Archive for April, 2006

Vancouver Grey Sox, 2006 Roster & Schedule

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Grey Sox are pleased to formally announce their 2006 roster and schedule. For fans interested in taking in any of our home games, all Saturday doubleheaders commence at 3:30pm and Sunday doubleheaders start at 11:00 am at South Memorial Park, located on 41 Avenue East and Windsor Street in Vancouver. Please note that the following players listed on our roster; Rob Giesbrecht (Fargo, ND Kegel), Pat Mackintosh (Orillia, ON Riversharks) and Mike Piechnik (Portland, OR CR Fastpitch) are with the Grey Sox for the 2006 Softball Canada National Championship, and will be participating with the noted teams in the 2006 ISC World Tournament. (more…)

Ontario Canada Top 10 (ISC II)

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

From The Deuce (ISCII) Blog at Fastpitchwest:

Ontario ISC II Preseason Top 10
April 26th, 2006

With the fastball season only about a week away, it’s time for the 4th annual preseason rankings. For the Ontario ISC II Rankings this year, we will be using the average score of the Ontario teams that are ranked by the Ontario members of the ISC II Ranking Committee.

1. Elmira Cubs – The 2005 ISC II Champions come into the 2006 season ranked on top and all eyes will be on ToC Top Pitcher & MVP Casey Halstead. The Cubs have added a couple more graduating Waterloo Juniors to the team and there is concern about playing time for some, but an already impressive lineup may be even better in 2006. The Cubs are taking a big early step with the Woodstock Legends tourney on the heels of St. Clement’s.

Click here to see the rest of the Top 10.

Heflin Gremlins in Dominican Republic

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball:

Heflin Gremlins in Dominican Republic
With a combination of players Heflin Gremlins made a trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for a 4 game set against the Dominican National Team April 20-23. Jumping off the plane and on to the ball field the Gremlins lost a tough 6-0 decision on Thursday night. Shaking off the rust the Gremlins played the Dominican team 3-2, 3-3, 3-1 before departing back to the States. Tom MacAvoy Manager Paul McCart Alvinston Indians Mark McCallum Belmont Blacksox Frank Perez Heflin Eduardo Leonardo Heflin Nate Fish Heflin Dan Winnick So. Cal Bombers Steve Miller Heflin Paul Algar Heflin Shawn Samson CPI Mike Cutro CPI Charlie Walseman CPI Jorge Sepulveda CPI Charlie_H_Walseman(at)

Santa Rosa Tops Norcal League Tournament at Fairfield

Monday, April 24th, 2006

“The Dower Report” from Northern California:

FAIRFIELD CA — The new look Santa Rosa Fastpitch team (formerly the Santa Rosa Storm) rallied from early deficits in three consecutive games here Sunday to win the Class C Fairfield Tournament behind the pitching of workhorse Jeff Want. Santa Rosa, which went 2-1 on Saturday to finish second in its bracket behind Country Club Villa in the round-robin portion of the tourhament, opened Sunday’s play by overcoming a 6-3 deficit to defeat Dry Creek (also of Santa Rosa) 10-7, with Want getting the win after pitching the final four innings and allowing only thee hits and one run.

(Scores and more after the jump)

Rude Pac & Goodfellas Crowned Champions at Palm Springs II

Monday, April 24th, 2006

From the So Cal ASA Website: Palm Springs II

In a re-match of last month’s Championship, Rude-Pac faced the Panteras and with the strength of their whole team, came out on top for the Championship. Rude-Pac went a perfect 6 -0 facing the always tough Primetime Fast Pitch twice, once in the round robin and again in the Sunday elimination to get to the Championship game. The Panteras went 4-2 with wins over the So Cal Masters and Savala Rounders on Sunday.

Goodfellas of Lancaster won the C Classification tournament and their first Alliance tournament. Goodfellas, who played last year as ReMax, won only one game on Saturday and were third in their pool. In their first game on Sunday they had to face Palm Springs Express and then Latin Heat to get into the Championship game. In the Championship, they faced the Young Bucks. The Young Bucks earned their way into the Championship with a 3 – 0 record on Saturday and wins over the So Cal Hustlers and Gamecocks.

Click link above for the complete report.

Long Beach Black Sox Finish 2-2 at Palm Springs II

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

From Fred Hanker’s Long Beach Black Sox Website: Click here for Black Sox News

“Russ Snow held off a late Sox rally to beat the Sox 8-5 and eliminate Long Beach from the Palm Springs 2 tournament. The Sox finished up 2-2 and are now 5-5 in the A/B Alliance for the season. Snow went the distance striking out 6 in the victory. Chris Martinez batting in the leadoff spot for the 1st time all season was 1-2 with a walk and a run. Chris Minogue was 2-3 with his third triple of the tourney and 2 RBI. Fred Hanker was 1-3 with a 2 run triple sparking a late Sox rally. Andy Martinez was 2-3 with 2 runs including a booming double to right center. The Sox top 4 hitters of Chris Martinez and Andy Martinez, Fred Hanker and Chris Minogue were 6-11 with a double and 2 triples and 4 RBI with 5 runs scored. The Sox now are off for a few weeks when they travel to Lancaster. Sox manager was pleased with the effort. ” We were not at full strength and a few of the guys we had were sick.” “I appreciate the effort by everyone.”

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So Cal Hustlers Website updated

Friday, April 21st, 2006

What do you do when it rains in Southern California? Work on your website, of course. Be sure to check out the So Cal Hustlers, one of the teams looking forward to playing this weekend in Palm Springs. Nice uniforms, fellas. Click here to visit their team website.

Editor’s note: Be sure to read the “Hustler News” section: Hustlers News Looks like Bonds is not the only one suspected of steroid use. (incriminating photo)

Hustlers set to start sophmore season
The new year has come and the Hustlers Fastpitch team is set to start another season of softball. We will be competing in the C division of the ASA Alliance tournament season. Last year we finished in the middle of the pack but due to the movement of a few of the top teams to the B division and the additions of some experienced veterans and a couple of talented young players the Hustlers are poised to jump up to the top of the division. (more…)

ISC Moves Website

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Official ISC Press Release, via Al’s Fastball: ISC Moves Website

ISC Moves Website Now you see it, now you see it. Regular visitors to the ISC web site may have noticed some subtle changes to the web site in the last day or two. The familiar, mostly blue screen of is now mostly white. And behind this change are many more changes to the most popular web site in the fastball world. The reasons for this relate to a decision to move from our old host site BlueGenesis to a new provider, Net Reliant The reasons for this were many and complicated but involved the retirement of our previous webmaster Brent Wade, a professional who has given the ISC many years of fine service. Brent assisted our ISC Web Director, Al Doran, with the technical side of the web site and produced a complete makeover of the site on a couple of occasions and automated many facets of the site including the Tournament List and Contact List but most notably the results page of the World Tournament. Al has been able to update the web site within minutes of the end of each game at the WT.

Click link above for the complete story.

Northern Cal ASA “C” Teams This Weekend in Fairfield, CA

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Thanks to Herb Dower for information on the Northern California “C” League, which gets underway this weekend, April 22-23, 206.

Class C teams will be starting play also this weekend in Fairfield, CA. Opening round games will be played Saturday, April 22, with the single-elimination portion on Sunday. Eight teams will be competing.

In one bracket are:

Team 707 (Vallejo)
Fat City (Nevada)
Country Club Villa (San Jose)
Santa Rosa Fastpitch (Santa Rosa, formerly Santa Rosa Storm).

Games will be played at Lee Bell Park in Fairfield starting at 9 a.m.

In the other bracket are

Wally’s World (Santa Rosa)
Dry Creek (Santa Rosa)
Elk Grove
Blood Line (Nevada)

Games will be played at Laurel Creek Ballpark in Fairfield.

The Santa Rosa City League is also about ready to begin play.

In the Wednesday Night League are:
Dry Creek. Santa Rosa Storm, Santa Rosa Fastpitch I, The Tribe, and
Wally’s World Bail Bonds

In the Tuesday League are:

IDM, The Farm, Santa Rosa Fastpitch II, Quality Fence Kings, Sonoma
Dawgs, Wally’s Bail Bonds.

Herb Dower

Happy Birthday, Steamer

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Excuse me while I take a moment to pay homage to my namesake, James “Steamer” Flanagan, whose 28 at bats represents but a cup of coffee in the bigs, but nonetheless a spot in the Baseball Almanac. (and a long career compared to Moonlight Graham) Today, April 20 is Steamer’s birthday. Born in 1881, he would be 125 if still alive today. After the Irishman attended the University of Notre Dame, he worked his way up to the bigs in 1905, as a teammate of the legendary Flying Dutchman, Honus Wagner. Shown below is Steamer’s tobacco-baseball card. Oh, and in case you were wondering, 7 hits in those 28 at bats, including a double and a triple, for a respectable lifetime average of .280. He scored 7 runs for the 8 times he reached base, stealing 3 bases in as many attempts. Tomorrow will be the 59th year since his passing in 1947.

James “Steamer” Flanagan Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac

Steamer Flanagan was born on Wednesday, April 20, 1881, in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Flanagan was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 25, 1905, with the Pittsburgh Pirates.