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Final Pool Standings

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Pool A
Niagara Snappers 4-0
Harriston Mercury’s 2-2
Wyevale Tribe 2-2
Jarvis Rock 1-3
Blackburn Bombers 1-3

Pool B
California Lumberkings 4-0
Bridgeport Braves 3-1
Pennsylvania Power 2-2
Hamilton Hawks 1-3
Carp I4C Victory 0-4

Pool C
A-1/Taylor Farms 3-1
Tavistock Merchants 3-1
Kitchener Outlaws 2-2
Linwood 86ers 1-3
Bucktown Bees 1-3

Pool D
Shakespeare Falcons 3-1
Alvinston Indians 3-1
Cutro Professional Inspections 2-2
Keating’s Fitness 2-2
Quyon Flyers 0-4

Pool E
South Lebanon T.N.T. 4-0
Palermo Athletics 3-1
Glencoe Astros 2-2
Mitchell Mets 1-3
Ottawa Valley Raiders 0-4

Pool F
Ashland Merchants 3-1
Waterdown Hammer 3-1
Ottawa Thunder 2-2
Port Elgin Blue Devils 1-3
Hickson Reds 1-3

Pool G
Hoffman Rise 4-0
Elora Wellington Brewers 3-1
Rockwood Rush 1-3
Kingston Cowboys 1-3
Ingersoll Crush 1-3

Ballparkradio Schedule for Wednesday, August 15

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Six broadcasts on Ballparkradio today. We’ll be on the air from 10:30am EST through the end of the 8:30pm Game.

10:30 AM
Quyon, QC Flyers vs Oswego, NY Cutro Professional Inspections

12:30 PM
Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder vs Port Elgin, ON Blue Devils

2:30 PM
Alvinston, ON Indians vs Shakespeare, ON Falcons

4:30 PM
Niagara, ON Snappers vs Wyevale, ON Tribe

6:30 PM
Tavistock, ON Merchants vs Moraviantown, ON Bucktown Bees

8:30 PM
Elora, ON Wellington Brewers vs Perkasie, PA Hoffman Rise

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California Cruisin’ at ISC II

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Day Two

The two California teams in the ISC II Tournament of Champions both moved into command of their respective pools with a pair of victories yesterday, but it was the less heralded A-1/Taylor Farms team from Castro Valley that impressed many observers. A-1 began their day with a 5-1 thrashing of the defending champion Tavistock Merchants with John Bishop picking up the win over Ryan Cummings on Budd #2. A-1/Taylor then moved down to Budd #1 and scored a 5-4 seventh inning walk off win over the Bucktown Bees as Dave Drotzman picked up the win in relief of Matt Barnes. Philip Martin was the hard luck loser in relief of Lee Hopkins.

Elsewhere, the California Lumberkings continued their winning ways, edging Pennsylvania Power 6-5 in eight innings before dumping the Hamilton Hawks 7-4. Mike Egerdeen got his second win of the tournament pitching two innings in relief of starter Darren Strang in the first game while Ed Gasper notched his first ISC II victory in the nightcap.

Palermo Athletics split a pair on the day, trashing the Glencoe Astros 9-1 in the opener before dropping a 4-3 9-inning heartbreaker to T.N.T. In the latter game, the teams went into the 8th tied at 1 and both scored. Palermo pushed two across in the top of the 9th before a controversial call at third helped T.N.T. score three in the home half of the 9th with Jeremy Tracy taking the win for the Pennsylvania team.

Waterdown Hammer made an impressive debut in Pool F, waxing the Port Elgin Blue Devils 6-2. The Hammer rode the veteran arm of Rod Fevreau for five innings as he held down the hard-hitting Blue Devils. Tim Neill pitched the final two innings for the save.

Rockwood Drexler Construction Rush split their two games, dropping a 5-0 decision to Elora Wellington Brewers before dumping the Kingston Cowboys 10-3 in Pool G action. Elora also beat Ingersoll Crush 2-1. The Crush were the hard luck team on the day, blowing a 6-2 lead over the Hoffman Rise to lose 8-7 in 8 innings.

In Pool D, the Shakespeare Falcons upset Cutro Professional Inspections 5-3, leaving CPI needing a victory over Quyon Flyers Thursday to secure a playoff spot. CPI picked up their only win thus far with a 4-0 win over Keating’s Fitness Wednesday morning.With a pair of wins so far, Shakespeare should be a lock to make the playoffs.

