Archive for November, 2005

Kitchener to Host ISC Championships in 2006 AND 2007

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

Decatur Out, Kitchener In for 2007.

-and 2007-

From Al’s Fastball:

“The International Softball Congress (ISC) and Kitchener Fastball Promotions (KFP) are happy to jointly announce that both 2006 and 2007 ISC championship tournaments will be conducted in Kitchener, Ontario. The 2007 tournament dates are August 10-18, 2007”

Click link to read the complete story.
Kitchener Awarded 2007 ISC Championships

New Look Banner for “The Deuce”

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

I’m guessing by the time you’re reading this, you already spotted the “new look” banner for our ISC II blog, “The Deuce”. It’s the handiwork of the graphics department here at Fastpitchwest — aka Maddy Flanagan. Can you name any of the people in the photos? If so, click the comments link right there below this post and tell us who they are.

The Deuce on Feedblitz

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

We want to remind readers of “The Deuce”, that you can sign up for our “FeedBlitz” emails, that will let you know when new posts are made to The Deuce. Click the logo below to sign up.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

To all our American friends, on behalf of The Deuce, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

2005 ISC-II Tournament of Champions Feature Story & Photos in Softball Magazine

Monday, November 14th, 2005

The Fall 2005 issue of Softball Magazine, which just hit the newstands, features ISC II MVP Casey Halstead on the “inside” cover, along with a feature story penned by ISC II Commish Blair Setford, “Changing of the Guard at ISC II” and photos by Fastpitchwest’s own photographer, Maddy Flanagan.

The magazine is available on a subscription basis, which we heartily recommend. During 2005, the magazine carried 5 feature length articles and photos of men’s fastball, including the AAU Tournament, Red Rock, Rose Cup, and now the ISC II.

Click the PDF logo to view a PDF copy of the feature story with photos. (Requires Adobe Reader)

Decatur withdraws bid for 2007 WT & ToC

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Decatur Withdraws as 2007 ISC Host

After being awarded the 2007 ISC World Tournament and ISC – II Tournament of Champions, the Decatur Sports Foundation became aware of issues which may have jeopardized their ability to host quality ISC Tournaments. According to ISC Executive Director, Ken Hackmeister, “we have been in communication with them the past several weeks, seeing what options might be available to allow Decatur to retain and conduct our 2007 championship tournaments.”

Unfortunately, it was felt by both Decatur Sports Foundation and the ISC that in the best interests of all concerned, it would be best for Decatur to withdraw from hosting the tournaments in 2007. This withdrawal is mutually agreeable with both entities, and the ISC has given Decatur Sports Foundation encouragement to bid for future ISC tournaments.

The Decatur withdrawal letter states:

“Due to unforeseen issues after our successful bid on the 2007 World Tournament and ISC-II Tournament of Champions, the Decatur Sports Foundation regretfully must rescind their bid. The Decatur Sports Foundation looks forward to bidding again in the future.”

We sincerely thank Decatur Sports Foundation for taking a professional and objective approach to this difficult decision, and we welcome a future bid from them.

The ISC plans to announce a new host city for 2007 later in November.

November 14, 2005
Gordon Wise – – ISC Information Officer

St. Thomas Fastball League 2005 Award Winners

Monday, November 14th, 2005

The St. Thomas and District Fastball League held it’s annual awards banquet on Saturday evening, November 12’th at the Shedden Keystone Complex.

Here are the 2005 award winners from the St. Thomas and District Fastball League.

