Archive for November, 2007

ASA to move A-B-C Nationals to July

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Courtesy of the ASA’s Vanessa Woodmansee:

Effective 2010 the dates of the Men’s A, B and C Fastpitch National Championships will be moved to the weekend that includes the last Saturday in July. This change submitted to the ASA Council by Oakland ASA Commissioner John Gouveia after receiving feedback from many of the dedicated players in the men’s fastpitch game was approved unanimously. The basis of the change submitted included the reasoning that it was getting increasingly difficult for participants to get time off around the Labor Day weekend and the recent drop in the number of teams participating in the Nationals. We hope that the change will be one that benefits the great game of men’s fastpitch

Editor’s note: The change from Labor Day to late July is a big one, in apparent response to the dwindling number of teams at their National tournaments. It follows a date change by the ASA Major tournament a few years back, when that tournament was down to a paltry half dozen teams, and seems to have increased the numbers, along with the rule change allowing foreign born players to compete.

Taylor Farms Lumberkings Announce 2008 Schedule

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The Taylor Farms LumberKings are pleased to announce their schedule for the 2008 season. Last year the upstart ISCII team finished runner up to a powerful TNT team. This season the team has merged with third place finisher A1-Taylor Farms. Much like last season the team will play an ISC schedule early on to gain the much needed experience needed to compete for the ISCII crown in August. With so many of the team members from California they were able to add a few local tournaments this year. The team is much exited about the following schedule:

April 18-19 Central Cal Travel League Taft, CA
May 3-4 Red Rock St. George, UT
May 24-25 Central Cal Travel League Fresno, CA
June 5-8 Snapper Shootout Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario
June 21-22 Rose Cup Portland, OR
July 11-13 Boys of Summer Denmark, WI
July 25-27 Vancouver Challenge Vancouver, B.C.
August 10-13 ISCII ToC Appleton, WI

Will Pellum, Fastpitch Player, Author

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Update to our earlier post about Palm Springs player Will Pellum’s new book. He now has his own website for the book. Click here to view.. His book signing is tomorrow (Thursday, November 15). See info below.

When last we saw Will Pellum, of the Palm Springs Express, he was in the midst of a TV news interview at the NAFA World Series in Des Moines, Iowa. Now, his next venture, as an author — he’ll be signing copies of his autobiography next week. See info below. (For those of you not familiar with Will, he is a longtime member of the Palm Springs Express, which plays in the SCIFL, and competed in the NAFA “A” World Series in Des Moines last summer.)

Catching Dreams is the Autobiography about William Pellum’s dreams to play college football and graduate from college. The conflict began with people judging me for my size and not my playing ability!

BOOK SIGNING Thurs. 11/15/07 Crystal Fantasy 264 N. Palm Canyon Dr P S CA.

Map to Book signing (near the Palm Springs Airport, about 4 miles northwest of De Muth Park)

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AAU Roster 6 – Mac’s Sprayers

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

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2008 AAU – Mac’s Sprayers Roster
courtesy Mike Gasaway and via

Jeremy Manley P
Robbie Obrien P
BJ Hunhoff P
Sebastian Gervasutti P

Sean Obrien C
Ryan Kostel C
Frank Perez Inf
Chris Miljavac Inf
Todd Shultz Inf
Eddie Kettlehutt Inf
Glenn Ormsby Inf/Dp
Troy Ellsworth Inf
Jeff Ellsworth Of
Adam Lalonde Of
Felix Heredia Of
Wally King Of
Steve Moulton Utl

Mike Gasaway Head Coach
Tom Macavoy Third Base Coach
Paul Mccart Firstbase Coach

Editor’s notes: Mac’s Sprayers…aka last year’s Mac’s Mauraders – the 2007 AAU Champions. Last year’s MVP, Frankie Perez, who provided the most dramatic moment in AAU history with his championship game – extra inning – walk off home run, is back with Macs, but the pitching staff is completely revamped. Last year it was MVPitcher Colin McKenzie and Rob Schweyer, with Schweyer pitching well enough to be co-MVPitcher. But both are gone from Mac’s roster and we see this impressive list, of Jeremy Manley, Robbie O’Brien, BJ Hunhoff, and Sebastian Gervasutti. Just yesterday, we were talking about the five deep staff of the Texaco Pirates. Those bullpens are going to be crowded in Orlando, or maybe the teams will take turns sending the extras to Disneyworld for a day? Nine pitchers between these two teams. Some would say there aren’t enough innings to go around, but remember this is January, so many managers are reluctant to overwork guys that haven’t been pitching on a regular basis. It’s a 32 team, four day tournament, and fatigue does take a toll come Sunday. Even in last year’s championship game, both Mac’s and Broken Bow went through their entire pitching staffs before it was over. I guess if the Boston Red Sox can go to a six man rotation, as some say they will, then nothing wrong with being 4-5 deep in Orlando. Unless, of course, you’re an AAU manager of a team that is still hunting for pitching.

