Archive for September, 2007

2008 ISC II ToC Dates

Friday, September 28th, 2007

ISC II looking forward to return to Appleton, Wisconsin in 2008

September 28, 2007 – Following two highly successful years in Kitchener, Ontario, the ISC II Tournament of Champions will be making a return to Memorial Park in Appleton, Wisconsin in August 2008.

“With the ISC World Tournament being played in nearby Kimberly for the record-setting 11th time, Appleton is the logical choice for ISC II with their fastball history and experience hosting international championships, including the 2003 ToC,” said ISC Executive Director Ken Hackmeister.

Appleton’s North Side Sizzle Softball Club will be the host for the ToC.

“We are excited about bringing high-level men’s fastpitch softball back to Memorial Park in Appleton,” said Reed Rudie, who will be the tournament director.

Games will start on Sunday August 10 with the ISC II championship game slated for Wednesday August 13. All games will be played in Appleton.

The tournament will feature 32 teams from across North America playing a three-game round robin schedule in eight pools of four teams each. All teams will then move into a single elimination playoff bracket with seeding & byes based on the round robin pool standings. The third & fourth place teams will play crossover games in the first round. Second-place teams will earn a first round bye, while first-place teams will get a bye directly into the third round.

To qualify for the ToC, teams must win or be the highest finishing ISC II team in one of the ISC’s qualifier tournaments. Team automatically become eligible for an invite berth by playing in one of the tournaments. A full list of 2008 qualifiers will be released in the next couple of months.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Williamson
ISC II Vice President

Blair Setford
ISC II Commissioner


Reed Rudie
North Side Sizzle Softball Club

Ken Vierling named new ISC II UIC

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Ken Vierling of Fridley, MN has been appointed the new ISC II Umpire In Chief, replacing Rick Havercroft who resigned last spring.

Ken has an extensive and varied background in both softball and life. An umpire since 1975, he has umpired at the highest levels of both ISC and ASA including three ISC World Tournaments, one ISC II Tournament of Champions and eight ASA men’s nationals. He is a Division I NCAA umpire in both the Big Ten and Missouri Valley Conferences. Administratively, he is a Board member of the largest collegiate umpire association in America. He also has extensive experience as a tournament and league Umpire In Chief.

The 51 year old Vierling is employed in the printing business and handles both sales and estimating for Gopher State Litho of Minneapolis.

Ken is a performer with an impressive resume’ as a stand up comedian, actor and singer. He is actively involved in ten-pin bowling and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota State Bowling Association. His current personal bowling average is an impressive 205.

As the ISC II UIC, Ken will work closely with ISC UIC Bruce Bierman and ISC DUIC, Les Novak is overseeing the ISC umpire program. These three individuals meet annually in January to select the umpires for the upcoming season’s ISC World Tournament and ISC II Tourament of Champions. They are also responsible for all playing rule interpretations, including oversight of the ISC approved bat list provided by the International Softball Federation (ISF).

Ken’s appointment to this very responsible position is endorsed by both Bruce Bierman and Les Novak as well as the ISC Executive Committee.

We welcome and congratulate Ken Vierling as the new ISC II Umpire In Chief.

Ken can be reached at comicdude1(at)

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

Ontario Challenge Cup Wrap Up from Joe Todd

Monday, September 24th, 2007

As the first day of fall appears today on the calendar on my way home tonight, I noticed the leaves had already started to Change color, some to a nice shade of Orange, and it was Ironic that the two teams in the Championship games Of the Southwestern Ontario Challenge Cup both had Orange throughout their uniforms

The Championship game matched the Undefeated Host Team theInnerkip Orioles against The Kitchener Outlaws, Last years Champions of the same tournament staged up in Hillsburgh, Ontario

Kitchener Outlaws came the long route after losing their second game of the tournament then staged a remarkable Comeback of 7 consecutive victories (5 on Sunday) to win the Laverne Reichert Memorial Cup for the 2nd Consecutive Year.

