Archive for May, 2008

Three ISC II teams vying for berth at Best of the West

Friday, May 30th, 2008

The 18th Annual Best of the West Men’s fastball Tournament will be held June 7 – 8 in Santa Barbara , CA.

The Tournament is the longest running open tournament, held annually in California . Ten teams will vie for the 2008 Championship, with a berth in the 2008 ISC World Tournament, and a berth in the 2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions will be awarded, to the highest finishing teams in each category.

Heading the field will be the 2007 ISC World Tournament Runner Up, the Casa Trejo Bombers of Palm Springs. Team Rainey / IAC boasts and the DeMarini ball club from Portland , Oregon are all attempting to qualify for the 2008 ISC World Tournament.

Among the teams leading the charge to win the berth in the ISC II Tournament of Champions are the ISC II #17 River City Rockers ball club, based in the Sacramento area. The Rockers are fresh off a championship win at the Grants Pass , Oregon Boatnik Tournament that was held on Memorial Day weekend. Rockers Pitcher Ed Gasper shared the Co-Outstanding Pitcher honors at Grants Pass with Portland ’s Matt Barnes. Also named to the All Tournament team were Rockers Rob Penticoff, David Bostick, and Mark Summers.

ISC II #46 Innovative Communications of Lehi, Utah has won the last two Best of The West Tournament Championships. Catcher / GM Brandon Bingham leads a potent offensive attack for the Utah club. Steve Black, who was named Outstanding Pitcher at the 2007 Best of The West, is a very effective veteran right hander,

The ISC II #35 Rude Pac ball club of Sun Valley , CA has a pitching staff featuring Greg “Spud” Barker, Mark Bennett, and Gerald Pyle. In August of 2007, Rude Pac captured the NAFA A-Major World Series Championship.

The Young Bucks under 23 team ran by Santa Barbara ’s Clyde Bennett will be preparing for their run at the 2008 under 23 National Championship. The 2007 SCIFL Champions Long Beach Black Sox will be competing in their first Best of The West Tournament this year. The team is lead by GM / OF / C Fred Hanker and change-up specialist pitcher Ronny Rupp.

The Manor Dirtbags of Texas will be coming in for the Tournament and feature veteran Texas pitching Ace Johnny Mize. The always tough Grillos Team from Mexico is lead by the 2005 Best of the West MVP Arturo Solano.

#4 CPI and #13 Bridgeport at Legends Tournament

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

ISC II #4 Oswego, NY CPI and #13 Bridgeport, ON Braves will take part in the Legends of Fastball Tournament this weekend at Peter Hallman Ballyard in Kitchener, site of the 2006 & 2007 ISC World Tournaments.

CPI is in the Buck division with ISC #11 Midland Explorers, ISC #15 St. Thomas Centennials, Scarborough Wolverines and Owen Sound Volkswagen Selects.
Friday May 30 9 pm CPI vs Midland
Saturday May 31 3 pm CPI vs Scarborough
Saturday May 31 5 pm CPI vs St. Thomas
Sunday June 1 9 am CPI vs Owen Sound

Bridgeport is in the Hallman division with ISC #3 Kitchener Rivershark Twins, ISC #12 Jarvis Gamblers, ISC #20 Niagara Snappers and Ashland Mets.
Friday May 30 7 pm Bridgeport vs Kitchener
Saturday May 31 12 pm Bridgeport vs Jarvis
Saturday May 31 3 pm Bridgeport vs Ashland
Sunday June 1 9 am Bridgeport vs Niagara

#17 River City Rockers Ride Right Arm of Ed Gasper to Title

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

[Grants Pass, Oregon ] – Over 30,000 people attended the Boatnik Festival this weekend and most of them got to see some great fastpitch softball being played at Riverside Park and Gilbert Park. The Paul Carleton coached, River City Rockers from Sacramento successfully defended their title behind the strong arm of Ed Gasper as they defeated Terry Smiths’s, Portland Fastpitch Club and Matt Barnes on the hill. The Budweiser Clydesdales were the featured attraction and wowed the audiences. The Fly Over during the championship game at the end of the national anthem was incredible.

