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Al Doran, a pioneer in men’s fastball

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

“Al Doran literally changed the game of fastball when he got involved. He became the focal point for fastball news. The game has never been the same since.” – Blair Setford

Alsfastball.1sblr Photo By Rosanne Allan / ISC Streaming Producer / Canadian Fastball & American Softball

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – In the world of fastball, Al Doran is known as a visionary, a game changer, a technology expert. And if you were to fix a title on him, “Friend of Fastball,” fits pretty well.

For he certainly has been that and more; especially to the International Softball Congress (ISC) and legions of fastball fans worldwide.

His ball diamond exploits won’t win him much fame. He played fastball as a teenager and adult, and he coached boys and girls’ fastball in Toronto.

But off the field?

That’s where he’s made his mark. Doran has nearly 50 years of experience in the design, development and application of computer-based information systems.


Back in 1995, he saw that fastball had a major problem: It had very little Internet presence. So he took his professional expertise, turned to fastball and basically said: let me help you broadcast fastball news and market this wonderful sport on the Internet.

“I decided to do something because no one in the media, with the exception of Bob Tomlinson and his Fastpitch Chronicle was talking about the sport,” said Doran. “But the Chronicle often took months to get to subscribers and by then a tournament in your own town could be over, and almost no one knew about it.”

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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.


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    Blair Setford
    ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director

    Joe Todd
    ISC VP Communications
    Ingersoll, Ontario

    ISC welcomes Greg Nydick and Bill Kunkel as Commissioners-at-Large

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    Findlay, OH – Greg Nydick, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Kunkel, from Eaton Rapids, MI, are both joining the International Softball Congress (ISC) as Commissioners-at-Large, the ISC announced today.

    “In addition to having a passion for the game, each of these individuals have skills that we need in our organization as we continue to support men’s fastpitch softball,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

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    ISC announces developmental tournaments in Michigan for July 21-23, 2017

    Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

    By Joe Todd
    ISC VP Communications
    Ingersoll, Ontario

    December 13, 2016

    Saginaw, MI – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring three boys fastpitch softball championship tournaments on the weekend of July 21-23 in Saginaw, Michigan.

    The ISC Developmental Championship Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups marks a return for the ISC in sponsoring stand-alone youth events separate from the annual ISC World Tournament.

    “With the outstanding boy’s fastpitch programs in Munger and Vasser, as well as the history of successful ISC developmental tournaments in Frankenmuth, this is the ideal area to hold these tournaments,” says ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher.

    Saginaw is 10-15 minutes from Frankenmuth and was the host of the 1981 ISC World Tournament.

    “We’ve selected this weekend because there’s minimal conflict with any of the Ontario provincial events in these age groups, so we’d really like to see Ontario teams come and compete for an ISC championship,” added Fisher.

    More information will be forthcoming as the committee of Tom Stasik, Del Benson, Don Petro and Pete Bouvy work out the details in the coming weeks.

    The ISC is also planning a U21 Championship as part of the 2017 ISC World Tournament being held in Grand Rapids, MI., August 12-19.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    Findlay, OH

    Gary Baughman creates an ISC Lifetime of Stats

    Thursday, August 30th, 2012

    “There is such a treasure trove of history that we are only now getting to see because of Gary Baughman. No one brings the same kind of dedication to their position in the ISC as Gary does to his statistician role.” – Blair Setford, ISC Vice President Operations.

    CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Let’s see, Vic Cobos had a pretty decent ISC World Tournament in 1970 with a .286 batting average in helping Schafer-Smith Insurance of Phoenix, Arizona win the championship.

    And there’s Dan Benalick of the 1980 third place Grimsby, Ontario Peach Kings. Wow! Benalick had a great tournament behind the plate with 45 put outs and perfect fielding percentage of 1.000.

    The ISC World Tournament has been around since 1947. That’s 66 years in which thousands of players can boast that they’ve played in the “big show.” Which means that every player has stats attached next to his name – hits, runs, RBI’s, strikeouts, ERA….

    The ISC statistics are enormous in volume. Now who would have the desire, dedication and know-how to compile such a vast volume of stats?

    That would be ISC Statistician Gary Baughman. He’s been on the job since 1995 when he took over for Art Cashion (ISC Hall of Fame, 2005).


    Shortly after his arrival, Baughman moved stat keeping from the scorebook and a No. 2 pencil and typewriter, into computer-based technology.

    “In 1993, I did the statistics by hand for Art Cashion,” Baughman said. “In 1995, Pat Sullivan (ISC Iowa Area Commissioner) asked me if I would like to do the stats for the ISC (World Tournament) in Kimberly, Wisconsin.”

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    Gosse pitches Parry Island to the ISC II Tournament of Champions title

    Thursday, August 16th, 2012

    MIDLAND, MI – Ward Gosse doesn’t blow the ball by hitters – not that he’s slow by any means. But his location, his movement, his pitches – the drop, rise and change? Superb.

    With all his pitches working, Gosse fired a two-hitter in leading the Parry Island Hawks of Parry Island North Ontario to a 1-0 victory over the Aurora (IL) Dolan and Murphy Shamrocks in the championship game of the ISC II Tournament of Champions, Thursday.

    “Being a part of this is great,” said Gosse, a veteran of several ISC World Tournaments and Canadian championships. “We had a great run, and the competition in the semifinals and the final was really good. It was a tough final.”


    But Gosse was more than up to the task. Through five innings he was working on a perfect game. But Greg Punke put an end to that. But not by much. His swinging bunt hugged the third base line, staying fair, allowing Punke to reach first safely. He advanced to third base on a sacrifice and passed ball.

    But that’s as far as he got.

    Gosse reached back and struck out the next two batters. He blazed a hard drop by a swinging Mike Marrero, and then caught lefthander T.J. Chase looking with another well-placed drop ball on the outside corner to retire the side.


    The Hawks finally gave Gosse the only run he would need in the sixth. But it came tainted. Joe McCleary reached first on an error and eventually scored when Aurora pitcher Ales Jetmar fielded a chopper by Brad Matheson and threw wildly past third base trying to get McCleary sliding into the bag. The errant throw allowed McCleary to race home with the game’s winning run.

    In the seventh, Aurora mounted a threat when P.J. McKinney led off with a single to leftfield. But Gosse struck out Valdemar Terkelsen swinging over an outside drop ball; coaxed Dave Schuett into a pop up, and ended the game by striking out right-side hitting Mike Drew swinging over the top of another hard-breaking drop on the outside corner.


    After the game the ISC II presentations of the Gord Newman Memorial Championship Trophy to Parry Island and individual awards took place. And it wasn’t a big surprise that Gosse received both of the tournaments most prestigious awards: The Most Outstanding Pitcher and the Most Valuable Player awards.

    “He pitched amazing,” said ISC II Vice President, Joe Todd, who helped present the awards. “He has pitched his heart out since the ISC II started on Monday.”

    Pitched amazing? Indeed.

    The Hawks won four games leading up to the championship, and Gosse won three of them. One of those a 2-0 win over Aurora in an earlier round game in which he fired a two-hitter and struck out 10.

    When all said and done, he finished with a 4-0 record and 0.035 ERA in 28.2 innings. He allowed one earned run, 10 hits and nine walks, along with 43 strikeouts.

    The Hawks also got a big game from Frank Cox, who beat a tough Lanceros De Vargas (Venezuela) 2-1. In seven innings, Cox gave up the one run on four hits and struck out 13.

    Gosse also swings a pretty good bat. In the championship game, he was 2-for-3, McCleary 1-2, run scored, and Matt Greer 1-2. For Aurora, Punke and P.J. McKinney had the two hits off Gosse.


    As for Aurora’s pitching, Jetmar (3-1) battled Gosse even throughout the game. The tall right-hander from the Czech Republic allowed just four hits, two walks and struck out five.

    The win was especially sweet for Parry Island manager Derek Pinkerton. He said that North Ontario finally got some well-deserved credit for playing good fastball.

    “We’re a first year team and we wanted to play hard and let the chips fall where they may,” he said. “North Ontario has been an afterthought for (fastball) for a long time. I want to thank everyone involved with our team that made this possible.”

    International Softball Congress appoints new executive director

    Monday, March 26th, 2012

    Larry Fisher appointed Executive Director Designate of the ISC

    ISC NEWS RELEASE – The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that Larry Fisher of Findlay, OH has been appointed as the Executive Director Designate effective immediately.

    Larry will work closely with retiring Executive Director Ken Hackmeister over the next five months until Ken’s retirement following the end of the 2012 ISC World Tournament in Midland, Michigan.

    Larry joined the ISC in 1981 as an area commissioner for the state of Ohio.

    In his 31 years with the organization, he has served on numerous committees including chairman of the World Tournament Committee as well as filling his most current position as chairman of the Executive Committee.

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