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USA Softball Jr. Men’s Team – Open Call

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The USA Softball Jr. Men’s National Team is still looking for players.

** These players need to be born in 1993-1996
** No softball experience needed to be part of National Team.
** Training will be in summer of 2011
** World Championships are in Parana, Argentina in 2012

Please give these young men a chance to represent their country. If you know someone, please forward the link below.

Click here to enter player bio and contact info.

We know there are many players out there that just don’t know there is a boy’s national team.

Please help us.
Thank You

Head Coach
USA Softball Jr Men’s
National Team

Storm Hits Fresno, Leaves with ASA 45+ National Title

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Information courtesy of Fred Hanker:

The Burbank Storm led by manager Terry Richardson won the ASA Men’s 45 and over Nationals this past weekend at Fresno Regional Park. The Storm cruised to a 4-0 record in the double elimination tournament. They outscored their opponents 34-4 in the span of 4 games. The Storm defeated a very tired and injured Santa Barbara Fast Pitch team 9-2 in the championship game. The Storm is composed of several players from the Burbank city league. Richardson has proven to be an effective general manager as well as a field manager.

The Storm in game 1 defeated the Savala Painters and ISC legendary pitcher Peter Meredith 6-0. Ed Gaspar went the distance for the complete game shutout and win. In game 2 Matt Barnes went the distance and shutout Bay City 7-0 in 5 innings. In the winners bracket game The Storm faced off against Santa Barbara Fast Pitch and Mark Bennett. Ed Gaspar took the ball for the storm. The game was a pitching duel for the 1st 3 innings than Craig Budrick singled with the bases loaded driving in 2 runs to open the game up. Gaspar would finish the game allowing 2 runs in the win. In the championship game The Storm faced Santa Barbara Fastpitch and this time they were banged up. The Storm took advantage and cruised to a 9-2 win.

The Storm landed 6 players on the All-American team. The Storm’s first 4 hitters were all selected. Keith Barker hitting leadoff batted well over .500 and was the catalyst all weekend. Craig Budrick hitting second had several clutch hits and was in the middle of every rally. The great Todd Budke well rested after an 8 month layoff led the tournament with 13 hits. Budke also reached base in 15 of his 16 plate appearances. He was voted tournament MVP. Fred Hanker batting 4th hit .788 with 11 RBI. He was awarded as the batting champion. Hanker reached base safely in 13 of his 15 plate appearances. Ed Gaspar was 2-0 in allowing only 2 runs with 2 complete games one of them being a shutout. Matt Barnes was also 2-0 allowing only 2 runs also. Barnes also had a complete game shutout.

The very courageous Santa Barbara Fast Pitch team playing undermanned placed several players on the All American team. Joe Vigil closing in on the magic mark of 3,000 hits was selected. The “Greek God of Hitting” Phil Hiromerides was also selected to the team. The durable Mark Bennett who threw most of the innings for Santa Barbara was also selected. Mickey Ventura a name from the past made the team although he was forced out of the final game with an injury.

The Storm in their last 2 tournaments (Santa Barbara last November and this weekend are 10-0 scoring 78 runs and allowing only 7). The Storm finished 3rd in the 45 and over last year. Terry Richardson is quickly taking his place among the elite managers in the game of fast pitch softball. Richardson’s style has produced a national championship for The Storm and he hopes to repeat next year.

A.C. Williams, Prescott’s amateur softball pioneer, dies

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

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By Doug Cook

A.C. Williams, former longtime Prescott Parks and Recreation director and beloved state commissioner for the Arizona Amateur Softball Association, died Tuesday in his Prescott home, apparently from complications with diabetes and a heart ailment, according to family members. He was 85.

A.C. Williams, a softball legend in Arizona

Williams moved from Tucson to Prescott in the late 1950s and soon became instrumental in building the city’s reputation as the so-called “Softball Capital of the World” as ASA commissioner from the early 1970s through 2007.

A member of the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame and the ASA National Hall of Fame, Williams brought highly competitive national fast-pitch amateur softball tournaments to Ken Lindley Field, formerly City Park, while forging a cooperative relationship between the city schools’ athletic programs and the Parks and Rec Department for use of fields and courts.

“He was one of the greatest men in recreation,” said Cal Cordes, a close friend of Williams’ who refereed with him years ago. “He changed our recreation program around to the fact that it just ran smoothly all the time. He ran a good ship and trained a lot of good kids about ‘how to do this’ and ‘how to do that.'”

When he first arrived at Prescott Parks and Rec, Williams operated a one-man department inside the old Armory next to City Park at the corner of Gurley Street and Arizona Avenue, which at the time played host to both baseball and softball.

During his tenure from the late-1950s to 1983, Williams also oversaw the creation of several Prescott parks, including Bill Vallely Field next to Yavapai College and Willow Creek Park off Willow Creek Road. He also began the development for Granite Creek Park near the intersection of Sheldon Street and Montezuma Street, which later was named in his honor, and had a hand in the creation of Goldwater Lake Park.

“He was a legend in Parks and Rec and Arizona ASA,” Don Fishel, Arizona ASA’s current commissioner, said of Williams. “He was always amiable and always wanting to help.”

Jim McCasland, who eventually succeeded Williams as Prescott Parks and Recreation director in the mid-1980s and retired in 2007, said he met Williams in 1968 while he was still in high school. At the time, McCasland played summer softball and worked as a Little League umpire.

Not until 1973, as a parks and rec employee, did McCasland get to know Williams, a past chair of the Arizona State Parks Board who had already become an ambassador for softball and Prescott.

From the middle- to late-’60s to the early ’80s, Prescott became the place to play fast-pitch softball. International teams from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan and the West Indies, among other countries, visited here to compete.

“He really made fast-pitch go in this town,” said Larry Bender, who scored softball games for Williams for years. “We had a great men’s league here.”

Williams, who brought the first national softball tournament to Prescott in 1978, developed annual invitational fast-pitch tournaments on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day that brought in some of the West’s best teams and a tremendous amount of tourism dollars to Prescott. He also was responsible for bringing the slow-pitch game here in the early 1960s.

“He just loved the game and was absolutely dedicated to it,” McCasland said. “He was a force for softball.”

For years, Williams labored at his East Gurley Street office and at the park seven days a week throughout the summer to ensure that the city’s softball operations went smoothly. He demanded a lot from his staff, too, whether it was maintaining the fields or umpiring.

“We just worked hour upon hour upon hour,” McCasland said. “I didn’t know anything else. It was what you did.”

McCasland, a former fast-pitch softball player, said Williams cared the most about the fans he drew to Ken Lindley Field for summer league games and tournaments. On numerous occasions during night contests in the early ’70s, it was common to see anywhere from 2,000-3,000 spectators, McCasland said, and nobody went home.

“That’s because of A.C. and what A.C. orchestrated,” McCasland said. “When you went to Ken Lindley Field, you’d see members of the city council and the school district, and young people were there.”

Today, the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame has its headquarters inside Grace Sparkes Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St. – undoubtedly because of Williams’ influence.

Although softball was his first love, Williams also sponsored activities on the courthouse plaza seven days a week.

“With A.C.’s passing, I see an era passing,” McCasland said. “In Prescott, there were people who were unique characters to Prescott – Prescottonians who were Prescott through and through. A.C. was one of those icons.”

Williams’ survivors include his wife of 64-1/2 years, Dell, and his three children, Linda Cates, Vicki Mastriani and Byron Williams.

Funeral services are pending.


PRESCOTT – A.C. Williams, former longtime Prescott Parks and Recreation director and beloved state commissioner for the Arizona Amateur Softball Association, died Tuesday in Prescott from complications with diabetes, according to close friends of the family. He was 85.

Williams came to Prescott in the late 1950s and soon built a reputation for the city as the so-called “Softball Capital of the World.” He brought highly competitive national fast-pitch amateur softball tournaments to this area while forging a cooperative relationship between the city schools’ athletic programs and the Parks and Rec Department for use of fields and courts.

Survivors include his wife of 64-1/2 years, Dell, and his three children, Linda Cates, Vicki Mastriani and Byron Williams.

Funeral services are pending.

Editor’s note:

I had the pleasure to meet A.C. Williams, and speak with him a number of times, during visits with my teams to Prescott, Arizona. He indeed put the town on the fastpitch map. For a number of years, including the late 1980’s, Prescott hosted a big 4th of July tournament, in conjunction with the town’s “Rodeo Days” celebration, which seemed to bring three-fourth’s of the population out to Gurley street, with non-stop traffic cruising back and forth, amidst the celebration, with American flags flying from the back of pick-up trucks, full of young people, and always large crowds standing at street level on Ken Lindley Field (which sits in a bowl below). Those tournaments were as Americana as apple pie – quite literally on the 4th of July. In 1987, we (San Diego Eagles, with future ISC Hall of Famer Alan Rohrbach) made it to the championship game against the Morgan Hill Nine – a team comprised largely of the Santa Rosa Guanella Brothers, and played before a packed house of 1000 or so, with fans lining the fence on Gurley as far as we could see. People stayed because it was too much fun to leave. That was Prescott. That was the environment that A.C. helped create. A.C. passed the baton to folks like Jim McCasland, Don Fishel and Sharon Mitchell. Teams could always count on one thing in Prescott, and that was A.C. Williams-like hospitality. Teams came first, with the folks going out of their way to be sure the teams enjoyed themselves during their stay in Prescott. That was A.C. Williams.


ASA “C” East

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

In the green green hills of Kentucky

From the PA Fastpitch blog:

“C” Nationals Team List
2010 ASA Men’s Class “C” East Fastpitch National Championship Team List •

Team Name Location

Anderson Lawmen Anderson, IN
Ashland ASW Ashland, OH
Atlanta Blast Milton, GA
BBK Fastpitch Wyomissing, PA
Bedford Rays Fast Reading, PA
Buster’s Clearfield, PA
Capitals Westerville, OH
Cobras Millington, TN
CPI Classics Oswego, NY
Elite Coach Hoffman’s Reading, PA
Elkins Brothers Tree Service Terre Haute, IN
GEO Per Houston, TX
Jack Daniels Fastpitch Columbus, OH
Jefferson City Fast Pitch Jefferson, MO
Log Cabin Villa Grove, IL
Marysville VFW Fast Maysville, PA
Memphis Dawgs Nesbit, MS
Oetman Excavating Wayland, MI
Piper Lake Club Shawnee, KS
Rare Breed Dryrdge, KY
Richpond Hardware Bowling Green, KY
SC Tornados Spartanburg, SC
Sedutto’s Swashbucklers Staton Island, NY
Shorty’s Reading, PA
Smalltown Fastpitch Benton Harbor, MI
Villa Grove Hurricanes Villa Grove, IL
Wabash Crush Wabash, IN
Wabash Valley Restoration Wabash, IN
Willow Street Tire & Auto Quarryville, PA
Wizards of OZ Kansas Brookfield, MO
Jack Slotta Memorial Dublin, OH

Editor’s note: Thirty-one (31) teams, if you’re counting.

By State:

PA (7)
BBK Fastpitch Wyomissing, PA
Bedford Rays Fast Reading, PA
Buster’s Clearfield, PA
Marysville VFW Fast Maysville, PA
Elite Coach Hoffman’s Reading, PA
Willow Street Tire & Auto Quarryville, PA
Shorty’s Reading, PA

OH (4)
Ashland ASW Ashland, OH
Capitals Westerville, OH
Jack Daniels Fastpitch Columbus, OH
Jack Slotta Memorial Dublin, OH

IN (4)
Anderson Lawmen Anderson, IN
Wabash Crush Wabash, IN
Wabash Valley Restoration Wabash, IN
Elkins Brothers Tree Service Terre Haute, IN

NY (2)
CPI Classics Oswego, NY
Sedutto’s Swashbucklers Staton Island, NY

MO (2)
Jefferson City Fast Pitch Jefferson, MO
Wizards of OZ Kansas Brookfield, MO

MI (2)
Smalltown Fastpitch Benton Harbor, MI
Oetman Excavating Wayland, MI

IL (2)
Log Cabin Villa Grove, IL
Villa Grove Hurricanes Villa Grove, IL

KY (2)
Rare Breed Dryrdge, KY
Richpond Hardware Bowling Green, KY

GA (1)
Atlanta Blast Milton, GA

TN (1)
Cobras Millington, TN

TX (1)
GEO Per Houston, TX

MS (1)
Memphis Dawgs Nesbit, MS

KS (1)
Piper Lake Club Shawnee, KS

SC (1)
SC Tornados Spartanburg, SC

Maccabi USA Wins 40+ at Prescott

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

On Sunday, with teammates Dave Blackburn and Ronnie Rupp in a Phoenix hospital following a horrible car accident, Maccabi USA won the ASA 40+ at Prescott.

A teammate of Dave Blackburn’s reports, “He’s out of the woods, still in ICU, but doing better”

ASA/USA Boys Fastpitch Camp

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

From USA Softball’s Doug Lindaman:

Thirty nine young male fastpitch players participated in the ASA/USA Softball junior men’s development camp in Rolla, Missouri on Wednesday, August 4. The camp was held at the Ber Juan Sportsplex one day prior to the ASA 16-Under, 18-Under and 23-Under national tourneys. The 39 players represented 12 states and all are age-eligible (born in 1993 or later) for the next ISF junior men’s world championship in Argentina in 2012. After the camp, all 39 boys participated in the 16-U nationals on Thursday and Friday, August 5-6.

