Archive for April, 2005

ISC Commish Tony Acedo Announces California Area I.S.C. Qualifer for June 18-19, 2005

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

California Area I.S.C. Qualifier Set for Candidates for World Tournament and I.S.C. – II Competition

International Softball Congress California Area Commissioner Tony Acedo is announcing the dates and location for an ISC qualifier which will send teams from his area to the 2005 ISC World Tournament and to the ISC-II Tournament of Champions.

Dates of the California competition will be June 18 and 19, 2005.

The location will be Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

Format for the event will be Round Robin.

Entry fee is $325.

Deadline for entry is June 10, 2005.

Commissioner Acedo is enthusiastic about the event: “I expect that we will have a great turnout of teams which will be battling for our Area’s berth in the ISC World Tournament and also for our spot in the ISC-II Tournament of Champions.”

For more information about the competition, or to enter the qualifier, contact:

Tony Acedo
425 Ximeno Dr.
Fullerton, CA 92835
310-505-8021 (Cell)

Click here to view photos from last year’s ISC California Area Qualifier, won by Team Rainey.

Gordon Wise
ISC Information Officer

Ontario ISC II Qualifier

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

The stage is set for the Canada East battle for automatic berths in both the ISC World Tournament and in the ISC – II Tournament of Champions.

The best men’s fastball teams in the area will be gathering in Innerkip, Ontario, to compete for spots in the best of international competition.

ISC Commissioner Bob McGowan is announcing that the 2005 ISC and ISC – II Qualifiers will take place over the weekend of June 17 – 19.

Format for both events will be double elimination.

The victors in the ISC division will qualify to advance to the ISC World Tournament in Eau Claire, WI, August 12 – 20.

The victors in the ISC – II division will qualify to advance to the ISC – II Tournament of Champions, August 14 – 19 in nearby Chippewa Falls, WI.

Commissioner McGowan points out that in addition to the teams which win their respective divisions, teams which finish high in either qualifier may be eligible for a possible invitational berth.

Entry fee is $325 payable to either “ISC Ontario Qualifier” or to “ISC-II Ontario Qualifier”

To enter, or for more information, contact:

Bob McGowan
Canada East Area Commissioner
Phone: (519) 941-6767 (home)
1- (888) 888-2605 (work)

Feb. 9, 2005
From: Gordon Wise
ISC Information Officer

Eastern Canada ISC-II Qualifier Set for Blackburn Hamlet

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

When the Blackburn Mens’ Fastball League hosts it’s annual tournament June 24-26, 2005 in Blackburn Hamlet (Ottawa), Ontario, there will be more at stake than mere bragging rights.

The 2005 event will count as an Eastern Canada ISC II Qualifier provided there are a minimum of eight teams committed prior to April 15. The ISC II berth at stake will be for the 2005 ISC II Tournament of Champions in Chippewa Falls, WI.

The tournament in Blackburn Hamlet is open to all ISC II-eligible teams in Eastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. The tournament format will be double knockout and the entry fee is $325.

Entry fees should be sent to:
Bob McGowan
ISC Canada East Commissioner
R.R.#1 Orangeville, Ontario
L9W 2Y8
Phone: 905-672-7473 (work); 519-941-6767 (home)

Blackburn Hamlet is a small community located in the eastern part of Ottawa. For more information on the village or the area contact:

Tim Keyes
1-800-430-3231 (Work) or 1-613-822-0456 (Home) or

Adam Brown
613-623-8867 (Home)

Feb. 24, 2005
From: Gordon Wise – – – ISC Information Officer

Canada West ISC – II Qualifier Set

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

The dates and site are set for the Canada West Area Qualifier for a spot in the ISC – II Tournament of Champions.

Commissioner Ferdi Nelissen is announcing that the competition will be held in Portage la Prairie at the Republic of Manitobah Park.

The dates are the weekend of June 4 and 5, 2005.

Entry fee is $300 CDN.

This is an International Softball Congress sanctioned qualifier for teams seeking a berth in the ISC-II Tournament of Champions, a 40-team North American championship event for teams deemed level II by the ISC. The 2005 ISC-II Tournament of Champions will be held from August 14 – 19 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, along side the ISC World Tournament which will be held in nearby Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from August 12 – 20.

See the ISC website ( for details on each event and for ISC – II eligibility requirements.

Teams already indicating interest in the qualifier include: Devils Lake Risers, Gladstone Whips, Portage Phillies, and Regina.

The Gladstone Whips from Manitoba are defending champions in the event. They went on last season to finish a strong fourth in the ISC-II Tournament of Champions in Fargo, ND. Regina, Portage, and Devils Lake also participated in Fargo by gaining invitational berths from the ISC. Only teams which participate in ISC sanctioned Area Qualifiers or Travel Leagues will be eligible for invitational opportunities if they do not win a berth.

Please contact Ferdi Nelissen (ISC Canada West Commissioner/Canadian Vice President) with any questions or to enter the qualifier.

Send entry fee and roster ASAP to:

Ferdi Nelissen
58 Tupper Street S.
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
Canada R1N 1W6
Phone: 204-239-5822 (Home) or 204-871-2072.

April 25, 2005
From: Gordon Wise
ISC Information Officer

2005 ISC II Preseason Rankings

Monday, April 25th, 2005

Here is the full list for the 2005 ISC II Preseason Rankings.