Pennsylvania Power rebounded from the loss to the Lumberkings to defeat I4C Victory 6-4 … Harriston and Wyevale staged a rematch of their two games at the Innerkip qualifier with Harriston coming out on top in this one 8-4 … The Niagara Snappers all but wrapped up Pool A with a pair of convincing wins, bombing Blackburn 7-2 and rocking Jarvis 8-1.

Pool A
Niagara 3-0
Wyevale 2-1
Harriston 1-1
Blackburn 1-2
Jarvis 0-3

Pool B
California 3-0
PA Power 2-1
Bridgeport 1-1
Hamilton 1-2
Carp 0-3

Pool C
A-1/Taylor 3-0
Tavistock 2-1
Bucktown 1-1
Kitchener 1-2
Linwood 0-3

Pool D
Alvinston 2-0
Shakespeare 2-0
Keating’s 1-1
CPI 1-2
Quyon 0-3

Pool E
T.N.T. 2-0
Palermo 1-1
Glencoe 1-1
Mitchell 1-1
Ottawa Valley 0-2

Pool F
Ottawa 1-1
Ashland 1-1
Waterdown 1-1
Port Elgin 1-1
Hickson 1-2

Pool G
Rise 2-0
Elora 2-0
Kingston 1-1
Rockwood 1-2
Ingersoll 0-2

10:30 AM
Quyon, QC Flyers vs Oswego, NY Cutro Professional Inspections

12:30 PM
Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder vs Port Elgin, ON Blue Devils

2:30 PM
Alvinston, ON Indians vs Shakespeare, ON Falcons

4:30 PM
Niagara, ON Snappers vs Wyevale, ON Tribe

6:30 PM
Tavistock, ON Merchants vs Moraviantown, ON Bucktown Bees

8:30 PM
Elora, ON Wellington Brewers vs Perkasie, PA Hoffman Rise

ISC II T of C – Day 2 Scores

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

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Day 1 Recap of ISC II Tournament of Champions

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

It was Opening Day at the ISC II Tournament of Champions and there were several outstanding ball games marking the close level of competition between all of the teams at the ToC. The opening pitches were thrown out by Jonathan Baker and Tom Clancy following the introduction of the teams, officials and host committee.

A-1/Taylor Farms’ Dave Drotzman had the highlight of the day, tossing a no-hitter against Linwood 86ers in a 2-0 victory for the California team which is making its debut in ISC II. The two runs of support are two more than Drotzman received all of last year.

The top-ranked Niagara Snappers needed extra innings to knock off the Harriston Mercury’s 2-1. With both teams scoring a run each in the first inning, Corey Costello and Scott Smith took over and kept the offences at bay. Costello finished with 16 strikeouts while Smith sat down 14 Snappers in a row at one point. The Snappers loaded the bases in the top of the eighth, scoring a run on a sac fly by Trevor Falk and Costello was able to close the door on the Mercury’s in the bottom of the 8th to seal the win.

Tavistock opened their championship defence with a nervous 5-4 win over Kitchener Outlaws. The Merchants jumped out to a 5-1 lead and starter Ryan Cummings managed to shut down a furious Outlaw rally in the sixth before Steve Cook came on for the save in the 7th.

The host Bridgeport Braves took on the California Lumberkings in a rematch of last year’s Opening Ceremony game. Things looked good for the Braves as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Jodie Schnarr’s lead-off home run, but the new and improved Lumberkings took a 2-1 lead in the second inning only to have Jay Schnarr score the tying run in the 4th. The Lumberkings took the lead for good in the 5th as 21-year-old Kevin Castillo drilled an RBI single and held on for the 3-2 win.

Jason Giffen and the Wyevale Tribe showed that their victory at the Innerkip qualifier was no fluke as prevailed in a pitcher’s duel with veteran Dave “Farmer” Martin of the Jarvis Rock. Giffen spun a one-hitter for a 2-0 win.

The Ashland Merchants, playing for their manager Roger Hershey who is at home recovering from a stroke, rode the right arm of Jeff Van Hooser to a convincing 4-0 victory over Ottawa Team Easton Thunder.

Alvinston Indians, winners of the recent Ontario Intermediate Eliminations, overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat Cutro Professional Inspections 4-3 … Other impressive wins came from Port Elgin Blue Devils, Keating’s Fitness and T.N.T. as they each pounded out mercy wins … Hamilton Hawks managed a split on the day, beating Carp I4C Victory 5-3 and dropping a close 3-2 decision to PA Power … Carp was named the winner of the inaugural ISC II Best Dressed Team Award for their black jersey’s trimmed in silver and white.


