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Big Inning Sends NY Gremlins Into Semis of ISC World Tournament

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Andrew Kirkpatrick pitched the New York Gremlins into the semi-finals of the 2018 ISC World Tournament with a 1-hit shutout in the Gremlins 14-0 victory over the Bloomington, IL Stix at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, ON, Canada, Wednesday, Aug. 15. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC World Tournament

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The New York Gremlins broke open a scoreless game by plating three runs in the fourth inning and then put the game in the win column by putting 11 more on the board in the fifth to ease past the Bloomington Stix, 14-0, at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Wednesday night in ISC World Tournament action.

The win improves the Gremlins to 3-0 and moves the New Yorkers into the semi-finals on Thursday, when they will meet the Kitchener Hallman Cubs who defeated the Ostrander (Minn.) Norsemen, 4-1, Wednesday. In their three wins, the Gremlins have outscored their opponents by a 37-2 margin.

Through the first three innings the Stix Harrison Peters matched Gremlins’ left-hander, Andrew Kirkpatrick, pitch-for-pitch. But it all came undone for Harrison in the fourth as Ladislao Malarczuk drilled a two-run double up the middle, and Zenon Winters followed with another shot into centerfield that plated Malarczuk to give the Gremlins a three-run cushion.

Three runs for Kirkpatrick is often more than he needs, but the Gremlins made his outing one of ease by lighting up the scoreboard for 11 more in the fifth. The big blows coming from Ben Enoka’s two-run home run – a line drive over the left-field fence – and from his brother Campbell Enoka’s three-run homer.

The Gremlins are fresh off winning the ASA Major National Championship and finished third in last year’s world tournament, and are hungry for an ISC title after they’ve come so close in the past several years, finishing in the top-four eight times.

Kirkpatrick, the Most Valuable Player of the ASA national tournament, had all his pitches working in winning his second game in the tournament. In the final tally, he fired a one-hitter, didn’t issue any free passes and struck out three.

The Gremlin batsmen collected 14 hits led by Malarczuk, 3-for-3, 3 RBI; Campbell Enoka, 2-for-2, 3 RBI; Ben Enoka, 1-for2, 2 RBI, and Erich Ochoa, 2-for-4.

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

New York Gremlins blast Hill United Chiefs to repeat as USA Softball national champions

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The New York Gremlins goal was to repeat, and that they did in convincing fashion in claiming their second consecutive USA Softball Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship with a 12-3 victory over the Hill United Chiefs, Sunday afternoon, at Byers Softball Complex in South Bend.

  • The Gremlins also went undefeated in winning the 2016 title in Kimberly, Wisc. and have now extended their national championship winning streak to 10-0.
  • The Gremlins (5-0) marched through the lower bracket in shutout fashion, crushing every team in its path, starting with the DC Outlaws in the opener, 13-0, followed by a 7-0 blanking of the Kegel Black Knights, 10-0 over the Circle Tap Dukes, before dropping the Chiefs into the losers bracket.

    2017 New York Gremlins: front row from left, Leonardo Latasa, Mathiew Roy, Blair Ezekiel, Nick Mullins, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Rafael Angel Flores, Sergio Malarczuk, Yeider Luis Chirinos Medina. Back row from left, Greg Nydick, Gregg Leather, Debbie Perez, Juan Potolicchio, Dani Bantley, Zenon Winters, Goolagong, Roman Godoy, Matt Palazzo, Ramon Jones, Bob Nydick, Vahram Mateosian and Nick McCurry. Photo courtesy of New York Gremlins

    Hill United bounced back for a rematch with the Gremlins by trouncing the J & B Bombers, 7-0, in the loser’s bracket final, Sunday morning.

    The Chiefs Road To Runner-Up
    Chiefs 7, Bear Bottom Lodge Haymakers 0
    Chiefs 3, A1 Power 1
    Chiefs 9, Bloomington Stix 2
    Gremlins 4, Chiefs 0
    Chiefs 7, J & B Bombers 0
    Gremlins 12, Chiefs 3

    ORDER OF FINISH
    1. New York Gremlins
    2. Hill United Chiefs
    3. J & B Bombers, Ephrata, PA
    4. Kegel Black Knights, Amboy, MN
    5. Bloomington Stix, Lexington, IL
    5. Circle Tap Dukes, Denmark, WI
    7. A1 Power, Eaton Rapids, MI
    7. Ostrander Norsemen, Chanhassen, MN
    9. Can-Am Twins, Pottstown, PA
    9. Pueblo Bandits, Aurora, CO
    9. Tin Cup Bar, Little Canada, MN
    9. Bar on the Avenue Buzz, Kaukauna, WI
    13. Twin City Gray Sox, Saint Joseph, MI
    13. Bear Bottom Lodge Haymakers, Denver, PA
    13. DC Outlaws, Elkhart, IN
    13. Topeka Toros, Lawrence, KS

    International Softball Congress releases rankings, Hill United Chiefs No. 1

    Saturday, May 27th, 2017

    The J&B BOMBERS defeated Team Marquez, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The Bombers were recently ranked the No. 3 team in Open men’s fastpitch by the International Softball Congress. 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

    Mississauga, Ontario, CA – Hill United Chiefs will open the 2017 fastball season just as they have the previous three seasons, as the No. 1 ranked team.

