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Al Doran, a pioneer in men’s fastball

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

“Al Doran literally changed the game of fastball when he got involved. He became the focal point for fastball news. The game has never been the same since.” – Blair Setford

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RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – In the world of fastball, Al Doran is known as a visionary, a game changer, a technology expert. And if you were to fix a title on him, “Friend of Fastball,” fits pretty well.

For he certainly has been that and more; especially to the International Softball Congress (ISC) and legions of fastball fans worldwide.

His ball diamond exploits won’t win him much fame. He played fastball as a teenager and adult, and he coached boys and girls’ fastball in Toronto.

But off the field?

That’s where he’s made his mark. Doran has nearly 50 years of experience in the design, development and application of computer-based information systems.

    SPREADING THE FASTBALL WORD

Back in 1995, he saw that fastball had a major problem: It had very little Internet presence. So he took his professional expertise, turned to fastball and basically said: let me help you broadcast fastball news and market this wonderful sport on the Internet.

“I decided to do something because no one in the media, with the exception of Bob Tomlinson and his Fastpitch Chronicle was talking about the sport,” said Doran. “But the Chronicle often took months to get to subscribers and by then a tournament in your own town could be over, and almost no one knew about it.”

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Hill United Chiefs perfect in Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Justin Schofield (circa 2012), helped Hill United Chiefs win the Peter Hallman tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

ST. CLEMENTS, ON, Canada – Check out the game-by-game results of the Peter Hallman Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament provided by Gary Baughman and Al Doran of Al’s Fastball.

TOURNAMENT SCORES AND STATISTICS

Someone to know: Dean Holoien, Canadian fastball star

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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Dean Holoien pitching in the 2000 ISC World Tournament for the Edmonton (Alberta) Express had a 4-1 record in 35 1/3 innings with 64 strikeouts and a 1.39 ERA. He led the Express to ninth place in the 48-team tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

“Fastpitch softball was lucky to have him and I was grateful that I got a front row seat for a lot of years.” – Todd Martin about former teammate Dean Holoien

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN – Dean Holoien knows where to give credit for his long and successful fastball career – his father Doug. If not for dad’s insistence that “it’s time to practice,” fastball may not have enjoyed the exploits of one of the sport’s greatest pitchers and hitters.

“I remember pitching in the yard to dad until the moon came out,” Dean Holoien said. “There were many times when I would have rather did other things, but he had me pitching. But I’m sure glad he did.”

Holoien retired after the 2012 season, finishing a 20-year fastball career at the elite level. His talent carried him far – throughout Canada and the United States playing for elite club teams – and on to the worldwide stage, competing in the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship.

His former teammate and pitcher, Todd Martin, knows Holoien well – since 1993 when they started playing together for the Camrose Merchants. Then they teamed up with the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisconsin (2002 to 2004), and also played on Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team (1997-2009).

Martin says no one was any tougher or fierce a competitor in the circle than Holoien. His will to win and his hard spinning rise ball elevated him to the top of the sport. But adds Martin, with a bat in his hand, Holoien was a terror in the batter’s box as well.

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In 1998, Todd Martin, pitching for the Tampa Smokers of Florida was awarded the ISC World Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher for leading the Smokers to the championship. In his career, Martin has been selected a Most Outstanding Pitcher three times. Photo By BOB OTTO

“He had a ton of huge hits over the course of his career,” said Martin, a three-time Most Valuable Pitcher in the ISC World Tournament. “Not many guys are capable of throwing a shutout and hitting a bomb to win a game 1-0. But that was Deano.”

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Gary Baughman creates an ISC Lifetime of Stats

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

“There is such a treasure trove of history that we are only now getting to see because of Gary Baughman. No one brings the same kind of dedication to their position in the ISC as Gary does to his statistician role.” – Blair Setford, ISC Vice President Operations.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Let’s see, Vic Cobos had a pretty decent ISC World Tournament in 1970 with a .286 batting average in helping Schafer-Smith Insurance of Phoenix, Arizona win the championship.

And there’s Dan Benalick of the 1980 third place Grimsby, Ontario Peach Kings. Wow! Benalick had a great tournament behind the plate with 45 put outs and perfect fielding percentage of 1.000.

The ISC World Tournament has been around since 1947. That’s 66 years in which thousands of players can boast that they’ve played in the “big show.” Which means that every player has stats attached next to his name – hits, runs, RBI’s, strikeouts, ERA….

The ISC statistics are enormous in volume. Now who would have the desire, dedication and know-how to compile such a vast volume of stats?

That would be ISC Statistician Gary Baughman. He’s been on the job since 1995 when he took over for Art Cashion (ISC Hall of Fame, 2005).

    NEW ERA OF STAT KEEPING

Shortly after his arrival, Baughman moved stat keeping from the scorebook and a No. 2 pencil and typewriter, into computer-based technology.

“In 1993, I did the statistics by hand for Art Cashion,” Baughman said. “In 1995, Pat Sullivan (ISC Iowa Area Commissioner) asked me if I would like to do the stats for the ISC (World Tournament) in Kimberly, Wisconsin.”

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