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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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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

    A Look Back In Time At Pitcher Hayden Smith

    Sunday, January 4th, 2015
    Hayden Smith won six games in leading Denmark, Wisc. Circle Tap to 7th place in the 1996 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Hayden Smith won six games in leading Denmark, Wisc. Circle Tap to 7th place in the 1996 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KIMBERLY, WISC. – In 1996, New Zealand pitcher Hayden Smith turned in the top pitching performance in the ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, Wisc.

    Pitching for Circle Tap of Denmark, Wisc., Smith led all pitchers with six wins and finished 6-2 overall. His workhorse 52 1/3 innings bested Toronto Gators’ Darren Zack’s 41. He struck out 68 batters, also No. 1, with Joe Basaraba of Whitewood First Nation close behind with 62.

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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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    Remembering Gareau, Sorenson and Piechnik, legends of the ISC World Tournament

    Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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    When fastpitch fans of the International Softball Congress start talking about “who were some of the best of all-time to play in the World Tournament,” three names are sure to surface – Canadian pitchers Korrey Gareau, left, Mike Piechnik, and New Zealand catcher and first baseman Mark Sorenson.

    All three – now retired – had stellar careers in the ISC and in their native countries. Let’s learn a little about them. (And fans are welcome to weigh in with their comments.)

      THE BEST PLAYER EVER? HARD TO ARGUE

    Let’s start with Sorenson. The right-side hitting and throwing New Zealander, who was recently named Head Coach of the New Zealand Black Sox National Team, was selected ISC All-World 16 times, placing him No. 2 on the all-time list behind Cleo Goyette with 16.

    Sorenson also helped his teams win four ISC World Tournament championships, while being named the Most Valuable Player and RBI leader in 1988. Sorenson was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2010.

      FUTURE HALL OF FAMER

    Korrey Gareau surged into the ISC World Tournament spotlight as a 24-year-old in 1997 when he hurled the Victoria BC Legends to second place in the world tournament in Victoria. From ’97 to 2008, Gareau went on to pitch for several outstanding U.S. ball clubs including the Tampa, Florida Smokers, Nebraska Travelers and Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisc.

    Gareau helped the Farm win the World Tournament in 2007 and was selected the LeRoy Zimmerman Memorial Outstanding Pitcher.

    In 1997, Gareau earned his first of six All-World honors with the Victoria Legends for his world tournament 5-2 record, 38 innings, 39 hits, 16 earned runs, 64 strikeouts and 2.95 ERA. Gareau’s six all-world selections ties him with nine other players, including the likes of Todd Budke (ISC Hall of Fame 2012), Dean Holoien, and Richie Stephen (ISC Hall of Fame 1979).

    Gareau will surely be up for Hall of Fame nomination when he becomes eligible.

      BEST LEFTY ALL-TIME? HARD TO IGNORE

    In an International Softball Congress career spanning 1985 to 2000, left-handed flame throwing Mike Piechnik – known for a great rise ball – earned ISC World Tournament All-World honors nine times. That puts him in a class with other great pitchers, including Canadians Todd Martin and Darren Zack (ISC Hall of Fame 2010).

    Piechnik, who was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2009, has some incredible performances on his pitching resume: In the ISC World Tournament, he threw four perfect games (1985, 1993, 1998, 2002), along with six no-hitters.

    In 1993, he became the first pitcher to throw perfect games at the ISC World Tournament, the Canadian Championships, and the ASA Major National Championship in a three week span.

      SHARE YOUR MEMORIES
  • As a player, did you ever play with or against these three men?
  • As fan, did you ever see them play?
  • Can you recall some memories that stand out about their performances?
  • If so, we invite you to share them with your fellow fastpitch fans?
  • Someone to know: Dean Holoien, Canadian fastball star

    Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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    Dean Holoien pitching in the 2000 ISC World Tournament for the Edmonton (Alberta) Express had a 4-1 record in 35 1/3 innings with 64 strikeouts and a 1.39 ERA. He led the Express to ninth place in the 48-team tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    “Fastpitch softball was lucky to have him and I was grateful that I got a front row seat for a lot of years.” – Todd Martin about former teammate Dean Holoien

    REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN – Dean Holoien knows where to give credit for his long and successful fastball career – his father Doug. If not for dad’s insistence that “it’s time to practice,” fastball may not have enjoyed the exploits of one of the sport’s greatest pitchers and hitters.

    “I remember pitching in the yard to dad until the moon came out,” Dean Holoien said. “There were many times when I would have rather did other things, but he had me pitching. But I’m sure glad he did.”

    Holoien retired after the 2012 season, finishing a 20-year fastball career at the elite level. His talent carried him far – throughout Canada and the United States playing for elite club teams – and on to the worldwide stage, competing in the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship.

    His former teammate and pitcher, Todd Martin, knows Holoien well – since 1993 when they started playing together for the Camrose Merchants. Then they teamed up with the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisconsin (2002 to 2004), and also played on Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team (1997-2009).

    Martin says no one was any tougher or fierce a competitor in the circle than Holoien. His will to win and his hard spinning rise ball elevated him to the top of the sport. But adds Martin, with a bat in his hand, Holoien was a terror in the batter’s box as well.

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    In 1998, Todd Martin, pitching for the Tampa Smokers of Florida was awarded the ISC World Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher for leading the Smokers to the championship. In his career, Martin has been selected a Most Outstanding Pitcher three times. Photo By BOB OTTO

    “He had a ton of huge hits over the course of his career,” said Martin, a three-time Most Valuable Pitcher in the ISC World Tournament. “Not many guys are capable of throwing a shutout and hitting a bomb to win a game 1-0. But that was Deano.”

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    Jarvis Travelers rough up Gilles Wellness in World Tournament opener

    Sunday, August 12th, 2012

    MIDLAND, MI – Until someone takes away their title, the Jarvis Travelers are still the ISC World Tournament champions.

    The 2011 defending champions started out strong in defense of their title by roughing up Gilles Wellness of Midland 9-0 on Sunday afternoon on the strength of a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Frederik Terkelson.

    Meanwhile, Jarvis right-hander Sean Cleary (1-0) held Gilles to two hits through six innings before giving way to Todd Martin, who finished by retiring the side in order to end the game under the mercy rule in six innings.

    Jarvis’ Tyron Bartotillo of New Zealand swung a big bat as well, driving in two runs with a triple in the third.

    Greg Guy started for Gilles and went two innings, allowing two runs – both on bases loaded walks, before giving way to Paul Hoisington, who pitched effectively through three innings, holding Jarvis at bay with a dancing knuckleball.

    But the two-time defending champs (2010 and 2011) from Jarvis, Ontario Canada got to Hoisington in the sixth with a five-run outburst on six hits to advance into the winners bracket in the 46-team world tournament.

    Jarvis will face Vancouver Columbia CR A1 Brewers, Monday at 6 p.m. The Brewers defeated Pete’s Blues (IL) 1-0 to advance.

    Todd Budke, from the bleachers to the ISC Hall of Fame

    Thursday, September 15th, 2011

    LANCASTER, CA – Back in the early 1990s, Todd Budke sat in the bleachers at a Palmdale city league game dressed in attire more befitting a day at the beach than on the ball diamond. Then came the call. A team on the field was short a player.

    “You want to play?” the manager asked him.

    Budke thought, hey, why not.

    “They pulled me out of the stands and I was wearing shorts and flip-flops,” Budke says with a chuckle. “The first batter was a slapper and he hit me with the ball. I had three at bats and did put the ball in play, so they asked me back.”

    From that less than stellar start, Budke went on to become one of the most feared and respected hitters in International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament history.

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    The Farm Tavern’s Rod Peterson, he’s a good farmer

    Wednesday, September 14th, 2011


    Rod Peterson, sponsor and manager of the Farm Tavern men’s fastpitch team.
    By BOB OTTO / 1999 ISC World Tournament

    MADISON, WI – Rod Peterson sponsored and managed the Farm Tavern men’s fastpitch softball team from 1975 to 2008. He didn’t saddle his ballplayers with a long list of rules – primarily just one: Be a team player.

    Players who could abide by that simple rule received the ultimate compliment from Peterson, who farms 800 acres of corn and soybeans near Madison: that of, “he’s a good farmer.”

    “If we had a bad apple, we got rid of him,” Peterson said. “Guys had to fit in. Our personalities all flowed together. We had quite a few players who were good farmers.”

    Those good farmers won several national championships for Peterson. Including three International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament titles in 1997, ’99 and 2007.

    From 1996 to 2008, The Farm finished among the top four in 12 of 13 ISC World Tournaments. Peterson’s Farm also won three Amateur Softball Association (ASA) national titles, along with six runner-up finishes.

    For his contributions to the ISC, Peterson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. And in ceremonies later this year, he along with Brian Martie, a former Farm Tavern star, will be inducted into the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame.

    For six years, Canadian pitcher Todd Martin toed the rubber for Peterson. He says he stayed with the Farm because of Peterson and the kind of man he is.


    Todd Martin, left, and Colin Abbott were two of the finest players to wear the Farm Tavern uniform.

    “Rod is one of my favorite people that I’ve ever met on this earth,” Martin said. “He has the biggest heart in the game. It’s because of Rod that I kept coming back. You wanted to win for him and not embarrass the uniform. He had a great bunch (of players). You had to fit the mold and be ‘farm material.’”

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    Go-to guy leads Jarvis Travelers to ISC World Tournament Title

    Saturday, August 27th, 2011


    Don Scott went from supporting pitcher to the “go-to guy” in the 2011 ISC World Tournament.

    Photo By Jamie L. Clark

    Sebringville, Ontario – Being counted on as the “go-to guy,” the pitcher who carries his team to an ISC World Tournament championship hasn’t appeared on Don Scott’s pitching resume.

    For the past five world tournaments, Scott has found himself in a supporting role, backing up the likes of Todd Martin and Adam Folkard – two of the greatest pitchers in ISC history.

    Scott gives no argument that Martin and Folkard deserve top billing. Trailing those two on the depth chart is certainly no embarrassment. And besides, teaming up with Martin and the Kitchener Rivershark Twins, got him two championship rings in 2008 and 2009.

    Oh sure, he’s gotten some work: In 2006 he was 1-1 with 20 innings; in ’07, 1-0 with 8 innings; in ’08, 1-0 in 5 innings; and 2-1 with 13 innings in 2009. You get the picture. Scott wasn’t exactly carrying a big workload.

    Until this year when he signed with the Jarvis Travelers.

    Initially, Scott found himself in a familiar role supporting Folkard, the 2010 World Tournament Outstanding Pitcher who led the Travelers to the title.

    However, a few weeks before the start of the 2011 World Tournament, Folkard was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Scott stepped in and performed brilliantly. The right-hander with an explosive rise ball pitched Jarvis to the championship.

    Scott, who had never been named to an ISC All-World team, was selected as the LeRoy Zimmerman Outstanding Pitcher for his 6-0 record, 34 innings, 52 strikeouts and 1.65 ERA.

    Jarvis manager Steve Kooser was undoubtedly pleased with Scott’s performance over the seven-day tournament that ran from Aug. 14 to 20 in the Quad-Cities of Iowa and Illinois.


    Don Scott fires a pitch for the Jarvis, Ontario, Travelers.
    Photo By Jamie L. Clark

    “He did a great job,” Kooser said. “We couldn’t have done it without him. He was a warrior.”

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