Wyevale 2 Jarvis 0
Hamilton 5 Carp 3
Castro Valley 2 Linwood 0 – Dave Drotzman no hitter
Bucktown 2 Kitchener 1
Ashland 4 Ottawa 0
Keating’s 11 Quyon 2
TNT 14 Ottawa Valley 0
Alvinston 4 CPI 3
Niagara 2 Harriston 1 – 8 innings
Rise 10 Rockwood 1
Glencoe 5 Mitchell 4
PA Power 3 Hamilton 2
California 3 Bridgeport 2
Kingston 8 Ingersoll 0
Blackburn 1 Jarvis 0 – 8 innings
Shakespeare 3 Quyon 2
Port Elgin 9 Hickson 0
Tavistock 5 Kitchener 4

Wednesday Broadcasts on

10:30 AM
Oswego, NY Cutro Professional Inspections vs Wilkes-Barre, PA Keating’s Fitness

12:30 PM
Waterdown, ON Hammer vs Port Elgin, ON Blue Devils

2:30 PM
Ephrata, PA PA Power vs Carp, ON I4C Victory Consulting

4:30 PM
Palermo, ON Athletics vs South Lebanon, PA T.N.T.

6:30 PM
Moraviantown, ON Bucktown Bees vs Castro Valley, CA A-1/Taylor Farms

8:30 PM
Harriston, ON Mercury’s vs Wyevale, ON Tribe

# 1 Ranked Snappers Win a Nailbiter Against Harriston

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

The Niagara Snappers held on to their # 1 ranking, beating former two-time ISC II Champions, the Harriston Mercurys in a 2-1 extra inning affair. Strikeout king Cory Costello, who set the tournament strikeout record in last year’s event for his hometown Micksburg Twins, struck out 16 in picking up the win, recording the final out of the game on a strikeout. With the score tied 1-1, the game went into the tiebreaker, with each team being given a runner at second base. The Snappers loaded the bases and pushed one run across in the top of the seventh, while Costello held Harriston scoreless in the bottom of the eighth inning. Harriston’s veteran pitcher Scott Harriston held the powerhouse Snapper offense in check, but the Mercurys were able to muster the lone run against Costello, which came early in the game on a passed ball/wild pitch, in an inning in which he struck out the side.

Dave Drotzman Spins a No-No for A-1/Taylor Farms at ISC II

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

A-1/Taylor Farms got off to a great start in their first game at the ISC II Tournament of Champions, as Dave Drotzman tossed a no-hitter, picking up a 2-0 win. More details when they become available. A-1/Taylor Farms is playing in their first ever ISC II tournament, and are the second team from California to compete in the prestigious event. The other, the California Lumberkings will play the host Bridgeport Braves from Ontario, tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30pm EST — 4:30p for California fans on the west coast. Several players on the A-1/Taylor Farms team played on last year’s Lumberking squad, as the two teams shared player for various events, including catcher Jeff Twist and outfielder Shawn Mandolesi.

Drotzman has pitched very well in the ISC II tournament of champions, surrendering but 1 earned run in last year’s tournament as a member of the Yakima JRW squad.

ISC II T of C – Day 1 Scores – Tues Aug 14

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Game 1
Wyevale, ON 2
Jarvis Rock, ON 0

A-1/Taylor Farms CA USA 2
Linwood 86ers, ON 0
*Dave Drotzman No Hitter

Game 5
Ashland OH 4
Ottawa Team Easton Thunder 0

Game 9
Niagara ON Snappers 2
Harriston ON Mercurys 1, 8 innings

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11:30 AM GM B1 Wyevale, ON Tribe 2
1 Jarvis, ON Rock 0
GM K1 Hamilton, ON Hawks 5
2 Carp, ON I4C Victory Consulting 3
12:00 PM GM B2 Linwood, ON 86ers 0
3 Castro Valley, CA A-1 Taylor Farms 2 * no-hitter for Dave Drotzman
GM K2 Kitchener, ON Outlaws 1
4 Moraviantown, ON Bucktown Bees 2
1:30 PM GM B1 Ottawa, ON Team Easton Thunder 0
5 Ashland, OH Merchants 4
GM K1 Wilkes-Barre, PA Keating’s Fitness 11
6 Quyon, QC Flyers 2
2:00 PM GM B2 South Lebanon, PA T.N.T. 14
7 Ottawa Valley, ON Raiders 0
GM K2 Oswego, NY Cutro Professional Inspections 3
8 Alvinston, ON Indians 4
3:30 PM GM B1 Niagara, ON Snappers 2
9 Harriston, ON Mercury’s 1

ISC II Tournament of Champions Starts Tuesday, Aug 13

Monday, August 13th, 2007

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The ISC II Tournament of Champions gets underway Tuesday morning at Budd Park, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The first radio broadcasts begin at 11:30 am EST on Ballparkradio, with Kyle Smith and Jim Flanagan. The ISC II Ballparkradio crew has grown to eight members this year, including Blair Setford, Jim Flanagan, Joe Todd, Lance Winn, Chris Bach, Kyle Smith, David Bakker and its newest member, Steve Sabourin, the “voice of the Monkton tournament.” We’ll be doing 27 games over the next five days, finishing up with our first ever video broadcast of the title game on Saturday at 11am EST.

