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Mullaley a master blaster

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Telegram Sports
Published on July 05, 2015

Steve Mullaley hits three home runs for seven RBIs in Canada’s gold-medal win over Kiwis; one of seven Newfoundlanders on championship team playing for Team Canada in the Pan American Games.

After a relative quiet tournament, at least by his standards, Freshwater native Stephen Mullaley’s bat came alive for Team Canada in the championship game as he hit three homers and drove in seven runs as Canada rallied from a 5-0 deficit.

After Harbour Main’s Brad Ezekiel brought Canada within two runs, making it 5-3 with a two-run homer run in the bottom of the third, Mullaley hit his first homer, a solo shot.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, Mullaley went yard again for a grand slam. His third was a two-run blast that put Canada ahead 10-5. Continue Reading in The Telegram.

CANADA SLUGS ITS WAY TO GOLD IN WORLD SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, July 6th, 2015

2015 Team Canada.1lr Canada takes the Gold Medal at 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship. The team includes Ryan Boland, Sean Cleary, Paul Koert, Devon McCullough, Andy Skelton, Bryan Abrey, Jason Sanford, Ian Fehrman, Brandon Horn, Derek Mason, Kevin Schellenberg, Jeff Ellsworth, Brad Ezekiel, Steve Mullaley, Mathieu Roy, Ryan Wolfe, Jason Hill, and the coaching staff of Glenn Boles, Adam Davies, John Hill, Les Howey, and Head Coach John Stuart.

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – There is good hitting, great hitting, and on the rarest of occasions, phenomenal hitting.

What Steve Mullaley did in the championship game of the 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship will long live in Canada fastpitch lore, and in the memories of those who witnessed his incredible batting feat.

Mullaley belted three home runs – a solo shot, a grand slam, and a two-run blast – that tallied seven RBI, as Canada slugged its way to a 10-5 victory over the New Zealand Black Sox to claim the Gold Medal at Bob Van Impe Stadium, Sunday.

His seven RBI and Canada’s ten runs are believed to be International Softball Federation single game records since the world championship began in 1966.

    NO STRANGERS IN ISF CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY

The championship becomes Canada’s fourth ISF title, and the first since 1992 when Team Canada beat New Zealand for the Gold. The two teams have now met five times to decide the Gold Medal, with New Zealand claiming three, and Canada two.

Steve Mullaley hit three home runs accounting for seven RBI in helping Team Canada win the Gold Medal.

Steve Mullaley hit three home runs accounting for seven RBI in helping Team Canada win the Gold Medal.

For Mullaley, though, the victory over the defending 2013 world champion Black Sox was a team effort. The victory also eases the disappointment of expecting but failing to medal in the world championship in New Zealand.

“We knew coming in today that the big red machine could get it done,” Mullaley said to Ballpark Radio interviewer Blair Setford during post-game ceremonies. “We traveled a long way to New Zealand in 2013 and we were disappointed. But we’ve had a new commitment of buying into the team concept to get it done.”

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Mullaley homers Canada past New Zealand

Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Steve Mullaley homered to lead Team Canada over New Zealand in the ISF Men's World Softball Championship, Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Steve Mullaley homered to lead Team Canada over New Zealand in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, Sunday, June 28, 2015.

SASKATOON – Steve Mullaley hammered a two-run homer, Sean Cleary allowed just one run, and Team Canada survived a tense 2-1 victory over New Zealand Sunday afternoon at Bob Van Impe Stadium.

The win keeps Canada undefeated at 3-0 in Pool A of the 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, while New Zealand drops to 1-2.

    MULLALEY HOMER ATONES

The game stayed scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Mullaley came to the plate. And he greeted newly-entered pitcher, Kurt Schollum, by drilling his rise ball offering deep over the right-centerfield fence with Brad Ezekiel on first by way of a leadoff walk.

For Mullaley, his home run was an atonement of sorts. He took a called third strike with the bases loaded in the third to let New Zealand and Heinie Shannon escape unscathed.

    SHANNON PITCHES WELL

Schollum was called on to relieve Shannon at the start the sixth. It appeared a surprise move as Shannon had been throwing well. He didn’t sit long as New Zealand manager Mark Sorenson was forced to re-enter him after Schollum continued to struggle.

Shannon promptly put an end to Canada’s uprising by retiring Ian Fehrman on a ground ball. But the damage had already been done.

    LAULU HOMERS, CLEARY CLOSES

All Cleary had to do was close out the Black Sox in the seventh. He started well enough with a strikeout, but pinch hitter Wayne Laulu drove a Cleary rise ball over the left field fence to pull New Zealand within one.

Sean Cleary held New Zealand to just one run to help Team Canada improve to 3-0 in the World Softball Championship.

Sean Cleary held New Zealand to just one run to help Team Canada improve to 3-0 in the World Softball Championship.

But the right-hander finished strong by striking out Joel Evans and Josh Harbrow with his rise ball jumping above the letters.

In seven innings, Cleary (2-0) gave up just four hits, two walks, struck out nine and allowed the one earned run. He was selected the “Player of The Game” for his efforts.

Shannon, in his first appearance in the tournament, was nearly as good, allowing four hits, two walks and no runs, while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. Schollum took the loss, giving up two earned runs on two hits, with a walk and a strikeout in 1/3 inning.

Folkard leads Six Nations in the ISC tourney

Friday, August 17th, 2012

By John Kennett for the Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MI – The pitching of Adam Folkard, along with the power of Steve Mullaley and Jeff Ellsworth, was a lethal combination for Six Nations (Ont.) on Thursday.

Those three led Hill United Chiefs to a 3-1 win over Jarvis (Ont.) Travelers in the International Softball Congress World Fast Pitch Tournament at Currie Stadium.

“When Adam is pitching that way, you can beat anybody,” said Chiefs’ manager Doug Eidt. “He hasn’t been healthy, but he is healthy now and he can beat any team there is.”

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