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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.
  • A Look Back At Jim Seaman’s huge win over Green Bay All-Car in the 1996 ISC World Tournament

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    96.ISC.Seaman.Jim.1web Jim Seaman hurled one of the biggest wins in the 1996 ISC World Tournament by defeating the Green Bay All-Car Roadrunners. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KIMBERLY, WISC. – In the 1996 ISC World Tournament, Jim Seaman hurled the Broken Bow, Neb. Qualigraphs to a huge upset victory over the Green Bay All-Car Roadrunners in the second game of the World Tournament.

    Seaman allowed just four hits and one earned run in picking up the 5-2 victory, and outdueled Green Bay’s Michael White, who gave up nine hits.

    mike.white Michael White (seen her in a Decatur Pride uniform) lost the matchup with Seaman, but went on to hurl All-Car to runner-up in the 1996 ISC World Tournament. He was selected a First-Team All-World pitcher for his 5-2 record in 40 innings, allowing 21 hits, six earned runs, seven walks with 68 strikeouts, and one of the tournaments top ERA’s at 1.47. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    Remembering Tampa Bay Smokers Jason Hanson and his ISC World Tournament heroics

    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

    1996.ISC.WT.Hanson.1web Tampa Bay Smokers No. 9 hitter Jason Hanson hit a dramatic, walk off home run in the 1996 ISC World Tournament that gave the Smokers a 4-2 victory over the Green Bay All-Car Roadrunners. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KIMBERLY, WISC. – I doubt Jason Hanson will ever forget the 1996 ISC World Tournament. If we take the liberty of calling athletes “heroes,” then Hanson certainly qualifies.

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