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PAGE’S CHADWICK STANDS HIS GROUND ON PITCHING MOUND

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Neal Chadwick knows frustration.

A year ago in the International Softball Congress World Fastpitch Tournament, in Prince Edward Island, Canada, Page Brake's giant pitcher (6-foot-6, 285-pounds) sprained his ankle just warming up to hurl his team's first game in the tourney.Page Brake lost. The Salt Lake City team was out in two games.

The grounds' crew in Prince Edward Island had moved Chadwick to the outfield grass to warmup. He stepped in a chuck-hole.

Saturday morning, the grounds crew here at Diamond of Champions Park attempted to move Chadwick to the outfield again.

Deja vu? No.

"I didn't move," Chadwick said. "They had to work around me. But I wasn't going to move."

Good call by Chadwick.

He responded by pitching a no-hitter, striking out 10, and walking only one in the five-inning route, 9-0, over Grafton, W. Va.

Chadwick also responded with the bat, too. He blasted a two-run home run and had an RBI single, too.

"Their pitcher (Brad Campbell) had me going in my first at bat, with his changeup," Chadwick said. "But I was able to get on top of it my next two trips to the plate.

"This feels great to comeback here and pitch like this after what happened to me last year."

Page Brake's shortstop Hank Hathaway also had a solo home run, and centerfielder Stephen Glasker went for 3for-3, including two doubles, and an RBI.

Page earned the right to face Class Walls of Baltimore at 4:15 p.m. (MDT) today.

The Pleasant Grove Wallbangers, making their first appearance in the ISC, didn't fare as well as Page Brake, losing in five innings, 8-0, to the Ravens of South Surrey, B. C.

Surrey catcher Rick Elias and shortstop Terry Weibe each had two-run home runs. Kevin Careless and Dean Holdien combined for a one-hit shutout.

Larry H. Miller Toyota learned its first opponent for its 11 a.m. (MDT) game today. The Salt Lake team, which is rated No. 5 in the world, with a 69-8 mark, will face County Concrete of Marathon, Wis., a 5-0 winner over Aurora, Ill.