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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

    ISC appoints player representatives

    Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

    FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress has appointed a new slate of 12 player representatives.

    “We want to thank all of these individuals who have stepped forward to be a voice for the players in the game,” said ISC President Dean Oscar.

    ISC Player Representatives

  • Brad Pender – Canada East
  • Chris Diethert – US Central
  • Eric Fogel – US East
  • Jon Gwizadala – US East
  • Justin Schofield – Atlantic Canada
  • Kris Walushka – Canada West
  • Matt McLaren – Canada East
  • Nick Santos – US West
  • Scott Galenza – Canada West
  • Tyler Dudley – US East
  • Sisco Sabate – International
  • Zennon Winters – International
  • **See the full story at iscfastpitch.com**

    ASA Meet May Top the World

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    TY STOFFLET pitched for several national championship teams, including 1979 York (Pa.) Barbells. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1991 ASA Masters National Championship

    By Bob McGinn / Green Bay Press-Gazette
    Aug. 14, 1979

    GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The ISC World Tournament. The fastpitch softball faithful in the Fox Valley speak of it in almost reverential tones.

    It conjures up images, always, of a week or two on the West Coast, in places like Sun City, Ariz., Long Beach, or even Bakersfield, Calif., where this summer’s version of the International Softball Congress’s national tournament is scheduled to begin Friday.

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    Step Back In Time: The San Bernardino Stars (1979-1986)

    Thursday, January 12th, 2017

    MAC TANGAROA of New Zealand delivers a pitch for the San Bernardino Stars during the 1986 Cinco de Mayo Invitational Fastpitch Softball Tournament at Encanto Park in San Bernardino. LARRY ROSE / The SUN

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – It’s 1981 and three San Bernardino fastpitch leaders, Joe Baca, Andy Najar and Ted Dominguez, decided to take a local team and throw them in the ring with some of the nation’s best fastpitch teams that played in the Western Softball Congress.

    The WSC featured such powerhouse ball clubs as the Long Beach Nitehawks, ten-time International Softball Congress World Tournament champions. Along with the Lakewood Jets, Oceanside, Camarillo, Burbank, Vista, California Don’s, and Athletes In Action.

    But the San Bernardino Stars were no patsies. They had been around since 1979 and were one of Southern California’s stronger teams.

      STRONG LINEUP

    But in joining the powerful WSC, Baca, the Stars general manager and catcher, upgraded the roster by adding brothers Harry and Rick Munoz, Frank Fraire, Mike Turnbull, Frank Jimenez, Alex Reid, Mike Mendoza, Pat Dominguez, Dave Henry, Nick Medrano, along with Dominguez and Najar. That roster proved solid with the gloves and potent with the bats.

    But winning fastpitch requires stalwart pitching, and the Stars had that in veterans Dave Gray, Barry Roberts, Jim Knott and Jim Stupin.

    “Our team has the attitude that we can step on the field and compete against anyone,” Baca said in a San Bernardino SUN newspaper story. “We don’t rely on one player to pull our team. Man-for-man, some teams have better ball players than we do, but they aren’t a better unit.”

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    Yusef Davis Heads Down Under To Hone His Fastpitch Skills

    Friday, December 30th, 2016

    Yusef Davis Jr., reaches up and slaps a high rise ball off BC A’s pitcher Gregg Garrity and reaches safely on an infield single. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Tournament

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – For many people, their Christmas wish-list is often filled with requests for material things: like an iPhone 7, a car, or new clothes and jewelry.

    Just like the rest of us, 22-year-old Yusef Davis appreciates the finer things in life, too.

    But the young man from Long Beach wanted more than material things. And he got his Christmas wish and then some with a trip “Down Under” to expand his fastpitch softball horizons.

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    Will to win boosts Craig Brown into Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame

    Saturday, November 26th, 2016
    Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame members, Dan Nessler, left, and Craig Brown, who were inducted in 2016, and Jeff Nessler, Dan's brother, who was inducted in 2004. Courtesy Photo

    Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame members, Dan Nessler, left, and Craig Brown, who were inducted in 2016, and Jeff Nessler, Dan’s brother, who was inducted in 2004. Courtesy Photo

    St. James, Minn. – His speed wind-milling a softball? Average. His spin to make it rise, drop or curve? Good but not great. His physical stature? Not imposing.

    Craig Brown may not have had all the physical tools to become a great fastpitch pitcher. But what Brown did have speaks to the internal rather than the external.

    Call it what you may: guts, drive, intense desire. As his former teammates would attest, Brown possessed the one quality all great athletes have: a relentless will to win.

    No one knew Brown any better than Dennis Johnson, St. James’ softball statistician, historian, and devoted fan of the town’s fastpitch teams.

    “He was an intense competitor,” said Johnson, who holds memberships in the International Softball Congress and Minnesota Softball Federation hall of fames. “He wanted to prove that he could beat the good teams and prove his skeptics wrong. That motivated him. He just hated to lose.”

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    Toronto Gators long glorious run comes to an end with ISC Legends Championship

    Monday, August 29th, 2016
    BIG BAD GATOR - First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BIG BAD GATOR – First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Though older, grayer and a step slower, the Toronto Gators Masters still flashed some of the skills that led to ISC World Tournament championships in their much younger years of 1993 and 1995.

    Battling a field of 12 of the best 50-older masters teams from the U.S. and Canada, the Gators defeated the Midland, Mich. Legends, 8-1, to claim the ISC Legends Tournament Championship at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday.

    Several of the Gators Masters starred on the 1993 and 1995 championship squads, including Darren Zack, Ray Tilley, Terry Challis, Rod Wetherell, Dave Hoffman and Adam Smith.

      BIG GUY HOMERS

    The Gators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Dave Hoffman’s three-run home run off Midland’s Peter Finn. Frank Perez and John Kemp opened the inning with walks to set up Hoffman’s home run, his second of the tournament.

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    Breaking news, Toronto Gators retire their colors

    Thursday, August 25th, 2016
    The 2016 ISC World Tournament champion Gators of Toronto, Ontario, CA, have retired their colors after winning the title, Aug. 20, 2016 in Moline, IL.

    The 2016 ISC World Tournament champion Gators of Toronto, Ontario, CA, have retired their colors after winning the title, Aug. 20, 2016 in Moline, IL.

    Toronto Gators Press Release

    TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA – All good things must come to an end and it’s with an air of finality that Jack Fireman is announcing today that the Toronto Gators will shutter their operations.

    “What better way to go out than as ISC World Champions and ISC Legends Champions,” said Mr. Fireman, who has been involved as the Gators sponsor for most of the last 25 years. “I want to thank all of the players, the coaches and the support staff as well as the families, friends and fans who cheered on the Gators.”

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    ISC Legends of Fastpitch begins Thursday at ISC World Tournament

    Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
    Paul Algar will be one of the many Legends of Fastpitch who will be playing in the ISC Legends World Tournament, Aug. 18-20, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL.  Photo By BOB OTTO

    Paul Algar will be one of the many Legends of Fastpitch who will be playing in the ISC Legends World Tournament, Aug. 18-20, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – In their younger days they were considered some of the stars of fastpitch. Though they’ve aged some through the years, these stars – now age 50 or more – can still work some magic on a fastpitch field.

    And on Thursday, 12 teams will battle for supremacy in their 50-over division: The ISC Legends.

    Some of the names you might recognize include Mike O’Hearn of the Toronto Barracks Legends; Doug Middleton and John Sudges, Eagle Pack; Todd Schultz and Doug Gillis, Midland Explorers; Paul Algar and Brian Paton, Toronto Gators; Terry Luster and Brent Stevenson, Ohio Battery; Mark Higgins and Ray Camacho, Bay Area Merchants…and many, many more.

  • So fastpitch fans, come out to Green Valley Sports Complex and watch these Legends in action.
    • TOURNAMENT TEAMS

    *Toronto Gators*Bay Area Merchants*Ohio Battery*Eagle Pack*Frank Rogers Masters*Toronto Barracks*Durham Bulls*Waterloo Legends*Gushow Excavating*Midland Explorers*Waterdown Hammer*The Insurance Center*

    Check out the rosters and see which players from the bygone eras of fastpitch are still in the game: ISC Legends Rosters
    (Scrowl down past world tournament rosters to get to legends rosters.)

    Check out the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau website

    Saturday, August 13th, 2016

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    QUAD CITIES, IL/IA – For fans of the 2016 ISC World Tournament being held at the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, you need to visit the iscquadcities for information on the following:

  • World Tournament ticket information
  • Hotels
  • Tournament Information
  • Quad Cities Information
  • The Quad Cities consist of Rock Island and Moline/East Moline in Illinois, and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa and includes the mighty Mississippi River. With a population of over 400,000 people, the region is known for big city excitement combined with small-town charm. We have world-class museums, award-winning attractions, live music, great outdoor recreation, and lots of family fun.