Catchers received individual instruction for 45 minutes, beginning the day at 8:30 am. Pitchers, many of whom are already receiving monthly video feedback from the USA coaching staff, began a 45 minute session at 9:15. The remaining camp participants began at 10 am and rotated between workout stations for hitting, bunting and fielding. After a two hour lunch break, necessitated by the 100 degree heat and high humidity, players were divided into three teams and a two hour controlled scrimmage was conducted.

Over 90 boys from 25 states have now expressed a desire to be considered for the next USA junior men’s team. Although there are only a small number of boys club teams in a handful of states, many age-eligible boys are gaining experience by playing in men’s fastpitch leagues and have found out about the potential for playing on the USA Softball national team through various internet web sites and social media outlets, as well as a very active recruiting effort by the USA junior men’s coaching staff.

USA Softball junior men’s head coach Tim Lyon was assisted by coaching staff members Scott Standerfer and Gary Mullican, along with selection committee member Doug Lindaman, in directing the camp activities. “We were very pleased with the turnout, the enthusiasm and the skill level of these athletes” said Lyon.

“It is exciting to see as we look forward to the next ISF world championship only two years down the road.”

2010 All- “Americans”

Monday, August 9th, 2010

First team

IF Jeff Goolagong Kitchener Rivershark Twins
IF Jeff Larson Minnesota Angels
IF Brad Rona Broken Bow/Jarvis Travelers
IF Nick Shailes Broken Bow/Jarvis Travelers
OF Brandon Aman Minnesota Angels
OF Jeff Ellsworth Broken Bow/Jarvis Travelers
OF Steve Mullaley Kitchener Rivershark Twins
OF Ryan Wolfe Kitchener Rivershark Twins
UTILITY Frank Cox Midland Explorers
UTILITY Darrell Joy Kitchener Rivershark Twins
UTILITY Sean Kelly Lightning
C Bruno Motroni Minnesota Angels
P Todd Martin Kitchener Rivershark Twins
P Juan Potolicchio Minnesota Angels
P Sean Whitten Broken Bow/Jarvis Travelers

Second Team

IF Jody Eidt Kitchener Rivershark Twins
IF Blair Ezekiel Kitchener Rivershark Twins
IF Sean O’Brien Broken Bow Travelers
IF Gavin Smith Minnesota Angels
OF Ben Enoka Broken Bow Travelers
OF Dan Loney Midland Explorers
OF Adam Saylor Lightning
OF Tommy Thompson Minnesota Angels
UTILITY Mike Applegate Minnesota Angels
UTILITY Ian Fehrman Broken Bow Travelers
UTILITY Eddy Ketelhut Midland Explorers
C John Rozich NY Gremlins
P Mitch Hardy Minnesota Angels
P Grant Patterson Kitchener Rivershark Twins
P Don Scott Kitchener Rivershark Twins

Kitchener wins ASA Men’s Major

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

UPDATE – Kitchener Rivershark Twins dominated the Jarvis/Broken Bow Travelers 11-2 to win the ASA Major Sunday morning.

Cap tip to the Belleville Softball Staff in South Bend Indiana, for great game by game reporting at their website for ASA Men’s Major Tournament.

The Belleville Softball Complex, South Bend, Indiana is proud to host the ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship Finals Tournament, August 5-8, 2010.

Click here for winner’s bracket.

Click here for loser’s bracket.

Click here for game summaries.

Click here for official website.

Click for the full report at Al’s Fastball.

ISC # 2 ranked Kitchener Rivershark Twins beat ISC # 1 ranked Broken Bow Travelers in the winner’s bracket final. Broken Bow prevailed over the Minnesota Angels, who finished 5-2 in the tournament. Minnesota got good pitching performances from Juan Potliccio, Mitch Hardy and Kevin Kammueler, and appear to be a team on the rise as it heads towards Midland next week for the ISC World Tournament. Among the wins in South Bend for Minnesota, # 13 in the rankings was a win over the # 4 ranked New York Gremlins.

Another team that appears to be peaking at the right time is #25 ranked Marshall Lightning. The Lightning finished fourth in the tournament, falling in the loser’s bracket semi-final to the #13 ranked Minnesota Angels by a 1-0 score. The Lightning advanced to that game with the tournament’s biggest upset, a 2-0 win over in-state-rival, #6 Midland Michigan Explorers.

