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Urbaneja and Scott lead Scarborough Force over the A-1 Bombers

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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MOLINE, IL – Erick Urbaneja drove in the go-ahead run, Don Scott made it stand up, and the Scarborough Force defeated the A-1 Bombers, 4-3, Wednesday night in a battle of the unbeatens.

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Venezuela holds off Canada in ISF World Softball Championship playoffs

Friday, March 8th, 2013

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The Canadian Men’s National Fastball Team came into the 13th International Softball Federation World Championship with one of the strongest hitting lineups.

In claiming the top spot in Pool B, with a 6-1 mark, Canada outscored its opponents 43-12.

So going into the first playoff game against Venezuela, it stood to reason that the Canadians would score a few runs.

But Erick Urbaneja and Ramon Jones had other ideas.

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Japan knocks off undefeated Canada in ISF World Championship

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Japan fans were pleased to get a big win over Canada in the 2013 ISF World Championship.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The Canadian Men’s National Team dropped their first-place record in Pool B to 4-1 with a 4-1 loss to Japan on the fifth day of the ISF XIII Men’s World Championship.

Canada took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, on Bryan Abrey fielder’s choice that allowed Kevin Schellenberg to score from third base with two outs.

But Japan bounced right back with a big four-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth to pull off the win.

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Canada and New Zealand hitters feast in an ISF world championship classic

Monday, March 4th, 2013

The New Zealand Black Sox perform the haka during the ISF World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo By Ben Campbell / World Softball Championships

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Fastball purists, those who relish a masterfully pitched, low-scoring game, would have turned away in disgust. But for those fans who delight in seeing softball bats smashing a yellow sphere all over a ball diamond – as well over the fence – they would have loved this classic matchup.

And numbers crunchers would have glowed over these stats.

The Canadian and New Zealand men’s national fastball teams combined for 26 hits, 16 runs, and five home runs on Monday night in the 13th International Softball Federation World Championship. See Box Score

And when the bats were finally set-aside for the night, Canada had outslugged New Zealand 9-7 to win a marquee matchup at Rosedale Park in Albany.

As for the pitching?

It was a game of survival, of weathering a tornado of hot hitters. Eight pitchers toed the rubber – four on each side.

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Levy’s triple lifts Midland Explorers over Denmark Circle Tap Dukes

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Midland, MI – Explorers’ Dale Levy admits he had a nightmare game against Dean Holoien of the Saskatoon Diamondbacks on Monday, striking out three times.

But what a difference a day makes.

Levy drove in the only run Midland pitcher Don Scott would need as the Explorers defeated the Circle Tap Dukes 2-0 Tuesday afternoon to stay alive in the losers bracket in ISC World Tournament play.

All the scoring was done in the top-half of the first inning.

Lead off batter Dan Loney worked Diamondbacks’ Jeremy Manley for a walk. And Levy followed by drilling a triple, driving in Loney. Eddy Ketlehut followed with an RBI hit, and Scott had all the runs he would need.

“We had a big lump to swallow after last night,” Levy said, referring to Midland’s 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on a game-ending walk off homer. “We came back today and refocused.”

Scott (2-1) got a bit of redemption after taking the loss against the Diamondbacks on Colby Beierle’s walk off homer last night.

But today Scott – known as primarily a rise ball pitcher – changed his pitching tactics, relying more on his change-up to keep a solid-hitting Circle Tap off their stride.

Levy complimented Scott’s (three-hit) pitching, and said that with Scott and Grant Patterson, Midland has two of the better pitchers in the world tournament. But pitching alone won’t get it done, he said.

“We have to stay focused and get good quality at bats.”

The win moves Midland (2-1) on in the losers bracket where they will take on the winner of the Snappers / A1 Brewers game.

Walk off homer sends Saskatoon Diamondback into ISC World Tournament quarterfinals

Monday, August 13th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Midland Explorers pitcher Don Scott probably wishes he could have one pitch back, a rise ball that hung invitingly over the outside corner to Saskatoon Diamondbacks Colby Beierle.

The right-side hitting Beierle took a big cut and drove the ball over the left field fence with one out and one aboard in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Diamondbacks a hardfought 4-2 walk-off victory Monday night.

“He was pitching me outside all night, and I took a (swing) at it, and it went,” said Beierle, who added that starting and finishing pitcher Dean Holoien pitched well in picking up the win.

The Canadian and veteran Holoien really had his hard stuff working, blistering Midland with a rise ball they had trouble catching up with. Holoien finished with 18 strikeouts, and gave up one earned run on six hits, and didn’t allow any walks.

For Midland, Grant Patterson started and gave up two earned runs on two hits in four innings, and struck out five. Scott in 2.2 innings allowed two earned runs on two hits, and got two strikeouts.

Dan Loney started Midland off in fine fashion by hitting a lead off home run to start the game. But Saskatoon answered back with a two-run homer by Brennan Pokoyoway to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Midland, however, tied the score in the fifth on Shea Bryant’s RBI single to right field.

The game looked like it would settle into a long affair with Scott and Holoien settling into a pitchers’ duel. But Beierle’s shot dampened the hometown fans hopes, and the host Explorers opportunity of advancing from 46 teams down to the final undefeated eight.

Saskatoon advances into the quarterfinals where they will meet the winner between the Jarvis Travelers and CR A1 Brewers, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

The Explorers must battle back through the losers bracket, starting with a 3 p.m. game on Tuesday against Circle Tap of Denmark, Wisc.

Scott dominates as Midland Explorers blank Bombers, 5-0

Monday, August 13th, 2012

By ADAM BOUTON / Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MI – The Midland Explorers added veteran flame-thrower Don Scott to their squad this season in part because they wanted a big game pitcher. Continue Reading

Scott sharp, hurls Midland Explorers over New York Bombers

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Don Scott picked up right where he ended the 2011 ISC World Tournament: winning.

The right-handed Scott, who was the Most Outstanding Pitcher of last year’s world tournament after pitching the Jarvis Travelers to the title, hurled a brilliant game in leading the Midland Explorers to a 5-0 victory over the New York Bombers, Sunday night.

As the host team, Midland (1-0) picked up its first win of the World Tournament, while New York pulls even at 1-1.

Scott was in top form, showing his signature explosive rise ball, along with mixing in an effective drop and change-up. Through six innings he was nearly unhittable and carried a perfect game into the seventh inning.

But with one out, Jeff Carr doubled into left field and Bruce Hackett followed with a single. But Scott struck out the next two batters to end the game, finishing with a two-hitter and 16 strikeouts.

He said he wasn’t too concerned about losing the perfect game.

“You always try and get it, but in the long run you want the win,” he said.

The Explorers took advantage of three walks off Bombers’ starter Doug Hoffman, cashing in on all three to take a 3-0 lead through four innings. Back-to-back walks to Steve Horning (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Adam Lalonde (1-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), followed by a passed ball that allowed Horning to score, and Ed Ketelhut’s (1-3) RBI single to left field gave Midland a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Then in the third inning, Hoffman’s two-out walk to Lalonde set the table for Dale Levy, who drove a triple down the right field line scoring Lalonde; and essentially that was all the runs Scott would need.

But the Explorers put the game out of reach in the fifth when Lalonde drilled a two-run homer over the right centerfield fence for Midland’s final tally. Kyle Beane, Justin Krenzke and Shea Bryant also had one hit apiece to help Midland’s cause.

Scott finished the 2011 ISC World Tournament with a 6-0 record. He said he likes the Explorers championship chances if the offense can keep plating runs.

“We’ve got to keep hitting, and then we’ve got a shot,” he said of Midland which collected nine hits off Hoffman and Shawn Samson, who came on in the fifth.

The Explorers move on to face the Saskatoon Diamondbacks Monday at 6 p.m. Saskatoon defeated the Elmira Expos 2-0 on Trevor Ethier’s three-hit, 10 strikeout effort, Sunday afternoon.

The Bombers came into the game by defeating the Sweaburg Crush on Saturday. Sweaburg jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but that was all the runs they could manage. Meanwhile, the Bombers chipped away with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to pull within 4-3 heading into the seventh.

And then Carr shocked the Crush by drilling a three-run, walk off home run – his only hit of the game – to steal the win.

Jarvis Travelers repeat as ISC World Champions

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Don Scott has great tournament as Jarvis, Ontario Travelers repeat as 2011 ISC World Tournament Champions.

QUAD-CITIES, IL – The Jarvis Travelers picked up pitcher Don Scott as an insurance policy, as the second pitcher backing up the ace of the staff, Adam Folkard.

Little did they know when they added Scott from the Kitchener Rivershark Twins when they ceased operations after 2010, how truly valuable he would become. Because when Folkard was sidelined with an injury, Scott was handed the ball.

Number two, suddenly became number one.

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Quad-City Times: Jarvis repeats as ISC world champions

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

(See video interview with Scott and Frederik Terkelsen.)

Don Scott admitted he was running on fumes.

He already had thrown most of the innings for his Jarvis (Ontario) team this week during the ISC World fast-pitch tournament and got word Saturday that his grandfather had passed away.

So by the time Scott got to the seventh inning, he was in his words, “using smoke and mirrors” to get by.

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