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He was well worth the price for the Heflin / Gremlins of Ballston Lake, New York

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Steve Price has played for several teams in his ISC World Tournament career. But in 1998 with the Heflin / Gremlins of Ballston Lake, New York, he was at his best, pitching and hitting the team to 7th place, while earning First-Team, All-World selection, and the Most Valuable Player award. Price is seen here pitching for All-Car of Green Bay, Wisc. in 1995. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

Steve Price has played for several teams in his ISC World Tournament career. But in 1998 with the Heflin / Gremlins of Ballston Lake, New York, he was at his best, pitching and hitting the team to 7th place, while earning First-Team, All-World selection, and the Most Valuable Player award. Price is seen here pitching for All-Car of Green Bay, Wisc. in 1995. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

Turning back time to the 1998 ISC World Tournament and the amazing performance of Steve Price.

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Were a manager to search the world over looking for a more talented, versatile player and he happened upon Steve Price, he might as well stop right there.

For the left-handed Price can pretty much do it all on a softball diamond. Need a first baseman? Need an outfielder? How about a DH?

Or how about the most coveted combo in fastpitch: a great hitting pitcher? Well, Price is your man.

In the 1998 ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, Wisconsin, he was at his best in leading the Heflin / Gremlins to seventh place (3-2) in the 48-team tournament.

That hitter-pitcher combo I mentioned? Price filled the duel role perfectly. In the circle, he had a 2-1 record in 17 1/3 innings with 39 strikeouts.

But with his lethal lumber in the left-side batters box, he was the world tournament’s best.

Price hit a lofty .563 (9-for-16) including five home runs that tied an ISC all-time record (since broken by Jarrad Martin, Patrick Shannon and Donny Hale with six each). Two of Price’s homers were grand slams, giving him three in his ISC career. That mark still stands today in the 67-year history of the World Tournament.

But the true mark of a great hitter is proclaimed by three important letters: R-B-I. Price plated 15 runners in 1998, topping Colin Abbott’s mark of 14, set in 1996. Price’s 15 RBI remain No. 2 all-time, trailing only Donny Hale, who notched 17 for the Jarvis, Ontario, Travelers in 2012.

For this amazing performance in the 1998 World Tournament, Price was chosen the Most Valuable Player, and the First-Team, All-World Designated Hitter.

The ultimate combo player in fastpitch? None better than Steve Price.

Thomas Makea’s fastpitch career ends in full circle fairytale

Monday, April 8th, 2013

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By PAUL TAYLOR / Hawke’s Bay TODAY

HASTINGS, NEW ZEALAND – Hawke’s Bay’s four-time world champion and Softball New Zealand’s player of the last decade Thomas Makea left his cleats on the main diamond at Akina Park, Hastings, after the Fun in the Sun tournament final on Sunday.

“This is where I wanted to announce my retirement from international play. Here at Akina Park surrounded by whanau where my career began,” Makea explained as a young souvenir hunter scampered on to the diamond and claimed the cleats.

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2013 ISC World Championship Guide pre-sale ordering

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

2013.ISC.Guide.web2013 ISC Media Guide cover

With the onset of spring in North America right around the corner, now is the time to pre-order your 2013 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

Featuring a striking cover of MVP and Triple-Crown winner Donny Hale’s home-run swing, the 2013 Guide contains over 150 full-colour photos and 160 pages of stats and stories on the 2012 ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, inaugural U21 ISC Championship and the ISC Legends 50+ Championship.

To order your copy of the 2013 Guide, contact ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher at lfisher838 [@] ameritech.net. Individual copies are $25 (US).

The print run is limited so make sure you reserve your copy now.
For additional information, please contact

Larry Fisher
ISC Executive Director
lfisher838 [at] ameritech.net

or

Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations/Guide Editor
blairjs [at] rogers.com

Hitting a high-velocity fastpitch softball; a skill only the great ones possess.

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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Colin Abbott, three-time ISC World Tournament Most Valuable Player, one of the all-time great fastball hitters.

By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – I studied Canadian Brad Ezekiel and Ryan Wolfe. I leaned in closer to my computer screen, zoning in on New Zealand’s Rhys Casley, Donny Hale and Brad Rona.

How do they do it?

How do they hit a softball speeding toward home plate at 80-plus miles per hour from 46 feet away from a pitcher that can make the yellow sphere dive and dance and soar like a Hummingbird on steroids?

And then with the cruel nature of a sadist, the pitcher changes speeds. It’s as if the ball is attached to a string and our righty or lefty (prankster) yanks it back just when the batter starts to swing. Like Lucy pulling the football away from hapless Charlie Brown just as he’s about to kick it.

What special athletic gifts have been bestowed upon fastball’s great hitters, enabling them to hit the riser, the drop, the curve, and the change-up with such proficiency?

MEREDITH, A LASTING IMPRESSION
I remember in 1986 standing behind a backstop watching Kiwi Peter Meredith throw a softball harder than ANY ball I had ever seen thrown. I stood in awe of Meredith’s amazing talent.

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ISC Hall of Fame pitcher, Peter Meredith, who once pitched for TEAM USA.

I wondered: “how can anyone possibly hit his pitches?”

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New Zealand Black Sox must bounce back against Argentina

Monday, March 4th, 2013

By Tony Smith / Stuff.co.nz

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Black Sox coach Eddie Kohlhase must get his side up after their loss to Canada as they face a must-win tonight against Argentina.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The Black Sox coaching staff claim the plate umpire’s “tight zone” was a factor in their pitchers giving up a massive 17 safe hits in last night’s 9-7 world championship tiebreaker loss to Canada.

Head coach Eddie Kohlhase and pitching coach Chubb Tangaroa said the pitchers were forced to come in over the middle of the plate because they were not getting the corners called in the 3hr-25min marathon.

Tangaroa, a former world champion pitcher, said he was not blaming plate umpire Randall McLamb because he was “consistent for both teams.”

Canada’s four pitchers also gave up nine hits in a 26-hit slugfest that featured five automatic home runs (three to the Black Sox – two to Brad Rona and another by Donny Hale – and two to Canada).

But Kohlhase said the umpire “had a very tight zone” and “one or two calls in the field probably didn’t go our way as well.”

“I’d like to view the tape and have a good look at our zone, but certainly some of our better hitters…we’ll just leave it at that, I think…”

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