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Defending Champs Stay Perfect In International Softball Congress World Tournament

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Adam Folkard struck out 15 Pueblo Bandits to lead the Hill United Chiefs to a 6-0 victory in the 72nd ISC World Tournament, Monday. 2016 ISC World Tournament / Photo By BOB OTTO

KITCHENER, ON, CANADA – Adam Folkard threw a shutout, the offense blasted three home runs, and the Six Nations Hill United Chiefs defeated the Bandits of Pueblo, CO, 6-0, Monday to improve to 2-0 in the 72nd ISC World Tournament.

Folkard went the distance, holding the Bandits to three hits, while notching 15 strikeouts. Only Pablo Figueroa, 2-for-3 and Nick Santos, 1-for-3, could catch up with Folkard’s offerings.

Chiefs’ Nicolas Carril (1-for-4) blasted a two-run home run in the second inning which held up until the sixth when Brad Ezekiel (1-for-4) and Bruno Motroni (2-for-3) each belted two-run homers – Ezekiel’s sailed well over the centerfield fence, while Motroni lifted his over the left-field wall.

The Chiefs opened tournament play on Sunday with a 13-0 win over Puslinch, and Folkard picked up the win in that game as well, firing a no-hitter with eight strikeouts in three innings. The game was called after four innings under the mercy rule.

Hill United is in the hunt for its fifth ISC World Tournament championship in the past six years. The Chiefs claimed three consecutive titles from 2013 to 2015. Then after finishing runner-up in 2016, they took the top spot again in 2017.

With the two wins, Folkard improved to 41 wins in ISC World Tournament competition since he began pitching in the world tournament in 2004, which moves him ahead of Korrey Gareau with 40 and into the 7th spot on the all-time wins list. Michael White (1980-2006) is currently the all-time leader with 70.

With the win, Hill United will play again on Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Nith River Monsters (3-0) who defeated Bear Bottom Lodge, 3-2, on Monday.

  • Follow the results at: ISC Point Streak.
  • To watch the action live go to: ISC / YouTube.
  • Video: Police may investigate softball brawl (between Argentina and Great Britain)

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

    BY ANDREA HILL, THE STAR PHOENIX

    SASKATOON – Fists flew at the WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship in Saskatoon on Thursday during a tense game between Great Britain and Argentina.

    In the top of the sixth inning, with Argentina up 2-0, Argentinian pinch runner Juan Brandauer collided at home plate with Great Britain third baseman Darrin Newson, who fell to the ground. Punches were thrown as members of both teams flooded onto the field.

    Argentinian players Brandauer and Nicolas Carril were ejected from the game, which resumed shortly after the brawl broke up.

    Norman Ames, head coach for Great Britain, said three of his players were injured in the brawl, which he described as “a cheap shot.”

    Outfielder Luke Peters was punched in the face, outfielder James Darby was spiked in the stomach and Newson was run over, he said.

    “All I have to say is to apologize for the team. I’m sure these things should not happen,” Argentinian head coach Julio Gamarci said after the game, which Argentina won 2-0.

    “Unfortunately, the players sometimes get too emotional and they can’t control themselves in a situation like that. Not only my players. Sometimes these things happen, even in pro baseball it happens. Always it’s a shame because it’s hurting the game.”

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