Archive for the ‘ISC-II’ Category

Team Argentina heading to New Zealand

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

From our friend Martin Jorge:

Argentina Men’s National Team Staff confirmed today that school will be touring in New Zealand and Australia between 24 November and 12 December in what will be the first international competition will face the national team since he is commanded by Eduardo Sabaté.

Selection will be leaving from Buenos Aires on November 24 for New Zealand where he held a series of meetings with the selected second in the world, the Black Sox. On 1 December the national group will travel along with the selected New Zealand to Australian lands, where they will play from 3 to 5 December, the National Championship Skin, along with the eight best teams in Australia. The international series between the three selected, will run from 7 to 10 December in the city.

Yesterday, the Body Coach of Argentina Mayor announced the list of players who will join the Argentina National Team during the international competition:

1-Bittor, Nicholas Paraná
2-Bolzán, Kevin Paraná
3-Brandauer, Juan Bahia Blanca
4-Cáceres, Mauricio Bahia Blanca
5-Ferrara, Lautaro Paraná
6-Godoy, Gustavo Paraná
7-Godoy, Manuel Paraná
8-Guerrinieri, Gustavo Paraná
9 – Jiménez, Nicolás Bahía Blanca
10-Malatesta, Marcelo Paraná
11-Montero, Mariano Paraná
12-Montero, Maximiliano Paraná
13-Montero, Pablo Paraná
14-Motroni, Bruno Paraná
15-Petric, Fernando Paraná
16-Potolicchio, Juan Paraná
17-Rúa, Fernando Buenos Aires
18-Sabaté, Paraná Francisco
19-Sacks, Paraná Germain

It is noteworthy that two substitute players for any contingency that may arise with the squad (injury, administrative, labor or personal disabilities, etc.).

The Body Coach of Men’s Argentina is headed by Mayor Eduardo Sabaté, along with his assistant Mariano Spotorno (not travel due to labor), Rafael Salguero, Ricardo Biondi, Laureano Gomez, and Javier Martínez Team Leader.

Jorge Martin
Head of Media and Communication
Softball Confederation Argentina

New ISC II Player Rep – Eric Fogel

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

From the ISC

NEW ISC II Player Rep- Press Release

I would like to welcome Eric Fogel, from Hummelstown, Pa, as the new ISC II Player Rep.

Eric is an active player/pitcher/coach with Pennsylvania Power, who are coming off an impressive sixth place finish at the 2010 ISC World Tournament where they were also awarded the Frank Porth Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award.

The youngest of five children, Eric’s three older brothers got him playing the game at the age of 15 in 1981. He has been hooked on fastpitch ever since and still has the passion to carry on for many years to come.

Eric helped pitch his teams to two ASA National titles in 1999 and 2005 to go along with three titles in NAFA and NSA. He is also the girls softball pitching coach at Central Dauphin High School in Pennsylvania.

A school teacher, Eric and his wife Jodi have a two-year old son named Brody.

Eric’s email address is:
efogel13 (at)

Eric will be a valued member of the ISC Player Rep Committee and I look forward to seeing a new face, with new ideas and a keen love for the game of fastpitch

Joe Todd
ISC II Vice Pres
Ingersoll, Ontario
ftode739 (at)

ISC II Champion Crowned – Wellington ON Sox

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

ISC II Final Four Order of Finish

1 Wellington, ON Sox
2 Wyevale, ON Tribe
T3 Quyon, QC Combat Flyers
T3 Aurora, IL Dolan & Murphy

ISC II All-Tournament Team

Mike Kelly, Wyevale Tribe
Shane Flinner, Ashland Stock Pack


Todd Uhrig, Wellington Sox
Ian Wallwork, Wyevale Tribe
Joran Graham, Quyon Flyers

Jason Dawdy, Wellington Sox
John McNabb, Wyevale Tribe
Mark Kleffner, Aurora Dolan & Murphy
Jake Taylor, Cobourg Force
Joel Langford, Quyon Flyers


Scott Young, Niagara Snappers
Brad deBellevall, Hickson Reds
Josh Persell, USA Maccabi
Jeremy Creeden, Wellington Sox

Designated Player

Paul Priest, Wyevale Tribe

Most RBIs with 9
Shane Flinner, Ashland Stock Pack
Dave Perkins, Aurora Dolan & Murphy
Craig Buttar, Cobourg Force

Top Batter at .529
Joel Langford, Quyon Flyers

Most Outstanding Pitcher and Most Valuable Player

Todd Uhrig, Wellington Sox

ISC Release on 2010 Format Change

Monday, December 7th, 2009

For immediate Release

The International Softball Congress is pleased to announce that the 2010 ISC World Tournament will be a 48-team event utilizing a modified EGC format which includes an ISC II Championship bracket.

