Dukes to stay perfect

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
    Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, and was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher. Folkard continues his dominace in the 2016 ISC World Tournament with a 3-0 record in the early going.

    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. And he continues his dominace in the 2016 ISC World Tournament with a 3-0 record in the early going.

    MOLINE, IL – The Hill United Chiefs hammered four home runs, Adam Folkard spun a one-hitter, and the Chiefs run-ruled the Circle Tap Dukes, of Denmark, WI, 10-0, to improve to 3-0 in the ISC World Tournament, Wednesday.

    Hill United will now take on the undefeated Scarborough Force (3-0) Thursday night at 8 p.m. The Force defeated the A-1 Bombers, 4-3, Wednesday night to advance. The other two undefeated teams, the Toronto Gators (3-0) and New York Gremlins (3-0), open the night’s clash of titans at 6 p.m.

    Leadoff batter Brad Ezekiel crushed a solo shot to start the game, and Nick Shailes, Jason Hill and Jason Sanford followed suit to lead the Chiefs eight hit attack.

    Hill United has hit an incredible 14 home runs in the tournament, and have yet to give up a run, outscoring their opponents 36-0.

    Mark Johnson leads the team with 11 RBI and a .667 batting average.

    Folkard, the five-time Most Outstanding Pitcher of the World Tournament, continued his dominance in the circle with 11 strikeouts and just one walk to improve to 3-0.

    Between 2013 and present, Folkard has now won 21 consecutive games in World Tournament play, placing him second all-time to Gerald Muizelaar with 23.

    Folkard’s five Most Outstanding Pitcher awards (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015) ties him first all-time with LeRoy Zimmerman (1950, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1960).

    For more results, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

    Six Undefeateds About To Clash In ISC World Tournament

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

    MOLINE, IL – Four days of play in the ISC World Tournament at Green Valley Sporst Complex is in the books with six undefeated teams leading the pack:

  • Toronto Gators, 3-0,
  • New York Gremlins,3-0,
  • Scarborough Force, 2-0,
  • Hill United Chiefs, 2-0,
  • A-1 Bombers, 2-0,
  • Circle Tap Dukes, 2-0,
  • But for some, their unblemished records are about to change. On schedule are some key match ups that could shape the outcome of the tournament.

    Wednesday’s featured games have Hill United taking on Circle Tap at 6 p.m., with Scarborough Force battling the A-1 Bombers at 8.

    For the complete schedule, visit: ISC Pointstreak Schedule

    Wisconsin’s Circle Tap loaded with foreign talent

    Sunday, February 9th, 2014

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    Matt Palazzo from Iowa who will be wearing the Circle Tap uniform after spending last season with the California A’s. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 California Classic

    DENMARK, WISC – Arguably Wisconsin is one of the healthier states when it comes to men’s fastpitch softball. I think I’ll get agreement on that. So when I see that Circle Tap’s 2014 ISC roster has only five Wisconsin players listed, it makes you wonder: Can’t U.S. teams find talented position players any more?

    Importing foreign pitchers from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Venezuela, I get that; we don’t have an abundance of Open-caliber pitchers in the states. But POSITION players? Has the sport fallen on such hard times that we can’t find talented infielders, outfielders and catchers?

    I counted and Circle Tap has three Australians, three Argentinians, one Venezuelan, and one player each from Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Washington. So, from a 17-player roster just five are from Wisconsin.

    Now, I’m not picking on Circle Tap. The way the sport is today, you have to do whatever it takes to win an ISC World Tournament. Over the past three decades, the annual half dozen or so teams that have a legitimate chance of winning the World Tournament have been going the import route – but in the past it was primarily for pitching.

    So the bigger question and dilemma: How can men’s fastpitch possibly revive itself in the U.S. if we can’t even entice young talented infielders, outfielders and catchers to our sport?

    The 2014 Circle Tap Dukes of Denmark, Wisc.

    Justin Colombo Kimberly, WI
    Jim Corbett Green Bay, WI
    Tom Crouch DeKalb, IL
    Chris DeLarwelle Denmark, WI
    Joel Goodall Australia
    Lucas Goring Apple Valley, MN
    Bryan Hansen Denmark, WI
    Todd Malnory Menasha, WI
    Chris Miljavac St. Joseph, MO
    Bruno Motroni Argentina
    Matt Palazzo Des Moines, IA
    Fernando Petric Argentina
    Juan Potolucchio Argentina
    Pat Sagdal Richland, WA
    Ryan Sinclair Australia
    Erick Urbaneja Venezuela
    Lewis Weldon Australia

    Dean Kane
    CT Fastpitch
    ct16@greenbaynet.com

    Top-ranked New York Gremlins take Boys of Summer title

    Thursday, July 18th, 2013

    DENMARK, Wisc. – The New York Gremlins from Clifton Park, NY erupted for 19 runs on 16 hits to crush the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Diamondbacks 19-0 in claiming the 14th Annual Boys of Summer championship, Sunday, in Denmark, WI.

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    Humble sponsor inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame

    Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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    In 2009, the Bar on The Avenue Buzz of Appleton, Wisc. won the NAFA World Series AA championship. The team sponsored by Mark Miller, consisted of front row, Glen Nelson, Brett Kadlec, Tony Hall, Scott Gillmore, Randy Hartkopp, Chance Schmid, Tony Schaaf, and Bruce Pirkel. The back row, Matt Paulsen, Paul Skora, Todd Lubkeman, Jay Gilray, Wayne Gaura, Trevor Gaura, Jason Gerum, Bob Loshek, and Mark Nelson. Missing from photo are Mark Schroeder, Dale Horton, and Al Weidner. Contributed photo by Wisconsin NAFA Fastpitch.

    APPLETON, Wisc. – You won’t find many fastpitch softball awards and trophies hanging on the walls of Mark Miller’s tavern, The Bar of Appleton. And that’s just fine with him. As a sponsor he isn’t in the sport for personal glory. In fact, Miller does everything possible to avoid the spotlight.

    That’s Mark, agree two of his best fastpitch friends, Darren Derricks and Tony Schaaf.

    “He’s extremely humble,” said Schaaf, who manages the Bar on The Avenue Buzz, one of Miller’s sponsored teams. “He would rather sit back in the stands and watch the game than have it be anything about himself. What he does for fastpitch has never been about him, but for the game.”

    What Miller has done for fastpitch is both generous and remarkable in its scope. Now 51, he began playing fastpitch at 15 until he was 30 – not a long-playing career as an outfielder. But when he stepped off the field, he didn’t leave the game behind. He continued on as a sponsor.

    SPREADING AROUND THE CAPITAL
    But unlike most sponsors, Miller took a different route in passing out the bucks as the owner of The Bar in Appleton, says Schaaf.

    “Mark believes that instead of combining teams and making one great team, why not take that money and create 12 teams instead of one,” he said. “He would rather sponsor a lot of grass root teams than one that wins titles.”

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