Read the rest of this story at our brother blog, FPW’s Morning Brief.

The local Grants Pass newspaper, the “Daily Courrier” had a nice story on the tournament, too. Click here to view a PDF copy of the story, complete with color photo.

NY Knights recap

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The NY Knights won the Memorial Day weekend tournament in Linden, NJ going 5-1 and improving their overall season record to 7-2-1. The Knights were lead by the pitching of Bill Hillhouse and Craig Pidcock. John Rozich was named tournament MVP clubbing 7 homeruns.

Round Robin

Game 1

Knights 2 0 3 3 0 0 1 – 7 14 0
Adco 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 3 0

WP – Hillhouse 5 innings, 3 hits, 1 ER, 8 K
Pidcock 2 innings, 0 hits, 3K
LP – Vassos (3), Plesciwicz(6) Jones (7)

Knights – John Rozich hit 2 Homeruns and drove in 4 , Steve Platt had 3 hits, Ed Jackson, Chad Busch, & Jesse Campanelli had 2 hits each.

Game 2

Knights 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1 4 1
TNT 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 – 3 8 1

WP- Tracy 7IP
LP – Pidcock 7 innings, 8 hits, 3 ER, 8K
Knights – Chad Busch had 2 hits for the Knights

Game 3

Knights 3 0 2 0 2 1 0 – 8 16 0
Pa Power 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 3 0

WP – Hillhouse 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 ER, 9 K
LP – Rutt 7IP
Knights – John Rozich hit 3 homeruns and drove in 5. Ed Jackson had 3 hits while John Heinsch, Chad Busch, Jesse Campanelli and George McConnell had 2 hits each.

Game 4

RAC 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 – 2 6 1
Knights 1 0 1 0 1 0 x – 3 10 1

WP – Pidcock 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 ER, 12 K
LP – Mark 7 innings
Knights – John Heinsch and Jesse Campanelli had 2 hits each while RAC worked carefully to the Red Hot John Rozich issuing him 3 walks.

Game 5

Adco 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 – 4 8 1
Knights 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 – 5 9 2

WP – Pidcock 1/3 inning 0H, 1K Hillhouse 6 2/3innings, 8 hits. 0ER, 10 K
LP – Jones 7 IP

Knights- Bill Hillhouse pitched a gem but the Knights defense sabotaged what should have been a shut out effort with 2 costly errors in the 7th with 2 out that opened the door and allowed Adco to tie the game. Chad Busch had the walk off hit in the bottom of the 7th for the Knights. Chad McConnell had 2 hits and Jesse Campanelli had a long homerun to lead the offense.

Game 6 – Finals

Knights 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 – 6 13 1
TNT 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 – 5 5 3

WP – Pidcock 7 innings, 5 hits, 4 ER, 9 K
LP – Tracy 7 IP

Knights – John Rozich continued his HR barrage hitting 2 more in the final. George McConnell and John Heinsch had 2 hits each. Pitcher Craig Pidcock seemed to get stronger as the game went on recording the final 9 outs in order.

The Knights are off until the weekend of June 13-15 when we will be playing in Midland, Michigan at the Midland Explorers ISC II qualifier.

Gregg Leather

GHFL All-Stars named for Melissa fundraiser

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The Golden Horseshoe Fastball League will be sending it’s 2008 All-Star Team against the California Lumberkings as part of doubleheader with the Niagara Snappers at Lancaster Park in St. Catharines on Thursday June 5.

The games are part of a fundraising effort for Melissa Brideau, the long-time partner of Niagara Falls Fury player Tommy Watkinson who has played ball in the Niagara Falls Men’s League for the past 15 years. Melissa is stricken with a very aggressive from of Multiple Sclerosis. Melissa is 35 years old and has reached a point in her illness where a wheelchair or scooter have become her source of mobility. Melissa is having no luck with North American treatment and is traveling to Venezuela to seek treatment from world renowned specialist Dr. Yepetz utilizing rainforest natural therapy.

