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SUNDAY, AUGUST 12/2018

ISSUE #2

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF DAY 1

We’re officially underway for the fifth time in history here at the beautiful Peter Hallman Ball Yard with the ISC World Tournament. Day one kicked off under sunny blue skies with the Conestoga College Condors taking on the Laurier University Golden Hawks, both promising post-secondary clubs in the Region of Waterloo. The Condors will be hosting the Ontario College Championships this October in Kitchener. The Golden Hawks claimed their first National Title on these very fields in 2009 when they defeated the Uni-

versity of Saskatchewan Huskies 7-4. The two teams were comprised of an array of prospective, current, and alumni players with the Condors coming out on top 4-3. Meanwhile on diamond two, the Shallow Lake Sting U16 team was coming of a great finish at the Canadian Championships last week in Innerkip and took down the Twin Centre Wildcats 7-0. And to wrap up the morning festivities, the Waterloo Regional Police replaced their cruisers with cleats to take on the Legends of Softball but the wisdom of Sammy

Forbes was too much for the Regional Police this time with an offensive 20-5 win. Day one can only be deemed a success -- the gates were busy with familiar faces and many new ones to the ballpark. The Region of Waterloo have come out in full support with local radio stations, CTV news, and the Waterloo Record all on site to take on day one action. And if you see #ISCTheShow on one of our local GRT city buses over the week, be sure to snap a photo and post to us on social media - we're all over town! And of course we had the on-field action itself which did not disappoint. Five of the ten games were decided by three runs or less. We had one no hitter thrown by Kim Hansen as the Kegal Black Knights downed the Waterdown First Ontario Hammer 3-0. Second host team Kitchener Hallman Cubs battled back in the seventh inning and a heroic grand slam in the 9th inning gave the Cubs an opening win. Local Kitchener teams came out blazing on day one with three of the four teams capturing opening round wins. Get all the latest updates, scores, and brackets on the tournament app by downloading ISC World Tournament on your iPhone or Android and follow the hashtag #ISCTheShow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Sam Forbes Watering Hole is now open at the ISC World Tournament ... located on the first base line at Peter Hallman Ball Yard. The Legend himself is looking forward to seeing you or anyone else at “the Show” at Peter Hallman Ball Yard August 11th to 18th.


Kitchener Rivershark Twins win 2008 ISC Championship

Championship smiles and thumbs up – Sunset Park, Kimberly Wi Saturday Aug. 16, 2008 Kitchener Rivershark Twins Roster (alphabetically): Dave Bailey, Evan Boyd, Frank Cox, Jody Eidt, Jeff Ellsworth, Blair Ezekiel, Ian Fehrman, Dan Loney, Matt Lynch, Todd Martin, Blake Miller, Steve Mulalley, Jason Sanford, Don Scott, Derek Shackleton, Patrick Shannon, Ryan Wolfe. Management/coaches: Denny Bruckert (Field Manager), Larry Lynch (Coach), Cyril Moss, Bob Nydick (Coach), Greg Nydick (Scorekeeper), Meg Smith (physiotherapist)

By John Thompson, Waterloo It took 19 years for a Kitchener-Waterloo based team to advance from it’s baptism in ISC Play to hoisting the Carrol Forbes Trophy, emblematic of the World Tournament Championship. The Twin Cities was first represented at the 44th ISC World Tournament in 1990 when Waterloo Twins traversed the continent to compete in Victoria BC. In 2008, a sponsorship collaboration of Kitchener businessman Jim Hallman and American softball enthusiast Bob Nydick, previously of the Orillia ON Riversharks, proved to be the right mix to get the job done. Participating in the 62nd annual ISC tournament, the Kitchener Rivershark Twins were seeking fastball holiest of grails – the ISC World Championship. HISTORIC GATORS: The only Canadian team to have won the title was the fabled Toronto ON Gators of the mid-nineties, who in a three year stretch bookended championships in 1993 and 1995 around a 2nd place finish in 1994. RECENT HISTORY: In the ensuing dozen years, championships were dominated by powerhouse teams from Wisconsin – The Farm Tavern of Madison, champs in 1997 and ’99 and the then-defending champs from 2007, and County Materials from Marathon (back-to-back in 2005 – 06); the aptly named Broken Bow Travelers and Spirit from Ne-

