Archive for June, 2010

USA Women Beat CZ, Medal round tomorrow

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

An update from Jennie Finch Daigle:

“We picked up a Win against Czech Republic today for our last pool play game! Now let the games begin! Medal rounds start tomorrow!”

and another update:

Party in the Lobby.. Venezuela beat China tonight with a walk off bomb!!! Riots, here in Caracas!!! This is like the soccer World Cup… its crazy!

Texas State Tournament – College Station TX

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Thanks to John Limon for this info:

Results From Texas State Tournament ; Bryan / College Station Texas
June 26th & 27th

1st Place – San Antonio Titans
2nd Place – Manor Dirt Bags
3rd Place – Houston Carnage
4th Place – San Antonio Compadres

All State Selections

MVP (Player) Gil Saez Titans
MVP (Pitcher) Ales Jitmar Titans

David Rocha, Titans
Mark Barrera, Titans
Cris Trejo Titans

Todd Kensler, Dirt Bags
Ray Foster Dirt Bags
Jason Chagoya Dirt Bags

Jason Wright Carnage
Kalem Gardner Carnage

Jorge Rendon Compardes
Ruben Vidales Compardes

Next up The Biggest Tournament the state of Texas has to offer : July 3rd and 4th

Glo Worm 4th of July Tournament ; San Antonio : Contact Person Ruben Rios

July 16th , 17th and 18th Rusk Athletic Club Open Tournament ; Houston : Contact: Arthur Juarez Open division and 40 + division
August 7th and 8th Anthony Sepeda Memorial Tournament ; Austin
Contact : Jesse Sepeda austinas87@yahoo

YA’ll Come to TEXAS , We promise to show you a good time

“Your Friend In Softball”
John Limon
Texas ISC Commissioner
texasisc (at)

Peligro Cup Men’s Open Fastpitch Tournament – NY

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Peligro Cup Men’s Open Fastpitch Tournament
Monday, June 28, 2010
July 2-4, Randall’s Island, NY – Peligro Cup Men’s Open Fastpitch Tournament

Click Al’s Fastball logo for more information.

Teams Hitting Halfway Point at Women’s ISF Worlds

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

(click banner for original news story)

Tomorrow is day five of ten at the world championship and teams are passing the halfway point of round robin play.

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — The International Softball Federation’s XII Women’s World Championship hits the halfway point tomorrow in terms of it being day five of ten but following ten games today, teams are hitting the halfway point in round robin play.

Sixteen countries are participating in the fast pitch tournament, with eight teams in each pool. With one game against each team in their pool, teams are playing seven round robin games.

Overall, Canada, Japan, and USA all find themselves with perfect 4-0 won-lost records so far, with Australia, the Netherlands, and Venezuela at 3-1.

Photo courtesy of Julieta Peñarroya

Today began with the Netherlands getting past Argentina, 4-3. The Dutch were actually outhit, 7-5, but held off the Argentines. After giving up a run in the top of the first, the Netherlands got all of their runs in the bottom half of the inning. Argentina got a pair in the top of the fourth, but neither team would score the rest of the way, as Argentina’s record fell to 1-2.

Meanwhile, Australia was defeating the Czech Republic, 6-0. Four different Aussie players had two hits apiece, including Stacey Porter and Tracey Mosley, who each hit a home run. Pitchers Aimee Murch and Kaia Parnaby held the Czech batters to a game total of just four hits.

Japan was then set to take on Cuba and started to until rain not only suspended play, but joined with a busy grounds crew to delay the restart for hours. Eventually Japan won, 1-0, thanks to a complete-game performance from 20-year old Sayuri Yamane who allowed just three hits. Offensively, her teammates put up just the same total, but it took just Naoko Matsumoto’s RBI double in the second inning to provide all the scoring Japan would need. Cuban pitcher Yusmari Pacheco was impressive in defeat.

China and New Zealand were somewhat delayed by the same rain, but like the game at the other field, the Asian team won by shutout here too, 11-0. Yuan Wang went 2-for-3 at the plate, including a triple, and Luo Ying hit a home run while New Zealand mustered just two hits in what would be a four-inning game (ISF run-ahead rule). After a scoreless first inning China scored twice in the top of the second, six times in the third, and three more runs in the fourth.

To keep the games on track, Canada’s game scheduled against Great Britain was moved off-site, but it didn’t hamper the red and white who posted a 7-0 triumph. Highlights for the winners included Jenn Yee hitting her third home run in as many games and pitcher Ashley Lanz throwing a no-hitter (five-inning game) and striking out seven GB batters. The winners got runs in each inning except the first.

Australia came back for their second game of the day and provided a little déjà vu with another 6-0 victory, this time over the Dominican Republic. The loss dropped the Dominican Republic’s record to 1-3. Australia’s other victory (yesterday versus China) had been by shutout as well. The Aussies gave up four runs (to Venezuela) in their only defeat thus far.

Still another shutout was posted when the Netherlands posted their second victory of the day, a 3-0 decision against Cuba. Interestingly, it was Cuba’s pitcher, Anisle Lopez, who took a perfect game into the fifth inning, retiring the first 13 batters of the game. But Netherlands pitcher Lindsey Meadows broke it up with a single to right field with one out and her team went on to score two runs in that inning. They added an insurance tally in the seventh inning on a solo home run by Chantal Versluis.

