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New York Gremlins prove they deserve top billing

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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Sean Whitten hurled the New York Gremlins to the championship of the Ed McCormick Men’s Fastpitch Tournament by defeating Pennsylvania Power in the championship, Sunday July 28 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

ERIE, Penn. – The world’s four top-ranked teams met in a head-to-head showdown and the New York Gremlins proved they deserve top billing.

The Gremlins, ranked No. 1 by the International Softball Congress, swept through the fourth annual Ed McCormick Men’s Fastpitch Tournament unblemished (4-0) and finished off the July 27-28 weekend by defeating No. 4 ranked Pennsylvania Power of Harrisburg, PA 11-4 in the final.

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Top fastpitch teams coming to Erie

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

hillhouse.bill.1webFastpitch softball pitcher and Ed McCormick Fastpitch Tournament Director Bill Hillhouse. ROB ENGELHARDT//ERIE TIMES-NEWS

FROM STAFF REPORTS, Erie Times-News

ERIE, Penn – Four of the world’s elite fastpitch softball teams will collide July 27-28 in the fourth annual Ed McCormick Fastpitch Tournament, to be played at 11th and Hess.

And while four teams might not seem like a lot, it’s actually twice as many teams as currently exist in Erie’s once-thriving men’s City Rec fastpitch softball league.

That’s a far cry from the 1980s and ’90s, according to Bill Hillhouse, a world-class pitcher who has competed internationally since 1990 and who plays for the New York Gremlins, the world’s No. 1-ranked team and one of the clubs locked and loaded for the McCormick Tournament.

Fastpitch softball, Hillhouse said, used to be the game in town.

So many men wanted to play that the city had a morning league for those who worked third shift.

Now, he said, it’s a struggle to find 18 players to fill out two teams for the City Rec’s informal Tuesday evening fastpitch league.

“People used to go down to the ballpark to watch games on Tuesdays and Thursdays — that was their form of entertainment,” Hillhouse said. “But now they can stay home and watch the Indians on TV every night.

“And it’s just not softball that’s suffering. Drive by any city park and you don’t see kids outside playing. Every sport is suffering. But we don’t have the numbers to make up the difference like the other sports have.” Continue reading

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
  • Mata and Avery power Pennsylvania into the semifinals

    Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

    By BOB OTTO

    MIDLAND, MI – The Pennsylvania team from Harrisburg needed an infusion of power and they got it – in the circle and at the plate.

    Right-handed Lucas Mata fired a one-hitter and struck out nine Toronto Gators in leading the Pennsylvania Power to a 3-0 victory, Tuesday, in a quarterfinal matchup.

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    Lucas Mata pitches Power past Snappers

    Sunday, August 12th, 2012

    MIDLAND, MI – Lucas Mata allowed three hits, while striking out 15 in leading Pennsylvania Power of Harrisburg, PA to a 6-2 victory over the Niagra Snappers from Niagra Falls, Ontario.

    For Power the win was the opening game of the tournament, while the Snappers evened their record at 1-1 after beating Bar on the Avenue 6-0 on Saturday.

    Mata a power-pitching right-hander from Argentina had all his pitches working – a sharp breaking rise and drop, along with an effective change-up. (Mata was a 2011 ISC World Tournament, all-world second team pick, in leading the Bakersfield, California A’s to a fifth place finish.)

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    Potolicchio pitches Minnesota Angels into final six of the ISC World Tournament

    Friday, August 19th, 2011


    Photo By Maddy Flanagan/ ISC Official Photographer

    QUAD-CITIES, IL – Minnesota Angels’ pitcher Juan Potolicchio turned in two superb performances on Thursday, and because of it, the Angels are headed to the final six in the 2011 ISC World Tournament.

    In a late night survivor game, Potolicchio and Sean Cleary of Pennsylvania Power hooked up in 10-inning classic that is sure to go down as one of the all-time great pitching duels – and games – in the history of the ISC.

    They were nearly identical in numbers: Potolicchio struck out 20. Cleary notched 24. Potoliccio struck out the side twice. Cleary did it five times: in the first, third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

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