Archive for April, 2009

Champions abound as city’s softball season nears

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

From the Star Phoenix, Sasksatoon:

Champions abound as city’s softball season nears

APRIL 9, 2009

As the snow finally begins to melt, fans are starting to look at the diamonds in the hope they will soon be ready to again produce exciting softball action.

For the first time in softball history, local fans will have an opportunity to cheer on four different Canadian champions.

The Saskatoon Minor Softball League’s top boys’ team, the midget A Selects, are primed to defend their title. Dave McCullough’s squad is loaded with talent including two national junior team members, catcher Derek Arsenie and pitcher Devon McCullough.

Earle Woodside’s Saskatoon Junior Outlaws will feature an almost identical lineup to the one that won the junior women’s nationals in Summerside, P.E.I., last year. Last fall, Woodside was named Softball Saskatchewan’s coach of the year for 2008, as he also coached the University of Saskatchewan team to the Canadian Intercollegiate Ladies Softball Championship in October. Although the team has not been finalized, the nucleus of last year’s squad is still available and should challenge again this year.

The burning question in local softball circles over the winter was whether or not Aspen Interiors will be back to defend the senior A men’s Canadian championship they won in Saskatoon. Coach Jason Kurlyk reported this week that Aspen does plan to be back at nationals this year. Kurlyk feels confident his team can challenge again in spite of the loss of four local players, including Dean Holoien and Pat Mackintosh, who were both standouts at last year’s nationals. His nationals roster certainly looks capable, as it will feature five national teamers: Pitchers Korrey Gareau and Trevor Ethier, catcher Sean O’Brien and outfielders Keith Mackintosh and Dale Levy.

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It is no coincidence that with so many national champions, Saskatoon is home to the strongest adult and children softball leagues in the country. Saskatoon Minor Softball League president Lawrence Beatty is looking forward to another great year, as he expects the number of SMSL teams to surpass the 190 that participated last year.

The junior leagues — made up of the squirt, pee wee and bantam divisions — will have the same number of teams as last year. Beatty expects that when all the teams are finalized, the SMSL will see a modest increase in the rookie-league divisions of BlastBall, rookie and mites.

For most SMSL teams the season begins with the 17th annual Early Bird Tournament organized by Zone 2, the Raiders, from May 1-3. League play is set to begin Monday, May 4.

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Saskatoon Amateur Softball Association president Bryan Kosteroski reports SASA league play will also begin May 4 and will feature 24 women’s and 20 men’s teams, up one from last year. Although Aspen will not be part of league play, Kosteroski is happy to welcome back DBJ Leasing into the women’s top division. Coach Jan Hiebert’s team returns to the league after a two-year absence during which Saskatoon was without a senior A women’s team. The first adult tournament of the year has the midget selects hosting the second annual Spring Classic from May 8-10.

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Once league play is complete, these two busy organizations will stay active as they host nine different provincial championships, five by the SMSL and four by the SASA. Saskatoon will demonstrate why it is worthy of its reputation as the softball event capital of the world July 17-26, when the SASA will host the ISF world men’s softball championship.

Co-chairs Keith McLean and Lisa Down and their committee have been very busy over the winter making sure this event will be a success. Local softball fans are in for a real treat this year. If they want to watch top-notch minor softball or the best adult players in the world, no doubt Saskatoon is the place to be for softball fans this summer.

(Loehndorf is a Saskatoon freelance writer)

© Copyright (c) The StarPhoenix

Update(s) on Ken Vierling

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

We previously posted about ISC II Umpire-in-Chief Ken Vierling’s injuries suffered in a car accident on April 18, 2009. The family is posting updates to a website, which includes some photos and notes about Ken’s progress. Click here for the website.

Long Beach Black Sox Win Again

Monday, April 27th, 2009


(Click logo for official SCIFL website)

In the latest SCIFL action, the Long Beach Black Sox once again claimed the weekend title, this time at Palm Springs. From the SCIFL website:

Palm Springs Tournament
The Long Beach Black Sox are Champions of the Palm Springs Tournament going 6-0 over the weekend for their third championship of the season. The Black Sox shutout the Panteras in the championship game 3-0. More info to follow shortly…

The Palm Springs tournament marks the halfway point of the SCIFL season, with four weekends remaining, all at Santa Fe Springs, CA:

May 16 – 17 Santa Fe Springs
June 27 – 28 Santa Fe Springs
July 11 – 12 Santa Fe Springs
July 25 – 26 Santa Fe Springs

ISC and ISC II Qualifiers – Update # 4

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Editor’s Note: The ISC has updated the list of 2009 qualifiers, including location changes and new events in Canada East. (more…)

Results for ISC Stat Trivia Polls # 4 and # 5 – Most Home Runs and Strikeouts

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Jody Eidt and Andrew Kirkpatrick Atop the Leaderboard in the “Power Stats” categories

As promised, here are the actual rankings for Most Home Runs and Strikeouts at the ISC World Tournament over the last seven years (2002-2008). We’ll have more analysis and commentary later in the week.