Trivia time: How many players from last year’s AAU Championship team are back in 2008? Answer after the jump. (Looking for the answer to yesterday’s trivia question about the “Four Aces” on Penn Corp? see Texaco Pirates roster post below)


AAU Roster 5 – St. Thomas Storm

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

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AAU 2008 – St. Thomas Storm Roster
courtesy Tom Edie and via

St. Thomas, Ontario – Canada
P – Dan Beecroft
P – Ryan Cummings

C- Jeff Franklin
C – Chris Wismer
1B – Tom Edie
1B – Jeff Ingram
2B – Tyler Lessard
SS – Rowan Lam
3B – Chris Payne
3B – Aaron Gould
OF – Jamie Peat
OF – Kyle Mitchell
OF – Peter Mersereau

Tom Eadie

Please send your AAU Rosters if you haven’t already. Send to jim (at) and we’ll forward to Al’s, or you can send to him direct at fastball (at) These rosters just a preview of the teams for fastball fans, so don’t worry if you have changes — these are not official rosters. And if you add players later, we’d be happy to update your posting here.

Pete Turner Inducted into ASA Hall of Fame

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Reprinted with Permission from the Stockton (click link for original story which includes a photo of Pete and his dad)

Turner credits father for softball honor

By Bob Highfill
Record Sports Editor
November 08, 2007 6:00 AM

STOCKTON – Pete Turner Jr. will address a group of about 450 people inside a hotel ballroom this evening in Louisville, Ky.

The Stockton native will speak about his lifelong love affair with fastpitch softball. He will thank his teammates and coaches, and the Amateur Softball Association of America, which is inducting him into its Hall of Fame.

“Pete is being honored for what he did on the field as a player and as a manager,” said Ron Radigonda, executive director of the ASA, the national governing body of softball. “And as someone who continues to give back to the game.”

At some point during his acceptance speech, Turner, 51, will look into the audience and try to compose himself as he thanks his father, Pete Turner Sr., who introduced him to the game and taught him how to excel at every position on the field.

Tonight’s ceremony honoring a true softball legend is very much a family induction. If it weren’t for the father, the son never would have succeeded in a sport that requires tremendous skill, but doesn’t receive much attention.

“I spent my childhood at Oak Park on weekdays and throughout the region watching my dad on weekends,” said the younger Turner, who ASA officials say is the first Stocktonian to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. “Other kids’ idols were baseball and football players. My idols were softball players.”

His biggest idol was his dad, an outstanding softball player during the game’s heyday in the 1960s and ’70s, whose travelingteams sent the family packing to tournaments throughout California, Canada, Mexico and Hawaii.

“I’d like to say I got his heart into it,” said the elder Turner, 71. “If you are in this game at such a high level this long, you really must love it.”

The skills and work ethic he passed on to his son helped pave a remarkable career.

As a player, the younger Turner was a five-time ASA All-American and an ASA national champion in 1991 with Guenalla Brothers of Santa Rosa. He competed in five U.S. Olympic Festivals, and played and coached in the Pan-American Games.

He coached women’s softball for 14 years at Delta College, and won two league titles in three years as its head coach from 2004-06. Turner now is in his second season as the head coach at San Jose State. Since 2001, he also has been the head coach of the United States men’s fastpitch team, which finished second at the International Softball Federation World Cup this summer in Prague, Czech Republic.

Softball has taken Turner all over the world, yet he has maintained a sales career in the high-tech and publishing industries and has raised a family with three children.

“That was always my dream, to do what I did,” Turner said. “I just didn’t think I would do it on this level.”

Turner was a standout football and baseball player at Franklin High and began playing high-level fastpitch softball on his dad’s teams when he was 16 years old.

“We’d have him fill in for us,” Turner Sr. said. “He could play almost any position well, and he was always a great hitter.”

Turner played baseball at University of the Pacific but lost his passion for the game his sophomore season. He transferred to Sacramento State intent on playing football, but he didn’t pass his physical because of a previous knee injury. Turner focused on his studies and made the dean’s list, graduating with a degree in sociology with minors in history and psychology. He earned a master’s degree in business from Hamilton University.

After college, Turner turned his competitive energy toward softball. He played on traveling teams based in California, Seattle, Midland, Mich., and Salt Lake City, and he played on the national team. Turner was a solid hitter and a strong defensive player in the infield, outfield and behind the plate. He also pitched. But what set him apart was his combustible internal engine that never quit.

