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Merriman’s hot bat helps Ostrander Norsemen shock the J&B Bombers in the ISC World Tournament

Monday, August 13th, 2018

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The Ostrander Norsemen of Ostrander, Minnesota pulled off an early upset in the ISC World Tournament by beating the ISC’s No. 4 ranked J&B Bombers of Los Angeles, 2-1, in the second round of the tournament, Monday night.

The Norsemen jumped out on top in the first inning on Ryan Merriman’s single up the middle that plated Matias Minigutti, who led off the game with a hit. The Bombers tied the game in the third when Yusef Davis, Jr. singled and later crossed the plate on an error. Then after scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Merriman, who swung a hot stick going 2-for-3, drilled a home run in the sixth for the go-ahead run.

Daniel Chapman made the run stand up by setting down the Bombers in the seventh with two strikeouts and an infield ground ball. Chapman of Farm Cove, New Zealand twirled a three-hit gem along with 15 strikeouts. But the Bombers Devon McCullough turned in a brilliant performance as well, giving up but three hits while striking out 17.

The Norsemen opened the tournament by beating the Bell Cartage Outlaws, 12-0, on Chapman’s no-hitter and 12 strikeouts.

The Norsemen (2-0) return to action on Wednesday against the hometown Kitchener Cubs, while the Bombers (1-1), last year’s runner-up in the tournament, must battle back through the losers bracket, and meet the Dolan & Murphy of Aurora, Ill. Tuesday night.

Dolan & Murphy wins thriller over Walcott Merchants in ISC World Tournament

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

MOLINE, IL – In a close fastpitch game, it often takes a break to pull out a win. And for Dolan & Murphy of Aurora, Illinois, they got the break they needed.

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Softball: Northern Michigan Fastpitch wins Rex Marquardt Memorial

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Courtesy PhotoThe Northern Michigan Fastpitch softball team finished with a 4-1 record to capture the Rex Marquardt Memorial Tournament at Petoskey’s Bayfront Park Ed White Field Sunday. Northern Michigan Fastpitch defeated the Lightning of Marshall, 9-2, in the championship game. Courtesy Photo

With players from Petoskey, Midland and Argentina, Northern Michigan Fastpitch captured the Rex Marquardt Memorial Softball Tournament at Petoskey’s Bayfront Park’s Ed White Field.

Drew Kochanny / Petoskey News

PETOSKEY, Mich. – Northern Michigan Fastpitch earned the championship game win Sunday over the Lightning from Marshall, 9-2.

Northern Michigan Fastpitch compiled a 3-1 record in pool play, as did the Lightning.

In the championship game, NM Fastpitch, who was playing with members of Argentina’s National Team, was led by Sisko Sabate on the mound with six strikeouts and one walk as the winning pitcher.

Shae Bryant had three hits for NM Fastpitch, including a double and a home run. Sabate and Caleb Roberts also added two hits each, with Roberts adding a home run.Continue Reading