Archive for May, 2006

ISC World Rankings (June 1)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

From Al’s Fastball:
The new ISC World Tournament rankings are up at the ISC website.

Biggest jump appears to be the Houston Aces, who scored points with voters by knocking off a #5 (Patsy’s), #20 (Portland) and #22 (Team Rainey) at the Red Rock tournament, enroute to a runner-up finish, and won the TX/LA/ARK/OK ISC qualifier last week. The Aces vaulted from #33 into the top 25, winding up at #23.

The So Cal Bombers win at Red Rock and Palm Springs shot them into the top 10, moving from #13 to #8.

Other teams from the West:
Vancouver Grey Sox moved up one spot from #7 to #6;
Pueblo fell one spot from #18 to #19, despite knocking off the Bombers at Palm Springs;
Portland moved up two spots from #20 to #18
Team Rainey fell two spots from #22 to #24

Click link above for the complete list.
Click here for prior rankings.

Boys of Summer Schedule – July 7-9 (Denmark, WI)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Click here for the schedule for this year’s “Boys of Summer” tournament in Denmark, Wisconsin. Both of California’s open level teams, the So Cal Bombers and Team Rainey are entered in the tournament. The Bombers are in Pool A, with defending ISC World champions, and #1 ranked County Materials, WI, the Saskatoon Aspen Black Sox, and Planggers Furniture, MI. Team Rainey is in Pool B, with #2 ranked Farm Tavern, WI, Kegel Black Knights, ND and Albaugh, Inc., IA. You’d be hard pressed to find a tougher field of teams this side of the ISC World.


Vancouver Grey Sox v. P.G. Black Bears – May 27-8 Results

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Vancouver Grey Sox v. P.G. Black Bears – May 27-28 Results
Prince George, BC – The Vancouver Grey Sox won all 4 games in Prince George over the weekend. By all reports the weather was great – hot and sunny – and there were good crowds on hand at newly renovated Spruce City Stadium, site for this year’s Canadian National Championship in August. Saturday, May 27: Game 1 Grey Sox 11 Black Bears 6 W.P. Nick Underhill (10K’s), and Kris Waverick L.P. Ryan Brand and Chad Ghostkeeper HR – Vancouver – Dan Whiteford (3R) HR – P.G. – Eddy Dent (2) – (3R and 2R) Game 2 Grey Sox 7 Black Bears 0 W.P. Rick Smith (2 hitter, 8K’s), and Brian Banner L.P. Dan Valachy and Chad Ghostkeeper HR – Kevin Schellenberg, Gerry Kennedy (2R), Derek Mayson (3/3 ) Sunday, May 28: Game 3 Vancouver 8 Prince George 1 W.P. Nick Underhill (2 hitter, 8K’s, 1 BB), and Brian Banner L.P. Ryan Brand, and Chad Ghostkeeper Grey Sox: Gerry Kennedy-3/3, 2R HR; Scott Newitt-2/2, HR; Dan Whiteford-2/3, 3R HR Game 4 Vancouver 7 Prince George 2 W.P. Rick Smith (8K’s), and Kris Waverick L.P. Norm Linton, and Jason Fulton Grey Sox: Derek Mayson-2/3 3RBI The Grey Sox are now 14-0 on the season. Next on the schedule is a 4 game set v. Portland C/R, with pitchers Mike Piechnik, Roberto Bahler and Mark Bennett, on June 3-4 at South Memorial Park in Vancouver. Doubleheaders are slated for Saturday, June 3 starting at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. Conrad Margolis Vancouver Grey Sox

Help Wanted with Red Rock Photo ID’s

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Can you ID the players in the Red Rock photos listed here?

Las Vegas Summer Slam Cancelled

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

The Las Vegas Summer Slam has been cancelled due to lack of team entries.

CR/Portland Tops Boatnik field at Grants Pass, Oregon

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

[Grants Pass, Oregon]

25,000 people annually converge on Grants Pass, Oregon from all over the U.S. and Canada for the Boatnik Memorial Day Weekend Festivities. The Boatnik Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament sponsored by David Wise State Farm Insurance was held Memorial Day Weekend in Grants Pass, Oregon serving as a NAFA World Series Qualifier. Beginning with two exhibition games on Friday night and ending at 2:30 pm Monday with the nationally ranked Portland, Oregon Adidas team taking the title and the $500 team travel money. The runnerup was the A-Major Addidas team also from Portland who were awarded $250. Third place was Mock Ford from Grants Pass, Oregon, Fourth Place was last years ASA C National Runner-Up Brotherton Pipe(formerly Global) of Southern Oregon. Finishing 5th was the Portland Gamblers and taking 6th place was Blacksmith of Grants Pass and taking 7th place was Tule Lake-Beeber, California. Players from as far away as Argentina participated. Portland went 5-0 in winning the championship with an average run differential of 10-2 per game. The Tournament format was a four game guarantee with 2 round robin games that seeded all teams in to a full double elimination tournament. No team was eliminated until 6 pm on Sunday. The tournament saw two brief rain delays but finished each day on time. The key elements of this event that make it so special are the spectators that watch every game with no less than 100 people present and with a high of 500 during some games. Riverside Park has one of the best settings to play men’s fastpitch anywhere in the U.S. With a permanent 250 foot fence, electronic scoreboard, announcers for every game and scorekeepers for every game make it truly a fastpitch players dream. By team votes, next year’s event will feature both an upper and a lower bracket and will continue with a four game guarantee. The host committee also hopes to increase the travel money to $1,750 in 2006 as well. The Upper bracket will be for NAFA AA(ASA Good B) and higher teams and the lower bracket for NAFA A and A-Major teams(ASA C and low B). (more…)

So Cal Hustlers Win SoCal ASA “C” Qualifier

Monday, May 29th, 2006

From the So Cal ASA Website: SOCAL ASA : Softball
(Click link above for scores and more)

The 2006 Region 14 Men’s “C” Fast Pitch Nationals was hosting this past weekend by Vicki Oltean and the City of Palm Springs, CA. Temperatures were mild for the desert for this time of year with the high’s in the 80’s with strong winds on Saturday only.

The tournament was small as only five teams, all from Southern California, entered. However, as usual, Vicki provided teams with more than enough games as she had a 2 game round robin to seed the teams into the double elimination. (more…)

Vancouver Grey Sox Sign Darren Box for Canadians

Monday, May 29th, 2006

From the Vancouver Grey Sox Website: Vancouver Grey Sox Sign Darren Box
May 29, 2006
Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Grey Sox are pleased to announce the signing of catcher Darren Box to bolster the team’s line up in its attempt to qualify for the Softball Canada Senior Mens Fastpitch Nationals to be held in late August in Prince George, BC.

Box a resident of Edmonton, Alberta is a highly regarded elite player at the Senior Mens Fastpitch level. He spent the 2005 season with the Broken Bow, NY Spirit and is signed for the majority of the 2006 season with the So Cal Bombers.

John Stuart, Grey Sox Field Manager commented on the signing. “Any time you have an opportunity to add someone with the ability of a Darren Box to your line up, it immediately brings added depth and experience in big game situations to the team”. I look forward to having him in a Grey Sox uniform, and have no doubts that he will solidify our roster with his leadership and presence.

Box will make his Grey Sox debut on the weekend of June 3 and 4, when the Sox host Portland CR for a 4 game super series at South Memorial Park in Vancouver.

Houston Aces Win ISC Qualifier, Earn ISC World Tournament Berth

Monday, May 29th, 2006

The Houston Aces went undefeated this weekend at 5-0 winning their ISC Qualifier. The following is a recap of Sunday’s games.

9:30 A.M. Houston Aces vs Houston Nine ( H.I.S.) Semi-Final

In a battle of undefeated’s the Aces took on H.I.S in the semi final in the morning. Pitcher Wayne Wells took the mound for the Aces while Robert ” Tito” Florencia took the hill for H.I.S. The Aces started early scoring 2 runs in the first when with 2 man on cathcer Troy Gilmour singled to right scoring 2 runs. In the top of the second H.I.S. countered with 4 runs of their own and having the advantage at 4-2. The H.I.S. would then add 1 more in the 4th making it
5-2. In the 5th with one man on base 2nd baseman Peter Saldana would hit a 2 run homer to left field making it 4-5. Enter pitcher Panfilo Valdez who retired the side in the 6th. The Aces would then add 1 more tying the game at 5. In the last inning the Aces would score one more making it 6-5 and giving them the win and advancing to the finals.

Houston Aces 6 – Houston Nine ( H.I.S) 5

4 P.M. Houston Aces vs Houston Nine ( H.I.S) Final

The Aces would again face H.I.S. in the final. Pitcher Jason Smith would take the mound against H.I.S. In the 1st inning H.I.S. would take an early lead scoring 2. In that same inning the Aces would score 2 of their own making it even. The game would stay tied for 2 more innings as Jason Smith held H.I.S. The Aces bats came alive and before the game was done they would add on 7 more runs making it 9-2. This would give the Aces the Championship and a birth to the ISC World’s.

Houston Aces 9 vs Houston Nine ( H.I.S.) 2

Representing the All Tourney Team for the Houston Aces:

Mario Perez
Panfil Valdez
Troy Gilmour
Craig Buttar
Jason Smith – Most Valuable Pitcher
Ben Duron – Most Valluable Player

Pictures of the tournament as well as results can be seen at

Rocky Mountain Travel League Results

Monday, May 29th, 2006

[Denver, Colorado]

The first two weekends are in the books for the
Inaugural RMFL Travel League. The first weekend of the league was also the first time that Cedar Ridge of Roosevelt,Utah had ever been able to lay a game at home. They have no city league and no other team in the Uinta Basin to play. The Mountain States Rebels traveled to Roosevelt on the 29th and 30th of April for a 4 game set. Cedar Ridge swept the Saturday twin-bill 7-6 and 4-2 with Wes Nielsen getting the first win and his father getting the second.