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Top three blast California A’s past Tavistock Merchants

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Kevin Castillo hit a two-run home run to help the California A's defeat the Tavistock Merchants, 8-2, Monday in ISC World Tournament play. (Castillo is seen here playing for J&B Painting in the 2014 NAFA World Series.) Photo By BOB OTTO

Kevin Castillo hit a two-run home run to help the California A’s defeat the Tavistock Merchants, 8-2, Monday in ISC World Tournament play. (Castillo is seen here playing for J&B Painting in the 2014 NAFA World Series.) Photo By BOB OTTO

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Fastpitch teams count upon the top of the lineup to power the offense. The trio of Marcus Tan, Kevin Castillo and Derek Mason did just that in a most spectacular way by accounting for 5-of-10 California A’s hits, and driving in five runs in the A’s 8-2 victory over the Tavistock Merchants of Canada, Tuesday.

Tan – batting leadoff – was nightmare for the Merchants, scoring twice and going 3-for-4, including a double and RBI. Castillo, the No. 2 man in the order had one hit in two trips, but it was a big one: a two-run blast in the fourth that helped the A’s break a tie and surge ahead, 4-2. And not to be outdone, Mason, third in the A’s murderer’s row, accounted for two RBI with a base hit.

Rob Schweyer pitched well in helping the California A's defeat the Tavistock Merchants.

Rob Schweyer pitched well in helping the California A’s defeat the Tavistock Merchants.

Meanwhile in the circle, starter Rob Schweyer and Josh Johnson teamed-up to hold Tavistock to two hits and one earned run. Schweyer pitched the first three innings, allowing two hits and one earned run with five strikeouts; and Johnson finished the final four innings, no-hitting the Merchants and striking out four to pick up the win.

The A’s Matt Christiansen, Jenner Christiansen (run, RBI) and Kris Waverick (2 runs) each had a hit, and Chase Turner had a good day at the plate as well, rapping out two hits in three trips and scoring twice.

For the Merchants, Ian Baer and Jeremy Munro each hit safely, with Baer getting an RBI single in the third.

The win improves the A’s to 2-1 and continues their journey of climbing back into championship contention through the losers bracket with the Northeast Drillers (2-1) scheduled for Wednesday.

CANADA SLUGS ITS WAY TO GOLD IN WORLD SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, July 6th, 2015

2015 Team Canada.1lr Canada takes the Gold Medal at 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship. The team includes Ryan Boland, Sean Cleary, Paul Koert, Devon McCullough, Andy Skelton, Bryan Abrey, Jason Sanford, Ian Fehrman, Brandon Horn, Derek Mason, Kevin Schellenberg, Jeff Ellsworth, Brad Ezekiel, Steve Mullaley, Mathieu Roy, Ryan Wolfe, Jason Hill, and the coaching staff of Glenn Boles, Adam Davies, John Hill, Les Howey, and Head Coach John Stuart.

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – There is good hitting, great hitting, and on the rarest of occasions, phenomenal hitting.

What Steve Mullaley did in the championship game of the 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship will long live in Canada fastpitch lore, and in the memories of those who witnessed his incredible batting feat.

Mullaley belted three home runs – a solo shot, a grand slam, and a two-run blast – that tallied seven RBI, as Canada slugged its way to a 10-5 victory over the New Zealand Black Sox to claim the Gold Medal at Bob Van Impe Stadium, Sunday.

His seven RBI and Canada’s ten runs are believed to be International Softball Federation single game records since the world championship began in 1966.

    NO STRANGERS IN ISF CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY

The championship becomes Canada’s fourth ISF title, and the first since 1992 when Team Canada beat New Zealand for the Gold. The two teams have now met five times to decide the Gold Medal, with New Zealand claiming three, and Canada two.

Steve Mullaley hit three home runs accounting for seven RBI in helping Team Canada win the Gold Medal.

Steve Mullaley hit three home runs accounting for seven RBI in helping Team Canada win the Gold Medal.

For Mullaley, though, the victory over the defending 2013 world champion Black Sox was a team effort. The victory also eases the disappointment of expecting but failing to medal in the world championship in New Zealand.

“We knew coming in today that the big red machine could get it done,” Mullaley said to Ballpark Radio interviewer Blair Setford during post-game ceremonies. “We traveled a long way to New Zealand in 2013 and we were disappointed. But we’ve had a new commitment of buying into the team concept to get it done.”

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Long ball and Cleary lead Canada over Guatemala in World Softball Championship

Friday, June 26th, 2015

SASKATOON – Steve Mullaley and Derek Mason belted home runs and Sean Cleary pitched a shutout in leading Canada over Guatemala , 6-0, in the opening game for both teams in the 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship in Saskatoon, Friday.

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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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