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Live Video Broadcast of 2007 ISC II Championship Game – Aug 18

Friday, August 10th, 2007


For the first time ever, the ISC II Championship game will be broadcast in live streaming VIDEO, on “ISC-TV”, on Saturday, August 18, 2007, at 11AM EST. will carry live streaming audio broadcast 27 of the 90+ games throughout the tournament, in its fourth year of broadcasting, culminating with the video broadcast of the finale. Visit the website for more details.

Tavi set to defend title

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Reprinted with permission from the Woodstock Sentinel Review.

By Cory Smith
Sports reporter

TAVISTOCK — If the St. Marys/Tavistock Merchants have any hope of defending their ISC II world fastball championship, they’ll have to find the missing ingredients they used to win last year. The Merchants started 2007 ranked No. 1 among ISC II teams, but a slow start in the South Perth Men’s Fastball League and a disappointing finish at the Ontario eliminations last weekend dropped the club to a top-five world ranking. Hardly anything to be ashamed of, but the Merchants will have a bull’s-eye on them all week. “We expect to be able to compete. With a little luck anything can happen,” Merchants manager Steve Kaufman said. “I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of teams gunning for us.”

First on that list will be the Kitchener Outlaws, who host the Merchants Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
“I don’t think expectations are going to be a problem,” Kaufman said. “We’ve had a lot of expectations for many years, going back to Fargo in 2004 when we got second. It was like a relief to win last year.”

Nearly everything went the Merchants’ way in Kitchener last August. Tavistock — before adding St. Marys to its name this season — went 7-1 over eight games and outscored its opposition 34-7. The pitching staff — which hurled five shutouts, including a Ryan Cummings no-hitter — is back this year. There are some holes, such as the departure of shortstop Mark McKay, who scored the winning run in the eighth inning of last year’s championship, but Kaufman is confident that players brought in from St. Marys will mix with the returnees to form another formidable mix.

“We need good pitching and good hitting and timely hitting, that’s what it takes,” he said. “We have the ability to score lots of runs, but when it comes to playoffs and good teams it’s pitching and defence that comes through.”

The Ingersoll Crush want to make an impression

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Reprinted with permission from the Woodstock Sent.

By Darryl G. Smart
Sports Editor

INGERSOLL — The rankings have them at the bottom but that’s not going to bother the Ingersoll Crush when they go to Kitchener for the Intarnational Softball Congress II Tournament of Champions. The Crush, who have qualified for the ISC II ToC for the first time, will have a good mix of youth and veterans. “I think our team chemistry is our biggest strength by far,” Crush manager Rob Deakin said. “We all eat, drink and hang out with each other. This is a real close-knit team and I think that will help us in a tournament like this.” Having umpired in the ISC worlds several times, Deakin knows about the magnitude of the ToC, which is something he said the younger players will learn in a hurry. “We have the veterans to calm the young guys’ nerves down. I know we’ve played a lot of these teams before and have done well against them. But this is the Tournament of Champions. The level of ball is raised, which something I want them to experience.”

The Crush have had a solid season thus far in the Tri-County Men’s Fastball League, but consistency has plagued them at times. “I think if we play error-free ball and get rid of the mental errors, I think we could make it to the playoffs, where anything can happen,” he said.
And the Crush just have to look at the Tavistock Merchants for inspiration. Ranked 22nd heading into last year’s ToC, the Merchants got on a roll and beat the 32nd-ranked Palermo Athletics in the final. The 35th-ranked Crush will begin their quest to climb the ladder Tuesday against the Kingston Cowboys at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday at 11 a.m., they will take on the Hoffman Rise and then the Elora Brewers at 5:30 p.m.The Crush will round out the round-robin with the Rockwood Rush Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

“It doesn’t matter who we’re going to play, every game’s going to be tough,” Deakin said. “But I really think we can have a 2-2 record and maybe get into the playoffs. But the main thing is that our guys enjoy the tournament and take in the experience.” Deakin said not only has the team been committed to doing well at the ToC, sponsors like Elgie Trucking have been important.