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Hill United Chiefs beat Circle Taps Dukes to stay perfect

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, and was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher. Folkard continues his dominace in the 2016 ISC World Tournament with a 3-0 record in the early going.

Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, Aug. 15, and was selected the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher. And he continues his dominace in the 2016 ISC World Tournament with a 3-0 record in the early going.

MOLINE, IL – The Hill United Chiefs hammered four home runs, Adam Folkard spun a one-hitter, and the Chiefs run-ruled the Circle Tap Dukes, of Denmark, WI, 10-0, to improve to 3-0 in the ISC World Tournament, Wednesday.

Hill United will now take on the undefeated Scarborough Force (3-0) Thursday night at 8 p.m. The Force defeated the A-1 Bombers, 4-3, Wednesday night to advance. The other two undefeated teams, the Toronto Gators (3-0) and New York Gremlins (3-0), open the night’s clash of titans at 6 p.m.

Leadoff batter Brad Ezekiel crushed a solo shot to start the game, and Nick Shailes, Jason Hill and Jason Sanford followed suit to lead the Chiefs eight hit attack.

Hill United has hit an incredible 14 home runs in the tournament, and have yet to give up a run, outscoring their opponents 36-0.

Mark Johnson leads the team with 11 RBI and a .667 batting average.

Folkard, the five-time Most Outstanding Pitcher of the World Tournament, continued his dominance in the circle with 11 strikeouts and just one walk to improve to 3-0.

Between 2013 and present, Folkard has now won 21 consecutive games in World Tournament play, placing him second all-time to Gerald Muizelaar with 23.

Folkard’s five Most Outstanding Pitcher awards (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015) ties him first all-time with LeRoy Zimmerman (1950, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1960).

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Sagdal Homer Sends Team USA into Pan Am Playoffs And A Chance For Gold

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Pat Sagdal belted a two-run home run to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the 2015 Pan American Games, Thursday, July 16. The win moves Team USA into the playoffs with a chance to win the Gold Medal.

Pat Sagdal belted a two-run home run to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the 2015 Pan American Games, Thursday, July 16. The win moves Team USA into the playoffs with a chance to win the Gold Medal.

TORONTO – The United States could muster just two hits off Mexico’s Jose Naranjo, but one of them was as big as it gets.

In the fifth inning, Pat Sagdal broke up a scoreless pitching duel between USA’s Gerald Muizelaar and Naranjo by drilling a home run over the right-field fence with Nick Mullins aboard with a leadoff walk to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Mexico on Thursday.

The win ends a three-game skid and improves Team USA’s record to 2-3 in the Pan American Games at President’s Choice Ajax Ballpark in Toronto. It was also the final round-robin game for both teams and it was huge.

    TEAM USA PLAYOFF BOUND

Though both teams have 2-3 records, the win places the USA fourth in the six-team tournament that secures the final playoff spot, edging out Mexico because of head-to-head competition.

“Anytime you hit a home run it’s a big moment,” said Sagdal, who batted ninth and played centerfield. “That hit couldn’t have happened at a better time.”

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CANADA RALLIES OVER UNITED STATES IN PAN AM GAMES

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

TORONTO – Josh Johnson belted a home run, Gerald Muizelaar and Tony Mancha were pitching superbly and the United States was on the brink of picking off one of the top teams in the world of men’s fastpitch softball.

But it was not to be as Canada rallied for a 3-2 victory in eight innings, Monday, to improve to 2-0 in the Pan American Games, while the United States evens its record at 1-1.

    JOHNSON DELIVERS

Team USA broke up a scoreless pitching duel between Canada’s Sean Cleary and Gerald Muizelaar when right-side slugging Josh Johnson homered over the right-field fence in the fourth inning.

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Muizelaar, Carmona and Castillo drive USA past Guatemala in consolation bracket

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Freddy Carmona and Kevin Castillo drove in the runs and Gerald Muizelaar pitched a dandy as the United States defeated Guatemala 4-0 in the second round of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship consolation bracket, Saturday.

The victory moves Team USA (1-0, 5-3) into the consolation bracket championship against Mexico, Saturday night. Mexico defeated Great Britain 7-5 to advance. The United States and Mexico met in Pool B round-robin play with Team USA taking a 7-0 victory.

    COMES THROUGH IN CLUTCH

Against Guatemala, Carmona drove a two-out, bases-loaded single into right-center field in the third inning plating two runs in helping Team USA take a 3-0 lead. Chris Miljavic and Derrick Zechman were hit by pitches, and Chris Heinlein walked to set the plate for Carmona.

Then in the fifth, Kevin Castillo lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Nate Devine, who singled to lead off the inning.

    AT HIS BEST

Meanwhile USA right-hander Gerald Muizelaar (1-1) was pitching a gem and finished a strong seven innings, allowing just three hits, no walks along with 12 strikeouts.

Guatemala’s Jorge Segura (2-3) took the loss, going four innings and giving up two earned runs on three hits, five walks and six strikeouts. Cesar Sache finished the final two innings, allowing one run on two walks with two strikeouts.

Team USA collected four hits with Heinlein, Nate Devine, Castillo (RBI), Carmona (RBI), and Matt Palazzo getting one hit each.

Guatemala’s (1-1, 3-6) three hits came from Pablo Klee, Gerardo Dacaret and Marlo Hernandez.

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Japan powers up to bring down Team USA in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Gerald Muizelaar, a veteran on the USA National Men's Fastpitch Team, picked up the win over Cuba with five innings of work. Photo By BOB OTTO

Gerald Muizelaar is a veteran on the USA Men’s National Fastpitch Team. Photo By BOB OTTO

Gerald Muizelaar pitched well in relief, but it wasn’t enough as the United States came up short in a 5-4 loss to Japan in World Softball Championship action, Sunday.

SASKATOON – Japan has a reputation for playing small ball – slapping, bunting, and using their speed to move runners base to base. Well, try telling that to Team USA and pitcher Tony Mancha.

    A SHOW OF POWER

Japan put small ball on the shelf and went long ball, burning Mancha for a two-run home run and bases clearing triple to take a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Masateru Matsuoka blasted the home run, and Naoaki Kawada drilled a triple down the right-field line that cleared the bases.

    MUIZELAAR THE STOPPER

That sudden and explosive offensive outburst sent Mancha to the bench in place of Gerald Muizelaar, who stopped the damage and shutdown Japan the rest of the way.

The United States rallied in the third, but came up a run short in losing 5-4 on Sunday.

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USA wins thriller over Argentina in IX Pan Am games

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Josh Johnson drilled a first-inning RBI single, scoring the only run the USA would need in defeating Argentina, 1-0, in the IX Pan American games in Parana, Argentina, Thursday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Josh Johnson drilled a first-inning RBI single, scoring the only run the USA would need in defeating Argentina, 1-0, in the IX Pan American games in Parana, Argentina, Thursday. Photo By BOB OTTO

PARANA, ARGENTINA – The United States Men’s National Fastpitch Team scored a run in the bottom of the first inning and made it stand up to defeat Argentina, 1-0, in the IX Pan American games on Wednesday.

The win was critical in USA’s quest to finish in the top four in round robin play and advance into the four-team playoffs that start on Friday. The win evens the American’s record at 3-3, while Argentina is still in second place at 4-2.

Josh Johnson had but one hit, but it was huge as his single to right field drove in Nate Devine with the winning run. Devine reached safely on a walk, moved to second after Matt Palazzo was hit by a pitch, and then raced home on Johnson’s hit.

The pitching tandem of Gerald Muizelaar, who started, and Tony Mancha, who relieved in the sixth, made the run stand up.

Muizelaar was nearly unhittable through five innings, allowing but one hit to Francisco Sabate in the third, and striking out six with two walks to craft a 2-0 record in the eight-team international tournament.

Gerald Muizelaar pitched five strong innings to lead the USA to victory over Argentina. USA Softball Photo

Gerald Muizelaar pitched five strong innings to lead the USA to victory over Argentina. USA Softball Photo

“Our backs were up against the wall tonight,” said Muizelaar. “It was a complete team effort, from top to bottom, and everyone contributed. We’ve been a bit inconsistent this week, but we beat two of the top three teams and had a lead on Canada. It just proves that we can play with anybody.”

But Argentina had Team USA sweating in the final two frames.

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Horses carrying Team USA in IX Pan Am games

Monday, October 27th, 2014

PARANA, ARGENTINA – There’s a saying in fastpitch when a pitcher’s hot that goes something like this: “We’ll ride our big horse to the championship.”

Meaning of course, that the pitcher is throwing so well that the team climbs on his back and rides him to a tournament or league title.