To see how each of the judges on the 12-person panel ranked each team, click on the link at:

2005 ISC II Preseason Rankings
Rank Team
1 Tavistock, ON Smully’s Merchants
2 Harriston, ON Mercury’s
3 Appleton, WI The Bar of Appleton
4 Norwich, ON Razorbacks
5 Kanata, ON Team Easton
6 Wilkes-Barre, PA Keating’s Fitness Center
7 Gladstone, MB Whips
8 Lloydminster, AB Scope Dodgers
9 Perkasie, PA KMV Rise
10 Fargo, ND Chub’s Pub Wizards
11 Galesville, WI Wilber Lime
12 Oswego, NY McKie’s Sports
13 St. Paul, MN ABS-Villard
14 Palermo, ON Athletics
15 Reasnor, IA RPMs
16 Hermann, MO Black Gold
17 Alvinston, ON Indians
18 Anderson, IN Jaybirds
19 Port Elgin, ON Blue Devils
20 Glencoe, ON Astros
21 Micksburg, ON Twins
22 Sioux Falls, SD Sox
23 Denver, CO Colorado Rage
24 Ashland, OH Merchants
25 Yakima, WA JRW Associates (more…)

2005 Ontario ISC II Preseason Rankings

Monday, April 25th, 2005

‘Tis the season for rankings and here is the Ontario ISC II Preseason Rankings.

As the name suggests, this covers teams that are eligible for ISC II play. Without further adieu, here they are:

2005 Ontario ISC II Preseason Rankings

1. Smully’s Tavistock Merchants
Added power hitter/pitcher Mike Pinder and Shawn Brown to already strong lineup. How long will leadoff batter & sparkplug Dean Kaufman stay retired?

2 Harriston Mercury’s
With Ryan Dilgee & Terry Martin in Elora, there’s some holes to fill for last year’s ISC II Champs. Joe German is signed on to back up Scott Smith.

3 Micksburg Twins
Have to be considered top seed at ISC II Qualifier in Blackburn with Corey & Shawn Costello.

4 Norwich Razorbacks
Signed Todd Winkworth, Ben Blonde & Drew Winger to go with ace Tim Neill & added Cory Winkworth plus a couple of sticks from East coast, but losing shortstop Jeff Konigshofer.

5 Palermo Athletics
Biggest beneficiary of slightly looser ISC II restrictions, reclassified veteran club is loaded with senior experience, especially with NAFA Hall of Famer Gord Scott on the mound.

6 Kanata Team Easton
Most of the former Kemptville Thunder players landed here including ace Dan Konkle.

7 Port Elgin Blue Devils
With berth to ISC II ToC already in their back pocket, BDs will be heard from in Chippewa Falls.

8 Bridgeport Braves
With decision to open up ISC II by a small degree, Scharr brothers will keep this team in contention.

9 Elora Rage
Picked up several players from Breslau, including Don Harris, Kevin Pomfret, Terry Martin & Greg Scheele to go with Ryan Dilgee, who is playing here and not in Harriston.

10 Niagara Snappers
Full-time additions of pitcher Dan Duemo & DH Jarrod Burtt will solidify Snappers’ lineup and playing in ISC league provides solid experience.

Honourable mentions (alphabetical):
Alvinston Indians – Still looking for pitching to replace Drew Winger. Also lost Kyle Mitchell from ISC II roster, but veteran club is still competitive.

Aylmer Cardinals – Dan Beecroft & Ryan Cummings will keep Aylmer in every game.

Cobourg Stingers – Will be a threat to win the Blackburn qualifier with addition of Lyle Brown.

Glencoe Astros – If Shaun Winship is on form, Glencoe will be heard from in Innerkip. Added three starters from Shedden.

Hamilton Hawks – Apparently looking at ISC II for 2006, have added Newfoundland junior pitcher Lee Cose for selected weekends.

Highgate Rock – Added pitcher Jeremy Osbourne & catcher Bryan Depencier, but looks like Blonde is gone to Norwich for ISC II.

Jarvis Rock – Can hit with anyone. Big question: Is Dave “Farmer” Martin back?

Kingston Cowboys – Won Loughborough leage in 2004 and will be playing in Blackburn.

Mississauga Arrows – Could be tough if Chris McColl pitches full-time. Addition of Craig Walker & junior Drew Hathway for tournaments gives some pitching depth.

Stouffville Mennos – With Scott Evans they won Intermediate elims, but even without, they’re very good.

Smully’s Tavistock Merchants top ISC II Preseason Rankings

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

The two finalists from the 2004 ISC II Tournament of Champions remain atop the 2005 ISC II Preseason rankings, although the order is now reversed.

With the addition of some key players, Tavistock, ON Smully’s Tavistock Merchants take top spot in the preseason poll, edging out two-time defending champion Harriston, ON Mercury’s, who may be losing two starters.

A total of 55 teams received at least one vote from the 12-person panel.

The top 10 teams are:

1. Tavistock, ON Smully’s Tavistock Merchants
2. Harriston, ON Mercurys
3. Appleton, WI The Bar of Appleton
4. Norwich, ON Razorbacks
5. Kanata, ON Team Easton
6. Wilkes-Barre, PA Keating’s Fitness Center
7. Lloydminster, AB Scope Dodgers
8. Gladstone, MB Whips
9. Perkasie, PA KMV Rise
10. Fargo, ND Chub’s Pub Wizards

To view the full list, please see the ISC II section of the ISC website at

The rankings will form the basis for seeding teams in the fourth annual ISC II Tournament of Champions which will be played August 14-19 at Casper Park in Chippewa Falls, WI. The tournament will feature 40 teams from across North America playing a four-game round robin schedule in eight pools of five teams each. The top three teams from each pool advance to a single elimination playoff bracket.

For more information, please contact:

Blair Setford
ISC II Commissioner
Email: blairjs@rogers.comPhone: 1.800.268.9374 x8803