    The Chiefs are looking to regain the ISC World Tournament Championship after dropping the title last year ,6-3, to the Toronto, Ontario Gators which folded after the conclusion of the ISC World Tournament.

    With significant turnover among teams in the off-season, the rankings have a different flavour than in past years.

    New teams CanAm Twins and A1 Power will be contenders and squads such as Kitchener Hallman Cubs and Toronto Batmen are breaking into the Top 10 with some prominent roster additions.

    TOP 16 TEAMS

  • 1. Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
  • 2. Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
  • 3. Agoura Hills, CA J&B Bombers
  • 4. Kitchener, ON CanAm Twins
  • 5. Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
  • 6. Eaton Rapids, MI A1 Power
  • 7. Toronto, ON Batmen
  • 8. Kitchener, ON Cubs
  • 9. Bloomington, IL Stix
  • 10. Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
  • 11. Kingston, ON Axemen
  • 12. Elmira, ON Expos
  • 13. Oswego, NY CPI
  • 14. Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
  • 15. Ostrander, MN Norsemen
  • 16. New Hamburg, ON Nith River Monsters
  • READ MORE AT: ISC Rosters

    ISC welcomes Greg Nydick and Bill Kunkel as Commissioners-at-Large

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    Findlay, OH – Greg Nydick, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Kunkel, from Eaton Rapids, MI, are both joining the International Softball Congress (ISC) as Commissioners-at-Large, the ISC announced today.

    “In addition to having a passion for the game, each of these individuals have skills that we need in our organization as we continue to support men’s fastpitch softball,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

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    Bouley and Davis learning fastpitch the New Zealand way

    Thursday, January 19th, 2017

    TYLER BOULEY, left, and YUSEF DAVIS are playing fastpitch in New Zealand with the goal to improve their games for the upcoming 2017 North American fastpitch season. Courtesy Photo

    NEW ZEALAND – It’s the off season for North American fastpitch and for most players, they’ve switched uniforms for a winter sport like basketball or hockey. Or they’re pumping iron at a fitness center muscling-up for the coming season.

    Hitting, pitching, fielding? Not for a few months yet.

    But not so for Yusef Davis and Tyler Bouley. These two young and budding stars – Davis, 22, and Bouley, 21 – shunned taking the winter off and instead boarded a plane for New Zealand.

    All with the purpose of improving and pushing themselves to reach new heights in the sport they profess to love. As the saying goes, “to be the best you can be.”

    Fastpitch is a pitcher’s game. Talented ones typically dominate hitters. So where better to improve one’s hitting than in pitching-rich New Zealand.

      TOUCH CHUCKERS

    Bouley got a good feel for just how good these Kiwi hurlers are almost as soon as he landed.

    “It has really helped my game because you don’t have to travel to (face) a quality pitcher,” said Bouley, who plays for Northcote Softball Club. “Every premiere team has a pitcher that either has competed at the (International Softball Congress World Tournament) or is capable of competing at the ISC. Two of the best I’ve faced so far are Bailey Hoani and Josh Pettett.”

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    Yusef Davis Heads Down Under To Hone His Fastpitch Skills

    Friday, December 30th, 2016

    Yusef Davis Jr., reaches up and slaps a high rise ball off BC A’s pitcher Gregg Garrity and reaches safely on an infield single. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Tournament

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – For many people, their Christmas wish-list is often filled with requests for material things: like an iPhone 7, a car, or new clothes and jewelry.

    Just like the rest of us, 22-year-old Yusef Davis appreciates the finer things in life, too.

    But the young man from Long Beach wanted more than material things. And he got his Christmas wish and then some with a trip “Down Under” to expand his fastpitch softball horizons.

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    In the spotlight, Toronto Gators Brad Rona 2016 ISC World Tournament MVP

    Monday, August 22nd, 2016
    HAPPY GATORS - Brad Rona is congratulated by his Toronto Gators teammates after he hit a two-run home run off New York Gremlins' Andrew Kirkpatrick that led to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    HAPPY GATORS – Brad Rona is congratulated by his Toronto Gators teammates after he hit a two-run home run off New York Gremlins’ Andrew Kirkpatrick that led to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – When New Zealand native Brad Rona squares up on a softball with his powerful swing, it will go a long, long way.

    Rona hit a home run off New York Gremlins Andrew Kirkpatrick that flew over the fence in left-centerfield about 300 feet that led to the Toronto Gators, 3-1, victory, moving the Gators into the winner’s bracket final.

