Archive for July, 2008

In Memory of Dewey Thompson

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

A note from Roberta Thompson, wife of our friend, the late Dewey Thompson:

Dwight’s HeartLights


Hello Everyone…

There is just 46 days until the 2008 American Heart Association Heart Walk steps off. We hope you will be able to join us on Sunday Sept. 14th at the Irvine Spectrum. I have purposely waited until now to send this email, as I didn’t want to be a pest. I hope it makes a difference to everyone.

It’s hard to believe that it was just a short and yet long five years ago, we were forced into forming a band of walkers known as Dwight’s HeartLights.

We have tried to help make a small difference in helping to collect funds to assist the efforts of the Orange County Chapter of the American Heart Association. With your help, we will be able to continue our efforts. We are raising critical dollars for heart disease and stroke research and education.

You can help me reach the team goal by making a donation online. Click on the link below and you will be taken to my personal donation page where you can make a secure online credit card donation. The American Heart Association’s online fundraising website has a minimum donation amount of $25.00. If you prefer to donate less, you can do so by sending a check directly to me.

As you think about how you can participate, please keep in mind the times that I have supported many of your interests & causes and join me in my efforts to support the American Heart Association

Thank you for your support.

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support American Heart Association – Orange County, CA

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Roberta Thompson

48th Annual Seattle Invitational Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

48th Annual Seattle Invitational Fastpitch Tournament

Celebration Park
Federal Way, Washington
August 2 – 3, 2008

Rose City Merchants – Portland, Oregon
Interbay Door – Seattle, Washington
Country Insurance – Mount Vernon, Washington
Team Jones – Portland, Oregon
Cleons Auto – Tacoma, Washington
Screaming Yaks– Spokane, Washington
Boise River Dogs – Boise, Idaho
Yakima Heat – Yakima, Washington
Nighthawks – Renton, Washington
Two Generations – Seattle, Washington
Southern Oregon Bandits – Grants Pass, Oregon
Lacey A’s – Lacey, Washington



Midwest Stampede’s Website

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Click here to view the Midwest Stampede’s website.

Special Olympics at ISC – Reminder

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Just a reminder about the ISC/Special Olympics game that will be held this year. To date, I’ve heard from the following teams/groups about being part of this event.

The Bar of Appleton – Chad Mix
Thomson Merchants – Bruce Bielema
Fastpitch West – Jim and Maddy Flanagan
The Bar of Green Bay – Ric Thompson
Midland Explorers – Grant Patterson
Circle Tap – Tom Crouch
Scarborough Wolverines – Ryan Freedman
SoCal Bombers – Tony Peeples

Please email me if your team can send someone. We’d like to have as much representation as possible from the all the ISC teams.

Date: Thursday, August 14th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Diamond 1, Sunset Park

The Blazing Stars, a Fox Valley Special Olympics team, will have about 12-15 players, and once we get the final lists, we’ll split the 2 groups up evenly so that the Special Olympics and WT players get to be teammates. Once the teams are set, we’ll play a 1-hour slowpitch game between the two teams.

The game can accomodate as many players/teams as there is interest – no one gets turned away if they want to be part of it.

Kyle Beane
ISC Player Rep

All-Star Game at Currie, Michigan

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

by Midland Daily News
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 12:38 PM EDT

The annual Men’s Fastpitch All-Star Game between the Midland Fastpitch League and Thumb Fastpitch League will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Currie Stadium in Emerson Park.

The Midland Fastpitch League will consist of one or two players from each of the 14 teams in the league.

“We’re going to have quite a few ballplayers compared to their team, but it’s just going to be a friendly game,” said Wally Sidelko, who will play for the Midland team. “It’s just a chance for all of us to see what else there is in the state from that region.”

Admission to the nine-inning game is free.

