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ISC II Changes for 2009

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

At the recent ISC Board of Directors meeting in Kimberly, the following changes were approved for implementation in 2009. They appear below in no particular order of importance.

1. ISC II Player Reclassification Request Deadline – Appeals to have current World Tournament players reclassified for ISC II eligibility, must be submitted no later than June 1. See new process for requesting reclassification below.

2. Reclassification and Appeal Form Created – A new form and process for reclassifications and appeals has been created and is now displayed on the ISC Web Site Click on Rules & Forms link in the left margin of front page.

A. The initial team request or appeal must be sent to the Regional Vice President.
Decision to be made within 5-business days.

B. Player reclassification requests from teams, denied at the Regional level, may be appealed to the ISC II Reclassification Committee and and a decision will be made within 5-business days.

C. Player reclassification requests denied by the ISC II Reclassification Committee and all other appeals denied at the Regional level, may be appealed to the ISC Executive Committee by submitting the appeal form and a non-refundable $100 credit card fee and sending it to the ISC Executive
Director. Decision to be made within 5-business days.

D. Appeal decisions made by the ISC Executive Committee are final.

4. ISC II Move-up Berths – Beginning with 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions, the top two finishing teams will be provided automatic berths in the following year’s ISC World Tournament (2010), and will not be eligible for ISC II qualifiers or the Tournament of Champions in that following year.

5. Mexico and Caribbean Return to US Regions – For 2009 ISC play, residents of Mexico and Caribbean countries will be attached to US Regions as they were in the 2007 season. Mexico is divided between US West and US Central while all Caribbean countries become part of US East. The revised Regional Definitions will appear on the ISC Web Site and in the 2009 ISC World Championship Guide.

6. South American Player Rep – Due to the number of South American players, now participating in ISC and ISC II play, a South American Player Rep will be named to serve on the ISC Player Rep Committee.

7. Out of Region Form Discontinued – The Out of Region – Player Letter of Intent Form will be eliminated beginning in 2009. The new process involves having the Out of Region player, send an email commitment to the ISC Executive Director no later than May 1. The team manager is to be copied on the email. On or before May 1, the team manager completes the Out of Region Team Recap Form and mails it to the ISC Executive Director with the appropriate fee. The Team Recap form will be displayed on the ISC Web Site (Rules & Forms link).

Sample email commitment from player is simply: “I intend to play the 2009 ISC season with (team name)”. Most player email addresses contain the players name so few if any problems are expected with this new, simplified process.

Ken Hackmeister
Executive Director


A look at the 2008 ToC in numbers

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

79 games played in 4 days

14 games decided by 7 runs or more = 17%

28 games decided by 1 run = 36%

16 games decided by 2 runs or less = 20%

44 games out of 79 games decided by 2 or fewer runs = 56%

Nothing speaks to the competitive balance of the ISC II program more than the above stats.

Thanks to Canada East Regional Commissioner Joe Todd for the numbers.

2008 ISC II ToC Final Order of Finish

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

1 Bakersfield, CA Taylor Farms LumberKings 7 – 1
2 Waterdown, ON Hammer 6 – 1
T3 Kitchener, ON Outlaws 5 – 1
T3 New York, NY Knights 5 – 1
T5 Sacramento, CA River City Rockers 5 – 2
T5 Ashland, OH Stock Pack 4 – 1
T5 St. Paul, MN ASB Villard 4 – 2
T5 Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder 3 – 2
T9 Elmira, ON Cubs 3 – 1
T9 Sun Valley, CA Rude Pac 3 – 2
T9 Perkasie, PA Hoffman Rise 3 – 2
T9 Wilkes-Barre, PA Keating’s Fitness 3 – 2
T9 Oswego, NY Cutro Professional Inspections 3 – 2
T9 Mascoutah, IL Pete’s Blues 3 – 3
T9 Bridgeport, ON Braves 2 – 2
T9 Lloydminster, AB Dodgers 2 – 2
T17 Sioux Falls, SD Sox 2 – 2
T17 Palermo, ON Athletics 2 – 2
T17 Wyevale, ON Tribe 2 – 3
T17 Hermann, MO Black Gold 2 – 3
T17 Bulyea, SK Rustlers 2 – 3
T17 Elora, ON Wellington Brewers 2 – 3
T17 Waverly, MN Herda & Sons 1 – 4
T17 Salt Lake City, UT Innovative Communications 1 – 4
T25 Memphis, TN Posse 1 – 3
T25 Carp, ON I4C Victory 1 – 3
T25 South Lebanon, PA TNT 1 – 3
T25 Chicago, IL Fastpitch 1 – 3
T25 Kelvington, SK PDC Comets 0 – 4
T25 Appleton, WI The Bar of Appleton II 0 – 4
T25 Kenosha, WI Earl’s Club 0 – 4
T25 Winterset, IA A’s 0 – 4

ISC II Thank You’s

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

With the 2008 edition of the Tournament of Champions now in the books, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of so many individuals without whose contributions the ToC would not be what it was this year – without a doubt, the absolute best tournament played this season outside of the World Tournament.

First, to our statisticians, led by Hank DeWild with a big assist from Jim Johnson and Tony Schaaf, you guys do a great job with not enough recognition. THANK YOU!!

The Host Committee – the North Side Sizzle Softball Club – led by Reed Rudie and Todd Trueblood and Jody Lockhart. Unless you have hosted a tournament of this magnitude, you don’t know the amount of work required. Thank you for doing everything you did to make the teams, players, umpires and staff welcome.

Ken Vierling assembled a very capable Blue Crew who did fantastic work all week up to and including the championship game.

The Ballpark Radio crew of Kyle, Jim, Billy and Joe. I truly think that the broadcasts are just one of the many items that set this tournament apart from all others. The work you guys do is incomparable.

And speaking of incomparable, I want to acknowlege Maddy Flanagan, who takes so many good pictures that words simply don’t do justice to your work. I will go further than what Ken Hackmeister said at our closing ceremonies. Not just probably, you ARE the best!

To Jim Williamson, Ken Hackmeister, Larry Fisher, Dean Oscar, Dick Mason, Bill Howell and all the others who firmly support ISC II within our organization, thank you. It was also great to see members of the Vancouver Grey Sox, So Cal Bombers and others from the ISC come out to support their friends playing in the championship game onWednesday.

Lastly, to the teams and players. Its you who make this tournament. Without your dedication and commitment to the game and to the ISC II program, I don’t know where we would be. Seeing players from so many teams come out to watch yesterday’s championship game was a testament to the comraderie that exists within ISC II. Thank you.


Blair Setford

Post Script – as I always do, I left out some important thank you’s on the first attempt. The ISC II staff: Doug Bach, Mal Swift, Kyle Smith and Jeff Whetstone did their usual fantastic job running the tournament. A big thank you to them. And, to ISC Canada East Regional Commissioners Colin Smith and Joe Todd – we couldn’t do this without you.

Day 4 – California Dreamin’

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

California Taylor Farms LumberKings rallied for a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Waterdown Hammer to become the first top-ranked team to win the ISC II Tournament of Champions.

The LumberKings victory capped a day spectacular fastball with all but one of the seven games played at Memorial Park in Appleton decided by only one or two runs.

In the final, winning pitcher Dave Drotzmann and the Hammer’s Wayne Wells each worked three scoreless innings before the Hammer got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with Matt DaSilva coming in to score.

The LumberKings replied with two runs of their own. Pat Fuentes scored the tying run on a wild pitch and then Brian Teeters scored on an infield ground out to put California in the lead for good. Drotzmann worked 1-2-3 innings in the sixth & seventh to get the complete game victory.

California started the day with a nervy 3-1 win over Ottawa Team Easton Thunder. ISC II MVP Marcus Tan lead off the game with an inside the park home rund to give the LumberKings a lead they would never relinquish. Jeff Twist reached base after a strike out passed ball, and came around to score the second run. Ottawa trimmed the lead to 2-1 on an unearned run, though the LumberKings added a key insurance run in the 6th on a Marcus Tan sacrifice fly. Centerfielder Brian Teeters made a game saving catch in the bottom of the 6th on a long gap shot with two men aboard to preserve the win.

In the semi finals, it was Teeters to the rescue again, with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to provide themargin of victory as the Lumberkings edged the previously unbeaten New York Knights 2-1. Mike Egerdeen turned in his finest performance of the 2008 ISC II tournament, an 11 strikeout, 3-hitter, going the distance for the win. Egerdeen had only one mistake in the game, surrendering a fourth inning solo home run to straight-a-way center to first baseman Dave Lohman. Until the Teeters home run, it appeared that the performance might go for naught, but the Lumberkings showed remarkable resiliency, with three wins coming in their final at bat.

