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2017 George L. Cournoyer Sr. Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Expect plenty of fast-paced and exciting fastpitch action at the George L. Cournoyer Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

WAGNER, So. Dak. – The 20th Annual George L. Cournoyer Sr. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held in Wagner, South Dakota, June 16-18.

For serious fastpitch teams, take note of the payout. It is impressive!

TOURNAMENT DETAILS

  • Dates: June 16, 17, 18
  • Location: Wagner, So. Dak. (Two hour drive west of Sioux Falls.)
  • Entry Fee: $400 plus one softball
  • Deadline: June 1, 2017
  • PAYOUT
    1st place $3,000 and Hoodies
    2nd place $2,000 and Hoodies
    3rd place $1,500 and Sweatshirts
    4th place $1,000 and Sweatshirts
    *All prize money is guaranteed*

    AWARDS

  • Most Valuable Player: Hoodie and Star Quilt
  • Second Base: Bat, Bag and Star Quilt
  • Ten All-Tournament Sweaters
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Nick Cournoyer (605) 469-5336
    Krystle Cournoyer (605) 481-2764
    Joey Cournoyer Sr. (605) 384-3068
    On Facebook: George Cournoyer Memorial Tournament

    A Step Back In Time: Scandia honors local Fastpitch Hall of Famer Wayne Erickson

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

    SOFTBALL CHAMPS – Scandia, Minn. defeated River Falls, Wisc. 8-6, in nine innings Sunday night, July 24, 1967, at Eau Claire’s Carson Park to win the first Open Softball Tournament. Members of the championship team were front row, left to right: Choc Junker, Tom Thompson, Barney Barnholdt, Jim Lindberg, Wayne Erickson and Joe Junker. Back row, George Lindgren, Dean Carlson, Dennis Lofboom, Greg Benson, Phil Anderson, Manager Don Seguin, and Dan Jacobson. Staff Photo / Eau Claire Leader

    SCANDIA, Minn. – For the thousands of batters who faced Wayne Erickson, it was most-often a frustrating and fruitless endeavor. But his teammates? They loved him. After all Erickson was a huge factor in helping Scandia win four state men’s fastpitch championships.

    And for Erickson’s great exploits for Scandia fastpitch, the city renamed its softball field (simply called “Scandia lighted ball field”) to Wayne Erickson Memorial Ball Park, in 2011.

    Erickson is the only Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame (1984) member to come from Scandia.

    In his youth, Erickson played baseball, but at age 16 he began pitching fastpitch for Scandia, and continued throwing for his hometown team for the next twenty years.

    FOUR TIMES CHAMPS

    Those attending the dedication remembered Wayne for his perfection of the art of pitching that helped take the Scandia team to four ASA Class A state championships in 1963, 1966, 1967 and 1968.

    “I’m one of four ball players from Scandia that got to play with and against Wayne Erickson in his prime,” Doniver Ahlm said. “Before playing with Wayne I played against him. I had the opportunity to strike out against every type of pitch he threw.”

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    2017 Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament At Sunset Park In Kimberly

    Thursday, January 5th, 2017

    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men’s fastpitch softball. June 2-4 it will be the host field for the Jack Grafmeier Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The 2017 Jack Grafmeier Tournament will be held June 2-4 at legendary Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI. Entry fee is $300. Format could vary depending on the number of teams that enter. We had a very competitive field last year and are hoping to again this year.

    Confirmed Teams
    The Bar Buzz
    Stoneyard
    Dekalb Hustlehogs

    Interested Teams Contact
    Justin Colombo
    920-585-0179
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    Hotel Info
    In order for teams to get the $99 rate, they need to call the Hilton Garden Inn at (920) 730-1900 and mention “Jack Grafmeier Tournament.”

    I would recommend teams make their reservations as soon as they register for the tournament, as this hotel is pretty popular with wedding guests and other sports teams. Below is a link to their website in case teams want more details on the hotel.

    Hilton Garden Inn

    Dow AC’s had strong influence with boys in Midland in 1940s and 1950s

    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

    MIDLAND, Mich. – Heroes. Superstars.And everyday citizens of Midland.
    In the 1940s and 1950s, the Dow ACs men’s fastpitch softball team won two national championships and a world championship.

    But the legendary players and coaches, like Clyde “Lefty” Dexter, Al Linde, and Jimmy Walsh, didn’t stop there.

    Through coaching and mentoring youth, they also helped lay the groundwork for today’s flourishing sports community in Midland. Their fingerprints can be found in such organizations as Little League and Pee Wee football, and the ACs were a springboard for Midland becoming a town known for producing outstanding softball organizations such as McArdle’s and the Midland Explorers.

    Bud Collins, 92, of Midland, was part of the very first Dow ACs (Athletic Club) team in 1941, just after The Dow Chemical Co. had taken over the former Chemical City Athletic Club team.

    The Dow ACs – a program which also included a highly competitive basketball team that played its games in what is now Central Middle School – was the biggest thing in a long time to hit Midland, which Collins noted was still a rural community of fewer than 10,000 people in the early 1940s.

    “With Midland being so small at that time, that was the biggest thing that could have happened (to the town),” said Collins, who played third base for the Dow ACs until about 1950, outside of the years that he served in the Navy in World War II. “We packed (Currie) Stadium for every game.”

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    Will to win boosts Craig Brown into Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame

    Saturday, November 26th, 2016
    Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame members, Dan Nessler, left, and Craig Brown, who were inducted in 2016, and Jeff Nessler, Dan's brother, who was inducted in 2004. Courtesy Photo

    Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame members, Dan Nessler, left, and Craig Brown, who were inducted in 2016, and Jeff Nessler, Dan’s brother, who was inducted in 2004. Courtesy Photo

    St. James, Minn. – His speed wind-milling a softball? Average. His spin to make it rise, drop or curve? Good but not great. His physical stature? Not imposing.

    Craig Brown may not have had all the physical tools to become a great fastpitch pitcher. But what Brown did have speaks to the internal rather than the external.

    Call it what you may: guts, drive, intense desire. As his former teammates would attest, Brown possessed the one quality all great athletes have: a relentless will to win.

    No one knew Brown any better than Dennis Johnson, St. James’ softball statistician, historian, and devoted fan of the town’s fastpitch teams.

    “He was an intense competitor,” said Johnson, who holds memberships in the International Softball Congress and Minnesota Softball Federation hall of fames. “He wanted to prove that he could beat the good teams and prove his skeptics wrong. That motivated him. He just hated to lose.”

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    Farmersville Haymakers overcome slow start, finish strong with Elkland and NAFA World Series titles

    Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
    2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

    2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, Matt Sheaffer and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

    “The beginning of year it took us awhile to bond as a team and we weren’t playing the best, but by the end of the year we meshed as a team and finished out strong. It was a fun ride!” – Haymakers coach Merlin High

    EPHRATA, PA – Average. Ordinary. Mediocre. Not the kind of tags competitive athletes or teams want to be labeled with. It means you’re OK, but you’ve done nothing to distinguish yourself.

    That was the kind of season the Farmersville Haymakers were having, hovering around .500, finishing third at 13-12 in the Stevens’ Northend Softball League, third in the league playoffs…you get the picture.

    As coach Merlin High said, at the start of the year, “we weren’t playing the best.”

    But as the sporting cliché goes: it’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. And what a finish, what a stunning turnaround the Haymakers pulled off.

      WEILER CLICKS, WINNING STREAK STARTS

    And it all started at the NAFA World Series in North Mankato, Minnesota where the Haymakers delivered some big blows to go 5-0 and win the AA-Division championship.

    “Things started to click at the start of the NAFA World Series,” said player / pitcher Justin Zimmerman.

    And in fastpitch, “to click” starts with pitching. And with Duane Weiler as a late- season addition, the Haymakers fortunes shot upward like a NASA rocket.

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    Important links to the 2016 NAFA World Series

    Monday, August 15th, 2016
    Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota is hosting the 2016 NAFA World Series, Aug. 11-21.

    Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota is hosting the 2016 NAFA World Series, Aug. 11-21.

    NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – Want to know who’s winning? Who’s leading the tournament in pitching, hitting, and fielding?

      For all things concerning the NAFA World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato, visit these important links

  • World Series Divisions
  • Playnafa Results and Stats
  • NAFA Website
  • Caswell Park
  • Caswell Park Sports
  • Thank You,
    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director
    503-559-5398
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com

    NAFA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    DAYTON, OR – The North American Fastpitch Association announced that eight individuals – six players, one umpire and a coach / sponsor – will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies held at various World Series during the 2016 season.

    2016 HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

    Umpire

  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.
  • Coach / Sponsor

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey
  • Players

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • The 2016 NAFA World Series

  • Open World Series, Fife (Seattle), Wash., July 22-24
  • Boys Youth, Vassar, Mich., July 30-31
  • AA-Major, Quad Cities, IA/IL, Aug. 19-21
  • A-Major, Mankato / North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 11-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 12-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Lower Midwest, Newton, KS, July 30-31
  • Wood Bat Nationals West, Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 27-28
  • A and AA Divsions, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 18-21
  • 23-Under, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 19-21
  • Masters East, Niagara Falls, NY, Aug. 26-28
  • Masters Midwest, Quad Cities, Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West, Carson City, NV, Sept. 16-18
  • NAFA CONTACT INFORMATION
    Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
    email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    cell: 503-559-5398
    work: 503-864-4487
    fax: 503-864-3939
    P.O. Box 566
    Dayton, OR 97114

    Gluckman edges Cooley in pitchers duel to give Maccabi USA Palm Springs Classic championship

    Monday, March 28th, 2016
    Maccabi USA claimed the 2016 Palm Springs Classic with a 1-0 victory over the So. Calif. Bandits. Courtesy photo

    Maccabi USA claimed the 2016 Palm Springs Classic with a 1-0 victory over the So. Calif. Bandits. Courtesy photo

    By JESSE ORTIZ / President SCIFL

    PALMS SPRINGS, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opened the 2016 season at DeMuth Park in Palm Springs, Mar. 12-13, but it almost didn’t happen because rain threatened the tournament the day before. Luckily the weather cleared up and the tournament was able to proceed. There were six teams that participated in the Palm Springs Classic.

    On Saturday after the Round Robin was complete, the So Cal Bandits took the No. 1 seed going undefeated, followed by Pala, Maccabi USA, Beaumont Coyotes, So Cal Heat, and Team DM.

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    ISC Releases Promotional Video to Baseball Coaches

    Saturday, February 13th, 2016
    Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) played college baseball at Iowa State University and then made the full time transition to fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Findlay, OH – The International Softball Congress is reaching out to high-school and college baseball coaches across the United States with a new recruiting video to entice new players into men’s fastball.

    Featuring interviews with many of today’s fastball stars, including, Matt Palazzo, 2015 USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Athlete of the Year.

    This new video Invitation To Coaches is now available on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com as well as on the ISC Facebook page www.facebook.com/isc.fastpitch.

    Palazzo, who played baseball at Iowa State University, said:

    “I immediately fell in love with the game, especially from a baseball background. It’s faster paced, low scoring and tougher to hit …and I just fell in love with it right from day one.”

    Palazzo, who is a member of the U.S. men’s national team, plays for the New York Gremlins in ISC play. Continue Reading