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Big Inning Sends NY Gremlins Into Semis of ISC World Tournament

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Andrew Kirkpatrick pitched the New York Gremlins into the semi-finals of the 2018 ISC World Tournament with a 1-hit shutout in the Gremlins 14-0 victory over the Bloomington, IL Stix at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, ON, Canada, Wednesday, Aug. 15. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC World Tournament

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The New York Gremlins broke open a scoreless game by plating three runs in the fourth inning and then put the game in the win column by putting 11 more on the board in the fifth to ease past the Bloomington Stix, 14-0, at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Wednesday night in ISC World Tournament action.

The win improves the Gremlins to 3-0 and moves the New Yorkers into the semi-finals on Thursday, when they will meet the Kitchener Hallman Cubs who defeated the Ostrander (Minn.) Norsemen, 4-1, Wednesday. In their three wins, the Gremlins have outscored their opponents by a 37-2 margin.

Through the first three innings the Stix Harrison Peters matched Gremlins’ left-hander, Andrew Kirkpatrick, pitch-for-pitch. But it all came undone for Harrison in the fourth as Ladislao Malarczuk drilled a two-run double up the middle, and Zenon Winters followed with another shot into centerfield that plated Malarczuk to give the Gremlins a three-run cushion.

Three runs for Kirkpatrick is often more than he needs, but the Gremlins made his outing one of ease by lighting up the scoreboard for 11 more in the fifth. The big blows coming from Ben Enoka’s two-run home run – a line drive over the left-field fence – and from his brother Campbell Enoka’s three-run homer.

The Gremlins are fresh off winning the ASA Major National Championship and finished third in last year’s world tournament, and are hungry for an ISC title after they’ve come so close in the past several years, finishing in the top-four eight times.

Kirkpatrick, the Most Valuable Player of the ASA national tournament, had all his pitches working in winning his second game in the tournament. In the final tally, he fired a one-hitter, didn’t issue any free passes and struck out three.

The Gremlin batsmen collected 14 hits led by Malarczuk, 3-for-3, 3 RBI; Campbell Enoka, 2-for-2, 3 RBI; Ben Enoka, 1-for2, 2 RBI, and Erich Ochoa, 2-for-4.

Nowaczyk’s slam leads USA over India in Men’s Softball World Championship

Monday, July 10th, 2017

DUANE WEILER of Bedford, Penn. pitched a shutout to lead Team USA to an 11-0 victory over India in the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, Monday, July 10 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, YK, Canada. Photo USA Softball

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Duane Weiler fired a shutout, Jeff Nowaczk blasted a grand slam, and the defense was once again superb as the United States beat India, 11-0, in four innings under the mercy rule, at the Whitehorse Pepsi Softball Centre, Monday.

The win evens Team USA’s record at 2-2 in Pool A of the Men’s Softball World Championship and keeps the team in the hunt for a medal-round playoff spot.

Weiler was in command the entire way, allowing one hit and a walk, along with eight strikeouts to notch his first win in the tournament.

The USA scored four runs in the first inning, highlighted by Tyler Dudley’s two-run homer over the centerfield fence. Back-to-back singles in the second by Pat Sagdal and Marcus Tan added another run, and a six-run barrage in the third put the game safely in the win column.

JEFF NOWACZYK of Midland, Mich. went 1-for-3 against India, but his hit was huge: a grandslam that helped Team USA notch an 11-0 victory in the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship, Monday, July 10. USA Softball Photo

Catcher Jeff Nowaczyk provided the fireworks in the sixth with his bases-loaded home run, and Ochoa’s double plated the final two runs in Team USA’s 10-hit attack.

The United States (1-2) returns to action Tuesday against the Dominican Republic which currently sports a 3-0 record, tied with Canada for the top spot in Pool A.

The game is scheduled at 5 p.m. (PT) and can be watched live on Sports Canada TV

Canada converts USA walks into blowout in Men’s Softball World Championship

Monday, July 10th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – One walk, troublesome; two walks, alarming; three, flirting with disaster, but five consecutive? Well, against a prolific hitting team like Canada, it can mean only one thing: catastrophe and game over.

For five innings in the Men’s Softball World Championship, Sunday, the United States and Canada battled toe-to-toe like two heavyweight fighters, with Team USA holding a 1-0 advantage heading into the sixth inning.

And until the sixth, USA pitcher Tony Mancha had been pitching tough-minded and making crucial pitches at critical times. The defense had made superb, run-saving plays behind him. And the offense had taken a first inning 1-0 lead on Erich Ochoa’s (2-for-2) RBI single.

Everything seemed to be going Team USA’s way. They had powerful Canada on the ropes. A United States victory was a very real possibility.

Then disaster struck in the sixth.

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Homers and Montero send Team USA to opening round defeat in Men’s Softball World Championship

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – The long ball and the pitching of Maxi Montero gave Argentina a 5-1 first-round victory over the United States in the 2017 XV Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Friday night.

Team USA certainly got the start they wanted when second baseman Tyler Dudley drilled a double up the middle, scoring Matt Palazzo, who walked to open the game.

But Argentina struck right back in the bottom half when Ladislao Malarczuk homered over the right-field fence to even the score. And from that point on, the offensive firepower belonged to the Argentinians.

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