Cutro Professional Inspections blast way to ISC II Championship

Written by Bob on August 18th, 2016
Perez Volquez pitched Cutro Professional Inspections of Oswego, NY to an 8-1 victory over the Shakespeare Falcons to claim the 2016 ISC II Championship, Thursday, Aug. 18 at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

Perez Volquez pitched Cutro Professional Inspections of Oswego, NY to an 8-1 victory over the Shakespeare Falcons to claim the 2016 ISC II Championship, Thursday, Aug. 18 at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – About six years a go Michael Cutro revamped his team. He decided to go with youth and recruited young athletes from 21 to 23 years old. They struggled at first adjusting to hitting risers and drops from savvy, veteran pitchers.

But they’re not struggling any more.

Cutro’s ball club, Cutro Professional Inspections (CPI) of Oswego, New York, has matured over time. Those risers and drops that once confounded CPI’s youth movement? Now they are getting hammered.

As evidenced by CPI pounding its way to an 8-1 victory over the Shakespeare Falcons of Shakespeare, Ontario, Canada to claim the ISC II Championship in a run-ruled five innings at Green Valley Sports Complex, Thursday.

“They have started to mature,” said Cutro. “The bats really came alive in the tournament. This feels great. Next year our goal is to finish in the top 10 of the ISC (World Tournament).”

CPI won three games on Thursday to take the ISC II title, starting with a 3-2 win over Dolan and Murphy, then blasting Ostrander (MN) Images, 9-2, before putting away Shakespeare, who finished the tournament at 4-1.

CPI put up six runs in the second inning, led by Dylan Vaughn’s three-run double and Greg Lavery’s two-run home run.

For Lavery it was a pitch he wasn’t going to waste. Again.

“I missed a pitch like it in my at bat before,” said Lowry. “I didn’t miss it this time. It was an inside rise ball that stayed down. We had a rough start in the ISC (World Tournament), but we really started hitting the ball in the ISC II.”

But to Shakespeare’s chagrin, all six runs were unearned due to three errors in the inning.

But still, CPI certainly earned the win because Shakespeare could do little to fathom the pitching of Perez Volquez. The big, 25-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, scattered three hits, walked one and struck out five.

“He was called for 10 illegal pitches in his first game (ISC World Tournament),” Cutro said. “We worked on keeping his front foot down and he was good after that. He showed that good pitching can keep you in the game.”

The only damage came on an unearned run in the fifth. Volquez was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the tournament and finished 3-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA in 14 innings with 17 strikeouts.

CPI added insurance runs in the third and fifth innings. Tom Darling hit a shot off the left-field fence in the third to drive in a run, and in the fifth another Shakespeare error allowed the final run to score.

CPI went 1-2 in the ISC World Tournament before moving into the ISC II. Cutro said the goal coming to Moline was to finish in the top-ten of the world tournament. When it didn’t happen, he knew he had to refocus his squad if they were to have any chance of winning the ISC II.

“After we lost, I told them, ‘there’s only two teams leaving here champions, the ISC (World Tournament) and the ISC II,'” he said.

For CPI, Sam Roes was 2-for-3, and Dylan Vaughn, Dustin Zehr, Lavery, and Tom Darling had one hit each.

For Shakespeare, Jamie Wicke, Greg Hammell and Kyle Harloff had one hit a piece.

First baseman Sam Roes of Cutro Professional Inspections was selected the 2016 ISC II Tournament Most Valuable Player. Photo By BOB OTTO

First baseman Sam Roes of Cutro Professional Inspections was selected the 2016 ISC II Tournament Most Valuable Player. Photo By BOB OTTO

  • Along with Volquez’s selection as the Most Outstanding Pitcher, CPI’s Sam Roes was chosen the Most Valuable Player for his .412 average (7-for-17), four runs, two home runs and four RBI.
  • ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

    CATCHERS
    Rob Faulhaer, Shakespeare
    Joaquin Alegre, Todd’s Mudjacking

    PITCHERS
    Perez Volquez, CPI
    Fred Follings, Shakespeare
    Michael Leagace-Roote, Wiarton Nationals

    INFIELDERS
    Brent Thompson, Wiarton
    Kyle Harloff, Shakespeare
    Jason Shounick, Todd’s Mudjacking
    Jace Holm, Ostrander Fastpitch
    Sam Roes, CPI

    OUTFIELDERS
    Braydon Parent, Shakespeare
    Marek Maly, Dolan & Murphy
    Matt McLaren, Shakespeare
    Edward Leonardo, CPI

    DESIGNATED HITTER
    Lewis Weldon, Ostrander Images

    RBI LEADER
    Lewis Weldon, 8, Ostrander Images

    BATTING AVERAGE LEADER
    Lewis Weldon, Ostrander Images
    .571 average

    3 Comments so far ↓

    1. Carla Roes says:

      Would you mind sending this article to the Lowville, NY, Journal and Republican, State Street, Lowville, NY? 3 of the CPI players are local boys. Thanks!

    2. Bob says:

      Traveling today Carla, but I wll when I return home. Or maybe today if I have the time. Congratulations to CPI for winning the title. Michael is one of my favorite fastpitch people.

    3. Bob says:

      Hi Carla, I’ve sent the link to the story to the newspaper with my permission to reprint. Congratulations to Sam for the MVP award. Well deserved!

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