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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.***

    Elanco Blackhawks Snare NAFA A-Major Championship

    Tuesday, August 14th, 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 – The Elanco Blackhawks of Pennsylvania flew undefeated through the NAFA World Series A-Major Division to claim the championship over the Fleetwood Marlins of British Columbia, Canada, Sunday at North Softball Complex in Fargo.

    The Blackhawks forged a 6-0 record in the 29-team tournament and defeated the Marlins, 11-4, in the final through a winning combination of an explosive offense that pounded out 12 hits – led by Menno King – who drove in 3 runs, and Sean King, who belted a home run that pushed across another two runs.

    Buffered by such a huge run production, Todd Smoker, who started and hurled the first two innings and Benji Stoltzius, finishing the final four, held the Marlins in check, with Stoltzius notching the win on four hits and no earned runs.

    Also swinging hot sticks were Caleb Groff, 1-for-2; Jim Lawrence, 2-for-3; Dean Malone, 2-for-3 and 2 runs; Jerlin Ruit, 2-for-4, 3 RBI and a run, and Anthony Smoker, 1-for-3, run.

    Ruit tied for top batting average on the team with Caleb Groff at .471, and Ruit also drove in 8 runs, tops amoung his teammates. But he was just as valuable in the pitching circle winning three of the six games in 21 innings, with 25 strikeouts and five walks.

    The Blackhawks A-Major Championship Record

      Elanco 7, Dempsey’s Public House 5
      Ruit got the win, allowing six hits with 10 strikeouts. He also homered twice and drove in two runs.
      Elanco 4, Len’s Auto (Minn.) 3
      Smoker and J.J. Sanchez split the pitching duties, and Tony Baker was the hitting star, driving in 3 runs with 2 hits in 3 at bats.
      Elanco 8, Calif. Buzzards 2
      Ruit hurled a 3-hitter with 7 strikeouts, while A.J. Fisher and Ben Keyser each drove in 2 runs.
      Elanco 9, Fleetwood Marlins 8
      Ruit went the distance, giving up 12 hits with 8 strikeouts, and Ruit along with Dean Malone drove in a pair of runs, with both players smashing home runs.
      Elanco 4, Lacey A’s (Wash.) 0
      Smoker threw wonderful game, allowing one hit with 10 strikeouts. Calef Groff drove in 2 runs and was 3-for-3 at the plate, along with Ruit and King who each had an RBI.
      Elanco 11, Fleetwood Marlins 4