Ezekiel leads Hill United Chief past J&B Painting in ISC World Tournament

Written by Bob on August 14th, 2015

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Blair Ezekiel drove in three runs on three hits, including a home run to lead the Chiefs past J&B Painting, 8-0, Thursday, in the ISC World Tournament semifinals.

The win advances the defending champion Chiefs (4-0) into Friday’s winner bracket final where they will take on the A1 Bombers of New York. The Bombers (4-0) beat the New York Gremlins, 2-0, in the other semifinal on Devon McCullough’s one-hitter.

Ezekiel was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3, while scoring three runs. But he had plenty of help from his teammates, who pounded out 12 hits in the five-inning game stopped because of the seven-run, mercy rule.

Nick Shailes and Steve Mullaley also homered with Shailes driving in three runs, and Mullaley (3-for-3) collecting two RBI.

Shailes is having a superlative tournament, batting .500 (6-for-12) with six runs, 10 RBI, including three home runs and a triple.

Adam Folkard continued his world tournament dominance and won his fourth game, allowing just a fifth-inning single by Wiblert Cowick that broke up Folkard’s bid for a perfect game.

The right-hander from Australia struck out seven, and in the tournament, lowered his ERA to 0.31. In 22 innings he has given up just six hits, four walks, while striking out 36.

The win extends his world tournament consecutive victory streak to 16, No.2 all-time behind Gerald Muizelaar, the leader with 23, and past No. 3, Darren Zack at 15.

Folkard also climbed to No. 12 on the world tournament most wins list. His 33 wins moved him past renowned pitchers Dick Brubaker, Kevin Herlihy and Jeremy Manley at 32.

For J&B Painting (3-1), Tony Mancha took the loss, going 3 2/3 innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits.

The California team now drops into the losers bracket where they will take on the Toronto Gators at 6 p.m. Friday.

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