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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

Bowen (Ill) Fastpitch takes title at Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the 2014 NAFA A-Division World Series Photo By BOB OTTO

By MATT BENZ
Black Gold Fastpitch

NEW HAVEN, MO – For the third time in the last four years Black Gold finished second in their own men’s fastpitch softball tournament, held June 24-25 at New Haven City Park in New Haven, Missouri.

Bowen Fastpitch of Bowen, Illinois was led by pitcher and leadoff hitter Julian Fernandez who pitched 19 scoreless innings to lead his ball club to the title.

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2017 ISC World Championship Guide ready to order

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress annual 2017 World Championship Guide, in print and digital format, is ready to peruse and order.

The Guide is full of game stories, photos, standings and stats of the 2017 ISC World Tournament. But it also includes information on past championships, hall of famers, tournament records, record-setting achievements and much, much more.

THE DIGITAL FORMAT

  • 2017 ISC World Championship Guide
  • ORDERING INFORMATION

  • $15
  • PayPal
  • CONTACT INFORMATION

    Blair Setford
    ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor
    blairjs@gmail.com

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    iscfastpitch@gmail.com

    Joe Todd
    ISC VP Communications
    Ingersoll, Ontario
    ftode739@rogers.com

    A1 Bombers and J&B Painting merger creates super team with big goal

    Thursday, April 13th, 2017

    The J&B BOMBERS defeated the Northeast Naturals, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament at Sunset Park in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. 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

    LAS VEGAS – Both Jerry Zimmerman and Bob Berger look back with pride on the accomplishments of their respective ball clubs during the 2016 season.

    Zimmerman’s A1 Bombers of Saskatoon, SK, CA finished fifth (4-2) in the ISC World Tournament, while Berger’s J&B Painting club of Agoura Hills, Calif. took 11th (2-2). And just a year prior, they finished third and fifth respectively.

    Adding to those accolades, the Bombers also took second (5-2) in the 2016 ASA Men’s Major National Championship.

    And during the regular season, both teams were ranked in the top-ten by the ISC.

    Very good ball clubs? Certainly. Great? Close, but not quite.

    While both were competitive, capable of and often beating the best in the game, neither had quite the firepower to grasp the brass rings – which in men’s fastpitch equate to winning the ISC world tournament and ASA major national championship.

    So, if you come close but can’t quite win those titles, what can be done? Merge. Exactly what the two men decided to do.

    By combining forces, they significantly raise the odds of winning those two coveted championships. And it appears they’ve created a ball club – the J&B Bombers – that must be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

    Zimmerman and Berger left no doubt about their expectations.

    “We’re going to win the world,” Berger said, “win everything. That’s our goal.”

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    ISC announces developmental tournaments in Michigan for July 21-23, 2017

    Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

    By Joe Todd
    ISC VP Communications
    Ingersoll, Ontario
    ftode739@rogers.com

    December 13, 2016

    Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.

    The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.

    “With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher.

    Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.

    “We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher.

    More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.

    The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    Findlay, OH
    iscfastpitch@gmail.com

    Who will win the 2016 ISC World Tournament?

    Sunday, August 14th, 2016

    Network_Logo Watch the best in men’s fastpitch softball on the ISC Network, Aug. 14-20, at the 70th Annual ISC World Tournament in Moline, IL. And while your at it, cast your vote on which team you think will win.

    MOLINE, IL – Who will it be? The defending and three-time champions, Hill United Chiefs? The New York Gremlins? The A-1 Bombers? The Toronto Gators? The Scarborough Force?

    Or maybe my favorite team, the Peligro Gremlins will win the 70th ISC World Tournament in Moline, Aug. 13-20.

    Fastball fans, you can cast your vote for your pick at this link: ISC Poll

    Currently, the poll shows the Chiefs leading with 20% of the votes, but the Gremlins are nipping on their heels at 17.5%. But the Gators – 2015 ISC World Tournament runner-up – and Scarborough Forces are close behind with 16.25% each.

  • The ISC is webcasting live 25 selected games, and starting Sunday, four games are scheduled with the British Columbia A’s up first at 1 p.m.
  • To watch the games, visit: ISC Network
  • Can any team beat the Hill United Chiefs?

    Saturday, August 15th, 2015

    2015ISCprogramfolkard.1lr Can any team in the 2015 ISC World Tournament beat the Hill United Chiefs and ace pitcher Adam Folkard? The Chiefs are 5-0, slotted in the championship game, with a chance to win their third consecutive ISC World Tournament championship.

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada won their fifth consecutive game to move into Saturday’s ISC World Tournament championship game by beating the A1 Bombers of New York, 6-0, in Friday’s winners bracket final.

    Joel Southam had a huge game, accounting for five runs by belting a grand slam home run and driving in another with an RBI single.

    Adam Folkard (5-0) went five innings allowing two hits with 10 strikeouts before handing the ball off to Don Scott, who wrapped it up with a one-hit, two strikeout effort over the last two innings.

    So now the Chiefs await in the championship game for the survivor of the losers bracket, where the Toronto Gators, New York Gremlins and A1 Bombers of Massachusetts are battling for the right to wrestle with the Chiefs for the Carrol Forbes Memorial Trophy, awarded to the champion.

    But fastpitch fans surely must be debating: Can any team beat these Chiefs? The short answer – not very often.

    Hill United, in pursuit of a third consecutive ISC World Tournament championship, has a sparkling 22-1 record since the 2012 world tournament; their last loss, 8-6, to the Jarvis, Ontario, Travelers in the 2012 championship game.

    During the Chiefs’ amazing four-year run, pitcher Adam Folkard has won 17 consecutive games. Should he win the championship game, he would add one more to that victory streak.

    Late Saturday, Aug. 15, a world tournament champion will be crowned. Can any team beat the Chiefs? We shall see.

    Click to watch the game.

    Click for Point Steak Standings, Results, Statistics

    Read 2014 championship game story: Hill United Chiefs win second-straight ISC world title

    2015 ISC World Championship Guide ready for pre-order

    Sunday, May 31st, 2015
    The 2015 ISC World Championship Guide contains championship game stories, statistics, world tournament records and information,  and photos of the 2014 ISC World Tournament. Courtesy Photo / ISC

    The 2015 ISC World Championship Guide contains championship game stories, statistics, world tournament records and information, and photos of the 2014 ISC World Tournament. Courtesy Photo / ISC

    ISC Press Release

    FINDLAY, Ohio – As the new fastpitch softball season gets rolling across North America, now is the time to pre-order your 2015 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

    Featuring Craig Crawford, of the Hill United Chiefs, driving in the game-winning run in last year’s ISC World Championship Game, the 2015 Guide also has MVP Jeff Ellsworth on the cover.

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    Check out 2015 ISC World Tournament promo video

    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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    The 2015 ISC World Tournament will be held at Belleville Softball Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, Aug. 8-16.

    To learn what the world tournament is all about, watch this four-minute
    ISC 2015 Promo.

    Fond memories of The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

    YUCAIPA, CA – In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin published by the late Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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