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Six new members inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Todd Martin was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 2016 ISC World Tournament. The right-handed pitcher won three ISC World Tournament championships (1996, 1998, 2008), and was a member of four Canadian Senior Men's championship teams.

Todd Martin was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 2016 ISC World Tournament. The right-handed pitcher won three ISC World Tournament championships (1996, 1998, 2008), and was a member of four Canadian Senior Men’s championship teams. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1998 ISC World Tournament

MOLINE, IL – During ceremonies at the ISC World Tournament, six outstanding individuals were inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame.

  • Tom Boyd, umpire, New Tripoli, PA
  • Daniel D. Dolan Family, sponsor, Aurora, IL
  • Thomas Makea, outfielder, New Zealand
  • Jarrad Martin, first base, outfielder, pitcher, New Zealand
  • Todd Martin, pitcher, Ontario, CA
  • Robert “Chubb” Tangaroa, New Zealand
  • To read their Hall of Fame biographies, visit: alsfastball / ISC Hall of Fame Class of 2016

    Ron “Doc” Simmons and his Broken Bow, Neb. Travelers

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

    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.


    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


  • 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

  • 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.
  • New Zealand Black Sox Men’s Fastpich Softball Team looks at change in style

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


    NEW ZEALAND – A change in roster could herald a shift in game plan for the New Zealand men’s softball team as they build towards the defence of their world title.

    A loss of experience and power hitting could mean a change of style for the Black Sox men’s softball team under new coach Mark Sorenson.

    In naming his first squad, Sorenson has cast the net wide as New Zealand begin a two-year build-up towards the defence of the world crown they won in Auckland this year.

    Sorenson is excited by the replacements he has found for several veteran players who have called it a day, but says it doesn’t mean a continuation of a formula that has been successful.

    Mark_Sorenson Mark Sorenson was appointed as Head Coach of the New Zealand Black Sox National Men’s Fastpitch Team in 2013. The Black Sox won the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship with a 9-1 record, and will defend its crown in 2015 at Saskatoon, SK, Canada, June 26-July 7 in the 14th occasion of the world wide men’s fastpitch championships.

    “Not only have we lost a lot of experience, we’ve also lost a lot of power,” he said. “While we’ve still got big boppers like Brad Rona and Donny Hale, most of the other guys are very, very fit and fast, so we’ll have to approach the game differently and use those skills to build pressure on the opposition.”

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    Thomas Makea’s fastpitch career ends in full circle fairytale

    Monday, April 8th, 2013

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    By PAUL TAYLOR / Hawke’s Bay TODAY

    HASTINGS, NEW ZEALAND – Hawke’s Bay’s four-time world champion and Softball New Zealand’s player of the last decade Thomas Makea left his cleats on the main diamond at Akina Park, Hastings, after the Fun in the Sun tournament final on Sunday.

    “This is where I wanted to announce my retirement from international play. Here at Akina Park surrounded by whanau where my career began,” Makea explained as a young souvenir hunter scampered on to the diamond and claimed the cleats.

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    New Zealand Black Sox victory glow will reflect on Nelson

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

    “We’re very lucky in Nelson because we’re very proactive in what we do. Our sport (men’s fast-pitch softball) is reasonably well accepted in our community, which is positive. I don’t think it’ll be forgotten about.” – Derryn French, Chief Executive, Nelson Softball Association

    grant.martyHERE TO HELP: Marty Grant says he’s sticking around to help young Nelson players head for the top. Marion Van DIJK / FAIRFAX, NZ

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    NELSON, NEW ZEALAND – Some of Nelson’s softball hierarchy were in Auckland at the weekend to witness the Black Sox claim their sixth world championship crown.

    For former Black Sox pitcher Marty Grant, who won three world championship rings from five campaigns, it allowed him to relive the glory days of past triumphs.

    And for Nelson Softball Association (est. 1962) chief executive Derryn French, it signalled another positive step towards developing and promoting the game throughout the region.

    Both were among the elated band of New Zealand supporters who helped to celebrate the 4-1 win over Venezuela in Sunday’s final.

    While obviously delighted with the result, Grant said his overriding emotion was one of respect for the coaching staff and for a Black Sox squad that many had written off prior to the tournament.

    “I felt respect for the coaches and for the guys who wanted to stick around and be a part of it, especially those guys who have been my team-mates in the past, people like Jarrad [Martin] and Thomas Makea especially, who’d battled to keep themselves in some sort of physical condition and form so that they could be a part of it,” Grant said.

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