NY Gremlins win second-straight USA Softball Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Title after 12-3 win over Hill United

Aug. 11, 2017, 11:28 a.m. (ET)

South Bend, Ind. – For the second-straight year, the NY Gremlins went undefeated to capture the USA Softball Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship. The Gremlins, out of Clifton Park, N.Y., won their third national title in six years after defeating Hill United 12-3 (five innings) on Sunday, August 6.

En route to claiming the championship title, the Gremlins outscored their opponents 46-3, giving up three runs to Hill United in the championship game.  Roman Godoy had a strong performance in the circle for the Gremlins, pitching five innings with eight strikeouts and five hits allowed.

The Gremlins jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning after a walk and a double put two runners on base for Andrew Kirkpatrick, who hit a three-run home run. Rafael Flores and Bryan Abrey opened the second inning with back-to-back singles before a sac fly by Nick Mullins plated another run for the Gremlins. A three-run shot from Matt Palazzo in the third inning made it 7-0. A RBI single by Blair Ezekiel, sac fly from Flores and a three-run home run by Abrey resulted in a five-run fifth inning to clinch the victory over Hill United.

Hill United’s three runs came on a pair of homeruns by Brad Ezekiel and Nico Carril. Prior to Hill United’s 4-0 semifinal loss to the Gremlins, they had defeated their opponents with decisive 7-0, 9-2 and 3-1 victories. The 2017 season marked the sixth-straight year of Top Four finishes for Hill United, who previously won three-straight National Championships (2013-2015) before placing fourth a year ago.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

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