With the Victory , The Kitchener Outlaws have gained a berth in the 2008 Tournament of Champions to be held in Appleton, Wisconsin next August

Kitchener Outlaws repeat as OCC champs

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Kitchener Outlaws won five straight games Sunday to claim their second consecutive Ontario Challenge Cup and secure a berth in the 2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Mel Ross pitched four straight starting at 9 am, reeling off wins over Elmira, Mitchell, Orangeville and Innerkip before finally taking a rest. Ross also banged out three HRs on the day batting in the cleanup spot for the Outlaws.

5 pm “if necessary” game
Kitchener Outlaws 7 Innerkip Orioles 1
WP: Sean Geehan
LP: Mark VanVliet, relief Tim Neill, Van Vliet

Ontario Challenge Cup Sunday 3 pm score

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Ontario Challenge Cup 3 pm game

B7 – tied 2-2
Bases loaded, 2 out Tim Dubois lineshot at 2nd baseman goes off fielder’s glove

Final score
Kitchener 3 Innerkip 2
WP Mel Ross
LP Tim Neill
Kitchener Mel Ross HR
Innerkip Adam McIntyre 2 RBIs

Ontario Challenge Cup Sunday 1 pm score

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Ontario Challenge Cup Sunday 1 pm

Sunday 1 pm – loser’s bracket final
Kitchener 12 Orangeville 1
WP Mel Ross
LP Jaime Taylor, relief Joel Presley
Kitchener: Dan Martin 3 RBIs

Championship game at 2:45 pm start time
Innerkip vs Kitchener

Ontario Challenge Cup Sunday 11 am score

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Ontario Challenge Cup Sunday 11 am

Sunday 11 am
Kitchener 8 Mitchell 1
WP Mel Ross
LP Steve Cook
Kitchener Mel Ross HR Jim Culling HR
Mitchell eliminated

1 pm
Orangeville vs Kitchener

3 pm
Innerkip vs winner of 1 pm game

Ontario Challenge Cup Sunday 9 am scores

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Ontario Challenge Cup
Innerkip, Ontario

Sunday 9 am – loser’s bracket
Mitchell Mets 7 Waterdown Hammer 0
WP: Kevin Pomfret – 1-hitter
LP: Rod Fevreau, relief Jim Hurst
Mitchell: Jeff Pauli 3-run HR

Kitchener Outlaws 7 Elmira Cubs 0
WP: Mel Ross
LP: Ryan French
Kitchener: Mel Ross HR; Dan Martin HR

11 am – loser’s bracket semi
Mitchell vs Kitchener

1 pm – loser’s bracket final
Orangeville Kings vs winner Mitchell/Kitchener

3 pm
Innerkip Orioles vs winner of loser’s bracket final

5 pm
“if necessary”

Blair Setford
for Joe Todd

Ontario Challenge Cup Saturday 9 pm game

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Saturday 9 pm – winner’s bracket final

Innerkip 4 Orangeville 0
WP Mark VanVliet
LP Jeff Detta

Games resume Sunday at 9 am.

Ontario Challenge Cup 7 pm scores

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Ontario Challenge Cup Saturday 7 pm games

7 pm – loser’s bracket
Mitchell 8 Ayr 4
WP Kevin Pomfret
LP Chris Challenger

Kitchener 7 Minesing 0
WP Mel Ross
LP Kurt Glover

Up next
9 pm – winner’s bracket final
Innerkip vs Orangeville

Ontario Challenge Cup 5 pm scores

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Ontario Challenge Cup Saturday 5 pm games

Innerkip 1 Elmira 0
WP Tim Neill
LP Casey Halstead

Orangeville 3 Waterdown 2 – 9 innings
WP Jeff Detta in relief
LP Rod Fevreau in relief

7 pm – loser’s bracket
Ayr vs Mitchell
Kitchener vs Minesing

9 pm – winner’s bracket final
Innerkip vs Orangeville