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River Monsters Edge Knights in ISC World Tournament action

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – Brady Woods delivered a grand pitching performance with a 3-hitter and 11 strikeouts, but as good as the Kegel Knights ace was, he took a tough-luck, 3-2, loss to the Nith River Monsters in a losers bracket matchup in the ISC World Tournament on Thursday at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener.

The River Monsters of New Hamburg, Ontario took the early lead in the first inning on Tyler Pauli’s solo homer run, and after Jeff Lewis shot the Knights ahead with a two-run blast in the third, Greg Hammil delivered the game-winner for Nith on a two-run double in the fourth.

Hammil also came on in relief in the fourth of Tyler Randerson (3-1) to earn the save. Both pitchers were effective in holding the Knights to four hits and two earned runs. Hammil allowed one hit with a strikeout, while Randerson gave up the two runs on three hits with four strikeouts.

The win moves the Nith River Monsters (4-1) on in the losers bracket, while the Kegel Knights of Fargo, N.D. bow out of the world tournament with a 3-2 record.

***For standings, scores, team and player statistics, click on ISC Pointstreak.***

Big Inning Sends NY Gremlins Into Semis of ISC World Tournament

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Andrew Kirkpatrick pitched the New York Gremlins into the semi-finals of the 2018 ISC World Tournament with a 1-hit shutout in the Gremlins 14-0 victory over the Bloomington, IL Stix at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, ON, Canada, Wednesday, Aug. 15. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC World Tournament

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The New York Gremlins broke open a scoreless game by plating three runs in the fourth inning and then put the game in the win column by putting 11 more on the board in the fifth to ease past the Bloomington Stix, 14-0, at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Wednesday night in ISC World Tournament action.

The win improves the Gremlins to 3-0 and moves the New Yorkers into the semi-finals on Thursday, when they will meet the Kitchener Hallman Cubs who defeated the Ostrander (Minn.) Norsemen, 4-1, Wednesday. In their three wins, the Gremlins have outscored their opponents by a 37-2 margin.

Through the first three innings the Stix Harrison Peters matched Gremlins’ left-hander, Andrew Kirkpatrick, pitch-for-pitch. But it all came undone for Harrison in the fourth as Ladislao Malarczuk drilled a two-run double up the middle, and Zenon Winters followed with another shot into centerfield that plated Malarczuk to give the Gremlins a three-run cushion.

Three runs for Kirkpatrick is often more than he needs, but the Gremlins made his outing one of ease by lighting up the scoreboard for 11 more in the fifth. The big blows coming from Ben Enoka’s two-run home run – a line drive over the left-field fence – and from his brother Campbell Enoka’s three-run homer.

The Gremlins are fresh off winning the ASA Major National Championship and finished third in last year’s world tournament, and are hungry for an ISC title after they’ve come so close in the past several years, finishing in the top-four eight times.

Kirkpatrick, the Most Valuable Player of the ASA national tournament, had all his pitches working in winning his second game in the tournament. In the final tally, he fired a one-hitter, didn’t issue any free passes and struck out three.

The Gremlin batsmen collected 14 hits led by Malarczuk, 3-for-3, 3 RBI; Campbell Enoka, 2-for-2, 3 RBI; Ben Enoka, 1-for2, 2 RBI, and Erich Ochoa, 2-for-4.

Check out ISC World Tournament Live Streaming

Monday, August 13th, 2018

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The live streaming and commentary is first class at the 2018 ISC World Tournament.

Kansas City Monarchs Perfect In Taking NAFA AA-Major Crown

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

The 2018 NAFA World Series returned to Fargo’s North Softball Complex for a second consecutive year from Aug. 8-19.

FARGO, N.D. – Led by the pitching of Eder Pineda, a near flawless defense and a opportunistic offense, the Monarchs of Kansas City swept through the NAFA AA-Major Division to claim the World Series championship with a perfect 5-0 record in seeding and playoff competition.

Pineda (3-0) held off the defending champion Portland CR Brewers in the title game on a five-hitter to lead the Monarchs to a 5-3 victory. Pineda struck out six and walked to two for this third victory of the tournament.

Carlos Carreno slugged a home run, scored twice and went 2-for-3 at the plate to highlight the Monarchs’ eight-hit attack. Josh White drove in a pair of runs and went 1-for-3, while Brendan Wentling was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

The title game marked the second meeting of the two powerhouse ball clubs. In an earlier game, the Monarchs shutout the Portland, Oregon club, 2-0, and again it was Pineda notching the win on a 7-inning, five-hitter with three strikeouts. The Brewers Jorge Segura allowed just three hits and one earned run to take the tough-luck loss.

The Monarchs also slipped past Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 3-2, with Carlos Lucero striking out 11 and scattering 7 hits to claim the victory. Carreno tripled to drive in two runs and was 2-for-3, while Adam Henry was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Click AA-Major Championship Bracket for final standings.

1. KC Monarchs 3-0
2. CR Brewers 2-1
3. Summerside, PEI 2-2
4. Calif. Buzzards 2-2
5. Star Prairie Orangemen, Wis. 0-2
5. Northwest Braves 0-2

  • Visit this link for all NAFA World Series brackets
  • All information courtesy of the North American Fastpitch Association / Play NAFA.
  • Fargo hosting NAFA World Series for second consecutive year

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    Andrew Potter and Justin Feist helped organize the North American Fastpitch Association World Series tournament to be held at the Northside softball complex.
    David Samson / The Forum

    By John Miller / The Forum on Aug 8, 2018 at 5:58 p.m.

    FARGO, N.D. —More than 100 teams representing 15 states and Canada will be competing in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series the next couple weekends at the North Softball Complex.

    Weekend 1 of the event is Aug. 8-12 and the second weekend is Aug. 16-19. It is hosted by the Fargo Men’s Fastpitch Association. Local teams competing include Bombers Fastpitch, Fargo Knights Fastpitch and Fargo Koalas Fastpitch.

    This is the second consecutive year that Fargo was chosen to host the NAFA World Series.

    “I think that all the special things that Fargo brought to the NAFA World Series and the experience players had there,” said Andrew Potter of the Fargo Fastpitch Association on why the event is returning to Fargo. “All the players and NAFA World Series officials enjoyed it.”

    Click to continue reading “Fargo hosting NAFA World Series for second consecutive year”

    Hoadley a standout in world and national competitive men’s softball

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    By John Orrell sports@thelandmark.com
    Posted Aug 8, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    HOLDEN, Mass. – Perhaps few could see the signals as to what was to come when traded to another team by his brother in a 1996 recreational league. After all, when you’re own sibling jettisons you to parts unknown in a rather unceremonious nature, it could be just a slight bit daunting.

    For Holden’s Mike Hoadley, it was not a setback of his goal to play elite competitive men’s softball as it might have been to others. To Hoadley, seizing opportunities and running with them are what it’s all about.

    Since then it’s been a list of national and international accomplishments that jump off the page. Hoadley has been a five-time national champion, competed in over 20 national championship tournaments, seven Fast Pitch World Championship Tournaments and was a NAFA All-World Player and All-American multiple times.

    In addition, he has been a two-time winner of US Cup Championships and a member of the Team USA program, and the “journey” as he calls all this, is far from over

    “Twenty years ago I started in a local league with my brother just like anyone else and one day I woke up, looked around and I was surrounded by the most elite softball players the world had to offer,” he said. “Now I can say that I’ve competed around the world and nationally and played with and against players from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Argentina and Venezuela. It’s been incredible.”

    Continue reading in The Landmark.

    Rivals claim second consecutive Hingham tourney

    Thursday, August 9th, 2018

    The Rivals Fastpitch team includes Wayne Gaura, Michael Andrew Skora, Anthony Hall, Trevor Gaura, Jake Jasinski, Michael Feest, Ryan Dalton and Josh Pfleger.

    HINGHAM, Wisc.The Rivals Fastpitch team of Sheboygan won the 48th annual Hingham Men’s Fastpitch Tournament beating Countryside Remodeling in the final, 11-4.

    Rivals posted a 5-0 record to win their second championship in as many years.

    Wayne Gaura notched the win with five strikeouts, with Jerrod Dulmes and Mark Nelson splitting the pitching duties for Countryside. Nelson in relief struck out 8 Rivals batters.

  • The top hitters included Justin Zehel 2-for-3, Jerrod Dulmes 2-for-2 (Team MVP), Mike Skora 2-for-3, Tony Hall (Team MVP)
  • Trevor Gaura was selected the Tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player, while Wayne Gaura was named the Tournament Defensive MVP.

    ISC fastpitch fans can watch World Tournament action on the ISC Network

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

    Sean Cleary, one of fastpitch softball’s top hurlers, will attempt to lead the Kitchener Hallman Twins to the 2018 ISC World Tournament title. Photo by BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC World Tournament

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The International Softball Congress will be streaming 23 games from the 2018 ISC World Tournament being played at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, Ontario through the ISC Fastpitch YouTube channel.

    Starting Sunday August 12 with full coverage of four games, the ISC Network will showcase the best teams and players in men’s fastball, culminating in the ISC World Championship Game at 7 p.m. on Saturday August 18.

    The ISC Network commentary team includes Kyle Smith, Blair Setford and Joe Todd as primary broadcasters and will feature a number of guest commentators throughout the week, including Lance Winn, Steve Sabourin, John Thompson, Erin Durant, Vahram Matoesian, Allan Etmanski and others.

    ISC Network is partnering with SportsCanadaTV to produce the games.

    To watch a game, click on the ISC Network logo on the ISC Fastpitch website home page at www.iscfastpitch.com.

    With the generous support of our sponsors, all of the broadcasts from the 2018 ISC World Tournament will be presented free-of-charge for this year.

    We gratefully thank our sponsors: Skelton Truck Lines, ISC Canada East, CKRZ FM, Corbetts Source for Sports, Mr. Ned Custom Tailor, Peligro Sports, Circle Tap, Jack Fireman, Kelly’s Pub, 3 Cheers Pub, Lumberjack Sports and Exit Speed Swing.

    The full schedule of games is as follows:
    Sunday August 12 1pm, 3pm, 5pm Opening Ceremonies, 6pm, 8pm
    Monday August 13 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
    Tuesday August 14 5pm, 7pm
    Wednesday August 15 5pm, 7pm
    Thursday August 16 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
    Friday August 17 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm
    Saturday August 18 11am, 130pm, 7pm

    For additional information, please contact:

    Blair Setford
    ISC VP Operations
    blairjs [@] gmail.com

    The “Big Show” In Men’s Club Faspitch Softball Is About To Begin

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

    Ryan Boland, No. 10, and the rest of the Toronto Gators are ecstatic and waiting at home plate to greet Ryan’s brother, Shane Boland, who hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-3 victory over the United Hill Chiefs, Saturday night, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Just one team gets to celebrate a world championship. Which team will it be this year?

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The International Softball Congress kicks off it’s 72nd World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on Aug. 11 with 46 teams battling over eight days for the coveted crown of World Champion.

    Will the defending champion Six Nations, Ontario, Hill United Chiefs repeat and claim a fifth title in the past six years? Only the Mary Star (Calif.) All-Stars, with five championships in the 1950s and the legendary Long Beach Nitehawks, with 10 titles between 1953 and 1975, have more ISC crowns.

    But the Chiefs will have no walk in the park in this event as the New York Gremlins, fresh off an ASA Men’s Major National Championship will prove a mighty adversary.

    And waiting to knock those two off their lofty perches are the likes of the J&B Bombers of Los Angeles; the Kitchener, ON Hallman Twins; Denmark, WI, Circle Tap Dukes; the Toronto, ON, Batmen, and several other ball clubs loaded with talented players from throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

    But this isn’t the only fastpitch attraction taking place in Kitchener. Three other tournaments are being held as well.

    Just a half-notch below the ISC World Tournament is the ISC II Tournament, featuring 12 Intermediate club teams. And for the veterans of the sport, the Legends Tournament features 13 teams loaded with talented ball players age 50-over.

    And as in any sport, without youth their is no future. So the ISC holds an age 23-Under Tournament for the rising stars of the game.

    For fastpitch fans it doesn’t get any better than this. If you can’t attend, then follow along on the ISC website for game and bracket results: 2018 ISC World Tournament

    Hennager men’s fastpitch softball team repeats as Minnesota state champs

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

    The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Men’s Fastpitch Softball Team repeated as Minnesota Class A Men’s  Fastpitch State Softball Champions, going 4-0 in last weekend’s tournament in Blaine, Minn. Team members include, front row, from left: Chris Bambenek, Minneapolis; Tyler Eickhoff, Fountain; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Spencer Yackel, Rochester; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; and David Dewitz, Good Thunder. Back from, from left, is: Coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal; Brett Scheevel, Rochester; Ryan Scheevel, Rochester; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; Derek Meshke, Brookings, S.D.; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; and Robert Petersen, Pipestone. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

    Walk-off home run wins repeat title for Lake Crystal ball club

    By Sheryl Doering Meshke
    Reporter / Photographer
    Aug. 5, 2018

    BLAINE, Minn. – The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Men’s Fastpitch Softball Team repeated as Minnesota Sports Federation Class A Men’s Fastpitch State Champions, going 4-0 this weekend at Aquatore Park in Blaine, Minn.

    As defending champs, the Hennager team — “Plumbers” — received a first-round bye. In the opening game, the hometown team defeated the Bombers of Fargo, N.D., 6-2. Brent Meshke of Lake Crystal, Minn., took the win, with five strikeouts. Collecting base hits were Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal, and Robert Petersen, Pipestone, Minn. Brent Meshke added a solo homer.

    Brent Meshke helped Hennager Plumbing and Heating of Lake Crystal win the 2018 Minnesota Men’s Class A State Fastpitch Championship, Aug. 5 in Blaine, Minn. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

    Facing the St. Paul Pawns of St. Paul, Minn., the Hennager men won in a slugfest, 15-9. Brent Meshke and Ryan Scheevel, Rochester, Minn., shared duties on the mound. Collecting multiple hits for the Plumbers were Dalton; Brent Meshke; Petersen; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; and Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal. Petersen and Schroeder delivered home runs.

    Following a sixth-inning home run to tie the championship game, Josh Schroeder receives accolades from team members Jake Dalton, center, and Brent Meshke. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

    To reach the championship game, the Plumbers defeated Minnesota Computers, St. Paul, 3-1, with Scheevel taking the win. He gave up six hits and struck out one. Dalton and Scheevel went two for four at the plate, with Scheevel securing a solo home run.

    In the championship game, the Plumbers defeated Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Wis., 6-4. Brent Meshke started in the circle. In the top of the first inning, the Strikers scored three runs. The Plumbers answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. Strikers scored again in the top of the fifth, to take a one-run lead.

    Scheevel relieved Brent Meshke in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Schroeder hit a solo home run to tie the game, 4-4. With a final chance for the win in the bottom of the seventh inning, lead-off batter Dalton bunted for a single. Brent Meshke, in the third spot, hit a walk-off home run to win the title. Scheevel picked up the win.

    As Brent Meshke rounds third base, coach Blake Meshke gives a high five for the walk-off home run to win the state men’s fastpitch softball championship. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

    Ryan Scheevel of Rochester, Minn. fires a pitch during the 2018 Minnesota Class A Men’s State Fastpitch Softball Tournament. Scheevel picked up the win in the championship game in a 6-4 victory over Striker’s Lanes. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke