Archive for June, 2006

Allentown, PA tourney features #5 Rise along with TNT, PA Power and Bob Hoffman’s

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Patriots 4th of July Tourney Opens Friday Night

Defending champ Keating Fitness Center of Wilkes-Barre is among the eight teams in the field of this year’s Allentown Patriots’ 4th of July Classic. The 41st annual tourney — it began in 1965 and has been held every year since except 1976 — begins with a pair of games Friday night at Pates Park. The KMV Rise play Bob Hoffman’s of Reading, a new team in the field, in the 7 p.m. opener. That game will be followed by the host Pates Petro Kings taking on PA Power of Harrisburg.

The round-robin tourney, sponsored by Allentown Beverage, Coca-Cola of the Lehigh Valley and the Allentown Patriots, continues with 10 games throughout the day on Saturday — two at Percy Ruhe Park — and then concludes Sunday with the semifinals in the morning and the title game at 12:30 p.m.

Keating is led by the pitching of Bill Hillhouse and Ontario native Gregg Garrity, last year’s tourney MVP. Mark Smith, Dave Martin and Justin Stock highlight the offense.

The KMV Rise, last year’s tourney runner-up, feature the 2005 most valuable pitcher, Tom Vogel, as well as veteran stars Matt Daley and Allentown native Mike Smith.

The Rise won the Niagara Snapper tournament earlier this month and is ranked No. 5 in the latest ISC II world rankings.

The host team could also be a factor. The Pates, led by Jeff Hess, Bob Thomas and Tom Stinner, have already qualified for the ASA Class C nationals in Georgia.

Other potential favorites include TNT South Lebanon, which features the pitching of Jeremy Tracey and Scott Adams and the offense of Bob Wengert, Mike Rohrer, and Paul Batt.

PA Power won last year’s ASA Class C national title and Mattarazzo Brothers is the defending ASA men’s 40&over national champions and feature Whitehall’s Reno Lato.

All-series tickets for the tourney cost $7 and daily tickets cost adults $3, seniors $2.

Mid-Michigan Travel League Report

Thursday, June 29th, 2006



Tue. 6 – 27 in Auburn

Game One: Auburn Buzz 6 – 11 8 innings WP: Greg Wright 10 K 3 – 5
Munger Bulldogs 5 – 9 LP: Brent Lynch 10 K 3 – 3

Buzz: Kyle Engle 3 – 5, HR; Trent Ruthig 2 – 4; Duaine Vogel 2 – 5; Brandon Drews 2 – 2
Bulldogs: Puncky McKinstry hit a 2 run HR in bottom of 7th for tie. Brent Lynch HR

Game Two: Frankenmuth Tiffany’s 2 – 5 WP: Pete Loachridge 12 K 8 – 0
Auburn Buzz 1 – 2 LP: Greg Wright 4 K 3 – 6

Tiffany’s: Brad Gnatkowski RBI in the 1st and scored winning run on wild pitch in the 7th .
Buzz: Kyle Engle HR in the 1st

Wed. 6 28 in Frankenmuth

Game One: Munger Bulldogs 5 – 7 WP: Brent Lynch 10 K 4 – 3
Munger Vols 2 – 4 LP: Ryan Truemner 3 K 0 – 3

Bulldogs: Adam Brechtelsbauer 2 – 3, 2 RBI, Tim Roberts 2 – 3, Steve Roberts D
Vols: Justin Jacobs T; Todd Moore RBI

Game Two: Frankenmuth Tiffany’s 9 – 9 WP: Pete Loachridge 8 K 9 – 0
Munger Bulldogs 3 – 5 LP: Jeff Servinski 5 K 2 – 2

Tiffany’s: Rich Kathrens 2 – 3, RBI; Joe Funsch 2 RBI; Dale Doughty T; Terry Hoppe 2 RBI
Bulldogs: Steve Roberts T; Puncky McKinstry 2 RBI; Ken Benson RBI
The game was rained out in the bottom of the 6th and is a completed game.