Meadows pitched a complete game and, unofficially, struck out ten.

Team USA had a quick night’s work, by way of the ISF’s run-ahead rule, needing just three innings to down Botswana, 20-0. Both Chelsea Bramlett and Lauren Lappin went 3-for-3 at the plate. Pitcher Jennie Finch made her first appearance in the circle so far at the world championship, having been used previously at first base. Tonight she struck out six Botswana batters over the trio of innings.

Canada had been scheduled to play Argentina last night but the game was suspended due to rain. There was certainly no sunshine for Argentina – and not just because it was a night game – as Canada rolled to a 12-0 victory. The winners got ten runs in the first inning alone and pitcher Jenna Caira struck out three batters and allowed just three hits in what was just a four-inning game (run-ahead rule).

The evening concluded with Venezuela posting a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic in front of yet another jam-packed stadium while Chinese Taipei was defeating South Africa, 8-1.

Venezuela was led by Rubilena Rojas going 2-for-3 at the plate and pitcher Mariangee Bogado throwing a complete-game three-hitter.

Chinese Taipei had a run-ahead rule game too, getting eight runs on eleven hits in five innings, scoring in all but the second. South Africa put their lone tally on the board in the bottom of the fourth. The victory evened Chinese Taipei’s record at 2-2 while South Africa fell to 0-4.

The remaining three days of round robin play will ‘only’ have eight games each day. Tomorrow starts off at 1pm (local time) with Chinese Taipei taking on Argentina and Team USA battling long-time rival Australia.

ISF XII Women’s World Championship
June 23-July 2, 2010
Caracas, Venezuela

Passing of Kevin O’Malley, Noel Schott

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

From June 17, 2010

Fastpitch lost a friend as Kevin O’Malley of Nokomis passed away from a heart malady that occured suddenly while attending the games in Kelso this past weekend. Kevin retired from the game about 5 years ago and has many friends and acquaintances in the fastpitch community. Keep his family in your thoughts.

-Jeffrey Profitt

Some friends’ posts at the Illinois forum at FPW:

The fastpitch world in Illinois is a sadder place today following Kevin’s unexpected death and the loss of Noel Schott. Knew them both—Noel better than Kevin. We’ve lost two of the good guys.

Please extend prayers to their respective families. Totally shocked about Kevin. We chatted briefly at Kelso Saturday morning. Mr. Schott, I last spoke with a few years back.

Kevin played high school basketball at Nokomis. My good friend, former coach and one-time radio broadcasting partner Roger Craft (who left Nokomis to coach Du Quoin in 1979) was one of his coaches. Roger still speaks fondly of the “Nokomis gang” and how tough those “kids from Fillmore were.”

To me, Noel was always Mr. Eager Beaver. A trip to SouthSide wasn’t complete without seeing him,

From the Belleville News Democrat—

BELLEVILLE- Noel P. Schott, 79, of Belleville, Ill., born Nov. 24, 1930, in Belleville, Ill., died Monday, June 14, 2010, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, Ill.

Mr. Schott was a retired gas fitter for Illinois Power Company, where he had worked for 32 years. He was a former member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, Belleville, Ill. Noel played softball with the Eager Beavers softball team for more than 50 years. He was also a fast-pitch softball umpire for 31 years; a member of the ASA (Amateur Softball Association); and a member of the Illinois State Softball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Schott was also a published author. He wrote the book “Military Arms”. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the St. Louis Arms Association, and the Missouri Arms Collectors Association. Noel was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Robby Schott and Stephanie Schott; and his parents, Adolph Web and Esther, nee Christman, Schott.

Surviving are his wife, Carol A., nee Mount, Schott, whom he married on Nov. 20, 1999; a daughter, Lisa (Jim) Rhodes of Freeburg, Ill.; three stepdaughters, Anna (Brian) Fischer of Maryland Heights, Mo., Lisa (Dion) Franklund of Memphis, Tenn., and Christina (Jack) London of Phoenix, Ariz.; a grandson, Eric Smith of Dupo, Ill.; and a brother, Webster (Naoma) Schott of Lake Quivira, Kan.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2010, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. A walk-through by the Eager Beaver Softball Team will be held at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral: A service of remembrance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2010, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. Private family burial will be held Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.

From the State Journal-Register—

NOKOMIS – Kevin F. O’Malley, 53, of Nokomis died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

He was born Oct. 21, 1956, in Hillsboro, the son of Ernest F. and Dorothy (Woodhouse) O’Malley. He married Sarina Ruffing on Oct. 5, 1991, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife; three children, Mackenzie M. and Dolan F. O’Malley, both at home and Jaime (Steve) Eisenbarth; three grandchildren; in-laws Barb and Hank Ruffing of Nokomis; a sister, Denise (Neil) Alexander; sister-in-law, Jessica (Michael) Martin; and several nieces and nephews.

Kevin was employed as postmaster in Fillmore. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis.

