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Darren Zack leads Gators to improbable 1995 ISC World Tournament championship

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

1995.ISC.Gators.2web The Toronto Gators raise their 1995 ISC World Tournament championship trophy. The team included Sponsor Jack Fireman, Brad Underwood, Bruce Casselman, Chuck Hendricks, Frank Cox, Darren Zack, Terry Wallin, Mark Bendehan, Bob Green, Brian Paton, Don Burnett, Terry Baytor (head coach), Bill Green, Ken Kivell, Ray Tilley, Craig Crawford, Rod Wetherell, Chris Baytor (bat boy), Brad Baker, Terry Challis, Chris Jones, Adam Smith, Todd Idenouye (asst. coach), Chick Kennedy, (asst. coach), and Bob Baird (trainer). Photo By BOB OTTO

SIOUX CITY, IOWA – There’s not a sane man that would have wagered that the Toronto, Ontario Gators would win the 1995 ISC World Tournament Championship after dropping their first game of the 48-team tournament, held Aug. 11-20, at Diamonds of Champions in Sioux City.

A 3-2 loss to the South Surrey BC Ravens and pitcher Dean Holoien, who held the Gators to five hits.

But then again, betting against pitcher Darren Zack can be a risky proposition. Zack proved the naysayers wrong in hurling his ball club to the title over the 10-day event. And what a performance he turned in. One that many fastpitch experts say will never be topped.

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Kragthorpe: Tourney celebrates Larry H. Miller’s love of softball

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

By Kurt Kragthorpe / Tribune Columnist
First Published Jul 10 2013 08:45 am • Last Updated Jul 10 2013 11:23 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – There’s a reason the number 9 is displayed on the banner honoring former Jazz owner Larry H. Miller in the rafters of EnergySolutions Arena. The same number adorns his locker in a corner of the room where the players dress.

It has nothing — or everything — to do with basketball. Long before the Jazz came into his life, Miller was obsessed with softball. And to understand Miller’s competitiveness and how that translates in a meaningful way to this upcoming Jazz season, you have to know his softball background. Continue reading