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Toronto Gators long glorious run comes to an end with ISC Legends Championship

Monday, August 29th, 2016
BIG BAD GATOR - First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

BIG BAD GATOR – First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – Though older, grayer and a step slower, the Toronto Gators Masters still flashed some of the skills that led to ISC World Tournament championships in their much younger years of 1993 and 1995.

Battling a field of 12 of the best 50-older masters teams from the U.S. and Canada, the Gators defeated the Midland, Mich. Legends, 8-1, to claim the ISC Legends Tournament Championship at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday.

Several of the Gators Masters starred on the 1993 and 1995 championship squads, including Darren Zack, Ray Tilley, Terry Challis, Rod Wetherell, Dave Hoffman and Adam Smith.

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The Gators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Dave Hoffman’s three-run home run off Midland’s Peter Finn. Frank Perez and John Kemp opened the inning with walks to set up Hoffman’s home run, his second of the tournament.

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Bigelow hurls Durham Bulls to victory in ISC Legends Tournament

Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Chris Bigelow led the Durham Bulls to a first-round win in the ISC Legends Tournament, Thursday, Aug. 18 at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

Chris Bigelow led the Durham Bulls to a first-round win in the ISC Legends Tournament, Thursday, Aug. 18 at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – Not much time to practice? No problem. The way Chris Bigelow pitched might cause one to rethink the need for lots of practice time to sharpen one’s skills.

The veteran right-hander from Topeka, Kansas was in good form as he hurled the Durham Bulls of Whitby, Ontario to a 7-0 first-round victory over Toronto, Ontario Barracks, Thursday, in the ISC Legends tournament.

Bigelow scattered five hits, walked one, while striking out 12 in stifling, humid heat. And he looked like he’s has been playing fastball all season in preparation for the Legends classic. But far from it.

“I’ve just been throwing on the sidelines,” he said. “I’ve been busy umpiring girls (games). Today I threw mostly drop balls to keep the ball on the ground, and I got plenty of offensive support. I’ll take that any day.”

The Bulls scored in every inning except the second, and collected ten hits, led by leadoff batter Reg Barrau, 2-for-4, RBI; Chis Giamou, 2-for-3, 3 runs; Rob Ellis, 2-for-3, run; and Rick Minton, Paul Walford, Tony Kahan and Ken Sherman with one hit each.

For the Toronto Barracks, Mike Racioppo, Phil Slaney, Glen Sellers, Mark Thompson, and Dave Bradley had five hits each.

To follow the Legends Tournament, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard