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Godoy Hurls Circle Tap Dukes Past Hill United Chiefs in ISC World Tournament Semis

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – If the Hill United Chiefs are going to repeat as ISC World Tournament champions, they’re going to have to do it the hard way. Through the losers bracket. The Circle Tap Dukes and pitcher Roman Godoy saw to that by stinging the Chiefs, 3-1, in the semifinals at Peter Hallman Ball Yard late Thursday night.

The win moves Circle Tap (4-0) into Friday nights winners bracket final, while Hill United (3-1) must win three games to reach Saturday’s title game.

Godoy hurled a dandy, and has won all four games for the Denmark, Wis. ball club. His outing against the ISC’s No. 1 ranked Chiefs was his best so far as he allowed five hits, walked four and struck out seven. His only blemish was a bases-loaded walk to Mark Johnson that forced in the Chiefs lone run in the fourth inning. But Godoy escaped disaster by getting Shane Boland on a screaming line drive to first baseman Blair Ezekiel, and James Todhunter to ground out to end the inning.

Manuel Godoy quickly pulled the Dukes even in the bottom of the fourth by blasting an Adam Folkard rise ball deep over the right-field fence. Then in the sixth, Godoy (2-for-3) got the best of Folkard again with a lead-off single, followed by Folkard issuing back-to-back walks to load the bases.

Folkard struck out Zane Vanlieshout for the first out, but then walked Leonardo Latasia to force in the go-ahead run. With the bases still full, Guillermo Patat lifted a fly ball deep enough to centerfield to bring home pinch runner, Julian Fernandez, with the third run. Folkard (3-1) allowed just three hits with 13 strikeouts and six walks.

Boland gave Hill United a glimmer of hope when he led off the seventh by beating out a high chopper in front of the plate. But Godoy bore down, striking out Todhunter, getting Ezekiel to hit into a force out at second base, and finishing off the Chiefs by striking out Nicolas Carril to end the game.

Ezekiel’s Feat Powers Chiefs Over Monsters

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018



KITCHENER, ON, CANADA
– Brad Ezekiel wrote himself into the record book with an impressive day at the plate, and as a result, the Hill United Chiefs cruised to their third victory in the ISC World Tournament at Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, Tuesday afternoon.

Ezekiel, batting leadoff, went 4-for-4 and drove in seven runs, highlighted by a second-inning grand slam that powered the Chiefs to an 8-1 victory over the Nith River Monsters of New Hamburg, Ontario. Ezekiel’s seven RBI ties him with 10 other players for most runs batted in, in an ISC World Tournament game.

The Chiefs’ bats, ignited by Ezekiel’s homer, plated five runs in the second, added two more in the fourth and one in the sixth to give Adam Folkard more than enough offensive support.

The right-hander won his third game of the tournament and finished with a two-hitter, three walks and 10 strikeouts in five innings of work. Pablo Migliavacca relieved Folkard in the sixth and struck out the side to end the game under the seven-run rule.

The River Monsters (2-1) plated their lone run in the second on Steve Lyons double that sent Greg Hammell racing home from first base. Hammell reached safely on a two-out single.

Only two other Chiefs hit safely in the club’s eight-hit attack. Jeff Ellsworth was 2-for-3, Shane Boland was 1-for-2 and scored twice, and Nicolas Carril went 1-for-3.

With but three games into the tournament, Ezekiel leads all batters with four home runs and 12 RBI, and has six hits in 11 at bats for a .545 average. He is yet to strikeout and has scored six times.

As for Folkard, he has allowed just one run on three hits in 15 innings with 33 strikeouts.

The win moves the four-time ISC World Tournament champions into Thursday’s round at 6 p.m. Opponent yet to be determined.

***The 11 players with seven RBI in a game include Paul Smith (1958), Eric Isenhart (1991), Boomer Brush (1993), Steve Price (1998), Kyle Beane (1998), Dan Skillings (2007), B.J. Gulick (2011), Donny Hale (2012), Frederik Terkelsen (2014), Mark Johnson (2016), and joining this record-setting group is Brad Ezekiel.***

The “Big Show” In Men’s Club Faspitch Softball Is About To Begin

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Ryan Boland, No. 10, and the rest of the Toronto Gators are ecstatic and waiting at home plate to greet Ryan’s brother, Shane Boland, who hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-3 victory over the United Hill Chiefs, Saturday night, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Just one team gets to celebrate a world championship. Which team will it be this year?

