2016 ISC World Tournament

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Ezekiel and Cleary, two world-class performers at the 2016 ISC World Tournament

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
New York Gremlins Kyle Ezekiel rips into a pitch from Sean Cleary of the Toronto Gators and drives it into left-field for a hit. Ezekiel was 1-for-2 off Cleary , but the right-hander came out on top by leading the Gators to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Aug. 20 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. The Gators went on to dethrone two-time titlest Hill United Chiefs in the final, 6-3, and Cleary was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher with a 5-0 record, 35 2/3 innings, 19 hits allowed, with 70 strikeouts and a 0.98 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com.

New York Gremlins Kyle Ezekiel rips into a pitch from Sean Cleary of the Toronto Gators and drives it into left-field for a hit. Ezekiel was 1-for-2 off Cleary , but the right-hander came out on top by leading the Gators to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Aug. 20 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. The Gators went on to dethrone two-time titlest Hill United Chiefs in the final, 6-3, and Cleary was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher with a 5-0 record, 35 2/3 innings, 19 hits allowed, with 70 strikeouts and a 0.98 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com.

MOLINE, IL – One can hit, the other can pitch. In the world of top-caliber men’s fastpitch softball, Kyle Ezekiel of the New York Gremlins and Toronto Gators’ right-hander Sean Cleary are two of the best.

In 2015, Cleary was a Second-Team, All-World pick for helping the Toronto Gators finished second to Hill United Chiefs in the ISC World Tournament.

But this year, he uped his production. And what a difference it made for the Gators.

SEAN CLEARY of the Toronto Gators, was selected a first-team, All-World pitcher for leading the Gators to the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament championship. Cleary's production (5-0 record) earned him top honors as the LEROY ZIMMERMAN MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER, thus ending the three-year reign of Hill United Chiefs ADAM FOLKARD (2015, 2014, 2013). Cleary outdueled Folkard in the championship in helping the Gators defeat the Chiefs, 6-3, Aug. 20, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com

SEAN CLEARY of the Toronto Gators, was selected a first-team, All-World pitcher for leading the Gators to the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament championship. Cleary’s production (5-0 record) earned him top honors as the LEROY ZIMMERMAN MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER, thus ending the three-year reign of Hill United Chiefs ADAM FOLKARD (2015, 2014, 2013). Cleary outdueled Folkard in the championship in helping the Gators defeat the Chiefs, 6-3, Aug. 20, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com

In a return match-up, Cleary reversed the order and beat his counterpart, Adam Folkard, in leading the Gators to a 6-3 victory in the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament championship game.

Will the Gators return and repeat in 2017? Or will the Chiefs avenge their loss and regain top billing? Time will tell.

New Hamburg Mustangs rally to take ISC Under-21 World Tournament Championship

Sunday, August 21st, 2016
THE GRAND PRIZE - The New Hamburg Mustangs of New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, defeated the Alvinston Jr. Indians, 8-7, to claim the ISC Under-21 World Tournament Championship at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Accepting the trophy from ISC Regional Commissioner, Robert Gray are, from left, Nick Penner, coach Dwight Brenneman, and Isaiah Whetstone. Photo By BOB OTTO

THE GRAND PRIZE – The New Hamburg Mustangs of New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, defeated the Alvinston Jr. Indians, 8-7, to claim the ISC Under-21 World Tournament Championship at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Accepting the trophy from ISC Regional Commissioner, Robert Gray are, from left, Nick Penner, coach Dwight Brenneman, and Isaiah Whetstone. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – The New Hamburg Mustangs were down and about out. But then came the big break that turned the game around in their favor: miscues.

Trailing 7-1 in the sixth inning, the Mustangs seized upon two errors, a passed ball and a walk, coupled with five hits to rally and beat the Alvinston Jr. Indians, 8-7, and claim the ISC Under-21 World Tournament Championship, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday.

The Mustangs of New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada finished 5-0 in the four-team tournament. The Indians from Alvinston, Ontario, Canada took second at 3-2, with the Mariners of East Rapids, Mich. taking third, and Richville, Mich. fourth.

