ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Two West Prince athletes continue to be impact players with Six Nations Hill United Chiefs.
Mitch Hardy and Jeff Ellsworth, who helped the Chiefs win the International Softball Congress (ISC) men’s world tournament last summer, helped them win their own tournament last weekend in St. Catharines, Ont.
The Chiefs were trailing Argentina by a run in the bottom of the seventh inning of the championship final of the Hill United Snapper Shootout on Sunday, when Ellsworth hit a one-out double. Nick Shailes followed with a two-run homer to give the Chiefs the win.
Hardy picked up a complete-game win (9-0) against the New York Swashbucklers in the round robin, and had the Chiefs leading the New York Gremlins 8-5 in the semifinals before being relieved.
The Chiefs went 3-0 (won-lost) in the round robin, starting off with a tight 8-7 win against New Zealand. They defeated the Toronto Gators 8-2 in five innings in the quarter-finals, scored an 12-5 semifinal win against the Gremlins in six innings and finished off with a come-from-behind win over Argentina.
Argentina made it to the final with a semifinal victory over New Zealand.
Ellsworth hit 10-for-17 with four home runs in the tournament. He hit two homers in the quarter-final; was 3-for-3 with a walk in the semifinal, and was 2-for-4 with the tying run in the final.