Well, fortunately for the USA Men’s National Fastpitch Team, they have three big horses to ride. And all three of them – Tony Mancha, Josh Johnson, and Gerald Muiselaar – are pitching extraordinarily well in the IX Pan Am games.

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USA defeats Cuba in IX Pan Am games

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) drove in two runs to help Team USA defeat Cuba, 4-2, in the Pan American games on Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Matt Palazzo (Des Moines, Iowa) drove in two runs to help Team USA defeat Cuba, 4-2, in the Pan American games on Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO

PARANA, ARGENTINA – The pitching was steady, the hitting sufficient enough, and the USA Men’s National Fastpitch Team defeated Cuba 4-2 in the IX Pan American games, on Sunday.

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Ron “Doc” Simmons and his Broken Bow, Neb. Travelers

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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Ron “Doc” Simmons at the 1999 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Photo By BOB OTTO

SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Ron “Doc” Simmons of Broken Bow, Neb. sponsored, managed and coached a men’s fastpitch team for over 50 years.

He led his Broken Bow, Neb. Travelers and collaborative teams to six ISC World Tournament championships, and his teams competed in 11 title games since he began competing in the ISC World Tournament in the early 1980s.

He formed his first team in Broken Bow (pop. 3,100) in 1971, and along with his ISC titles, won 21 state ASA championships and two ASA Major National Championships. Simmons was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame in 2013.

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During the 1999 ISC World Tournament in Sioux, City, Iowa, the Travelers finished runner-up to the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisc., losing 4-2 in the championship, and it seemed that the whole town of Broken Bow came out to support their team. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The 1999 Broken Bow team

Keith Clark (scorekeeper), Tommy Kempp, Mark Sorenson, Kyle Simmons, David Frank, Doug Kozney, Gerald Muizelaar, Mike Piechnik, Thomas Makea, Brad Hoffman, Aaron Blenderman, Steve Kooser (coach), Mike Schwieger, Jarrad Martin, Casey Moeller, Cliff Wisdom, Mat Moeller, Jim Holm, Joe Morales, and Ron “Doc” Simmons, manager.

99.ISC.WT.Travelers.piechnik.4web Mike Piechnik of Canada helped the Broken Bow Travelers to the runner-up spot in the 1999 ISC World Tournament. Now retired, Piechnik has been inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame and the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Several players had outstanding tournaments and were named to the All-World team

FIRST TEAM

  • Pitcher Gerald Muizelaar: 3-1, 23 innings, 32 strikeouts, 1.57 ERA
  • Mark Sorenson, infielder: .375 batting average (6-16), 5 RBIs, and 3 home runs
  • Most Valuable Player, Jarrad Martin, outfielder: .550 avg, (11-20), 7 RBIs, 9 runs, and 6 home runs
  • Thomas Makea, outfielder: .500 avg, (13-26), 4 RBIs, 7 runs, and 3 home runs
  • SECOND TEAM

  • Pitcher Mike Piechnik: 2-1, 23 innings, 34 strikeouts, 2.35 ERA
  • Mike Schwieger, catcher: .318 avg, 7 RBIs, and 1 home run
  • Broken Bow led the tournament in hitting with a .304 avg. (58-191) and hit 13 home runs with New Zealanders Martin (6), Sorenson (3) and Makea (3) belting 12 of them.
  • Kegel Black Knights in fastpitch for the long haul

    Friday, July 26th, 2013

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    2013 Marks the 30th anniversary of Kegel fastpitch in Fargo, North Dakota.

    FARGO, N.D. – In men’s fastpitch, some teams stick around about as long as it takes a sprinter to run a 100-yard dash. They come and go in the blink of an eye.

    But a few teams, like marathoners, stay the steady course. They’re in it for the long haul.

    Count the Kegel Black Knights of Fargo in that class, for 2013 marks the 30-year anniversary that Jon Kegel has been sponsoring teams.

    Kegel got into the sport in high school after an announcement came over the intercom to start a team. Just 18 at the time, he wasted no time in not only playing, but starting his own boys’ team – the Kegel Juniors.

    “I thought it might be fun and totally fell in love with the sport,” said Kegel, 48, adding that he also talked his dad, David, who owned Kegel Sign into sponsoring a team for the Fargo men’s league. “He loved fastpitch and he loved supporting me.”

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