Most Home Runs – 2002-2008

Jody Eidt – 18
Patrick Shannon – 15
Donnie Hale – 14
Thomas Makea – 13
Rob Gray – 12
Chris Delarwelle – 11
Colin Abbott – 10
Dan Skillings – 10
Todd Schultz -10
Travis Wilson – 9
Chad Boom – 9
Jarrad Martin – 9
Jeff Goolagong – 8
Todd Budke – 8
Darren Box – 8

With 229 votes in, readers predicted the following:(votes in parentheses)

1. Patrick Shannon (44)
2. Donnie Hale (39)
3. Colin Abbott (33)
4. Jody Eidt (32)

Most Strikeouts – 2002-2008

Kirkpatrick Andrew 332
Manley Jeremy – 311
Gareau Korrey – 287
Muizelaar Gerald – 268
McKenzie Colin – 247
Mata Lucas – 236
Cox Frank – 232
Koert Paul – 229
Martin Todd – 228
Underhill Nick – 199
Algar Paul – 180
Patterson Grant – 177
Langley Steve – 173
O’Brien Robbie – 172
Holoein Dean – 168
Rebling Al – 164
Folkard Adam – 161
Zack Darren – 158
Piechnik Mike – 152
Gillis Doug – 149

With 229 votes in, readers predicted the following: (votes in parentheses)

1. Gerald Muizelaar (69)
2. Andrew Kirkpatrick (50)
3. Korrey Gareau (20)
4. Lucas Mata (17)
5. Todd Martin (12)

ISC II Umpire-in-Chief Ken Vierling Hospitalized with Serious Injuries

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

We are sorry to report that our good friend, ISC II Umpire-in-Chief Ken Vierling was involved in a one car auto accident near Colorado Springs and has been hospitalized with very serious injuries. The report we received indicated that, Ken was traveling to Las Vegas for a bowling tournament, and apparently hit a patch of ice and rolled over near Colorado Springs. Ken was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver last night. We will keep you apprised of further reports as we get them but ask you to keep Ken in your prayers.

Ken was named as the new ISC II Umpire-in-Chief for 2008 when Bruce Bierman was named ISC WT UIC.

We have set up an email for Ken, for anyone wishing to sent a note to him: (click link)

ken.vierling (at) fastpitchwest (dot) com

We’ll pass the notes along to him/his family.

For those who may not know Ken, we include the short bio from the ISC website below.


Poll Results

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

If you were looking for the poll results for the ISC stat trivia polls, they will be posted on Sunday, April 19.

Power Stats: ISC Stat Triva Poll Nos. 4 & 5 – Home Runs and Strikeouts

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Update: Friday, April 17, 2009: Last day to vote in this pair of polls. Results will be posted here at the Morning Brief tomorrow, Saturday, April 18.

Here are the latest “ISC Stat Trivia” polls — can you name the hitter with most home runs, and the pitcher with the most strikeouts at the ISC World Tournament over the past seven years ? (2002-2008).

Which ISC player has the most WT Home Runs from 2002-2008?
Dan Skillings
Darren Box
Jody Eidt
Colin Abbott
Todd Schultz
Thomas Makea
Jeff Goolagong
Jarrad Martin
Patrick Shannon
Todd Budke
Chad Boom
Chris Delarwelle
Travis Wilson
Donnie Hale
Rob Gray free polls
Which ISC pitcher has the most WT strikeouts from 2002-2008?
Robbie O’Brien
Al Rebling
Doug Gillis
Lucas Mata
Dean Holoein
Andrew Kirkpatrick
Colin Mc Kenzie
Paul Algar
Mike Piechnik
Jeremy Manley
Korrey Gareau
Adam Folkard
Gerald Muizelaar
Frank Cox
Darren Zack
Grant Patterson
Steve Langley
Paul Koert
Todd Martin
Nick Underhill free polls

Fastpitch by the Bay

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

From our friend up north in San Francisco, Dirk McCall, an article that appears in print, in Softball West magazine:

Fastpitch by the Bay

Dirk has done a lot of work to keep the game alive in the bay area. His team? The Crabs.

Click that little guy to visit their team’s website.

Ohsweken Redmen ISC II Roster 2009

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

First Name Last Name Uniform # Position Uniform # Region Hometown

Luke Hopkins 3 SS Moraviantown, Ontario
Duane Greenbird 10 Utility Moraviantown, Ontario
Matt Sault 12 2B/OF New Credit, Ontario
Lee Hopkins 16 P/DH Moraviantown, Ontario
Duane Doxtator 17 OF Oneida, Ontario
Norm Logan 18 2B Moraviantown, Ontario
David Hill 19 LF/1B Ohsweken, Ontario
Chris Doxtator 22 P Oneida, Ontario
Dave Sowden 23 3B/C Ohsweken, Ontario
Glen Maracle 24 CF Ohsweken, Ontario
Darren Zack Jr. 25 Utility Garden River, Ontario
Curtis Cornelius 27 C/1B Oneida, Ontario
Robert Bomberry 33 C Ohsweken, Ontario
Darren Zack 43 P Garden River, Ontario
Phil Martin 44 P Millbrooke, Nova Scotia
Wayne Green 49 1B/P Ohsweken, Ontario
Thomas Hill 77 1B Ohsweken, Ontario
Derrick Anderson 87 RF