Frankenmuth Tiffany’s 9 0
Munger Bulldogs 7 5 4
Auburn Buzz 3 6 6
#23 Millington Up To Date Painting 3 6 6
Munger Vols 1 6 7

#22 ISC II JRW & Associates of Yakima at DeMarini Rose Cup

Monday, June 26th, 2006

#22 ISC II JRW & Associates of Yakima at DeMarini Rose Cup

Portland, Oregon – What do the following nine world class pitchers have in common ……..

# 8 ISC ranked SoCal Bombers,
Travis Price
Tyson Barkman (18 yr. old prodigy from the recent Jr. Men World Championship)

# 14 ISC II ranked California Lumberkings.
Sonny Perkins
Jon Nimmo

# 36 ISC ranked Prince George Black Bears
Sean Whitten
Craig Pidcock

# 16 ISC ranked CR/Portland
Mark Bennett
Terry Luster
Mike Piechnik

They all threw against JRW & Associates in the Rose Cup in Portland, Oregon.

JRW & Associates did have a measure of success against these pitchers with one HR, 7 runs scored and 17 hits. And this was with 5 JRW starters and 3 ASA Class C pick-ups out of Portland to make 8 position players for the weekend.

Two of JRW’s four opponents – CR/Portland and the SoCal Bombers – finished 1 & 2 in the Rose Cup.

It certainly prepared JRW for the flame throwers they will meet in the ISC II Tournament of Champions (ToC).

It is measure of some respect that most teams throw their ace at the Associates.

Line scores for # 22 ranked JRW & Associates games were posted on Al’s Fastball list and summarized on Jim Flanagan’s Fastpitch West web site.

Grande Prairie, AB Pride results

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Grande Prairie, Alberta

The Grande Prairie Pride, ISC II #33 in the June 1 rankings, had a good showing at the Madhatters Mens Fastpitch tournament on the weekend.

The newly formed team, in only its second tournament of Senior Open competition, finished 2nd after the round robin only to lose 11 – 4 to Calgary Cobras in the A division final.

In the semi final they beat Camrose 10-2 after tying them 3-3 in the round robin. They also had a 7-0 win over Clear Prairie and a 3-2 loss to Calgary.

Bob McVey
Grande Prairie

More ISC II Scores from Rose Cup (Second Round)

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

#14 California Lumberkings Make the Elite Eight at Portland Rose Cup Tournament

Second Round Games – Quarter Finals

Game 9
(ISC #24) Team Rainey, CA – 13
(#14) Lumberkings, CA – 0
WP-Sebastian Gervasutti
LP-John Nimmo

The #14 Lumberkings were the highest finishing ISC II team, finishing 2-3 and making it to the Elite Eight. The #16 Colorado Rage finished 2-2, including an upset win over ISC #23 ranked Houston Aces. #22 JRW Associates finished 0-4.

The Rose Cup tournament field of teams included a number of ISC World tournament teams, including:
#6 Vancouver Grey Sox, eliminated second round
#8 So Cal Bombers, in the semi-finals
#16 CR/Portland, in the finals
#23 Houston Aces, eliminated first round
#24 Team Rainey, in the semi-finals

ISC II Scores from Rose Cup, Sunday, Portland, OR

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Single Elimination Sunday, June 25, 2006

First Round Games

Game 2
(#14)Lumberkings, CA – 11
(#16) Colorado Rage, CO – 1
WP-Sonny Perkins*
LP-Kurt Tabashnuik
*not ISC II eligible

Game 5
(ISC #16) CR/Portland, OR – 7
(#22) JRW Associates – 1
WP-Mark Bennett
LP-Dave Drotzman

ISC II Scores from Rose Cup

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

ISC II #16 Colorado Rage finished with the best record among the ISC II teams at the Portland Rose Cup Tournament at Portland, Oregon, with a 2-1 record. The Rage notched one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, knocking off ISC World #23 ranked Houston Aces, with lefy Kurt Tabashnuik outdueling veterans Wayne Wells, 1-0. The Rage’s second win came over a former ISC II team, A-1 Tank. The Tank had been ranked #24 before dropping out of competition at the ISC II level. A-1 was winless in 3 tries at Portland, Saturday.

