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Ed McCormick Tournament showcases world’s top-ranked teams and pitchers

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

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Bill Hillhouse shown pitching here for the USA National Men’s Softball Team at a USA Softball camp in Chula Vista, Calif. April 15, 2000, has long been instrumental in helping organize the Ed McCormick Tournament. Hillhouse was also an ISC Commissioner-At-Large for many years, starting in 1997. He is currently pitching for the top-ranked Clifton Park, New York Gremlins. Photo By BOB OTTO

ERIE, PA – The annual Ed McCormich Tournament will be held July 27-28 at 1137 E. 11th St. with the International Softball Congress’s four top-ranked teams squaring off in what could be a prelude to the 2013 ISC World Tournament “final four” when the championship takes place Aug. 10-17 in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois.

This should be a dandy matchup of the world’s top hitters and pitchers. In the circle for the Clifton Park, New York Gremlins will be Andrew Kirkpatrick, Sean Whitten and Bill Hillhouse.

The Jarvis Ontario Hallman Twins will counter with Paul Koert, Jeff Farion and Nik Hayes. The Pennsylvania Power will trot out Juan Potolicchio, Eric Fogel, and Karl Gollan, while the Six Nations Hill United Chiefs will counter with a small army of arms, including Adam Folkard, Mitch Hardy, Jason Hill, Mike Joseph, and Grant Patterson.

For fans of the pitching-dominant side of the sport, this “who’s who” of great pitchers should send them scrambling for birds’ eye view seating behind home plate.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE WITH CURRENT WORLD TEAM RANKING

  • 9 a.m. No.1 New York Gremlins vs. No. 4 Pennsylvania Power of Harrisburg, PA
  • 11 a.m. No. 2 Jarvis Ontario Hallman Twins vs. No. 3 Six Nations Hill United Chiefs, Ontario, CA
  • 1 p.m. Gremlins vs. Jarvis
  • 3 p.m. Hill United vs. PA Power
  • 5 p.m. Special Olympics game (pending)
  • 6 p.m. PA Power vs. Jarvis
  • 8 p.m. Gremlins vs. Hill United
  • SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

  • 9 a.m. NO. 2 seed vs No. 3 (played at 12th and Hess field)
  • 9 a.m. No. 1 vs No. 4 (played at 11th and Hess field)
  • 11 a.m. championship game
  • Juan Potolicchio hurls Argentina over Canada in ISF World Championship

    Friday, March 8th, 2013

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    Argentina celebrates after defeating Canada 2-1 to advance in the 13th ISF World Championships.

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – It was a rematch, a chance for redemption. And Argentina didn’t waste the opportunity.

    Behind the three-hit pitching of right-handed Juan Potolicchio, the Argentinians defeated Canada, 2-1, to square an earlier (2-1) loss in round-robin play in Pool B.

    The right-hander with a hard rise ball as his go-to pitch, tossed a gem, allowing just the one run on three hits, while striking out nine, and walking just one batter.

    With the win, Argentina (2-0 playoffs, 6-2 overall) advances to take on defending 2009 ISF World Champion Australia in Saturday’s final playoff game.

    Though Canada (0-2, 6-2) was eliminated, right-fielder Jeff Ellsworth was philosophical about the loss and upbeat about the future of Softball Canada:

    “We weren’t able to hit and put runs on the board. We’ve got a lot of young guys and this was their first ISF. Now they’ve got a couple years to get ready (for the next ISF).”

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    Venezuela holds off Canada in ISF World Softball Championship playoffs

    Friday, March 8th, 2013

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The Canadian Men’s National Fastball Team came into the 13th International Softball Federation World Championship with one of the strongest hitting lineups.

    In claiming the top spot in Pool B, with a 6-1 mark, Canada outscored its opponents 43-12.

    So going into the first playoff game against Venezuela, it stood to reason that the Canadians would score a few runs.

    HURLERS SHUT DOWN CANADA
    But Erick Urbaneja and Ramon Jones had other ideas.

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    Japan knocks off undefeated Canada in ISF World Championship

    Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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    Japan fans were pleased to get a big win over Canada in the 2013 ISF World Championship.

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The Canadian Men’s National Team dropped their first-place record in Pool B to 4-1 with a 4-1 loss to Japan on the fifth day of the ISF XIII Men’s World Championship.

    Canada took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, on Bryan Abrey fielder’s choice that allowed Kevin Schellenberg to score from third base with two outs.

    But Japan bounced right back with a big four-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth to pull off the win.

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    Jarvis Travelers capture third consecutive ISC World Tournament Championship

    Sunday, August 19th, 2012

    “We have a great bunch of hitters. I’m so excited to have this chance for the championship.” – Paul Koert, Jarvis winning pitcher

    MIDLAND, MI – The Jarvis Ontario Travelers dreamed it, craved it, and finally got it, a third consecutive ISC World Tournament Championship.

    But it was far from easy.

    Jarvis had to survive a tense, eight-inning slugfest, and an early 3-0 deficit. But they prevailed in beating Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs 8-6 at Currie Stadium, Saturday night.

    The joy of winning a world tournament championship was sweetened even more as Jarvis tied a 55-year old ISC record. Matching the Mary Star All-Stars (Calif) who won three consecutive ISC World Tournament titles from 1952 to ’54.

