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USA Softball Men’s National Team finishes Father’s Day Tournament with 8-4 victory over JB Titans

Monday, June 19th, 2017

PAT SAGDAL belted a double and later scored to help the USA Men’s National Team defeat the J.B. Bombers, 8-4, to claim the championships of the Houston Father’s Day Tournament, Sunday, June 18. USA Softball Photo.

JUNE 19, 2017, 2:06 A.M. (ET)
USA Softball Media Report

HOUSTON — The 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) won their fifth-straight game of the weekend, 8-4, to complete their impressive outing at the Father’s Day Tournament in Houston, Texas, USA Softball announced today. The U.S. scored eight runs on nine hits with no errors.

Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.) got things going with a lead-off double in the second inning before tagging up and reaching third on a flyout by Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.). A walk to Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.) put two runners on for Team USA and a homerun by Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.) made it a 3-0 lead.

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Ratliff Aiming For USA Softball Men’s National Team

Sunday, June 26th, 2016


SANDY, UTAH – Matt Ratliff has enjoyed his share of success in fastpitch. He’s won an ASA national championship and in 2015 he was selected second-team, All-World at the ISC World Tournament.

He’s played on some of the world’s best fastpitch teams, including the California A’s, and currently the Peligro Gremlins of New York City.

But there’s one team – the ultimate team – he yearns to play for: The USA Softball Men’s National Team.

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ASA/USA Men’s Softball Tournament Gives Players A Fair Shake

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016


“It was awesome, I was blown away by the youth of the pitchers. I believe we had 20 of the 28 pitchers below 30 years of age, and several under 25 including two 19 year olds, and 22 and 23 year olds. I’m really impressed…” – Denny Bruckert, USA Softball Men’s National Team Head Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY – Selecting players for the USA Softball Men’s National Team from the hundreds playing fastpitch from coast-to-coast, isn’t the easiest of tasks.

And a vital part of that task is making sure that talented athletes get a fair shot at being seen and evaluated.

National Team Head Coach Denny Bruckert and his coaching staff pondered this question: How, when and where could the organization gather together as many players as possible for an evaluation?

“The coaching staff, Gregg Leather, Greg Hicks, Nick McCurry and myself thought about how we could indentify and evaluate players,” said Bruckert, who was appointed USA national team head coach in 2013. “Warren Jones (ASA/USA Softball President) brought it up this year to get it going. This is the best idea I’ve been involved with.”

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Premiere men’s fastpitch leads to Boys of Summer tournament in Denmark, Wisc.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

whitten.sean.1web Canadian pitcher Sean Whitten of the New York Gremlins will be one of the top pitchers in the 2014 Boys of Summer tournament in Denmark, Wisc., July 11-13. Photo By BOB OTTO

“Last year was the first time the Gremlins attended the Boys Of Summer and we loved the atmosphere and fans at Circle Tap.” – New York Gremlins Field Manager Gregg Leather.

DENMARK, Wisc. – In 1967, John Miller bought the Circle Tap Bar in Denmark, Wisc. An avid fastpitch player, Miller decided to build a ball diamond next to the bar. Because as he said in a previous interview, “the only way I could get on a team was to build a ball diamond at Circle Tap.”

Miller said this partly in jest. But truth told, by building that ball diamond, Miller set into motion one of the most prestigious men’s fastpitch locations in all of North America.

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

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

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.


  • 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

  • 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
  • New York Gremlins men’s fastpitch team finalizes roster

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013


    CLIFTON PARK, NY – The New York Gremlins are happy to announce that Sean Whitten, Jeff Goolagong and Tyson Byrne will be joining the squad for the 2013 season. (Whitten, one of fastball’s top pitchers, played for the Eugene, Oregon / California A’s in 2012.)

    The Gremlins, an annual threat to win an ISC World Tournament championship finished fourth ISC chronological order of finish in 2012 with a 4-2 record.

    The Gremlin roster:

    Andrew Kirkpatrick – P
    Sean Whitten – P
    Bill Hillhouse – P
    Bryan Abrey – C
    Blair Ezekiel – 1B
    Rhys Casley – 2B
    Tyson Byrne – 3B
    Todd Schultz – SS
    Travis Wilson – INF/DH
    Nick Mullins – INF/C
    Mathieu Roy – OF
    Jeff Goolagong – OF
    Derek Pukash – OF
    Wayne Laulu – OF
    Ben Wideman – OF
    Vahram Mateosian – C/DH
    Frank Perez – INF

    Denny Bruckert – MGR
    Gregg Leather – Coach
    Jeff Hook – Coach
    Peter Schmitt – Coach
    Greg Nydick – Scorekeeper
    Bruce Tanski – Sponsor
    Bob Nydick – Sponsor

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