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On the rise, Tin Cup of St. Paul plays in the ISC World Tournament and NAFA World Series

Sunday, August 21st, 2016
Dave Marchio manages and plays for Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club competed in both the 2016 ISC World Tournament and NAFA AA-Major World Series in the Quad Cities of IA/IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

Dave Marchio manages and plays for Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club competed in both the 2016 ISC World Tournament and NAFA AA-Major World Series in the Quad Cities of IA/IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – If the Tin Cup men’s fastpitch team feels a little sore and tired, they really can’t be blamed.

In the past nine days (Aug. 13-21) the St. Paul, Minnesota squad has played eight games – three in the ISC World Tournament and five in the NAFA AA-Major Division World Series in the Quad Cities.

But for manager / designated hitter, Dave Marchio, it’s really not a big deal. His team is used to playing a lot of fastpitch.

“We’ve played about 65 games this year,” said Marchio at the NAFA AA-Major in Rock Island, Illinois. “We’re used to a lot of games.”

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ISC World Tournament All-World Teams and awards

Sunday, August 21st, 2016
Brad Rona of the Toronto Gators is congratulated by coach Terry Baytor after hitting a home run in the championship game. For the tournament, Rona had a .385 average (5-for-13), 3 home runs, 5 walks, and 5 RBI, and was selected first-team All-World and also the Most Valuable Player. Photo By BOB OTTO

Brad Rona of the Toronto Gators is congratulated by coach Terry Baytor after hitting a home run in the championship game. For the tournament, Rona had a .385 average (5-for-13), 3 home runs, 5 walks, and 5 RBI, and was selected first-team All-World and also the Most Valuable Player. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – Many, many players performed well at the 70th ISC World Tournament, but for a select few, their performances rose to the outstanding level.

And they were honored to be selected to the first and second all-world teams, and received the highest individual awards.

MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER

Sean Cleary, Toronto Gators

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Brad Rona, Toronto Gators

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Boland’s blast gives Toronto Gators ISC World Tournament championship

Saturday, August 20th, 2016
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

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

MOLINE, IL – In last year’s ISC World Tournament, the Toronto Gators came so close to winning the championship, so close to upending the Hill United Chiefs, three-time defending titlests.

But the Gators of Ontario, Canada fell short, suffering a gut-wrenching 6-4 loss after holding the lead going into the sixth inning.

However, Gators manager, Terry Baytor, knew some good could come from that loss in the way of learning a valuable lesson. So he put his pen to work.

“I wrote a team letter,” Baytor said. “I told them we had to lose before we could learn how to win. And this year we came ready to win.”

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Watch ISC World Tournament action live on ISC Network

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

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MOLINE, IL – Throughout the ISC World Tournament, selected games have been webcast through the ISC Network.

So if you can’t attend Saturday’s final day of play, then watch it from the comfort of your home or wherever you happen to turn on your computer.

THE WEBCAST SCHEDULE

  • Losers Bracket, 11 a.m.
  • Losers Bracket Final, 1 p.m.
  • 2016 Legends Championship Game, 3 p.m.
  • ISC Championship Game, 6 p.m.
  • To watch, click on ISC Network

    Big day, final day for the crowning of ISC World Tournament champions

    Saturday, August 20th, 2016
    Chase Turner of the British Columbia A's will try and help his team win an ISC World Championship, Saturday, Aug. 20, in the final day of the tournament. The A's need to win two game in the loser's bracket to reach the title game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Chase Turner of the British Columbia A’s will try and help his team win an ISC World Tournament Championship, Saturday, Aug. 20, in the final day of the event. The A’s need to win two games in the loser’s bracket to reach the title game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – For ISC World Tournament teams, players and fans we’re at the day that all dream of: the finals, the championship, the crowning of a new titan in men’s fastpitch softball.

    On Saturday at Moline’s Green Valley Sports Complex, three teams and their rosters of players will take home coveted awards for having won either the ISC Legends, Under-21, or the gold medal of them all, the ISC World Tournament championship.

    And it all kicks off at 11 a.m. for a full day of a fastpitch action. And finally the grand prize, the championship game of the 70the ISC World Tournament will take place at 6 p.m.

    And you had better come early if you want to claim a good seat at field 5. These Quad Cities sports fans love their fastpitch.

