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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

    ISC welcomes Greg Nydick and Bill Kunkel as Commissioners-at-Large

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    Findlay, OH – Greg Nydick, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Kunkel, from Eaton Rapids, MI, are both joining the International Softball Congress (ISC) as Commissioners-at-Large, the ISC announced today.

    “In addition to having a passion for the game, each of these individuals have skills that we need in our organization as we continue to support men’s fastpitch softball,” said Larry Fisher, ISC Executive Director.

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    Bouley and Davis learning fastpitch the New Zealand way

    Thursday, January 19th, 2017

    TYLER BOULEY, left, and YUSEF DAVIS are playing fastpitch in New Zealand with the goal to improve their games for the upcoming 2017 North American fastpitch season. Courtesy Photo

    NEW ZEALAND – It’s the off season for North American fastpitch and for most players, they’ve switched uniforms for a winter sport like basketball or hockey. Or they’re pumping iron at a fitness center muscling-up for the coming season.

    Hitting, pitching, fielding? Not for a few months yet.

    But not so for Yusef Davis and Tyler Bouley. These two young and budding stars – Davis, 22, and Bouley, 21 – shunned taking the winter off and instead boarded a plane for New Zealand.

    All with the purpose of improving and pushing themselves to reach new heights in the sport they profess to love. As the saying goes, “to be the best you can be.”

    Fastpitch is a pitcher’s game. Talented ones typically dominate hitters. So where better to improve one’s hitting than in pitching-rich New Zealand.

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    Bouley got a good feel for just how good these Kiwi hurlers are almost as soon as he landed.

    “It has really helped my game because you don’t have to travel to (face) a quality pitcher,” said Bouley, who plays for Northcote Softball Club. “Every premiere team has a pitcher that either has competed at the (International Softball Congress World Tournament) or is capable of competing at the ISC. Two of the best I’ve faced so far are Bailey Hoani and Josh Pettett.”

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    Yusef Davis Heads Down Under To Hone His Fastpitch Skills

    Friday, December 30th, 2016

    Yusef Davis Jr., reaches up and slaps a high rise ball off BC A’s pitcher Gregg Garrity and reaches safely on an infield single. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Tournament

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – For many people, their Christmas wish-list is often filled with requests for material things: like an iPhone 7, a car, or new clothes and jewelry.

    Just like the rest of us, 22-year-old Yusef Davis appreciates the finer things in life, too.

    But the young man from Long Beach wanted more than material things. And he got his Christmas wish and then some with a trip “Down Under” to expand his fastpitch softball horizons.

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    In the spotlight, Toronto Gators Brad Rona 2016 ISC World Tournament MVP

    Monday, August 22nd, 2016
    HAPPY GATORS - Brad Rona is congratulated by his Toronto Gators teammates after he hit a two-run home run off New York Gremlins' Andrew Kirkpatrick that led to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    HAPPY GATORS – Brad Rona is congratulated by his Toronto Gators teammates after he hit a two-run home run off New York Gremlins’ Andrew Kirkpatrick that led to a 3-1 victory in the 2016 ISC World Tournament at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – When New Zealand native Brad Rona squares up on a softball with his powerful swing, it will go a long, long way.

    Rona hit a home run off New York Gremlins Andrew Kirkpatrick that flew over the fence in left-centerfield about 300 feet that led to the Toronto Gators, 3-1, victory, moving the Gators into the winner’s bracket final.

    BRAD RONA of the Toronto Gators, 2016 ISC World Tournament Champions. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BRAD RONA of the Toronto Gators, 2016 ISC World Tournament Champions. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The Gators went on to win the World Tournament by dethroning two-time defending champion Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada.

    And Rona was named first-team All-World and selected the Cleo Goyette Most Valuable Player for his .385 average (5-for-13), 3 home runs and 5 RBI.

    Rona has been selected All-World seven times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), but 2016 marks the first time he received the MVP honor.

    New York Gremlins drop BC A’s from ISC World Tournament

    Saturday, August 20th, 2016
    Rafael Flores reacts after drilling a game-winning, two-run double to right-centerfield in the New York Gremlins, 2-0, victory over the BC A's in 11 innings in the loser's bracket final, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Rafael Flores reacts after drilling a game-winning, two-run double to right-centerfield in the New York Gremlins, 2-0, victory over the BC A’s in 11 innings in the loser’s bracket final, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Andrew Kirkpatrick showed his intestinal fortitude, and Rafael Flores provided the knockout punch in leading the New York Gremlins to an 11-inning, 2-0, victory over the Vancouver, BC A’s, Saturday morning, in a loser’s bracket game.

    The win moves the Gremlins into the loser’s brack final against Hill United Chiefs, while the A’s are eliminated from the ISC World Tournament with a fourth place finish.

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    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

    Home runs and Cleary lead Toronto Gators over the New York Gremlins

    Thursday, August 18th, 2016
    Toronto Gators Brad Rona reacts after his two-run, home run cleared two fences in left field and traveled over 300 feet, giving the Gators a 3-1 win over the New York Gremlins at Green Valley Sports Complex, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Toronto Gators Brad Rona reacts after his two-run, home run cleared two fences in left field and traveled over 300 feet, giving the Gators a 3-1 win over the New York Gremlins at Green Valley Sports Complex, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – Ryan Boland and Brad Rona cleared the fence, and Sean Cleary did the rest.

    After trailing in the fourth inning, 1-0, and being held to one hit by New York Gremlins Andrew Kirkpatrick, the Toronto, Ontario Gators suddenly found a power surge.

    And it came from Boland who hit a solo shot, and Rona who’s two-run blast cleared TWO fenses in left field – over 300 feet – to give the Gators a 3-1 advantage that Cleary made stand up, Thursday, in the ISC World Tournament.

    The win moves the Gators (4-0) into the winner’s bracket final Friday at 7 p.m. where they will play the winner between the Hill United Chiefs and Scarborough Force that was being played late Thursday night.

    Sean Cleary helped the Toronto, Ontario Gators defeat the New York Gremlins, 3-1, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Thursday, Aug. 18, at Green Valley Sports Complex. Cleary allowed but three hits and struck 18 in picking up his fourth win of the tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Sean Cleary helped the Toronto, Ontario Gators defeat the New York Gremlins, 3-1, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament, Thursday, Aug. 18, at Green Valley Sports Complex. Cleary allowed but three hits and struck 18 in picking up his fourth win of the tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Toronto gave up a run in the first tainted by two errors, but from then on Cleary (4-0) dominated, finishing with a three-hitter, two walks and 14 strikeouts. in his four games, Cleary has hurled 24 innings, not allowed an earned run, while walking two and striking out 55 with a 0.00 ERA.

    Kirkpatrick went three innings, allowed three runs on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. In relief, Roman Godoy was perfect through four innings with six strikeouts.

    The Toronto Gators greet Brand Rona after he hit a home run off New York Gremlins pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The Toronto Gators greet Brand Rona after he hit a home run off New York Gremlins pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick. Photo By BOB OTTO

    For ISC World Tournament results, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoring

    Urbaneja and Scott lead Scarborough Force over the A-1 Bombers

    Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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    MOLINE, IL – Erick Urbaneja drove in the go-ahead run, Don Scott made it stand up, and the Scarborough Force defeated the A-1 Bombers, 4-3, Wednesday night in a battle of the unbeatens.

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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