By the numbers

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

The ISC just released its latest set of team rankings, on June 24, 2010.

The 2010 Legends Fastball Classic play this weekend in Kitchener Ontario Canada is likely to rewrite those rankings when they are reconsidered in the near future. The tournament featured five of the top six teams in the world, and a large number of those teams in the top 25.

By the Numbers:

# 1 Kitchener Rivershark Twins – lost to # 2 Jarvis Travelers, the eventual champions, 3-2. Head-to-head matchups usually prevail with the ranking committee.

Other then the loss to eventual Legends champions, Jarvis, the River Shark Twins beat everyone else, including # 3 Chicago/New York, 1-0, # 5 Midland (6-1), #20 Niagara 7-0 in 5 innings, and # 19 Elmira. The biggest surprise might have been, the near upset by # 19 Elmira, which lost to Kitchener 3-2 in 9 innings.

# 2 Jarvis
– see above. Jarvis did lose one game, to the # 4 NY Gremlins, but that one came in Saturday’s round-robin portion of the competition, while Jarvis found a way to win on Sunday when it counted, against two very strong teams, # 1 Kitchener and # 3 Chicago/New York.

#3 Chicago/NY – lost only to higher ranked teams, # 1 Kitchener, 1-0 on Saturday, and 4-2 to champions Jarvis on Sunday, making it to the finals. Not likely to move up as a result, but should hold the # 3 spot over NY and idle Califonria. Beat Elmira, Midland, Niagara, and Owen Sound. One of the more noteworthy stories of the weekend for Chicago/New York was the outstanding performance of pitcher Sean Cleary, on loan from the PA Power team of Pennsylvania, filling in for Rob Schweyer, who was away in Venezuela. Cleary held Jarvis in check, until he tired down the stretch of the change of game, with no relief.

# 4 – New York – turned heads with their win over eventual champions, Jarvis, the only team to beat them in the tournament, but suffered a 7-1 loss to Chicago/New York in the semi-finals.

# 5 – California A’s – did not play

# 6 Midland – struggled, without ace Frank Cox, losing four games, to # 1 Kitchener, # 3 Chicago/New York, and also # 19 ranked Elmira and # 20 Niagara.

Other action, other tournaments

# 7 Albaugh – lost to # 9 Bar of Appleton, 7-0 at the Albaugh tournament, winning the Albaugh tournament.

# 9 Bar of Appleton – Beat # 7 Albaugh 7-0 and # 16 Minnesota Angels 2-1
at the Albaugh tournament.
More later…

Legends Broadcasts Available Now at Ballparkradio Archive

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

After clicking the green “Listen to Archive” button, click the blue “Archived” button on right.


Jarvis Travelers vs. Kitchener Rivershark Twins
(fast forward to the start of the game, this one went live before the actual game start)

Championship Game
Jarvis Travelers vs. Chicago/NY

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Broadcasters: Kyle Smith and Blair Setford

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A special thanks to Al Doran for use of his wireless internet connection that enabled us to broadcast the games live.

Jarvis Tops Chicago/NY for Legends Title

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Click Als Fastball logo for all of the results and real time postings.

Thanks to Al Doran for this in-game recap:

Game 25
Jarvis Travelers vs. Chicago/NY

now 3:30pm and its starting to rain again – if all goes well – estimate 3:45 game start

Jarvis Travelers vs Chicago/NY Dominicana

3:40pm and the crew is live on – 3:50 start time.

rain is light now, sun is trying to break through again.

Cleary thowing for Chi/NY.

B1 4pm – Chi/NY East Coast connection kicks in with Mulalley driving in Hill. early 1-0 lead

Paul Baier of Stratford has the job on the dish for the Championship game.
Tim Whitlaw has the assignment on 1b
Jay Hart on the other corner.

The Blue Crew, under the direction of UIC Bruce Bierman have done an outstanding job this weekend. A few new faces this year, always nice to welcome some new blood into this, one of the most popular senior men’s tournaments on the calendar.

T3 Jarvis tie it up 1-1 – 4:30pm

no rain falling

4:40pm as the BallParkRadio guys make note of a few ball players hustling towards the parking lot to catch flights.
B4 still tied 1-1 – Ethier still thowing with Folkard warming up.

T5 Fehrman singles and drives in two runs. now 3-1 for Jarvis.
Cleary still pitching, no sign of Manley, who possibley was one of those racing for the airport. – 5pm

B6 5:20pm – now 4-2 for Jarvis

7th inning

FINAL: 4:32pm – Jarvis 4 – Chicago/NY 2

Congratulations Jarvis – 2010 Legends Champions

Three Inducted at Kitchener as Fastball Legends

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

From John Thompson’s Diamond Dirt:

Click here for story on honorees at Legends Fastball Classic in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Legends Classic on Ballparkradio Sunday

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Look for Kyle and Blair to be on-air approximately 1:10 pm eastern with Kitchener vs Jarvis.

Ballpark Radio will be on the air with two games Sunday afternoon at 1 pm and 3 pm eastern from the 2010 Legends Fastball Classic. Join Kyle Smith and Blair Setford for all of the action.

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