Archive for December, 2005

A Look Back at 2005 AAU Photo Galleries

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

As 2005 winds to a close, we revisit the 2005 AAU Photo Galleries, 160 photos of the tournament that started the year. The 2006 edition of the AAU International Tournament is just three weeks away, set for January 19-22, 2006 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Orlando, Florida. Hope you enjoy these photos once more. (Click link or photo above, then menu buttons for galleries 1-5)

Have a favorite? Post a comment below (click comments link). Recognize a friend or teammate? Tell the world who’s who in the photos. Please include the link so readers can click and see the photo you’re talking about.

CPI Fastpitch (formerly McKie’s) Announces AAU Roster

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

The following is one in a series of team profiles for the AAU Tournament, January 19-22, 2006:
CPI Fastpitch formerly McKie Sports Fastpitch out of Oswego, NY, will start their season off at the AAU International in Orlando, FL, January 19th-22nd. McKie Sports won the National Championship in 2004 at the ASA “A”, and finished 12th in last year’s ISC II Tournament of Champions, at Chippewa Falls, WI. (McKie’s advanced to the playoff round of the ISC II tournament, defeating the Colorado Rage behind pitcher Shawn Sampson’s 5-hitter and Charlie Walseman’s 4 RBI, before falling to the 2004 ISC II runner-up, Tavistock, ON, a tough 2-1 loss.)

Photo: Mike Sorzickas and Mike Cutro at last year’s AAU Tournament

Mike Cutro, Cutro Professional Inspections has taken on sponsorship of the team and will take on a managerial and players role as well. CPI teamed up with the Knoxville Ontario Fastpitch team and added some pitching to help out for this years AAU International tourney. Here is the CPI roster for that event at present, with the final roster to be posted to Al’s Fastball soon:

Shawn Sampson P
Jason Smith P
Dan Konkle, P
Lyle Brown, UT
Mark Blanchard 1B
Jeff Lane, 2B
Derek Stevens SS
Kip Adams, 3B
Mike McKie, DH/3B
Charlie Walseman, OF
Mike Sorzickas OF
Hugh VanKonete OF
Jorge Sepulveda C

Mike Cutro C/manager
Jim Adams Coach

CPI Fastpitch is in the AAU’s Pool F, along with the Cherokee Pirates of North Carolina, the Quad City Sox of Iowa, and the Texaco Pirates of Bahamas. (The Pirates nearly upset last year’s eventual winner, Circle Tap/The Bar of Appelton, falling 6-5 in one of the tournaments’ best games) Editor’s note: Stay tuned — we’ll have a team profile on the Quad City Sox up next.

Tamatea Looking for Pitcher (New Zealand)

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

From Al’s Fastball: Tamatea Looking for Pitcher – NZ

Tamatea Softball Club in Hastings, New Zealand is in search of an ISC level pitcher to join the team.

I.S.C. Develops an In-Area Player Commitment Form

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

From Al’s Fastball: I.S.C. Develops an In-Area Player Commitment Form; Posted to ISC Website

A form designated for this purpose can be found on the ISC website under the section for “Rules and Forms”

Pitcher Available for AAU Tournament

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
A note from ‘Sisko Sabate:

Hi everybody, this is Sisko Sabate from Argentina, I was wondering if any of the teams playing the AAU in Orlando, January 19-22 is looking for a pitcher/hitter, in case somebody is please contact me at fsabate10 (at)

Sisko Sabate

AAU Team Profile – Team Minnesota

Monday, December 26th, 2005

The following is one in a series of team profiles for the AAU Tournament, January 19-22, 2006:

The website for the Team Minnesota club that will be participating in next month’s AAU International in Orlando, Florida is now up and running at

Happy Holidays!
Brett Bresnahan

Team Minnesota is in Pool G:

