QUAD CITIES, IOWA – The Hill United Chiefs from Six Nations, Ont., were still very much in the thick of things heading into Friday’s feature game.
The Chiefs, with Islanders Mitch Hardy and Jeff Ellsworth on their roster, improved to 4-0 with a big 6-4 win over another Ontario team, the Jarvis Hallman Twins in Thursday’s late game.
The Chiefs scored four runs on two second-inning hits, and made it 6-0 with two runs on a pair of fifth-inning hits.
Ellsworth registered one hit and a walk in three at-bats.
Adam Folkard pitched four scoreless and hitless innings for the Chiefs, striking out seven batters along the way.
Hardy took over in the top of the fifth and held the Twins off the scoreboard for one inning, but the floodgates opened in the sixth. The Chiefs were ahead 6-3 when he left the game. Hardy’s pitching summary showed two hits, two strikeouts and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Grant Patterson gave up the Twins’ final run in the sixth on a wild pitch, but shut the Twins down in the seventh.
The Chiefs were to face the New York Gremlins in the tournament’s final winners’ bracket game on Friday at 10 p.m. (Atlantic time). The Gremlins, the only other remaining undefeated team in the 48-team, double knockout tournament, downed PA Power from Pennsylvania 3-1 Thursday night.
Friday’s winners’ bracket final was a rematch of the American Softball Association’s championship final from two weeks ago, which the Chiefs won after Ellsworth hit a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh and scored the winning run on a Steve Mullaley hit.
The winner of Friday’s Chiefs-Gremlins’ game advances right to Saturday night’s championship final. The loser plays in the afternoon semifinal, with the hope of moving on to the final.