Archive for December, 2008

2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions Feature in This Month’s Softball Magazine

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Full Color PDF Now Available

Cover photo by Maddy Flanagan (click photo to enlarge)


We’ve bumped this post back to the top, as the full color PDF of the Softball Magazine feature is now available, by clicking here.The article entitled “California Dreamin'” was penned by ISC II Commissioner, Blair Setford. Blair assumed the reigns of the ISC II T of C program in 2004, including a streaming audio broadcast program that is headed into its 6th consecutive year. We are pleased to say that Softball Magazine has featured a story on the ISC II T of C every year since 2004.

This most recent feature story includes photos of Most Valuable Pitcher Dave Drotzmann and MVP Marcus Tan , as well as “Big Game Brian” Teeters of the champion California Lumberkings, plus Wayne Wells and Tim Neill, ace veteran pitchers for runner-up Waterdown Hammer of Ontario, Canada. Also featured — on the inside cover is a great shot of Terry Martin of the Elora Brewers hanging on a second for the force out. All photos, of course, by Maddy Flanagan. Don’t miss this one!

You’ll find many more photos of the 2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions at

This month’s issue of Softball Magazine is out, and includes a feature story on the 2008 ISC II Tournament of Champions at Appelton, Wisconsin, won by the California Lumberkings. Story by ISC II Commish, Blair Setford, photos by Maddy Flanagan. Among the photos are Most Valuable Player Marcus Tan (still milking his 15 minutes on the cover of, and Most Valuable Pitcher Dave Drotzmann.

Be sure to pick up a copy at selected newstands, (some Borders, Barnes & Noble, Waldens, Michael’s, and all of the Books-A-Million) or click the logo below to order it online. Back issues available ! Better still, subscribe and have it delivered to you each month !

Google’s Chrome Browser out of beta

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

We wrote previously about Google’s new, FAST Chrome Browser. It’s out of beta now, and can be downloaded for free.

If you downloaded the browser previously, you can update to the newest version, just click the “wrench” in the upper right hand corner (for tools), and then “About Chrome” and it will check for, and run the update.

Even if you’re partial to Firefox, Internet Explorer or some other browser, this is a great option to just get to the ‘net quickly, to google something or catch the latest post at Morning Brief at Fastpitchwest !

Did I say FAST?

2009 ISC II ToC

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

While most of us are getting ready for Christmas, the planning for next season never stops at the ISC.

We are pleased to announce that the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions will be expanded to 40 teams and will be played at the Campbell Sports Complex in Rock Island, Illinois, part of the Quad Cities on the Iowa-Illinois border.

The ToC will start on Tuesday August 18 with the Championship Game scheduled for Saturday August 22. All teams will be guaranteed a minimum of four games.

In the very near future, we will be announcing the list of qualifiers in each region. You will need to play in a qualifier in order to be eligible to compete in the ToC.

If you have any questions about competing in ISC II or qualifying for the ToC, please don’t hesitate to contact ISC II VP Jim Williamsonm, ISC II Commissioner Blair Setford, or your regional ISC VP. You can also contact an ISC Regional Commissioner in your area.

Maddy’s Photos from Team USA Camp

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Here is a link to some photos from the Team USA selection camp back in September 2008 that hadn’t been posted previously. Thanks to Coach Peter Turner and his staff for providing access to the camp and players.

Click here for our prior post regarding the final selections for Team USA, for the squad that will travel to Saskatoon, SK, Canada in July 2009 for the ISF World Championships.

ISF World Championship Official Website is Up

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

(click photo to visit official 2009 ISF World website)

Participating Countries

1. Australia
2. Argentina
3. Botswana
4. Canada (HOST)
5. Cuba
6. Czech Republic
7. Denmark
8. Great Britain
9. Indonesia
10. Japan
11. New Zealand
12. Philippines
13. Puerto Rico
14. South Africa
15. USA
16. Venezuela

Tickets on sale Monday for 2009 ISF World

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Onsale to General Public – Mon, 12/15/08 10:00 AM CST


2009 I-S-F World Men’s Fastpitch Gives Update, Gets Money

It wasn’t fastpitch weather Tuesday in Saskatoon, but the local organizing committee for the 2009 International Softball Federation’s World Men’s Fastpitch Championship was warmed up by a $100,000 commitment from the provincial government. The committee also announced that tickets for the July 17-26 event go on sale Monday [Dec. 15] through Ticketmaster. Early bird purchasers get a reserved seat and parking spot at the Bob Van Impe and Gordie Howe Park complex. Sixteen countries, including Canada, will take part. Three Saskatoonians, infielder Keith Mackintosh and pitchers Dean Holoein and Trevor Ethier are on the Canadian squad. The local committee also launched their official website at today’s news conference… The site will have all the latest news on the event as well as information for those people who would like to help out as volunteers.

