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ISC World Tournament Super Saturday, undefeated Chiefs the team to beat

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – The ISC World Tournament has reached the juncture that all teams aspire for – Super Saturday – when the tournament has whittled its way down from 46 to the final-four teams in contention for a world tournament title.

And it’s hardly a surprise that the ISC’s four top-rated teams are still in uniform. Here’s how the action breaks down today:

No. 1 New York Gremlins (4-1) take on the No. 3 Jarvis Ontario Travelers (4-1) in a survival game at noon. The winner advances to meet No. 4 Harrisburg PA Power (4-1) at 2 p.m. for the right to take on the undefeated and No. 2 ranked Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs (5-0) in the championship at 7 p.m.

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Toronto Gators upend Eugene (OR) California A’s on big hits and Justin Schofield pitching

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Justin Schofield, age 20 at the time and pitching in California in 2010, threw a fine game in beating the Eugene (OR) California A’s, 2-0, in the losers bracket of the ISC World Tournament.

MIDLAND, MI – The Toronto Gators only got three hits, but two of them were huge as Greg Garrity and John Kemp hit solo home runs and the Gators upended the Eugene (OR) California A’s 2-0, Friday, in a losers’ bracket game.

The win exits the ISC No. 6 ranked A’s from the ISC World Tournament, and sends the Gators on to a matchup with the Jarvis Ontario Travelers Friday afternoon.

Toronto right-hander, Justin Schofield, survived some tense moments as he wiggled out of trouble, stranding 12 A’s runners.

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Jarvis Travelers rough up Gilles Wellness in World Tournament opener

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Until someone takes away their title, the Jarvis Travelers are still the ISC World Tournament champions.

The 2011 defending champions started out strong in defense of their title by roughing up Gilles Wellness of Midland 9-0 on Sunday afternoon on the strength of a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Frederik Terkelson.

Meanwhile, Jarvis right-hander Sean Cleary (1-0) held Gilles to two hits through six innings before giving way to Todd Martin, who finished by retiring the side in order to end the game under the mercy rule in six innings.

Jarvis’ Tyron Bartotillo of New Zealand swung a big bat as well, driving in two runs with a triple in the third.

Greg Guy started for Gilles and went two innings, allowing two runs – both on bases loaded walks, before giving way to Paul Hoisington, who pitched effectively through three innings, holding Jarvis at bay with a dancing knuckleball.

But the two-time defending champs (2010 and 2011) from Jarvis, Ontario Canada got to Hoisington in the sixth with a five-run outburst on six hits to advance into the winners bracket in the 46-team world tournament.

Jarvis will face Vancouver Columbia CR A1 Brewers, Monday at 6 p.m. The Brewers defeated Pete’s Blues (IL) 1-0 to advance.

Go-to guy leads Jarvis Travelers to ISC World Tournament Title

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Don Scott went from supporting pitcher to the “go-to guy” in the 2011 ISC World Tournament.

Photo By Jamie L. Clark

Sebringville, Ontario – Being counted on as the “go-to guy,” the pitcher who carries his team to an ISC World Tournament championship hasn’t appeared on Don Scott’s pitching resume.

For the past five world tournaments, Scott has found himself in a supporting role, backing up the likes of Todd Martin and Adam Folkard – two of the greatest pitchers in ISC history.

Scott gives no argument that Martin and Folkard deserve top billing. Trailing those two on the depth chart is certainly no embarrassment. And besides, teaming up with Martin and the Kitchener Rivershark Twins, got him two championship rings in 2008 and 2009.

Oh sure, he’s gotten some work: In 2006 he was 1-1 with 20 innings; in ’07, 1-0 with 8 innings; in ’08, 1-0 in 5 innings; and 2-1 with 13 innings in 2009. You get the picture. Scott wasn’t exactly carrying a big workload.

Until this year when he signed with the Jarvis Travelers.

Initially, Scott found himself in a familiar role supporting Folkard, the 2010 World Tournament Outstanding Pitcher who led the Travelers to the title.

However, a few weeks before the start of the 2011 World Tournament, Folkard was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Scott stepped in and performed brilliantly. The right-hander with an explosive rise ball pitched Jarvis to the championship.

Scott, who had never been named to an ISC All-World team, was selected as the LeRoy Zimmerman Outstanding Pitcher for his 6-0 record, 34 innings, 52 strikeouts and 1.65 ERA.

Jarvis manager Steve Kooser was undoubtedly pleased with Scott’s performance over the seven-day tournament that ran from Aug. 14 to 20 in the Quad-Cities of Iowa and Illinois.

Don Scott fires a pitch for the Jarvis, Ontario, Travelers.
Photo By Jamie L. Clark

“He did a great job,” Kooser said. “We couldn’t have done it without him. He was a warrior.”

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