Here is how the top 10 fared at South Bend:

Rank Team
1 Jarvis, ON (Broken Bow) Travelers (3-2)
beat # 6 Midland 9-0
beat #4 NY Gremlins 3-2
lost to # 2 Rivershark Twins 2-4 in winner’s bracket final
beat # 13 Minnesota, 12-6 in loser’s bracket final
lost to # 2 Rivershark Twins 2-11 in championship game

2 Kitchener, ON Rivershark Twins (5-0)
beat #1 The Bar of Appleton 7-0
beat #12 Dolan & Murphy 7-0
beat #25 Marshall Lightning, MI 9-0
beat #1 Travelers 4-2;
beat # 1 Travelers 11-2

3 Chicago/NY Dominicana
Did not play (Jeremy Manley pitched for his former team, Pueblo)

4 Clifton Park, NY Gremlins (2-2)
beat # 21 Pueblo 2-0
beat #10 Decatur Pride 4-0
lost to #1 Travelers 2-3
lost to #13 Minnesota Angels 3-0

5 Salinas, CA Athletics – Did not play

6 Midland, MI Explorers (3-3)
beat unranked Duncan Outlaws IA, 9-0
lost to # 1 Travelers 0-9
lost to # 7 The Bar of Appleton 4-7
beat #10 Decatur 1-0
beat #21 Pueblo 1-0
lost to #25 Marshall Lightning, MI 0-2

7 Appleton, WI Bar of Appleton
lost to # 2 Rivershark Twins
beat #6 Midland 7-4
lost to # 8 Albaugh 2-0

8 Elkhart, IA Albaugh Inc. (2-2)
lost to #13 Minnesota Angels 0-1
beat unranked Anderson Lawmen 8-1
beat # 7 The Bar of Appleton 2-0
lost to #13 Minnesota Angels 7-6

9 Saskatoon, SK Diamondbacks
Did not play

10 Decatur, IL Pride
beat # 26 Ashland Stock Pack 1-0
lost to # 4 Gremlins 0-4
beat n/r Anderson 9-2
lost to # 6 Midland 1-0

Midland Explorers head to ASA Major quarterfinals

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

From the Midland Daily News

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Midland Explorers made it to today’s single-elimination quarterfinals in the ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship, despite going 1-2 on Friday.

The Explorers, who won their opener on Thursday, lost their first game Friday 9-0 to top-seeded Broken Bow/Jarvis Travelers in five innings, then lost to The Bar of Appleton 7-4 later in the day before edging the Decatur Pride 1-0 to end the day.

The Explorers managed only three hits in the loss to Broken Bow/Jarvis.

In the Explorers’ second game, Appleton opened up a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Explorers fought back with a run in each of the next two innings to get to within 4-2. Craig Crawford capped the comeback with a two-run double in the fifth inning to tie it at 4-4. But Appleton answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead for good.

In the victory over Decatur, Frank Cox pitched all seven innings for the Explorers, giving up only one hit and one walk and striking out 11.

The hit and the walk came in the top of the first inning, as the Pride got runners to the corners with two outs. But Cox got the next batter to ground out, ending the threat.

The only other Pride baserunner came on an error in the top of the seventh.

In the bottom of the inning, the Explorers got the lone run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Steve Roberts with Steve Horning on third.

The Explorers (2-2) face the Pueblo Bandits (2-2) today at noon in the quarterfinal round.

California, Utah teams win ASA Fastpitch national championships

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

From the Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon

Bakersfield’s Eli Salazar slides under Italian Athletic Club pitcher Tyson Barkman for a run Sunday in the bottom of the seventh inning of the ASA Men’s A Fastpitch national championship at Wallace Marine Park. Italian Athletic Club of Stockton, Calif., beat Bakersfield, Calif., 6-5. (Timothy J. Gonzalez | Statesman Journal

Click here for some great photos of the tournaments.


The if-necessary games became necessary Sunday at Wallace Marine Park.

After losing in the first championship game Sunday, the Italian Athletic Club of Stockton, Calif., held off a late challenge from the Bakersfield Silverhawks of Bakersfield, Calif., to win 6-5 and clinch the ASA Men’s A Fastpitch national championship, the team’s second title in three years.

In C competition, Wasatch Properties of South Jordan, Utah, defeated Wolfpack of Las Cruces, N.M., 10-1 and 4-2 to win the ASA Men’s C Fastpitch national championship.

“This is my first time being at the ASA like this,” said Italian Athletic Club pitcher Tyson Barkman. “They beat us the game before. To stay ahead and win and grunt this out was definitely a big win.”