(click banner to buy tickets)

Carl Hansen Tournament – Salt Lake City, UT

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Carl Hansen (Page Brake) Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

July 11 & 12, 2009 – Cottonwood Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Entry fee: $375 – entry deadline June 26, 2009
Contact to register on-line: Salt Lake County Parks & Red
Tournament Director: Les Vaughan
UIC: To be named later
Format: 4-game guarantee

Editor’s note: The 1992 ISC World Tournament was hosted at the Cottonwood Complex, as well as a long string of Pioneer Days Tournaments, into the early 1990’s. The latter was considered the premier tournament in the “West” for many years, thanks to the work of current ISC Executive Director Ken Hackmeister.

Carl Hansen, for whom this tournament is named is the longtime sponsor of Page Brake, which was the arch rival of their Salt Lake City counterpart, Larry Miller Toyota, in the days when two giants (literally) of the mound would square off, Page Brake’s Neil Chadwick, and Larry Miller’s Peter Meredith.

Great to see SLC back on the radar.

Upstarts’ revenge served with cold cash

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Andrew Kirkpatrick and Jeff Goolagong Lead the Way

From the Canberra Times:


[Canberra, Australia] – Upstarts won the final of Australia’s most expensive skins softball tournament yesterday, with a 5-1 win over the defending champion, the Gators. It was the fifth consecutive year the Canberra sides had played off in the final of the $20,000 tournament.

Upstarts qualified for the match with the highest earnings during the round matches, with more than $4000 claimed, while Gators had a closer battle to scrape through to the decider at Hawker.

The side finished the rounds with $1150 worth of skins, while third-placed Perth won $1125.

Skins are cash prizes awarded for winning an individual inning, with a bonus for winning the match.

Fastpitch Softball League President Geoff Tutt said it was a fitting end to a fantastic event the longest running men’s tournament in Australia.

Both sides were locked at 1-all during the final before Upstarts won a $1000 skin in the fifth inning and secured the victory.

Tutt said it was no surprise the final was between two Canberra teams.

”It’s the biggest tournament in Australia, and the ACT is the strongest state in the country we’ve got 11 players in the tournament who are in the Australian open team,” he said. ”It’s always very close when you play skins it’s about the dollars, you don’t necessarily have to win the match it’s all about the jackpot and winning the game dollar wise.”

Tutt said Upstarts pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick dominated the tournament.

”He’s the world No1, and he pitched the final very well and hit the ball strong. Jeff Goolagong also played really well, he batted well and is probably the second best batter in Australia behind Andrew.”

Fourteen teams contested this year’s event, with entries from Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and New Zealand.

Tutt said he was already looking towards next year, and believed more international entries would come.

”We had a couple of international teams two from Singapore and one from Malaysia who pulled out prior to the tournament, and I’m confident they’ll play next year.”

Whitehorse, Yukon Photos

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

While we’re talking about Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, thought you might enjoy some of Maddy’s photos of the town of Whitehorse, at her newly remodeled website.

(photo by Kyle Smith)

2008 ISF Jr. World Championships Feature at Softball Magazine in PDF

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Available Now in Full Color PDF

(photo: 2008 ISF Jr. Worlds Gold Medal Hero, Drew Faulkner of Australia)

(click logo for official tournament website)

We wrote previously about the Softball Magazine feature story on the ISF Junior World Championships at Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, “G’day for Gold”

For those who did not receive a copy of the magazine, but wish to read the story and view Maddy’s photos included in the magazine, we have posted the full-color PDF file here.

It’s a very large file, (almost a meg) so please be patient while it downloads to your computer. Adobe Reader required to open the file. Don’t have Adobe Reader? Download it by clicking here.

Editor’s note:

Softball Magazine, dubbed the “Sports Illustrated of Softball” is available by subscription, and now also at a variety of newstands and bookstores across the country, including some Borders, Barnes & Noble, Waldens, Michael’s, and all of the Books-A-Million If you’re not already receiving it, we recommend it to you.

We express our thanks to our friends at Softball Magazine, including Luann Madison and Nancy Robinson, who have been providing great coverage of Men’s Fastpitch since 2004, including feature stories on the AAU, Red Rock, Rose Cup, ISC, ISC II, Bahamas and ISF Junior World tournaments.

You’ll find Softball Magazine on the main menu at Fastpitchwest, permitting our readers to peruse all of the men’s fastpitch features in full-color PDF.