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posted Friday, August 22 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 34
ECSA elects five to its Hall of Fame as softball postseason begins Emerald City Softball Association's fall league is under way as nine Seattle teams prepare for 2014 Gay Softball World Series in September
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ECSA elects five to its Hall of Fame as softball postseason begins Emerald City Softball Association's fall league is under way as nine Seattle teams prepare for 2014 Gay Softball World Series in September

by Tony Stasiek - Special to the SGN

The Emerald City Softball Association's 35th regular season may have wrapped up in July, but many in the league and its members have kept busy as the postseason gets under way.

In addition to sending more than two-dozen teams to tournaments throughout the late summer and fall - including nine teams representing Seattle in the 2014 Gay Softball World Series - and watching its Fall Ball league hit the fields, the ECSA inducted five members to its now-32-member ECSA Hall of Fame in late July.

This inductee group is the largest in the league's 35-year history, Hall of Fame Director Dug Wehage says. Hall of Famers were nominated and voted upon by eligible ECSA members and current Hall of Famers. New members include:



o Sara Fetters: The league's outgoing B Division assistant commissioner and an ECSA member since 2001, Fetters has been a seven-time all-star in the league's B and C divisions and has coached championship teams in the C and D divisions. She is the first Transgender member of the ECSA Hall of Fame. (Fetters also writes for the Seattle Gay News).

o Dan Haugen: A member of the ECSA for 16 seasons, Haugen also spent 14 years in Minneapolis' Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League - giving him 30 years of experience in North American Gay Amateur Athletics Association softball. He designed the current ECSA logo and has contributed to many World Series teams.

o Chris Larson: An ECSA player since 1996, Larson has represented Seattle at eight World Series. He is the league's former A/B Division assistant commissioner and has managed or coached multiple successful teams.

o Floyd McIsaac: Best known as the owner of Changes in Wallingford, McIsaac has sponsored ECSA teams for 25 consecutive years. No matter the teams' win-loss records, McIsaac's support has helped countless ECSA players become a bigger part of the league's community.

o Randy Robison: An ECSA player for 13 years, Robison served eight years on the ECSA Executive Board and has coached or managed numerous successful teams. He is a nine-time ECSA all-star.



Each Hall of Famer received recognition at a private dinner on July 28 as well as at the ECSA Awards Party on August 3. The league also handed out its 2014 regular-season awards at the August 3 event. Gage Webster of the Dirty Dawgs, Rick Dillon of the Knights and Jesse Tabisula of the Plastix took home MVP awards in their respective divisions.

An additional 82 of the league's 500-some players received all-star or commissioner's-award honors.

August 3 also represented the beginning of the league's popular Fall Ball season, which runs through September 14.

Not to be outdone, 16 Seattle teams participated in the Portland Cup tournament on August 9-10, helping the Rose City celebrate its largest Gay-softball event ever. The Seattle Maulers took home first place in the C Division. More ECSA teams will head to tournaments in Vancouver, British Columbia, and San Diego, in coming weeks.

The cream of the crop will represent the ECSA at the 2014 Gay Softball World Series, September 22-27 in Dallas.

A record nine teams - the Dirty Dawgs, Knights, Maulers, Browns, Xtreme, Muffin Tops, Fat Cats and Rainiers - have qualified to make the trip, joining more than 5,000 participants from the U.S. and Canada in one of the world's largest LGBT sporting events.

It doesn't come cheap: Hotels and flights for the weeklong tournament can easily exceed $1,000 per person. Most teams will be fundraising via car washes, bar events and much more in the coming weeks. For a full list of upcoming events, check out facebook.com/ecsa.opendivision/events.

For more information about the ECSA, please visit emeraldcitysoftball.org or contact marketing/communications director Tony Stasiek at marcom@seattlegaysoftball.com.

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