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – The International Softball Congress kicks off it’s 72nd World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on Aug. 11 with 46 teams battling over eight days for the coveted crown of World Champion.

Will the defending champion Six Nations, Ontario, Hill United Chiefs repeat and claim a fifth title in the past six years? Only the Mary Star (Calif.) All-Stars, with five championships in the 1950s and the legendary Long Beach Nitehawks, with 10 titles between 1953 and 1975, have more ISC crowns.

But the Chiefs will have no walk in the park in this event as the New York Gremlins, fresh off an ASA Men’s Major National Championship will prove a mighty adversary.

And waiting to knock those two off their lofty perches are the likes of the J&B Bombers of Los Angeles; the Kitchener, ON Hallman Twins; Denmark, WI, Circle Tap Dukes; the Toronto, ON, Batmen, and several other ball clubs loaded with talented players from throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

But this isn’t the only fastpitch attraction taking place in Kitchener. Three other tournaments are being held as well.

Just a half-notch below the ISC World Tournament is the ISC II Tournament, featuring 12 Intermediate club teams. And for the veterans of the sport, the Legends Tournament features 13 teams loaded with talented ball players age 50-over.

And as in any sport, without youth their is no future. So the ISC holds an age 23-Under Tournament for the rising stars of the game.

For fastpitch fans it doesn’t get any better than this. If you can’t attend, then follow along on the ISC website for game and bracket results: 2018 ISC World Tournament

New York Gremlins blast Hill United Chiefs to repeat as USA Softball national champions

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The New York Gremlins goal was to repeat, and that they did in convincing fashion in claiming their second consecutive USA Softball Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship with a 12-3 victory over the Hill United Chiefs, Sunday afternoon, at Byers Softball Complex in South Bend.

  • The Gremlins also went undefeated in winning the 2016 title in Kimberly, Wisc. and have now extended their national championship winning streak to 10-0.
  • The Gremlins (5-0) marched through the lower bracket in shutout fashion, crushing every team in its path, starting with the DC Outlaws in the opener, 13-0, followed by a 7-0 blanking of the Kegel Black Knights, 10-0 over the Circle Tap Dukes, before dropping the Chiefs into the losers bracket.

    2017 New York Gremlins: front row from left, Leonardo Latasa, Mathiew Roy, Blair Ezekiel, Nick Mullins, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Rafael Angel Flores, Sergio Malarczuk, Yeider Luis Chirinos Medina. Back row from left, Greg Nydick, Gregg Leather, Debbie Perez, Juan Potolicchio, Dani Bantley, Zenon Winters, Goolagong, Roman Godoy, Matt Palazzo, Ramon Jones, Bob Nydick, Vahram Mateosian and Nick McCurry. Photo courtesy of New York Gremlins

    Hill United bounced back for a rematch with the Gremlins by trouncing the J & B Bombers, 7-0, in the loser’s bracket final, Sunday morning.

    The Chiefs Road To Runner-Up
    Chiefs 7, Bear Bottom Lodge Haymakers 0
    Chiefs 3, A1 Power 1
    Chiefs 9, Bloomington Stix 2
    Gremlins 4, Chiefs 0
    Chiefs 7, J & B Bombers 0
    Gremlins 12, Chiefs 3

    ORDER OF FINISH
    1. New York Gremlins
    2. Hill United Chiefs
    3. J & B Bombers, Ephrata, PA
    4. Kegel Black Knights, Amboy, MN
    5. Bloomington Stix, Lexington, IL
    5. Circle Tap Dukes, Denmark, WI
    7. A1 Power, Eaton Rapids, MI
    7. Ostrander Norsemen, Chanhassen, MN
    9. Can-Am Twins, Pottstown, PA
    9. Pueblo Bandits, Aurora, CO
    9. Tin Cup Bar, Little Canada, MN
    9. Bar on the Avenue Buzz, Kaukauna, WI
    13. Twin City Gray Sox, Saint Joseph, MI
    13. Bear Bottom Lodge Haymakers, Denver, PA
    13. DC Outlaws, Elkhart, IN
    13. Topeka Toros, Lawrence, KS

    Hill United Chiefs perfect in Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament

    Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

    Justin Schofield (circa 2012), helped Hill United Chiefs win the Peter Hallman tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    ST. CLEMENTS, ON, Canada – Check out the game-by-game results of the Peter Hallman Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament provided by Gary Baughman and Al Doran of Al’s Fastball.

