New York’s heavy-hitting lineup too much for Oregon / California

Written by Bob on August 15th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – The Gremlins from Clifton Park New York showed why they are the number one ranked team in the International Softball Congress. One-through-nine, they come out swinging.

And their pitching? That’s world-class as well with Andrew Kirkpatrick in the circle.

The Gremlins lineup of Mathieu Roy, Rhys Casley, Travis Wilson, Patrick Shannon, Kirkpatrick, Blair Ezekiel, Jeremy Tracy, Wayne Laulu, Todd Schultz and Ben Wideman are a nightmare for any pitcher to contend with.

Sean Whitten of the No. 6 ranked Eugene, OR / California A’s found out first hand.

The Gremlins roughed up Whitten, one of the best hurlers in the 2012 ISC World Tournament, for 11 hits and five earned runs in a 6-0 victory in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Eight of 10 Gremlins had at least one hit with Roy – in the leadoff spot – going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.

Should New York continue its hot-hitting streak, they will be hard to stop. In three world tournament games, the Gremlins have outscored opposing teams 26-1. And as a team, they have a lusty .405 batting average (32-for-79).

With plenty of run support, Kirkpatrick (2-0) of Ngunnawal, Australia improved the Gremlins to 3-0 by firing a three-hitter, striking out nine A’s and walking one.

The right-side hitting Shannon (2-2, RBI), who caught Kirkpatrick, got the Gremlins on the board in first inning with a double, driving in Roy who led off the inning with a single.

Whitten (2-1) held the Gremlins in check over the next two innings, but in the fourth New York came out swinging and put the game away by scoring five times on six hits. Ezekiel (1-2, 2 RBIs) had the big blow, a three run homer over the right-field fence.

For the A’s, shortstop Kevin Schellenberg (2-3) had two of the three A’s hits, including a leadoff triple in the fourth that the A’s were unable to capitalize on as Kirkpatrick retired three in a row to strand Schellenberg.

Then in the sixth, Bob Rothenhausler (1-2) led off the inning with triple. But the A’s failed to plate him as Kirkpatrick struck out Kevin Castillo and retired Schellenberg and Calem Gardner on groundouts.

The A’s got a fine relief effort from Derek Mason, who relieved Whitten in the fifth and held New York to one hit and a walk, while striking out four.

The win moves the Gremlins into the semifinals where they will meet the No. 4 ranked Harrisburg Pennsylvania Power, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Power defeated the Toronto Gators 3-0 to advance.

The A’s also return to action on Thursday, taking on the winner between The Scarborough Ontario Force and Spokane (Wash) Silverhawks in a 10 a.m. contest.

For more world tournament news go to ISC Fastpitch World Tournament

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