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braska and Amsterdam NY (2001, ’03 and ’04); the Smokers of Tampa Bay FL (1996 and ‘98), and single wins for the Decatur IL Pride (2000) and St. Joseph MO Frontier Casino in 2002 when Kitchener hosted the tournament for the first time. The only Canadian appearance on Championship Day during that 12 year span was the Victoria BC Legends in 1997, when as the host team, the Legends fashioned an 8-2 record, losing to The Farm Tavern. PROBABILITIES: So, what were the chances of a Canadian team playing in the 2008 championship tilt… the recent past would suggest “slim-

Fargo ND Minndak Millers 2-1 (WP – Todd Martin); Elkart IA Midwest Stampede 6-4 (WP Todd Martin in relief, HR by Steve Mullaley and three run rally in bottom of 7th) and the New York NY Patsy’s 7-0 (WP – Todd Martin and HRs by Jody Eidt, Patrick Shannon and Blake Miller). The Saskatoon SK Aspen Interiors also won four-in-a-row to advance to the final four, dispatching Thomson IL Area Merchants 9-1; Green Bay WI Townline 4-3 (2 runs in bottom of 7th); Jarvis ON Gamblers 6-2 and Madison WI Farm Tavern 5-2 (four runs in bottom of 6th). ROAD TO CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT: In the matchup of the undefeateds, the Rivershark Twins needed a run in the bottom of the 7th to knot the game at eight-apiece with the Aspens. Both teams traded runs in the 9th before Twins were the first team to hit double figures, plating a 10th run in the bottom of the 13th inning to advance to the championship final. The 10-9 slug-fest featured 30 hits and five HRs, including one each off the bats of ‘Sharks Jody Eidt, Steve Mullaley and Ian Fehrman. Meanwhile the Farm Tavern’s Korrey Gareau bested Patsy’s Adam Folkard, with the Farm scoring seven times including homeruns from Paul Rosebush and Jesse Delorit, eliminating New York. In the semi-final game, Aspens plowed under the Farm 9-2, with round-trippers from Dale Levy, Dean Holoien and Sean O’Brien. RE-MATCH IN SUNSET PARK A beautiful summer Saturday evening in Kimberly’s scenic Sunset Park set the stage for a second Aspens vs Rivershark Twins encounter. For 5’ innings, Aspen’s starter Dean Holoien handcuffed the Riversshark Twins, allowing only one hit, while building a 3-0 lead. With only five outs remaining,

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Todd Martin, Frank Cox (5), Todd Martin (7) and Patrick Shannon; Dean Holoien, Trevor Ethier (7) and Sean O’Brien. WP – Cox; LP – Holoien; SV – Martin; HR – Ryan Wolfe, Jody Eidt, Patrick Shannon, Blair Ezekiel (Kitchener) Time: 2:17 to-nil”. And even longer odds that two Canadianbased teams would face each other in the 78th and final game of the World Tournament. ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR: The Kitchener Rivershark Twins were flawless in fashioning a perfect 4-0 record, sidelining Portland OR Demarini 8-0 (WP Don Scott and HR by Patrick Shannon);

prospects for the Rivershark Twins were dismal at best. However, long ball fireworks erupted as Patrick Shannon and Blair Ezekiel launched solo round-trippers in T-6 to narrow the deficit to one. Déjà vu in the T-7 when Jody Eidt and Ryan Wolfe also homered to provide a comfortable 6-4 margin as Kitchener won its first ISC Championship in dramatic Hollywood style fashion.