Midland League All-Stars

Name Midland League Team

Greg Sauve Carey All State
Mike Hune Carey All state
Shae Bryant Carey All State
Wally Sidelko Twisters
Neil Faccio Twisters
Seth Freed Twisters
Rick Engle Twisters
Paul Hosington BCCI
Jason Hosington BCCI
Steve Bednarik Labidie Olds
Ryan Schank Labidie Olds
Dustin Collamer Metros
Joe Edwards Metros
Rob Collamer Metros
Tim Shepard Sperheion
Chad Dana Sperheion
Chris Heimlein Bear Truss
Willie Murray Simmons Thomas

2008 Farm/NAFA World Series Wrap-up

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

2008 Farm/NAFA World Series Wrap-up
July 29, 2008
Middleton, WI

This is Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock with a wrap-up on the 2008 NAFA Open World Series sponsored by The Farm which was held the last weekend in July at the Bowling Green Softball Complex in Middleton (near Madison) Wisconsin.

Patsy’s (7-1 overall) played 4 games on Sunday to win the title over the Casa Trejo Bombers(4-1) in the final. Patsy’s entered the Championship game on a bottom of the seventh game-ending home run over the Midwest Stampede (2007 NAFA AAA World Champions) who took 3rd place with a 3-2 record.

Rounding out the top six teams, MinnDak Millers of (2005 NAFA Open World Champions) took 4th place with a 3-2 record. The Farm (2-2, 2007 NAFA Open Champions) and Circle Tap (2-2, 2006 NAFA Open Co-Champions) tied for 5th place.

The remainder of the field finished in the following order; Townline (2006 NAFA Open Co-Champions) tied for 7th place with IAC/Team Rainey both with 2-2 records. New Image (4-2, 2007 AA-Major Champions) tied for 9th with Herda & Sons (2-3, NAFA AA team). Two AA-Major teams playing up finished tied for 11th, Wilber Lime (NAFA 2004 AA Champion) and Kegel Black Knights (2007 AA-Major Runner-Up) both with 2-2 records. At 13th was Dolan & Murphy (1-2) and at 14th was Quad City Sox. Bar of Green Bay finished 15th at (1-2). Thomson Area Merchants, Bar of Appleton and Stoneyard all tied for 16th.

Just 9 of the 39 games played were settled by the run rule, and two of those were after the 5th inning. 22 of the remaining 30 games were within 1 to 3 run differences. There was not one ejection or one single incident between teams. A true testament to the players and umpires choosing to treat each other right. A big thank you to all the players, coaches and spectators for displaying great sportsmanship at this event. The All World Team is listed below as well as the umpires who officiated this event.

I would like to thank the tournament staff; Tournament Director and NAFA Vice- President Robert Hernandez from Southern California for being the on-site and overseeing the operation there from Friday morning until Sunday night. Thank you to Umpire-In-Chief Carley Parish from Eastern Canada for overseeing the officials and selecting the officials for this most prestigious of events. I have already had emails from coaches saying that it was one of the best officiated Open events of the year. Vice-President Loren Lathrop for selecting and overseeing the scorekeepers and handling the coin flips. Vice-President Mike Watson for managing the bracket board and game controlling. NAFA Statistician Tony Schaaf for providing Box scores, statistics and info for All World Tournament Selections.

A very special thanks to Terry Knight, Bowling Green Sports Complex Manager and his staff for providing field preparation prior to each game, for staffing the gate and providing concessions at the park and across the street at the bowling alley restaurant. Thanks to Al Doran and Jim Flanagan for posting website updates when we could get them to them.


