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River Monsters Edge Knights in ISC World Tournament action

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – Brady Woods delivered a grand pitching performance with a 3-hitter and 11 strikeouts, but as good as the Kegel Knights ace was, he took a tough-luck, 3-2, loss to the Nith River Monsters in a losers bracket matchup in the ISC World Tournament on Thursday at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener.

The River Monsters of New Hamburg, Ontario took the early lead in the first inning on Tyler Pauli’s solo homer run, and after Jeff Lewis shot the Knights ahead with a two-run blast in the third, Greg Hammil delivered the game-winner for Nith on a two-run double in the fourth.

Hammil also came on in relief in the fourth of Tyler Randerson (3-1) to earn the save. Both pitchers were effective in holding the Knights to four hits and two earned runs. Hammil allowed one hit with a strikeout, while Randerson gave up the two runs on three hits with four strikeouts.

The win moves the Nith River Monsters (4-1) on in the losers bracket, while the Kegel Knights of Fargo, N.D. bow out of the world tournament with a 3-2 record.

***For standings, scores, team and player statistics, click on ISC Pointstreak.***

Sooke Loggers claim NAFA Open-Holm Classic title

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

FARGO, ND – In fastpitch softball, ball players must have short memories. They must put bad outings and disappointing losses behind them.

Sometimes easier said than done. The Sooke Loggers would know.

In last year’s NAFA Open World Series championship, the Loggers suffered a gut wrenching, 9-8, loss to the Circle Tap Dukes. After leading by four runs in the seventh inning, the Loggers saw that hefty lead vanish as Circle Tap rallied for five runs to seize the title.

But there would be no gut-wrenching loss this year. No going back to British Columbia, Canada disappointed. Loggers’ pitcher Scott Lieph made sure of that.

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Woods hurls Bullets to victory in NAFA Open

Friday, June 14th, 2013

FARGO, ND – Brady Woods fired a two-hitter and struck out 15 in leading the Winnipeg Bullets to a 5-1 victory over the West Fargo Knights in Friday night’s opener of the NAFA Open – Holm Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

The Knights lone run came on third baseman Matt Johnson’s solo home run in the second. But the rest of the way, Woods was tough, allowing only Matt Oxley’s sixth inning triple.

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Garrity’s bat and arm lead Gators over Builders

Monday, August 13th, 2012

    The 2012 Cal-State Builders
    Photo By Alisha Larkin / Cal-State Builders Official Photographer

MIDLAND, MI – Greg Garrity swings the bat as well as he wings a softball.

And he did both tasks equally well in hitting and pitching the Toronto Gators to a 6-1 ISC World Tournament victory over the Cal-State Builders of Seattle, Washington, Monday in a second-round game for both teams.

Garrity helped his own cause by launching a two-run home run in the first inning and then turned his attention to the pitching rubber.

Mixing in a hard drop with a rise ball and occasional change-up, he held the Builders to three hits along with 12 strikeouts and one walk. And through 4 1/3 innings he pitched perfect softball.

But Duane Christiansen (1-for-3) finally broke up the no-hit and perfect game bid with a single up the middle in the fourth. Then in the seventh, Scot Tomasello’s (1-3) run-scoring double drove in a run, denying Garrity the shutout. But he finished strong by getting two strikeouts to end the threat and move the Gators on to the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

“I felt really strong through the first four innings,” Garrity said. “But I had to bear down and stay focused; they’re a good team.”

Garrity (1-2, run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks), batting in the clean up spot, belted his first-inning homer deep over the left field fence with Donnelly Archibald aboard, who had tripled with two outs. The Gators added a single run in the third and broke the game open with three more in the fifth.

Currie Stadium with Toronto Gators in the field and Cal-State Builders at bat. Photo By Alisha Larkin

In the fifth, leadoff batter Joel Langford tripled to left-centerfield with one out and later scored on a passed ball. John Kemp worked Builders’ starter Brady Woods (0-1) for a walk, and then Archibald (2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) doubled him home to push the score to 5-0.

Garrity then came to the plate and Woods intentionally walked him to get to Tyler Whynot. But Whynot made him pay with an RBI single to left field for the Gators final run.

Kevin Kammueller then came on in relief of Woods and held the Gators scoreless the rest of the way, allowing but one hit, while striking out three. While Woods, selected to the Canadian National Team, allowed five earned runs on six hits, four walks, while striking out seven Gators.

The 2-0 Gators now move on to face Pennsylvania Power (2-0) Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinal match-up.

Garrity said he likes the way the Gators are playing after opening the tournament with a 1-0 win over the ISC’s No. 5 ranked Circle Tap Dukes of Denmark, Wisconsin, which many consider a big upset.

“That was a big win over Circle Tap,” he said. “(Pennsylvania) Power is tough, but if we do things right, we should be in the game.”

The Builders also come back on Tuesday at 5 p.m. as they battle their way back through the losers bracket.