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

Tuesday, 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.

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In The Spotlight: Kyle Linton, renowned Canadian and ISC pitcher

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Kyle Linton of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a  2.25 ERA.  Photo By BOB OTTO

KYLE LINTON of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a 2.25 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA – When Kyle Linton was 12 years old, he says, “I bugged my dad to teach me how to pitch.”

Dad must have been a very good teacher and Kyle a studious pupil. Because 19 years later at 31, Linton has developed into one of the world’s top fastpitch pitchers.

His resume in Canada and the ISC World Tournament fairly glows with success. Let’s start with his exploits in his homeland.

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Venezuela’s Ramon Jones sends United States home from Pan American Games

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Venezuela's Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 1-0 victory over the United States in Friday's Pan American Games playoffs.

Venezuela’s Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 1-0 victory over the United States in Friday’s Pan American Games playoffs.

TORONTO – Ramon Jones throws the ball hard, he throws the ball with lots of spin, he has the best drop ball in men’s fastpitch. He’s unquestionably one of the top pitchers in the world.

Team USA can attest to that.

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Jim Cowdrey, at the top of the class in men’s fastpitch softball

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Cowdry.Jim.1web Jim Cowdrey of Saskatchewan, Canada pitching for Class Walls of Whiteford, Maryland in the 1995 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Cowdrey pitched Rempel Bros. of Saskatchewan to provincial and Canadian championships and was as much a great hitter as pitcher. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – The Saskatoon Rempel Brothers senior men’s softball team was formed in 1985, won the Saskatchewan title in its first year, and then won the Saskatchewan and Canadian championships in 1987.

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Folkard winds up for worlds defence

Friday, March 1st, 2013

By DAVID POLKINGHORNE / The Canberra Times

His action resembles something out of a Bruce Lee movie and Adam Folkard’s pitching is just as hard to hit.

Folkard dominated in Australia’s 5-0 victory over New Zealand in the 2009 World Championships final in Canada.

The ACT and Aussie Steelers pitcher was so feared by the New Zealand softball team, it got the laws changed to try to reduce his effectiveness.

But rather than be deterred, Folkard simply changed his action. Continue reading

Black Sox hit out at pitching repeat offender

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

By TONY SMITH / Stuff.co.nz

KITCHENER, ONTARIO – New Zealand softball team manager Carl Gould has cried foul and claimed an Australian pitcher ”deliberately hit” a Black Sox batter with a pitch for the fourth time at an international tournament in Canada.
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World has pulled way ahead in fast-pitch softball

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Quad-City Times
By Don Doxsie

If you were planning to head out to the ISC World fast-pitch softball tournament at Moline’s Greenvalley Complex in the next few days to root on the local entries, forget it.

Too late. They’re gone, eliminated, sent to the sidelines.

The last of them disappeared Wednesday afternoon when the Quad-City Sox lost to Pete’s Blues of Mascoutah, Ill., 5-2, in a loser’s bracket contest. You can rest assured that the Sox, the Quad-City Silver Bullets, the Quad-City Subway Titans, the Walcott Tri-County All-Stars and the Thomson Merchants gave it everything they had for the home fans.

But this truly is a world tournament. And it seems if your roster isn’t amply stocked with players from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, your chances of winning the big trophy are extremely bleak.

“It’s too bad because it’s a great game,” said Randy Kramer, player-manager of the Albaugh team of Elkhart, Iowa, which played in the winner’s bracket semifinals Wednesday night. “It’s fun, exciting, fast-paced, challenging. It’s just a great game.”

But it long ago stopped being America’s game. Continue Reading

Legends of Fastball Classic features star studded lineup

Monday, June 7th, 2010


Former Rivershark Twins, Craig Crawford, has joined the Midland, Michigan, Explorers for the 2010 season. Crawford, along with former Twins, Frank Cox, and Dan Loney, will be with the Explorers during the Legends of Fastball Classic in Kitchener, Ontario.
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By Larry Lynch
LLynch@town.mapleton.on.ca

KITCHENER, ONTARIO – The 7th annual Legends of Fastball Classic has set the field for what should be a tremendous weekend of high intensity softball, June 25 – 27 at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Kitchener, Ontario.

Ten of North America’s top teams will compete

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2010 California Classic features the Meralomas of Vancouver, BC

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

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VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – Manager Derek Mayson of the Meralomas is busy finalizing his roster and filling out his schedule for the 2010 season. One of the stops on that schedule will be at the “2010 California Classic” June 19-20 at Sportsplex USA in Santee, California.

Twelve International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament open-level teams from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will battle for one World Tournament berth that will be awarded to the highest finishing U.S. West team.

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Someone To Know: Cory Avery, rising star in Canadian fastball

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

“…thrilling is being selected as one of the top 40 fastball players in Canada. That is a great honor…No other sport stuck with me like fastball.” – Cory Avery

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HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Choices, choices. Cory Avery has one to make – and soon – with the Canadian and U.S. fastball season fast approaching.

Avery is a rising star in fastball. At the age of 22, the six-foot, 185 pound right-handed pitcher has already drawn the eye of more than one International Softball Congress open-level team.

And rightly so, judging by what he’s accomplished so far.

Forty players have been selected for Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team Athlete Pool for the 2010 season. And Avery’s one of them. He’s shouldered his way in amongst some of Canada’s best fastballers – including the likes of Jody Eidt, Sean Whitten, and Ryan Wolfe.

Now he’s set his goal, his hope, his dream on earning a spot on the final roster. And if Avery makes the final cut, he will represent his country in the 2013 International Softball Federation XIII Men’s World Championship at North Shore City, New Zealand.

One person who likes what’s he’s seen of Avery is Canada’s Head Coach, Don Bates.

“Cory’s an intelligent guy,” Bates said. “He can pitch, hit, and he has good leadership skills. He’s very impressive, and a complete pitcher at a young age.”

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