2008 The Farm/NAFA World Series All World Team

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

All World Team

Most Valuable Player
David Bishop, 2B/OF, Patsy’s (New York City, NY)

Most Valuable Pitcher
Adam Folkard, Patsy’s (New York City, NY)

Both award winners become All World
P Korrey Gareau The Farm Tavern (Madison, Wisc)
P Kevin Kammueller Herda & Sons (Waverly, Minn)
P Jeremy Manley Midwest Stampede/Albaugh (Elkhart, Iowa)
P Lucas Mata Casa Trejo A-1 Bombers (Yucaipa, Cal)
P Colin McKenzie Circle Tap (Denmark, Wisc)
P Gerald Muizelaar Patsy’s (New York City, NY)
P Travis Price MinnDak Millers (Fargo, ND)
P Rob Scheller Patsy’s (New York City, NY)
1B Donnie Hale The Farm Tavern (Madison, Wisc)
1B Rob O’Brien Casa Trejo A-1 Bombers (Yucaipa, Cal)
3B Brent Holman New Image (Monfort, Wisc)
3B Matt Palazzo Midwest Stampede/Albaugh (Elkhart, Iowa)
SS Joe Morales Casa Trejo A-1 Bombers (Yucaipa, Cal)
SS Tom Owen Midwest Stampede/Albaugh (Elkhart, Iowa)
OF Lucas Goring MinnDak Millers (Fargo, ND)
OF Kyle Magnusson Circle Tap (Denmark, Wisc)
OF Daniel Milne Patsy’s (New York City, NY)
OF Dave Kimura Casa Trejo A-1 Bombers (Yucaipa, Cal)
DB Darrell Sandback Casa Trejo A-1 Bombers (Yucaipa, Cal)

2008 The Farm/NAFA World Series Order of Finish

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Order of Finish

Team Location W L
1 Patsy’s New York City, NY 7 – 1
2 Casa Trejo A-1 Bombers Yucaipa, Cal 4 – 1
3 Midwest Stampede/Albaugh Elkhart, Iowa 3 – 2
4 MinnDak Millers Fargo, ND 3 – 2
5 Circle Tap Denmark, Wisc 3 – 2
The Farm Tavern Madison, Wisc 2 – 2
7 IAC/Team Rainey Whittier, Cal 2 – 2
Townline Green Bay, Wisc 2 – 2
9 New Image Monfort, Wisc 4 – 2
Kegel Black Knights Fargo, ND 2 – 2
Wilber Lime Galesville, Wisc 2 – 2
Herda & Sons Waverly, Minn 2 – 3
13 Dolan & Murphy Aurora, Ill 2 – 2
Quad City Sox Davenport, Iowa 0 – 3
15 The Bar of Green Bay Green Bay, Wisc 1 – 2
The Stoneyard Fox Cities, Wisc 1 – 3
The Bar of Appleton Appleton, Wisc 0 – 3
Thomson Area Merchants Thomson, Ill 0 – 3

2008 ISF European Championship Gets Underway

Monday, July 28th, 2008

(click banner for official tournament website)

July 28, 2008

(July 28-Aug 2)

The 2008 European Championship Men “A” gets underway today in Copenhagen, Denmark. The six-day fast pitch tournament will see the following eight countries participating:

the Czech Republic
Great Britain
the Netherlands

The Czech Republic is the defending champion. This event will qualify the European participants for next year’s ISF XII Men’s World Championship. For more information visit

Bruce R. Wawrzyniak, Director of Communications
International Softball Federation (ISF)
1900 So. Park Road
Plant City, FL 33563
p. (1-813) 864-0100, ext. 229
c. (1-813) 453-8762
f. (1-813) 864-0105

ISC II T of C reminders

Monday, July 28th, 2008


Click logo to visit official ToC page

A reminder to all ISC II teams that your final roster is due Monday August 4 at 6 pm eastern. If you have made any changes to your roster since you last submitted a copy, you need to submit an updated roster to ALL of the following:

Also, all ISC II players, coaches and managers are encouraged to click on the Player Bio link on the Ballpark Radio home page at and fill in the form to provide a personalized touch for the broadcasts.

We have 20 webcasts planned from this year’s ToC.

Please provide this link to your players and ask them to take 5 minutes to fill out the form.

Thanks in advance for your help and cooperation on both the rosters and the bios.


Blair Setford
ISC II Commissioner