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Remembering Chubb Tangaroa in the 1996 ISC World Tournament

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

WHAT A RISE BALL: Late in the night under the lights, Chubb Tangaroa throws his fabled high rise ball by a North Mankato, Minn., Junker’s Bar batter during the 1996 ISC World Tournament in which Tangaroa pitched the Decatur, Ill. Pride to a 1-0 victory on a three-hitter. Photo By BOB OTTO

KIMBERLY, WISC. – One of the greatest pitchers I’ve had the pleasure of photographing was Robert “Chubb” Tangaroa pitching for the Decatur (Ill) Pride in the 1996 ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, Wisc.

Chubb didn’t finish with the best of records at 1-2, but he pitched well. In 20 1/3 innings, he allowed just four earned runs on 19 hits, no walks and struck out 24 hitters. And his ERA of 1.38 was one of the best in the tournament.

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Mark Sorenson appointed New Zealand Black Sox men’s fastpitch coach

Monday, June 10th, 2013
Since he was 16, Mark Sorenson played men’s fastpitch softball in the United States for some of the sport’s greatest teams. In 2010 he was inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame and in 2009 he entered the International Softball Federation (ISF) Hall of Fame (see his ISF bio below). Photo taken at the 1999 ISC World Tournament with Sorenson playing for the Broken Bow (NEB) Travelers.

NEW ZEALAND – Mark Sorenson, the four-time world champion, who hung up his glove in 2004, will take over from his former teammate Eddie Kohlhase, whose nine-year coaching tenure ended in triumph after the Black Sox won a record sixth world title in Auckland last March.

Sorenson’s appointment will be confirmed by Softball New Zealand tomorrow but Fairfax Media understands he has accepted the post and provincial softball associations were notified accordingly today. He will lead the Black Sox’s title defence at the 2015world championships in Saskatoon, Canada.

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MARK SORENSON ISF BIO – In 1984 Mark Sorenson made his international softball debut at the ISF VI Men’s World Championship at the age of just 16 years old. Twenty-one years later he retired from the game with seven world championship tournaments (one junior) to his credit – all of them gold (five times) or silver medal finishes. In four of the seven he finished with a .400 batting average or higher. A catcher, Mark played in over 70 games in world championship play alone. He made more than 125 other international playing appearances on behalf of New Zealand over his three decades in men’s fast pitch softball to cement his legacy in Black Sox history.

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Ty Stofflet versus Kevin Herlihy in “The Game” at the 1976 ISF World Championship

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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Ty Stofflet, hurled a 20-inning game in which he beat New Zealand’s great Kevin Herlihy in the 1976 ISF World Championship. An encounter remembered for all time as “The Game.”

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – It’s been called “The Game” and the greatest pitching duel in the history of the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship.

The principals in the circle: Ty Stofflet of the Rising Sun Hotel representing the USA, and Kevin Herlihy pitching for the New Zealand National Team. The two great pitchers hooked up in a pitchers’ marathon in the 1976 ISF World Championship in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Many of the 8,000 fans that witnessed The Game, consider it the greatest fastpitch game and pitching classic of all time.

It was a marathon that went 20 innings and lasted four hours and 20 minutes. It was a game in which both pitchers were considered the best in the world from their respective sides – Stofflet the lefty, Herlihy the righty.

In the history of the ISF that started in 1966, it is without question the greatest game ever pitched on the world stage. And when all said and done, Stofflet drove in the winning run.

Stofflet hit a two-out, run scoring single in the top of the 20th to give USA a 1-0 victory.

Though he lost, Herlihy, who died in 2006, was quoted as saying:

“The fact that I was able to play against a guy as great as Ty made it that much more memorable…it is the one game that I will remember more than any other. It had been billed as the best left-hander in the world versus the best right-hander at the time…”

herlihy,kevin.web Kevin Herlihy, perhaps the greatest right-handed pitcher of all-time.

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