“He was very competitive; he played on a high edge, just on the edge of anger,” said Mitch Munthe, a teacher and baseball coach at Beyer High in Modesto who played softball with Turner for nine years. “You wouldn’t see it on the outside because he always had a very professional demeanor.”

It will be quite a night for father and son.

Contact sports editor Bob Highfill at (209) 546-8282 or

See also a nice tribute to Pete here on the website of San Jose State University where Pete is the head coach for the women’s team.

Calling All AAU Teams !

Monday, November 12th, 2007

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To All AAU Teams: Please send your AAU Rosters if you haven’t already. Send to jim (at) and we’ll forward to Al’s, or you can send to him direct at fastball (at) These rosters just a preview of the teams for fastball fans, so don’t worry if you have changes — these are not official rosters. And if you add players later, we’d be happy to update your posting here.

The one’s we’ve received and posted so far shown in bold below:

1. Cutro Professional Inspections
2. Ohio Battery
3. Colombia
4. Combatientes / Venezuela
5. Ambassadors / St. Thomas
6. Brewers / Venezuela
7. Niagara Storms Fury / Canada
8. Florida Fastpitch
9. Texaco Pirates / Bahamas (2007 Final Four)
10. Earls Club
11. New Breed / Bahamas
12. Broken Bow Gremlins (2007 Runner-up)
13. Cherokee Men’s Fastpitch
14. Chicago / NY / Dominicans
15. Elmira Advance Millrights/Canada
16. Millwood Logistics / Canada
17. Team Minnesota (2006 Runner-up)
18. Tijuana Fastpitch / Mexico
19. Redline Fastpitch Oklahoma
20. Big Cove
21. P.K. Broward Pirates
22. Radio 560 Mexico
23. Magos de Tenerife / Spain
24. Los Socios / Venezuela (2002 & 2004 Champions, 2003 & 2005 Runnerups)
25. Jamaica National Team
26. Mac Mauraders (Defending Champions)
27. Fedlock Falcons (2003 Champions)
28. St. Thomas Storm / Canada
29. Thomson Area Merchants
30. Venezuela Miami
31. Omaha Red Angels
32. Puerto Rico Natl. Team

Click here to view the rosters posted to date.

AAU Roster 4 – Texaco Pirates, Bahamas

Monday, November 12th, 2007

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The Texaco Pirates from Man-O-War, Bahamas
courtesy of Haziel Mcdonald

William Weatherford
Lyle Sawyer
Kyle Magnusson
Andrew Albury
Jason Hill P/Util
Steve Mullaley
Grant Albury
Darren Box
Fred Sweeting
Louie Joglar
Barry Kahler
Nathanial Malone
Dewey Dyck P
Rob Scheller P
Doug Sleep P
Rob Schweyer P

Haziel Mcdonald Manager

Editor’s notes: Five pitchers! Will any team in Orlando have a pitching staff this deep? I remember when Penn Corp has four of the top pitchers around, they used to refer to them as the “Four Aces”. Trivia bonus points – can anyone name those four pitchers from Penn Corp? (see answer after the jump)

Keep an eye out for the next issue of Softball Magazine, which has a feature story on the team from the Bahamas, “The Real Pirates of the Caribbean”. The team has come a long way since winning the consolation bracket in 2004, finishing third in last year’s event, falling to Broken Bow in the semi-finals.


AAU Roster 3 – Florida Fastpitch

Monday, November 12th, 2007

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Florida Fastpitch;s 2008 AAU Roster
courtesy of Steve Thurmer
(pitchers in bold)

Sean Whitten
Terry Luster

Steve Mitchell
Larry Mastrogianakis
Matt Darling
Tom Owen
Brad Johnson
Phillip Perry
Tommy Gray
Avon Meachem
Brian Ree
Craig Horswell
Jesse Duncan
Matt Palazzo
Marc Benjamin
Michael Brown

2008 Best of the West – June 7 & 8

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

The longest running men’s open tournament in the State of California, Best of the West will be back in beautiful Santa Barbara in 2008. The tournament is an ISC Qualifying tournament (see complete list to date below), and with a berth to the World Tournament and ISC II Tournament of Champions for the highest finishing US West teams.

June 7 & 8, 2008
Best of the West – Santa Barbara, CA

Format: Round robin on Saturday into single elimination on Sunday.
Entry Fee: $400 – payable to Dave Blackburn
Berths: 1 ISC World Tournament and 1 ISC II ToC to highest finishing US West teams
Contact: Dave Blackburn – 310-266-7803 –
UIC: Clyde Bennett – 805-895-9007
ISC Rep: Dave Blackburn 310-266-7803

Last year’s Best of the West tournament was won by Innovative Communications of Utah.

Click here to view Maddy’s Photo Galleries
from last year’s Best of the West tournament.