    Only four teams remain in the running for the world tournament title: In the driver’s seat is the undefeated Toronto, Ontario Gators (5-0), with the three-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs (4-1), the New York Gremlins (4-1) and the Vancouver BC A’s (5-1) battling it out in the loser’s bracket.

    So, come out to the ball park and watch some of the best teams and most talented players in the sport battle with every ounce of determination that they can muster to earn the title of “ISC Champion.”

      Click on these links for more information.

    ISC World Tournament

    ISC Legends Tournament

    ISC U-21 Tournament

    Starters can’t finish as Toronto Gators win slugfest over Hill United Chiefs

    Friday, August 19th, 2016
    Joel Southam belted a two-run home run for Hill United Chiefs, but it wasn't enough as the Toronto Gators defeated the Chiefs, 7-6, in nine innings in the winner's bracket final to advance to the ISC World Tournament championship game, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Joel Southam belted a two-run home run for Hill United Chiefs, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Gators defeated the Chiefs, 7-6, in nine innings in the winner’s bracket final to advance to the ISC World Tournament championship game, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Adam Folkard and Sean Cleary are two of the top pitchers in the world of fastpitch softball. Both have overpowering speed and sharp breaking spin that makes their pitches rise or drop with astounding movement.

    Most of the time the two right-handers win the battle against the best fastball hitters in the world. Friday night wasn’t one of those time.

    Both pitchers were ousted from the game – Folkard in the sixth pitching for Hill United Chiefs, and the Toronto Gators pulled Cleary after four innings.

    Hill United Chiefs Adam Folkard fires a pitch during the Chiefs, 7-6, loss to the Toronto Gators in the winner's bracket final, Friday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex. The loss drops the three-time ISC World Tournament champion into the loser's bracket, while the Gators advance to the championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Hill United Chiefs Adam Folkard fires a pitch during the Chiefs, 7-6, loss to the Toronto Gators in the winner’s bracket final, Friday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex. The loss drops the three-time ISC World Tournament champion into the loser’s bracket, while the Gators advance to the championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Those moves tell how this game went. It was a hitter’s night.

    And this time around it went the Gators way as the two titans battled through nine innings before Toronto pulled out a 7-6 win when one of the greatest hitters in the world – New Zealand star Wayne Laulu – ended the game with a walkoff home run off Pablo Migliavacca.

    Migliavaca took over for Folkard in the seventh after he had given up six runs (five earned) on nine hits.

    Hill United Chiefs catcher Jason Sanford blocks the plate and stops Toronto Gator's Brandon Horn from scoring during the Gators nine inning, 7-6 victory in the winner's bracket final of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Hill United Chiefs catcher Jason Sanford blocks the plate and stops Toronto Gator’s Brandon Horn from scoring during the Gators nine inning, 7-6 victory in the winner’s bracket final of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The two powerhouses, feasted on 21 hits, 10 by the Chiefs and 11 from the Gators, and they hit five home runs, three by the Chiefs and a pair by the Gators. (See ISC Pointstreak for stats.)

    In the back and forth scoring affair, the Chiefs plated a pair of runs in the first and second innings, only to see the Gators chip away with single runs in the first four innings to tie the game.

    Bradley Ezekiel hit a home run in the fifth to reinstate the Chief’s lead at 5-4 off Justin Schofield who relieved Cleary to start the inning. But back fought the Gators with a pair of runs in the sixth to surge ahead, 6-5.

    But in the seventh, Ezekiel’s second home run evened the count, sending the game into extra innings, where Laulu’s blast ended it.

    The win was huge, moving Toronto into Saturday’s championship game at 6 p.m. as the only unbeaten team (5-0) left in the tournament, while Hill United must battle back through the loser’s bracket for another crack at the championship.

    The Chiefs return to the ball diamond at 1 p.m. to take on the winner between the New York Gremlins and BC A’s to be played at 11.

    ** For standings, scores and more, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

    BC A’s survive the Force to advance in ISC World Tournament

    Friday, August 19th, 2016
    BC A's pitcher Ramon Jones fires his low drop ball at Scarborough Force's Donnie Hale during the A's 4-2 victory in the loser's bracket of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Jones allowed two earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out six. Hale was 0-for-3 and struck out against Jones. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BC A’s pitcher Ramon Jones fires his low drop ball at Scarborough Force’s Donnie Hale during the A’s 4-2 victory in the loser’s bracket of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Jones allowed two earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out six. Hale was 0-for-3 and struck out against Jones. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Ramon Jones pitched just well enough, and his BC A’s teammates scored just enough runs to survive the tough and talented Scarborough Force, 4-2, in the loser’s bracket, Friday.

    The win improves the A’s of British Columbia, Canada to 5-1 in the ISC World Tournament and sends them into Saturday’s final day needing two more wins to reach the championship game.

      A’s TO FACE BIG APPLE’S BEST

    The A’s start off with the New York Gremlins (4-1) at 11 a.m. who defeated the A-1 Bombers, 10-5, to advance. The loss to the A’s was the second for Scarborough (3-2) and eliminates them from the tournament.

      CASTILLO BREAKS DEADLOCK

    Both the A’s and Scarborough plated single runs in the first inning, but in the third the A’s took the lead for good when Kevin Castillo’s RBI single sent Marcus Tan crossing the plate. Then Chase Turner beat out a high chopper in the hole to plate Castillo.

    BC A's Jenner Christiansen tags Scarborough Force base runner Pablo Figuero when the two teams met in a loser's bracke game, Friday. Figuero was safe on the play, but the A's defeated the Force 4-2 to advance into Saturday's loser's bracket semifinal. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BC A’s Jenner Christiansen tags Scarborough Force base runner Pablo Figuero when the two teams met in a loser’s bracke game, Friday. Figuero was safe on the play, but the A’s defeated the Force 4-2 to advance into Saturday’s loser’s bracket semifinal. Photo By BOB OTTO

      MOTRONI HOMER TIGHTENS THE SCORE

    Luiger Pintos finished the A’s scoring by belting a leadoff homer run in the fourth to give the A’s a 4-1 lead. Scarborough’s dangerous Bruno Motroni’s cut the lead in half with a sharp single scoring Jerome Raemaki, who was aboard on a fielder’s choice.

    Smelling the finish line, Jones stranded a runner at second with a strikeout to end the sixth, and in the seventh he got Motroni on a comebacker to end the game. The win improves the right-hander to 2-1 with a 1.51 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.

    For the A’s, leadoff batter Marcus tan was 2-for-4, run; Kevin Castillo 1-for-4, run, RBI; Greg Garrity 1-for-3, run, RBI; Pat Sagdal 2-for-2; Chase Turner 1-for-3, RBI; Pintos 1-for-3, run, RBI; and Jenner Christiansen 1-for-2.

    Scarborough’s six hits came from Erick Ochoa, 2-for-3, Erick Urbaneja, 1-for-2, Jorge Lima, 1-for-3, Motroni 1-for-4, RBI; Andy Skelton, 1-for-4.

    For more results, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

    Future ISC stars showcasing their talent at ISC U-21 Tournament

    Friday, August 19th, 2016
    Alviston Jr. Indians' Callum Bishop races across home plate as New Hamburg Mustants catcher Derek Hyde scoops up the late throw in a game played Friday morning (final score not available) at publishing time. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Alviston Jr. Indians’ Callum Bishop races across home plate as New Hamburg Mustants catcher Derek Hyde scoops up the late throw in a game played Friday morning (final score not available) at publishing time. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Four talented teams with players age 21 or younger are showing the veterans that the future of the game is in good hands when they graduate to the ISC World Tournament level.

    In contention for the championship of the ISC U-21 championship are:

  • New Hamburg Mustangs
  • Alvinston Jr. Indians
  • Richville
  • Mariners
  • The squads continue round robin play Friday to determine seeding for Saturday’s championship set for 2 p.m. at Green Valley Sports Complex.

    Adam Talarico is batting .500 for the Alviston Jr. Indians with a double, triple and five RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Adam Talarico is batting .500 for the Alviston Jr. Indians with a double, triple and five RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO

    For more ISC U21 Results, visit: ISC Pointstreak U-21 Scoreboard