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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.
  • Annual Ed McCormick Tournament seeking two more teams, top ISC teams entered

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

    hillhouse.bill.1web Bill Hillhouse, tournament director for the Ed McCormick men’s fastpitch tournament would like to have two more teams enter the tournament.

    By BILL HILLHOUSE
    Erie Tournament Director
    houseofpitching@yahoo.com

    ERIE, Penn. – Greetings fastball fans, Erie is seeking two more teams to round the tournament to 12. I would much prefer 12 teams rather than 10 teams.

  • The tournament will be held Aug. 1-2 and offers $4,000 winner take all prize money.
  • “Erie provides a great opportunity for the ISC fans to see the top teams,” said Bill Hillhouse. “And (for) teams who want to face the best this a chance. There is also no other place for fans of fastball to be right on top of the action…teams that want some world class competition before the ISC… drop me an email.”

    Also, if you did send in a committment and you don’t see your name listed above… please let me know… accidents happen. You may have just slipped my mind.

    CURRENT TEAMS ENTERED / ISC RANKING (May 2015)

  • Six Nations, ON, Hill United Chiefs – No. 1
  • New York Gremlins – No. 2
  • Hallman Twins, Kitchener, CA – No. 3
  • Scarboro Force – No.4
  • Toronto Gators – No. 5
  • Circle Tap, Denmark, WI, – No. 9
  • NY Peligro Gremlins
  • Bloomington, ILL Stix
  • CPI
  • NE Drillers
  • Best Regards,
    Bill Hillhouse
    Tournament Director
    houseofpitching@yahoo.com
    www.houseofpitching.com

    Top fastpitch teams coming to Erie

    Monday, July 22nd, 2013

    hillhouse.bill.1webFastpitch softball pitcher and Ed McCormick Fastpitch Tournament Director Bill Hillhouse. ROB ENGELHARDT//ERIE TIMES-NEWS

    FROM STAFF REPORTS, Erie Times-News

    ERIE, Penn – Four of the world’s elite fastpitch softball teams will collide July 27-28 in the fourth annual Ed McCormick Fastpitch Tournament, to be played at 11th and Hess.

    And while four teams might not seem like a lot, it’s actually twice as many teams as currently exist in Erie’s once-thriving men’s City Rec fastpitch softball league.

    That’s a far cry from the 1980s and ’90s, according to Bill Hillhouse, a world-class pitcher who has competed internationally since 1990 and who plays for the New York Gremlins, the world’s No. 1-ranked team and one of the clubs locked and loaded for the McCormick Tournament.

    Fastpitch softball, Hillhouse said, used to be the game in town.

    So many men wanted to play that the city had a morning league for those who worked third shift.

    Now, he said, it’s a struggle to find 18 players to fill out two teams for the City Rec’s informal Tuesday evening fastpitch league.

    “People used to go down to the ballpark to watch games on Tuesdays and Thursdays — that was their form of entertainment,” Hillhouse said. “But now they can stay home and watch the Indians on TV every night.

    “And it’s just not softball that’s suffering. Drive by any city park and you don’t see kids outside playing. Every sport is suffering. But we don’t have the numbers to make up the difference like the other sports have.” Continue reading