    TOURNAMENT SCORES AND STATISTICS

    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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    International Softball Congress releases rankings, Hill United Chiefs No. 1

    Saturday, May 27th, 2017

    The J&B BOMBERS defeated Team Marquez, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The Bombers were recently ranked the No. 3 team in Open men’s fastpitch by the International Softball Congress. The team includes co-sponsors and managers Bob Berger and Jerry Zimmerman; players Eli Salazar, Cameron Schiller, Tyler Dudley, Freddy Carmona, Jorge Segura, Pat Burns, Tony Mancha, Blake Hunter, Tyler McGaughey, Mike Hoadley, Derrick Kennedy, Kris Walushka, Jesse Palacios, Mark Aranda, Gil Saenz, Devon McCullough and Bryan Erwin. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Mississauga, Ontario, CA – Hill United Chiefs will open the 2017 fastball season just as they have the previous three seasons, as the No. 1 ranked team.

    The Chiefs are looking to regain the ISC World Tournament Championship after dropping the title last year ,6-3, to the Toronto, Ontario Gators which folded after the conclusion of the ISC World Tournament.

    With significant turnover among teams in the off-season, the rankings have a different flavour than in past years.

    New teams CanAm Twins and A1 Power will be contenders and squads such as Kitchener Hallman Cubs and Toronto Batmen are breaking into the Top 10 with some prominent roster additions.

    TOP 16 TEAMS

  • 1. Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
  • 2. Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
  • 3. Agoura Hills, CA J&B Bombers
  • 4. Kitchener, ON CanAm Twins
  • 5. Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
  • 6. Eaton Rapids, MI A1 Power
  • 7. Toronto, ON Batmen
  • 8. Kitchener, ON Cubs
  • 9. Bloomington, IL Stix
  • 10. Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
  • 11. Kingston, ON Axemen
  • 12. Elmira, ON Expos
  • 13. Oswego, NY CPI
  • 14. Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
  • 15. Ostrander, MN Norsemen
  • 16. New Hamburg, ON Nith River Monsters
  • READ MORE AT: ISC Rosters

    2016 ISC World Tournament standings, all-world teams and MVP’s

    Saturday, August 27th, 2016
    BRANDON HORN helped the Toronto Gators win the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament and was selected a first-team, All-World infielder. Playing second base and batting No. 2 in the lineup, Horn had a .368 batting average (1-for-19), scored four times, with a double, triple and RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BRANDON HORN helped the Toronto Gators win the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament and was selected a first-team, All-World infielder. Playing second base and batting No. 2 in the lineup, Horn had a .368 batting average (7-for-19), scored four times, with a double, triple and RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – The Inernational Softball Congress World Tournament was held in Moline, IL, Aug. 13-20, with 36 teams competing for the coveted 70th championship.

    The Toronto Gators won the title in an exciting all-Canada final, in which Shane Boland belted a walk-off, three-run home run for a 6-3 victory over the three-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs.

    Check out the final standing and award winners at: 2016 ISC World Tournament

    Ezekiel and Cleary, two world-class performers at the 2016 ISC World Tournament

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
    New York Gremlins Kyle Ezekiel rips into a pitch from Sean Cleary of the Toronto Gators and drives it into left-field for a hit. Ezekiel was 1-for-2 off Cleary , but the right-hander came out on top by leading the Gators to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Aug. 20 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. The Gators went on to dethrone two-time titlest Hill United Chiefs in the final, 6-3, and Cleary was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher with a 5-0 record, 35 2/3 innings, 19 hits allowed, with 70 strikeouts and a 0.98 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com.

    New York Gremlins Kyle Ezekiel rips into a pitch from Sean Cleary of the Toronto Gators and drives it into left-field for a hit. Ezekiel was 1-for-2 off Cleary , but the right-hander came out on top by leading the Gators to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Aug. 20 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. The Gators went on to dethrone two-time titlest Hill United Chiefs in the final, 6-3, and Cleary was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher with a 5-0 record, 35 2/3 innings, 19 hits allowed, with 70 strikeouts and a 0.98 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com.

    MOLINE, IL – One can hit, the other can pitch. In the world of top-caliber men’s fastpitch softball, Kyle Ezekiel of the New York Gremlins and Toronto Gators’ right-hander Sean Cleary are two of the best.