As one can imagine this is a very costly endeavor but one that needs to be explored now. Dr. Yepetz has successfully reversed the effects of MS in many patients and Melissa feels this type of treatment is one of the few remaining options available for her. If treatments go well, Melissa will in all probability be revisiting Venezuela multiple times.

Proceeds from the gate and activities at the park including draws for several prize packs will be donated to Melissa & Tommy.

The Snappers and Lumberkings take the field at 7 pm with the GHFL All-Stars and California hooking up at 9 pm. We want to strongly encourage players from all GHFL teams to bring their families to this event to support Melissa & Tommy.

For our supporters outside of the immediate Golden Horseshoe area, we are finalizing plans to have both games broadcast via Ballpark Radio ( Watch the GHFL website at for further details.

2008 GHFL All-Stars
Infielders: Tom Watkinson (Fury), Trevor Moses (Target), Rob Greatrix (Fury), Bill Benner (Hawks), Will Lake (Rush), Blair Setford (Arrows), Mark Korten (Fury), Adam Sargon (Knights), Glenn Crocker (Dawgs), Rob O’Neill (Hawks)
Outfielders: Whitney Bridge (Arrows), Phil John (Fury), Darryl Breadner (RHCP), Shawn Doxtater (Dawgs), Brian Prowse (Target), Dave Kingdon (Hammer).
Pitchers: Scott Wagar (Fury), Jeff Wilson (Arrows), Dan Duemo (RHCP)

For more information on the games or to contribute to this worthy cause, please contact:

Blair Setford

Dan Bernard

Kenosha, WI Earls Club qualifies for ToC

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Kenosha, WI Earls Club became the 12th team to qualify for the 2008 ToC, winning the Wisconsin state berth this past weekend.

May 23, 2008 at Denmark, WI WICL #03
KenoshaWI Earl’s Club 020 000 5 – 7 8 0 (1-0)
GreenBay WI The Bar of GB 100 200 0 – 3 8 2 (0-1)
WP-Gaura Wayne (1-0) LP-Thomsen Rick (0-1) T-1:40 A-0
HR KENOSHA – Schaaf Tony, Barsuli Tim

May 24, 2008 at Denmark, WI WICL #04
OshkoshWI Black Otter 000 2 – 2 6 5 (0-1)
Appleton WI The Bar-II 257 3 – 17 13 0 (1-0)
WP-Labine Ryan (1-0) LP-Griswold Craver (0-1) T-1:00 A-0
HR APPLE-II – Bartlelt Adam, Kerwin Chris

May 24, 2008 at Denmark, WI WICL #05
KenoshaWI Earl’s Club 374 06 – 20 16 0 (2-0)
OshkoshWI Black Otter 000 00 – 0 2 3 (0-2)
WP-LubkemanTodd (1-0) LP-Richison Rob (0-1) T-1:05 A-0
HR KENOSHA – Horton Dale, Nelson Mark, Skora Paul

May 24, 2008 at Denmark, WI WICL #06
Appleton WI The Bar-II 000 11 – 2 5 3 (1-1)
KenoshaWI Earl’s Club 121 32 – 9 10 0 (3-0)
WP-Lubkeman Todd (2-0) LP-Walters Jason (1-0) T-1:14 A-0
HR KENOSHA – Schmid Chance, Horton Dale 2

May 25, 2008 at Denmark, WI WICL #15
OshkoshWI Black Otter 000 0 – 0 0 1 (0-3)
KenoshaWI Earl’s Club 344 5 – 16 17 0 (4-0)
WP-Nelson Mark (2-0) LP-Griswold Craver (0-2) T-1:20 A-0
HR KENOSHA – Horton Dale 2, Nelson Mark, Skora Paul

May 25, 2008 at Denmark, WI WICL #16
KenoshaWI Earl’s Club 301 011 0 – 6 10 2 (5-0)
Appleton WI The Bar-II 100 000 0 – 1 2 0 (1-2)
WP-Gaura Wayne (2-0) LP-Labine Ryan (1-1) T-1:32 A-0
HR KENOSHA – Gillmore Scott, Horton Dale

May 25, 2008 at Denmark, WI WICL #17
Appleton WI The Bar-II 873 – 18 20 0 (2-2)
OshkoshWI Black Otter 002 – 2 1 2 (0-4)
WP-Kamke Kirk (0-1) LP-Richison Rob (0-2) T-1:00 A-0

ISC-II Division
1) Earl’s Club, Kenosha……………….5-0
2) The Bar of Appleton II, Appleton ….2-2
3) Black Otter, Oshkosh………..…….0-4

Yours In Fastpitch,
Hank De Wild

For a list of all the teams currently qualified, click here.

Sioux Falls Sox in Fargo, ND

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008


The #27 Sioux Falls Sox traveled to Fargo, NDover the weekend to compete in the Memorial Day Tournament. The Sox went 3-2 overweekend, raising their overall record on the season to 8-3.

Saturday May 24 – Roundrobin game 1
Gladstone Whips-0

Saturday May 24 – Roundrobin game 2
Winkler, Manitoba-6

Saturday May 24 – Roundrobin game 3
Kegal Black Knights-3

Sunday May 25-Elimination game

Sunday May 25- Semi Final game
Kegal Black Knights-5

The Sox will return toaction this weekend in Sioux Falls

Mike Mueller

Ashland Stockpack win Bay City

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Ashland Stock Pack ( ISC II #7) traveled to Bay City, MI over the weekend to compete in the inaugural Michigan Twisters Memorial Day Tournament and brought home the title of the 16 team event. Stock Pack went 5-0 on the weekend, raising their overall record on the season to 7-2. We would like to pass along our congratulations and thanks to Wally Sidelko and all of the team members from the Michigan Twisters for putting on a class tournament. The event, which included teams from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Texas, was well run, games were generally close to starting at scheduled times, the ball diamonds were in great shape and were worked on in between every game, and the food selection was well above average. A game by game summary is listed below:

Game 1
Stockpack 4
Frankenmuth Tiffany’s 2
WP Ty McKinney 17K’s 1H 3BB’s 1ER
LP Jeff Hoover 8K’s 9H’s 4ER

Game 2
Stockpack 5
Wabash, IN 3
WP Jim Yates 11K’s 5H’s 1BB 0ER
LP Josh Gray 4K’s 9H’s 0BB 5ER
Ashland: Shane Flinner 2 run HR, Trevor Urban walkoff 2 run HR

Game 3
Stockpack 2
Blues Hastings, MI 0
WP Ty McKinney 18K’s 1H 1BB 0ER
LP Ryan Nichols 9K’s 3H’s 4BB’s 2ER

Game 4 (Winner’s bracket final)
Stockpack 4
Duncan Outlaws 1
WP Ty McKinney 11K’s 2H’s 1BB 1ER
LP Murphy
Ashland: JR Rodriguez 1HR, Jason Whiteley 1HR, Trevor Urban 1HR

Game 5 (Championship)
Stockpack 8 (5 innings)
Duncan 1
WP Ty McKinney 9K’s 2H’s 2BB’s 1ER
LP Murphy 3K’s 14H’s 1BB 8ER
Ashland: Shane Flinner 1HR, Trevor Urban 3 run HR, Jason Whiteley 2 run HR

Ty McKinney 4-0 26 innings 55K’s 7BB’s 3ER
Ty was named tournament Most Valuable Pitcher.
Jim Yates 1-0 11K’s 5H’s 1BB 0ER
Trevor Urban 8 for 14 3HR’s
Jason Whiteley 10 for 16 2HR’s
Trevor and Jason were named tournament CO-MVP’s.

The Stock Pack are next in action in two weeks at the Snapper Shootout in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

Jason Whiteley
Ashland Stockpack

Tournament Order of Finish;
1 Stockpack (OHIO) 5-0
2 Duncan Outlaws (INDIANA) 4-2
3 Blues (MICHIGAN) 4-2
4 Manor Dirtbags (TEXAS) 3-2
5 Wabash (INDIANA) 3-2
5 Up-To-Date (MICHIGAN) 3-2
7 Tiffany’s (MICHIGAN) 3-2
7 Cary All State (MICHIGAN) 2-3
9 Ashland Mets (OHIO) 2-2
9 Kelders (MICHIGAN) 1-2
9 Abies (MICHIGAN) 1-2
9 Wright’s Way (MICHIGAN) 1-3
13 Jack Daniels (OHIO) 1-2
13 Westerville Capitals (OHIO) 1-2
16 Buzz (MICHIGAN) 0-3

