Hill United Chiefs open fastball season in Peter Hallman classic that features six ISC top-ranked teams

Written by Bob on June 20th, 2017

FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER – Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards. In 2016, he pitched the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada to runner-up in the ISC World Tournament and was named an All-World pitcher for a eighth time. His 4-1 record gives him 39 wins all-time in ISC World Tournament play. Photo By BOB OTTO

SIX NATIONS, ONTARIO, CA – The No. 1 ranked Hill United Chiefs opens its fastball season at the 2017 Peter Hallman Memorial Fastball Tournament in St. Clements, Ontario, June 23-25.

Topping the International Softball Congress (ISC) early-season poll, the Chiefs return with a star-studded lineup that includes the world’s top pitcher, Australian right-hander Adam Folkard, who has led the team to ISC World Tournament championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Along with runner-up in 2016.

Folkard, a shoo-in for the ISC Hall of Fame once he’s eligible, has been selected a world tournament all-world pitcher eight times, and the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher a record-setting five times (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015).

His 39 world tournament victories places Folkard No. 7 all-time in the history of the 70-year ISC. And he’s sure to keep challenging the six ahead of him, with Korrey Gareau the next target at 40.

Michael White holds the record with 70 victories, followed by Peter Meredith’s 60; Darren Zack, 56; Mike Piechnik and Gerald Muizelaar, 48, and Todd Martin and Paul Algar at 42.

MICHAEL WHITE holds the ISC World Tournament pitching record in MOST WINS with 70 in his ISC career from 1980 to 2006. Photo By BOB OTTO

With the tall, hard throwing Folkard back in the circle, the Chiefs will once again be a favorite to win the world tournament, considered the most prestigious and challenging men’s club fastball tournament in the world.

However, Folkhard has a lot of support. Returning are 2016 All-World players, catcher, Jason Sanford; infielders, Nick Shailes and James Todhunter, and outfielders Brad Ezekiel and Mark Johnson.

Hill United Chiefs catcher Jason Sanford blocks the plate and stops Toronto Gator’s Brandon Horn from scoring during the Gators nine inning, 7-6 victory in the winner’s bracket final of the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Friday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Hill United’s roster sports an international cast of three Argentinians and four Australians, along with several Canadian stars from three of the country’s provinces – Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.

A powerful squad, no doubt. But the Peter Hallman tournament should provide a stern test.

For in the tournament are five of the ISC’s highly ranked teams: No. 4, Kitchener, ON, CanAm Twins; (7) Toronto, ON, Batmen; (8) Kitchener, ON, Cubs; (11) Kingston, ON, Axemen, and the No. 12 Elmira, ON, Expos.

The 2017 Peter Hallman Memorial Fastball Tournament will showcase several of the world’s top club teams.

All of the Chiefs games can be viewed either on Facebook Live, or YouTube live, depending on what avenue provides the best live stream. Visit the Chiefs Facebook to learn more.

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Cam Lind says:

    Great story, I played against most of the top winning pitchers. I am sure I contributed to all of their strikeout totals. Keep up the reports, Cam

  2. Bob says:

    Thanks Cam. And you’re not alone in contributing to various pitchers strikeout totals. Many a hitter in the history of the game has been sent back to the bench via the “K” by the sport’s greatest hurlers.

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