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In The Spotlight: Jeff Pauli of the Waterloo Legends

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
SWINGING THE BIG LUMBER - Jeff Pauli of the Waterloo Legends of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, lays into a pitch during the 2016 ISC Legends Tournamnet. The versatile Pauli, also pitched a 9-1 win over Gushow Excavating of Auburn, Mich., allowing one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. He helped his cause at the plate going 2 for 3 and scoring a run. He also played in the infield and outfield, and finished the tournamen with a .385 avg. (5-for-13), five runs and two RBI, along with a 1-0 pitching record. Photo By BOB OTTO

SWINGING THE BIG LUMBER – Jeff Pauli of the Waterloo Legends of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, lays into a pitch during the 2016 ISC Legends Tournamnet. The versatile Pauli, also pitched a 9-1 win over Gushow Excavating of Auburn, Mich., allowing one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. He helped his cause at the plate going 2 for 3 and scoring a run. He also played in the infield and outfield, and finished the tournamen with a .385 avg. (5-for-13), five runs and two RBI, along with a 1-0 pitching record. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – The Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Legends finished the ISC Legends Tournament tied for fifth in the 12-team event.

And the versatile Jeff Pauli had a solid tournament at the plate and on the rubber in helping Waterloo make a strong run for the championship and finish the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Jeff Pauli of the Waterloo Legends watches his hit fall safely in right-centerfield during the 2016 ISC Legends Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Jeff Pauli of the Waterloo Legends watches his hit fall safely in right-centerfield during the 2016 ISC Legends Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

  • Click on ISC Pointstreak for Legends standings, game results, stats and more.
  • In The Spotlight: Australian pitchers Andrew Kirkpatrick and Adam Folkard superb in ISF and ISC

    Sunday, August 28th, 2016
    AUSTRALIA'S AND NEW YORK GREMLINS GREAT LEFTY - Andrew Kirkpatrick has helped Australia win ISF and WBSC world championships, and in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, he pitched the New York Gremlins to third place with a 3-1 record that gives him 39 wins in world tournament competition. Photo by BOB OTTO

    AUSTRALIA’S AND NEW YORK GREMLINS GREAT LEFTY – Andrew Kirkpatrick has helped Australia win ISF and WBSC world championships, and in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, he pitched the New York Gremlins to third place with a 3-1 record that gives him 39 wins in world tournament competition. Photo by BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – In fastpitch circles, Andrew Kirkpatrick and Adam Folkard are household names, as recognizable as baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Sandy Kolfax and Walter Johnson.

    And surely, once Kirkpatrick and Folkard’s fastpitch careers come to an end and they become eligible, induction into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame awaits them.

    But before we talk about their ISC careers, let’s take a look at what these two have meant to their native Australia.

    The highest level of men’s fastpitch is the International Softball Federation World Championship, (since surplanted by the World Baseball Softball Confederation). It pits country-against-country battling for world domination.

    And in recent world championships, Australia always contends for a title because of Kirkpatrick and Folkard.

    Since 2004, Australia has won the Bronze twice, fourth once, and in 2009 took the Gold by beating New Zealand, 5-0, led by the superb pitching of Folkard, who was just two walks away from a perfect game. Through much of the ISF competition, both men have been mainstays for their country.

    FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER - Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards, and has led Australia to titles in the ISF and WBSC World Championships. In 2016, he pitched the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada to runner-up in the ISC World Tournament and was named an All-World pitcher for a eighth time.  His 4-1 record gives him 39 wins all-time in ISC World Tournament play. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER – Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards, and has led Australia to titles in the ISF and WBSC World Championships. In 2016, he pitched the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada to runner-up in the ISC World Tournament and was named an All-World pitcher for a eighth time. His 4-1 record gives him 39 wins all-time in ISC World Tournament play. Photo By BOB OTTO

    And in the junior men’s program (age 19-under), Australia won four consecutive ISF World Championships (1997, 2001, 2005, 2008). Folkard and Kirkpatrick played huge rolls in winning the titles in 2001 and 2005.

    So these two great pitchers will forever be linked when Australian’s reminisce about the “greatest ever” to play for their national softball team.

    But Kirkpatrick and Folkard’s footprint extends far beyond Australia. In the United States and Canada – and virtually every corner of the fastpitch world – they are celebrities of immense proportion. Most notably in the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

  • Both have created fabulous ISC careers, and are far from finished. Let’s look at their numbers in World Tournament competition.
  • NUMBER OF TIMES SELECTED ALL-WORLD

  • Kirkpatrick, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Folkard, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • If you’re counting, that’s eight times each. Well it gets even closer in what really counts for pitchers at the World Tournament – wins.

    At the conclusion of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Kirkpatrick had a 3-1 record in leading the New York Gremlins to a third place finish, while Folkard was 4-1 for the runner-up Hill United Chiefs.

    So where do they stand all-time among pitchers with the most World Tournament wins? In a dead heat at 39 each, trailing Korrey Gareau with 40.

    And in reaching number 39, both pitchers leapfrogged Dean Holoien, Frank Cox and Brad Underwood tied at 36. And they pushed past Ty Stofflet (37) and Doug Middleton (38).

    In the 70-year history of the ISC World Tournament, only eight pitchers remain perched above Kirkpatrick and Folkard in most wins all-time. At the 2017 World Tournament, it’s conceivable that they could surpass Gareau, and perhaps tie or even get past Paul Algar and Todd Martin with 42 each.

    However, Folkard does have a leg up over Kirkpatrick in a couple of areas. In most consecutive wins, Folkard has 22 (No. 2 all-time, trailing only Gerald Muizelaar with 23), while Kirkpatrick had a string of 13 wins from 2004-2007.

    And as for the most coveted individual honor for pitchers in the World Tournament, Folkard reigns as co-king with five Most Outstanding Pitcher awards tied with the legendary Leroy Zimmerman for whom the award is named.

    Kirkpatrick has one MOP honor, coming in 2006 when he pitched County Materials of Madison, Wisc. to the title.

    Both pitchers appear in good health. Both pitchers can still hit the catcher’s glove with plenty of pop and movement. Both pitchers are two of the most competitive to ever step in the circle. So it’s conceivable that fastpitch fans will be enjoying Kirkpatrick and Folkard’s ISF, WBSC, and ISC exploits for years to come.

    As for ISC Hall of Fame induction when they become eligible? Shoo-ins.

    ISC WORLD TOURNAMENT / INDIVIDUAL PITCHING / MOST WINS

    70 Michael White (1980-2006)
    60 Peter Meredith (1980-2001)
    56 Darren Zack (1992-2012)
    48 Mike Piechnik (1985-2008)
    48 Gerald Muizelaar (1999-2014)
    42 Todd Martin (1993-2010)
    42 Paul Algar (1985-2012)
    40 Korrey Garreau (1995-2014)
    39 Andrew Kirkpatrick (2004-present)
    39 Adam Folkard (2004-present)
    …42 remaining pitchers with at least 20 wins…

    Watch ISC World Tournament action live on ISC Network

    Saturday, August 20th, 2016

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    MOLINE, IL – Throughout the ISC World Tournament, selected games have been webcast through the ISC Network.

    So if you can’t attend Saturday’s final day of play, then watch it from the comfort of your home or wherever you happen to turn on your computer.

    THE WEBCAST SCHEDULE

  • Losers Bracket, 11 a.m.
  • Losers Bracket Final, 1 p.m.
  • 2016 Legends Championship Game, 3 p.m.
  • ISC Championship Game, 6 p.m.
  • To watch, click on ISC Network

    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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    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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