Archive for July, 2008

Vancouver Challenge Recap

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Host Vancouver Grey Sox Top Pueblo Bandits in Final

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Vancouver, BC

The 7th Annual edition of the Vancouver Challenge Mens FP tournament concluded this past Sunday afternoon, with the host Grey Sox defeating the Pueblo, CO Bandits in the final game by a score of 4 – 0. This year’s tournament proved to be another success. Over the course of 3 days the consistent large crowds of fastpitch enthusiasts were treated to some high quality team and individual performances. Mother nature also cooperated throughout the event with seasonable summer temperatures at South Memorial Park, and despite a forecast for rain on Sunday, weather was a non factor throughout the weekend.

The final order of finish was as follows: Champions – Vancouver Grey Sox, Runner Up – Pueblo, CO Bandits, 3rd – Bakersfield, CA Taylor Farms Lumberkings, 4th -Horse Lake, AB Thunder 5th -Camrose, AB Fury, 6th – Vancouver South Hill Giants, 7th – Vernon, BC DC Arrows, 8th – Portland, OR DeMarini.

Individual game scores with details have been posted via Al’s site and are also contained with our team website.

As well with the victory the Grey Sox have qualified for the 2009 ISC World Tournament in Quad Cities, set for August 14 – 23, 2009.

Individual Tournament Awards
Top Hitter – Scott Galenza, Camrose Fury, 10/12, .883, 5RBIs
Top Pitcher – Max Montero, Pueblo Bandits, 2W/1L, 19IP, 31Ks, 1.84ERA
MVP – Brian Ree, Vancouver Grey Sox, 8/14, .571, 2 HRs, 6RBIs

Tournament Highlights:

* A very committed and dedicated volunteer group who worked long hours to execute the event. To the many people who staffed the gate, concession area, beverage gardens, groomed the fields etc. sold 50 /50 tickets and did everything possible to make the event happen we extend a special thanks. Also kudos to George Morneau (father of Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins) who once again went out of his way to assist the event in any way possible including personally selling 50/50 tickets.

* Once again very large crowds on each day, reminding us what makes being at the ball park so special on a nice summer’s day.

* A good balanced field of teams, who for the most part were evenly matched and used the event as a final tune up prior to the ASA, ISC World Tournament and the Softball Canada Senior Mens FP Nationals.

* An excellent and cooperative crew of umpires whose commitment to the sport was so evident and very much appreciated. Led by tournament UIC -Bob Henning, who successfully assembled and coordinated a very experienced, skilled crew of umpires from many parts of North America and the World. The tournament umpiring crew consisted of the following; Bob Henning (Surrey, BC), John Ribalkin (North Vancouver, BC), Michael Track (Richmond, BC), Tim Lederman (Coquitlam, BC), John Irvine (Edmonton, AB), Rick Leche (Cloverdale, BC), Frankie Billingsley (Edmonton, AB), Al Strang (Richmond, BC), Ricco Powers (Victoria, BC), Don Martin (Coquitlam, BC), Ron Brinkman (Appelton, WI), Greg Pohl (St. Louis, MO), Dan Young (Surrey, BC), Kevin Wallace (Shipman, IL) and Patricia Hamamato (Sao Palo, Brazil)

* A very fitting and appropriate ceremony to recognize Tom “The Colonel” Yipp, a dedicated and long serving individual who has given freely of his time and efforts for the betterment of the game in the Lower Mainland of BC.

* A talented crew of statiscians and scorekeepers who maintained the game records and shared them with the softball world in an expeditious manner via the tournament website and Al’s Fastball List and Fastpitchwest.

* Sincere thanks to our partners South Hill Sports Association for co – operating the event. As well of course to our participating teams, 5 of which were first time visitors to the Vancouver Challenge. Special acknowledement to the Pueblo Bandits, California Lumberkings, Vernon Arrows, Camrose Fury and the Vancouver South Hill Giants for their first time participation. As well thanks to Portland DeMarini and the Horse Lake Thunder for continuing our ongoing partnership by returning to Vancouver and playing in this event.

The 8th Annual Edition of the Vancouver Challenge will proceed in 2009, but will require a change from its traditional date of the last weekend in July, due to the 2009 ISF Mens World Championship being conducted in Saskatoon, SK from July 17 – 26. Watch for a more formal announcement to come from us in the weeks ahead confirming the weekend chosen for the 2009 Vancouver Challenge.

Larry Kancs
Vancouver Grey Sox

Lumberkings Drop Semi-Final at Vancouver

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Unbeaten on Saturday, Fall in Semi-Final Sunday

After going 3-0 in pool play to earn the #1 seed and a bye to the semi-finals of the Vancouver Challenge, the #1 ranked California Taylor Farms Lumberkings dropped a 6-3 decision to the Pueblo Bandits Sunday morning.

Pueblo Bandits 6R 10H 0E
California Lumberkings 3R 3H 1E
WP Max Montero
LP Dave Drotzmann

Patsy’s Wins NAFA Open/Farm Tournament

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Middleton, Wisconsin

After being bounced to the Loser’s Bracket Saturday evening, the Patsy’s captured the 2008 The Farm/NAFA Open World Series Title Sunday afternoon at the Bowling Green Recreation Complex in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Sunday scores not yet reported:
Game 36, Patsy’s 7 MinnDak Millers 0, 5 innings, eliminated
Game 37, Patsy’s 2 Midwest Stampede 1, eliminated
-Stephen Ratu walk-off home run
Game 38, Championship, Patsy’s 8 Casa Trejo A-1 SoCal Bombers 1, 5 innings
WP-Adam Folkard
LP-Lucas Mata
All World teams and final boxes and stats to follow Sunday evening or Monday morning.

Brett Bresnahan

NAFA Open/Farm Tournament Scores – 8am Sunday

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Middleton, Wisconsin

Game 34

Patsy’s 5 The Farm Tavern 2, eliminated
Milne, Ratu HRs top 6

Game 35

MinnDak Millers 8 Circle Tap 3, eliminated
In progress at 10:45 central time, Patsy’s vs MinnDak
Muizelaar vs Tschida
Winner plays Midwest Stampede at noon
Championship scheduled for 2pm
Running about 40 minutes behind
Casa Trejo A-1 Bombers vs noon game winner

Brett Bresnahan

Ballparkradio at the 2008 ISC II

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Ballpark Radio will be webcasting 20 games from the 2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions starting at 10:30 am Sunday August 10 and culminating with the ISC II Championship game Wednesday August 13 at 2:00 pm.

Broadcasters Jim Flanagan, Kyle Smith, Blair Setford, Joe Todd & Bill Hillhouse will be on hand to call the action. Established in 2004, the ISC II streaming audio broadcast program has drawn more than 30,000 listeners for the first four years.

To listen, just click the BALLPARKRADIO logo above, and then the “click to listen” button. Turn on your computer speakers, and you’ll feel like you’re right there in Appleton.

ISC II players, coaches and managers are encouraged to click on the Player Bio link on the Ballpark Radio home page here. (Coming soon.)

Schedule After the Jump.


ISC Announces 2008 Live Video Webcast schedule

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

(Kimberly, Wisconsin) For immediate release – July 25, 2008

The International Softball Congress (ISC) will be holding the 62nd Annual Men’s World Fastball Championship Tournament from August 10 – 16, at Sunset Park, in Kimberly, Wisconsin. For the 3rd consecutive year, the ISC will roll out ISC-TV, and broadcast live web video coverage of 24 ball games. The web casts will culminate with the 2008 ISC World Championship Game, which gets underway at 6 PM on Saturday August 16th.

“We are excited about bringing the ISC-TV operation to Kimberly, which is one of the greatest fastball communities in the world,” said Dave Blackburn, ISC Broadcast Commissioner and Producer of the live web casts. “We will have viewers following the action from all of the fastball hot beds from around the globe, and all throughout the North America continent.”

“The ISC considers our video web casts as one of the most important and popular features of our annual World Tournament.” said ISC Executive Director Ken Hackmeister. “In 2005, our final year of “audio only”, we had 15,258 listeners. In 2006 and 2007 when we incorporated video, the numbers rose dramatically to 45,000 and 58,963 respectively. Clearly, fans around the world have embraced our video web casts.”

Viewers can watch games via a broadband connection, using the Windows Media Player. Click on the ISC / Sportsjuice button at the bottom of the ISC Home Page

Video archives of games from the last two ISC World Championships can be found at the same ISC / Sportsjuice link above.

Schedule After the Jump.


NAFA Open/Farm Tournament Scores

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Middleton, Wisconsin

Saturday am scores from the 2008 The Farm Open World Series at the Bowling Green Recreation Complex in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Game 11, Kegel Black Knights 5 Herda & Sons 2
Game 12, The Bar of Green Bay 5 The Stoneyard 1
Game 13, Dolan & Murphy 6 Quad City Sox 4
Game 14, New Image 7 Thomson Area Merchants 5
Game 15, Wilber LIme 7 The Bar of Appleton 5
Game 17, Herda & Sons 5 The Bar of Green Bay 2, eliminated
Game 23, Midwest Stampede 2 Townline 1
Games in progress as of 2pm CST
Game 18, New Image 5 The Bar of Appleton 1, top 7th
Game 22, MinnDak Millers 2 Patsy’s 1, top 3rd
Game 25, Circle Tap 1 Casa Trejo A-1 Bombers 0, top 3

Brett Bresnahan

Click here for the official NAFA website.

Grey Sox in good form to defend title

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Grey Sox in good form to defend title

Vancouver Sun
Friday, July 25, 2008

Ageless pitching ace Mike Piechnik will lead the Vancouver Grey Sox into the annual Vancouver Challenge Men’s Fastpitch Tournament this weekend at South Memorial Park.

The 47-year-old Victoria native is 13-1 this season for the Grey Sox, defending Canadian senior men’s champions, and ranked No. 9 in the world by the International Softball Congress.

The Grey Sox, 29-6, are coming off a four-game sweep of Portland DeMarini in Oregon last weekend and are led offensively by outfielders Rob Giesbrecht and Brian Abrey and infielder Derek Mayson.

Portland, ranked No. 30 by the ISC, is in Vancouver for this weekend’s tournament, along with the No. 11-ranked Horse Lake Thunder of Alberta, and No. 24 Pubeblo, Colo., Bandits. Those three teams, plus the Grey Sox, are tuning up for the ISC world championships Aug. 9-16 in Kimberley, Wisc.

Filling out the eight-team tournament are the Bakersfield, Ca., Lumberkings; the Camrose, Alta., Fury; Vancouver South Hill Giants and Vernon DC Arrows.

Games begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. and continue all day Saturday and Sunday morning. The championship final is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 a day or $10 for a tournament pass.
© The Vancouver Sun 2008

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Support Youth Fastpitch

Friday, July 25th, 2008

A note from Clyde Bennett, manager of the Santa Barbara Young Bucks:

Most of you know what I have been doing with the Young Bucks (23 and under). Many of you have complimented us on our accomplishments over the last four years.

We need help! We are going to represent the SCIFL in two divisions (23 and A major) at NAFA in Mankato Minn. The entry fee is over $800 plus the air fare, vans and rooms.

I can not do this alone and the kids have very little money. If you can help with any tax deductible contribution to Young Bucks Softball Club. Send it to me at 6600 Stagecoach Rd. Santa Barbara, Ca 93105.



Lumberkings at Vancouver Challenge

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Three Round Robin Games Saturday

The California Lumberkings will get a look at some of the world’s best teams in Vancouver, Canada this weekend at the Vancouver Challenge. The Lumberkings are currently the # 1 ranked team in the ISC II division as they gear up for a run at the the ISC II Tournament of Champions title in Appleton August 10-13, 2008. The Lumberkings narrowly missed the top spot last year, making it to the championship game before falling to the TNT squad of South Lebanon, PA. This year’s roster was bolstered by some of the top players from the 2007 A-1 Taylor Farms team, which finished third at last year’s ISC T of C, right behind the Lumberkings, who eliminated them in an extra inning semi-final game.

The Lumberkings will be missing a few of their regulars, this weekend though. Says Lumberking’s skipper, David Weldin:

“This weekend is going to be a tough weekend for us. We are missing 4 guys from our lineup. We should be able to get a lot of guys some at bats to prepare for the ToC in 3 weeks. We are going to have to play smart fundamental softball this weekend.”

Here is the schedule for the Lumberkings at the Vancouver Challenge, who will be in the “Blue” pool, with the Camrose, AB Fury, Portland, OR DeMarini, and Vernon, BC DC Arrows.

Round Robin games:
SATURDAY – July 26

10:00 – California vs. Vernon
1:30 – California vs. Camrose
3:30 – California vs. Portland


SATURDAY – July 26

P1 – 7:00 – R3 vs B3 – loser eliminated – winner to P3
P2 – 9:00 – R4 vs B4 – loser eliminated – winner to P4