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Starters can’t finish as Toronto Gators win slugfest over Hill United Chiefs

Friday, August 19th, 2016
Joel Southam belted a two-run home run for Hill United Chiefs, but it wasn't enough as the Toronto Gators defeated the Chiefs, 7-6, in nine innings in the winner's bracket final to advance to the ISC World Tournament championship game, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Joel Southam belted a two-run home run for Hill United Chiefs, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Gators defeated the Chiefs, 7-6, in nine innings in the winner’s bracket final to advance to the ISC World Tournament championship game, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – Adam Folkard and Sean Cleary are two of the top pitchers in the world of fastpitch softball. Both have overpowering speed and sharp breaking spin that makes their pitches rise or drop with astounding movement.

Most of the time the two right-handers win the battle against the best fastball hitters in the world. Friday night wasn’t one of those time.

Both pitchers were ousted from the game – Folkard in the sixth pitching for Hill United Chiefs, and the Toronto Gators pulled Cleary after four innings.

Hill United Chiefs Adam Folkard fires a pitch during the Chiefs, 7-6, loss to the Toronto Gators in the winner's bracket final, Friday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex. The loss drops the three-time ISC World Tournament champion into the loser's bracket, while the Gators advance to the championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

Hill United Chiefs Adam Folkard fires a pitch during the Chiefs, 7-6, loss to the Toronto Gators in the winner’s bracket final, Friday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex. The loss drops the three-time ISC World Tournament champion into the loser’s bracket, while the Gators advance to the championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

Those moves tell how this game went. It was a hitter’s night.

And this time around it went the Gators way as the two titans battled through nine innings before Toronto pulled out a 7-6 win when one of the greatest hitters in the world – New Zealand star Wayne Laulu – ended the game with a walkoff home run off Pablo Migliavacca.

Migliavaca took over for Folkard in the seventh after he had given up six runs (five earned) on nine hits.

Hill United Chiefs catcher Jason Sanford blocks the plate and stops Toronto Gator's Brandon Horn from scoring during the Gators nine inning, 7-6 victory in the winner's bracket final of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Hill United Chiefs catcher Jason Sanford blocks the plate and stops Toronto Gator’s Brandon Horn from scoring during the Gators nine inning, 7-6 victory in the winner’s bracket final of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Photo By BOB OTTO

The two powerhouses, feasted on 21 hits, 10 by the Chiefs and 11 from the Gators, and they hit five home runs, three by the Chiefs and a pair by the Gators. (See ISC Pointstreak for stats.)

In the back and forth scoring affair, the Chiefs plated a pair of runs in the first and second innings, only to see the Gators chip away with single runs in the first four innings to tie the game.

Bradley Ezekiel hit a home run in the fifth to reinstate the Chief’s lead at 5-4 off Justin Schofield who relieved Cleary to start the inning. But back fought the Gators with a pair of runs in the sixth to surge ahead, 6-5.

But in the seventh, Ezekiel’s second home run evened the count, sending the game into extra innings, where Laulu’s blast ended it.

The win was huge, moving Toronto into Saturday’s championship game at 6 p.m. as the only unbeaten team (5-0) left in the tournament, while Hill United must battle back through the loser’s bracket for another crack at the championship.

The Chiefs return to the ball diamond at 1 p.m. to take on the winner between the New York Gremlins and BC A’s to be played at 11.

** For standings, scores and more, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

BC A’s survive the Force to advance in ISC World Tournament

Friday, August 19th, 2016
BC A's pitcher Ramon Jones fires his low drop ball at Scarborough Force's Donnie Hale during the A's 4-2 victory in the loser's bracket of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Jones allowed two earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out six. Hale was 0-for-3 and struck out against Jones. Photo By BOB OTTO

BC A’s pitcher Ramon Jones fires his low drop ball at Scarborough Force’s Donnie Hale during the A’s 4-2 victory in the loser’s bracket of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Jones allowed two earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out six. Hale was 0-for-3 and struck out against Jones. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – Ramon Jones pitched just well enough, and his BC A’s teammates scored just enough runs to survive the tough and talented Scarborough Force, 4-2, in the loser’s bracket, Friday.

The win improves the A’s of British Columbia, Canada to 5-1 in the ISC World Tournament and sends them into Saturday’s final day needing two more wins to reach the championship game.

    A’s TO FACE BIG APPLE’S BEST

The A’s start off with the New York Gremlins (4-1) at 11 a.m. who defeated the A-1 Bombers, 10-5, to advance. The loss to the A’s was the second for Scarborough (3-2) and eliminates them from the tournament.

    CASTILLO BREAKS DEADLOCK

Both the A’s and Scarborough plated single runs in the first inning, but in the third the A’s took the lead for good when Kevin Castillo’s RBI single sent Marcus Tan crossing the plate. Then Chase Turner beat out a high chopper in the hole to plate Castillo.

BC A's Jenner Christiansen tags Scarborough Force base runner Pablo Figuero when the two teams met in a loser's bracke game, Friday. Figuero was safe on the play, but the A's defeated the Force 4-2 to advance into Saturday's loser's bracket semifinal. Photo By BOB OTTO

BC A’s Jenner Christiansen tags Scarborough Force base runner Pablo Figuero when the two teams met in a loser’s bracke game, Friday. Figuero was safe on the play, but the A’s defeated the Force 4-2 to advance into Saturday’s loser’s bracket semifinal. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOTRONI HOMER TIGHTENS THE SCORE

Luiger Pintos finished the A’s scoring by belting a leadoff homer run in the fourth to give the A’s a 4-1 lead. Scarborough’s dangerous Bruno Motroni’s cut the lead in half with a sharp single scoring Jerome Raemaki, who was aboard on a fielder’s choice.

