October 23, 2014

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USA Softball Men’s National Team arrives in Argentina for Pan American Games and World Championship Qualifier

PARANA, Argentina – The USA Softball Men’s National Team arrived in Argentina on Monday as the team looks to qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games and 2014 International Softball Federation (ISF) XIV Men’s World Championship the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. Team USA will compete in a series of exhibition games against […]

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2015 Open and 55+ Memorial Weekend Tournaments – Prescott AZ

Possibly the greatest place to host a fastball tournament, Prescott, Arizona. Si Senor will host an OPEN and 55+ tournament Memorial Week-End May 23-24, 2015. Contact Herbwisdom [at] mailbug.com or 520-398-2397

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Erie 2015 prize money set at $4,000

From Bill Hillhouse, in Erie PA Just a reminder as we begin the winter dull drums of no fastball…. The Erie PA Ed McCormick tournament will take place BETWEEN the ASA National and ISC World tournament (first weekend of August). Due to the unusual nature of the 2015 season, of National teams, Pan Am games, […]

Nafaldo Cargnel stadium in Parana Argentina, host of the 2014 Pan Am Qualifier. (IX Conpasa Men’s Fastpitch PanAm) Confederación Argentina de Softbol - October 25-November 2, 2014. — in Paraná, Entre Rios.

Schedule for Pan-Am Qualifier at Parana Argentina – Oct. 24-Nov. 1, 2014

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Dave Blackburn Memorial Tree and Plaque (Dedication at Santa Barbara CA Nov 22)

We are pleased to share the information for the Dave Blackburn Memorial Tree and Plaque, cap tip Kenny Schwartz: Help fund the installation of a 25 foot oak tree and memorial plaque in honor of Dave Blackburn. (Santa Barbara, California) Click here for indie-gogo page. The Opportunity Maccabi USA Softball has ordered the memorial plaque […]

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Schedule for Canada’s Sr. Men at Pan-Am Qualfier in Parana ARG – Oct 24-Nov 1, 2014

Cap tip ISC Canada East. Click here to view the schedule for the Sr. Canadian Men’s team for the Pan-Am Qualifier in Parana Argentina, October 24-November 1, 2014 IX Men’s Pan American Championship (Parana, Argentina) Date Game Time Media October 24 Canada vs. Dominican Republic 3:30pm EDT TBD October 25 Canada vs. Cuba 3:00pm EDT […]

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Mike Piechnik to be inducted into the ISF Hall of Fame – October 18, 2014

Information courtesy of Softball BC: 2014 ISF HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE MIKE PIECHNIK Mike Piechnik will be inducteed into the ISF Hall of Fame during the Softball BC Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday October 18, 2014. The event will take place at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, BC. Mike Piechnik began his softball […]

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Watching last night’s record setting 18 inning marathon between the Giants and the Nationals, which lasted 6 hours & 23 minutes, with 17 pitchers throwing 475 pitches, 119 hitters coming to bat, and delivering 17 hits, I couldn’t help but remember another 18 inning game, one that I was involved in. Hard to believe, but […]

Jr. Sting claim first Huron men’s fastball league title

From the Mitchell Advocate: The Sebringville Jr. Sting men’s fastball team earned the title of Huron Men’s Fastball League Champions the Sept. 12-14 weekend in Wingham, going undefeated in the double-knockout tournament. Click here to read the entire article and to view team photo of the Jr. Sting.

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6th Amigos Fastpitch Tournament – Hayward CA – Nov. 15-16, 2014

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Grimsby Diamond Kings capture NAFA 45+ at Moline IL

From the Bracebridge Examiner By Brent Cooper BRACEBRIDGE – A chance encounter has helped a Bracebridge man win a world title. Ted Conway said he was having a conversation with some visiting players during a fastball tournament in Muskoka this past June when they asked him if he would be interested in joining them at […]

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2014 Ontario Challenge Cup Recap

From ISC Canada East With the conclusion of the Ontario Challenge Cup and the awarding of the Laverne Reichert Memorial Trophy to Shakespeare Falcons, the 2014 fastball season comes to a close for ISC Canada East. We want to thank our host committee lead by Darrell and Alisha Anderson and the Ohsweken Redmen and the […]

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Mike Piechnik to be inducted into the ISF Hall of Fame – October 18, 2014

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2014 ISF HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

MIKE PIECHNIK

Mike Piechnik will be inducteed into the ISF Hall of Fame during the Softball BC Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday October 18, 2014. The event will take place at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, BC.

Mike Piechnik began his softball career at the age of 15 as an outfielder with a strong arm and bat. He quickly became interested in pitching and started to practice by pitching to his older brother Andy at their farm home. His dedication to fitness and his strong work ethic shaped by his father, quickly propelled his softball career to become one of the top left-handed pitchers in the game. He went on to win over 10 provincial Championships, and would go on to have great success at the Senior Men’s Canadian Championships from 1991-2001. During this time he became a dominant Pitcher on the World stage.

Mike has won four Canadian Championship Gold medals (1991, 1992, 1997 and 2001) and earned numerous awards, including Top Pitcher (1990, 1993, 1995 and 1998), Most Valuable Player – Qualifying Round (1993), and Top Player – Championship Round (1992 and 2001). Some of his major accomplishments included pitching six games in two days to win gold (1991), winning Gold and pitching with a perfect earned run average of 0.00 (1992), and pitching back-to-back perfect games (1993). After having back surgery in 2000, he came back to win the 2001 Senior Men’s Championship at the age of 40.

Mike has also won two U.S. Men’s National Championships (1993, 1996) and won top pitcher honours in both. He is the current record holder for most strikeouts in a U.S. National Championship (1998) with 140 strike-outs in 7 games! One marathon game went an amazing 20 innings, where Mike struck out 46 batters on route to winning a 1-0 pitching duel.

Mike was a valuable member of Canada’s Men’s program from 1987 to 1999. Highlights in his career with Canada include winning two Gold medals at the Pan American Games (1995, 1999), and a Gold and Silver medal at the I.S.F. World Championship (1992, 1996). At the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina, he went 3-0 and helped Canada win Gold. He then backed that performance up at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, with a 4-0 record, including being the winning pitcher in the Gold medal game.

When Canada competed at the 1992 ISF World Championship in Manila, Mike went a perfect 5-0 as Canada won the Gold medal. He then backed that up with another perfect 4-0 performance at the 1996 I.S.F. World Championship in Midland, Michigan, where Canada won the Silver medal. He also played in three North American Challenge Cups, winning Gold in 1991 and Silver in 1992 and 1993, and was Most Valuable Pitcher and Most Valuable Player at the event in 1992.

As one of the top pitchers in the World during his career, Mike is truly deserving of his place in the ISF Hall of Fame.

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