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Top Ranked Teams Battle For Tin Cup Challenge Championship

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Eight International Softball Congress (ISC) top-rated teams will battle for the THE TIN CUP CLASSIC Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium, White Bear Lake, Minn., July 28-30. Courtesy Photo / Christopher Diethert

By Christopher Diethert
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The field is set and eight of the finest men’s fastpitch teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas and North Dakota will battle in the Tin Cup Men’s Challenge Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium in White Bear Lake, Minn. July 28-30.

The tournament features a full slate of games Friday night and Saturday in pool play format with the playoffs on Sunday. Five of the eight teams are ranked in the top-20 by the International Softball Congress.


No. 6 / Circle Tap Dukes, Denmark, Wisc.
No. 15 / Ostrander Norsemen Fastpitch, Ostrander, Minn.
Topeka Toros, Kansas
Rice Lake Orangemen, Wis.


No. 8 / Bloomington Stix, Bloomington, Ill.
No. 11 / Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, No. Dak.
No. 13 / Tin Cup, St. Paul, Minn.
Jamo’s Fastpitch, St. Paul, Minn.

The tournament opens Friday night with two games on tap. At 7 p.m., Ostrander Norsemen square off against the Rice Lake Orangemen, and in the nightcap, host Tin Cup battles Jamo’s at 9 p.m.


9 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Rice Lake
11 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Ostrander Norsemen
1 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Ostrander Norsemen
3 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Rice Lake Orangemen
5 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Kegel Black Knights
** 7 p.m. – Ceremony for 1976 All-American Bar (1976 ISC World Tournament Champions)
7:30 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Bloomington Stix
9:30 p.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Topeka Toros


11 a.m. – Jamo’s Fastpitch vs. Kegel Black Knights
1 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Kegel Black Knights
3 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Jamo’s Fastpitch


10 a.m. – A1 vs. B2
12 p.m. – A2 vs. B1
2 p.m. – Championship

** Tie breakers decides by head-to-head and runs allowed **

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Christopher Diethert

On the rise, Tin Cup of St. Paul plays in the ISC World Tournament and NAFA World Series

Sunday, August 21st, 2016
Dave Marchio manages and plays for Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club competed in both the 2016 ISC World Tournament and NAFA AA-Major World Series in the Quad Cities of IA/IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

Dave Marchio manages and plays for Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club competed in both the 2016 ISC World Tournament and NAFA AA-Major World Series in the Quad Cities of IA/IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – If the Tin Cup men’s fastpitch team feels a little sore and tired, they really can’t be blamed.

In the past nine days (Aug. 13-21) the St. Paul, Minnesota squad has played eight games – three in the ISC World Tournament and five in the NAFA AA-Major Division World Series in the Quad Cities.

But for manager / designated hitter, Dave Marchio, it’s really not a big deal. His team is used to playing a lot of fastpitch.

“We’ve played about 65 games this year,” said Marchio at the NAFA AA-Major in Rock Island, Illinois. “We’re used to a lot of games.”

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Tin Cup of St. Paul Repeats As Rice Lake Invitational Tournament Champions

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

MinnCompBouley.371lrTyler Bouley of Tin Cup was selected to the all-tournament team at the Rice Lake Invitational Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP / NAFA President

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – After falling 7-5 to Ostrander Images in the winner’s bracket final, defending champion Tin Cup of Saint Paul posted four wins in a row including a pair against the same Ostrander squad, 4-1 and 5-1, in the championship series to capture the top spot in the 38th annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament held in conjunction with the city’s Aquafest celebration. It was the second straight Invitational crown for Tin Cup.

The champs opened with a 6-0 win over Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin followed by a 6-2 triumph over the host team Rice Lake Orangemen to advance to their first confrontation with Ostrander. A 13-0 whitewashing of Odin Fastpitch of southwestern Minnesota paved the way for the championship rematch with Ostrander Images.

The Images of southeastern Minnesota opened tourney play with a 13-6 triumph over Odin and a 9-8 win over Meister Dairy of Muscoda, Wisconsin to reach the winner’s final versus Tin Cup.

Odin Fastpitch claimed third place honors and Striker’s Lanes finished fourth.

The local Orangemen opened the tournament with a 8-0 win over Ben’s Northern Bar-Eagle Strategies of Luck and followed with a 10-1 victory over Len’s Automotive of Saint Paul. After the 6-2 loss to Tin Cup an 11-2 defeat at the hands of Odin Fastpitch eliminated the Rice Lake squad from further play.

Also taking part in the tourney were Wisconsin entries Animal House of La Crosse, C.J.’s Bar-Pleasantville Lions of Whitehall, and Dugout Bar & Grill of Cushing. A 12th team, 18-year entry Sawdust City of Eau Claire, withdrew just prior to the start of the event.


1. Tin Cup, St. Paul MN 5-1
2. Ostrander Images, Ostrander MN 3-3
3. Odin Fastpitch, Odin MN 5-2
4. Striker’s Lanes, Baldwin WI 4-2
5. Orangemen, Rice Lake WI 2-2
Meister Dairy, Muscoda WI 1-2
7. Animal House, La Crosse WI 1-3
Dugout Bar & Grill, Cushing WI 1-3
9. C.J.’s Bar-Pleasantville Lions, Whitehall WI 2-2
Len’s Automotive, St. Paul MN 1-3
11. Ben’s Northern Bar-Eagle Strategies, Luck WI 0-3


1. C.J.’s Bar-Pleasantville Lions 3, Dugout Bar and Grill 2
2. Orangemen 8, Ben’s Northern Bar-Eagle Strategies 0
3. Striker’s Lanes 6, Animal House 2
4. Ostrander Images 13, Odin Fastpitch 6
5. Meister Dairy 11, C.J.’s Bar-Pleasantville Lions 8
6. Orangemen 10, Len’s Automotive 1
7. Tin Cup 6, Striker’s Lanes 0
8. Odin Fastpitch 7, Ben’s Northern Bar-Eagle Strategies 6
9. C.J.’s Bar-Pleasantville Lions 11, Animal House 3
10. Len’s Automotive 7, Dugout Bar and Grill 0 (forfeit)
11. Animal House 5, Ben’s Northern Bar-Eagle Strategies 4
12. Striker’s Lanes 7, Len’s Automotive 6
13. Dugout Bar and Grill 7, C.J.’s Bar-Pleasantville Lions 6
14. Odin Fastpitch 2, Len’s Automotive 1
15. Striker’s Lanes 7, Animal House 1
16. Odin Fastpitch 5, Dugout Bar and Grill 4
17. Ostrander Images 9, Meister Dairy 8
18. Tin Cup 6, Orangemen 2
19. Striker’s Lanes 8, Meister Dairy 4
20. Odin Fastpitch 11, Orangemen 2
21. Ostrander Images 7, Tin Cup 5
22. Odin Fastpitch 5, Striker’s Lanes 2
23. Tin Cup 13, Odin Fastpitch 0
24. Tin Cup 4, Ostrander Images 1
25. Tin Cup 5, Ostrander Images 1

PITCHER – Justin Davis, Odin Fastpitch
PITCHER – Grady Wold, Stiker’s Lanes
CATCHER – Tyler Bouley, Tin Cup
CATCHER – Travis Thompson, Orangemen
INFIELD – Sam Nieman, Tin Cup
INFIELD – Brandon Meiners, Ostrander Images
INFIELD – Luke King, Ostrander Images
INFIELD – Brandon Friedrichs, Odin Fastpitch
INFIELD – Mike Groch, Rice Lake Orangemen
OUTFIELD – Brett Legler, Ostrander Images
OUTFIELD – Mark Mohar, Odin Fastpitch
OUTFIELD – Miles Helgeson, Striker’s Lanes
OUTFIELD – J.W. Dachel, Bol’s Lanes
UTILITY – Matt Stuhr, Rice Lake Orangemen
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – Pita Rona (pitcher-centerfielder), Tin Cup
Ronn Kopp – ronnkopp@charter.net


Saturday, June 11th, 2016

rice.lake.8web Men’s fastpitch action takes place at the 38th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 10-12, in Rice Lake, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO

By RONN KOPP / NAFA President

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Eight teams from Wisconsin and four from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 38th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 10-12, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

Defending champion Tin Cup of St. Paul returns as does last year’s runner-up Ostrander Images of Ostrander, Minnesota. Len’s Automotive of St. Paul is once again in the tourney field while Odin Fastpitch of Odin, Minnesota makes its initial Aquafest Tournament appearance.

The Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 37 previous events, will once again serve as host team.

Other Wisconsin entries include Saw Dust City of Eau Claire, Animal House La Crosse, Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, C.J.’s Bar-Pleasantville Lions of the Whitehall-Pleasantville area, Dugout Bar and Grill of Cushing, Ben’s Northern Bar of Luck, and 2015 NAFA class A national runner-up Meister’s Dairy of Muscoda.

Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with games at 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. and continues all day Saturday with opening games at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes early Sunday evening.

Ronn Kopp

Hank & Karen’s strives to ‘four-peat’ in Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament June 3-5

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

LathropRiceLake.286lr The 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament will feature strong pitching and highly ranked teams and players competing for the championship in this coveted tournament at Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO

By Justin Colombo / Tournament Director

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament opens Friday night at 7 and taking center stage on fabled Sunset Park’s lower diamond will be Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch.

Hank & Karen’s Pub & Grill, located in Appleton, will look to defend its title – for a FOURTH time. But it won’t be easy. Seven teams are looking to seize the title, including:

    POOL A
  • Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch
  • Hitter’s of Kimberly
  • Hustle Hogs, Dekalb, IL
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
    • POOL B
  • Stoneyard, Appleton
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton
  • Dolan & Murphy, Aurora, IL
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • The tournement continues through Saturday with a full slate of pool play games to decide seeding for Sunday’s playoffs.

    The tournament features three teams ranked highly by the International Softball Congress. Aurora Dolan & Murphy is ranked No. 24; Bar Buzz, No. 27, and Tin Cup (fresh from taking the championship of the Dugout Memorial Tournament in Cushing, Wisc.) holds the No. 31 spot.


