Archive for February, 2006

2006 Dixie Classic Fastpitch Tournament – St. George UT Mar.31-April 2

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

2006 Dixie Classic Fastpitch Tournament

-Friday, March 31; Saturday, April 1; Sunday, April 2
-Classes: ASA A & B, NAFA A & AA
-Entry fee: $300 (payable to NASA, UT)
-Nasa registration $25
-Limited to the first 24 teams or deadline, mon.,march 27
-Four games guaranteed!
-Games to be played on the new Santa Clara Fields (Two miles north of the St. George Complex)

Contact person: Bill Given (mail entry fee to bill), 2865 Hickory way, St. George, UT 84790; phone # 435-673-4148 (home) 435-229-5385 (cell) Important! Hotels are filling up for this weekend. You need to make reservations soon or both St. George and Mesquite will be full. We would really like to have a great tournament in St. George and trying to keep a 20 year old tournament alive. Any questions, please call me at 1-801-566-6808 Thanks, Larry Wachter.

2nd contact person: Larry Wachter (Castlewood)
801-566-6808 (business); 801-785-4363 (home)

Update: Be sure to note that this tournmament is a qualifier for the NSA World Tournament to be held over Labor Day Weekend in St George. Contact NSA commish, Dave Parker: Phone 303-475-8142; email

Darren Zack joins St. Thomas Evergreen Centennials

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball:

Darren Zack joins St. Thomas Evergreen Centennials
the St.Thomas evergreen centennials would like to welcome Darren Zack to there pitching staff for 2006. Darren will be with the team for tournaments in Jarvis, Woodstock, Orillia, ISAC qualifier and the Worlds if we qualify.

It’s Official ! Double Elim is Back at the ISC World Tournament

Monday, February 27th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball: I.S.C. Board Approves E.G.C. Format for World Tournament

I.S.C. Board Approves E.G.C. Format for World Tournament A vote of the Board of Directors of the International Softball Congress has approved a change in the format of the ISC World Tournament. Beginning with the 2006 World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario, this August, the round robin format will be replaced by a double elimination format. This new format will also include a bracket for teams which lose their first two games in the competition and will allow teams from that bracket to play their way back into the tournament with a chance to win. The new format, called Every Game Counts (EGC) will feature 32 teams with 28 of these being guaranteed a minimum of four games.

Black Sox Balance Their Books and Then Some

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Fred Hanker’s Long Beach Black Sox started their 2006 last weekend in inauspicious fashion, going 0-3 in the first day of the Panteras Valentine Tournament at Norwalk, losing the three games by a total of 4 runs. In a sense, the rain out for Sunday’s elimination round came as a relief for the team.

It was a different story when play resumed on Saturday February 25, with the Sox turning in a perfect 4-0 day, and coming away with the Championship Trophy, with wins over the LA Heat, the Animals, Raymar and RAW. Check the Black Sox team website for Fred’s recap and here for the championship team photo.

So. Cal Bombers Sign Coach

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball: So. Cal Bombers Sign Coach

The So. Cal. Bombers would like to welcome new team coach Kelly Mcgiffin of Penticton,British Columbia,Canada. Kelly is one of the top softball coaches in the country (CANADA). Kelly has been a coach in the national program since 2001. He was named B.C. Coach of the Year in 1993.Kelly served as the British Columbia Boys Canada Games program head coach from 1990 – 1997 and served as an assistant coach with the 2000 Junior Men’s National Team program that won Bronze in Blacktown, Australia before being named to the Senior Men’s team staff in September of 2001

Panteras Valentine Tournament, Part 2

Friday, February 24th, 2006

The Panteras Valentine Tournament will resume on Saturday, February 25, 2006. One full day was played last weekend, but the scheduled single elim championship round was rained out on Sunday.

Because of the number of teams that were unable to return for the second weekend, the bracket was redrawn as a double elimination tournament, with games starting at 8am and running to the 6:30pm championship game (or 8pm “if” game). More games, more fun.

Click links below for brackets:

Bracket in PDF format
(requires Adobe Reader)

Browser viewable bracket

For map to field, visit our “Maps & Fields” section and click “Norwalk” Aerial View of the fields, via Google Maps.

IS Knights Sign Rick Lang and Brett Bresnahan

Friday, February 24th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball: IS Knights Sign Rick Lang and Brett Bresnahan

Manager Paul Lybeck of the IS Knights of Fargo, North Dakota is proud to welcome Rick Lang and Brett Bresnahan aboard for the 2006 season. Lang, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, returns to the IS Knights after playing the 2002 season with them. He will join the Rob Schweyer and Sisko Sabate on the Knights pitching staff.

Bresnahan, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has spent the last several years promoting the game of mensÂ’ fastpitch through his column in LetÂ’s Play Softball as well as through his website at and other outlets.

Click link above for full story.

Passing of Vancouver’s Rich Hagan

Friday, February 24th, 2006

TIC Home Page

Vancouver softball has suffered a huge loss.

Rich Hagen, coach of the Richmond Mariners, has passed away suddenly from a stroke on February 22.

Click link above for more info at “The Inside Curve”, including a forum set up to leave tributes to Rich.

Qualifying Tourneys Set for ISC Berths in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

From Al’s Fastball: Qualifying Tourneys Set for ISC Berths in Washington, Oregon, British Co

Qualifying Tourneys Set for ISC Berths in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia Area The stage is set for competition in the Pacific Northwest which will fill a spot in the 2006 International Softball Congress World Tournament and another in the ISC – II Tournament of Champions. Keith Erkenbrack, Area Commissioner for Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, has set the following dates for qualifying tournaments from his area: ISC –II Tournament of Champions Qualifier – – Friday June 16 – Sunday June l8. ISC World Tournament Qualifier – – Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2.

Click link above for all the details.

Norwalk Rained Out Sunday, To Resume Next Saturday

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

The Panteras Valentine Tournament in Norwalk, CA was rained out Sunday. The single elimination championship round will resume next Saturday, February 25, 2005. Watch here at Fastpitchwest for the bracket, and any schedule changes (in the event that any teams are unable to return next week)