Player Profile – Adam Folkard

Adam Folkard

Personal Details

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Position:
Pitcher

Cap number:
77

Club:
Namadgi Dragons Softball Club

Association:
ACT Fastpitch Softball Association (ACT)

Height:
193cm

Date of birth:
04/08/1986

Biography

Adam is regarded by many as the best pitcher in the world. With a fastest pitch speed of around 135km/h, he has dominated batting line-ups for a number of years.

Adam has represented ACT at both junior and senior level, collecting 12 individual national championship awards and helping their open men’s team claim nine Australian championship titles between 2006 and 2015.

Even from an early age, Adam was an outstanding prospect. He made his senior debut for the Aussie Steelers at the age of 17, and the following year, led Australia’s U19 Men’s team to world championship victory with a tournament record 98 strikeouts.

In 2009 Adam pitched the Aussie Steelers to their first world championship title with an amazing no-hitter in the final against the reigning champions, the New Zealand Black Sox.

Since 2004 Adam has played in North America at the International Softball Congress (ISC), currently with Hill United Chiefs. The ISC is regarded as the best club tournament in the world and Adam has an exceptional record, including:

  • eight times selected in the All-World team
  • five Most Outstanding Pitcher awards, tied with the legendary Leroy Zimmerman after whom the award is named
  • 39 career wins pitched, equal 9th all time (currently tied with Andrew Kirkpatrick)
  • five championship titles, two with Jarvis Travelers (2010 & 2011), three with Hill United Chiefs (2013-2015)

Video: Adam delivers the final pitch to give Australia victory at the 2009 World Championship

Video: Adam Folkard pitching

Tournament History

2017:
Selected for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

2015:
ISF Men’s World Championship, Canada

2013:
ISF Men’s World Championship, New Zealand (bronze medal)

2009:
ISF Men’s World Championship, Canada (gold medal)

2005:
ISF Junior Men’s World Championship, Canada (gold medal)

2004:
Aussie Steelers debut – Hawker International Tri-Series, Canberra

Awards

2013, 2014, 2015:
Player of the Grand Final, Men’s National Softball Championship

2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010:
Best Pitcher, Men’s National Softball Championship

2004, 2006:
Best Pitcher, U23 Men’s National Softball Championship

2004:
Best Pitcher, U19 Men’s National Softball Championship

2002:
Best Pitcher, U17 Boys’ National Softball Championship
Arthur Allsopp Shield