Archive for the ‘ToC’ Category

Luke Hopkins Interview

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Luke Hopkins, Ohsweken Redmen, is interviewed on Ballpark Radio at the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions on Friday August 21 following his team’s 7-3 extra innings win. Luke hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 8th inning! You can watch in standard definition or click the HD button in the bottom right of the video to see in high definition.

Trevor Urban Interview

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Trevor Urban, Ashland Stock Pack, is interviewed on Ballpark Radio at the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions on Thursday August 20 following his team’s 9-6 comeback win. You can watch in standard definition or click the HD button in the bottom right of the video to see in high definition.

Scott Standerfer Interview

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Scott Standerfer, Decatur Pride, is interviewed on Ballpark Radio at the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions on Thursday August 20. You can watch in standard definition or click the HD button in the bottom right of the video to see in high definition.

Brian Maas Interview

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Brian Maas, Port Elgin Blue Devils, is interviewed on Ballpark Radio following his teams 3-2 win in the 7th inning at the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions on Thursday August 20. You can watch in standard definition or click the HD button in the bottom right of the video to see in high definition.

Maddy’s ISC II ToC Photos This Week !

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009


“Thanks to the many people who have inquired about photos taken at the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions. I just returned to California today, Monday, August 24, 2009 and have begun the “post tournament production work” on the huge batch of photos taken at the tournament and expect to have them up for viewing and purchase this week.

Thank you to those of you who have emailed me and to those who I ran into at the tournament for your kind words on my photography. I hope this batch will live up to the compliments.

Stay tuned for the photos, they are coming right up !”

Blue Devils bedevil K-W Cubs in all-Ontario ISC II final

Monday, August 24th, 2009

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Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2009, 11:59 pm

By Terry Duckett,

Winning International Softball Congress championships is something that has become a bit of a habit for Canadian pitching ace Scott Smith.

He led the Port Elgin Blue Devils to a 6-0 victory over the Kitchener-Waterloo Cubs in an all-Ontario championship game Saturday evening in the ISCII Tournament of Champions. Smith followed up a three-hit, seven-strikeout gem in the semifinals with a five-hit shutout and nine Ks as the Blue Devils broke open the game in the middle innings at Rock Island’s Alan Campbell Complex.

The victory gives Smith his third such title in the past seven seasons, having won titles in 2003 and ’04 with the Harriston club. After blanking Quebec’s Donnacona Blue Sox 2-0 in Saturday’s semis, he had to fight through some tight spots against K-W, which got runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings but could never break through.

“I just had to bear down. I knew the guys behind me are great defensively,” said a grinning Smith. “I was just going on adrenaline (in the title game), that’s about it. I’ve got a lot of confidence in our guys. This is my third title, and it feels great; I’m getting used to this.”

Port Elgin struck first against K-W hurler Brian Lathrop in the top of the second inning when Brian Maas drew a leadoff walk and scored on Greg Thede’s double. That score stood until the fifth when the Blue Devils broke loose for four runs and knocked Lathrop out of the game — the key blows being RBI singles from Darryl McKinnon and AaronWhitney and Mike Reiley’s two-run single.

McKinnon led Port Elgin with a 3-for-4 outing at the plate, with Matt Turcotte adding two hits, a sum matched by the Cubs’ Brad Thomson.

“Our guys have been doing it all week. It’s been unbelievable,” said Smith, who struck out the side in the last of the fifth after his teammates’ offensive uprising. “That was great. I felt re-energized after that.”

Photo: Gary Krambeck
Kitchener-Waterloo Cubs base runner Brad Thomson slides into second base while taking Port Elgin Blue Devils second baseman Ryan Dudgeon off his feet as he throws to first on a double play in the 4th inning of their championship game.

ISC II Wrap Up and Thank Yous

Monday, August 24th, 2009

On behalf of the ISC II program, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the teams, players, managers, coaches and fans for their outstanding play and sportsmanship this past week in Rock Island as the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions was a resounding success.

Thank you to the Quad Cities Host Committee led by Joe Taylor, Lynn Hunt, Larry Koberg, Amie Stahler and all of the committee members for their hard work and dedication in putting together such a wonderful group of volunteers.

