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International Softball Congress releases rankings, Hill United Chiefs No. 1

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

The J&B BOMBERS defeated Team Marquez, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The Bombers were recently ranked the No. 3 team in Open men’s fastpitch by the International Softball Congress. 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

Mississauga, Ontario, CA – Hill United Chiefs will open the 2017 fastball season just as they have the previous three seasons, as the No. 1 ranked team.

The Chiefs are looking to regain the ISC World Tournament Championship after dropping the title last year ,6-3, to the Toronto, Ontario Gators which folded after the conclusion of the ISC World Tournament.

With significant turnover among teams in the off-season, the rankings have a different flavour than in past years.

New teams CanAm Twins and A1 Power will be contenders and squads such as Kitchener Hallman Cubs and Toronto Batmen are breaking into the Top 10 with some prominent roster additions.

TOP 16 TEAMS

  • 1. Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
  • 2. Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
  • 3. Agoura Hills, CA J&B Bombers
  • 4. Kitchener, ON CanAm Twins
  • 5. Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
  • 6. Eaton Rapids, MI A1 Power
  • 7. Toronto, ON Batmen
  • 8. Kitchener, ON Cubs
  • 9. Bloomington, IL Stix
  • 10. Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
  • 11. Kingston, ON Axemen
  • 12. Elmira, ON Expos
  • 13. Oswego, NY CPI
  • 14. Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
  • 15. Ostrander, MN Norsemen
  • 16. New Hamburg, ON Nith River Monsters
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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
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  • 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

    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.

    South Bend, Indiana awarded 2015 ISC World Tournament

    Friday, December 13th, 2013

    Abbott.Colin.98 ISCwt Fastpitch softball’s greatest teams and players will be thrilling fans at the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Indiana. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FINDLAY, OHIO – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that South Bend, Indiana will be the host site for the 2015 ISC World Tournament.

    South Bend was awarded the 69th ISC World Tournament following the conclusion of negotiations between the ISC and city officials.

    “We’re very excited about bringing the ISC to South Bend,” said ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher. “This is a great sports town with a rich history and we are delighted to be playing the ISC World Tournament here.”

    “South Bend is quickly becoming a key destination for premier softball sporting events,” said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “We’re honored the ISC chose to host their 2015 World Tournament here, and look forward to highlighting why we’re a top-notch location.”

    This will mark the first time that South Bend will host the ISC World Tournament, with several previous national and international events having been played at the Belleville Sports Complex, which features five diamonds, a full concession stand, bleachers, restrooms, and an operations building.

    “We are thrilled to be the host site for the 2015 International Softball Congress World Fastball Championship Tournament,” said Parks and Rec Executive Director Phil St. Clair. “The City of South Bend has had the opportunity to successfully host numerous national softball tournaments and we eagerly look forward to welcoming teams from around the world to our community.

    “The ISC brings out the very best in competition,” St. Clair continued, “and sports fans will truly get the opportunity to see the best softball players in the world play for the title of the ISC World Champion. We’re excited and can’t wait for the summer of 2015.”

    “Anytime we get the opportunity to add an international tournament and championship to our sports event resume it says a lot about our destination. We are grateful to partner with South Bend Parks to host this great ISC event,” said Rob DeCleene, Executive Director, South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    In addition to the ISC World Tournament, teams will also compete in the ISC II bracket as well as the 50+ Legends and U21 Youth divisions.

    The ISC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting men’s and youth fastpitch softball and is on the web at ISC Fastpitch

    For more information, contact
    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    Findlay, Ohio
    lfisher838@ameritech.net

    Joe Todd
    ISC VP Communications
    Ingersoll, Ontario

    ftode739@rogers.com

    Al Doran weighs in on Paul Algar’s 2012 ISC Hall of Fame induction

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

    QUAD CITIES, IL – In his many years watching and reporting on men’s fastpitch softball, Al Doran has seen some of the greatest pitchers step inside the circle and work magic with a softball.

    He includes Paul Algar among that class of pitchers – such as Zack, White, Meredith, Piechnik…

    In 2012, Algar will be inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame, and deservedly so, says Doran.

    Paul Algar pitching for the California A’s in the 2011 California Classic.

    “…looking at his body of work since 1994 and indeed long before
    that, Paul Algar deserves to be there in the Hall of Fame with the other
    great pitchers who have come before him,” said Doran, who himself is a Hall of Famer, inducted in 2008 in recognition of his service to the ISC.

    Doran looks back in time to the 1994 ISC World Tournament in Summerside, PEI when he first saw Algar pitch for the All-Car Roadrunners of Green Bay, WI. He had the best seat in the stadium – seat one, row one, right behind home plate, sitting besides Darren Zack’s wife Charlotte, and his aunt and uncle.

    At that ’94 tournament he got a full fastball “101 course” often from all three of Zack’s family of faithful followers.

    They were big Zack fans, of course, Doran says, but none-the-less, they were also fans of “Alfie” as Algar has come to be known in the fastball world.

    “When All-Car was playing, they would say, ‘watch Alfie,'” Doran said who owns and runs the popular fastpitch website, Alsfastball.com. “Man that young fellow could pitch, and pitch he did all week, teaming up with Brad Underwood to go right to the championship game and win it.”

    But Algar took his success in stride, added Doran.

    “He was the hero of the day, yet he was just a cool Kiwi enjoying a beer with his mates and lots of fans who adored him,” Doran said. “He made an impression on me that week and it has stood until this day.

    “In some ways it shocks me to hear that Alfie is going into the Hall of Fame. Does that mean he is going to retire? I hope not. I hope like Zack that he is around for many more years to come.”

    Here’s hoping he is.

    In the 1994 World Tournament, All-Car won the championship, defeating the Gators in the final. The Gateway 2000 Soos of Sioux City, Iowa finished third, followed by No. 4 Decatur (IL) Pride.

    The Best of 1994

    All-World Pitchers First-Team: Record – ERA – Strikeouts
    Darren Zack – Toronto, 4-1, 0.55 ERA, 87 strikeouts
    Mike Piechnik – Sioux City, 4-1, 1.05, 57
    Randy Parkhurst – Jefferson City, 5-1, 1.14, 69

    All-World Pitchers Second-Team: Record – ERA – Strikeouts
    Brad Underwood – Green Bay 3-0, 2.80, 37
    Glenn Davis – Long Beach 4-2, 0.37, 44
    Todd Martin – Napanee, 3-1, 0.53, 65

    Other Award Winners:
    Most Valuable Player –Colin Abbot, Green Bay, WI
    Most Outstanding Pitcher – Brad Underwood, Green Bay, WI
    Leading Hitter – Colin Abbott, Green Bay, WI (.500 batting average)
    Glenn Littlejohn, St. Johns, NB (.500 avg.)
    Todd King, Summerside (.500 avg.)
    Most Runs Batted In – Don Burnett, Toronto, ON (9)
    Team Sportsmanship – Long Beach, Calif. Painters
    Best Dressed Team – Winnebago, Neb, North Americans

    For more information about the ISC, visit ISC Fastpitch.com