Batting Awards
Average—–Gary Cooke, Shedden Mission—–.475
Homeruns—–Gary Cooke, Jason Dawdy, Jeff Wilcox, Shedden Mission—–6 each
RBI’s—–Jamie Wolf, Morpeth Magic—–23

Pitching Awards
Best ERA—–Dan Beecroft, Union Storm—–1.46
Most Valuable—–Dan Beecroft, Union Storm—–16 & 3 (.842)

Rookie—–Geoff Gunson, Highgate Rock

League MVPs—–Dan Beecroft, Union Storm, Todd Winkworth, Aylmer Cardinals

League and Playoff Champs—–Union Storm
Dan Beecroft, Dusty Brown, Mark Coleman, Ryan Cummings, Dave Ferguson, Aaron Gould, Brian Harvey, Tyler Lessard, Kevin Lynch, Chris Payne, Jamie Peat, Troy Rick, Chris Wismer coaches: Dan Denniss, Tom Edie

Playoff Finalists—–Glencoe Astros
Greg Eichenberger, John Fletcher, Rich Galbraith, John Gougoulias, Ed Gould, Greg Huston, Rob Ireland, Shane Johnson, Kyle Mitchell, Brett Neal, Ron Pazitka, Bill Piskorowski, Tim Stover, Chris Welch, Jamie Welch, Shaun Winship, Ryan Wolfe Coach: Chris Manchester

Playoff MVP—–Dan Beecroft, Union Storm

Memorial Awards

Elmer “Dude” Locke Memorial Award for “Sportsmanship and Dedication”—–Barry Luscombe, St. Thomas and Aylmer Umpire’s Association

Jeff Carder Memorial Award for “Enjoyment and Love of the Game”—–Mike Unwin, Shedden Mission

Steve Palmer Memorial Award for Excellence in Defensive Ability and Performance —–Rich Galbraith, Glencoe Astros

Lorne Thomson Memorial Award for Coach/Manager of the Year—–Matt Haskell, Blenheim Homerun Restaurant

Team MVPs
Alvinston Indians—–Doug Charlton
Aylmer Cardinals—–Todd Winkworth
Blenheim Homerun Restaurant—–Paul Ceppi
Glencoe Astros—–Shaun Winship
Highgate Rock—–Ben Blonde
Morpeth Magic—–Jeff Hope
Shedden Mission—–Gary Cooke
Union Storm—–Dan Beecroft

The players and coaches from the League that were members of the St. Thomas Evergreen Centennials, the 2005 Canadian Senior Men’s Champions were also recognized.

Dan Beecroft, Mark Coleman, Brian Harvey, Tyler Lessard, Chris Payne, Kevin Lynch, Troy Rick, Chris Wismer, Ryan Wolfe

Bill Horne, head coach/manager, Dan Denniss, coach, Tom Edie, coach

batgirl: Taylor Edie

Aaron Gould
Union Storm

Joseph & Woolridge among those pitching in Dominican winter league

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

Ontario ISC II pitchers Mike Joseph (incorrectly noted as an American) and Tracy Woolridge are among a dozen North American pitchers playing in the Dominican winter league.

Here’s a horrible translation of a story that appeared in a local Dominican paper and was posted on the Illinois Fastpitch board.


ISC Rules Changes that impact ISC II

Friday, November 4th, 2005

In actions taken by the International Softball Congress Board of Directors when they met in August in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, several different areas of regulations were addressed. Among the changes were:

ISC AREA DEFINITIONS – – a new list is displayed on the ISC Web Site at From the front page of the ISC Web Site, click on Rules & Form. States and Areas affected include: California; Nevada; Colorado; New Mexico; Arizona; Canada West; Minnesota; Wisconsin; Illinois; and Northern Illinois. Generally, the changes liberalize and expand areas. Area Definitions are the responsibility of the affected Area Commissioners. This same document will appear in the 2006 ISC Guide to be published in next spring.

ISC-II TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS ENTRY FEES – – Beginning in 2006, entry fees are: $250 for Area and Travel League Champions and $300 for Host Team, Defending Champ, Runner Up, and any invited teams.

PLAYER HARDSHIP REQUESTS – – Requests are to be sent to the appropriate ISC Area or Travel League Commissioner who will approve or disapprove before sending it on to the ISC Executive Director.

PARTICIPANTS OWING ISC, COMMISSIONERS, OR TEAM SPONSORS – – No one will be allowed to participate in ISC programs if they owe any money, equipment, or other property belonging to the ISC, its Commissioners, or Team Sponsors.

Gordon Wise – – – ISC Information Officer