New York Gremlins prove they deserve top billing

Written by Bob on July 29th, 2013

Sean Whitten hurled the New York Gremlins to the championship of the Ed McCormick Men’s Fastpitch Tournament by defeating Pennsylvania Power in the championship, Sunday July 28 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

ERIE, Penn. – The world’s four top-ranked teams met in a head-to-head showdown and the New York Gremlins proved they deserve top billing.

The Gremlins, ranked No. 1 by the International Softball Congress, swept through the fourth annual Ed McCormick Men’s Fastpitch Tournament unblemished (4-0) and finished off the July 27-28 weekend by defeating No. 4 ranked Pennsylvania Power of Harrisburg, PA 11-4 in the final.


The Gremlins jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on RBI singles by Rhys Casley, Jeff Goolagong, Bryan Abrey, and a run-scoring triple by Nick Mullins. New York added a single run in the third on Mullins’ sacrifice fly, and plated two more in the fourth on Travis Wilson’s two-run homer.

The game ended under the mercy rule when the Gremlins scored three times in the fifth, highlighted by Wilson’s two-run double.

The Gremlins pounded out 11 hits led by led by Wilson, who went 2 for 2 with four RBI; Mathieu Roy 2 for 4, two runs, RBI; Casley 2 for 3, run, RBI; Goolagong 1 for 1, two runs, RBI; and Mullins 1 for 2, run, two RBIs.


Right-hander Sean Whitten got the win, going four innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Cleary finished up with one hit in the fifth, while striking out three. Neither pitcher allowed a walk.

Power scored all its runs in the fourth on three hits, led by leadoff batter Joel Langford’s two-run single. Brad Theys took the loss going 4 2/3 innings. He gave up 11 runs – nine earned – on 11 hits, along with five walks and no strikeouts.


In Saturday’s round-robin play, the Gremlins knocked off Pennsylvania Power 8-1 in the tourney opener, and took care of No. 2 Jarvis Ontario Hallman Twins 5-3.

Then in Sunday’s championship play offs, the Gremlins trumped No. 3 Six Nations, Ontario Hill United Chiefs (0-3) 8-1 in the semifinals on Sean Cleary’s three-hitter and 12 strikeouts to set up the final with Pennsylvania Power.


Power (2-2) reached the final with a 3-1 victory over Jarvis (1-2) in the semifinals. Juan Potolicchio (2-0) went the distance, scattering three hits, allowing one run, one walk, with 10 strikeouts.

Brad Theys put Power on the board in the second with a leadoff homer, and in the fourth inning, he led off with a double and scored on Tyler Dudley’s triple, followed by Dustin Houtz run-scoring fly ball.

Potolicchio’s only blemish came in the fifth when Ben Enoka lined a single that scored Donnelly Archibald, who led off with a double. But from then on, Potolicchio toughened and finished by allowing one hit – a two-out single by Sergio La Hoz – while striking out three over the final two innings.

Paul Koert started for Jarvis and went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Jeff Farion finished with a three-hitter over the final three frames, with two walks and four strikeouts.

The tournament showcased some outstanding hitting with the Gremlins claiming the top-seven batsmen. Wilson had a .750 average (3 for 4) with six RBIs and a homer; Casley went 7 for 10 (.700 average) and led the tournament with seven RBIs along with three doubles, while Wayne Laulu had an average of .667 on 4 for 6, two RBIs. The top 15 batters in the tournament had at least a .400 average.


Pennsylvania’s Potolicchio and the Gremlins’ Whitten led all pitchers with 2-0 records. Potolicchio had a 1.00 ERA in 14 innings, allowing six hits, two runs, two walks with 18 strikeouts. Whitten had a 2.55 ERA in 11 innings, giving up 11 hits, four runs, two walks and 17 strikeouts.

Jarvis hurler, Jeff Farion (1-0), led the tournament with a 0.00 ERA in 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, four walks, while striking out 13. Six Nations Adam Folkard (0-1) also had a perfect ERA at 0.00 in seven innings, on five hits, one walk and nine strikeouts.

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  1. Jeffrey Derstler says:

    Bang Bang nice job Greg Leather n the gremlin family .

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