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Step Back In Time: Jimmy Moore pitches Seattle to 1985 ISC crown

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

JIMMY MOORE gets a flying leap from his wife after the final out in the championship game of the 1985 ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, Wisc. The Appleton, Wisc. Post-Crescent Photo

By JOHN L. PAUSTIAN
Post-Crescent executive sports editor
Mon. Aug. 19, 1985

KIMBERLY, Wisc
. – In an era of domination by foreign softball pitchers, American-born Jimmy Moore is proving a notable exception.

The blond, 30-year-old right-hander, whose remarkable pitching recently enabled the California Kings to win the gold medal in the National Sports Festival, guided Pay ‘n Pak of Seattle to the International Softball Congress World Tournament championship Sunday.

Moore defeated defending champion Decatur ADM’s Brent Stevenson 1-0 in a blockbuster climax to the 10-day, 87-game event at Sunset Point Park.

BEARD’S BLAST

One pitch was the difference between Moore, who finished the tourney with a 6-0 record, and Stevenson (6-1). It was a 3-2 pitch of Stevenson’s that first baseman Bruce Beard whacked over the center-field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“It was a drop ball,” said the right-handed-hitting Beard. “It’s been his (Stevenson’s) best pitch. He just got it up a little.”

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Stepping Back In Time: Hicks brothers Ted and Al remain on top of fastpitch world

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

THE HICKS BROTHERS, Ted, left, and Al, are recognized internationally for their softball talents, especially hitting. TED is considered one of the country’s best right-handed hitters on the Decatur (IL) ADM nationally ranked team, while Al is ‘Mr. Consistency’ for Missouri power Walnut-Woods of St, Joseph. Constitution-Tribune Photo by Bob Carter

By BOB CARTER / The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune Sports Editor
July 31, 1984

CHILLICOTHE, MO – The Mary Jane Hicks family held its typical fun-loving summer reunion at the Tomahawk homestead Sunday afternoon.

Like many reunions before, fastpitch softball was the talk of the day.

But this time, there was special emphasis placed on the upcoming ASA National Fastpitch Softball Tournament scheduled to open at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph on Friday, Sept. 7.

Mary Jane’s three sons, will hold another reunion on the national softball turf, but this time, they’ll be playing on opposing teams.

AL HICKS
Al, at a ripe age of 44, is Mr. Handy Man on the St. Joseph Walnut-Woods team, the tournament’s host team.

Al, called “Papa” by his teammates, will be used in his familiar role as the team’s designated hitter.

The popular St. Joseph police officer, who has played for five different St. Joseph softball teams, knocked the cover off the ball last season, batting a sizzling .400. This season, Al is batting a respectable .300.

Although gradually losing his foot speed, Al hasn’t lost his tough at the plate, ranking among the best Walnut-Woods has to offer.

“I still see the ball good and I make contact,” Hicks said. “That’s the key to hitting.”

How many playing years are left? Hicks isn’t sure, but he’s not ready to hang up the cleats yet.

“I love the game,” he said. “As long as I can contribute and someone wants me, I’ll continue to play. I’ve been playing ball ever since I took up walking. It’s been an important part of my life.”

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