Archive for January, 2008

ASA Announces 2008 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team Roster

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Oklahoma City, Okla. — The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., announced today the 2008 USA Softball Junior Men’s National team roster that will compete in the 2008 World Championship.

“I think this is the best group we have ever put together for the Junior Men’s program,” said head coach Tim Lyon. “This team is as prepared as any team we have ever sent to the World Championship and now it’s up to them. We tell the athletes it’s how hard they work between now and June that will dictate whether they are on the medal stand.”

The Red, White and Blue will compete at the International Softball Federation VIII Jr. Men’s World Championship, June 20-29 in Whitehorse, Yukon Canada. Team USA will be led by head coach Tim Lyon (South Jordan, Utah), and assistant coaches Gary Mullican (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Scott Standerfer (Charleston, Ill.). Team USA finished fifth in the 2005 World Championships, tying their best finish in World Championship history. In 1993, they posted a 4-8 record and placed fifth as well.

The 2008 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team rosters includes:

Robbie Black (Salem, Utah)

Jeremy Cline (Pauma Valley, Calif.)

Nicholas Cole (Sacramento, Calif.)

Mitchell Elliott (Wexford, Pa.)

James Hartman (Hartford, S.D.)

Mike Hayes (Salem, Utah)

B.J. Hunhoff (Harrisburg, S.D.)

Tyson Lambourne (Spanish Fork, Utah)

Cedrick Lang (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Gentry Mitchell (Spanish Fork, Utah)

Chris Norris (Spanish Fork, Utah)

Robert Reder (Aurora, Ill.)

Nick Santos (Pueblo, Colo.)

Tony Viger (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Mitch Warne (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

J.T. Weststeyn (Ballwin, Mo.)

Kevin Williams (Lake Crystal, Minn.)


ISC Introduces New Souvenir Line

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The ISC through official souvenir vendor Createch, Inc, is introducing a new line of ISC apparel souvenir items. At the same time, ISC umpires are encouraged to check the line of ISC umpire shirts, caps and jackets.

Go to and click on ISC Products in the left margin. From there follow the links to either souvenirs or umpire attire.

In the souvenir line, there are numerous attractive, new, quality products with a variety of logos either embroidered or screenprinted. The line includes T-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, jackets, poli-dri and compression undershirts, sleeves, bags, etc.

All items are ordred on line and the web site provides both an email address and phone number for direct contact with Createch, Inc.

Get a jump on the ’08 season with some official ISC apparel.

Jeff Domro, President

Createch, Inc.

After the AAU, What’s Next ?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Panteras Valentine Tournament, Norwalk CA – February 16-17

With the 2008 AAU International Tournament in the books, many fastpitch players and fans are asking “What’s Next?” The answer in Southern California, is the Panteras Valentine tournament, which traditionally kicks off the California fastball season around the Valentine’s weekend.

The Panteras St. Valentine’s tournament will be held at Holifield Park the weekend of February 16-17. Teams should contact Fernie Ramirez directly at 562-762-8397 to enter the tournament. The teams will be divided in separate divisions with the A-Major and AA teams in the same division.

As anyone watching the TV news knows, California has been getting plenty of rain of late, with more on the way. Hopefully it will clear the way for good weather for Fernie’s tournament, though Fernie is adept at working around the weather, a reality of putting on an early season tournament. Even the AAU in Orlando was a little wet this year, with rain falling on Thursday and Saturday before giving way to the expected Florida sunshine.

Ballparkradio on a Cell Phone

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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While listening to men’s fastball on Ballparkradio can be as easy as a couple of mouse clicks, the main drawback, as compared to “regular radio” is that “internet radio” has not been as portable. We have noticed an increase in “laptop listeners” at the tournaments, both at the field, or more often back at the hotel, which lends some degree of portability, though still requiring some sort of internet connection. But now, with growing sophistication of cell phones, it is getting easier still to listen to Ballparkradio, no matter where you are. A number of cell phones offer web-browsing, and some even run on Windows Mobile and include Windows Media Player. The Palm Treos are among those offering the ability to tune into Ballparkradio. With the prevalence of iPhones, it’s too bad that Windows Media is still like kyptonite to Apple products (though there are some solutions in the works that would permit Windows media to play on them)

The new Sprint Mogul (HTC 6800 shown above) has the best capability that I’ve seen thus far — it runs Windows Mobile 6, and has a built in Windows Media Player just like on your computer. It’s as if you have are listening to a transistor radio in your pocket, allowing you to tune into the broadcast anywhere. Add to that an iPod plug in your rental car (the little 1/8″ place to plug your mp3 player in), and you’ll think you’re listening to XM radio. I arrived in Orlando on Thursday night, while Kyle Smith and Blair Setford were already on the air, but was able to listen to them while driving in from the airport to the Disney complex, and was able to monitor the broadcasts from the bleachers.

In any event, I thought I would pass along the info, in case you are among those with web-enabled cell phones. Listening to men’s fastpitch on Ballparkradio is getting easier all the time.

Below the jump is a list of other Windows Mobile Phones with which you can tune into Ballparkradio. The list is not all-inclusive, but a good starting point. If you have been able to tune into (or want to test by connecting to any streaming broadcast at Sportjuice), drop us a line, jim (at) and tell us what kind of phone it is.


