Archive for March, 2008

Wingnuts Take on Lumberkings in the Final Four

Monday, March 31st, 2008

CNBC’s Minor League Logo Contest enters the final days:

Voting open until 9am Tuesday morning. Still pulling for my brother Bob’s team, the Wichita Wingnuts. Winner of this matchup goes to the finals !

Click logos above to vote ! (clicking logos does NOT case your vote — just takes you to the page where you can vote)

ISC World Tournament 2008 – Kimberly, WI

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

And while we’re talking about the ISC World Tournament, here is the logo for this year’s tournament, slated for Kimberly, Wisconsin. Click it for more information on the event. I’ll be heading back to Wisconsin to help with the ISC II broadcasts this year, which will be held just down the road in Appleton, Wisconsin, and looking forward to seeing Kimberly for the first time in nineteen years, when I went back as a member of the 1989 Vista Rangers team, the predecessor team to the Vista Bombers Version 3.0 that formed the next year.

As noted on the Kimberly Recreation Association (KRA) website, this will be a record setting 11th time they have hosted the event:

1972 – 1975 – 1978 – 1982 – 1985 – 1989 – 1993 – 1996 – 1998 – 2003 – 2008

I recall reading about the 1975 World Tournament, won by the legendary Long Beach Nitehawks, for their record 10th ISC World title. The ‘Hawks defeated the Southern Truck Raiders of Sun City, Arizona in the title game that year. Bob Todd of the Nitehawks was named the Outstanding pitcher that year, with a 5-0 record and 0.60 ERA, while teammate Jerry Flory nabbed the Most Valuable Player award.

More on the 1975 World Tournament below the jump for those interested.


SCIFL Recap of Flor de Cana Win at Palm Springs I

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

From the March 15-16 League Weekend at Palm Springs:

From the official SCIFL website:

A-Division Championship Game: Flor de Caña (10) – Panteras II (6)

By David Carrillo

The A-Division Palm Springs Championship Game saw the collision of 2 undefeated teams. Both Panteras II (PII) and Flor de Caña (FDC) played extremely well the entire weekend so it was no surprise when the final game highlighted these 2 powerful squads. It would ultimately come down to the pitcher that could best withstand the other’s offense. In the end, FDC’s Cecilio Smalling, Sr. held on long enough to best PII’s Joe Edwards.


ISC 2008 Media Guide

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of the ISC’s 2008 Media Guide yet, but there is a thumbnail shot of it at the official ISC website. (photo of it shown above)

Fastpitchwest’s own Maddy Flanagan had a hand in this one, including those two photos that appear on the cover. At top is a shot of Jay Herr, of the 2007 ISC II T of C champions, TNT of Lebanon, PA, hitting one of his record breaking seven home runs. Below that is a shot of The Farm’s Rod Peterson accepting the 2007 ISC World championship trophy at Kitchener, Ontario Canada. Inside the media guide you will find more of “Maddy’s Photos” taken at last year’s ISC World Tournament and ISC II Tournament of Champions. We’ll post more information on how to get your copy so keep an eye out. It’s THE annual publication in the world of men’s fastball, and you’ll want to get yours.

2008 ISC Qualifiers – Update # 7

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Click here for qualifer list with clickable email addresses

2008 ISC Qualifiers

US East Region – Bill Howell, Vice President
April 19 – 20
War Eagle Tournament – Auburn, AL
Format: Round robin
Entry Fee: $225
Berths: 1 ISC II ToC berth to highest finishing ISC II team
Contact: Robby Carter 334-501-2976
UIC: Sam Kelly 334-416-6459
ISC Rep: Robert Gray – 334-567-9797


New Midland Tournament – July 18-20

Friday, March 28th, 2008


July 18th – New Midland Tournament
Midland, MI

With the cancellation of the Orillia tournament, the Midland Explorers will be hosting a tournament the weekend of July 18th at Currie Stadium in Midland.

While many teams have already committed to that weekend, if there are any Major/Intermediate/Class A teams who do not have anything on their calendar and are interested, please contact me.

Goal is a minimum of 5 teams with a 4-game guarantee. We’re working on travel $ for the winner, and will have hotel information out soon. I’ve spoken to about 3 Senior teams who are interested and I’ll be releasing the names of those teams when they verify.

Date: July 18-20
Format: Round-robin seeded into single game playoff – 4 game guarantee.
Entry fee: tbd

More info to follow soon.

Kyle Beane
Midland Explorers

Orillia’s World Series of Fastball Cancelled for 2008

Friday, March 28th, 2008


Orillia’s World Series of Fastball Cancelled for 2008


ORILLIA, ON, (March 27, 2008) – The ideal for Orillia tocreate an annual men’s fastball tournament was hatched on awarm July evening in 1997, when the Decatur Pride and the Owen Sound Tiremencompeted in an exhibition double-header as they traveled to the annual PerthShootout. A committee of local fastball enthusiasts was formed and aftermany meetings as well as the assistance of the Perth Shootout Chairman, Mr.Neil Fennell the inaugural “Casino Rama World Series of Fastball”was played on the 2nd weekend of June in 1998.

From the very beginning the committee members, fastballenthusiasts and some players could tell that the Orillia tournament had thepotential to be an important annual event. An annual Friday eveningtradition was started accidentally in the very first year of thetournament. As Tampa Bay Smoker teammates Darren Zack and Todd Martintraveled into Orillia with different teams and put on an extra inning 1-0pitching demonstration. From that accidental start, the World Series hasalways had a Friday night feature game to kick the tournament off in style.


World Fastball Invitational 2008 – June 26-29

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Amidst all of this “logo” news, we now return you to some fastpitch news:


World Fastball Invitational 2008 – Monkton – final roster of teams


Monkton, ON

I am very pleased to announce the teams who will compete in the 2008 edition of the World Fastball Invitational in Monkton On., June 26 – 29th.

As you all may know, the foundation of the tourney is to have the finest teams in the game participate and compete each and every year for both the fans, and players to experience the highest level of mens softball on the planet.

That being said, the teams competing are:

Kitchener Rivershark Twins
The Farm
So-Cal Bombers
Saskatoon Aspen Back Sox
Broken Bow Gremlins
Circle Tap
Jarvis Gamblers

With another fastball season quickly approaching, and a number of off-season changes in rosters, Monkton will be the first true test for all of these teams. Once again, we kick off the event on Thurs June 26, and will continue thru to the final game scheduled for 2:00pm Sunday June 29
Stay tuned for more tourney events and announcements in the near future!

Brian Baillie
World Fastball Invitational

Wichita Wingnuts in Final Four of Logo Contest

Friday, March 28th, 2008

The Wichita Wingnuts (my brother’s team) have advanced once again in CNBC’s minor league logo contest. From the 252 teams, they started with the 64 best, and now it’s down to four !

The Wingnuts will return on MONDAY to take on the Lumberkings. No, not those Lumberkings — the “Clinton Lumberkings” from Iowa. So all of you Taylor Farm Lumberkings and fans — don’t let that sway your voting. It’s WINGNUTS all the way to the title 😉 Thanks to all of you who took the time to vote.

We’ll post a voting link on Monday for the Wingnut – Clinton matchup, so be sure to return to vote !

In an “Elite Eight” matchup, the Wingnuts ousted the Dayton Dragons:

(click logos for story)

From the CNBC website:

Minor League Baseball Logo Contest–Day Fifteen Voting
By:Darren Rovell

The battle of Iowa is done and the Clinton Lumberkings have prevailed. They are through to the Final Four. As are the Wichita Wingnuts.

So, to review. Here are the Final Four in our contest: The Augusta GreenJackets, the Southern Illinois Miners, the Clinton Lumberkings and the Wichita Wingnuts.

The GreenJackets and the Miners will play today with that contest ending Saturday at 9 a.m. ET. according to our clocks here at CNBC headquarters. The Lumberkings and the Wingnuts will play on Monday with that contest ending on Tuesday morning. And on Tuesday, the winners will face of in a one-day grand finale.

And now, for rights to play in the championship game, have at it boys!

Elite Eight Voting Link for Wichita Wingnuts

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

The Wichita Wingnuts have advanced to the Elite Eight of the CNBC minor league baseball team logo contest (and are leading in that matchup at present). Sixty-four team logos were selected from the 252 minor league baseball teams, and it’s now down to the top eight.

Voting is open until 9am EST Friday.

Vote early and often
, just vote for my brother’s team, the Wichita Wingnuts, please 🙂

For background story, see earlier post.