    BRAD RONA of the Toronto Gators, 2016 ISC World Tournament Champions. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BRAD RONA of the Toronto Gators, 2016 ISC World Tournament Champions. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The Gators went on to win the World Tournament by dethroning two-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada.

    And Rona was named first-team All-World and selected the Cleo Goyette Most Valuable Player for his .385 average (5-for-13), 3 home runs and 5 RBI.

    Rona has been selected All-World seven times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), but 2016 marks the first time he received the MVP honor.

    New York Gremlins drop BC A’s from ISC World Tournament

    Saturday, August 20th, 2016
    Rafael Flores reacts after drilling a game-winning, two-run double to right-centerfield in the New York Gremlins, 2-0, victory over the BC A's in 11 innings in the loser's bracket final, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Rafael Flores reacts after drilling a game-winning, two-run double to right-centerfield in the New York Gremlins, 2-0, victory over the BC A’s in 11 innings in the loser’s bracket final, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Andrew Kirkpatrick showed his intestinal fortitude, and Rafael Flores provided the knockout punch in leading the New York Gremlins to an 11-inning, 2-0, victory over the Vancouver, BC A’s, Saturday morning, in a loser’s bracket game.

    The win moves the Gremlins into the loser’s brack final against Hill United Chiefs, while the A’s are eliminated from the ISC World Tournament with a fourth place finish.

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    Starters can’t finish as Toronto Gators win slugfest over Hill United Chiefs

    Friday, August 19th, 2016
    Joel Southam belted a two-run home run for Hill United Chiefs, but it wasn't enough as the Toronto Gators defeated the Chiefs, 7-6, in nine innings in the winner's bracket final to advance to the ISC World Tournament championship game, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Joel Southam belted a two-run home run for Hill United Chiefs, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Gators defeated the Chiefs, 7-6, in nine innings in the winner’s bracket final to advance to the ISC World Tournament championship game, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Adam Folkard and Sean Cleary are two of the top pitchers in the world of fastpitch softball. Both have overpowering speed and sharp breaking spin that makes their pitches rise or drop with astounding movement.

    Most of the time the two right-handers win the battle against the best fastball hitters in the world. Friday night wasn’t one of those time.

    Both pitchers were ousted from the game – Folkard in the sixth pitching for Hill United Chiefs, and the Toronto Gators pulled Cleary after four innings.

    Hill United Chiefs Adam Folkard fires a pitch during the Chiefs, 7-6, loss to the Toronto Gators in the winner's bracket final, Friday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex. The loss drops the three-time ISC World Tournament champion into the loser's bracket, while the Gators advance to the championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Hill United Chiefs Adam Folkard fires a pitch during the Chiefs, 7-6, loss to the Toronto Gators in the winner’s bracket final, Friday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex. The loss drops the three-time ISC World Tournament champion into the loser’s bracket, while the Gators advance to the championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Those moves tell how this game went. It was a hitter’s night.

    And this time around it went the Gators way as the two titans battled through nine innings before Toronto pulled out a 7-6 win when one of the greatest hitters in the world – New Zealand star Wayne Laulu – ended the game with a walkoff home run off Pablo Migliavacca.

    Migliavaca took over for Folkard in the seventh after he had given up six runs (five earned) on nine hits.

    Hill United Chiefs catcher Jason Sanford blocks the plate and stops Toronto Gator's Brandon Horn from scoring during the Gators nine inning, 7-6 victory in the winner's bracket final of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Hill United Chiefs catcher Jason Sanford blocks the plate and stops Toronto Gator’s Brandon Horn from scoring during the Gators nine inning, 7-6 victory in the winner’s bracket final of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The two powerhouses, feasted on 21 hits, 10 by the Chiefs and 11 from the Gators, and they hit five home runs, three by the Chiefs and a pair by the Gators. (See ISC Pointstreak for stats.)

    In the back and forth scoring affair, the Chiefs plated a pair of runs in the first and second innings, only to see the Gators chip away with single runs in the first four innings to tie the game.

    Bradley Ezekiel hit a home run in the fifth to reinstate the Chief’s lead at 5-4 off Justin Schofield who relieved Cleary to start the inning. But back fought the Gators with a pair of runs in the sixth to surge ahead, 6-5.

    But in the seventh, Ezekiel’s second home run evened the count, sending the game into extra innings, where Laulu’s blast ended it.

    The win was huge, moving Toronto into Saturday’s championship game at 6 p.m. as the only unbeaten team (5-0) left in the tournament, while Hill United must battle back through the loser’s bracket for another crack at the championship.

    The Chiefs return to the ball diamond at 1 p.m. to take on the winner between the New York Gremlins and BC A’s to be played at 11.

    ** For standings, scores and more, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard