May 29, 2018 – Mississauga, ON – Hill United Chiefs start their fourth straight men’s fastpitch season as the #1 ranked team. The Chiefs, who won their fourth ISC World Championship in the past five years in 2017, will look to join a select group of teams with five or more titles.
 
Only Mary Star All-Stars, with five championships in the 1950s and the legendary Long Beach Nitehawks, with 10 titles between 1953 and 1975, have more ISC crowns.  
 
Challenging the Chiefs this year, among several solid-looking contenders will be the re-tooled New York Gremlins, a beefed-up Kitchener Hallman Twins squad looking to win at home, last year’s finalist J&B Bombers and next year’s host, Circle Tap Dukes.
 
The top 16 is as follows:
 
1 Six Nations, ON Hill United Chiefs
2 Clifton Park, NY New York Gremlins
3 Kitchener, ON Hallman Twins
4 Los Angeles, CA J&B Bombers
5 Denmark, WI Circle Tap Dukes
6 Toronto, ON Batmen
7 Bloomington, IL Stix
8 Kitchener, ON Hallman Cubs
9 Fargo, ND Kegel Black Knights
10 Ostrander, MN Norsemen
11 Elmira, ON Expos
12 Ephrata, PA Bear Bottom Lodge
13 Kansas City, KS Monarchs
14 Grande Prairie, AB Pirates
15 Kingston, ON Axemen
16 Appleton, WI Bar on the Avenue Buzz
 
Per a motion passed at the 2016 ISC Board of Directors meeting, only the Top 16 ranked teams are now published and will be used as the basis for seeding at the ISC World Tournament. Also receiving votes, in alphabetical order, were: Aurora, IL Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, Irma, AB Tigers, New Hamburg, ON Nith River Monsters, Niagara Falls, ON Snappers, Pueblo, CO Bandits, Southampton, ON Great Lakes Pirates, St. John’s, NL 3Cheers Pub, St. Paul, MN Tin Cup, Waterdown, ON Hammer.
 
The 72nd annual ISC World Tournament will be held August 11-18, 2018 at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener, Ontario. 
 
For additional information, please contact:
 
Blair Setford
ISC VP Operations
blairjs [at] gmail.com