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A Step Back In Time: Long Beach Nitehawks Kings of Softball

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

NITEHAWK HEROES: Stars of the Long Beach Nitehawks’ successful assault on the International Softball Congress World Championship were many, but these men provided the standout performances. From left, Jack Randall, who fired two no-hitters and pitched the title-winning victory. Center, Paul Humiston, who paced the power attack with three homers. And right, Leroy Zimmerman, who turned in a no-hitter and a one-hitter. All three were named to the All-World team. Photo Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, Sept. 2, 1958

Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif.
Sept. 2, 1958

By Jerry Erin
Nitehawks Rout Dinuba in Playoff Game, 8-1

LONG BEACH, Calif. – It took them awhile to do it, but the Long Beach Nitehawks came to life in the second game Monday night after suffering a 2-1 loss, and launched a vicious hitting attack to roll over Dinuba (Calif.) Condors, 8-1, and win their fourth straight International Softball Congress World Tournament crown at Park Ave. Field before and overflow crowd.

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Hill United Chiefs beat Circle Taps Dukes to stay perfect

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, and was selected the Most Outstanding Pitcher. Folkard continues his dominace in the 2016 ISC World Tournament with a 3-0 record in the early going.

Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, Aug. 15, and was selected the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher. And he continues his dominace in the 2016 ISC World Tournament with a 3-0 record in the early going.

MOLINE, IL – The Hill United Chiefs hammered four home runs, Adam Folkard spun a one-hitter, and the Chiefs run-ruled the Circle Tap Dukes, of Denmark, WI, 10-0, to improve to 3-0 in the ISC World Tournament, Wednesday.

Hill United will now take on the undefeated Scarborough Force (3-0) Thursday night at 8 p.m. The Force defeated the A-1 Bombers, 4-3, Wednesday night to advance. The other two undefeated teams, the Toronto Gators (3-0) and New York Gremlins (3-0), open the night’s clash of titans at 6 p.m.

Leadoff batter Brad Ezekiel crushed a solo shot to start the game, and Nick Shailes, Jason Hill and Jason Sanford followed suit to lead the Chiefs eight hit attack.

Hill United has hit an incredible 14 home runs in the tournament, and have yet to give up a run, outscoring their opponents 36-0.

Mark Johnson leads the team with 11 RBI and a .667 batting average.

Folkard, the five-time Most Outstanding Pitcher of the World Tournament, continued his dominance in the circle with 11 strikeouts and just one walk to improve to 3-0.

Between 2013 and present, Folkard has now won 21 consecutive games in World Tournament play, placing him second all-time to Gerald Muizelaar with 23.

Folkard’s five Most Outstanding Pitcher awards (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015) ties him first all-time with LeRoy Zimmerman (1950, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1960).

For more results, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

Hill United Chiefs dream of three-peat comes true

Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, Aug. 15, and was selected the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher.

Adam Folkard pitched Six Nations Hill United Chiefs to the 2015 ISC World Tournament championship, Aug. 15, and was selected the Leroy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Six Nations Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada were pursuing a dream and chasing a couple of legends.

And on a late Saturday night at the Belleville Softball Complex in South Bend, the dream came true and the legends were caught.

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Adam Folkard reaches new milestone in ISC World Tournament career

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

2015ISCprogramfolkard.1lr Adam Folkard of the Hill United Chiefs won his 30th ISC World Tournament game to move up to 14th on the ISC’s all-time winningest pitchers list.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It certainly wasn’t Adam Folkard’s most challenging moment in his fastball career, but his 12-0 victory over the Shakespeare Falcons in the ISC World Tournament on Sunday moves the hard-throwing right-hander from Australia higher on the all-time wins list in world tournament history.

Folkard – pitching for the two-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada – won his 30th game to reach No. 14 on the ISC’s all-time winningest pitchers’ list; tied with K.G. Fincher, Alan Colglazier and Terry Luster.

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Great memories of Central Valley fastpitch

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

“We knocked the Long Beach Nitehawks out of the tournament, but lost to Hoak in the championship. That was special knocking them (Nitehawks) out.” – Ray Unruh

HANFORD, CA – Back in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, oh what a great time that was for fastpitch softball, recalls, Manuel “Butch” Cardoza. And the little town of Hanford in California’s Central Valley had two of the best teams around – the Kings and the Merchants.

“We had phenomenal pitching,” said Cardoza, 73. “Les Haney would strike out most of the batters. We had to just get a run to win. He was the LeBron James of softball.”

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