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Checkout Online version of the 2014 ISC Championship Guide

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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Adam Folkard led Six Nations Ontario Hill Untied Chiefs to the 2013 ISC World Tournament championship with a 6-0 record and a perfect 0.00 ERA in 36 innings. He allowed just seven hits, no earned runs, four walks and struck 79. Folkard, an Australian, was named the LeRoy Zimmerman Most Outstanding Pitcher, and was selected a First-Team, All-World pitcher.

FINDLAY, Ohio – The ISC World Championship Guide just gets better each year. The game stories, statistics, line scores, photos, Hall of Fame bios, all-time records information…and much, much more is worth your time to peruse.

ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher and ISC VP Operations / Guide Editor Blair Setford and a host of valuable staff members have once again produced a product remarkable in the information that if offers about the International Softball Congress and the organization’s annual World Tournament.

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New York Gremlins prove they deserve top billing

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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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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Facing Australian fastpitch pitcher Adam Folkard in the AAU International Tournament

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

ORLANDO, FL – Right-handed Australian pitcher, Adam Folkard, and the Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs return to the 2013 AAU Men’s International Fastpitch Tournament Jan. 24-27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facilities at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Nine pools, totaling 36 teams See Brackets will battle for the championship this year, and the Chiefs figure to be one of the favorites.

And rightly so, as the Chiefs won the championship in 2012 led by Folkard, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher.

Folkard was clocked throwing up to 84 mph. To get a glimpse of him in action in the 2012 AAU tournament, visit Facing Adam Folkard

Hill United and Folkard went on to finish runner-up in the 2012 International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament, losing to the Jarvis Ontario Travelers, 8-6, in the title game Read Game Story.

Jarvis Travelers capture third consecutive ISC World Tournament Championship

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

“We have a great bunch of hitters. I’m so excited to have this chance for the championship.” – Paul Koert, Jarvis winning pitcher

MIDLAND, MI – The Jarvis Ontario Travelers dreamed it, craved it, and finally got it, a third consecutive ISC World Tournament Championship.

But it was far from easy.

Jarvis had to survive a tense, eight-inning slugfest, and an early 3-0 deficit. But they prevailed in beating Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs 8-6 at Currie Stadium, Saturday night.

The joy of winning a world tournament championship was sweetened even more as Jarvis tied a 55-year old ISC record. Matching the Mary Star All-Stars (Calif) who won three consecutive ISC World Tournament titles from 1952 to ’54.

    HALE SHATTERS RBI RECORD

But another record fell as well. Donnie Hale, Jarvis’ designated hitter, set an all-time RBI record with 17; breaking the old mark of 14 set in 1998 by Steve Price of Ballston Lake, NY.

Hale (2-3) drove in three runs – one in the second inning on a single, and two in the fourth on a home run deep over the right field fence that helped Jarvis to a 4-3 lead.

“I’m happy for our team to create history with a three-peat that hasn’t been done for 55 years,” Hale said, who was selected the Cleo Goyette Most Valuable Player for his .579 batting average (11-for-19) and 17 RBIs. “I was just happy to do my part.”

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ISC rankings right on

Friday, August 17th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – It appears that whomever is involved with the ISC ranking of teams is right on this year. As the No. 1 New York Gremlins, No. 2 Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs, No. 3. Jarvis Ontario Travelers and the No. 4 Harrisburg PA Power will comprise the “final four” of the World Tournament.

The only upset could be if the Kegel Black Knights of Fargo (ND) overcome a 2-0 deficit against the Gremlins with the game in progress in the fourth inning.

So kuddos to the rankings masters, you were right on.

    Scores today:

    Toronto Ontario Gators 2, Eugene OR California A’s 0
    Fargo Kegel Black Knights 7, Saskatoon SK Diamondbacks 1
    Jarvis Travelers 8, Toronto Gators 1

Tonight at 8 p.m. PA Power (4-0) battles the Hill United Chiefs (4-0) in the winners bracket final. Should be a great matchup of pitchers with Power’s Lucas Mata (4-0) battling Chiefs’ Adam Folkard (3-0)

Harrisburg PA Pennsylvania Power sports homegrown talent

Friday, August 17th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – There’s not a manager in U.S. men’s fastpitch that wouldn’t want to fill his roster with home grown talent.

Count Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Power manager Eric Fogel lucky – if you will – for there’s a lot of Pennsylvania guys on his roster. Which for an ISC top-ranked team (Power holds the No. 4 spot) is a rarity in today’s game at the Open level.

Power’s roster of 22 includes some imported talent, like all open teams, but it’s very minimal. Just Thomas Enoka from Wellington, New Zealand; Lucas Mata of Panara, Argentina, and Karl Gollan of Davenport, Iowa, but actually he’s from New Zealand, so I’m including him in the imported variety, too.

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Folkard leads Six Nations in the ISC tourney

Friday, August 17th, 2012

By John Kennett for the Midland Daily News

MIDLAND, MI – The pitching of Adam Folkard, along with the power of Steve Mullaley and Jeff Ellsworth, was a lethal combination for Six Nations (Ont.) on Thursday.

Those three led Hill United Chiefs to a 3-1 win over Jarvis (Ont.) Travelers in the International Softball Congress World Fast Pitch Tournament at Currie Stadium.

“When Adam is pitching that way, you can beat anybody,” said Chiefs’ manager Doug Eidt. “He hasn’t been healthy, but he is healthy now and he can beat any team there is.”

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Folkard and Potoliccio lock up in World Tournament pitching classic

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – There’s been some talk at the ISC World Tournament about whether or not the era of the dominating pitcher is over. By some of the high scoring games, many would say yes, over and done.

But by the performance of Six Nations Ontario Hill United Chiefs’ Adam Folkard and West St. Paul Minnesota Angels’ Juan Potoliccio in a quarterfinal game Wednesday night, many would take a hard stance in the opposite direction.

Both power-pitching right-handers – Folkard from Australia and Potoliccio from Argentina – matched hard drop for hard drop; explosive rise for explosive rise.

Through four innings, both pitchers were hanging zeros on the scoreboard. With Folkard spinning a perfect game.

    ELLSWORTH COMES THROUGH

But in the fifth, Hill United finally got the clutch hits it needed to squeeze out a 1-0 victory.

Left-handed Ryan Thompson – batting in the eight spot – started off the inning with a single to left field and was sacrificed to second by Jason Sanford. That brought leadoff batter Brad Ezekiel to the plate. But Potoliccio reached back with a high rise ball and got Ezekiel to pop up in the infield.

With two outs, it looked like Potoliccio might escape the inning unscathed. But Jeff Ellsworth (1-3, RBI) came through in the clutch, rapping a clean single up the middle, which sent Thompson racing across home plate for the game’s only run.

The dominating Folkard really toughed in the sixth by striking out the side. Now he was just three outs away from a perfect game.

But Minnesota doesn’t quit. They’re known for finding a way to win low-scoring games. And they made it interesting in their last at bat in the seventh.

With one out, Justin Gill (1-3) ruined Folkard’s chance at perfection by lacing a hard-hit single to right field. Tommy Crouch (1-3) followed with an infield hit putting runners at first and second.

But Folkard had seen enough of Minnesota’s come-back bid. He blew his high rise ball by Nicolas Bittor for a strikeout, and ended the game by getting Leonardo Latasa on a ground out.

    TWO OF THE DOMINATING BEST

Folkard (2-0) finished with a two hitter, no walks, and struck out 10. But Potoliccio (2-1) was almost as good. In seven innings he gave up the one run on four hits, no walks, and struck out nine.

The era of the dominating pitcher over? Not with these two in the circle.

The victory moves Hill United into the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Thursday against the Jarvis Ontario Travelers, the reigning ISC World Tournament champions, who mercy-ruled the Saskatoon Diamondbacks 8-1.

Minnesota will attempt to comeback through the losers bracket, starting Thursday at 2 p.m.