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2017 ISC World Championship Guide ready for pre-ordering

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Mississauga, ON – Celebrate the arrival of spring and the imminent return of the North American fastball season by pre-ordering your 2017 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

The 2017 ISC Guide has a striking cover that features ISC MVP Brad Rona and Most Outstanding Pitcher Sean Cleary, of the Toronto Gators, along with the Gators’ Shane Boland and his World Tournament clinching walk-off home run.

The 2017 ISC Guide has over 130 color photos along with 140 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, ISC Legends 50+ Championship and the ISC U21 Championship from the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL.

You can now order and pay for the 2017 ISC Guide online at the ISC website through the convenience of PayPal by visiting iscfastpitch.com/paypal-2/ and choosing the Guide option in the drop down menu.

  • The 2017 ISC Guide will also be available in the near future in a convenient and easy-to-read electronic format on the ISC website at www.iscfastpitch.com.
  • We thank all of our ISC sponsors, including Cooper Tire and First Ontario Credit Union, for enabling us to bring you the 2017 ISC World Championship Guide.

    For additional information, please contact

    Blair Setford
    ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor
    blairjs [@] gmail.com

    or

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    iscfastpitch [@] gmail.com

    Nicholas Mercer: The violence of throwing a softball

    Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
    FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER - Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards, and has led Australia to titles in the ISF and WBSC World Championships. 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

    FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER – Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards, and has led Australia to titles in the ISF and WBSC World Championships. 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

    The Telegram Sports
    By Nicholas Mercer
    Sept. 12, 2016

    ST. JOHNS, NL – Seeing high-level fastpitch softball play out on a computer screen over a webcast doesn’t do the game justice.

    Nor does it allow the average fan to appreciate just what goes into throwing the softball very hard at the plate.

    When you’re watching the game 20-feet from the pitching rubber, it’s easy to see the webcast sells the act incredibly short.

    A hush falls over the crowd as the pitcher takes his signs from the catcher. They’re counting on seeing something great with every pitch.

    That sense of anticipation only heightens when the pitcher rocks back before leaping towards the plate and uncoiling a ball that travels at ungodly speeds.

    Continue Reading in The Telegram

    In The Spotlight: Kyle Linton, renowned Canadian and ISC pitcher

    Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
    Kyle Linton of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a  2.25 ERA.  Photo By BOB OTTO

    KYLE LINTON of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a 2.25 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO

    TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA – When Kyle Linton was 12 years old, he says, “I bugged my dad to teach me how to pitch.”

    Dad must have been a very good teacher and Kyle a studious pupil. Because 19 years later at 31, Linton has developed into one of the world’s top fastpitch pitchers.

    His resume in Canada and the ISC World Tournament fairly glows with success. Let’s start with his exploits in his homeland.

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    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.

    Boland’s blast gives Toronto Gators ISC World Tournament championship

    Saturday, August 20th, 2016
    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

    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

    MOLINE, IL – In last year’s ISC World Tournament, the Toronto Gators came so close to winning the championship, so close to upending the Hill United Chiefs, three-time defending titlests.

    But the Gators of Ontario, Canada fell short, suffering a gut-wrenching 6-4 loss after holding the lead going into the sixth inning.

    However, Gators manager, Terry Baytor, knew some good could come from that loss in the way of learning a valuable lesson. So he put his pen to work.

    “I wrote a team letter,” Baytor said. “I told them we had to lose before we could learn how to win. And this year we came ready to win.”

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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

    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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    Circle Tap’s Shannahan homers to beat Cleary and Toronto Gators

    Monday, August 10th, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Toronto Gators right-hander Sean Cleary had his riser hopping, his drop diving and Circle Tap chasing pitches they couldn’t catch up with through five innings as the right-hander was working on a one-hitter.

    But Circle Tap’s inefficiency at the plate turned suddenly for the better in the final two innings as the Tappers scored once in the sixth, and then twice more in the seventh to score an impressive 3-2 victory over the world’s No. 5 ranked Gators, Monday, in ISC World Tournament action at the Belleville Softball Complex.

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    CANADA RALLIES OVER UNITED STATES IN PAN AM GAMES

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
    Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

    Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

    TORONTO – Josh Johnson belted a home run, Gerald Muizelaar and Tony Mancha were pitching superbly and the United States was on the brink of picking off one of the top teams in the world of men’s fastpitch softball.

    But it was not to be as Canada rallied for a 3-2 victory in eight innings, Monday, to improve to 2-0 in the Pan American Games, while the United States evens its record at 1-1.

      JOHNSON DELIVERS

    Team USA broke up a scoreless pitching duel between Canada’s Sean Cleary and Gerald Muizelaar when right-side slugging Josh Johnson homered over the right-field fence in the fourth inning.

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