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40th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Crowns A Three-Time Champion

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Joel Cooley was selected to the All-Tournament team after pitching the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2018 40th Annual Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tin Cup Returns, Resumes Winning Ways

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Tin Cup Tornado returned after a year hiatus, picking up where it left off by capturing the championship of the 40th edition of the Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament held at Tate Park in Rice Lake June 8-10. 12 teams took part in this year’s event.

The St. Paul club, managed by first baseman Dave Marchio, had claimed the crown in 2015 and 2016 before having to withdraw in 2017 due to a scheduling conflict. Marchio has competed in numerous past tourneys, chiefly for the St. Paul Rice Street Merchants. He is the meet’s all-time home run leader.

Dave Marchio manages and plays for the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club won the 2018 Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament Championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By BOB OTTO

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Olheiser drives Ostrander to victory in Tin Cup Challenge Men’s ISC Fastpitch Tournament

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Eight top-ranked teams will battle for the THE TIN CUP CLASSIC Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium, St. Paul, Minn., July 28-30. Courtesy Photo / Christopher Diethert

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – With two chuckers locked in a pitcher’s duel, someone had to step up and crack through four innings of a scoreboard showing nothing but goose eggs.

Fredrico Olheiser, batting No. 3 in the order, did just that.

In the bottom of the fifth with Patrick Brackley aboard by way of a walk, Olheiser blasted a triple driving in Brackley for the only run of the game, as the Ostrander (MN) Norsemen pulled out a 1-0 victory over the Rice Lake Orangemen of Wisconsin in the opening game of the Tim Cup Challenge, Friday night, at the Village Sports Bar At The Stadium ball diamonds in White Bear Lake.

The lone run broke up the duel between the Orangemen’s Nicolas Seibenlist (0-1), and Norsemen’s Sisco Sabate (1-0). Both pitchers allowed just three hits each, while Seibenlist struck out 12 and Sabate 11.

The Orangemen threatened in the third and fourth innings with runners on third base, but Sabate came away unscathed with an inning-ending groundout and strikeout.

JAMO’S 2, TIN CUP 1

Jamo’s used three pitchers, and got a game-winning hit from Jason Shouick to upset the ISC’s No. 13 ranked Tin Cup in the second featured game Friday night.

MICHAEL JAMIESON started for Jamo’s as the St. Paul ball club defeated Tin Cup, 2-1, in the opening game of the Tin Cup Challenge men’s fastpitch tournament, Friday night, at the The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium in White Bear Lake, Minn. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

Michael Jamison hurled three innings, then gave way to Marek Maly and Joel Goodall, who each finished up with two innings apiece to best the strong outing of Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley (0-1) who went the distance, firing a four-hitter.

But one of those hits would come back to beat him.

In the bottom of the sixth with the game deadlocked at 1-1, Shouick whacked a Cooley offering for a triple, driving in Goodall, who singled, for the game winner in Jamo’s 2-1 victory.

Jamo’s took the early lead in the bottom of the first on Maly’s RBI single, only to see Tin Cup knot the score in the second when the Marchio’s – son Dominic and father Dave batting five and six in the order – teamed up to force the tie.

Dominic Marchio peppered Jamison for a triple and David Marchio got just enough of the bat on the ball to force a ground ball to second base that allowed Dominic to cross home plate safely.

Tin Cup collected five hits, one each from Yusef Davis, Matias Minigutti, Sam Nieman, Dominic Marchio and Gonzalo Masmu.

Jamo’s four hits came from Maly, Goodall, Shouick and Michael Marrero.

Goodall (1-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit, no runs, with four strikeouts over the final two innings. Maly, the middle reliever, went two innings, didn’t allow any hits and struck out one. Jamison allowed just one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts.

  • For tournament statistics and play-by-play, click on: Al’s Fastball and Gary Baughman Statistics.
  • Home runs power Marchio Sausage Company past Desperado Sports Tavern in Las Vegas Road Trip tournament

    Friday, April 7th, 2017

    JOEL COOLEY fired a one-hitter and struck out 13 batters to lead Marchio Sausage Company of St. Paul, Minnesota to a 3-1 victory over Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Montana in the AA / AA-Major Division of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip tournament, April 7, at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The fences are deep at Sunset Park in Las Vegas – slowpitch softball deep. So hitting home runs over those fences would take mammoth blows – Babe Ruth kind of blows.

    But homers can still be had if a ball is hit into the gaps.

    Yusef Davis, perhaps the fastest player in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, drilled a shot into the right-centerfield gap in the bottom of the first inning that rolled all the way to the fence.

