Harrisburg PA Pennsylvania Power sports homegrown talent

Written by Bob on August 17th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – There’s not a manager in U.S. men’s fastpitch that wouldn’t want to fill his roster with home grown talent.

Count Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Power manager Eric Fogel lucky – if you will – for there’s a lot of Pennsylvania guys on his roster. Which for an ISC top-ranked team (Power holds the No. 4 spot) is a rarity in today’s game at the Open level.

Power’s roster of 22 includes some imported talent, like all open teams, but it’s very minimal. Just Thomas Enoka from Wellington, New Zealand; Lucas Mata of Panara, Argentina, and Karl Gollan of Davenport, Iowa, but actually he’s from New Zealand, so I’m including him in the imported variety, too.

Granted, Enoka, Mata and Gollan are three of the ISC’s top stars. But of the Power’s 22 there’s 10 Pennsylvanians that many a manager would love to pencil in his lineup. Power also has some neighboring state players as well from New Jersey (3) and New York (2).

In a recent interview, it was said by a Power official that they are fortunate to have such in-state talent, and that the Lancaster area is a fastpitch hotbed (if there is such a place in the U.S. anymore).

Power has been a force to be reckoned with all season. They’ve played a tough schedule; they’ve played well. And it’s carried over into the ISC World Tournament where Power (4-0) has emerged as a finalist.

On Thursday, Mata hurled Power to a 2-1 victory over the ISC’s No. 1 ranked team, the New York Gremlins. So tonight, Power will take on Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs in the winners bracket final. It will be a great match up featuring two great pitchers, Mata and the Chiefs’ Adam Folkard.

Chief’s manager Doug Eidt was recently quoted as saying so:

“Power is the Cinderella team with Lucas Mata pitching for them. He is a dominant pitcher. So, it will be two dominant pitchers.”

Cinderella team? I have to dispute that. From watching Power on the ISC webcasts, they are just flat out a great team.

Of course, as Eidt eluded, it takes dominant pitching to win at the ISC level. But position players have to do their part as well.

And in Power’s victory over the Gremlins, Derrick Zechman came up huge in the clutch.

The game went into the eighth inning tied 1-1. With one out and Enoka at third, Zechman hit a high chopper over a drawn-in infield into leftfield, scoring Enoka with the winning run.

Oh, by the way, Zechman is a Penn guy from Watsontown.

So here’s a tip-of-the-hat to the Pennsylvania hierarchy who looked around the state and most likely said, “you know we’ve got some pretty good players right here in our own backyard.”

    Pennsylvania players include:

    Greg Houtz – Lebanon
    Jim Lawrence – Lancaster
    Derrick Zechman – Watsontown
    Dean Malone – Harrisburg
    Eric Fogel – Harrisburg
    Mosh Martin – Ephrata
    Corey Schoke – West Chester
    Brad Theys – Ephrata
    Joe Roslin – Reading
    Merlin High – Ephrata

Managing the team is Eric Fogel from Harrisburg. And the three coaches are Joe Roslin, Chip Savini and Bob Hoffman, all from Reading.

The Power roster also has five talented players from neighboring states: Mike Pisano, Frank DeGroat and Sergio La Hoz from New Jersey. And Tom Avery and Doug Lohman from New York.

Eight teams remain in the running for the world tournament championship – the Eugene OR California A’s, Toronto Gators, Saskatoon Diamondbacks, Fargo Kegel Black Knights, Jarvis Ontario Travelers, New York Gremlins, PA Power and the Hill United Chiefs.

All eight teams will be in action today starting with the A’s taking on the Gators at 12 p.m. Check the ISC Master Schedule for matchups and times.

1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Aaron Rupp says:

    Are open tryouts held?

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