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

Friday, August 14th, 2015


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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New York Gremlins prove they deserve top billing

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Sean Whitten hurled the New York Gremlins to the championship of the Ed McCormick Men’s Fastpitch Tournament by defeating Pennsylvania Power in the championship, Sunday July 28 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

ERIE, Penn. – The world’s four top-ranked teams met in a head-to-head showdown and the New York Gremlins proved they deserve top billing.

The Gremlins, ranked No. 1 by the International Softball Congress, swept through the fourth annual Ed McCormick Men’s Fastpitch Tournament unblemished (4-0) and finished off the July 27-28 weekend by defeating No. 4 ranked Pennsylvania Power of Harrisburg, PA 11-4 in the final.

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Top-ranked New York Gremlins take Boys of Summer title

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

DENMARK, Wisc. – The New York Gremlins from Clifton Park, NY erupted for 19 runs on 16 hits to crush the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Diamondbacks 19-0 in claiming the 14th Annual Boys of Summer championship, Sunday, in Denmark, WI.

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Start spreading the news about men’s fastpitch

Friday, February 1st, 2013


YUCAIPA, CALIF – Where was the news coverage?

The AAU Men’s International Fastpitch Tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Florida is one of the most popular and prestigious tournaments in all of men’s fastpitch. This year (Jan. 24-27) featured teams from Canada, the U.S., South America, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

When the round robins and playoffs had been sorted out, the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada, and the Gremlins of New York advanced to the championship game with Hill United taking a 2-0 victory.

However, when I searched for details about the game, I came away disappointed.

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Gremlins run the gauntlet / New York squad wins four on Sunday to take title

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Ashland Times-Gazette Correspondent

ASHLAND, OHIO – Mathieu Roy is starting to make his name with the big boys now. He’s a junior leaguer no longer.

Roy went 3 for 3 Sunday at the plate and scored three runs in the second championship game, leading his New York Gremlins to a 9-4 victory over the Hill United Chiefs of Clifton Park, N.Y., as the Gremlins captured the ASA Men’s Major Fast-Pitch National Tournament crown at Brookside Park.

Getting 14 hits in 22 plate appearances for a .626 batting average in four days, Roy was an easy pick as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

“It’s a really great feeling and we knew we had to win two big ones against Hill United, who were undefeated (4-0) before today,” said the mild-mannered Canadian. “We were just playing it one pitch at a time, one game at a time.”

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Field set for Sunday’s ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship at Brookside (Ashland, Ohio)

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Ashland Times-Gazette
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ASHLAND, OH – The field for the fourth and final day of the 2012 ASA Men’s Major Fast-Pitch National Tournament ASA Website is set after a Saturday full of action at Ashland’s Brookside Main and Brookside West parks.

In Saturday’s final game, the Hill United Chiefs of New York handed the Minnesota Angels their first loss of the tournament in the winner’s bracket final, 6-1. The game wrapped up a little before 11 p.m. and improved Hill United to 4-0 in the event.

On Sunday, all of the tournament’s games will be played at Brookside Main. The Kegal Black Knights of North Dakota will open action with a 9 a.m. game against the New York Gremlins. The winner of that contest is slated to take on Minnesota at 11 a.m.

From there, Hill United will play the winner, with a first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. If Hill United is defeated in that game, a 3 p.m. game will be played.

As was reported earlier this week in the Times-Gazette, the championship game(s) will be broadcast on tape-delay on SportsTime Ohio, with the first airing set for noon Monday. Bruce Drennan, a longtime Cleveland broadcaster and the host of STO’s “All Bets Are Off,” will be on the call for those games, with color commentary coming from Ashland’s Mike Van Dine.


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