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Ed McCormick Tournament showcases world’s top-ranked teams and pitchers

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

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Bill Hillhouse shown pitching here for the USA National Men’s Softball Team at a USA Softball camp in Chula Vista, Calif. April 15, 2000, has long been instrumental in helping organize the Ed McCormick Tournament. Hillhouse was also an ISC Commissioner-At-Large for many years, starting in 1997. He is currently pitching for the top-ranked Clifton Park, New York Gremlins. Photo By BOB OTTO

ERIE, PA – The annual Ed McCormich Tournament will be held July 27-28 at 1137 E. 11th St. with the International Softball Congress’s four top-ranked teams squaring off in what could be a prelude to the 2013 ISC World Tournament “final four” when the championship takes place Aug. 10-17 in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois.

This should be a dandy matchup of the world’s top hitters and pitchers. In the circle for the Clifton Park, New York Gremlins will be Andrew Kirkpatrick, Sean Whitten and Bill Hillhouse.

The Jarvis Ontario Hallman Twins will counter with Paul Koert, Jeff Farion and Nik Hayes. The Pennsylvania Power will trot out Juan Potolicchio, Eric Fogel, and Karl Gollan, while the Six Nations Hill United Chiefs will counter with a small army of arms, including Adam Folkard, Mitch Hardy, Jason Hill, Mike Joseph, and Grant Patterson.

For fans of the pitching-dominant side of the sport, this “who’s who” of great pitchers should send them scrambling for birds’ eye view seating behind home plate.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE WITH CURRENT WORLD TEAM RANKING

  • 9 a.m. No.1 New York Gremlins vs. No. 4 Pennsylvania Power of Harrisburg, PA
  • 11 a.m. No. 2 Jarvis Ontario Hallman Twins vs. No. 3 Six Nations Hill United Chiefs, Ontario, CA
  • 1 p.m. Gremlins vs. Jarvis
  • 3 p.m. Hill United vs. PA Power
  • 5 p.m. Special Olympics game (pending)
  • 6 p.m. PA Power vs. Jarvis
  • 8 p.m. Gremlins vs. Hill United
  • SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

  • 9 a.m. NO. 2 seed vs No. 3 (played at 12th and Hess field)
  • 9 a.m. No. 1 vs No. 4 (played at 11th and Hess field)
  • 11 a.m. championship 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.