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Host Kelso Fastpitch squad settles for third place at 33rd Annual Kelso Klassic

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017
By Trent Singer – Southeast Missourian

KELSO, Mo. — Nevermind the fact that Sunday didn’t go according to plan for Kelso Fastpitch. Coach Larry Eftink is still encouraged about the future.

Kelso dropped a 7-0 decision against the Bloomington Stix in the winner’s bracket final of the Kelso Klassic before being eliminated by the Pueblo Bandits, 9-2, as pitching ran out for the tournament hosts.

But Sunday wasn’t an indication of what Kelso was able to accomplish in the three-day tournament. After going 3-0 through the first two days, the hosts found themselves in a place they hadn’t been in quite some time, competing in the winner’s bracket final for the first time since 1998.

Having to deal with an abundance of youth, Eftink didn’t know what to expect before Friday’s action got underway. By the time Kelso left off the field Sunday following its elimination loss, Eftink was more than pleased with the fight he saw from his team.

“It’s a great experience, a great showing for these guys,” said Eftink, whose team settled for third place in the 33rd edition of the Klassic. “There were a lot of unknowns coming in. … We just kind of rallied the troops and made things happen. We scrapped it together and played good ball. I’m definitely very happy with the showing we made.”

Continue reading the story in the Southeast Missourian.

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
  • READ MORE AT: ISC Rosters

    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

    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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