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Durham Bulls slug way to ISC Legends Championship

Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Tim Jacobs went 4-0 to lead the Durham Bulls to the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament Championship. Jacobs was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 12-team event that features some of the most talented teams, over age 50, in North America. Photo Courtesy of Dave Birnie

Tim Jacobs went 4-0 to lead the Durham Bulls to the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament Championship. Jacobs was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 12-team event that features some of the most talented teams, over age 50, in North America. Photo Courtesy of Dave Birnie

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Despite reaching a stage in life known as Quinquagenarian – a fancy title for a person between 50-60 years old – the Bulls of Durham, Ontario, Canada, proved they still have the skills to play fastpitch softball.

Especially swinging a bat.

Powered by a strong-hitting lineup of ISC Hall of Famers and former All-World players, the Bulls defeated the Toronto Gators, 10-3, to claim the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament at Belleville Softball Park, Saturday.

    BALL BASHING BULLS

The 12-team tournament featured some of the most talented, age 50-over teams in North America. But the Bulls were the cream of the crop. They bullied their way through the competition winning six consecutive games and outscoring their opponents 54-32.

In the championship, the Bulls outhit the Gators 16 to 6, led by Rick Minton, who drove in three runs on two hits with a home run and a single.

Paul Walford (1995, 2000 ISC All-World) and Jody Hennigar (2011 ISC Hall of Fame) gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead to start the game on a hit and sacrifice fly. Then in the second, shortstop David Boys (2013 ISC Hall of Fame) singled in a run and Minton launched a two-run bomb over the left-field fence for a 5-1 margin.

    PRICE GOES LONG BALL

But the Gators had a few players of lore on their side as well. Including cleanup hitter Steve Price – an All-World player in 1998 – who drilled a home run over the left-centerfield wall with Terry Challis (2015 ISC Hall of Fame inductee) aboard in the third to trim the Bulls’ lead to 5-3.

    LEFTY JACOBS MVP

Though Bulls’ pitcher Tim Jacobs gave up Price’s home run, he was steady throughout the game, walking one and scattering six hits with eight strikeouts.

The left-hander mixed in a sharp-breaking drop that he spotted on the corners, along with changing speeds and a rise ball that he had hitters chasing above the letters, or freezing them at the knees.

The win improved Jacobs to 4-0, and he was a worthy pick for the Most Valuable Pitcher award.

    ELLIS EXTENDS THE LEAD

The Bulls gave Jacobs all the runs he would need in the sixth, when Ken Sherman led off with a double, and Minton, Walford, and Brian McGuire (3-for-4 to lead the Bulls) all hit safely driving in three more runs.

And in the seventh, Rob Ellis homered over the left-field wall, and Boys ripped a double to the centerfield fence, driving in Chris Giamou (2-for-3), who rapped a two-out single, to get aboard.

    BULLS PATH TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Bulls reached the championship by defeating the Gators earlier in pool play, 7-1. They also beat the Bay Merchants, 10-6, Waterloo Legends, 18-15, Rogers Masters, 7-6, and Eagle Pack, 2-1 with Jacobs outdueling Kevin Kammueller to get the Bulls into the title game.

    TORONTO MARCHES TO FINAL

Meanwhile, the Gators finished 4-2. They beat Ohio Battery, 7-0, in their opener, then lost to the Bulls, but finished on a three-game win streak, downing Rogers Masters, 8-0, Waterloo Legends, 7-4, and the Midland Legends, 3-0.

    AWARD WINNERS

Along with Jacobs’ post-tournament honor, Boys was the RBI Leader with nine, and Walford was selected the Most Valuable Player for his .500 average (12-for-24), 8 runs, 8 RBI, two doubles and two home runs.

And Jeff Weaver of Eagle Pack was chosen the All-World Designated Hitter, batting .533 (8-for-15), including a double and home run, and 4 runs with 4 RBI.

(It was difficult to hear the announcer, so I couldn’t get all of the All-World player names. Rather than leave anyone out, please check the ISC website for those results.)

Hill United Chiefs dream of three-peat comes true

Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, Aug. 15, and was selected the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher.

Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, Aug. 15, and was selected the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Six Nations Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada were pursuing a dream and chasing a couple of legends.

