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Toronto Gators long glorious run comes to an end with ISC Legends Championship

Monday, August 29th, 2016
BIG BAD GATOR - First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

BIG BAD GATOR – First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – Though older, grayer and a step slower, the Toronto Gators Masters still flashed some of the skills that led to ISC World Tournament championships in their much younger years of 1993 and 1995.

Battling a field of 12 of the best 50-older masters teams from the U.S. and Canada, the Gators defeated the Midland, Mich. Legends, 8-1, to claim the ISC Legends Tournament Championship at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday.

Several of the Gators Masters starred on the 1993 and 1995 championship squads, including Darren Zack, Ray Tilley, Terry Challis, Rod Wetherell, Dave Hoffman and Adam Smith.

    BIG GUY HOMERS

The Gators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Dave Hoffman’s three-run home run off Midland’s Peter Finn. Frank Perez and John Kemp opened the inning with walks to set up Hoffman’s home run, his second of the tournament.

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Gonzalez relief effort leads The Bar to ISC World Tournament victory

Monday, August 15th, 2016
Mariners' Jon Gwizdala pitched well, allowing just four hits in eight innings, but he took a hard-fought, 5-2, loss to The Bar on The Avenue, Sunday, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

Mariners’ Jon Gwizdala pitched well, allowing just four hits in eight innings, but he took a hard-fought, 5-2, loss to The Bar on The Avenue, Sunday, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

MOLINE, IL – Martin Gonzalez pitched six innings of shutout relief, and the offense scored three times in the eighth inning to give The Bar On The Avenue of Appleton, WI a 5-2 victory over the Mariners of Eaton Rapids, MI in the ISC World Tournament, Sunday.

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Kammueller pitching, Weaver hitting helps Eagle Pack stay perfect in ISC Legends Tournament

Friday, August 14th, 2015

kammueller.kevin.246web Kevin Kammueller won two games in helping the Eagle Pack to a 3-0 record in the 2015 ISC Legends Tournament.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Kevin Kammueller from Shakopee, Minn. won two games in leading the J. Cocquyts Eagle Pack of Indiana to a 3-0 mark in the Legends tournament that features masters players age 50 and older.

On Thursday, Kammueller gave up one earned run on three hits with 13 strikeouts as Eagle Pack beat the Waterdown Hammer of Canada, 3-1. He followed that up with a four-hitter and seven strikeouts in a 10-1 defeat of the Elmvale Merchants.

In Eagle Pack’s third win, Bill Streelman turned in a fine effort in pitching his ball club to a 10-6 win over the Midland, Mich. Legends, scattering seven hits with five strikeouts, and walking three.

Leading the team in hitting is Jeff Weaver with a .667 batting average (6-for-9) with three RBI, including a home run. Wayne Brown is also batting .667 with two RBI and two doubles.

The RBI leader with five is Bruce Bielema, who has a .385 avg. (5-for-13), including a home run and a double.

POINTSTREAK LEGENDS STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

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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Cal-State Builders claim third consecutive NAFA Masters West championship

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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By Dave Carlton / Owner and Manager, Cal-State Builders

CARSON CITY, NEV – The Cal-State Builders made its annual trip to Carson City, Sept. 13-15, with hopes of retaining the NAFA Masters World Series West 40-Over crown. The same rag-tag group from the previous two years consisted of 12-men (with newcomer Scott Budnick, Bothell, WA, and veteran Mario Pereira, Roseville, CA) who put their skills to the test as tough competition loomed.

The Portland Brewers – narrowly defeated last year at the hands of Cal-State ace Kevin Kammueller (Shakopee, MN) – were hungry to redeem the loss. The Boston Seadogs, eliminated in 2012 by Portland in a dramatic extra-inning walk-off, were similarly eager to avenge the past.

Ten hopefuls entered the NAFA West Masters, with Cal-State, Portland, and Boston opposite each other in separate pools.

    Cal-State 11, SoCal Quakes 0

Rain and heavy wind suspended Friday’s games deep into the night. Game one slated for 8 p.m. finally got started around 10:30. The SoCal Quakes sent veteran Doug Rooney to the mound to face Cal-State’s iconic big-man Kammueller.

The Builders showed no ill effects from the rain delay as they quickly plated seven runs in the top of the first inning, sending 13 men to the plate. Dean Waltier highlighted a six-hit inning with a two-run blast to the right field corner. Both Randy “The Hammer” Bitterman and Darin Michael posted two hits each, while Mark Summers and Scott Budnick added walks.

Former Builder Mario Pereira, who took a few years off from the team, added a base hit, and Duane Christensen began his path to tournament MVP with a single.

Kammueller began where he left off at the ISC World Tournament (ISC II All-World pitcher) by pounding the strike zone with nasty corners and wicked movement. The Quakes mustered three hits in the mercy-shortened contest but could not score a run off the stingy Builder’s ace.

