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From ‘rag tags,’ Casey Truckers reach ASA Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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Journal Gazette & Times Courier
BY BRIAN NIELSEN / Sports Editor
Originally published Jan. 25, 2009

CASEY, IL – Even before the surprised opponents had to put money where their doubts were, former Casey Trucker Sam White knew what they were thinking.

“We were just a bunch of rag tags,” White said. “We got in that tournament at Terre Haute. Nobody had heard much about us. We beat Wayne Meyers’ team for the tournament championship. It was a money tournament. If I remember right it took them a while to come up with the money. I think we beat them 1-0. We kind of fooled them. They didn’t think we could beat them. I think they had to take up a collection to get the money.”

Before long, men’s fastpitch softball powers were not so surprised by the success of the small town guys of Casey, a team whose journeys eventually included a 1979 trip to Stockton, Calif., for a the Amateur Softball Association (ASA Class A National Championship) nationals.

Casey also played host to softball’s version of college basketball’s NIT – the National ASA Invitational.

“That’s Joe Snedeker,” White said. “Casey was a hotbed for softball back then and Joe Snedeker was behind all that.”

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2016 ISC World Tournament standings, all-world teams and MVP’s

Saturday, August 27th, 2016
BRANDON HORN helped the Toronto Gators win the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament and was selected a first-team, All-World infielder. Playing second base and batting No. 2 in the lineup, Horn had a .368 batting average (1-for-19), scored four times, with a double, triple and RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO

BRANDON HORN helped the Toronto Gators win the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament and was selected a first-team, All-World infielder. Playing second base and batting No. 2 in the lineup, Horn had a .368 batting average (7-for-19), scored four times, with a double, triple and RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – The Inernational Softball Congress World Tournament was held in Moline, IL, Aug. 13-20, with 36 teams competing for the coveted 70th championship.

The Toronto Gators won the title in an exciting all-Canada final, in which Shane Boland belted a walk-off, three-run home run for a 6-3 victory over the three-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs.

Check out the final standing and award winners at: 2016 ISC World Tournament

Sibley Fastpitch / Gibson City Elite to hold tournament Saturday

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

JoshWhite.1lr Australian pitcher Josh White will be pitching for the Sibley Fastpitch / Gibson City Elite men’s fastpitch softball team in 2015.

Press Release / Gibson City Courier

SIBLEY, Ill – The Sibley Fastpitch/Gibson City Elite softball team is locked, loaded and ready for another season filled with summer nights under the bright lights of small town ballparks.

Thanks to a “bolstered” schedule to increase competition, and the development of a young roster that fields six players under age 23, the bat cracking crew is ready to light up McMillan Field and hit the road running with higher expectations than previous years.

“Last year’s team involved multiple lineup changes. This year’s lineup is much more stable and looks to be more consistent,” Elite member Tyler Brucker said. “Last year was an introduction to mens fastpitch for many of the players. This team has much more experience than in years past, and expectations are high.”

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Stepping back in time with ISC Hall of Fame pitcher Alan Colglazier

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Colglazier97ISC WT Alan Colglazier pitching for the Colorado Ravens of Englewood in the 1997 ISC World Tournament in Victoria, BC, Canada. Photo By BOB OTTO

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The storyline goes something like this. A younger brother tags along to watch his older brothers play fastpitch. The team happens to be short a player one night.

“Hey, you want to play?” the younger brother is asked.

Alan Colglazier thought they’d never ask.

And as the saying goes, the rest is all history. And what a history it has been for the 62 year old, right-handed pitcher from Colorado.

“I had two older brothers, Sid a catcher, and Norm a first basemen,” said Colglazier. “I was always going along to watch them play. One day they were short a player and I filled in for them. I played in a junior league during the summers starting around age 14; just neighborhood kids putting a team together.”

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Wessel’s Coors Light heads to Topeka, Kansas for the NAFA World Series

Monday, August 6th, 2012

TEUTOPOLIS, IL – The Wessel’s Coors Light men’s fastpitch team will compete in the NAFA (North American Fastpitch Association) World Series, A-Major division, in Topeka, KS August 9-12.

The A-Division features 32 teams from 15 states and three teams from Canada competing for the World Series title. U.S. teams from New York, California, Pennsylvania, Texas and North Dakota, along with Canadian ball clubs from the provinces of Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan highlight the field.

Along with Wessel’s Coors Light, five other Illinois teams will compete in the World Series.

“NAFA runs the best fastpitch tournaments in the country,” said Wessel’s Manager Chad Buehnerkemper. “We look forward to competing in the NAFA World Series against teams from all over the country. This is the best post-season tournament in the U.S. To do well in this tournament it will take a total team effort, great pitching, and hitting. We are playing well at the right time and we hope to continue that this weekend.”

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