      HALE SHATTERS RBI RECORD

    But another record fell as well. Donnie Hale, Jarvis’ designated hitter, set an all-time RBI record with 17; breaking the old mark of 14 set in 1998 by Steve Price of Ballston Lake, NY.

    Hale (2-3) drove in three runs – one in the second inning on a single, and two in the fourth on a home run deep over the right field fence that helped Jarvis to a 4-3 lead.

    “I’m happy for our team to create history with a three-peat that hasn’t been done for 55 years,” Hale said, who was selected the Cleo Goyette Most Valuable Player for his .579 batting average (11-for-19) and 17 RBIs. “I was just happy to do my part.”

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    Jarvis Travelers short circuit PA Power, earn a shot at three-peat

    Saturday, August 18th, 2012

    MIDLAND, MI – Now the question, do the Jarvis Travelers have enough left in their tank to pull off the coveted three-peat?

    They will certainly get their chance after beating the Pennsylvania PA Power 5-1 in the losers bracket final of the ISC World Tournament, Saturday afternoon.

    The Travelers (6-1) will meet the undefeated Hill United Chiefs (5-0) in a Saturday night game at Currie Stadium in Midland to decide the championship.

    Jarvis scored single runs in the first, second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead.

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    Jarvis Travelers march toward possible three-peat in ISC World Tournament

    Thursday, August 16th, 2012

    MIDLAND, MI – The Jarvis Ontario Travelers are the reigning ISC World Tournament champs and have won back-to-back titles. Wednesday night they came one step closer to a three-peat by beating the Saskatoon (SK) Diamondbacks 8-1 in the quarterfinals.

    The win gives the Travelers a three-game win streak and moves them into the semifinals (Thursday at 8:30 p.m.) against the Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs, a 1-0 victor over the Minnesota Angels of West St. Paul, Wednesday.

    EITHIER SLUGS HOMER
    Diamondbacks’ starting pitcher and number five hitter, Trevor Ethier, gave his club a 1-0 lead in the top half of the second by blasting a Sean Cleary offering over the left-field fence.

    But that would be the final hit Cleary would allow. From then on he was nearly flawless in four innings before giving way to Paul Koert.

    After Ethier’s home run, Jarvis counterpunched in its half of the inning on a two-run bomb from cleanup hitter, Donnie Hale, to take a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t surrender.

    HALE ONE-UPS EITHER
    One of fastpitch softball’s most feared power hitters, Hale (2-for-2) – who bats from the right side – took an Ethier inside drop ball the opposite way deep over the right-centerfield fence with Ian Fehrman (1-1) aboard on a walk.

    From there, the game turned one-sided. Jarvis plated three more runs in third, two in the fourth, and ended the game with a run in the sixth.

    In the third, Brad Rona’s home run, Hale’s RBI single, and Ben Enoka’s run-scoring fly ball gave the Travelers a 5-1 advantage.

    WOLFE INJURED
    Leadoff hitter Ryan Wolfe started the uprising with a single, and later scored on Enoka’s fly ball. But as he crossed home plate he pulled up lame. Wolfe had to leave the game from what appeared a hamstring injury.

    Jarvis’ high-octane offense came right back in the fourth, plating two more runs on Enoka’s two-run single. And in the sixth, Rona (2-4) ended the game on a run-scoring single.

    The Jarvis offense pounded out 12 hits with Brandon Horn going 2-for-4 and 2 runs; Shane Boland, 1-3, run; Rona 2-4, 2 RBIs, run; Enoka 1-2, 3 RBIs; Fehrman 1-1, 2 runs; Hale 2-2, 3 RBIs, run; Frederik Terkelson 1-3; and Ryan Boland 1-3, run.

    Cleary (2-0) picked up the win with four innings of work. The right-hander from Harbor Main, Newfoundland has all the pitches, including a devastating change-up that had the Diamondbacks lunging out in front of the plate, swinging at the elusive slow ball, dropping below their bats.

    Cleary finished with a one-hitter; Ethier’s homer in the second, the only blemish. He walked three and struck out eight before handing the ball to Paul Koert in the fifth. Koert was just as effective, allowing only a walk and striking out one.

    A TOP WORLD TOURNEY PITCHER
    In the 2011 ISC World Tournament, Cleary pitched for the Harrisburg Pennsylvania Power, helping them finish seventh by crafting a personal 2-2 record in 29 innings. He struck 65 of the world’s best hitters and allowed just two earned runs for a 0.48 ERA – third best of all pitchers.

    But Cleary and the Travelers will have a big test in the semifinals against Hill United. The Chiefs (3-0) have Australian Adam Folkard (2-0) in the circle.

    FOLKARD COULD FACE FORMER TEAMMATES
    Folkard pitched for the Travelers in 2010 and ’11. He was the 2009 and 2010 World Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher, but was sidelined with an injury in last year’s world tournament.

    This should be an interesting matchup filled with some drama with Folkard (possibly) pitching against his old Travelers’ teammates.

    The game will be webcast by the ISC at 8:30 p.m. (5:30 PST) and should be a great matchup between the ISC’s No. 2 Chiefs, and No. 3 Travelers.

    For ISC webcasts, go to:ISC Fastpitch Webcasts