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Merriman’s hot bat helps Ostrander Norsemen shock the J&B Bombers in the ISC World Tournament

Monday, August 13th, 2018

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The Ostrander Norsemen of Ostrander, Minnesota pulled off an early upset in the ISC World Tournament by beating the ISC’s No. 4 ranked J&B Bombers of Los Angeles, 2-1, in the second round of the tournament, Monday night.

The Norsemen jumped out on top in the first inning on Ryan Merriman’s single up the middle that plated Matias Minigutti, who led off the game with a hit. The Bombers tied the game in the third when Yusef Davis, Jr. singled and later crossed the plate on an error. Then after scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Merriman, who swung a hot stick going 2-for-3, drilled a home run in the sixth for the go-ahead run.

Daniel Chapman made the run stand up by setting down the Bombers in the seventh with two strikeouts and an infield ground ball. Chapman of Farm Cove, New Zealand twirled a three-hit gem along with 15 strikeouts. But the Bombers Devon McCullough turned in a brilliant performance as well, giving up but three hits while striking out 17.

The Norsemen opened the tournament by beating the Bell Cartage Outlaws, 12-0, on Chapman’s no-hitter and 12 strikeouts.

The Norsemen (2-0) return to action on Wednesday against the hometown Kitchener Cubs, while the Bombers (1-1), last year’s runner-up in the tournament, must battle back through the losers bracket, and meet the Dolan & Murphy of Aurora, Ill. Tuesday night.

The “Big Show” In Men’s Club Faspitch Softball Is About To Begin

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Ryan Boland, No. 10, and the rest of the Toronto Gators are ecstatic and waiting at home plate to greet Ryan’s brother, Shane Boland, who hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-3 victory over the United Hill Chiefs, Saturday night, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Just one team gets to celebrate a world championship. Which team will it be this year?

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The International Softball Congress kicks off it’s 72nd World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on Aug. 11 with 46 teams battling over eight days for the coveted crown of World Champion.

Will the defending champion Six Nations, Ontario, Hill United Chiefs repeat and claim a fifth title in the past six years? Only the Mary Star (Calif.) All-Stars, with five championships in the 1950s and the legendary Long Beach Nitehawks, with 10 titles between 1953 and 1975, have more ISC crowns.

But the Chiefs will have no walk in the park in this event as the New York Gremlins, fresh off an ASA Men’s Major National Championship will prove a mighty adversary.

And waiting to knock those two off their lofty perches are the likes of the J&B Bombers of Los Angeles; the Kitchener, ON Hallman Twins; Denmark, WI, Circle Tap Dukes; the Toronto, ON, Batmen, and several other ball clubs loaded with talented players from throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

But this isn’t the only fastpitch attraction taking place in Kitchener. Three other tournaments are being held as well.

Just a half-notch below the ISC World Tournament is the ISC II Tournament, featuring 12 Intermediate club teams. And for the veterans of the sport, the Legends Tournament features 13 teams loaded with talented ball players age 50-over.

And as in any sport, without youth their is no future. So the ISC holds an age 23-Under Tournament for the rising stars of the game.

For fastpitch fans it doesn’t get any better than this. If you can’t attend, then follow along on the ISC website for game and bracket results: 2018 ISC World Tournament

A1 Bombers and J&B Painting merger creates super team with big goal

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The J&B BOMBERS defeated the Northeast Naturals, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament at Sunset Park in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The team includes co-sponsors and managers Bob Berger and Jerry Zimmerman; players Eli Salazar, Cameron Schiller, Tyler Dudley, Freddy Carmona, Jorge Segura, Pat Burns, Tony Mancha, Blake Hunter, Tyler McGaughey, Mike Hoadley, Derrick Kennedy, Kris Walushka, Jesse Palacios, Mark Aranda, Gil Saenz, Devon McCullough and Bryan Erwin. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – Both Jerry Zimmerman and Bob Berger look back with pride on the accomplishments of their respective ball clubs during the 2016 season.

Zimmerman’s A1 Bombers of Saskatoon, SK, CA finished fifth (4-2) in the ISC World Tournament, while Berger’s J&B Painting club of Agoura Hills, Calif. took 11th (2-2). And just a year prior, they finished third and fifth respectively.

Adding to those accolades, the Bombers also took second (5-2) in the 2016 ASA Men’s Major National Championship.

And during the regular season, both teams were ranked in the top-ten by the ISC.

Very good ball clubs? Certainly. Great? Close, but not quite.

While both were competitive, capable of and often beating the best in the game, neither had quite the firepower to grasp the brass rings – which in men’s fastpitch equate to winning the ISC world tournament and ASA major national championship.

So, if you come close but can’t quite win those titles, what can be done? Merge. Exactly what the two men decided to do.

