NY Gremlins capture third consecutive Men's Major FP National Championship

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | Aug. 06, 2018, 3:07 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – For the third-straight year, the NY Gremlins went undefeated to capture the USA Softball Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship. The NY Gremlins, out of Clifton Park, N.Y., won their fourth national title in seven years after defeating Hill United Chiefs 11-3 (six innings).


En route to claiming the championship title, the Gremlins outscored their opponents 41-10, only going the full seven innings in two of their five contests.  In their opening game of the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship, the NY Gremlins shutout Tin Cup 11-0 (five innings) behind a no-hitter in the circle by Juan Potolicchio.  Potolicchio fanned 10 batters with the lone base runner of the game getting on after a fielding error.  Offensively, Roy Mathieu had a perfect outing in the batter’s box, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs, including a two-run shot over the right field fence to plate three runs.


Moving on to their next game in bracket play, the NY Gremlins posted another run-rule victory in an 8-1 (five innings) win over the Kansas City Monarchs.  Strong pitching and timely hitting once again proved to be the key to victory for the NY Gremlins.  Andrew Kirkpatrick got the ‘W’ in the circle after fanning six and allowing just one earned run in five innings.  Kirkpatrick also produced at the plate, joining Erick Ochoa in the home run club as both batters accounted for three-of-eight runs in the contest.


It was a pitcher’s duel in the next contest for the NY Gremlins as they edged out JB Bombers 4-0 to remain in the winner’s bracket.  Erick Ochoa started the game off with a bang, taking advantage of two leadoff walks by hitting a three-run blast in the top of the first inning.  Plating an additional insurance run in the third inning, the four runs proved to be enough to hand the NY Gremlins the win.


The NY Gremlins earned a spot in the Championship Game after a tightly-contested battle against eventual runner-up Hill United Chiefs.  Down by six runs after three complete innings, the NY Gremlins slowly chipped away at the lead before a walk off grand slam by Malarczuk Ladlisao sealed the win.


Hill United Chiefs posted a 17-5 win over Hallman Twins to earn the rematch against the NY Gremlins in the Championship Game.  Hill United Chiefs once again took an early lead after a leadoff, solo home run by Brad Ezekiel.  The NY Gremlins responded in the top of the third, taking the lead for good with a two-run home run by Ben Enoka.  Additional home runs by Bryan Abrey and Zenon Winters kept the offense rolling for the NY Gremlins as they earned the 11-3 (six innings) win to hold on to the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National title.


The Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship was just one of many adult National Championships for the 2018 season.  Maccabi USA and B&L/Frank Rogers claimed the Men’s 50-Over Fast Pitch National Championship title while the Men’s Fast Pitch Open East and Men’s Senior 60-Over Fast Pitch National Championships are scheduled to take place at the end of August and September, respectively. 


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