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Yusef Davis Gets His Chance

Saturday, June 18th, 2016
Yusef Davis Jr., of Long Beach, Calif., was selected second-team, all-tournament at the 2016 USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 11-12. Courtesy Photo

Yusef Davis Jr., of Long Beach, Calif., was selected second-team, all-tournament at the 2016 USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 11-12. Courtesy Photo

LONG BEACH, Calif. – All Yusef Davis Jr. wanted was a chance. He got it and he made the most of it.

Davis heard about the USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament being held June 11-12. It was an opportunity for U.S. players to be evaluated by the USA men’s coaching staff and the USA national team selection committee.

It was an opportunity Davis couldn’t pass up. If he played well and impressed the evaluators, it just might earn him an invite to a USA national team tryout camp.

FOOTING THE BILL

That was all it took for the 21 year old Davis to pay his own airfare to Ashland, Ohio where the tournament was being held.

The experience?

“It was incredible,” said Davis, who grew up playing soccer, football, basketball and baseball in youth and high school. “I was nervous. I knew a lot of talent would be there. I wanted to play against that talent and be seen.”

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Can any team beat the Hill United Chiefs?

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

2015ISCprogramfolkard.1lr Can any team in the 2015 ISC World Tournament beat the Hill United Chiefs and ace pitcher Adam Folkard? The Chiefs are 5-0, slotted in the championship game, with a chance to win their third consecutive ISC World Tournament championship.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada won their fifth consecutive game to move into Saturday’s ISC World Tournament championship game by beating the A1 Bombers of New York, 6-0, in Friday’s winners bracket final.

Joel Southam had a huge game, accounting for five runs by belting a grand slam home run and driving in another with an RBI single.

Adam Folkard (5-0) went five innings allowing two hits with 10 strikeouts before handing the ball off to Don Scott, who wrapped it up with a one-hit, two strikeout effort over the last two innings.

So now the Chiefs await in the championship game for the survivor of the losers bracket, where the Toronto Gators, New York Gremlins and A1 Bombers of Massachusetts are battling for the right to wrestle with the Chiefs for the Carrol Forbes Memorial Trophy, awarded to the champion.

But fastpitch fans surely must be debating: Can any team beat these Chiefs? The short answer – not very often.

Hill United, in pursuit of a third consecutive ISC World Tournament championship, has a sparkling 22-1 record since the 2012 world tournament; their last loss, 8-6, to the Jarvis, Ontario, Travelers in the 2012 championship game.

During the Chiefs’ amazing four-year run, pitcher Adam Folkard has won 17 consecutive games. Should he win the championship game, he would add one more to that victory streak.

Late Saturday, Aug. 15, a world tournament champion will be crowned. Can any team beat the Chiefs? We shall see.

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Read 2014 championship game story: Hill United Chiefs win second-straight ISC world title

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

Friday, 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.

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Kennedy robs Hanley of home run to help A1 Bombers defeat Gremlins in ISC World Tournament

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

KennedyA1Bombers.1lr Darren Kennedy made a great catch in helping the A1 Bombers defeat the New York Gremlins in the semifinals of the 2015 ISC World Tournament, Thursday. Courtesy Photo

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A1 Bombers Devon McCullough was mowing down the New York Gremlins like Goliath swatting aside small villagers.

The 23 year old right-hander was spinning a no-hitter, had a 2-0 lead, and had the Gremlins down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh after striking out Rafael Flores and Bryan Abrey. Then disaster almost struck.

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