The MVPs of the 2009 ToC are the Grounds Crew at the Campbell Complex in Rock Island. Todd Winter and his crew of Brad Muller, Jay Finn, Donald George, Austin Minson, Derrick Beckhart and Dustin Benore. Quite simply, we would not have completed this tournament without you. Thank you!

Our stats team does a terrific job all week and their efforts are second-to-none. Thank you to Hank DeWild, Hank DeWild Jr and Jim Johnson along with all of the volunteer scorekeepers and announcers.

I also want to acknowledge the ISC II staff who do an absolutely tremendous job administering the ToC: Canada East Regional Commissioner Joe Todd, Game Controllers Doug Bach, Mal Swift, Colin Smith, and Jeff Whetstone.

In the broadcast booth, I want to thank my broadcast partners on the Ballpark Radio crew of Lance Winn, Joe Todd, Jim Flanagan, Kyle Smith, Dave Weldin, Greg Hicks, Chad Honaker, Jodie Schnarr and all of the guests who ensure that the ISC II broadcasts are top notch. And a big thank you to our sponsors who enable the broadcasts: Corbett’s Source for Sports, The Mortgage Center, the AAU Tournament, Cutro Professional Inspections, Combat Sports Group, Stock Pack and Patriot Technologies.

Maddy Flanagan takes the best pictures in fastball and its a privilege to have you at the ToC – thank you so much for all of your efforts.

Finally, a big shout out to our ISC II Umpire-in-Chief Ken Vierling for assembling a terrific blue crew for the Tournament of Champions and to Lou Davis for stepping up to act as interim UiC in Ken’s absence. To all of our umpires – gentlemen, you did a great job – well done!

Lastly, congratulations to the Port Elgin Blue Devils on winning the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions. Port Elgin played with confidence, respect and pride and are a deserving champion.

We look forward to seeing you in Midland in 2010.

Best regards,

Blair Setford
ISC Canada East VP
ISC II Commissioner

2009 ISC II All-Tournament Team

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Derrick Zechman, Pennsylvania Power
Steve Savard, Donnacona Blue Sox
Jean-Daniel Doucet, Donnacona Blue Sox
Nick Armitaige, Quyon COMBAT Flyers
Jay Schnarr, Bridgeport Braves

Derrick Martin, Pennsylvania Power
Aaron Whitney, Port Elgin Blue Devils
Jordie Gagnon, Bulyea Rustlers
Drew Minton, Decatur Pride

Grant Baechler, K-W Cubs
Ross Herold, Bridgeport Braves

Scott Smith, Port Elgin Blue Devils
Francis Leclair, Donnacona Blue Sox
Ty McKinney, Ashland Stock Pack

Designated Players
Rick Minton, Decatur Pride

Most RBIs
Aaron Whitney, Port Elgin Blue Devils 13

Top Hitter
Jordie Gagnon, Bulyea Rustlers .615

Most Outstanding Pitcher
Scott Smith 6-0, 50 strikeouts in 43 innings

Aaron Whitney, Port Elgin Blue Devils

Port Elgin Blue Devils Win 2009 ISC II T of C

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

The Port Elgin Blue Devils beat the Kitchener-Waterloo Cubs in the ISC II Tournament of Champions finale Saturday night at the Campbell Complex at Rock Island, Illinois to claim the 2009 title.

Pitcher Scott Smith went the distance for the win, finishing 6-0 in the tournament and was named the Most Valuable Pitcher. Teammate Aaron Whitney was selected as the Most Valuable Player, with 13 RBI, just three short of the record set by Jay Herr in 2007, and one of the 14 posted by last year’s MVP Marcus Tan.

The championship game was a rematch of sorts, between the Blue Devils and the (then-Elmira) Cubs. The Blue Devils took second that year, falling to the Cubs, but in 2009, it was Port Elgin who grabbed the championship trophy. After two years of USA based champions (2007 TNT from PA, and 2008 Lumberkings from CA), the Gord Newman Memorial trophy returns to Canada, where it spent the winter following the 2006 championship of the Tavistock ON squad.

Final Four Order of Finish:

1. Port Elgin Blue Devils, ON
2. KW Cubs, ON
3. Ashland Stock Pack, OH
3. Donnacona Blue Sox, Quebec

Watch here for more details on the tournament, including the list of individual awards.