#9 Palermo drop 3 of 4 in Owen Sound

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Saturday May 24
Owen Sound 4
#9 Palermo 2

Palermo 3
Owen Sound 1

Sunday May 25
Game 1
Owen Sound Volkswagen Junior Selects 9 Palermo 3
Owen Sound opened the scoring in the top of the first when Andrew Scott had a 2 out single, followed by an rbi double from Aaron Fraser.
Palermo tied it in the bottom of the inning. Leftfielder Jamie Robinson walked, was sacrificed, moved to third on a ground out and scored on an error
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, Robinson delivered a 1 out single. However, Owen Sound pulled off a 7-2-5 double play for outs at home and then at third to end the inning.
Again with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Tom Chater of the Athletics drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
In the top of the 4th, Volkswagen third baseman Jamie Purdon singled & scored on catcher Jay Miller’s double.
Owen Sound regained the lead in the 5th. Jared Clancy delivered his second double on the day. Another double by Andrew Scott tied the game & then Aaron Fraser drove in the go ahead run.
The Volkswagen Junior Selects pulled away in the 6th & 7th with 5 runs highlighted by an rbi single from Clancy in the 6th & a 2 run homer by Tyler Baumber in the 7th.
Nolan Kreis was the winning pitcher, going 7 innings, yielding 8 hits & striking out 1.

Game 2
Owen Sound Volkswagen Junior Selects 5 Palermo Athletics 3
Palermo opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd on a sacrifice fly by Mike Welton.
Owen Sound took the lead in the top of third as Jared Clancy had an rbi triple and Jamie Purdon followed with a single to score Clancy for a 2-1 lead.
The Athletics tied it in the bottom of the inning as Jamie Robinson doubled and scored on a Volkswagen error.
Volkswagen regained the lead in the 5th when Purdon singled, stole second & scored on an rbi from Stefan Walma
Palermo tied it again in the bottom of the inning when Larry Withnell walked, was sacrificed to second and scored on a Keith Rankin double.
The Junior Selects won it with 2 runs in the top of the 7th. Clancy got on board due to an error, advanced on a perfect hit & run with Purdon and both came in to score on a series of fielder’s choice plays.
Palermo was blanked in the bottom of the 7th giving the Volkswagen Juniors the sweep
Dustin Veenhof was the winning pitcher, giving up 4 hits & striking out 3
Gord Scott took the loss for the Athletics, giving up 10 hits ( 4 to Purdon ) and striking out 6.

#21 Elora Wellington Brewers beat #18 Alvinston Indians to win St. Clements

Monday, May 26th, 2008

#21 Elora Wellington Brewers avenged an early morning loss to #18 Alvinston Indians with an “if” game victory to win the St. Clements tournament late Sunday afternoon.

#15 Kitchener Outlaws beat #12 Elmira Cubs in the “B” Final.

Sunday scores:
“A” Champions – Elora

“A” FINALS “if” game
Elora over Alvinston

Elora – 6
Alvinston – 5

12:20pm Games
“A” Division semi
Elora – 6
Scarbourough Jr’s – 1

Linwood Jr’s – 8
Morpeth – 7

Kitchener Outlaws – 5
Elmira Cubs – 1

10:40am Games
“A” Division
#18 Alvinston – 3
#21 Elora – 1

“B” Division
#15 Kitchener Outlaws – 5
#28 Shakespeare Falcons – 1

“B” Division
#12 Elmira Cubs – 6
#24 Harriston – 5

“C” Division
Morpeth – 9
Oshawa – 1

Saturday scores:
Game 7
Scorborough 11
Morpeth 1

Game 8
Port Elgin 7
Napanee 0

Game 9
Elora 5
Shakespeare 0

Game 10
Mitchell Mets 3
KItchener Outlaws 2

Game 11
Alvinston 7
Elmira 4

Game 12
Scarborough defeated Port Elgin (score unknown- extra inning)

