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

Written by Bob on 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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