For Waterdown, they started the day facing hard-throwing righty Kevin Kammueller of St. Paul, MN ASB Villard. Wells lasted only four innings before giving way to Tim Neill. With the game tied at 2, the Hammer broke the game open in the top of the seventh with three runs, two of them coming on a key Dave Brownhill triple.

Neill would go the distance for Waterdown in their 2-1 semi-final win over Kitchener Outlaws. Waterdown got on the board early as Tim Coe followed a John Kemp triple with an RBI single. In the second, back to back triples by Brownhill and Kemp counted the second run for the Hammer. Neill was masterful, not allowing an Outlaws runner past first base until a Tim Dubois home run in the 5th.

Earlier in the day, New York ended the run by Bryan Newton and the River City Rockers with a 6-2 victory while Ashland Stock Pack were eliminated by Kitchener.

Marcus Tan was named the ISC II MVP. Also the RBI leader with 11, Tan played stellar defence at second for the LumberKings and provided both power and average from his lead-off spot in the order.

John Kemp was the leading hitter, batting .562 prior to the final.

Dave Drotzmann was the Most Outstanding Pitcher, finishing with a 5-0 record.

2008 ISC II All-Tournament Team

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

2008 ISC II All-Tournament Team

John Kemp, Waterdown Hammer
Shane Flinner, Ashland Stock Pack

Dave Drotzmann, California Taylor Farms LumberKings
Bryan Newton, River City Rockers
Tim Neill, Waterdown Hammer


Ron Guzman, California Taylor Farms LumberKings
Marcus Tan, California Taylor Farms LumberKings
Adam Hiller, Elmira Cubs
Josh Brohman, Kitchener Outlaws
Neil Curtis, Waterdown Hammer

Brad Webb, Ashland Stock Pack
Peter Hill, Bulyea Rustlers
Canyon Vance, Innovative Communications
Brian Teeters, California Taylor Farms LumberKings

Designated Player

Toby Ranck, Keating’s Fitness

Most RBIs

Marcus Tan, California Taylor Farms LumberKings

Leading Hitter
John Kemp, Waterdown Hammer .562

Top Pitcher

Dave Drotzmann, California Taylor Farms LumberKings 5-0

Most Valuable Player

Marcus Tan, California Taylor Farms LumberKings

Final Four

1st California Taylor Farms LumberKings
2nd Waterdown Hammer
T3 Kitchener Outlaws
T3 New York Knights

Day 3 – Elite Eight

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

For several teams at the 2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions, it was all about survival Tuesday as they fought and scratched and clawed their way into the Elite Eight who will contend for the title on Wednesday.

On the top of the bracket, Kitchener Outlaws prevailed over Rude Pac to become the first team to qualify for the Elite Eight with a hard-fought 3-2 win. Mel Ross paced the Outlaws both in the circle and at the plate, driving in two of Kitchener’s three runs, including the first and the third. Ross also carried a 1-hitter into the 7th only to have Rude Pac rally for two runs on the bottom of the seventh before closing the door.

Ashland Stockpack made the Elite Eight, again, on the strength of pitching by Ty McKinney and good sticks at the plate. Stockpack never trailed as they eliminated Hoffman Rise 5-3. Stockpack also has the loudest fans at the tourney, as there are several families supporting the team from Ohio.

The Ashland-Kitchener matchup can be heard on Ballpark Radio Wednesday at 9 am.

A surprise member of the Elite Eight is St. Paul ASB Villard. With workhorse Kevin Kammueller on the mound, ASB Villard took out Elora Wellington Brewers 3-1 before hanging on to beat Lloydminster Dodgers 4-3.

Matching up with St. Paul will be Waterdown Hammer. The Hammer, who have scored but 8 runs in winning all four of their games thus far, will look to scratch out another win as they did against Pete’s Blues, grinding out a 2-0 win to qualify for the Elite Eight.

One of those four teams will be in the final.

On the bottom half of the bracket, it’s been one slobberknocker after another.

After being upset in pool play, the California LumberKings won a pair of games 5-4 to advance to the Elite Eight. In the first, the top-ranked LumberKings held off Salt Lake City Innovative Communications in a see-saw affair to advance to face the Bridgeport Braves. Trailing 4-3 heading into the bottom of the 7th, Brian Teeters hit an inside-the-park HR to knot the game at 4. Ron Guzman then came up with the game-winning RBI to keep California’s hopes alive.

Ottawa Team Easton Thunder trailed Keating’s Fitness 1-0 until late in the game when they strung together some key hits to take a 2-1 lead. With Corey Costello firing bullets, the Thunder moved into the Elite Eight and will face California in the morning.

River City Rockers took the longest route into the Elite Eight with three big wins on the day, including an 8-0 shellacking of the defending champion TNT to open their day. River City then dumped Palermo Athletics 5-0 before coming up against Elmira Cubs. Trailing 2-0, the Rockers’ Mario Pereira drilled a two-run bomb to tie the game and set the stage for extra innings heroics as the Rockers won 3-2.

The final team to qualify for the Elite Eight were the New York Knights. Facing CPI in an all-NY State battle, the big boys from the city doubled their upstate cousins 6-3 to advance.

Again, one of these four teams will advance to the finals.

Will Mel Ross be this year’s Jeremy Tracy or will it be Ty McKinney? Can Waterdown Hammer score off Kevin Kammueler? Can Wayne Wells hold down ASB Villard long enough to give the Hammer a chance to scratch out a run? A year after he didn’t get the chance to face them in the finals, can Corey Costello beat the California LumberKings? Does Bryan Newton, who has thrown all but 3 innings of his team’s games due to an injury, have enough left to beat the high octane offence of the NY Knights?

All of these questions will be answered by about 4 pm tomorrow. Don’t miss it!

Ballpark Radio schedule for Day 4

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Wednesday August 13 – all times central
9:00 AM
Quarter-final game
Kitchener Outlaws vs Ashland Stockpack

11:30 AM
Semi-final 1
Winner Gm 73 vs Winner Gm 74

Semi-final 2 (alternate channel)

Winner Gm 75 vs Winner Gm 76

2:00 PM
ISC II Championship Game
Winner Gm 77 vs Winner Gm 78

Bonus Broadcast – Today at 11am Central added: TNT, South Lebanon, PA vs. River City Rockers, Sacramento, CA

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Update: This “bonus coverage” broadcast has been confirmed — LOGIN THROUGH THE BLUE BUTTON AT

11:00 AM – ALTERNATE CHANNEL (tentative) *****

First-round game:
B4 vs G3
South Lebanon TNT vs River City Rockers

Here’s what ISC II Commish Blair Setford had to say about this one:

Setting up the first round of games on Tuesday morning, the best match-up is B4 vs G3 – TNT vs River City Rockers. Either the defending champions, who have struggled at the plate, or the team with one of the top 3 pitchers in the tournament will be headed home after this one. Wow.

Be sure to note – this broadcast on Ballparkradio Channel 2 – “Two on Blue” — look for the blue button at the bottom of

or right here:

Ballpark Radio schedule for Day 3

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Tuesday August 12 – all times are central time
Playoff Bracket
10:30 AM
First-round game:
D4 vs E3
Carp I4C Victory vs Salt Lake City Innovative Communications

11:00 AM – ALTERNATE CHANNEL (tentative)
First-round game:
B4 vs G3
South Lebanon TNT vs River City Rockers

Update: ***** This “bonus coverage” broadcast has been confirmed —

Be sure to note – this broadcast on Ballparkradio Channel 2 – “Two on Blue” — look for the blue button at the bottom of

or right here:

12:30 PM
Second-round game
Winner Gm 49 vs C2 (Rude Pac)

2:30 PM
Second-round game
Winner Gm 53 vs A2 (California LumberKings)

4:30 PM
Third-round game
Winner Gm 57 vs D1 (Kitchener Outlaws)

6:30 PM
Third-round game
Winner Gm 61 vs B1 (Bridgeport Braves)

Day 2 – Upsets abound

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

If Day 1 went mostly according script with the higher ranked teams beating the lower ranked teams in their respective pools, then Day 2 will be remembered for some big upsets and shocking results with potentially terminal ramifications for a pair of highly regarded teams.

Top-ranked California LumberKings dropped a 4-2 decision to the lowest ranked team in their pool, Lloydminster Dodgers. That upset would propel the Dodgers to the top seed in Tuesday’s playoff round, giving them a double bye into the third round of the single-elimination bracket.

The LumberKings would recover to spank Memphis Posse Monday night and claim the #2 seed in Pool A and a first round bye. Memphis finishes #3 in Pool A by virtue of their win over Wyevale Tribe who finish at A4. Wyevale knocked off the Dodgers early in the day, but dropped an 8-5 decision to the Posse in the afternoon.

As shocking as the Dodgers win over the LumberKings, another western Canada team tripped up the defending champions South Lebanon TNT. Bulyea Rustlers threw the standings in Pool B into total disarray with a 3-2 win. That left TNT need a win over Sioux Falls Sox to claim the top seed and the double bye. It wasn’t to be.

Sioux Falls rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a game-tying single in the 6th and won it in the 8th on a game-ending double play with a TNT runner called out at the plate. The loss handed the division title to Bridgeport Braves, who had wins over Sioux Falls and Bulyea Monday, while TNT dropped to the #4 seed. Sioux Falls finishes #2 while Bulyea comes in at #3.

In Pool C, the New York Knights made it look relatively easy, finishing 3-0, but it wasn’t quite the cakewalk that it seemed at first glance. The Knights needed extras to put away Rude Pac and for 6 innings clung to a 1-0 lead over Elora Wellington Brewers before prevailing 3-0.

While the Knights get the double bye, it’s Rude Pac in the #2 spot as they rallied for a late 4-3 win over Elora who finished third. Earl’s Club will look to get their offence untracked in the playoff round as they went 0-3 in pool play.

John Rozich belted another pair of titanic home runs yesterday, giving him 4 for the tournament.

In Pool D, Kitchener Outlaws scored a 1-0 win over CPI, scoring the only run in the first inning and making it stand up. The Outlaws get the top seed with their 3-0 record, while CPI finishes 2nd. Pete’s Blues who edged Salt Lake City Innovative Communications, will be the #3 seed with Salt Lake finishing a hard-luck 0-3 will be #4.

In Pool E, the standings were a little cleaner as Ashland Stockpack, with a 7th inning walk-off win over Winterset A’s claimed the top seed. Palermo Athletics finished second at 2-1. Carp 14C Victory is the #3 seed at 1-2 while Winterset is the #4 seed at 0-3.

In Pool F, Elmira continued their imitation of a Mack truck, crushing the opposition. The Cubs have scored 27 runs and have yet to allow a run. Hoffman Rise, with a 2-1 nailbiter win over Black Gold secured the #2 seed and the first round bye. Black Gold comes in at #3 while The Bar of Appleton will be the #4 seed.

In Pool G, the tie-breaker rules were put to the test as Ottawa Team Easton Thunder, River City Rockers and St. Paul ASB Villard all finished with 2-1 records. Ottawa beat Villard Sunday before dropping a 2-1 decision in the bottom of the 7th to River City on Monday, but River City had earlier lost to Villard 3-1.

By virtue of allowing the fewest runs in the games involving the 3 tied teams, Ottawa finishes first and gets the double bye while the win by Villard over River City gave them the #2 seed. River City will have to play 3 games on Tuesday to advance to the Elite Eight with Kelvington PDC Comets getting the #4 seed.

Waterdown Hammer scored only 6 runs in their 3 pool games, but it was enough to win all of them and finish first in Pool H. The Hammer needed 8 innings to edge Chicago Fastpitch 1-0 while Keating’s Fitness scored 3 late runs to beat Herda & Sons 5-2 and nail down the #2 seed. Chicago finishes third in Pool H with Herda & Sons #4.

Setting up the first round of games on Tuesday morning, the best match-up is B4 vs G3 – TNT vs River City Rockers. Either the defending champions, who have struggled at the plate, or the team with one of the top 3 pitchers in the tournament will be headed home after this one. Wow.

The bottom half of the draw looks to be the toughest with the LumberKings, Ottawa, Elmira, New York and Bridgeport all on that side. Whoever comes out of that dog-fight will be battle tested, but will they have enough left for the finals on Wednesday?

Stick around to see – it’s gonna be great!

Ballpark Radio schedule for Day 2

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Monday August 11 – all times are central daylight time.
10:30 AM
#4 Oswego, NY Cutro Professional Inspections vs
#13 Kitchener, ON Outlaws

12:30 PM
#5 Ashland, OH Stockpack vs
#11 Palermo, ON Athletics

2:30 PM
#3 New York City, NY Knights vs
#12 Elora, ON Wellington Brewers

4:30 PM
#7 Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder vs
#15 Sacramento, CA River City Rockers

6:30 PM
#1 Bakersfield, CA Taylor Farms LumberKings vs
#20 Memphis, TN Posse

8:30 PM
#2 South Lebanon, PA TNT vs
#18 Sioux Falls, SD Sox