Don Scott admitted he was running on fumes.
He already had thrown most of the innings for his Jarvis (Ontario) team this week during the ISC World fast-pitch tournament and got word Saturday that his grandfather had passed away. So by the time Scott got to the seventh inning, he was in his words, “using smoke and mirrors” to get by.
Somehow he found a little more in the tank, finishing the 5-4 win over Chicago/New York at the Greenvalley Sports Complex in Moline and making the Travelers back-to-back champs of the International Softball Congress.
Last year, Scott was on the other side of the field, a member of the Kitchener (Ontario) Sharks that Jarvis defeated to win the 2010 title.
“I was on the losing end last year,” said Scott, who dedicated the win to his grandfather. “This feels a whole lot better than last year. I’ll tell you that right now.”
Scott allowed four runs, all earned, and eight hits while striking out seven and walking none.
Leading the offensive charge for Jarvis was center fielder Freddy Terkelsen, who went 2-for-3, including a two-run double in the fourth and scored what turned out to be the winning run.
“I wanted to take some pitches, then with two strikes I just wanted to put the ball in play,” said Terkelsen of his double. “Luckily, it went right over the third baseman’s head.”
But Terkelsen and manager Steve Kooser pointed to Scott’s job in the circle as the key to the game. Kooser said he had no problem with leaving his right-hander in the game when things started to get hairy in the sixth, when Chicago/New York got within one run.
“He pitched his tail off,” Kooser said. “He started using the change up a little more. It’s not his favorite pitch, but these guys (Chicago/New York) have a great hitting team and we needed to have that. He had it and kept them off balance.”