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Toronto Gators long glorious run comes to an end with ISC Legends Championship

Monday, August 29th, 2016
BIG BAD GATOR - First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

BIG BAD GATOR – First baseman Dave Hoffman hit a three-run home run to lead the Toronto Gators Masters to an 8-1 victory over the Midland Explorers Legends to claim the ISC Legends Tournament, at Green Valley Sports Complex, Sat. Aug. 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – Though older, grayer and a step slower, the Toronto Gators Masters still flashed some of the skills that led to ISC World Tournament championships in their much younger years of 1993 and 1995.

Battling a field of 12 of the best 50-older masters teams from the U.S. and Canada, the Gators defeated the Midland, Mich. Legends, 8-1, to claim the ISC Legends Tournament Championship at Green Valley Sports Complex, Saturday.

Several of the Gators Masters starred on the 1993 and 1995 championship squads, including Darren Zack, Ray Tilley, Terry Challis, Rod Wetherell, Dave Hoffman and Adam Smith.

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The Gators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Dave Hoffman’s three-run home run off Midland’s Peter Finn. Frank Perez and John Kemp opened the inning with walks to set up Hoffman’s home run, his second of the tournament.

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2016 ISC World Tournament standings, all-world teams and MVP’s

Saturday, August 27th, 2016
BRANDON HORN helped the Toronto Gators win the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament and was selected a first-team, All-World infielder. Playing second base and batting No. 2 in the lineup, Horn had a .368 batting average (1-for-19), scored four times, with a double, triple and RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO

BRANDON HORN helped the Toronto Gators win the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament and was selected a first-team, All-World infielder. Playing second base and batting No. 2 in the lineup, Horn had a .368 batting average (7-for-19), scored four times, with a double, triple and RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – The Inernational Softball Congress World Tournament was held in Moline, IL, Aug. 13-20, with 36 teams competing for the coveted 70th championship.

The Toronto Gators won the title in an exciting all-Canada final, in which Shane Boland belted a walk-off, three-run home run for a 6-3 victory over the three-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs.

Check out the final standing and award winners at: 2016 ISC World Tournament

Breaking news, Toronto Gators retire their colors

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
The 2016 ISC World Tournament champion Gators of Toronto, Ontario, CA, have retired their colors after winning the title, Aug. 20, 2016 in Moline, IL.

The 2016 ISC World Tournament champion Gators of Toronto, Ontario, CA, have retired their colors after winning the title, Aug. 20, 2016 in Moline, IL.

Toronto Gators Press Release

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA – All good things must come to an end and it’s with an air of finality that Jack Fireman is announcing today that the Toronto Gators will shutter their operations.

“What better way to go out than as ISC World Champions and ISC Legends Champions,” said Mr. Fireman, who has been involved as the Gators sponsor for most of the last 25 years. “I want to thank all of the players, the coaches and the support staff as well as the families, friends and fans who cheered on the Gators.”

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Ezekiel and Cleary, two world-class performers at the 2016 ISC World Tournament

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
New York Gremlins Kyle Ezekiel rips into a pitch from Sean Cleary of the Toronto Gators and drives it into left-field for a hit. Ezekiel was 1-for-2 off Cleary , but the right-hander came out on top by leading the Gators to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Aug. 20 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. The Gators went on to dethrone two-time titlest Hill United Chiefs in the final, 6-3, and Cleary was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher with a 5-0 record, 35 2/3 innings, 19 hits allowed, with 70 strikeouts and a 0.98 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com.

New York Gremlins Kyle Ezekiel rips into a pitch from Sean Cleary of the Toronto Gators and drives it into left-field for a hit. Ezekiel was 1-for-2 off Cleary , but the right-hander came out on top by leading the Gators to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Aug. 20 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. The Gators went on to dethrone two-time titlest Hill United Chiefs in the final, 6-3, and Cleary was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher with a 5-0 record, 35 2/3 innings, 19 hits allowed, with 70 strikeouts and a 0.98 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com.

MOLINE, IL – One can hit, the other can pitch. In the world of top-caliber men’s fastpitch softball, Kyle Ezekiel of the New York Gremlins and Toronto Gators’ right-hander Sean Cleary are two of the best.

In 2015, Cleary was a Second-Team, All-World pick for helping the Toronto Gators finished second to Hill United Chiefs in the ISC World Tournament.

But this year, he uped his production. And what a difference it made for the Gators.

SEAN CLEARY of the Toronto Gators, was selected a first-team, All-World pitcher for leading the Gators to the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament championship. Cleary's production (5-0 record) earned him top honors as the LEROY ZIMMERMAN MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER, thus ending the three-year reign of Hill United Chiefs ADAM FOLKARD (2015, 2014, 2013). Cleary outdueled Folkard in the championship in helping the Gators defeat the Chiefs, 6-3, Aug. 20, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com

SEAN CLEARY of the Toronto Gators, was selected a first-team, All-World pitcher for leading the Gators to the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament championship. Cleary’s production (5-0 record) earned him top honors as the LEROY ZIMMERMAN MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER, thus ending the three-year reign of Hill United Chiefs ADAM FOLKARD (2015, 2014, 2013). Cleary outdueled Folkard in the championship in helping the Gators defeat the Chiefs, 6-3, Aug. 20, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com

In a return match-up, Cleary reversed the order and beat his counterpart, Adam Folkard, in leading the Gators to a 6-3 victory in the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament championship game.

