Archive for August, 2005

Rounders Draw Extra “Play in Game” at ASA “C” Nationals

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

The El Segundo Rounders of Southern California drew the #1 spot in the 65 team random draw at the managers’ meeting in Stockton, at the ASA “C” Nationals, meaning they drew the “play-in” game — having to win their first game at 8am Thursday morning just to get into the regular 64 team bracket. The Rounders finished 13th among 70 teams last year, with a 4-2 record, will face Twin Pines, PA which went 2-2 and finished 25th.

The winner will advance to a 12:00 noon game Thursday against the Italian Athletic Club of Northern California.

Click here for the PDF winner’s bracket at the official GSJSA website.

As of 6am Thursday morning, the teams had not yet been entered into the bracket.

St. Thomas, Frank Cox over Saskatoon, Ethier in Game 31 at Senior Canadians

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

A couple of the 3-1 teams went head to head tonight with host St. Thomas coming away the winner, as they topped the defending champions Saskatoon.

Mulgrave suffered their first loss today, so that leaves the Kitchener Hallman Twins at the top of the heap with a 4-0 record, while St. Thomas and Mulgrave are 4-1.

St. Thomas (4-1) will face the Kitchener Hallman Twins (4-0-) in tomorrow’s 2:00pm (EST) feature game of the day.
[Alsfastball] Senior Canadians Game 31

Vancouver Grey Sox Win Big Behind Bricklen Anderson at Senior Canadians

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

British Columbia native, Bricklen Anderson, who pitched the 2005 season with So Cal’s Team Rainey picked up a big win Tuesday at the Senior Canadians, in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

Colin McKenzie pitched his team, the Prince George Black Bears, to a 7-5 win over the Albert Express in game 28 of the tournament . McKenzie pitched for The Bar on the Avenue in the ISC World Tournament earlier in the month. Prince George will host the Senior Canadians in 2006.

[Alsfastball] Senior Canadians Games 26 & 27

Heading towards Day 4, the Kitchener Hallman Twins, who grabbed third place at the ISC World Tournament earlier this month, is a perfect 4-0, as are the Mulgrave Eagles.

The Vancouver Grey Sox are in the middle of the pack at 2-2, and will face unbeaten the Kitchener Hall Twins at 10am Wednesday morning. The playoff rounds begin Friday and run through the championship game Saturday. Last year’s champion, the Saskatoon Black Sox are currently 3-1.

For more info, see the official tournament website.

Al Doran arrives into St. Thomas later in the week, and will be providing in person reports as the tournament heads into the final four days. Click here for the entire archive of Al’s Fastball., scrolling to the bottom of the page (Control-End) for the newest items.

Frank Cox Fires No-Hitter, St. Thomas off to hot start

Monday, August 29th, 2005

[Alsfastball] St. Thomas off to hot start at Senior Canadians

JRW C Squad rolls past Les Schwab

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Published on Monday, August 29, 2005
Local Report — JRW C Squad rolls past Les Schwab

Jason Grow went 2-for-2 with a three-run home run and finished with two runs scored and five RBI as the JRW C Squad routed Les Schwab 11-3 on Sunday in adult faspitch action at Kiwanis Field.

Don Cawthorn went 3-for-4 with three RBI for JRW and Jason Scheibner went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Kevin Root hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to give Les Schwab a 2-0 lead, but JRW responded with 11 runs during the next three innings.

Next up for the C Squad is the ASA C Class Nationals in Stockton, Calif., starting on Thursday. Also playing in the tournament will be league Most Valuable Pitcher Mark Seward, who recently was picked up by the Night Hawks of Seattle.

JRW C Squad 035 30 — 11 11 0
Les Schwab 200 01 — 3 5 1
McKitrick and Scheibner; Seward and Root.
Highlights: Don Cawthorn (JRW) 3-4, 3 RBI; Jason Scheibner (JRW) 3-4, 2 runs; Jason Grow (JRW) 2-2, HR, 5 RBI, 2 runs; Kevin Root (LS) 1-2, HR, 2 RBI.

Wooden Bat Classic

Monday, August 29th, 2005

We would like to announce the Rocky Mountain Wood Bat Classic to held September 24,25 in Laramie,Wyoming. There is a 3 game guarantee with a $200 entry fee. There will be no aluminum bats allowed.

The following teams have committed to play:

1. Kings Salt Lake City,Utah
2. Cedar Ridge Vernal,Utah
3. Farmington Natives Farmington,New Mexico
4. Warriors Fort Collins,Colorado
5. Brown and Gold Laramie,Wyoming
6. Fremont Motors Rawlins,Wyoming
7. Rebels Rock Springs,Wyoming

This is the first event to be sponsored by the Rocky Mountain
Woodbat Association. The Associations title speaks for itself, we will be playing with wooden bats,a Diamond D-100 Ball,and the official strike zone of the armpits to the knees.

If you come to play, you will not see the ridiculous belt down to
somewhere below the knees that some umpires associations have forced down the throat of the mens fastpitch game. All umpires that have agreed to come and enjoy a weekend of fastpitch have agreed to call the game in the manner that we have asked.

The reason for this association is the culmination of a series of
events over the past 3 years that convinced us that the fastpitch
associations have dropped the ball on the safety of their players.
The list of pitchers that have taken serious injuries from balls is
growing every weekend. We have decided that we are not going to stand by until someone dies to make a change.

We are tired of seeing our friends and acquaintances getting hit
in the face with line drives off of “Legal” Bats. I was of the opinion several years ago on the Blue Ribbon panel of the ISC, that we could control the speed of the game with the ball. I Was Wrong…

By controlling the speed of the game with the bat and allowing the
strike zone to be elevated to where it should be…should help bring
more pitchers into the game.

If you are interested in playing in the Wood Bat Classic or in
future tournaments or Travel Leagues in the Rockies,Feel free to give me a call at 303-475-8142. You may also reach Marty Mckinney about the Wood Bat Classic at 307-742-0551

Thank You,

Dave Parker
Rocky Mountain Wood Bat Association

St. Thomas assembles impressive fastball team for national championship tournament

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

[Alsfastball] St. Thomas assembles impressive fastball team for national championship tournament

2005 Canadian Senior Men off and running in St. Thomas

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

[Alsfastball] 2005 Canadian Senior Men off and running in St. Thomas

Four Elected To The I.S.C. Hall of Fame

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

A pair of left-handed pitchers, a super-nimble shortstop who could HIT, and a sponsor of an ISC World Championship team and host of an ISC World Tournament were elected to the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame during meetings of the ISC Board of Directors in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

ED KLECKER of California was an outstanding pitcher who led the Lakewood, CA. Jets to the World Tournament title in 1973. In that event, he was an All-World selection. He was also the tourney’s “Outstanding Pitcher” and the “Most Valuable Player” of the tournament held in Rock Island, Illinois.

Klecker was also an All-World Tournament pitcher in 1972 and again in 1974 with the Lakewood Jets. In both the 1972 and 1973 World Tournaments, he led all hurlers in strikeouts.

BRAD UNDERWOOD of Ontario was a dominant left-handed pitcher. He was four times an All-World Tournament choice while throwing for Canadian Tire of Owen Sound, Ontario, and All Car of Green Bay, Wisconsin. In the 1991 and 1994 World Tournaments he was selected as the event’s “Outstanding Pitcher”.

In the 1991 World Tournament, Underwood turned in a performance for the ages when he beat defending champion Seattle 2-1; threw a perfect game against Aurora; tossed a 22-inning 1-0 shutout over Santa Rosa; and blanked Sioux City for nine innings in the championship contest – – – all in a span of 32 hours!

of California was a splendid shortstop. He starred with several teams but was at his best while earning All-World Tournament laurels in both 1984 and 1985 with the Lancaster, California, Chameleons. He was a big man who looked like he should have been playing either first or third base, but he was a blur covering ground at shortstop and could go get ‘em and run the bases with the very best!

Sepulveda’s talents led the Chameleons to a third place World Tournament finish in 1984 and to the runner-up spot in 1986.

ART GILLIS of Michigan holds the unique distinction of having captured an I.S.C. World Championship (in 1979) as sponsor of the Saginaw Michigan Bolters and also having served as the host and sponsor of an I.S.C. World Tournament. The latter event, played in 1981 in Saginaw, is believed by many to have been the greatest World Tournament in the proud history of the International Softball Congress. Gillis was the first ever Michigan ISC commissioner. He also served later as an ISC commissioner for the state of Florida.

These four ;men, heroes to followers of fastball, will be inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in August, 2006, during the World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario.

August 27, 2005

Gordon Wise
ISC Information Officer

Streaming of Video and Audio Broadcasts from ISC in Wisconsin

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Streaming of Video and Audio Broadcasts from International Softball Congress Tournaments in Wisconsin Draw Larger Crowds

“Is anybody ‘out there’ listening? Or watching?”

Those questions are always a key concern when any form of communication is produced and presented to audiences – – particularly audiences which are not at the scene of the action being described.

Well, they WERE out there listening, and they WERE out there watching when the streaming of audio broadcasts and the live streaming video were coming from Eau Claire and Chippawa Falls, Wisconsin, last week during the I.S.C. World Tournament and the ISC-II Tournament of Champions.

The numbers are in, and they are good – – – VERY good!

The increases in listeners/viewers compared with 2004 are impressive, to say the least.

The number of ISC World Tournament hits for the 2005 tourney broadcasts and telecasts increased by 50% to well over 15,000.

The number of hits on broadcasts from the ISC-II Tournament of Champions nearly doubled from the 2004 total to over 8,100.

Dave Blackburn, ISC Commissioner of Streaming and Broadcasting was well-pleased with the response:

“Our live streaming video of the three games on Championship Saturday provided ISC fans with a Press Box point of view and a glimpse at the future of fastball coverage,” says Blackburn. “The fact that people requested nearly 25,000 accesses to our ISC and ISC-II video and audio streams speaks to our successful growth of this five year old offering to the global fastball community.”

Jim Flanagan, ISC-II Broadcaster, of, observed that, “The response to the broadcasts from the ISC-II fans and players has been nothing short of spectacular. We received e-mails from all over the U.S., Canada, and even Europe from listeners tuning into the games.” Flanagan further noted that, “The streaming audio broadcasts bring the excitement of the game right into the living room of the families and fans back home and provides great exposure for the game of fastball. Blair Setford has built a crew of quality broadcasters for the ISC-II, including Joe Todd, Lance Winn, Brett Bresnahan, and Chris Bach.”

Blair Setford, ISC-II Commissioner, who heads up the ISC-II broadcast program, observed that, “We are very pleased to see the increase in listeners to the ISC-II Tournament of Champions, and we look forward to bringing those games to even more fans next year.”

Blackburn referred to the coverage and the response as a “glimpse of the future.”

Well said! And BRING IT ON!!!

August 27, 2005

Gordon Wise
ISC Information Officer