    By the time the ball was returned to the infield, Davis had crossed home plate with a solo homer, giving Marchio Sausage Company of St. Paul, Minnesota the early lead over Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Montana.

    Then in the third inning, Sam Nieman followed Davis’ lead and drilled another ball into the gap and raced around for a solo home run that helped Marchio hold off Desperado, 3-1, in the first-round of the AA / AA-Major Division, Friday.

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    On the rise, Tin Cup of St. Paul plays in the ISC World Tournament and NAFA World Series

    Sunday, August 21st, 2016
    Dave Marchio manages and plays for Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club competed in both the 2016 ISC World Tournament and NAFA AA-Major World Series in the Quad Cities of IA/IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Dave Marchio manages and plays for Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club competed in both the 2016 ISC World Tournament and NAFA AA-Major World Series in the Quad Cities of IA/IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – If the Tin Cup men’s fastpitch team feels a little sore and tired, they really can’t be blamed.

    In the past nine days (Aug. 13-21) the St. Paul, Minnesota squad has played eight games – three in the ISC World Tournament and five in the NAFA AA-Major Division World Series in the Quad Cities.

    But for manager / designated hitter, Dave Marchio, it’s really not a big deal. His team is used to playing a lot of fastpitch.

    “We’ve played about 65 games this year,” said Marchio at the NAFA AA-Major in Rock Island, Illinois. “We’re used to a lot of games.”

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    Long ball and stellar pitching drive Minnesota’s Tin Cup to victory in ISC World Tournament

    Sunday, August 14th, 2016
    Joel Cooley pitched a shutout and allowed just one hit in leading Tin Cup of St. Paul to a 7-0 victory over Chettys Pretty Boys in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

    Joel Cooley pitched a shutout and allowed just one hit in leading Tin Cup of St. Paul to a 7-0 victory over Chettys Pretty Boys in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

    MOLINE, IL – Tyler Bouley and Dave Marchio provided the power and Joel Cooley pitched masterfully in leading Tin Cup of St. Paul to a 7-0 victory over Chettys Pretty Boys, Sunday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex.

    Bouley (1-for-3) slugged a two-run home run in the first, and Marchio (2-for-3) put the game out of reach with a three-run blast in the fourth to seal the win and even Tin Cup’s record at 1-1.

    Handed the generous run support, the veteran right-handed Cooley didn’t squander it. He was at the top of his game, firing a perfect game through four innings. His only stumble came in the fifth when Ryan Baptiste singled to open the inning. But Cooley’s rise ball coaxed a fly ball and he struck out the final two batters to end the game in five innings under the run-rule.

  • Now Tin Cup advances into Tuesday when they will meet the loser between the Elmira Expos and New York Gremlins at 10 a.m.
  • Tin Cup collected six hits with Sam Nieman, Pita Rona and Luke Wilhelmy getting one hit a piece, along with Bouley and Marchio’s game-winning contributions.

    For more World Tournament scores, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

    Gluckman edges Cooley in pitchers duel to give Maccabi USA Palm Springs Classic championship

    Monday, March 28th, 2016
    Maccabi USA claimed the 2016 Palm Springs Classic with a 1-0 victory over the So. Calif. Bandits. Courtesy photo

    Maccabi USA claimed the 2016 Palm Springs Classic with a 1-0 victory over the So. Calif. Bandits. Courtesy photo

    By JESSE ORTIZ / President SCIFL

    PALMS SPRINGS, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opened the 2016 season at DeMuth Park in Palm Springs, Mar. 12-13, but it almost didn’t happen because rain threatened the tournament the day before. Luckily the weather cleared up and the tournament was able to proceed. There were six teams that participated in the Palm Springs Classic.

    On Saturday after the Round Robin was complete, the So Cal Bandits took the No. 1 seed going undefeated, followed by Pala, Maccabi USA, Beaumont Coyotes, So Cal Heat, and Team DM.

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    Newcomer Tin Cup drops close game to Cal State Builders in ISC World Tournament

    Sunday, August 9th, 2015
    Joel Cooley pitched well for Tin Cup, but lost a tough game to the Cal State Builders in the opening game for both teams in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Photo by Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

    Joel Cooley pitched well for Tin Cup, but lost a tough game to the Cal State Builders in the opening game for both teams in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Photo by Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. is making its first appearance in the ISC World Tournament. On Saturday, the ball club comprised of several players under the age of 25, played its first game in the most competitive men’s fastpitch tournament in the world.

    The outcome wasn’t what they wanted, but then again a 4-0 loss to the Cal State Builders, one of the better teams in the tournament – and a team fresh off winning the NAFA Open World Series – certainly isn’t anything to be embarrassed about.

    The Cal State Builders scored a single run in the second inning and then plated three more in the fourth, to secure its first win in the tournament that features 42 of the best club teams in North America.

    Shawn Koster – the Most Valuable Pitcher in the NAFA Open World Series – hurled a three-hit shutout along with 10 strikeouts to pick up the win.

    Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley – recognized as one of Minnesota’s top pitchers – allowed just six hits and three earned runs, with six strikeouts to take the loss.

    Trevor Knight opened the second inning by blasting a home run, and in the fourth, Scott Anderson hit a two-run triple that sealed the win.

    Tin Cup did threaten twice. In the first inning, James Harris and Dave Marchio hit back-to-back singles putting runners at first and third, but Koster got a strikeout to end the inning. Then in the third, Josh Albers doubled with one out, but again Koster toughened, getting a strikeout and infield fly to escape unscathed.

    Knight led the Builders, going 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, a double and home run. And Mike Koentopp, Scott Andersen (2 RBI), Guillermo Patat and Ryan Martin each had one hit.

    For Tin Cup, Albers, Harris, Marchio each had one hit.

    Tin Cup returns to action on Monday, while the Builders face a second strong team when they take on Pennsylvania Power, Sunday, at 8:30 p.m. at the Belleville Softball Complex.

    See Complete List Of Teams and Rosters

    St. Paul Tin Cup Captures Championship of 37th Rice Lake Invitational

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
    Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul  to the championship of the 37th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men's Fastpitch Tournament and was selected to the all-tournament team. Photo By BOB OTTO /  2014 NAFA World Series

    Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul to the championship of the 37th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament and was selected to the all-tournament team. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    By Ronn Kopp / NAFA President
    ronnkopp@charter.net
    Wisconsin NAFA
    NAFA National Website

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Riding the right arm of Joel Cooley and the hitting of Dave Marchio and Tyler Bouley, Tin Cup of St. Paul reeled off four consecutive victories and captured the championship of the 37th annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament held during Father’s Day weekend at Fred Tate Memorial Park. Six teams from Wisconsin and five from Minnesota comprised the field of teams for the event.

    The champs opened play by blanking last year’s third place finisher La Crosse Classic 8-0 and followed by whitewashing Dugout Bar and Grill of Cushing 7-0. A 4-3 10 inning win over fellow Gopher state entry Ostrander propelled the St. Paul squad to the championship contest.

    Tyler Bouley of Tin Cup belted a two-run homer to help the St. Paul team beat Ostrander, 4-3, in the title game. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    Tyler Bouley of Tin Cup belted a two-run homer to help the St. Paul team beat Ostrander, 4-3, in the title game. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    A two-for-three hitting performance by Marchio and a two-run home run by Bouley powered Tin Cup to a second 4-3 triumph over Ostrander in the title game.

    Ostrander opened play by edging the defending champion Orangemen of the host city 2-1. They followed with respective 12-2 and 10-4 wins over Harley Davidson of Lewiston, Minnesota and Len’s Automotive of St. Paul.

    After falling to Tin Cup in the winner’s bracket final the southeastern Minnesota club outlasted Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin 10-9 to earn their spot in the championship showdown.

    Striker’s Lanes claimed third place honors and Dugout Bar and Grill finished fourth. Also taking part in the tourney were Wisconsin entries Sawdust City of Eau Claire and Highway 53 Bar of Whitehall along with Minnesota Computers of St. Paul.

    ORDER OF FINISH

    1. Tin Cup, St. Paul MN 4-0
    2. Ostrander, Ostrander MN 4-2
    3. Striker’s Lanes, Baldwin WI 6-2
    4. Dugout Bar and Grill, Cushing WI 2-2
    5. Minnesota Computers, St. Paul MN 3-2
    Len’s Automotive, St. Paul MN 1-2
    7. Harley Davidson, Lewiston, MN 1-3
    Orangemen, Rice Lake WI 1-4
    9. Sawdust City, Eau Claire 1-2
    La Crosse Classic, La Crosse WI 1-2
    11. Highway 53 Bar, Whitehall WI 0-3

    GAME BY GAME RESULTS

    1. Striker’s Lanes 15, Sawdust City 5
    2. Ostrander 2, Orangemen 1
    3. Minnesota Computers 12, Highway 53 Bar 1
    4. Len’s Automotive 9, Striker’s Lanes 6
    5. Ostrander 12, Harley Davidson 2
    6. Dugout Bar and Grill 10, Minnesota Computers 6
    7. Tin Cup 8, La Crosse Classic 1
    8. Sawdust City 7, Harley Davidson 5
    9. La Crosse Classic 3, Highway 53 Bar 1
    10. Striker’s Lanes 3, Orangemen 0
    11. Striker’s Lanes 7, Highway 53 Bar 0
    12. Minnesota Computers 8, Orangemen 7
    13. Harley Davidson 8, La Crosse Classic 7
    14. Orangemen 9, Sawdust City 4
    15. Ostrander 10, Len’s Automotive 4
    16. Tin Cup 7, Dugout Bar and Grill 0
    17. Striker’s Lanes 8, Orangemen 2
    18. Minnesota Computers 11, Harley Davidson 9
    19. Striker’s Lanes 8, Len’s Automotive 5
    20. Dugout Bar and Grill 4, Minnesota Computers 1
    21. Tin Cup 4, Ostrander 3 (10 innings)
    22. Strikers’ Lanes 10, Dugout Bar and Grill 0
    23. Ostrander 10, Striker’s Lanes 8 (9 innings)
    24. Tin Cup 4, Ostrander 3

    ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

    PITCHER – Joel Cooley, Tin Cup
    PITCHER – Kevin Kammeuller, Ostrander
    CATCHER – Jeremy Dagstad, Dugout Bar and Grill
    CATCHER – Tyler Bouley, Tin Cup
    INFIELD – Ryan Scheevel, Ostrander
    INFIELD – Luke King, Ostrander
    INFIELD – J.R. Dachel, Striker’s Lanes
    INFIELD – Jason Bohl, Striker’s Lanes
    OUTFIELD – Dave Reiter, Tin Cup
    OUTFIELD – Al Lang, Harley Davidson
    OUTFIELD – Joe Reinert, Minnesota Computers
    OUTFIELD – Rob Krecji, Striker’s Lanes
    OUTFIELD – J.W. Dachel, Striker’s Lanes
    OUTFIELD – Scott Emerson, Orangemen
    MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – Dave Marchio, Tin Cup

    Iron man pitching and young talent leads Tin Cup to Dugout tournament title

    Thursday, May 28th, 2015
    2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,  Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dom Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

    2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,
    Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dom Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

    Cooley pitches all four games as Tin Cup of St. Paul wins the Cushing Memorial Tournament

    CUSHING, Wisc. – His manager praises his effort, his heart, his talent, and his willingness to take the ball game after game. And all admirable qualities were in evidence as Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar of St. Paul, Minnesota to the 12th Annual Dugout Memorial Weekend Tournament title in Cushing, Wisconsin.

    As a one-man pitching staff, the right-hander pitched every inning of four games, culminating with a 7-2 victory over instate-rival Ostrander Fastpitch to claim Tin Cup’s first title in the nine-team event.

      NOTCHING THE K’s

    Cooley finished 4-0 and beat Ostrander twice, 2-1 on Saturday, and then again in the championship, where he struck out eight and allowed four hits. The right-hander hurled 28 innings with 45 strikeouts to emerge as the top pitcher in the tournament.

    Joel Cooley pitching for Tin Cup in the 2014 NAFA World Series, AA Division, in which the team finished fifth. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Joel Cooley pitching for Tin Cup in the 2014 NAFA World Series, AA Division, in which the team finished fifth. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Tin Cup manager Dave Marchio might be a bit biased but he proclaims Cooley as Minnesota’s top pitcher.

    “He’s got all three pitches, throws about 75 (mph), and is the best pitcher in the state,” said Marchio. “He is cerebral, nothing bothers him. He’s pitched every inning for us and is a good team leader by example.”

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    Ball family supports Dad’s goal in West St. Paul Tournament

    Friday, July 27th, 2012

    “Wayne’s tournament is great. It’s the best. He knows how to run a tournament fantastically.” – Dave Vandenbosch, manager, Gallagher’s Bar

    WEST ST. PAUL, MN – Forty-two down and eight to go.

    For 42 years, 73-year-old Wayne Ball has kept the West St. Paul Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament rolling along. Year-after-year without a miss.

    Though he’s at an age when most fastpitch folks have long since retired, Ball has no plans on deserting his baby. His creation. His passion. Besides, he’s set a goal that he’s determined to meet.

    “I have to go at least eight more years,” he said. “I’ve got to get to 50 years.”

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