All 48 teams will compete in the opening rounds of the tournament. The ISC II Championship single elimination bracket will be comprised of the first 24 teams that are eliminated from the ISC World Tournament bracket.

This restructuring has been approved by the ISC Executive Committee, the ISC Board of Directors and the Midland Host Committee.

Classification between ISC and ISC II will be eliminated. All teams will be able to sign pitchers who were previously on the ISC II Ineligible List including PRAWNs and out-of-region players (OOR) subject to existing limitations for PRAWNs and fees for OOR players. Please note that the maximum of two OOR pitchers is still in effect. The ISC will publish a unified set of rankings rather than separate rankings for ISC and ISC II teams.

The primary purpose of these changes is to continue providing our host cities with a sufficient number of teams and economic impact to warrant their hosting efforts and to provide teams with additional opportunities and games. It is also felt the addition of a Legends division will be appreciated by many fans.

A sample unified tournament bracket is now displayed on the ISC Web Site at to show how the tournament will flow and how teams will enter the ISC II bracket. This is a sample only and any game days or times shown on this bracket should be disregarded as the final schedule has yet to be determined. All teams will be guaranteed at least three games (only 4-teams will have 3-games while all others are guaranteed 4-games). Those in the ISC II bracket will be guaranteed a minimum of four games.

Click here to view the bracket in html format and here to view a pdf version.

Here is some additional information about the 2010 ISC World Tournament:

• An informal poll of ISC II caliber teams drew 20-respones and shows that all respondents would consider entering a unified tournament that includes an ISC II championship bracket.
• To compensate for the reduction of total teams compared with 2009, the ISC will pursue the possibility of a 16-team Legends tournament to be run during the World Tournament. There will also be a 4-team U19 (Midget) tournament. Dates of both the Legends and U19 segments and Legends age-category will be announced later. It is also felt that a Legends division will be appreciated by many fans.
• A full complement of awards will be presented in all four segments; ISC, ISC II, Masters and U19.
• The 2010 ISC World Tournament is scheduled to start Friday August 13 with two games and the championship game on Saturday, August 21. The ISC II Championship game will likely be played on Thursday, August 19.
• The full statistical package that the ISC provides will be kept for all four tournament segments.
• Streaming of both the World Tournament and ISC II segments will continue as in past years. The ISC II Championship game will likely be video streamed.
• We will soon send 2010 berth allocations to our five Regional Vice Presidents and International Director for distribution among invitational tournaments in 2010. There will be 48 total berths allocated less berths that were filled in 2009 for 2010. Berths will be designated ISC Berths and we will no longer distinguish between World Tournament and ISC II ToC berths. We currently have 16 teams qualified for 2010 berths from 2009 Qualifiers plus two Midland Host Teams.
• The pre-tournament manager meeting and team registration will be held on Friday, August 13. Opening ceremonies will be held on Saturday evening, August 14.

The ISC apologizes to the Midland Host Committee for implying that it had approved the format in our release last Monday. The Midland Host Committee did not officially approve the format until today.

For further information, please contact

Ken Hackmeister
ISC Executive Director
iscken (at)

ISC Press Release re: Part 2 of Announcements

Friday, December 4th, 2009

For Immediate Release or Posting

The ISC had every intention to issue our 2nd promised release today about the 2010 ISC World Tournament.

Unfortunately, we are still working out some final agreements with the Midland Tournament Committee and the release will be delayed a day or two.

The new plan is to have the release issued no later than Monday, December 7.


CaringBridge Journal Update for Ken Vierling

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

For those following the progress of ISC II Umpire in Chief after his auto accident, click here the for latest update. . (He is resting after minor surgery)

Ken has also shared his Thanksgiving wishes for everyone in the fastpitch community, with these notes: (11/22/09)

Hello everyone

thought I would drop you all a note about my status. Tomorrow I’m having surgery on a pressure sore that needs to be taken care of. I will be at Fairview Riverside Hospital for the surgery and then moving to Regency Hospital for recovery. I don’t know how long I will be there, but I will keep you informed. For those of you who may not know, I was in a car accident last April that has left me as a quadriplegic. I am working hard to recover completely. I do not know if I will ever umpire or bowl again. My goal is to do both.

I will keep you informed, in the meantime enjoy the message below!

Ken Vierling

Editor’s note: The surgery that he mentions as “tomorrow” has taken place, and updated via the link above.

We encourage you to drop Ken a line directly, as his email address: comicdude1 (at) replace the (at) with @

California Classic – June 5-6, 2010

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Update:: For those asking about the facility hosting the new “California Classic” tournament next June, we provide additional information and photos below.


Hosted by the California A’s & Bakersfield Silverhawks

Date: June 5th & 6th, 2010
Where: SanDiego/Poway, CA
SportsplexUSA Complex
Entry Fee: $450
Format: Round Robin Single Elimination
With a 4 Game Guarantee

For more information, please contact:

David Weldin:
Bobby McCormick:
Chris McGehee:

(click logo to visit official SportsplexUSA website)

Sportsplex USA, 12349 Mcivers Ct in Poway, CA 92064.

Sportsplex USA Constructed in 1994, a beautiful 15 acre facility is San Diego’s Premier Sports and Recreational complex. They have three tournament quality softball fields, two indoor soccer arenas, batting cages, children’s playground and a sports pub with draft beer and your favorite ballpark food items.

Sportsplex USA in Poway was built in the 1990’s, and is located about a half hour north east of Petco Stadium, downtown San Diego, CA. (home of the San Diego Padres)

and a half hour east of the Solano Beach Amtrak station.

and a half hour from the San Diego airport (Lindbergh International):

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Elmira Expos Defend Ontario Challenge Cup Title

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The Elmira Expos defended their 2009 Ontario Challenge Cup, and in doing so, qualify for the 2010 ISC II Tournament of Champions.

Click here for the details at our brother blog, “The Deuce”.

Championship game
Elmira Expos 5 Wellington Sox 4 – 11 innings

Elmira scores an unearned run in B11 for the win
WP: Casey Halstead in relief of Dan Martin
LP: Todd Uhrig

Joining Elmira at the 2010 ToC will be Quyon Combat Flyers, who knocked off North Fred Kings in the championship game of the Challenge Cup East.
Championship game
Quyon 7 North Fred 3

WP- Joran Graham
LP- Lyle Brown in relief of Bryan Brooks

For a list of teams already qualified for the 2010 ISC II Tournament of Champions, to be played in Midland, Michigan, click here.

Ontario Challenge Cup – 2010 ISC II ToC Qualifier

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

The Ontario Challenge Cup is underway this weekend in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. The winner of the tournament will receive an entry-fee paid berth in the 2010 ISC II Tournament of Champions in Midland, Michigan. ISC II Commissioner Blair Setford is on hand posting Blackberry updates throughout the weekend.

Click here for the results thus far.
(The link above will retrieve all results posted at the Deuce on ongoing basis over the weekend)

Full schedule here. All games will be played at the Packham Complex in Stratford.

Editor’s note:
For those not familiar with Stratford, it is a charming small town just down the road from Monkton (World Fastball Invitational), noted for its Shakespearean theatre. (well, OK, and for its fastball too). It is located about 90 minutes west of Toronto. Stratford was host to Ballparkradio and other staff for the Monkton tournament.

Perth County Courthouse at Stratford (click photo to enlarge)

Downtown Stratford, below. Photos below were taken about 100 years apart.

Ballparkradio interviews on You Tube – ISC II ToC

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Cap tip to ISC commish Blair Setford for this collection:

In case you missed one, here’s all of the You Tube links to the Ballpark Radio interviews from the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions.

Ty McKinney, Ashland Stock Pack, All Tournament
Aaron Whitney, Port Elgin Blue Devils, 2009 ToC MVP
Will Lake, Waterdown Hammer
Ross Herold, Bridgeport Braves, All Tournament
Corey Jones, Lloydminster Dodgers
Jay Schnarr, Bridgeport Braves, All Tournament
Dan Martin, Elmira Expos
Mike Smith, Hoffman Rise
Brian Maas, Port Elgin Blue Devils
Scott Standerfer, Decatur Pride
Trevor Urban, Ashland Stock Pack
Luke Hopkins, Ohsweken Redmen
Francis Leclair, Donnacona Blue Sox, All Tournament
Jeff Van Hooser, Ashland Stock Pack