ISC II #14 ranked Lumberkings finished 1-2, notching a win over ISC II #22 JRW Associates, falling to two ISC World Tournament teams, the So Cal Bombers and the Prince George Black Bears, of British Columbia.

ISC II #22 JRW Associates also faced stiff competition, going 0-3 while playing up in classification. Like the Lumberkings, JRW had to face two of the ISC World’s best, the So Cal Bombers and Prince George Black Bears.

Play continues Sunday, in single elimination bracket play.

Saturday 9 am
Pool B
ISC #8 SoCal Bombers, CA – 11
#22 JRW Associates, WA – 3
WP-Travis Price
LP-Mike Egerdeen

Prince George Black Bears, BC – 6
#14 Lumberkings, CA – 0
WP-Sean Whitten
LP-Sonny Perkins

11:00 a.m. games
Pool C
#16 Colorado Rage, CO – 1
ISC #23 Houston Aces, TX – 0
WP-Kurt Tabashnuik
LP-Wayne Wells

1 pm
Pool B
Lumberkings, CA – 9
JRW Associates, WA – 3
WP-Anthony Martinez
LP-Dave Drotzman

Pool C
ISC #16 CR Portland, OR – 7
Colorado Rage, CO – 0
WP-Mark Bennett
LP-Kurt Tabashnuik

5:30 pm
Pool B
So Cal Bombers 10
Lumberkings, CA – 0
WP-Ryan Brand
LP-Jon Nimmo

Prince George Black Bears, BC -10
JRW, WA – 0
WP-Sean Whitten
LP-Mike Edgerdeen

#30 South Lebanon TNT finish 2nd in Mid Atlantic League play

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

ISC #24 Keatings again goes 6-0 and wins the 2nd Mid Atlantic travel league weekend. Congrats to South Lebanon on going 5-1 to finish second. TNT will be looking to improve on their ISC II ranking of 30th.

Here are the standings from this past weekend.

Final Pool Play Standings Wk 2
Division 1
1. Keatings Fitness 3-0
2. #30 PA Power 2-1
3. #4The Rise 1-2
4. Landis Markets 0-3

Division 2
1. #30 South Lebanon 3-0
2. #28 Lanc Co Motors 2-1
3. Twin Pines 1-2
4. Marysville VFW 0-3

Division 3
1. Baltimore, MD 2-1
2. Hoffman’s Garage 2-1
3. Key AC 1-2
4. Salisbury, MD 1-2

Championship Round

Keatings Fitness 8
Lancaster Co Motors 1

The Rise 10
Baltimore Merchants 0

South Lebanon TNT 8
PA Power 3

Landis Markets 5
Hoffman’s Garage 1

Keatings Fitness 7
The Rise 3

South Lebanon TNT 8
Landis Markets 5

Keatings Fitness 9
South Lebanon TNT 1

Final was locked up at 1-1 thru 5 and with 2 outs in the 6th and nobody on, Keatings blows open the game with 3 runs in the 6th and 5 more in the 7th.

#22 Yakima, WA JRW & Associates update

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

JRW & Associates of Yakima Thrice a Bridesmaid

Mt. Vernon, WA – A third place finish at the Skagit Invite on June 18th left JRW & Associates of Yakima, WA at the altar for the third straight weekend.

Two weekends ago (June 4) at the Rich Rice Memorial Tourn. In Wenatchee, WA, the JRW team was 1-1 in pool play and set to play the Northwest Merchants (NWM) of Lacey, WA in their next game. NWM are unranked as they are only playing a limited weekend schedule.