And on a late Saturday night at the Belleville Softball Complex in South Bend, the dream came true and the legends were caught.

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Compain’s homers power Toronto Gators into the ISC World Tournament Championship

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – If Sean Cleary chose to buy his battery mate Kallan Compain his favorite beverage Saturday afternoon at the ISC World Tournament, it would have been a most appropriate gesture.

For Compain played a huge part in making Cleary (3-1) and the Toronto Gators winners in the losers bracket final against the New York A1 Bombers.

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Jacobs leads Durham Bulls into ISC Legends championship game

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Stoneyard Tim Jacobs.124web Tim Jacobs turned in a fine performance in leading the Durham Bulls into the ISC Legends Championship game, by hurling a 2-1 win over Eagle Pack of Indiana.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Tim Jacobs spun a five-hitter and allowed but one run in pitching the Ontario, Canada, Durham Bulls to a 2-1 win over the J. Cocquyts Eagle Pack of Indiana.

Jacobs (3-0) struck out nine and walked only one in going the distance to improve the Bulls to 5-0 in the tournament and advance to the Legends championship game.

Jacobs had to turn in a peak performance, as Eagle Pack’s Kevin Kammueller (3-1) hurled a strong game, allowing one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts.

The Bulls got on the board in the first when David Boys singled to lead off the game, stole second, and then scored on Paul Walford’s single. Then in the fourth, Fred Clyke lifted a sacrifice fly that brought home Rick Minton, who led off with a walk.

Eagle Pack answered back in the bottom half of the fourth on Lonnie Swan’s solo homer. But that put an end to the scoring as Kammueller and Jacobs settled into a pitching duel over the final three innings.

The win moves the undefeated (5-0) Bulls into the championship against the Toronto Gators Legends who defeated the Midland, Mich. Legends, 3-0, in the other semifinal Sunday morning.

The Gators (4-1) collected five hits with Roddy Wetherell, Terry Challis and John Kemp, each driving in a run, with one hit apiece.

Mike Sedore (2-0) picked up the win with 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits with four strikeouts. Darren Zack pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to get the save, allowing one hit with one strikeout.

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Can any team beat the Hill United Chiefs?

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

2015ISCprogramfolkard.1lr Can any team in the 2015 ISC World Tournament beat the Hill United Chiefs and ace pitcher Adam Folkard? The Chiefs are 5-0, slotted in the championship game, with a chance to win their third consecutive ISC World Tournament championship.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada won their fifth consecutive game to move into Saturday’s ISC World Tournament championship game by beating the A1 Bombers of New York, 6-0, in Friday’s winners bracket final.

Joel Southam had a huge game, accounting for five runs by belting a grand slam home run and driving in another with an RBI single.

Adam Folkard (5-0) went five innings allowing two hits with 10 strikeouts before handing the ball off to Don Scott, who wrapped it up with a one-hit, two strikeout effort over the last two innings.

So now the Chiefs await in the championship game for the survivor of the losers bracket, where the Toronto Gators, New York Gremlins and A1 Bombers of Massachusetts are battling for the right to wrestle with the Chiefs for the Carrol Forbes Memorial Trophy, awarded to the champion.

But fastpitch fans surely must be debating: Can any team beat these Chiefs? The short answer – not very often.

Hill United, in pursuit of a third consecutive ISC World Tournament championship, has a sparkling 22-1 record since the 2012 world tournament; their last loss, 8-6, to the Jarvis, Ontario, Travelers in the 2012 championship game.

During the Chiefs’ amazing four-year run, pitcher Adam Folkard has won 17 consecutive games. Should he win the championship game, he would add one more to that victory streak.

Late Saturday, Aug. 15, a world tournament champion will be crowned. Can any team beat the Chiefs? We shall see.

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Clifton Park Gremlins bash Peligro Gremlins to advance in ISC World Tournament

Friday, August 14th, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Gremlins from Clifton Park, New York scored nine runs in the third inning to beat the New York City Peligro Gremlins 13-3 in five innings, Friday.

The New York Gremlins improve to 4-1 and advance in the losers bracket, taking on the winner between J&B Painting and the Toronto Gators on Saturday, while Peligro exits the world tournament with a 4-2 record.

Jeff Goolagong blasted two homers and drove in six runs as the Gremlins pounded Peligro pitching for 14 hits with five batters getting two hits apiece, including Goolagong.

