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Top-ranked New York Gremlins take Boys of Summer title

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

DENMARK, Wisc. – The New York Gremlins from Clifton Park, NY erupted for 19 runs on 16 hits to crush the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Diamondbacks 19-0 in claiming the 14th Annual Boys of Summer championship, Sunday, in Denmark, WI.

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Hitting a high-velocity fastpitch softball; a skill only the great ones possess.

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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Colin Abbott, three-time ISC World Tournament Most Valuable Player, one of the all-time great fastball hitters.


AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – I studied Canadian Brad Ezekiel and Ryan Wolfe. I leaned in closer to my computer screen, zoning in on New Zealand’s Rhys Casley, Donny Hale and Brad Rona.

How do they do it?

How do they hit a softball speeding toward home plate at 80-plus miles per hour from 46 feet away from a pitcher that can make the yellow sphere dive and dance and soar like a Hummingbird on steroids?

And then with the cruel nature of a sadist, the pitcher changes speeds. It’s as if the ball is attached to a string and our righty or lefty (prankster) yanks it back just when the batter starts to swing. Like Lucy pulling the football away from hapless Charlie Brown just as he’s about to kick it.

What special athletic gifts have been bestowed upon fastball’s great hitters, enabling them to hit the riser, the drop, the curve, and the change-up with such proficiency?

I remember in 1986 standing behind a backstop watching Kiwi Peter Meredith throw a softball harder than ANY ball I had ever seen thrown. I stood in awe of Meredith’s amazing talent.

ISC Hall of Fame pitcher, Peter Meredith, who once pitched for TEAM USA.

I wondered: “how can anyone possibly hit his pitches?”

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

Wednesday, 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.

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Ezekiel brothers pitted as title-game foes

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Ashland Times-Gazette Sports Editor

ASHLAND, OH / BROOKSIDE PARK – The way he hit the ball Sunday during the finals of the ASA Men’s Major Fast-Pitch National Tournament, no one at Brookside Park would have thought Brad Ezekiel was getting a taste of bad luck.

The 25-year-old leadoff hitter for the Hill United Chiefs (based in New York City) smacked three home runs in his team’s two games against the New York Gremlins — two of them coming in the winner-take-all game that ended the tournament.

But one of the story lines of Sunday’s games turned out to be the fact that Ezekiel was playing against his brother…

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ASA Men’s Major National Tournament; Ezekiel blast leads Gremlins past Motor City Shamrocks

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

By DOUG HAIDET / Sports Editor
Ashland Times-Gazette

ASHLAND, OH – Blair Ezekiel said he’s been averaging about one home run per tournament since joining the New York Gremlins this summer.

Boy, did he pick the perfect time to deliver with that quota Friday during the ASA Men’s Major Fast-Pitch National Tournament at Brookside Main.

One night after blasting Ohio Battery, 14-0, the Gremlins were facing a 3-0 deficit against the Motor City Shamrocks (Mich.) after a multi-error fourth inning.

But Travis Wilson got New York on the board with a solo homer in the fifth, and Ezekiel curled a three-run homer around the left-field foul pole in the sixth to put the Gremlins ahead for good in an eventual 5-4 win.

“We’re not used to (playing from behind), but a lot of the players on this team over the years have come back at some point during a season, so it’s nothing new. There was no panic,” Ezekiel said. “We’ve got a lot of veterans on the team that have been around for ages (and) we’re ranked No. 1 in the world for a reason.”

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