    For more information, contact Tournament Director, Justin Colombo

    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

    Wiarton Nationals Undefeated In ISC II, Six Still In Contention For Championship

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The International Softball Congress II Tournament comes down to championship Thursday with six teams still in contention for a world title.

    But the undefeated Wiarton Nationals (4-0) are in the driver’s seat and sit atop the pack in the 4 p.m. championship game, awaiting the survivor out of the losers bracket.

    The Nationals of Wiarton, Ontario, Canada defeated the NB Petro Hawks, 9-2, the Pueblo Bandits 3-1, Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn., 4-1, and the Kingston Axemen, 3-2, late Wednesday night.

    As a team, the Nationals are batting .292, with Cole McDougall carrying a lofty .727 average (8-for-11) with five runs and two RBI, including two home runs. Brent Thompson (.455 avg., 5-for-11) leads the team with Five RBI, three doubles, and a home run.

    Travis Jones (4-0) anchors the pitching staff with a 1.25 ERA, and has allowed 18 hits over 28 innings, with seven walks and 27 strikeouts.


  • Lloydminister Dodgers 4-1
  • Kingston Axemen 3-1
  • Waterdown Hammer 3-1
  • Tin Cup 2-1
  • Bar On The Avenue Buzz 2-1
  • See ISC 11 TOURNAMENT SCOREBOARD for game times and results.

    Tin Cup of St. Paul reaches ISC II Tournament Semifinals

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Tin Cup men’s fastpitch team from St. Paul, Minnesota continues to impress in its first-ever appearance in the ISC II Tournament by winning twice to reach the semifinals of the 18-team international event that features some of the strongest intermediate teams in North America.

    After losing twice in the ISC World Tournament, Tin Cup moved into the ISC II for a double knockout playoff, with the championship scheduled for Thursday, at the Belleville Softball Complex in South Bend.

    Tin Cup 7, CPI NY 6
    Trailing by four runs heading into the top of the seventh, Tin Cup erupted for five runs to rally for the win. And it all happened after two out.

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    Newcomer Tin Cup drops close game to Cal State Builders in ISC World Tournament

    Sunday, August 9th, 2015
    Joel Cooley pitched well for Tin Cup, but lost a tough game to the Cal State Builders in the opening game for both teams in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Photo by Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

    Joel Cooley pitched well for Tin Cup, but lost a tough game to the Cal State Builders in the opening game for both teams in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Photo by Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. is making its first appearance in the ISC World Tournament. On Saturday, the ball club comprised of several players under the age of 25, played its first game in the most competitive men’s fastpitch tournament in the world.

    The outcome wasn’t what they wanted, but then again a 4-0 loss to the Cal State Builders, one of the better teams in the tournament – and a team fresh off winning the NAFA Open World Series – certainly isn’t anything to be embarrassed about.

    The Cal State Builders scored a single run in the second inning and then plated three more in the fourth, to secure its first win in the tournament that features 42 of the best club teams in North America.

    Shawn Koster – the Most Valuable Pitcher in the NAFA Open World Series – hurled a three-hit shutout along with 10 strikeouts to pick up the win.

    Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley – recognized as one of Minnesota’s top pitchers – allowed just six hits and three earned runs, with six strikeouts to take the loss.

    Trevor Knight opened the second inning by blasting a home run, and in the fourth, Scott Anderson hit a two-run triple that sealed the win.

    Tin Cup did threaten twice. In the first inning, James Harris and Dave Marchio hit back-to-back singles putting runners at first and third, but Koster got a strikeout to end the inning. Then in the third, Josh Albers doubled with one out, but again Koster toughened, getting a strikeout and infield fly to escape unscathed.

    Knight led the Builders, going 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, a double and home run. And Mike Koentopp, Scott Andersen (2 RBI), Guillermo Patat and Ryan Martin each had one hit.

    For Tin Cup, Albers, Harris, Marchio each had one hit.

    Tin Cup returns to action on Monday, while the Builders face a second strong team when they take on Pennsylvania Power, Sunday, at 8:30 p.m. at the Belleville Softball Complex.

    See Complete List Of Teams and Rosters

    Wayne Ball’s 45th Annual West St. Paul Tournament features strong teams

    Saturday, July 18th, 2015

    WestStPaulTourney.1lr West St. Paul tournament bracket.

    WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 45th Annual West St. Paul Men’s Fastpitch Tournament got underway Friday night, July 17 and finishes Sunday afternoon with the championship scheduled for 4:30 p.m. If a second game is needed to decide a champion in the double-elimination format, the game will begin shortly after.

    The 12-team field includes several top Midwest teams.

    (1) Gallaghers (2) Len’s Auto (3) Kegel Black Nights (4) The Bar (5) Tin Cup (6) Odin Fastpitch (7) Sizzler (8) Ostrander Fastpitch (9) Rice Lake Orangemen (10) Jordan Realty (11) Circle Tap (12) Sawdust City

    Under the direction of Wayne Ball, the tournament is being held at the West St. Paul Sports Complex.

    See Wayne Ball feature story written in 2012: Ball family supports Dad’s goal in West St. Paul Tournament