    In 2015, Cleary was a Second-Team, All-World pick for helping the Toronto Gators finished second to Hill United Chiefs in the ISC World Tournament.

    But this year, he uped his production. And what a difference it made for the Gators.

    SEAN CLEARY of the Toronto Gators, was selected a first-team, All-World pitcher for leading the Gators to the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament championship. Cleary's production (5-0 record) earned him top honors as the LEROY ZIMMERMAN MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER, thus ending the three-year reign of Hill United Chiefs ADAM FOLKARD (2015, 2014, 2013). Cleary outdueled Folkard in the championship in helping the Gators defeat the Chiefs, 6-3, Aug. 20, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com

    SEAN CLEARY of the Toronto Gators, was selected a first-team, All-World pitcher for leading the Gators to the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament championship. Cleary’s production (5-0 record) earned him top honors as the LEROY ZIMMERMAN MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER, thus ending the three-year reign of Hill United Chiefs ADAM FOLKARD (2015, 2014, 2013). Cleary outdueled Folkard in the championship in helping the Gators defeat the Chiefs, 6-3, Aug. 20, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com

    In a return match-up, Cleary reversed the order and beat his counterpart, Adam Folkard, in leading the Gators to a 6-3 victory in the 2016 70th ISC World Tournament championship game.

    Will the Gators return and repeat in 2017? Or will the Chiefs avenge their loss and regain top billing? Time will tell.

    Starters can’t finish as Toronto Gators win slugfest over Hill United Chiefs

    Friday, August 19th, 2016
    Joel Southam belted a two-run home run for Hill United Chiefs, but it wasn't enough as the Toronto Gators defeated the Chiefs, 7-6, in nine innings in the winner's bracket final to advance to the ISC World Tournament championship game, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Joel Southam belted a two-run home run for Hill United Chiefs, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Gators defeated the Chiefs, 7-6, in nine innings in the winner’s bracket final to advance to the ISC World Tournament championship game, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Adam Folkard and Sean Cleary are two of the top pitchers in the world of fastpitch softball. Both have overpowering speed and sharp breaking spin that makes their pitches rise or drop with astounding movement.

    Most of the time the two right-handers win the battle against the best fastball hitters in the world. Friday night wasn’t one of those time.

    Both pitchers were ousted from the game – Folkard in the sixth pitching for Hill United Chiefs, and the Toronto Gators pulled Cleary after four innings.

    Hill United Chiefs Adam Folkard fires a pitch during the Chiefs, 7-6, loss to the Toronto Gators in the winner's bracket final, Friday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex. The loss drops the three-time ISC World Tournament champion into the loser's bracket, while the Gators advance to the championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Hill United Chiefs Adam Folkard fires a pitch during the Chiefs, 7-6, loss to the Toronto Gators in the winner’s bracket final, Friday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex. The loss drops the three-time ISC World Tournament champion into the loser’s bracket, while the Gators advance to the championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Those moves tell how this game went. It was a hitter’s night.

    And this time around it went the Gators way as the two titans battled through nine innings before Toronto pulled out a 7-6 win when one of the greatest hitters in the world – New Zealand star Wayne Laulu – ended the game with a walkoff home run off Pablo Migliavacca.

    Migliavaca took over for Folkard in the seventh after he had given up six runs (five earned) on nine hits.

    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 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

    The two powerhouses, feasted on 21 hits, 10 by the Chiefs and 11 from the Gators, and they hit five home runs, three by the Chiefs and a pair by the Gators. (See ISC Pointstreak for stats.)

    In the back and forth scoring affair, the Chiefs plated a pair of runs in the first and second innings, only to see the Gators chip away with single runs in the first four innings to tie the game.

    Bradley Ezekiel hit a home run in the fifth to reinstate the Chief’s lead at 5-4 off Justin Schofield who relieved Cleary to start the inning. But back fought the Gators with a pair of runs in the sixth to surge ahead, 6-5.

    But in the seventh, Ezekiel’s second home run evened the count, sending the game into extra innings, where Laulu’s blast ended it.

    The win was huge, moving Toronto into Saturday’s championship game at 6 p.m. as the only unbeaten team (5-0) left in the tournament, while Hill United must battle back through the loser’s bracket for another crack at the championship.

    The Chiefs return to the ball diamond at 1 p.m. to take on the winner between the New York Gremlins and BC A’s to be played at 11.

    ** For standings, scores and more, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard