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Taylor Farms Lumberkings Loses Darren Strang in 2008 to Injury

Friday, December 28th, 2007

With great regret the Taylor Farms LumberKings announce that due to an undisclosed injury Darren Strang will not be able to throw for the LumberKings in the 2008 season.

Darren Strang has pitched for the California LumberKings the past 2 years and has been very successful. Darren helped the LumberKings to a 2nd place finish at the 2007 ISCII ToC. We would like to wish Darren a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in the circle in 2009.

The Taylor Farm LumberKings are now looking to fill their pitching void to their already solid staff. If any pitcher is interested you can contact the LumberKings at the following email address:

David Weldin

Taylor Farms LumberKings

Hoffman Rise sign a pair

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

courtesy Al’s Fastball
Hoffman Rise Announces Additions for 2008
Monday, October 29, 2007
The Hoffman Rise Fastpitch Club from S.E. PA is pleased to announce the addition of two quality players. Justin Cevette and Bryan Miller (from the Elkland FP Team) have signed to play with the Rise for the 2008 season. As in 2007 the Rise will play an agressive schedule, and with the addition of Justin and Bryan, the team looks to advance again to the ISC II ToC in Appleton, WI. More info on these players will be made shortly, as with our tenative schedule.

Also of note, the Rise acquired the services of Al Panero, recently relocated back to the area. Al played with the Rise in various tournaments over the years, and should provide veteran leadership to a solid club.

We will post more info on the team as it becomes available.

Tom Vogel
GM Hoffman Rise Fastpitch Club

Taylor Farms Lumberkings Unveil 2008 Roster

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The California LumberKings and Taylor Farms have joined forces for the upcoming ISCII season. LumberKings Manager, Dave Weldin and Taylor Skipper, Ron Guzman has concluded talks that were started some years ago.

To continue to play at the ISC-ISCII level, we felt it was in the best interest for both the California LumberKings and Taylor Farms to combine. Without this fusion of the two teams it was doubtful that either team would be able to compete at this level.

The LumberKings looked hard into competing at the ISC level and fell short of the funding goal needed to compete. In addition to finances, both teams are losing players from their 2007 rosters for a variety of reasons.

The newly formed Taylor Farms LumberKings have finalized their roster for the upcoming 2008 season. The roster will consist of one of the top pitching staffs at the ISCII level. In addition to pitching we feel that our offense and defense has improved from the 2007. All of the players on this year’s roster come from two of the top three teams from last years ToC. Again, we would like to thank all of our players that played with us the past few seasons. Each and every one made our team a success!

Here is the 2008 roster for the Taylor Farms LumberKings:

P-Mike Egerdeen
P-Darren Strang
P-Dave Drotzman
C-Jeff Twist
INF-Eddie Martin
INF-Greg Hicks
INF-Pat Fuentes
INF-Shawn Ching
INF-Greg Oliver
INF/C-Troy Parker
INF/OF-Chris Baker
INF/OF-Ron Guzman
OF/C-Jon Nimmo
OF-Shawn Mandolesi
OF-Brian Teeters

Dave Drotzman Spins a No-No for A-1/Taylor Farms at ISC II

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

A-1/Taylor Farms got off to a great start in their first game at the ISC II Tournament of Champions, as Dave Drotzman tossed a no-hitter, picking up a 2-0 win. More details when they become available. A-1/Taylor Farms is playing in their first ever ISC II tournament, and are the second team from California to compete in the prestigious event. The other, the California Lumberkings will play the host Bridgeport Braves from Ontario, tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30pm EST — 4:30p for California fans on the west coast. Several players on the A-1/Taylor Farms team played on last year’s Lumberking squad, as the two teams shared player for various events, including catcher Jeff Twist and outfielder Shawn Mandolesi.

Drotzman has pitched very well in the ISC II tournament of champions, surrendering but 1 earned run in last year’s tournament as a member of the Yakima JRW squad.

Online Team Profile for ISC II Managers

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

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The Ballparkradio crew is asking each ISC II team manager or representative to complete an online TEAM PROFILE form, providing some basic information about your team for their use during the broadcasts.

