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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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AAU Men’s International Fastpitch Championship fast approaching

Thursday, October 24th, 2013


ORLANDO, FL – The 2013 AAU International Men’s Fastpitch Championship will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, Jan. 24-27.

Currently, 23 teams are entered coming from throughout North and South America, with 12 teams expressing their intent to play.

“It started 14 years a go with an eight-team tournament and it’s grown to above 40 in some years,” said Ken Hackmeister, AAU Tournament Director. “It’s growing in popularity because of a combination of location, Florida weather in January, and the diversity of teams is a draw …”

For more information about travel directions, competition venues, admission and registration, visit: AAU International Men’s Fastpitch

Kragthorpe: Tourney celebrates Larry H. Miller’s love of softball

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

By Kurt Kragthorpe / Tribune Columnist
First Published Jul 10 2013 08:45 am • Last Updated Jul 10 2013 11:23 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – There’s a reason the number 9 is displayed on the banner honoring former Jazz owner Larry H. Miller in the rafters of EnergySolutions Arena. The same number adorns his locker in a corner of the room where the players dress.

It has nothing — or everything — to do with basketball. Long before the Jazz came into his life, Miller was obsessed with softball. And to understand Miller’s competitiveness and how that translates in a meaningful way to this upcoming Jazz season, you have to know his softball background. Continue reading

Pioneer Days Tournament returns to Salt Lake City

Thursday, February 14th, 2013


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Ken Hackmeister and Peter Meredith, both legends in men’s fastpitch softball, have teamed-up to revive the Pioneer Days Tournament, officially known this years as the Larry H. Miller Memorial 2013 Pioneer Days Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

In his heyday, ISC Hall of Famer, Larry H. Miller, was a very respected fastpitch pitcher.

Dates: July 12-13-14, 2013
Entry Fee: $450 per team (tentative)
Location: Larry H. Miller Softball Complex, 4400 S. 13th E., Salt Lake City, Utah. Softball Complex named after Larry H. Miller

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Facing Australian fastpitch pitcher Adam Folkard in the AAU International Tournament

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

ORLANDO, FL – Right-handed Australian pitcher, Adam Folkard, and the Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs return to the 2013 AAU Men’s International Fastpitch Tournament Jan. 24-27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facilities at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Nine pools, totaling 36 teams See Brackets will battle for the championship this year, and the Chiefs figure to be one of the favorites.

And rightly so, as the Chiefs won the championship in 2012 led by Folkard, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher.

Folkard was clocked throwing up to 84 mph. To get a glimpse of him in action in the 2012 AAU tournament, visit Facing Adam Folkard

Hill United and Folkard went on to finish runner-up in the 2012 International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament, losing to the Jarvis Ontario Travelers, 8-6, in the title game Read Game Story.

“We Play It Fast” is still available

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Stew Sabiston of the Winnipeg Bullets is featured on the front cover of We Play It Fast. SEE BELOW for ordering information of this one-time, limited edition book about boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball.

YUCAIPA, CA – In 2011, I wrote a boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball book entitled, “We Play It Fast.” The book is part documentary, part memoir, part feature story, and part photo essay.

It has 170 pages and over 200 black and white photos, all packed in 8.5 x 11 inches. The front laminated color cover features Winnipeg, Canada pitcher Stew Sabiston. His is determined expression shows why we play and love this sport.

Michael White, 2009 ISC Hall of Fame member, leads all World Tournament pitchers with 70 wins, with Peter Meredith second at 61.

The book has feature stories about ISC Hall of Famers Mark Sorenson, Michael White, Milt Stark, Russell Boice, Jim Rubbelke, Irvin “Red” Meairs, Carl Hansen, K.G. Fincher, Joe Avila, Dave Blackburn, Hice Stiles, John Becker, Darren Zack …

Mark Sorenson, 2010 ISC Hall of Fame member set many World Tournament records.

And there are also contributed stories from Milt Stark about the great Western Softball Congress league, Jim Flanagan in his tribute to Dave Blackburn, Kyle Beane, Marc Gillis, Wally Groehler…and more.

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2012 ISC Championship Guide now available

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Cover of the 2012 Championship Guide

July 5, 2012 – The 2012 ISC World Championship Guide is now available for viewing online at the International Softball Congress website at by clicking on the cover of the Guide.

The Guide, which has been published annually since 1955, includes all of the following:

· 148 pages of stats, info and photos
· More than 100 full colour pictures, including teams, award winners, Hall of Famers and game action photos
· Full statistics from the 2011 ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship and Legends
· Complete listing of ISC All-World players from 1947 to present
· Complete ISC by-laws, rules and procedures
· Direct links to all email addresses and web sites
· Direct links to all game box scores and broadcasts

For more information, please visit the ISC website: ISC FASTPITCH

A limited number of print copies of the 2012 ISC World Championship Guide are still available for sale. To receive your copy, please contact Ken Hackmeister at or mail a $25 cheque payable to ISC to:

Ken Hackmeister
153 E. 200 S. – #10
Farmington, UT 84025

Visa and MasterCard purchases can also be accommodated. Email Ken for details.

2012 Official Yearbook & Guide
Managing Editor
Blair Stetford

International Softball Congress World Championship Guide, now taking orders

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Very nice cover showing what the men’s side of the sport is all about.

ORDER THE ISC 2012 ISC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GUIDE: Men’s fastpitch fans, don’t delay in reserving your copy now because the supply is limited and copies won’t last long.

For more information or to order your copy, please contact:

Ken Hackmeister
ISC Executive Director

Check out the ISC website here

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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Dick Mason gives back to the game he loves

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

“Dick’s leadership, CPA background and direction was a huge benefit. His decisions were excellent” – Ken Hackmeister, ISC Executive Director.

LITTLETON, CO – There are those who come into men’s fastpitch softball, feast from the trough until content, and then bid the game farewell. Without so much as a backward glance.

Give something back to the sport that’s been so good to them? Nah, don’t have the time. Got better things to do like golf or slowpitch softball.

Well, that might categorize many former fastpitch players, but not Dick Mason.

Mason began playing the sport while attending the University of Denver in the 1970s. With a few swings of his bat at some sharp-breaking risers and drops, he was hooked.

“I jumped at the chance of playing

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