Game 13
Waterloo Jrs. 8
Mitchell Jrs. 4

Game 14
Breslaw Badgers 6
Linwood Jrs. 4

Game 15
Harriston 6
Oshawa 3

Game 16
Napanee 6
Morpeth 1

Game 17
Shakespeare defeated Breslau (score unknown)

Game 18
Kitchener Outlaws defeated Waterloo Jrs (score unknown)

Game 19
Elmira 4
Napanee 2

Game 20
Harriston 8
Port Elgin 2

Game 21
Morpeth 9
Oshawa Jrs. 1

Friday scores:
#28 Shakespeare Falcons – 5 Fred Follings
Mitchell Jr’s – 0 Derek Bannon

#15 Kitchener Outlaws – 9 Dan Martin
Breslau Badgers – 1 Andrew Putnam

#12 Elmira Cubs – 6 Casey Halstead
#24 Harriston – 5 Scott Smith

#21 Elora – 7 Mike Pinder
Waterloo Jr’s – 0

#38 Mitchell Mets – 2 Kevin Pomfret
Linwood Jr’s – 1 Cory Avery

#6 NY Knights top #1 TNT in Linden, NJ

Monday, May 26th, 2008

NY Knights win Metro Fastpitch Invitational

Playoff round, Sunday May 25
Knights 5
Adco 4
WP – Pidcock 1/3 inning relief of Hillhouse 6 2/3 0 ER
LP – Jones 7 IP

Pa Power 9
Rahway AC 1
WP – Fogel
LP – Mark

Pa Power 2
WP – Tracy 7 IP
LP – Rutt 7 IP

NY Knights – 6
TNT – 5
WP – Pidcock 7 IP
LP – Tracy 7 IP

John Rozich had 2 Home Runs in the final for the Knights giving him 7 for the weekend earning him the MVP award.

The organizers would like to thank all the teams who particpated for a very competitive weekend of fastpitch.

#16 Wyevale Tribe in tough

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Playing their first weekend in the ISC Canada East Travel League, #16 Wyevale Tribe are in tough against three top 20 ISC teams. Of note for Wyevale, in the game their ace, Jason Giffen, pitched, they gave the ISC #12 Jarvis Gamblers a close game. We wouldn’t expect Bell or McLean to be logging many innings come time for the qualifier or the ToC.

We also note the success of last year’s ISC II T3 Niagara Snappers, who enter the season ranked #20 in the ISC.

Sat. May 24th/08
Game # 3
Jarvis Gamblers 4 vs Wyevale Tribe 1
WP Andrew Phibbs
LP Jason Giffen
High Lites: Rino Dambrisio Home Run in 5th inning
Andrew Phibbs registered 14 K’s in 7 innings

Game # 5
Jarvis Gamblers 11 Wyevale Tribe 1
WP Andrew Phibbs
LP Chris Bell
High Lites: Rino Dambrisio and Chat Staats each had1 Home Run and 2 Hits in 3 plate appearances.

Game #4
St. thomas 3 Niagara 2
Wp – Tane Richardson in relief of Andy Jackson (4 innings)
Lp – Byron Demoe
HR Jackson (St. T)
HR Richardson (St. T)
HR Dearborn (Nia)
Aaron Gould game winning RBI in bottom of 7th

Game #6
St. Thomas 1 Niagara 1
Simpson (nia)
Richardson(4 innings) & Beecroft (3 innings)(St. T)
Burtt HR & 2B (Nia)
Jackson 2B, RBI ( St. T)
Pullen 2 hits (St.T)

Game #7
St. Thomas 11 Wyevale 0
W Cummings, Jackson (2 innings)
Payne 3 hits, HR, 4 RBIS (St. T)
Wismer 3 hits, 2 RBIs (St. T)

Game # 8
St. Thomas 6 Wyevale 0 (5 innings)
Wp – Ryan Cummings with relief from Dan Beecroft(4th)
Lp – Andy McLean
HR Richardson (St.T)
Roote 3 hits (St. T.)
Coleman 2 hits (St.T)