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New York Gremlins advance to championship game in the ISC World Tournament

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Andrew Kirkpatrick pitched a six-hitter to lead the New York Gremlins in a 6-1 win over the Circle Tap Dukes of Denmark, Wis. in the winners bracket final of the 2018 ISC World Tournament at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Friday night. Photo by BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC World tournament

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The Circle Tap Dukes roughed up Andrew Kirkpatrick for two hits and a run in the first inning to get off to a good start in the winners bracket final of the ISC World Tournament on Friday. But the tall left-hander from Australia said “no more,” and he meant it in shutting out the Dukes over the final six innings to lead the Gremlins to a 6-1 victory at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Friday night.

Kirkpatrick’s teammates gave him plenty of support with the bats by putting a five-spot on the board in the second, highlighted by Zenon Winters two-run homer and Jerome Raemaki’s three-run shot.

Kirkpatrick helped his cause in the fifth with his bat by drilling a run-scoring double, and then marched back into the circle and let his arm do the rest of the work by shutting down the Dukes powerful bats in order in the sixth and seventh with three ground balls and three strikeouts. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out 11.

The win improves the Gremlins ace to 4-0 in the World Tournament. In 25 innings, Kirkpatrick as given up just five runs on 15 hits for an ERA of 1.40, along with four walks and 33 strikeouts. As well as he’s pitched, Kirkpatrick has been prolific swinging the bat in the No. 4 spot, driving in six runs on 5-of-11 safeties for a .455 average.

Zenon Winters has been a huge contributor as well. He leads the Gremlins with seven RBI, and is also batting at a .455 clip.

The Gremlins, fresh from winning the ASA Major National Championship (third consecutive), move into Saturday night’s finale where they await the survivor climbing out of the losers bracket.

Dropped into the losers bracket, Circle Tap (4-1) still poses a threat for the title as the Dukes need only win one game to have another shot at the Gremlins.

Also in the hunt are the Kitchener Hallman Twins (5-1) who meet the defending champion and No. 1 ranked Hill United Chiefs (4-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday. The winner then takes on the Dukes in the final losers bracket game at 1:30 for the right to meet the Gremlins in the 7 p.m. 72nd edition of the World Tournament.

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  • Godoy Hurls Circle Tap Dukes Past Hill United Chiefs in ISC World Tournament Semis

    Thursday, August 16th, 2018

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – If the Hill United Chiefs are going to repeat as ISC World Tournament champions, they’re going to have to do it the hard way. Through the losers bracket. The Circle Tap Dukes and pitcher Roman Godoy saw to that by stinging the Chiefs, 3-1, in the semifinals at Peter Hallman Ball Yard late Thursday night.

    The win moves Circle Tap (4-0) into Friday nights winners bracket final, while Hill United (3-1) must win three games to reach Saturday’s title game.

    Godoy hurled a dandy, and has won all four games for the Denmark, Wis. ball club. His outing against the ISC’s No. 1 ranked Chiefs was his best so far as he allowed five hits, walked four and struck out seven. His only blemish was a bases-loaded walk to Mark Johnson that forced in the Chiefs lone run in the fourth inning. But Godoy escaped disaster by getting Shane Boland on a screaming line drive to first baseman Blair Ezekiel, and James Todhunter to ground out to end the inning.

    Manuel Godoy quickly pulled the Dukes even in the bottom of the fourth by blasting an Adam Folkard rise ball deep over the right-field fence. Then in the sixth, Godoy (2-for-3) got the best of Folkard again with a lead-off single, followed by Folkard issuing back-to-back walks to load the bases.

    Folkard struck out Zane Vanlieshout for the first out, but then walked Leonardo Latasia to force in the go-ahead run. With the bases still full, Guillermo Patat lifted a fly ball deep enough to centerfield to bring home pinch runner, Julian Fernandez, with the third run. Folkard (3-1) allowed just three hits with 13 strikeouts and six walks.

    Boland gave Hill United a glimmer of hope when he led off the seventh by beating out a high chopper in front of the plate. But Godoy bore down, striking out Todhunter, getting Ezekiel to hit into a force out at second base, and finishing off the Chiefs by striking out Nicolas Carril to end the game.