Saturday Aug 22 Ballpark Radio Schedule

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Saturday August 22

9 am Gm 89 Port Elgin, ON Blue Devils vs winner Gm 81 Ohsweken

11 am Gm 93 Waterdown, ON Hammer vs winner Gm 85 Sioux Falls
11 Gm # tba – Second round game CHANNEL 2

1 pm Gm 97 Quarter final
1 pm Gm # tba Quarter final – CHANNEL 2

3 pm Gm 102 Semi final
3 pm Gm 101 Semi final – CHANNEL 2

5:30 Gm 103 ISC II Championship Game
(including post-game Awards Ceremony)

Revised Friday/Saturday Schedule

Friday, August 21st, 2009


The 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions will resume play at 8 pm Friday.

Games originally scheduled at 4 pm will be played at 8 pm and games originally scheduled for 6 pm will be played at 10 pm.

The games originally scheduled for Friday at 8 pm will now be played on Saturday at 9 am.

The games originally scheduled for Friday at 10 pm will now be played on Saturday at 11 am.

Quarter-finals will be played at 1 pm Saturday with the semi-finals slated for 3 pm.

The ISC II Championship game will be played Saturday at 5:30 pm.

All of the above is contingent on no additional rain.

Updates are available at 309 732 7246.

8 p.m.
GM D1 Pool H – 3rd Portland 3
81 Pool A – 2nd Ohsweken 7
Walk-off grand slam by Luke Hopkins in B8

GM D3 Pool B – 3rd USA Maccabi 1
82 Pool G – 2nd Bridgeport 4

GM D2 Pool D 3rd Black Gold 0
83 Pool E – 2nd – Lloydminster 9

GM D4 Pool C – 3rd Shakespeare 2
84 Pool F – 2nd Wyevale 3
Mike Kelly RBI single in B7 for walkoff win

10 p.m. GM D1 Pool F – 3rd Kelso 0
85 Pool C – 2nd Sioux Falls 2

GM D3 Pool E – 3rd K-W 4
86 Pool D – 2nd Palermo 3

GM D2 Pool G – 3rd CPI 2
87 Pool B – 2nd Ottawa 4

GM D4 Pool A – 3rd Duncan 0
88 Pool H – 2nd PA Power 2

9 a.m.
GM D1 W-81 Ohsweken 4
89 Pool C – 1st Port Elgin 5

GM D3 W-82 Bridgeport 3
90 Pool F – 1st Decatur 4

GM D2 W-83 Lloydminster 2
91 Pool G – 1st Donnacona 8

GM D4 W-84 Wyevale 7
92 Pool B – 1st Alvinston 6

11 a.m. GM D1 W-85 Sioux Falls 2
93 Pool A – 1st Waterdown 8

GM D3 W-86 K-W 4
94 Pool H – 1st Elmira 2

GM D2 W-87 Ottawa 0
95 Pool E – 1st Quyon 1

GM D4 W-88 Pennsylvania Power 3
96 Pool D – 1st Ashland 9

1 p.m.
GM D1 W-89 Port Elgin 5
97 W-90 Decatur 4

GM D2 W-91 Donnacona 4
98 W-92 Wyevale 2

GM D3 W-93 Waterdown 5
99 W-94 K-W 10

GM D4 W-95 Quyon 3
100 W-96 Ashland 4

3 p.m.
GM D2 W-97 Port Elgin 2
101 W-98 Donnacona 0

GM D1 W-99 K-W 10
102 W-100 Ashland 6

5:30 p.m.
GM D1 W-101 Port Elgin 6
103 W-102 K-W 0

Friday Aug 21 Ballpark Radio Schedule

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Friday August 21

11:30 AM
Bridgeport, ON Braves vs Donnacona, QC Blue Sox

4:00 PM
Playoff First Round – Pool H – 3rd vs Pool A – 2nd

6:00 PM
Playoff First Round Pool B – 3rd vs Pool G – 2nd

8:00 PM
Playoff Second Round W-81 vs Pool C – 1st

10:00 PM
Playoff Second Round W-85 vs Pool A – 1st