As with the player profile team, the form is online, so you don’t need to send anything in — just fill in the blanks and click “Submit”. Better still, it’s much shorter than the player form, so it takes just minutes to complete.

We must receive a team form to keep you on the broadcast schedule, so please complete it as soon as possible.

Click here to go directly to the TEAM PROFILE form, or see the link on the front page of

** Note: We would like managers and coaches to complete an “player profile” form too **

Tavi set to defend title

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Reprinted with permission from the Woodstock Sentinel Review.

By Cory Smith
Sports reporter

TAVISTOCK — If the St. Marys/Tavistock Merchants have any hope of defending their ISC II world fastball championship, they’ll have to find the missing ingredients they used to win last year. The Merchants started 2007 ranked No. 1 among ISC II teams, but a slow start in the South Perth Men’s Fastball League and a disappointing finish at the Ontario eliminations last weekend dropped the club to a top-five world ranking. Hardly anything to be ashamed of, but the Merchants will have a bull’s-eye on them all week. “We expect to be able to compete. With a little luck anything can happen,” Merchants manager Steve Kaufman said. “I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of teams gunning for us.”

First on that list will be the Kitchener Outlaws, who host the Merchants Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
“I don’t think expectations are going to be a problem,” Kaufman said. “We’ve had a lot of expectations for many years, going back to Fargo in 2004 when we got second. It was like a relief to win last year.”

Nearly everything went the Merchants’ way in Kitchener last August. Tavistock — before adding St. Marys to its name this season — went 7-1 over eight games and outscored its opposition 34-7. The pitching staff — which hurled five shutouts, including a Ryan Cummings no-hitter — is back this year. There are some holes, such as the departure of shortstop Mark McKay, who scored the winning run in the eighth inning of last year’s championship, but Kaufman is confident that players brought in from St. Marys will mix with the returnees to form another formidable mix.

“We need good pitching and good hitting and timely hitting, that’s what it takes,” he said. “We have the ability to score lots of runs, but when it comes to playoffs and good teams it’s pitching and defence that comes through.”

The Ingersoll Crush want to make an impression

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Reprinted with permission from the Woodstock Sent.

By Darryl G. Smart
Sports Editor

INGERSOLL — The rankings have them at the bottom but that’s not going to bother the Ingersoll Crush when they go to Kitchener for the Intarnational Softball Congress II Tournament of Champions. The Crush, who have qualified for the ISC II ToC for the first time, will have a good mix of youth and veterans. “I think our team chemistry is our biggest strength by far,” Crush manager Rob Deakin said. “We all eat, drink and hang out with each other. This is a real close-knit team and I think that will help us in a tournament like this.” Having umpired in the ISC worlds several times, Deakin knows about the magnitude of the ToC, which is something he said the younger players will learn in a hurry. “We have the veterans to calm the young guys’ nerves down. I know we’ve played a lot of these teams before and have done well against them. But this is the Tournament of Champions. The level of ball is raised, which something I want them to experience.”

The Crush have had a solid season thus far in the Tri-County Men’s Fastball League, but consistency has plagued them at times. “I think if we play error-free ball and get rid of the mental errors, I think we could make it to the playoffs, where anything can happen,” he said.
And the Crush just have to look at the Tavistock Merchants for inspiration. Ranked 22nd heading into last year’s ToC, the Merchants got on a roll and beat the 32nd-ranked Palermo Athletics in the final. The 35th-ranked Crush will begin their quest to climb the ladder Tuesday against the Kingston Cowboys at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday at 11 a.m., they will take on the Hoffman Rise and then the Elora Brewers at 5:30 p.m.The Crush will round out the round-robin with the Rockwood Rush Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

“It doesn’t matter who we’re going to play, every game’s going to be tough,” Deakin said. “But I really think we can have a 2-2 record and maybe get into the playoffs. But the main thing is that our guys enjoy the tournament and take in the experience.” Deakin said not only has the team been committed to doing well at the ToC, sponsors like Elgie Trucking have been important.

Hickson Reds to ISC II T of C

Monday, July 9th, 2007

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REDS receive invite to 2007 ISC II Tournament of Champions

Jul 7, 2007 – The Hickson Reds have received and accepted an invitation to attend the 2007 ISC II Tournament of Champions in Kitchener. The currently ranked 29th team recieved an invite after going 3-2 in the Innerkip qualifier tournament.



