December 21, 2014

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4 Days Left to Fund completion of Dave Blackburn film , “The King and Me”

Just 4 Days Left to Fund completion of Dave Blackburn film , “The King and Me”. A story of fastpitch softball competition team spirit and one man’s conquest to triumph over tragedy Click here for more information and/or to help with the funding. The 4 minute video below is the centerpiece of the original IndieGoGo […]

Big season ahead for Canada’s Jeff Ellsworth

From the Journal Pioneer By Eric McCarthy Ellsworth preparing for two international events with Team Canada O’LEARY – As he enters the twilight of his softball career with Team Canada, Jeff Ellsworth enjoys seeing the passion of new players. “I know I was there years ago,” recalls Ellsworth. “I still remember, in Mexico, when they […]

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Softball New Zealand has a new website !

Softball New Zealand has a new website ! Click here to see it

Podcast Interview with Tony Giles, Softball New Zealand

From Radio Australia Softball making slow but steady progress in the Pacific New Zealand and Australia have both made it through to the 2015 Softball World Championships after a close battle in the Oceania qualifiers. Softball making slow but steady progress in the Pacific (Credit: ABC) The New Zealanders dominated proceedings, beating the Australians twice, […]

New Zealand Black Sox qualify for 2015 ISF World Championship

From the Otago Daily Times The Black Sox strolled to qualification for next year’s world championships in Canada, giving them a chance to claim back-to-back titles. The Sox earned their spot after a convincing overall display in the Oceania Softball Series at Albany’s Rosedale Park, despite narrowly losing last night’s series final to Australia 1-0. […]

Oceania Qualifier 2014

Australia beats New Zealand Black Sox in Oceania final

From NZ City: Australia’s beefed-up pitching proved the difference in a 1-0 win over New Zealand in the Oceania men’s softball championship final. Australia wheeled out their big pitching weapons to telling effect to beat New Zealand 1-0 in the final of the Oceania men’s softball championship. After dominating the round-robin phase in Auckland, the […]

Oceania Qualifier 2014

Broadcast rights awarded for Oceania Qualifier

From Yahoo Sports: The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced today that broadcast rights have been awarded for the Oceania Qualifier of the 2015 Men’s Softball World Championship throughout the Oceania region. Baseball and softball international competitions sanctioned by the WBSC have developed growing player, fan, commercial and broadcast interest around the world in recent […]

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Video from Team 1st Hitting: Improve Hand Eye Coordination and Swing Speed

Latest video from Team 1st Hitting (two of the best, Jeff Ellsworth and Steve Mullaley): “Improve Hand Eye Coordination and Swing “Speed. See more videos at their Facebook page. Including this video, “How to Get More Hits”.

Oceania Qualifier 2014

Oceania ISF Qualifier – Auckland, New Zealand – December 12-13, 2014

Information courtesy of our friend Jason Gerbes in New Zealand: From Tony Giles, Chief Executive, Softball New Zealand We are now only 7 days from the first pitch at the Oceania Men’s Qualifier at Rosedale Park, Albany. All three teams have been announced and excitement is building with the teams at SNZ, NHSA, and the […]

Tyson Byrne back to help lead New Zealand Black Sox

From the Press/Stuff New Zealand: By JOHN SELKIRK/Fairfax NZ Tyson Byrne grew up watching Mark Sorenson strut his stuff on Hutt Valley softball diamonds and now he’s become one of his right-hand men in the Black Sox camp. Byrne starred at shortstop as New Zealand won a record sixth world championship title last year but […]

Video: New Zealand Black Sox prepare for Oceania qualifiers

Video interview with Mark Sorenson and Nathan Nukunuku From 3 News New Zealand New Zealand Softball is eyeing a seventh World Title, but first they have to negotiate the Oceania qualifying series this weekend in Auckland. The Black Sox are defending world champions but coach Mark Sorensen says they aren’t getting ahead of themselves. “It’s […]

OLYMPICS/ IOC paves way for return of softball, baseball in 2020 Tokyo Games

From THE ASAHI SHIMBUN MONACO–Men’s baseball and women’s softball, two sports that Japan excels in, are expected to return as official events for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics following revised rules on hosting the Games. The International Olympic Committee at a Dec. 8 extraordinary general meeting here voted on 40 proposed revisions for organizing the […]

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

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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 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.

Tickets are $65.00 each. Please CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets today!