Will the Gators return and repeat in 2017? Or will the Chiefs avenge their loss and regain top billing? Time will tell.

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.

Boland’s blast gives Toronto Gators ISC World Tournament championship

Saturday, August 20th, 2016
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

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

MOLINE, IL – In last year’s ISC World Tournament, the Toronto Gators came so close to winning the championship, so close to upending the Hill United Chiefs, three-time defending titlests.

But the Gators of Ontario, Canada fell short, suffering a gut-wrenching 6-4 loss after holding the lead going into the sixth inning.

However, Gators manager, Terry Baytor, knew some good could come from that loss in the way of learning a valuable lesson. So he put his pen to work.

“I wrote a team letter,” Baytor said. “I told them we had to lose before we could learn how to win. And this year we came ready to win.”

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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

Home runs and Cleary lead Toronto Gators over the New York Gremlins

Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Toronto Gators Brad Rona reacts after his two-run, home run cleared two fences in left field and traveled over 300 feet, giving the Gators a 3-1 win over the New York Gremlins at Green Valley Sports Complex, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Photo By BOB OTTO

Toronto Gators Brad Rona reacts after his two-run, home run cleared two fences in left field and traveled over 300 feet, giving the Gators a 3-1 win over the New York Gremlins at Green Valley Sports Complex, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Photo By BOB OTTO

MOLINE, IL – Ryan Boland and Brad Rona cleared the fence, and Sean Cleary did the rest.

After trailing in the fourth inning, 1-0, and being held to one hit by New York Gremlins Andrew Kirkpatrick, the Toronto, Ontario Gators suddenly found a power surge.

And it came from Boland who hit a solo shot, and Rona who’s two-run blast cleared TWO fenses in left field – over 300 feet – to give the Gators a 3-1 advantage that Cleary made stand up, Thursday, in the ISC World Tournament.

The win moves the Gators (4-0) into the winner’s bracket final Friday at 7 p.m. where they will play the winner between the Hill United Chiefs and Scarborough Force that was being played late Thursday night.

Sean Cleary helped the Toronto, Ontario Gators defeat the New York Gremlins, 3-1, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Thursday, Aug. 18, at Green Valley Sports Complex. Cleary allowed but three hits and struck 18 in picking up his fourth win of the tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Sean Cleary helped the Toronto, Ontario Gators defeat the New York Gremlins, 3-1, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Thursday, Aug. 18, at Green Valley Sports Complex. Cleary allowed but three hits and struck 18 in picking up his fourth win of the tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Toronto gave up a run in the first tainted by two errors, but from then on Cleary (4-0) dominated, finishing with a three-hitter, two walks and 14 strikeouts. in his four games, Cleary has hurled 24 innings, not allowed an earned run, while walking two and striking out 55 with a 0.00 ERA.

Kirkpatrick went three innings, allowed three runs on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. In relief, Roman Godoy was perfect through four innings with six strikeouts.

The Toronto Gators greet Brand Rona after he hit a home run off New York Gremlins pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick. Photo By BOB OTTO

The Toronto Gators greet Brand Rona after he hit a home run off New York Gremlins pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick. Photo By BOB OTTO

For ISC World Tournament results, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoring

Urbaneja and Scott lead Scarborough Force over the A-1 Bombers

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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MOLINE, IL – Erick Urbaneja drove in the go-ahead run, Don Scott made it stand up, and the Scarborough Force defeated the A-1 Bombers, 4-3, Wednesday night in a battle of the unbeatens.

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Hill United Chiefs beat Circle Taps Dukes to stay perfect

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, and was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher. Folkard continues his dominace in the 2016 ISC World Tournament with a 3-0 record in the early going.

Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, Aug. 15, and was selected the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher. And he continues his dominace in the 2016 ISC World Tournament with a 3-0 record in the early going.

MOLINE, IL – The Hill United Chiefs hammered four home runs, Adam Folkard spun a one-hitter, and the Chiefs run-ruled the Circle Tap Dukes, of Denmark, WI, 10-0, to improve to 3-0 in the ISC World Tournament, Wednesday.

Hill United will now take on the undefeated Scarborough Force (3-0) Thursday night at 8 p.m. The Force defeated the A-1 Bombers, 4-3, Wednesday night to advance. The other two undefeated teams, the Toronto Gators (3-0) and New York Gremlins (3-0), open the night’s clash of titans at 6 p.m.

Leadoff batter Brad Ezekiel crushed a solo shot to start the game, and Nick Shailes, Jason Hill and Jason Sanford followed suit to lead the Chiefs eight hit attack.

Hill United has hit an incredible 14 home runs in the tournament, and have yet to give up a run, outscoring their opponents 36-0.

Mark Johnson leads the team with 11 RBI and a .667 batting average.

Folkard, the five-time Most Outstanding Pitcher of the World Tournament, continued his dominance in the circle with 11 strikeouts and just one walk to improve to 3-0.

Between 2013 and present, Folkard has now won 21 consecutive games in World Tournament play, placing him second all-time to Gerald Muizelaar with 23.

Folkard’s five Most Outstanding Pitcher awards (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015) ties him first all-time with LeRoy Zimmerman (1950, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1960).

For more results, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard