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A Step Back In Time: Bud Werner MVP of 1956 Wisconsin State Fastpitch Softball Tournament

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

OUTSTANDING PLAYERS OF TOURNEY
Outstanding players of the 1956 Wisconsin Amateur Softball State Tournament sponsored by Oshkosh Club 13, receive individual awards from Killian Spanbauer, right, tourney director. From left, are Jim Chambers, Racine, Outstanding Manager; Steve Firtko, Racine, Outstanding Player; Norm Joecks, Appleton, for the Outstanding Play; and Bud Werner, Appleton, Outstanding Pitcher, and Spanbauer. Photo By The Oshkosh Northwestern Newspaper

OSHKOSH, Wisc. – Bud Werner, pitching for Appleton Ponds, hurled 21 innings in two games Saturday night and was named the Outstanding Pitcher of the 1956 Wisconsin Amateur Softball Tournament.

The tournament, which drew the state’s ten leading teams, was held from Wednesday to Sunday at South Side Field in Oshkosh.

Werner was selected as the leading pitcher for his 3-1 record. One of the top pitchers in the Fox River Valley area, Werner hurled Appleton to a 14-inning, 4-3 victory over Kenosha earlier Sunday night in the semifinals.

1956 WISCONSIN SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS
The Racine Raiders swept through four games unbeaten to capture the Wisconsin Amateur Softball Championship in the state tournament held in Oshkosh from last Wednesday to Sunday night. The champions (kneeling from left) are Dave Monson; Bob Welsh; Jim Kimberlain; Tony De Lorenzo; Jerry Heidenreich and Mike Corona. Standing from left are Bob Seitz; George Lorentsen; Dick Welsh; Russ Niebauer; Roger Aceto; Steve Firtko (tourney Most Valuable Player); Harry Erickson; John McCabe and Mgr. Jim Chambers; who was selected the Most Outstanding Manager. The bat boy is Robert Paulsen. Photo By the Oshkosh Northwestern Newspaper.

Werner’s lone loss, a 2-0 setback, came in the championship game to the Racine Raiders. Racine finished 4-0, all by shutouts. The Raiders have lost only two games the entire season and advance to regional play next weekend.

Those two losses were to College Corner of Indiana in the Oshkosh Optimist Club’s invitational tournament.

Two Racine and two Appleton players were awarded individual awards.

Appleton infielder Norm Joecks was awarded the Most Outstanding Play for turning in the fielding gem of the tournament when he converted a hard-hit line drive into a double play in that 14-inning marathon with Kenosha.

The honor of being the Most Valuable Player went to Steve Firtko of Racine. Firtko led Racine’s drive to the championship with a home run and a double in the finale.

  • Firtko was inducted into the Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • Jim Chambers, Racine’s manager and great pitcher was named the tourney’s outstanding manager.

    Someone to know: pitcher Mike Milligan of Grass Valley All Star Auto

    Friday, April 14th, 2017

    MIKE MILLIGAN fired a four-hitter in leading All-Star Automotive of Grass Valley, Calif. to a 6-0 victory over the A1 Rockies in the winners bracket of the A-Major Division in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Sunday, April 9. Photo By BOB OTTO

    “I’m very proud of that. We all work hard at growing the game around here.”- Mike Milligan on the Grass Valley men’s fastpitch league.

    GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – Mike Milligan took up pitching when he was 39 years old in 2000. Now 47, he has developed into one of the best NAFA A-Major pitchers in Northern California.

    He had an outstanding performance in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X , April 7-9, helping All Star Auto of Grass Valley finish runner-up (4-2) in the A-Major Division.

    Milligan beat eventual champion, A1 Rockies, in the winners’ bracket final, 6-0. He fired a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and a walk. And was in command the entire game.

    “He’s got a good rise and drop and knuckle ball,” said All Star Auto manager Tom Allen after the game. “He is a tough gamer.”