By combining forces, they significantly raise the odds of winning those two coveted championships. And it appears they’ve created a ball club – the J&B Bombers – that must be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

Zimmerman and Berger left no doubt about their expectations.

“We’re going to win the world,” Berger said, “win everything. That’s our goal.”

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J&B Bombers roll into Las Vegas Road Trip final

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

JORGE SEGURA BONILLA fires a pitch during J&B Bombers 7-0 win, Sunday, in the AA/AA-Major Division winners bracket final. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – The Bombers lived up to their name in the winners bracket final of the AA/AA-Major Bracket by pounding out a 7-0 win over the Northeast Naturals.

Pitchers Tony Mancha and Jorge Segura Bonilla combined for the win with Mike Hoadley slugging a three-run homer, and Mancha rapping out a pair of hits with two RBI.

Mark Aranda and Jesse Palacios reached safely and drove in a run each.

With the win, the Bombers improve to 3-0 and await the survivor of the losers bracket in the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. at Sunset Park in Las Vegas.

  • Check out the: AA/AA-Major bracket
  • Bombers bats bash way into AA/AA-Major winners’ final

    Sunday, April 9th, 2017

    PAT BURNS, pitching for the J&B Bombers, blows his rise ball past a Marchio Sausage Co. batter in the AA/AA-Major Division contest, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – For most of the game, the J&B Bombers struggled offensively and found themselves on the short end of a 4-1 score to Marchio Sausage Company.

    But in the fifth, their bats got hot, scoring five times on six hits to survive the Minnesota squad, 6-4, and advance into Sunday morning’s AA/AA-Major winners bracket final.

    The big blows came from Cam Schiller and Blake Hunter, who drove in a pair of runs – with Hunter’s two-out single driving in the game winner.

    YUSEF DAVIS singles in the first inning for Marchio Sausage Co. during a AA/AA-Major game with the J&B Bombers at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Right-hander Tony Mancha then came on to close out the game and earn the save in relief of starter Pat Burns.

    The Bombers (2-0) in the 10-team tournament, take on the Northeast Naturals at 9:45 a.m. at Sunset Park. The Naturals (2-0) slipped past Mexico’s TJ Fastpitch, 3-2, to advance.

    The winner will advance into Sunday’s 3 p.m. championship game, while the loser must battle back through the losers bracket to get back into title contention.

  • A BIG thank you to J&B Bombers Facebook posting for the game’s results.
  • Checkout SCIFL’s AA/AA-Major Bracket
  • 8th Annual Amigos Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Results

    Friday, November 18th, 2016

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    Courtesy of Fred Williams, Ricky Sivilla, Marcus Tan

    HAYWARD, Calif. – The 8th Annual Amigos men’s Fastpitch Tournament was a huge success with teams and players from South America, Canada and the United States competing.

    Led by the pitching of Samuel Villalvazo, Mexico’s Electrica del Pacifico defeated Caballos (Calif.), 10-0, to take the championship, Sunday, Nov. 13 at Alden E. Oliver Sports Complex in Hayward.

    The tournament that featured 17 top-caliber teams, was coordinated by tournament director Fred Williams, with the assistance of Ricky Sivilla and Marcus Tan.

      SCORES FROM SUNDAY’S SINGLE ELIMINATION WINNERS BRACKET

    Team Tijuana(9) vs All Star Auto(3)
    WP Alexis Corona, LP Bobby Alvara
    CR Portland Bartels (5) vs KW Stockton Pirates (1) (8 innings)
    WP Jorge Segura, LP Brian Palmer
    J&B Bombers(8) vs Marin Pirates(0)
    WP Tony Mancha , LP Brandon Sharer
    Makule (2) vs Rio Grande Alliance(0)
    WP Shawn Koster, LP?

    QUARTERFINALS
    J&B Bombers (7) vs East Bay Bashers (0)
    WP Devon McCullough , LP Ramon Jones
    CR Portland Bartels(0) vs Electrica del Pacifico (8)
    WP Samuel Villalvazo, LP Juan Potolicchio
    A’1 Construction(3) vs Team Tijuana (4)
    WP Enoc Rodriguez , LP Caleb Keeshig
    Caballos (4) vs Makule(0)
    WP Derek Mayson , LP Shawn Koster

    SEMIFINALS
    Caballos (4) vs J&B Bombers(2)
    WP Derek Mayson , LP Tony Mancha
    Team Tijuana (2) vs Eléctrica del Pacifico(7)
    WP Adan Due?as , LP Alexis Corona

    CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
    Eléctrica del Pacifico(10) vs Caballos(0)
    WP Samuel Villalvazo, LP Derek Mayson

    TOURNAMENT AWARDS
    MV-Player Edgar “Pipilo” Lopez
    MV-Pitcher Samuel Villalvazo

    CONSOLATION GAME
    Rio Grande Alliance(10) vs NW Braves(7)