USA Jr. Men’s Final Roster for 2008 ISF Due Out Soon

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

The final 17-man roster for the USA Jr. Men’s team for the 2008 ISF Tournament in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada is due out soon. The pool of players for the Jr. Men were in camp over the weekend, and anxiously awaiting the release of the final roster. We’ll post it here at as soon as it is released. The Jr. Men will compete in the 2008 ISF Jr. World Championships June 21-29, 2008.

Want to know more about the 2008 ISF Jr. Men’s World Championships? Click here for our earlier post.

AAU International Tournament Postscript

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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Well, if our email bag is any indication, there was a lot of interest in the 2008 AAU International Tournament in Orlando, Florida this past weekend. Two common questions among them – when will Maddy’s photos be up, and will the broadcasts be available in archive/CD format.

Maddy’s Photos

Maddy’s computer crashed and is in the shop at the moment, so it might be next week before she can get them up. If you notice a little more “lag time” in getting the photos up these days, it’s a result of the fact that she is shooting more photos (a couple thousand on a weekend like the AAU), so it takes a good amount of time to go through them to pick the best shots to post, and to crop, clean up and prepare them for display. This year’s AAU Int’l tournament saw 79 games played, and that’s not even counting the women’s tournament that she was asked to shoot this year. There are about 500 players at the tournament amongst the 32 teams, so it’s hard to say whether she got any good pics of you or your team until she goes through them. Another reason is that she is shooting in “RAW” nowadays, an extremely large format file, which requires a trip through “Lightrooom” and “Photoshop” to make them suitable for web display. The point of all of this is to simply say that they’ll be posted as soon as she can get them up. Don’t feel bad about asking though– she enjoys your interest and comments on her photos….and I’m right there with you – I’m anxious to see them myself. This year, one of my favorite moments of the tournament was seeing a large crowd of CPI players and fans crowded around Maddy and her camera as she replayed a sequence of shots of a pivotal collision play at the plate in their Saturday night game on the little viewing screen.

Ballparkradio Broadcasts

Kyle Smith is lending a hand to prep the archive broadcasts, so if you’re interested, drop us a line to live (at) ballparkradio and we’ll let you know when they are ready. He is also working on the ISC II broadcasts, so if you inquired about those, we haven’t forgotten you. I want to take a moment and thanks Kyle Smith, Blair Setford, Joe Todd and Bill Hillhouse for working on the broadcasts this year, helping Ballparkradio produce 10 games, the most ever for an AAU tournament. And in turn, we want to thank the many listeners who took the time to email us before, during and after the games to let us know you were listening, or with questions or comments. It makes it worthwhile to know that you’re enjoying the broadcasts.


A big tip of the cap to tournament organizers Ken Hackmeister and Alex Linares for putting on their eighth consecutive AAU International tournament, to the folks at Disney for hosting, the outstanding umpiring crew, and to Al Doran, who was on hand in Orlando to provide timely coverage to all of you fastball fans out there. Ken and Alex are the first ones there in the morning and the last ones to leave, and put in a tremendous amount of work to make the tournament a success each year. They have it down to a science and make it look easy, but it is anything but. It continues to draw teams and fans alike because of their efforts.

Tournament Recaps

You can find all the scores at and here at the Morning Brief at (type AAU in the search box at the upper right of the Morning Brief to filter the stories for the AAU). We’ll be submitting a post-tournament recap to Softball Magazine, and will post it for our readers as well.

Want to know what the tournament was like? Ask any of the 500 or so players who were there. 2009 will be the 9th Annual AAU International. If you’re thinking about bringing a team, or just heading down to Orlando to watch, now is the time to do it.

Corrections Department

During the tournament, we referred to Broken Bow as a New York team. While they were in 2007, for the 2008 season, they are based again in Nebraska.

Mac’s Goes Back-to-Back at AAU

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

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Mac’s Sprayer’s, Iowa, became the first team to win back-to-back AAU International Tournament titles, with a 5-0 win over runner-up Team Minnesota.

Click here for the championship game box score and play-by-play
, provided courtesy of ISC II Statistician, Hank De Wild.

2008 AAU Int’l Tournament Award Winners

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

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Champions – Mac’s Sprayers, IA
Runner-up – Team Minnesota
Third Place – CPI, NY and Broken Bow, NE

Most Valuable Player
Jeff Ellsworth, Mac’s Sprayers

Most Valuable Pitcher(s)
Mac’s Staff: Jeremy Manley, Sebastian Gervasutti, Rob O’Brien, and Mitch Hardy

2008 AAU Int’l – Championship Game

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

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Mac’s Sprayers, IA First Ever Back-to-Back Champion at 2008 AAU International Tournament

Mac’s 5, Team Minnesota 0

Jeff Ellsworth led off the third inning for Mac’s with a triple, and came home to score on a sacrifice fly to left by Frank Perez. In the 5th, Ellsworth walked, stole second and came home to score their second run. Mac’s added two more runs in the 6th on a walk, fielder’s choice, infield error and another sacrifice fly. Mac’s added a fifth run in the 7th when pinch-hitter Kelly Wenstrom singled and came home on an outfield error.

Mac’s pitcher Jeremy Manley turned in a masterful performance in the title game, yielding but 3 hits, and striking out 14.

2008 AAU Int’l Semi-Final – Broken Bow NE vs. Team Minnesota

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

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Team Minnesota 5, Broken Bow 2