Mike Egerdeen had pitched the initial 11-1 victory for JRW. The loss came in the second game as JRW’s Masters pitcher Wade Liberty gave up 7 runs in the first two innings. Egerdeen came in and stopped the carnage, but JRW could only get 5 runs back. Egerdeen, nursing a calf injury on the mend, had to come right back against NWM and lasted 4 innings. JRW Masters pitcher Wade Liberty held the NWM for two more innings, but NWM scored 3 in the top of the 7th. NWM Kurt Penner shut JRW down in B7 for the 7-5 win.

ISC #15 Palermo drop pair to ISC #4 Orillia

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Hillsburgh, ON

Game # 47

Palermo 0R– 2H – 3E
Orillia River Sharks 4R– 9H – 1E
WP: Frank Cox 7IP – 0R –2H – 12K –1BB
LP: Gord Scott 6IP – 4R– 9H – 7K – 0BB
Home Runs: Steve Mullaley (Orillia)

Game # 48
Palermo 1R– 4H –1E
Orillia River Sharks 10R– 14H – 3E
5 inning mercy
WP: Andy Jackson 5IP– 1R – 4H – 7K – 1BB

LP: Chad Reed 3IP– 8R – 12H – 5K – 3BB
Chris McColl 1IP– 2R – 2H – 0K – 0BB

Home Runs:
Dwayne McKenzie (Orillia)

LumberKings, Rage & JRW in Portland

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

One of the highlights of the fastball season, the Portland, OR Rose Cup, features three ISC II teams: #14 Bakersfield, CA California LumberKings, #16 Denver, CO Colorado Rage and #22 Yakima, WA JRW & Associates.

Their schedule is as follows:

Pool B
Sat 6/24/06 Bombers / JRW Bud 9:00am
Sat. 6/24/06 Black Bears/ Lumberkings Pizza Mia 9:00am
Sat. 6/24/06 JRW / Lumberkings Pizza Mia 1:00pm
Sat. 6/24/06 Lumberkings / Bombers Pizza Mia 5:30pm
Sat. 6/24/06 Black Bears / JRW Bud 5:30pm

Pool C
Sat. 6/24/06 Rage / Aces Pepsi 11:00am
Sat. 6/24/06 CR/Portland / Rage GI Joes 1:00pm
Sat. 6/24/06 Rage / A-1 Tank Bud 7:30pm

All teams advance to single elimination Sunday.

Ken Zulski Memorial Fastpitch Tournament – Petoskey, MI

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

June 16-18, 2006

Tournament Cancelled due to weather during 6th inning of loser bracket final (game #13). Tiffany’s (Frankenmuth, MI) determined 1st place due to only team left unbeaten, #23 Up to Date Painting (Millington, MI) determined 2nd place due to Game #13 being declared complete after 5th inning and Roofs of the North (Roscommon, MI) was awarded 3rd place plaque. Individual awards were also handed out to managers of respective teams.

Full results can also be found here.

Order of Finish:
1. Tiffany’s – Frankenmuth, MI – 3-0
2. #23 Up to Date Painting – Millington, MI – 3-1
3. Roofs of the North – Roscommon, MI – 3-2
4. Coppens Brigade – Midland, MI – 2-2
5. Suburban Insulation – Ann Arbor, MI – 1-2
5. The Lumber Company – Zeeland, MI – 1-2
7. Windsor Reds – Windsor, ONT – 0-2
7. M-46ers – Hemlock, MI – 0-2

Individual Awards:

Outstanding Pitcher – Pete Loachridge / Tiffany’s (2-0, 10 IP, 2 R’s, 10 H’s, 21 K’s, 3 BB’s)
Outstanding Hitter – Adam Osantowski / Coppens Brigade (.667 average)
Outstanding Infielder – Brian Jammer / Up to Date Painting
Outstanding Outfielder – Brad Gnatkowski / Tiffany’s