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The Fastpitch Bulletin, Volume 18, Number 1 -- January 3, 2018

01/03/2018, 11:15am CST
By Bob Tomlinson

Stratford, Athens seeking teams for Invite on April 21st -- Waukesha Hurricanes looking for players

Hello Fastpitch People,

The new year has arrived (Happy New Year). 

Many folks either announce or personally make resolutions for the upcoming year. I seldom do but always do think about some things that I can do in the upcoming year to do things more efficiently and in a timely manner.

One of my thoughts for 2018 and the fastpitch world (especially in Wisconsin) is to publish more articles with lots of information than in 2017. 

If you haven't read the news about the upcoming Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductees be sure to go back to that article and read it. There are some noteworthy people on that list.

The WIAA season officially begins on March 12th. That's just 68 days. It's just around the corner. 

I have read posts about open gyms getting underway, hitting sessions at various commercially operated facilities. It won't be long and most school teams will be getting into the act. 

In the next few weeks we will start to highlight most of the teams our core group of evaluators and rankers think will be teams that will be in the mix for championship seasons in 2018. Championships include invitationals where a champion is crowned, conference champions, regional champions, sectional champions and of course state champions. We'll try to list many of the state's top players as well as mention 2017 graduates who are playing at the collegiate softball level.

We will also attempt to start announcing information relative to current high school players who may commit to playing collegiate softball and what post secondary schools they will attend and play for.

Of course to get information published it will take some cooperation from many people statewide. People will have to notify me that there is information to be published.

Today, in my inbox I heard from Many Pankratz at Stratford High School. Her team and Athens are looking to fire up an invitational similar to the Poynette Jamboree, the Slam in Gilman and Thorp and others. They are seeking teams to take part. It would be at two-game event for teams involved. Contact Mandy at Stratford High School at and she can answer all your questions.

I also had an email from Chris Kendziora in Waukesha. Here is his message to me passed on to you.

Waukesha Hurricanes looking for a few players to finalize our rosters for our10u, 16u and 18u teams . We have a number of quality players at both levels come join us for 2018. We focus on player development at the younger ages and advanced level play at 14-18u and College recruiting/prep for the upper levels in 5 years we have placed 18 student athletes on college rosters without the fees of the Super clubs..You don't need to spend $2000.00+ on club ball to get recruited do you NOPE? We host a College Exposure tournament and Camp. We indoor practice all winter and offer hitting, pitching and catching lessons in house as well. 
Coach Kendziora 
16U Assistant Coach and Club Director
Waukesha Hurricanes Fastpitch
Cell 414-313-4605

Poynette's summer 16-U teams is also looking for players who are interested in playing summer fastpitch but are not interested in the travel team format whereby teams play in five, six or more events. The Poynette team will play one league game during the week and enter three of four tournaments. The team fee is just $150. The Poynette 16-U teams is the Pumas and is a member of the Poynette Fastpitch Organization. The team will be coached by PHS Head Softball coach Bob Tomlinson. If interested contact Bob at or call him at 608-219-2275.

Let's get started! Send your information to and it will get published.

Keep it Rising!


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