Lumberkings Top A-1/Taylor Farms in the Battle for California

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Lumberkings’ Darren (Strang) Prevails Over A-1/Taylor Farms’ Darren (Zack)

ISC II # 4 ranked California Lumberkings of Bakersfield, CA squared off with in-state ISC II rival, # 25 A-1/Taylor Farms, of Salinas, CA in a 4:30pm pool play game Saturday at the Rose Cup tournament in Portland, OR. The Lumberkings came away with the victory, with pitcher Darren Strang tossing a 2-0 shutout for the win over a Darren Zack-led A-1 Taylor Farms. It was a well pitched game on both sides.

The Lumberkings played in their first ISC II T of C last summer, finishing in the top 12. A-1/Taylor Farms is new to the scene, but is expected to be at the 2007 T of C as well. The Lumberkings qualified at the Red Rock Tournament in St. George, Utah, in May. A-1/Taylor Farms did well in that one, but had ISC World pitcher Doug Sleep on the mound, so were not eligible for ISC II qualification. Sleep is with A-1/Taylor Farms at the Rose Cup tournament as well, and the team raised its profile decidely with the addition of the legendary pitcher, Darren Zack. Neither Sleep nor Zack is eligible to pitch for them at the 2007 T of C.

In single elimination bracket play at the Rose Cup on Sunday, the Lumberkings pulled (another) tough draw, the ISC World # 7 ranked So Cal Bombers. The Lumberkings finished the day 2-1, including a pair of shutouts by Darren Strang. They fell to ISC World # 3 ranked Broken Bow, 4-1, with Mike Egerdeen looking impressive in the loss.

A-1/Taylor Farms was also 2-1, and will face host, # 13 ranked Portland DeMarini.

California Teams to Square Off Saturday at Rose Cup Tournament in Portland, OR

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

California’s two ISC II teams will be in action in Portland, Oregon this weekend, taking on some of the top teams out west, in the prestigious Rose Cup Tournament. Each team will play three (3) pool play games on Saturday, with the third game of the day against each other.

That head-to-head matchup will be at 4:30pm, west coast time, with bragging rights to California and ISC II rankings at stake. The Lumberkings will have a tougher road to hoe in the pool play portion of the tournament, facing the top ranked team in the tournament, ISC World # 3 ranked Broken Bow Gremlins earlier in the day.

The top 4 teams from each of the 7 team pools will advance to single elimination championship bracket play on Sunday. Two of the top 10 teams in the ISC World rankings are also in Pool B with the Lumberkings and A-1 Taylor Farm, # 3 Broken Bow and # 9 Vancouver Grey Sox.
Two other ISC World ranked teams are in the tournament, the # 7 ranked So Cal Bombers, and the # 15 ranked host, Portland DeMarini. Portland figures to move up in the next set of rankings after a third place finish at Red Rock, and taking 3 of 4 games against # 9 Vancouver in Vancouver recently.

A number of top USA players will be MIA in Portland, due to the World Cup tournament this week and weekend in Prague, Czech Republic, including Nate Devine of the Bombers and Tim Hunt of the Lumberkings. Others, such as pitchers USA pitchers Sonny Perkins, Travis Price and Terry Luster have usually surfaced at Rose Cup, but will not be able to play this year. Though Price is now with Minnesota for ISC World play in 2007, he grew up not far from Portland, in Victoria, B.C.

The Lumberkings jumped to # 4 recently, and are the highest ranked USA team, behind three Ontario area teams, the Niagara Snappers, the Elora Brewers, and the Elmira Cubs. The Lumberkings played in their first ISC II Tournament of Champions last summer, as the first-ever team from California. The Lumberkings did well for their first time out, making the playoff round of 24, and advancing to the Round of 12, before falling 2-1 in extra innings to a then unbeaten Kitchener Outlaw team. A-1/Taylor Farms has not played at the ISC II level yet, but took the best of two solid California teams, A-1 Tank and Taylor Farms from last year, and have played well as such highly regarded tournaments as Red Rock in St. George, Utah. A-1/Taylor Farms rose to the #25 ranking in the June 15 ISC II rankings.


Pool A

SoCal Bombers
Portland DeMarini
C-9 (Victoria)
Larry Miller Hogs (UT)
Romie Angels (CA)
Team Yakima (WA)
AA Riteway (OR)

Pool B

Broken Bow Gremlins (NY)
Vancouver Grey Sox (BC)
CR/Adidas (OR)
California LumberKings
A-1/Taylor (CA)

Mock Ford (OR)
Cleon’s Auto (WA)

Schedule of Games for the California Lumberings, of Bakersfield & A-1/Taylor Farms, of Salinas, CA

08:30am Mock Ford vs. A-1/Taylor M&W Field
10:30am Broken Bow Gremlins vs. California LumberKings GI Joes Field
12:30pm A-1/Taylor vs. CR Adidas Budweiser Field
12:30pm Mock Ford vs. California LumberKings M&W Field
4:30pm A-1/Taylor vs. California LumberKings M&W Field

The feature game on Saturday figures to be two top 10 ISC World teams, the # 7 ranked So Cal Bombers vs. the # 3 ranked Broken Bow Gremlins, starting at 6:30pm West Coast time.

Scores available at: Saturday and Sunday

California Lumberkings Head to Chicago for AFSA Classic

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

For the second year in a row, the California Lumberkings, the top ISC II ranked team in the west, will be headed to Chicago, Illinois for the AFSA Classic.

Lumberkings’ skipper David Weldin had this to say about the team’s upcoming trip:

“Last year was our first year to attend the AFSA Classic. We were looking for a tournament to play last year and our players wanted to go to Chicago. We had a good time last year, so we decided to go back again this year. We were pleased with our play in last year’s tournament, defeating some good teams, before losing to Bloominton Stix in the semi-finals.”

Here’s the list of teams and schedule.

AFSA CLASSIC – Four game guarantee – July 13-15, 2007

Pool A
1 Denmark Circle Tap
2 Aurora Dolan & Murphy
3 Benton Harbor Plangger’s
4 Thomson Merchants

Pool B
1 Green Bay Townline
2 Quad City Sox
3 Bloomington Stix
4 California Lumberkings

7pm Aurora vs. Thomson
9pm Denmark vs. Aurora

Saturday North Field (A)
9am Benton Harbor vs. Thomson
11am Denmark vs. Benton Harbor
1pm Denmark vs. Thomson
3pm Aurora vs. Benton Harbor
5pm Green Bay vs. California

West Field (B)
9am Quad City vs. California
11am Bloomington vs. California
1pm Green Bay vs. Quad City
3pm Green Bay vs. Bloomington
5pm Quad City vs. Bloomington

Elimination bracket play begins Saturday night at 7pm, with games continuing through Sunday’s 2pm Championship game. (EST).

Major Signing in SoCal Announced

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Editor’s note: I did not post this story. See what happens when I leave town and leave the blog unlocked ? Thanks Blair, for mining the far reaches to find this story on an aging veteran….;-) I figured 3 innings would keep me under the radar. All I know is that the big guy better get in shape!

From the SoCal Hustlers website:

Friday, May 18
Hustlers do it AGAIN!!!

It just keeps getting better for the Hustler Organization. Not only did they acquire another veteran pitcher…..but a well know veteran at that. Looking ahead to nationals and wanting to bolster an already potent pitching staff….the Hustlers are happy to announce the addition of none other than Jim Flanagan to the team. Most of you know Jim from, but us locals of the Socal alliance and SCIFL know him better as a pitcher. And a good one at that. Sidelined with an injury early in last years season the Black Sox organization was forced to replace him and left him open for the free agent market. That’s all that was needed for the Hustler staff to jump at the chance to strengthen our bullpen. Coach Cole was quoted as saying “we’ll start him off slow and let him get back into pitching shape and he should be ready by nationals”. GM Proffitt was also quoted as saying “this is just what we needed to be a serious contender at NAFA”. Some of the negotiations were over heard and this tape was leaked out by “unknown sources”. The tape clearly shows that veteran Kenny Shaw has some influence on who plays for the Hustlers. Here is just some of what Flanagan allegedly said during those negotiations.[1].wav