Former University of Arizona standout Debby Day, the only female pitcher to ever pitch at the men’s event, took over for Rooney in the top of the second and held off the Builders until the fourth, when pinch-hitter Larry Machado got a rally started with a clean single.

kammueller.kevin.246web Kevin Kammueller shows the form that earned him ISC II All-World and NAFA Masters All-World. Photo By BOB OTTO / June 2013 California Classic Fastpitch Tournament

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Cal-State Builders / Eventhelper put it all together to win ASA National Championship

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

antonio.mancha.44 Antonio “Tony” Mancha of El Paso, Texas, led the Cal-State Builders / Eventhelper.com to the ASA Class A National Championship with his arm and his bat. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2010 NAFA World Series

SALEM, ORE – The hitting was clutch, the defense solid, and the pitching superb. And in fastpitch softball that is a recipe for success.

Often in a big way.

For the Cal-State Builders / Eventhelper.com, none was bigger than winning the 2013 ASA Class A Men’s Fastpitch National Championship at Wallace Marine Park in Salem, Oregon, Sept. 1.

Eventhelper (4-0) swept through the six-team national tournament undefeated, capping their run with a 5-3 victory over the Portland Columbia River Brewers (3-2) in the title game.

    PECK AND MANCHA TOUGH

Brandon Peck and Antonio “Tony” Mancha combined to hold off the Brewers through seven tough innings, with Peck picking up the win and Mancha getting the save, along with belting a home run.

“Tony Mancha really brought confidence to this team and awesome leadership,” said first baseman Donovan Chilton III, who was selected an ASA All-American. “And Brandon is a big 6-foot-4 kid from Canada and only 21 years old, who threw just as good as any pitcher out there with lots of movement.”

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NAFA AA-Major teams in ISC II “Final Four”

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

MOLINE, ILL – The ISC II final-four has been determined and two of the four teams left in the running for the championship played in the NAFA AA-Major World Series last week: The San Mateo Cal-State Builders, and the Topeka, Kansas Toros.

The Builders (6-3) who finished fifth in the AA-Major in Des Moines, take on the Wiarton, Ontario Nationals at 10 a.m. with the winner advancing to meet the Toros (5-3) at noon. The Toros finished out of the top five in the AA-Major.

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San Mateo Cal-State Builders pitcher Kevin Kammueller is shouldering the pitching duties in the ISC II Championship tournament in Moline, Ill.

Builders pitcher and Minnesotan, Kevin Kammueller, is having a great tournament with a 5-1 record. The result of Cal-State’s latest win, 6-1, over the Halifax NS Pepperjacks Wednesday night hasn’t been recorded yet, and Kammueller may have pitched that game, too.

The winner of the noon game will meet the Midland, Mich. Emerson Aces (6-2) in the 4 p.m. championship game. So there’s a good possibility that a NAFA team will be in the final.

The championship will be broadcast by video free, courtesy of Thunder Tribe Energy Shot.

For a complete audio and video broadcast schedule of the ISC World Tournament and ISC II Championship games, visit: ISC Network Broadcasts

Big boys in homestretch for NAFA AA-Major crown

Friday, August 9th, 2013

capitals.calstate.253web Cal-State’s Matt Christensen is safe at home on a close play against the Westerville, Ohio, Capitals, Thursday. Photo By BOB OTTO

DES MOINES – Eleven of the best intermediate teams in North America take to the ball diamonds today to decide who will be crowned “AA-Major World Champion.”

My money is on the Seattle Cal-State Builders who have ran through pool play and into the double-elimination bracket undefeated (3-0). Manager and owner Dave Carlton has assembled a fine ball club with a mix of solid offense and defense, and arguably the best pitching staff in the World Series.

In the circle are four of the world’s best intermediate / Open pitchers: First up is Minnesota’s Kevin Kammueller, the mainstay of the staff all season; Rich Haldane, who has pitched (and he swings the bat pretty well, too) the Sooke (BC) Loggers to four tournament titles this season, and is a national team pitcher for Great Britain.

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NAFA AA-Major World Series has strong field

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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DES MOINES, IOWA – When it comes to parity, it appears that the NAFA AA-Major World Series is wide open with no clear-cut favorite.

Four of the 15 teams are ranked in the top-25 in the world of men’s fastpitch: The Kegel Black Knights are No. 7; Pete’s Blues, No. 13; the Cal-State Builders, No. 20; The Topeka Toros, No. 23, and New Image No. 24…

But I wouldn’t bet against any of the rest of the field in taking the crown. Just look at the past history of some of these ball clubs and the “who’s who” they have throwing for them.

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San Antonio Titans claim NAFA AA-Major title

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

By Eric Gomez
Contributed Story

TOPEKA, KS – The San Antonio Titans swept through the AA-Major World Series after an initial disappointing turnout of teams. As the NAFA AA-Major (Aug. 17-19) kicked off Friday evening, tournament organizers found themselves scrambling to find teams to compete in the high profile tournament.

‘A’ TEAMS TO THE RESCUE
Teams from the A-division were encouraged to enter the AA-Major, so the tournament went forward, featuring top teams such as the Topeka Toros, New Image (WI), and the San Antonio Titans making their first NAFA World Series appearance in over five years.

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