Andrew Kirkpatrick (4-1) and Max Montero shared the pitching circle with Kirkpatrick picking up the win, allowing one hit with four strikeouts in two innings. Montero finished the final three innings, and was roughed up for three earned runs on four hits, and five strikeouts.

Jimmy Lawrence drove in two runs for Peligro and was 2-for-2, including a double. Matt Ratliff also had two hits in three trips with an RBI and a double – his third of the world tournament.

Toronto Gators explosive offense ousts California A’s from ISC World Tournament

Friday, August 14th, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Toronto Gators hit three home runs, scored 10 runs, and Sean Cleary and Kyle Linton combined on a two-hitter as the Gators continued marching through the losers bracket by defeating the California A’s 10-0 in five innings Friday.

With the win, the Gators improve to 5-1, and have won four games in the losers bracket, after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Circle Tap Dukes of Wisc. in their second game.

The win advances the Gators into a Friday night 6 p.m. meeting with another California team, J&B Painting (3-1) of Agoura Hills. The winner will be just two games away from the championship game, scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m.

BIG BASHERS SCALE THE FENCES
Against the A’s, Tyler Whynot, Brad Rona and Wayne Laulu each homered in Toronto’s 10-hit attack.

The A’s aren’t the only team the Gators have chewed up. They have outscored their foes 43-6, including 11 home runs – three by Laulu, who has ravaged world tournament pitchers for 11 RBI, and has hit safely in 7-of-11 trips to the plate for a .636 batting average.

PITCHING TANDEM
Sean Cleary picked up the win over the A’s, improving to 3-1 in the tournament with two innings of two-hit pitching, while striking out four.

Linton (1-0) finished the final three innings, with the only blemish a walk, along with six strikeouts.

The A’s only two hits came from leadoff batter Marcus Tan (1-for-3) and Chase Turner (1-for-2)

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Kammueller pitching, Weaver hitting helps Eagle Pack stay perfect in ISC Legends Tournament

Friday, August 14th, 2015

kammueller.kevin.246web Kevin Kammueller won two games in helping the Eagle Pack to a 3-0 record in the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Kevin Kammueller from Shakopee, Minn. won two games in leading the J. Cocquyts Eagle Pack of Indiana to a 3-0 mark in the Legends tournament that features masters players age 50 and older.

On Thursday, Kammueller gave up one earned run on three hits with 13 strikeouts as Eagle Pack beat the Waterdown Hammer of Canada, 3-1. He followed that up with a four-hitter and seven strikeouts in a 10-1 defeat of the Elmvale Merchants.

In Eagle Pack’s third win, Bill Streelman turned in a fine effort in pitching his ball club to a 10-6 win over the Midland, Mich. Legends, scattering seven hits with five strikeouts, and walking three.

Leading the team in hitting is Jeff Weaver with a .667 batting average (6-for-9) with three RBI, including a home run. Wayne Brown is also batting .667 with two RBI and two doubles.

The RBI leader with five is Bruce Bielema, who has a .385 avg. (5-for-13), including a home run and a double.

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Ezekiel leads Hill United Chief past J&B Painting in ISC World Tournament

Friday, August 14th, 2015

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Blair Ezekiel drove in three runs on three hits, including a home run to lead the Chiefs past J&B Painting, 8-0, Thursday, in the ISC World Tournament semifinals.

The win advances the defending champion Chiefs (4-0) into Friday’s winner bracket final where they will take on the A1 Bombers of New York. The Bombers (4-0) beat the New York Gremlins, 2-0, in the other semifinal on Devon McCullough’s one-hitter.

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Kennedy robs Hanley of home run to help A1 Bombers defeat Gremlins in ISC World Tournament

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

KennedyA1Bombers.1lr Darren Kennedy made a great catch in helping the A1 Bombers defeat the New York Gremlins in the semifinals of the 2015 ISC World Tournament, Thursday. Courtesy Photo

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A1 Bombers Devon McCullough was mowing down the New York Gremlins like Goliath swatting aside small villagers.

The 23 year old right-hander was spinning a no-hitter, had a 2-0 lead, and had the Gremlins down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh after striking out Rafael Flores and Bryan Abrey. Then disaster almost struck.

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