1. Cherokee Braves – NC
2. Team Colombia
3. Team Minnesota
4. Oklahoma Fastpitch

Pitching Staff of Muizelaar, Lang & Kammueller

AAU Roster

# Name Pos.
1 Zach Goring Uti
2 Lucas Goring OF
3 Gregg Cascaes SS
4 Scott Deutsch DH
9 Jason Wandler IF
15 Kevin Bahn OF
16 Brad Twordik C
19 Gerald Muizelaar
20 Eric Lewis OF
21 Chris Diethert IF
22 Charlie Rambo OF
32 Jeff Ellsworth OF
36 Kevin Kammueller
44 Roman Foore 1B
48 Rick Lang P

10 Darrell Goring Manager
33 Brett Bresnahan Field Mgr.

Ed. Note: Take a look at that roster…. Gerald Muizelaar, Rick Lang and Kevin Kammueller on the pitching staff, and more.
Muzy needs no introduction, one of the best pitchers in the World. Lang has multiple All American Awards to his credit, and the 2003 ASA “A” Most Valuable Pitcher. Kevin Kammueller, teamed with Tim Murphy to lead Jeraldines to the 2003 NAFA “A” title. Muizelaar pitched in last year’s AAU for the NY Gremlins, who lost a very close semi-final game to the eventual champions, Circle Tap/The Bar of Appelton. Click here to listen to the archived broadcast of that semi-final game at

Young Bucks 23 & Under Tryout January 21

Monday, December 26th, 2005

The Young Bucks 23 and under mens fastpitch team is having open tryouts on Sat Jan21 at Elings Park in Santa Barbara. Anyone born in 1982 or later is eligible. the team is runner up last year in the ASA nationals in Mankato, Minn. We plan to play in the 8 weekend tournaments in the So Cal A/B travel league as well as go to the nationals again. We have 5 openings on our travel league roster and 3 openings on the national roster. The tryouts will be from 10:00am to 3:00 pm with a break for lunch. For more information contact Clyde Bennett: 805-964-2114 805-895-9007 or clydebennett13 (at)

David Bell’s Basketball Broadcast – 5:45pm PST Tonight

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

A note from our friend in Las Vegas, and my teammate-to-be in 2006, David Bell:

Tonight at 5:45 pm Pacific Time Eastern Commerce from Toronto, Canada who just won the Nike Holiday Classic in Las Vegas plays against Palo Verde from Las Vegas. Eastern Commerce is also the 4-time defending Quad “A” Ontario Provincial Gold Medalists. The Panthers are returning from San Diego where last night they won the Grossmont Winter Classic and are currently the top rated team in Nevada and undefeated at 9-0. Palo Verde has also been to the Nevada State Championship game the last three seasons, winning it all in 2003-04.

I will be providing Play by Play coverage of tonight’s high school basketball game on:

All that is needed to listen to the coverage is a Windows Media Player or similar device on your PC or laptop.

Thank you,

David Bell
formally of the Las Vegas Hitmen,
currently of the Long Beach Black Sox
mail to:

Q & A with Al Doran

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Q & A With Al Doran, Mens Fastpitch, Canada:
South Dakota Amateur Softball Association

Hustlers Sign “Shaw Quartet” for 2006

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

The Hustlers, runner-ups at last month’s Cal Cup II tournament, bolstered their ASA “C” Alliance roster for 2006 with the acquisition of the “Shaw quartet” of Doug and his son Matt and Kenny and his son Kasey. The Shaws played last year for Raymar, which took 3rd in the ASA “C” Nationals at Hastings, NE in 2004. After the bump up of six of the top teams to the “B” level, the Hustlers figure to be among those contending for the 2006 “C” crown. Player-manager Bobby Cole had this to say about the addition of the Shaws:

“All four will plug holes for the Hustlers offensively and defensively with Kenny giving the Hustlers a veteran second baseman and leadoff hitter. Doug, a RBI machine and a solid glove at first base. Matt, an outfielder with a cannon for an arm and one of the best young hitters in the game and Kasey, an untapped talent with tons of potential.”

Read the whole story at the Hustler’s team website