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    A Step Back In Time: Jason Hanson’s home run ends Green Bay All-Car’s drive

    Saturday, February 4th, 2017

    All-Car teammates huddle around pitcher Michael White after he tumbled to the ground in the bottom of the seventh inning with an injured leg. White was unable to return and All-Car went on to lose to the Tampa Bay Smokers, 4-2, in the 1996 ISC World Tournament championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Tampa Bay claims title with dramatic 4-2 victory in 1996 ISC World Tournament

    By Sharon Raboin / Green Bay Press-Gazette
    Monday, August 19, 1996

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Michael White of All-Car of Green Bay crumbled to the ground after pitching to Jason Hanson.

    White groaned and grabbed his left leg while his teammates rushed to his side.

    The crowd of about 5,000 became silent at Sunset Park.

    It was the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday afternoon in the championship of the International Softball Congress World Tournament. All-Car and the Tampa Bay Smokers were tied 2-2

    After a couple of minutes, White was helped to his feet. He desperately wanted to continue. He tested his injured leg.

    “I just couldn’t,” White said. “There was pain shooting up my leg. I couldn’t put any weight on it at all. There was no way I could push it.”

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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

    Circle Tap taps international market for top talent

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

    Marty Kauffman, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
    12:22 p.m. CDT August 3, 2016

    DENMARK, Wisc. – The Circle Tap Dukes are a powerhouse in the fastpitch softball circuit, year in and year out. Not just in Wisconsin or the United States, but the world.

    And their roster reflects that.

    The Dukes, based out of Denmark, were ranked ninth to begin the 2016 season by the International Softball Conference after finishing seventh last season at the ISC World Tournament. Circle Tap has placed seventh or better in the world dating to 1996, including third- and fourth-place finishes in 2004 and 2005.

    Being a successful team has helped Circle Tap draw many players from outside of Wisconsin and the United States. This season, Circle Tap’s roster has eight international players from Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, while also having players from Illinois and Minnesota.

    According to Circle Tap general manager Dean Kane, the addition of international players began years ago when the team was looking for pitching.

    “We’ve always brought pitchers in from New Zealand and Australia because they start playing the game at a young age,” Kane said. “There’s not many American pitchers, so in order to compete with the big teams you have to bring in foreign pitchers, and it steamrolled from there.”

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    ASA Men’s Major National Championship, Aug. 4-7

    Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

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    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Sunset Park in Kimberly will have 19 teams battling for the ASA Men’s Major National Championship starting Thursday night and continuing through Sunday with the championship scheduled for 1 p.m.

    See the Tournament Bracket for scheduling.

    For more information on the tournament, visit: www.1kra.com, www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball, or contact Tournament Director Dan Bolwerk at danbolwerk@yahoo.com.

      TOURNAMENT TEAMS
  • Optimum Crush
  • Bloomington Stix
  • Ostrander
  • The Bar Buzz
  • Stoneyard
  • Pueblo Bandits
  • Dolan & Murphy
  • A1 Bombers
  • Topeka Toros
  • J & B Painting
  • Peligro Gremlins
  • Tin Cup
  • New York Gremlins
  • Northeast Drillers
  • BC A’s
  • Scarborough Force
  • Circle Tap
  • Hitters
  • Hill United Chiefs
  • Kimberly Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch League At Sunset Park

    Thursday, May 12th, 2016
    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, including the Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch League. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch Softball League starts next Thursday May 19th at Sunset Park in Kimberly featuring five competitive teams:

  • Hank and Karen’s
  • Hitters
  • Terry’s
  • Xtra Innings
  • Kimberly Merchants
  • See League Schedule
  • Teams will feature several members of Circle Tap and The Bar Buzz who will be competing in this year’s ISC World Tournament.

    The league should be very competitive and will feature some good pitching,” said Justin Colombo, who is a leader in organizing the league as well as a player.

    Anybody looking to join a team can contact Justin Colombo at bossdj32@yahoo.com or 920-585-0179.