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

Written by Bob on 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.”

And considering ages of the players, they really shouldn’t be feeling any ill affects of playing so many games in such a short time. This is a young bunch.

Al Cooley knows the team pretty well. His son Joel, 32, pitches, and when Joel’s playing, dad can be found close by.

“He’s one of the older guys now,” said Al Cooley with a smile. “And Dave (Marchio) is in his 50s. But the other guys are a lot younger.”

Cooley started calculating the ages of the players at each position: most of them ranged between 21 and 23.

So Tin Cup’s future brims with potential. They have made big progress the past two years.

At the 2016 NAFA AA-Major, Tin Cup finished third in the 10-team tournament at Alan A. Campbell Sports Facility in Rock Island.

Tin Cup opened by crushing the Juggernauts, 12-1; narrowly defeated CR Bartels, 2-1, and the Kingston Axemen, 4-3, before losing 7-0 to the Irma Tigers in the winner’s bracket final.

And on Sunday, they lost a close 3-2 decision to the ISC’s No. 17 ranked Topeka Toros, 3-1.

But before the NAFA tournament, Tin Cup (ranked No. 22 by the ISC) played in the ISC World Tournament – their second appearance in the most competitive tournament for men’s club teams in the world.

And Tin Cup took a big first step this time around.

“We won our first game,” Marchio said.

That win, 7-0, over Chetty’s Pretty Boys of Broadview, Saskatchewan, Canada, was led by Marchio, who had two hits, a home run and three RBI. Cooley got the win on a one-hitter with six strikeouts.

Tin Cup's Joel Cooley pitchedd in both the ISC World Tournament and the NAFA AA-Major World Series. Both tournaments were held in the Quad Cities, IA/IL. He helped his ball club finish third in the NAFA World Series and he won a game in the ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley pitchedd in both the ISC World Tournament and the NAFA AA-Major World Series. Both tournaments were held in the Quad Cities, IA/IL. He helped his ball club finish third in the NAFA World Series and he won a game in the ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

One of their loses came to the Toronto Batmen by a close 3-0 margin. The Batmen went on to finish sixth (4-2) in the 36-team tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline.

And in 2015, Tin Cup finished tied for fifth in the 18-team ISC II tournament with a 2-2 record.

No doubt Tin Cup is on the rise in men’s fastpitch.

TIN CUP ROSTER

PITCHERS
Joel Cooley
Laurie Peters
Pita Rona

CATCHER
Tyler Bouley

INFIELDERS
Miguel Hernandez
Dave Marchio
Dominic Marchio
Sam Nieman

OUTFIELDERS
Josh Albers
Austin Bouley
Alex Killa
Hepa Monk
Luke Wilhelmy
Chris Diethert, DH
Sam Gibbons, UT
Dave Reiter, UT

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