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    Thursday, August 16th, 2018

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The ISC World Tournament and ISC II Tournament will feature three live streaming games on YouTube, Thursday, Aug. 16.

    At 4 p.m., the ISC II championship will be decided. The Irma Tigers of Irma, Alberta, CA have advanced to the final, with two remaining teams competing for the remaining spot.

    Then in the nightcaps, the four undefeated teams in the ISC World Tournament will battle in the semi-finals for a spot in the winners bracket final.

    The 6 p.m. game features the defending champion Six Nations, Ontario, Hill United Chiefs meeting the Circle Tap Dukes of Denmark, Wis. Then at 8, the hometown Kitchener Cubs take on the New York Gremlins.

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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.***

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    Thursday, August 16th, 2018

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – Nick Fisher, ISC photographer, has captured the world tournament in an impressive array of photos. To view his images, click on 2018 ISC World Tournament Photography.

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    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.

    Godoy hurls Circle Tap Past Hallman Twins In ISC World Tournament

    Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

    TYLER DUDLEY an infielder for the USA Men’s National Team drove in the first run in the Circle Tap Dukes, 2-0, victory over the Kitchener Hallman Twins, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Courtesy Photo USA Softball

    – Roman Godoy watched wide-eyed as a two-hopper off the bat of Tio Migliavacca bounded into the glove of third baseman Tom Crouch, who then fired a strike to first baseman Blair Ezekiel for the final out.

    And with a mixture of joy and relief, Godoy thrust his arms skyward and lept into the arms of his catcher, Leonardo Latasia. For several seconds the Circle Tap Dukes battery mates reveled in their 2-0 victory over the Kitchener Hallman Twins late Tuesday night in a crucial winners bracket game between two of the best men’s fastpitch teams in the world.

    The win improves the ISC’s No. 5 ranked Circle Tap of Denmark, Wis. to 3-0 in the 72nd ISC World Tournament, while the No. 4 rated Twins slip to 2-1.

    Godoy (3-0) has won all the Dukes games, but he performed his finest against a daunting Twins lineup by mixing a sharp breaking drop with a good change-up and occasional rise ball. In the final tally, he held the hometown Kitchener team to three hits, with eight strikeouts and a walk.

    His teammates punched across a run in the first and third innings off Sean Cleary, who pitched well in defeat by scattering six hits with nine strikeouts.

    In the first, Circle Tap’s Tyler Dudley (1-for-3) drove in Manuel Godoy (2-for-3) with a single, and in the third, Zane Vanlieshout (1-for-3) laced a clean base hit that plated pinch runner Derrick Umentum with the insurance run.

    And that’s all Godoy would need as he shut down the Twins the rest of the way to send Circle Tap into Thursday’s round with defending champions Hill United Chiefs (3-0).

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  • Ezekiel’s Feat Powers Chiefs Over Monsters

    Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

    – Brad Ezekiel wrote himself into the record book with an impressive day at the plate, and as a result, the Hill United Chiefs cruised to their third victory in the ISC World Tournament at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, Tuesday afternoon.

    Ezekiel, batting leadoff, went 4-for-4 and drove in seven runs, highlighted by a second-inning grand slam that powered the Chiefs to an 8-1 victory over the Nith River Monsters of New Hamburg, Ontario. Ezekiel’s seven RBI ties him with 10 other players for most runs batted in, in an ISC World Tournament game.

    The Chiefs’ bats, ignited by Ezekiel’s homer, plated five runs in the second, added two more in the fourth and one in the sixth to give Adam Folkard more than enough offensive support.

    The right-hander won his third game of the tournament and finished with a two-hitter, three walks and 10 strikeouts in five innings of work. Pablo Migliavacca relieved Folkard in the sixth and struck out the side to end the game under the seven-run rule.

    The River Monsters (2-1) plated their lone run in the second on Steve Lyons double that sent Greg Hammell racing home from first base. Hammell reached safely on a two-out single.

    Only two other Chiefs hit safely in the club’s eight-hit attack. Jeff Ellsworth was 2-for-3, Shane Boland was 1-for-2 and scored twice, and Nicolas Carril went 1-for-3.