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RESULTS FROM DAY 1 Date

Time

Venue

WORLD TOURNAMENT (MALE) Game

08/11 2:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 1

1

08/11 2:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 2

2

08/11 2:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 3

3

08/11 4:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 1

4

08/11 4:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 2

5

08/11 6:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 1

6

08/11 6:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 2

7

08/11 6:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 3

8

08/11 8:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 1

10

08/11 8:00 PM

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - PHBY 2

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Team KITCHENER PREDATORS 36 Team Double Elimination

NITH RIVER MONSTERS 36 Team Double Elimination

THE LAKES 36 Team Double Elimination

ASHLAND A’s 36 Team Double Elimination

BREWERS 36 Team Double Elimination

KITCHENER HALLMAN CUBS 36 Team Double Elimination

WATERDOWN HAMMER 36 Team Double Elimination

DURHAM DIAMONDBACKS 36 Team Double Elimination

GRANDE PRAIRIE PIRATES 36 Team Double Elimination

3 CHEERS PUB 36 Team Double Elimination

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7

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3

3

11

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6

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Team Alvinston Aces 36 Team Double Elimination

AURORA DOLAN & MURPHY 36 Team Double Elimination

IRMA TIGERS 36 Team Double Elimination

BELL CARTAGE OUTLAWS 36 Team Double Elimination

ELMIRA EXPOS 36 Team Double Elimination

BAR on the AVENUE BUZZ 36 Team Double Elimination

KEGEL BLACK KNIGHTS 36 Team Double Elimination

PUEBLO BANDITS 36 Team Double Elimination

NIAGARA SNAPPERS 36 Team Double Elimination

BEAR BOTTOM LODGE 36 Team Double Elimination

A Look Back in KW Softball History Dan Yantzi, ace of the Waterloo Chym'rs/ Twins was the first Player Rep of the ISC accepting that role in 1995. After a stellar career on the mound in the Inter-City Fastball League and the ISC Travel League of the 1980's and 90's, and numerous appearances at the ISC World Tournament, he became the first local player to be recognized in the ISC Hall of Fame when he has awarded the Bob Welby Award for contribution to the game, in 2002. That was also the first time Kitchener ever hosted the ISC World Tournament. Craig Crawford became a member of the Waterloo Twins in 1993 and in his first year, and still of junior age, he led the ISC Travel League in hitting. Craig would go on to play an exceptional career with the Twins, Toronto Gators, Midland Explorers and Hill United Chiefs. He was a two time all- world player but more importantly won ISC

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World Championships with 3 different teams, the Gators , Rivershark Twins and Chiefs. At age 43 and still playing a starting role as a Chief, he drove in the walk off winning run as Hill United defeated Kitchener Hallman Twins 2-1 to win the 2014 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener. Brian Stere came to the Waterloo Chym'rs as a walk on first baseman in 1989 and would develop into one of the most feared long ball hitters in the game. A powerful swing from the left side of the plate, he once hit home runs against three of the games most dominant pitchers, Darren Zack, Brad Underwood and Chubb Tangaroa in the same tournament in Midland. Another year he went 10 for 10 in the ISC Qualifier played in Waterloo. Chubbs as he was called earned an All-World selection in

Summerside, PEI, during the 1994 tournament and when he retired in 2006 number 16 was honoured by becoming the first and only Twins player ever to have his uniform number retired. The first ISC World Tournament held in Kitchener in 2002 was also the debut year for a new Carol Forbes Trophy awarded annually to the International Softball Congress World Tournament Champions. It was designed and built locally by Rick Bellefeuille owner/operator of Twin City Trophy and Custom Awards, and the major sponsor of the Waterloo Twins from 1990 to 1996. Every year the Carrol Forbes Trophy is purpose-built for the ISC World Tournament and includes the names of all the previous championship teams dating back to 1947. Written by 2007 ISC Hall of Fame Inductee Larry Lynch

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IMPRESSIONS FROM THE OPENING DAY

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Diamond Dirt #2 - Sunday August 12 2018