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Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Features Eight Strong Teams

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Fastpitch Tournament championship. He returns with Tin Cup to seek back-to-back titles, June 2-4, in Kimberly. Photo By BOB OTTO

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The field is set with eight talented teams competing for the prestigious Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament championship at Sunset Park’s upper and lower diamonds in Kimberly, June 3-5.

Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. returns as defending champion after defeating Dolan and Murphy (IL), 6-4, in the final.


Pool A

  • Circle Tap Lumberjacks, Denmark, WI
  • Hitters, Kimberly
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, WI
  • Pool B

  • Stoneyard, Appleton, WI
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton, WI
  • Hustle Hogs, DeKalb, IL
  • Optimum Crush, Kenosha, WI
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    Kimberly Recreation Association
    Justin Columbo
    Rainout number: 920-687-7890

    2016 Grafmeier Tournament Has Strong Field, One More Team Needed

    Monday, April 11th, 2016

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    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The 2016 Grafmeier Tournament will be held June 3-5 at legendary Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI.

    Entry fee is $300 per team with a $500 prize pool for Sunday. Format is pool play with top-four teams moving to a single elimination Championship Bracket on Sunday.

    The bottom four teams will move to single elimination bracket for the Consolation Title. Please contact Tournament Director Justin Colombo with any questions or inquiries.

    “We are still in need of one more team for the Grafmeier tournament to fill out the eight-team field,” said Colombo.


  • Hank and Karens
  • Dekalb Hustle Hogs
  • Stoneyard
  • The Bar Buzz
  • Dolan and Murphy
  • Tin Cup
  • Hitters
  • Justin Colombo

    Kimberly Recreation Association, Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch League starts today

    Thursday, May 14th, 2015
    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men's fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men’s fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    KIMBERLY, Wisc.Sunset Park in Kimberly has long been a legendary setting for the International Softball Congress World Tournament. Though the beautiful park hasn’t hosted a world tournament for several years, it still remains a popular venue for top-caliber men’s fastpitch.

    Five teams – The Bar-Buzz, Hitter’s, Hank and Karen’s, Xtra Innings, and the Kimberly Merchants – begin play tonight (Wednesday, May 14) in the Paper Valley League.

    The league is strong and features several international stars, including the likes of Joel Goodall, Ryan Sinclair and Ryan Shannahan of Australia, and Argentina pitcher Sebastian Gervasutti, along with many of Wisconsin’s top players.

    Though men’s fastpitch isn’t as popular as it once was in the heydays of the 1960s, 70s and 80s; nonetheless, the Kimberly Recreation Association and several diehards remain committed to the sport they love.

    “This league is trying to keep the game of fastpitch alive in the Fox Valley,” said Justin Colombo, manager / player for Hank and Karen’s. And what better venue than Sunset Park to play in, adds Colombo. “This is one of the top softball parks in the country.”

    The league runs from May 14 to July 30, with Aug. 6 set aside for makeup games.

    Follow the league on Facebook: Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch Softball League

    The 2015 league teams and managers

  • The Bar-Buzz, Tony Schaaf
  • Hitter’s, Ric Thompson
  • Hank and Karen’s, Justin Colombo
  • Xtra Innings, Jim Dahlke
  • Kimberly Merchants, Nic Peters
  • Date – 6:30 – 8:00 – Bye Sponsor
    5/14 1-2 5-3 4 FNB-Fox Valley
    5/21 3-1 4-5 2 Hank and Karen’s
    5/28 1-4 2-3 5 Johnny B Fastpitch
    6/4 2-5 3-4 1 Capitol Centre
    6/11 4-2 5-1 3 The Bar
    6/18 3-2 4-1 5 Hitters Sports Bar
    6/25 5-4 1-3 2 Maker’s Sports Grill
    7/2 Week off for July 4th
    7/9 2-1 3-5 4 Lyndee Lewis-State Farm Insurance
    7/17 4-3 5-2 1 Stoneyard-Darboy
    7/23 1-5 2-4 3 Wrightstown Panther Baseball
    7/30 1-2 3-4 5 Home Team Sports and Apparel
    8/6 Rainout week
    8/13 ISC World Tournament and NAFA World Series
    Second team listed is home team

    For information about the league, contact Ric Thompson at, or Justin Colombo at