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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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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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Click for Point Steak Standings, Results, Statistics

Read 2014 championship game story: Hill United Chiefs win second-straight ISC world title

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

    Thursday’s Turning Back The Pages: Remembering Brian Paton, one of Canada’s greatest fastpitch players

    Thursday, October 30th, 2014

    Brian Paton ISC HofF.7lr

    Paying tribute to Brian Paton, who was inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame in 2011. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    Woodstock, Ontario, CA – Brian Paton played in 12 consecutive International Softball Congress World Tournaments and was a member of three ISC championship teams – twice with the Toronto, Ontario Gators (1993-95) and with the Smokers of Tampa Bay, Florida (1998).

    In 1995, he helped to lead the Toronto Gators in their amazing come-back week to capture the ISC title in Sioux City, Iowa. In so doing, Paton established a new record for hits in a tournament (17) and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

    Patrolling centre field, he was one the best at stealing what appeared to be “sure-hits” and limiting base runners to singles. He was not simply a member of great teams – those teams enjoyed their successes in no small part as a result of Brian’s leadership – witness his nine “top-four” finishes in ISC world tournaments.

    Paton has numerous other notable softball accomplishments, including playing for Team Canada (1985-2002) and helping his country win four Pan-Am gold medals and silver and gold in the International Softball Federation World Championship.

  • Information courtesy of the International Softball Congress. For more information about world tournaments, statistics, photos, record-setting achievements, and more, please visit the: ISC website.