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Six new members inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Todd Martin was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 2016 ISC World Tournament. The right-handed pitcher won three ISC World Tournament championships (1996, 1998, 2008), and was a member of four Canadian Senior Men's championship teams.

Todd Martin was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 2016 ISC World Tournament. The right-handed pitcher won three ISC World Tournament championships (1996, 1998, 2008), and was a member of four Canadian Senior Men’s championship teams. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1998 ISC World Tournament

MOLINE, IL – During ceremonies at the ISC World Tournament, six outstanding individuals were inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame.

  • Tom Boyd, umpire, New Tripoli, PA
  • Daniel D. Dolan Family, sponsor, Aurora, IL
  • Thomas Makea, outfielder, New Zealand
  • Jarrad Martin, first base, outfielder, pitcher, New Zealand
  • Todd Martin, pitcher, Ontario, CA
  • Robert “Chubb” Tangaroa, New Zealand
  • To read their Hall of Fame biographies, visit: alsfastball / ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2016

    He was well worth the price for the Heflin / Gremlins of Ballston Lake, New York

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015
    Steve Price has played for several teams in his ISC World Tournament career. But in 1998 with the Heflin / Gremlins of Ballston Lake, New York, he was at his best, pitching and hitting the team to 7th place, while earning First-Team, All-World selection, and the Most Valuable Player award. Price is seen here pitching for All-Car of Green Bay, Wisc. in 1995. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    Steve Price has played for several teams in his ISC World Tournament career. But in 1998 with the Heflin / Gremlins of Ballston Lake, New York, he was at his best, pitching and hitting the team to 7th place, while earning First-Team, All-World selection, and the Most Valuable Player award. Price is seen here pitching for All-Car of Green Bay, Wisc. in 1995. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    Turning back time to the 1998 ISC World Tournament and the amazing performance of Steve Price.

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Were a manager to search the world over looking for a more talented, versatile player and he happened upon Steve Price, he might as well stop right there.

    For the left-handed Price can pretty much do it all on a softball diamond. Need a first baseman? Need an outfielder? How about a DH?

    Or how about the most coveted combo in fastpitch: a great hitting pitcher? Well, Price is your man.

    In the 1998 ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, Wisconsin, he was at his best in leading the Heflin / Gremlins to seventh place (3-2) in the 48-team tournament.

    That hitter-pitcher combo I mentioned? Price filled the duel role perfectly. In the circle, he had a 2-1 record in 17 1/3 innings with 39 strikeouts.

    But with his lethal lumber in the left-side batters box, he was the world tournament’s best.

    Price hit a lofty .563 (9-for-16) including five home runs that tied an ISC all-time record (since broken by Jarrad Martin, Patrick Shannon and Donny Hale with six each). Two of Price’s homers were grand slams, giving him three in his ISC career. That mark still stands today in the 67-year history of the World Tournament.

    But the true mark of a great hitter is proclaimed by three important letters: R-B-I. Price plated 15 runners in 1998, topping Colin Abbott’s mark of 14, set in 1996. Price’s 15 RBI remain No. 2 all-time, trailing only Donny Hale, who notched 17 for the Jarvis, Ontario, Travelers in 2012.

    For this amazing performance in the 1998 World Tournament, Price was chosen the Most Valuable Player, and the First-Team, All-World Designated Hitter.

    The ultimate combo player in fastpitch? None better than Steve Price.

    Kiwis lauded for ‘incredibly thoughtful’ hospital visit

    Thursday, July 17th, 2014

    By Christopher Reynolds / Whitehorse Daily Star
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    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The haka – a fearsome Maori warrior dance – wouldn’t seem to mesh well with compassion. But New Zealand proved the two go hand in hand this week.

    The haka – a fearsome Maori warrior dance – wouldn’t seem to mesh well with compassion. But New Zealand proved the two go hand in hand this week.

    Two team leaders stopped in at the B.C. Children’s Hospital last week to lift the spirits of Marek Stehelin, a young patient from Whitehorse.

    Marek, who turns three in October, is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

    “We know that those battles are tougher than what ours are at the moment,” said assistant coach Jarrad Martin.

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    Ron “Doc” Simmons and his Broken Bow, Neb. Travelers

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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    Ron “Doc” Simmons at the 1999 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Ron “Doc” Simmons of Broken Bow, Neb. sponsored, managed and coached a men’s fastpitch team for over 50 years.

    He led his Broken Bow, Neb. Travelers and collaborative teams to six ISC World Tournament championships, and his teams competed in 11 title games since he began competing in the ISC World Tournament in the early 1980s.

    He formed his first team in Broken Bow (pop. 3,100) in 1971, and along with his ISC titles, won 21 state ASA championships and two ASA Major National Championships. Simmons was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2013.

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    During the 1999 ISC World Tournament in Sioux, City, Iowa, the Travelers finished runner-up to the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisc., losing 4-2 in the championship, and it seemed that the whole town of Broken Bow came out to support their team. Photo By BOB OTTO

      The 1999 Broken Bow team

    Keith Clark (scorekeeper), Tommy Kempp, Mark Sorenson, Kyle Simmons, David Frank, Doug Kozney, Gerald Muizelaar, Mike Piechnik, Thomas Makea, Brad Hoffman, Aaron Blenderman, Steve Kooser (coach), Mike Schwieger, Jarrad Martin, Casey Moeller, Cliff Wisdom, Mat Moeller, Jim Holm, Joe Morales, and Ron “Doc” Simmons, manager.

    99.ISC.WT.Travelers.piechnik.4web Mike Piechnik of Canada helped the Broken Bow Travelers to the runner-up spot in the 1999 ISC World Tournament. Now retired, Piechnik has been inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame and the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame. Photo By BOB OTTO

      Several players had outstanding tournaments and were named to the All-World team

    FIRST TEAM

  • Pitcher Gerald Muizelaar: 3-1, 23 innings, 32 strikeouts, 1.57 ERA
  • Mark Sorenson, infielder: .375 batting average (6-16), 5 RBIs, and 3 home runs
  • Most Valuable Player, Jarrad Martin, outfielder: .550 avg, (11-20), 7 RBIs, 9 runs, and 6 home runs
  • Thomas Makea, outfielder: .500 avg, (13-26), 4 RBIs, 7 runs, and 3 home runs
  • SECOND TEAM

  • Pitcher Mike Piechnik: 2-1, 23 innings, 34 strikeouts, 2.35 ERA
  • Mike Schwieger, catcher: .318 avg, 7 RBIs, and 1 home run
  • Broken Bow led the tournament in hitting with a .304 avg. (58-191) and hit 13 home runs with New Zealanders Martin (6), Sorenson (3) and Makea (3) belting 12 of them.
  • New Zealand Black Sox Men’s Fastpich Softball Team looks at change in style

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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    NEW ZEALAND – A change in roster could herald a shift in game plan for the New Zealand men’s softball team as they build towards the defence of their world title.

    A loss of experience and power hitting could mean a change of style for the Black Sox men’s softball team under new coach Mark Sorenson.

    In naming his first squad, Sorenson has cast the net wide as New Zealand begin a two-year build-up towards the defence of the world crown they won in Auckland this year.

    Sorenson is excited by the replacements he has found for several veteran players who have called it a day, but says it doesn’t mean a continuation of a formula that has been successful.

    Mark_Sorenson Mark Sorenson was appointed as Head Coach of the New Zealand Black Sox National Men’s Fastpitch Team in 2013. The Black Sox won the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship with a 9-1 record, and will defend its crown in 2015 at Saskatoon, SK, Canada, June 26-July 7 in the 14th occasion of the world wide men’s fastpitch championships.

    “Not only have we lost a lot of experience, we’ve also lost a lot of power,” he said. “While we’ve still got big boppers like Brad Rona and Donny Hale, most of the other guys are very, very fit and fast, so we’ll have to approach the game differently and use those skills to build pressure on the opposition.”

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    Thomas Makea’s fastpitch career ends in full circle fairytale

    Monday, April 8th, 2013

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    By PAUL TAYLOR / Hawke’s Bay TODAY

    HASTINGS, NEW ZEALAND – Hawke’s Bay’s four-time world champion and Softball New Zealand’s player of the last decade Thomas Makea left his cleats on the main diamond at Akina Park, Hastings, after the Fun in the Sun tournament final on Sunday.

    “This is where I wanted to announce my retirement from international play. Here at Akina Park surrounded by whanau where my career began,” Makea explained as a young souvenir hunter scampered on to the diamond and claimed the cleats.

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    New Zealand Black Sox victory glow will reflect on Nelson

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

    “We’re very lucky in Nelson because we’re very proactive in what we do. Our sport (men’s fast-pitch softball) is reasonably well accepted in our community, which is positive. I don’t think it’ll be forgotten about.” – Derryn French, Chief Executive, Nelson Softball Association

    grant.martyHERE TO HELP: Marty Grant says he’s sticking around to help young Nelson players head for the top. Marion Van DIJK / FAIRFAX, NZ

    By Wayne Martin / Nelsonmail.co.nz

    NELSON, NEW ZEALAND – Some of Nelson’s softball hierarchy were in Auckland at the weekend to witness the Black Sox claim their sixth world championship crown.

    For former Black Sox pitcher Marty Grant, who won three world championship rings from five campaigns, it allowed him to relive the glory days of past triumphs.

    And for Nelson Softball Association (est. 1962) chief executive Derryn French, it signalled another positive step towards developing and promoting the game throughout the region.

    Both were among the elated band of New Zealand supporters who helped to celebrate the 4-1 win over Venezuela in Sunday’s final.

    While obviously delighted with the result, Grant said his overriding emotion was one of respect for the coaching staff and for a Black Sox squad that many had written off prior to the tournament.

    “I felt respect for the coaches and for the guys who wanted to stick around and be a part of it, especially those guys who have been my team-mates in the past, people like Jarrad [Martin] and Thomas Makea especially, who’d battled to keep themselves in some sort of physical condition and form so that they could be a part of it,” Grant said.

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