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14th ISF Men’s Softball World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA – Live streaming video broadcasts will be offered for all 65 games played over the 10 days of the 14th International Softball Federation World Men’s Softball Championship, June 26 to July 5.

The broadcasts will be a joint venture between SportsCanada.TV and Ballpark Broadcasting. SportsCanada.TV will provide the video production for each game and Ballpark Broadcasting will provide the play by play and color commentary for 50 of the 65.

    WATCH GAMES LIVE!

Click to subscribe to SportsCanada TV. Certainly can’t be the price – a bargain for fastpitch fans.

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
  • Muizelaar hurls Team USA into ISF World Softball Championship playoffs

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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    Gerald Muizelaar of Grand Forks, North Dakota was at the top of his game in hurling Team USA into the ISF World Softball Championship playoffs.

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Team USA needed a big game from their ace. And they got it.

    Right-hander Gerald Muizelaar fired a two-hitter and struck out 12 in leading USA to a 4-1 victory over Great Britain in the final game of pool A in the ISF World Softball Championships on Wednesday.

    USA had a lot riding on this game: If they win they’re in the playoffs. Lose and go home. And it took a reach deep, gut check to turn things around after a disastrous 0-3 start.

    But Team USA did an about face, and chalked up four consecutive wins to qualify for the grand finale – the eight-team playoffs – that will decide which country can claim the title of “world’s greatest fastball team.”

    But going in to the bottom of the fifth inning, USA found itself trailing Britain 1-0 as James Darby was twirling a one-hitter himself. But USA got on the board in a big way with four runs, aided by two walks, two errors and Chase Turner’s two-run single that gave Muizelaar all the runs he would need.

    Muizelaar finished the seventh by striking out the side for his best performance in pool play. His counterpart, Darby, pitched a strong game as well for Great Britain (3-4), allowing but two hits (Turner 1-3, 2 RBI, and Derrick Zechman 1-3), and striking out five.

    Great Britain scored its solo run in the third when they loaded the bases on a leadoff walk by Luke Peters, a single by Kenneth Pregnell (who was the only Britain to hit safely, with a 2-for-3 effort), and a walk to Ryan Martin. Then up to the plate stepped the dangerous Richard Haldane – batting in the number two spot.

    But Muizelaar got him with a popup to shortstop Todd Schultz. But a wayward pitch hit Darrin Newson, sending Peters home with Britain’s run. But Muizelaar reached back and struck out Darby to end the threat and the inning.

    Muizelaar had his strikeout pitch working as well as his drop ball as he got six batters via the ground ball, and just two by way of the fly ball.

    Now Team USA waits the pairing for the playoffs that will be played March 8-10, with the top three teams awarded the Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. Currently, Australia – the defending 2009 champion – has a 6-0 record on top of Pool A.

    In Pool B, New Zealand and Canada share the top spot at 5-1, with Canada taking a 9-7 decision over the Kiwis in their matchup.

    Let the playoffs begin!