    With but three games into the tournament, Ezekiel leads all batters with four home runs and 12 RBI, and has six hits in 11 at bats for a .545 average. He is yet to strikeout and has scored six times.

    As for Folkard, he has allowed just one run on three hits in 15 innings with 33 strikeouts.

    The win moves the four-time ISC World Tournament champions into Thursday’s round at 6 p.m. Opponent yet to be determined.

    ***The 11 players with seven RBI in a game include Paul Smith (1958), Eric Isenhart (1991), Boomer Brush (1993), Steve Price (1998), Kyle Beane (1998), Dan Skillings (2007), B.J. Gulick (2011), Donny Hale (2012), Frederik Terkelsen (2014), Mark Johnson (2016), and joining this record-setting group is Brad Ezekiel.***

    Merriman’s hot bat helps Ostrander Norsemen shock the J&B Bombers in the ISC World Tournament

    Monday, August 13th, 2018

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The Ostrander Norsemen of Ostrander, Minnesota pulled off an early upset in the ISC World Tournament by beating the ISC’s No. 4 ranked J&B Bombers of Los Angeles, 2-1, in the second round of the tournament, Monday night.

    The Norsemen jumped out on top in the first inning on Ryan Merriman’s single up the middle that plated Matias Minigutti, who led off the game with a hit. The Bombers tied the game in the third when Yusef Davis, Jr. singled and later crossed the plate on an error. Then after scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Merriman, who swung a hot stick going 2-for-3, drilled a home run in the sixth for the go-ahead run.

    Daniel Chapman made the run stand up by setting down the Bombers in the seventh with two strikeouts and an infield ground ball. Chapman of Farm Cove, New Zealand twirled a three-hit gem along with 15 strikeouts. But the Bombers Devon McCullough turned in a brilliant performance as well, giving up but three hits while striking out 17.

    The Norsemen opened the tournament by beating the Bell Cartage Outlaws, 12-0, on Chapman’s no-hitter and 12 strikeouts.

    The Norsemen (2-0) return to action on Wednesday against the hometown Kitchener Cubs, while the Bombers (1-1), last year’s runner-up in the tournament, must battle back through the losers bracket, and meet the Dolan & Murphy of Aurora, Ill. Tuesday night.

    Defending Champs Stay Perfect In International Softball Congress World Tournament

    Monday, August 13th, 2018

    Adam Folkard struck out 15 Pueblo Bandits to lead the Hill United Chiefs to a 6-0 victory in the 72nd ISC World Tournament, Monday. 2016 ISC World Tournament / Photo By BOB OTTO

    KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – Adam Folkard threw a shutout, the offense blasted three home runs, and the Six Nations Hill United Chiefs defeated the Bandits of Pueblo, CO, 6-0, Monday to improve to 2-0 in the 72nd ISC World Tournament.

    Folkard went the distance, holding the Bandits to three hits, while notching 15 strikeouts. Only Pablo Figueroa, 2-for-3 and Nick Santos, 1-for-3, could catch up with Folkard’s offerings.

    Chiefs’ Nicolas Carril (1-for-4) blasted a two-run home run in the second inning which held up until the sixth when Brad Ezekiel (1-for-4) and Bruno Motroni (2-for-3) each belted two-run homers – Ezekiel’s sailed well over the centerfield fence, while Motroni lifted his over the left-field wall.

    The Chiefs opened tournament play on Sunday with a 13-0 win over Puslinch, and Folkard picked up the win in that game as well, firing a no-hitter with eight strikeouts in three innings. The game was called after four innings under the mercy rule.

    Hill United is in the hunt for its fifth ISC World Tournament championship in the past six years. The Chiefs claimed three consecutive titles from 2013 to 2015. Then after finishing runner-up in 2016, they took the top spot again in 2017.

    With the two wins, Folkard improved to 41 wins in ISC World Tournament competition since he began pitching in the world tournament in 2004, which moves him ahead of Korrey Gareau with 40 and into the 7th spot on the all-time wins list. Michael White (1980-2006) is currently the all-time leader with 70.

    With the win, Hill United will play again on Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Nith River Monsters (3-0) who defeated Bear Bottom Lodge, 3-2, on Monday.

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