Smelling the finish line, Jones stranded a runner at second with a strikeout to end the sixth, and in the seventh he got Motroni on a comebacker to end the game. The win improves the right-hander to 2-1 with a 1.51 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.

For the A’s, leadoff batter Marcus tan was 2-for-4, run; Kevin Castillo 1-for-4, run, RBI; Greg Garrity 1-for-3, run, RBI; Pat Sagdal 2-for-2; Chase Turner 1-for-3, RBI; Pintos 1-for-3, run, RBI; and Jenner Christiansen 1-for-2.

Scarborough’s six hits came from Erick Ochoa, 2-for-3, Erick Urbaneja, 1-for-2, Jorge Lima, 1-for-3, Motroni 1-for-4, RBI; Andy Skelton, 1-for-4.

For more results, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

Around the ball yard at the SCIFL Alliance Tournament

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – I had never been to Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, either as a player or reporter. But after my visit Saturday, June 25, for the So. California Independent Fastpitch League Alliance Tournament, I give the venue where SCIFL plays most of its tournament games, a thumbs-up.

The four ball diamonds are within easy walking distance for teams and fans. It’s a relief to not have to drive back and forth between distant ball fields. And there’s plenty of shade trees to cool off for players, families and fans.

HE DOES IT ALL – SCIFL President Jesse Ortiz must be exhausted after these two-day SCIFL tournaments held throughout the fastpitch season. Ortiz does it all – from recruiting teams, making out the bracket, prepping the fields, setting up the scorekeepers at each ball diamond, and even doing a little fencing.

Ortiz, with the help of just one volunteer, erected fencing around two of the ball fields. Twice. On Saturday night, he had to take down the temporary fencing for fear of having it stolen by thieves in the middle of the night. Then early Sunday morning, he had to put the fencing back up.

All this work is complicated by one other matter: Ortiz pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. One minute I saw him raking and prepping a field, the next he’s on the rubber pitching. Very few in fastpitch work as hard as this man running a league. Ortiz also said that a good Mexican team contacted him about playing in an upcoming SCIFL tournament.

ELI SALAZAR MAKES THE BIG SHOW – A versatile player, Salazar started playing in 1996 at the lower levels. But last year, while playing for J & B Painting, he got the chance to play in his first ISC World Tournament. Stepping into the batter’s box against three of the world’s best and hardest throwing pitchers was a big challenge, but one he embraced.

“I faced Adam Folkard (Most Valuable Pitcher for the tournament champion United Hill Chiefs), Sean Cleary (second-team, all-world pitcher for runner-up Toronto Gators), and Juan Potolicchio,” said Salazar, who also plays and pitches for Those Guys of Long Beach. “Playing against them is fastpitch at it’s best. The ISC World Tournament is the major leagues of fastpitch. I learned that I can compete against that kind of pitching.”

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Vancouver, BC, Athletics sweep through SCIFL Alliance Tournament

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
The Vancouver, BC, Athletics won the SCIFL Alliance Men's Fast-pitch Tournament at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., June 25-26. The team includes (in no order) Marcus Tan, Kevin Castillo, Gregg Garrity, Josh Johnson, Ramon Jones, Pat Sagdal, Matt Christiansen, Nate Devine, CJ Dedeaux, Eurera Drage, Bobby Rpsthenhausler, Jenner Christiansen, manager David Weldin, and coaches Jason Porto, Greg Hicks, Pete Turner, and Ron Guzman. Courtesy Photo / Jesse Ortiz, SCIFL President.

The Vancouver, BC, Athletics won the SCIFL Alliance Men’s Fast-pitch Tournament at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., June 25-26. The team includes (in no order) Marcus Tan, Kevin Castillo, Gregg Garrity, Josh Johnson, Ramon Jones, Pat Sagdal, Matt Christiansen, Nate Devine, CJ Dedeaux, Eurera Drage, Bobby Rpsthenhausler, Jenner Christiansen, manager David Weldin, and coaches Jason Porto, Greg Hicks, Pete Turner, and Ron Guzman. Courtesy Photo / Jesse Ortiz, SCIFL President.

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The elite teams of men’s fastpitch seldom venture into Southern California, so when the nine teams of the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) learned that the Vancouver, BC, Athletics were coming to Little Lake Park for an Alliance tournament, well, that created quite a stir.

“It’s always a good challenge and fun to play a top-level team,” said Paul Castillo, manager of Those Guys of Long Beach. “It gives my guys some experience playing a team like that and how they (compare).”

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Ten Top Teams To Battle In SCIFL Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League is hosting an Alliance men’s fastpitch tournament at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, June 25-26.

Ten competitive teams have entered, including the Vancouver British Columbia A’s, the No.5 ranked team by the International Softball Congress.

  • Bandits
  • Heat
  • Streamline
  • Those Guys
  • Beaumont Coyotes
  • Brew Crew
  • A1 Rockies
  • Maccabi
  • Buzzards
  • BC A’s
  • The tournament opens Saturday morning at 9 in a round-robin format with the last game scheduled for 3 p.m. On Sunday, a single elimination playoff begins at 9 a.m. with the championship set for 1:30 p.m.

    SCIFL Schedule

    SCIFL Playoff Bracket

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