Twelve Top Teams Battle For Jack Grafmeier Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Title

Written by Bob on May 2nd, 2018

Beautiful Sunset Park Lower Diamond in Kimberly, Wisc. will be the setting for many of the games, along with the title contest of the 2018 Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 1-3. Photo By BOB OTTO

By JUSTIN COLOMBO
Tournament Director

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Twelve top Midwest men’s fastpitch teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota and Minnesota will compete for the annual Jack Grafmeier Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament title at fabled Sunset Park in Kimberly, June 1-3.

The tournament features pool play with four teams in three pools. Play begins Friday night at 6:30 with Bar Buzz and Hitters squaring off. Then at 8:15 Stoneyard battles Bar Madison in the nightcap.

Play continues Saturday and Sunday with the championship scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunset’s lower diamond.

***For rainout information, call 920-687-7890. For tournament information, call Justin Colombo at 920-585-0179.***

POOL A
Bar Buzz, Appleton, Wisc.
Hitters, Kimberly
Optimum Crush, Kenosha, Wisc.
23-Under team, Kimberly

POOL B
Stoneyard, Madison
Bar Madison, Madison
Tin Cup, St. Paul, Minn.
Hustle Hogs, Dekalb, Ill.

POOL C
Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, No. Dak.
Rice Lake, Rice Lake, Wisc.
Animal House, La Crosse, Wisc.
Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, Aurora, Ill.

See 2018 Jack Grafmeier Tournament Schedule

 

Popular Men’s & Women’s Fastpitch Tournament Returns To Soboba

Written by Bob on May 2nd, 2018

SAN JACINTO, Calif. – The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Parks and Recreation Dept. will be holding its 2018 20th Annual Memorial Day Men’s and Women’s Fastpitch tournament on May 25-27.

The tournament features BIG cash payouts and prizes. Please see flier for complete information.

  • For registration forms visit: www.sobobaparksandrec.com.
  • Teams interested should contact Steve Lopez at 951-654-1319 or by email slopez@soboba-nsn.gov.
  • Soboba Reservation Map
  • Fastpitch teams and fans, you don’t want to miss this tournament! Courtesy Photo

     

    Popular Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on April 20th, 2018

    DAVE MELTZ is one of the veteran pitchers often found “toeing the rubber” in the Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Calif. Meltz and veterans such as ERNIE MAREZ, the tournament director, help keep men’s fastpitch going in Southern California. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By ERNIE MAREZ
    Tournament Director

    CORONA, Calif. – The annual 2018 Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is one of the few left in the Inland Empire of Southern California. And it’s a good one that’s popular with teams throughout the area.

    The tournament is hosted by Major League Softball and the So. Cal Rebels Softball Organization. it’s a competitive tournament played at an excellent softball facility – Promenade Park in Corona.

      HERE’S THE DETAILS

    When: Sept. 1-2, 2018
    Where: Promenade Park Softball Field, Corona.

    Entry Fee: $375.00
    Payment Deadline: Aug. 27.
    Send Payment To: So. Cal Rebels c/o Ernie Marez, 390 W. Mission Rd., Corona, CA 92882

    Format: Double Elimination with 3 game guarantee and awards
    Classification: Class C

    Contact Information: Ernie Marez at 951-377-3364; email elmarez25@sbcglobal.net.

    ***Raymond Angulo Tournament Flier***

     

    15th Annual Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In Pueblo

    Written by Bob on April 20th, 2018

    By JERRY SANTOS
    Co-Director, 2018 Joe Santos Memorial Tournament

    PUEBLO, Colo. – “The 15th Anniversary Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is just five weeks away and the tournament response has been amazing!” said Jerry Santos of the Pueblo Bandits, who along with brother Chris Santos serve as tournament directors.

    The tournament will be held Memorial Weekend May 25, 26 and 27 at Joe Santos Field and if necessary City Park Field.

    Teams from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and South Dakota will be competing for a berth to the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario Canada.

    Please confirm your teams entry by getting your entry fee into Chris or Jerry Santos. Deadline for entry fee is May 11th. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of Men’s Fastball and Celebrating the Legacy of our Father Mr. Joe Santos….

    ***Contact Chris Santos – jcsantos25@msn.com, or Jerry Santos -jerrysantos66@hotmail.com or on Facebook***

     

    Boys’ Fastpitch Softball Fun Days In Michigan!

    Written by Bob on April 20th, 2018

    FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Gary Compau and volunteers are offering an opportunity for boys between the ages of 8 to 18 from Frankenmuth, Saginaw, Midland, Flint, Birch Run, and Reese to learn more about and play the game of fastpitch softball. So they’ve organized a Fun Days that will run from Sundays in April and May.

    Fun Days organizer, Gary Compau of Frankenmuth, realizes that to revive and expand the game, young players need to be brought into the game.

    “It’s up to us,” he said. “We can make this a success.”

      THE DETAILS
  • All boys, 8 to 18, are invited from inexperienced to experienced
  • Experienced fastpitch past and present players will be there offering tips on catching, fielding, and hitting
  • Veteran pitchers will be helping and advising players who want to learn how to pitch
  • The Fun Days are FREE and will not interfere with Little League or baseball
  • Balls and bats will be provided
    • THE FUN!
  • Teams will be formed and games will be played
    • WHERE
  • The two ball fields at Frankenmuth St. Lorenz Lutheran School. One field for the younger players and one for the older. (We request that an adult accompany the young players)
    • WHEN

    April 22-May 20, and May 6, starting at 4 p.m.

      CONTACT INFORMATION

    Gary Compau at 989-262-8452; Email is tawasgary@att.net

    “This is not tryouts,” said Compau. “Come out and enjoy the experience. We will provide the fun. Just come out and enjoy it and see where it goes.”

     

    Oregon’s Shayne Arndt fills leadership role as NAFA Director

    Written by Bob on April 20th, 2018

    The Northwest Braves finished third in the 2017 NAFA World Series, 23-Under division in Fargo, No. Dak. From bottom left, Dre Davis, Lane Kurtz, Jason Carr, Jack Rennie, Kendrick Martin. Back row from left, Shayne Arndt, Kaleb Arndt, Chase Shortly, Kyle Frye, Richard Carson, Fisher Solberg. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt

    HERMISTON, Ore. – Two years a go Shayne Arndt jumped into a leadership role with the North American Fastpitch Association when he agreed to become NAFA Director of the Northwest Region, a territory that includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

    That’s a huge swath of fastpitch country in which to try and expand a sport that, as in much of the country, has been declining for the past 30 years.

    Arndt doesn’t claim to be a miracle worker and he does’t promise sudden explosive growth. His plan is more pragmatic.

    “I want to build relationships with other teams,” said Arndt, 40. “We compete on the field, but we must cooperate off it to build more teams, leagues and regional tournaments. There was a rich history of fastpitch in Oregon, but right now it’s dormant. Two years a go I saw a need for leadership to get the ball rolling again. I love the game, that’s why I do it.”

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    Schweyer pitching leads WAH to Palm Springs tournament title

    Written by Bob on April 19th, 2018

    ROB SCHWEYER pitched WAH to the championship of the 2018 Palm Springs Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, March 24-25. Photo By BOB OTTO

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – After WAH reached the semifinals of the Palm Springs Classic men’s fastpitch softball tournament on Sunday afternoon, pitcher ROB SCHWEYER was essentially handed the ball with the bidding, “now take us to the finish line.”

    And over the final two ball games, the Canadian-born right-hander was near perfect in allowing but one hit over 11 innings in defeating the A1 Rockies 2-0 in the semis, and the Budmen 2-0 in the championship.

    His totals on the day tell of his dominance: Against the Rockies he fired a four-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts and three walks. About 35 minutes later, he returned to the pitching circle and shackled the Budmen on a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts.

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    Dutch Elbers helped drive St. Paul to fastpitch greatness

    Written by Bob on April 18th, 2018

    Ben Maloney, left, Ed Mathias, and Dutch Elbers hold the 1963 ASA Northern Regional Tournament championship trophy.

    (Sadly Dutch Elbers passed away on April 5, 2018. See obituary in which condolences and tributes are welcome)

    Dutch Elbers served the International Softball Congress for over 20 years in several capacities, including the organization’s president. In 1988, he was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Strong armed, with a lanky athletic build, Dries (Dutch) Elbers mostly likely could have stared at baseball, but fortunately for fastpitch softball, he never got the chance.

    “My dad played baseball, but he steered me into softball,” said Elbers. “I have never played a game of baseball in my life.”

    Elbers, who grew up in Steen in southwestern Minnesota, began playing fastpitch in the 4-H League in 1945 as a 15-year-old. It wasn’t long, though, that he graduated from the boys’ league into the Steen men’s league.

    Steen might have been small in numbers with its 185 citizens, but they and the farm families surrounding the little village located 25 miles east of Sioux Falls, kept the six team-league healthy with numbers and talent.

    “As kids, we wanted to get a uniform and play with the big boys,” Elbers said. Soon enough Elbers would be playing with the ‘big boys’ of fastpitch – worldwide.

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    24th Annual Best of the West Tournament In Beautiful Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Written by Bob on April 16th, 2018

    Yusef Davis, Jr., left, and Bryan Lathrop are two of the best players in the game.
    Photo By BOB OTTO

    Could there be a better place to play men’s fastpitch softball in America than Santa Barbara? I’ve played there. The answer is NO. So make plans now to enter this great tournament.

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

    Event Name: 24th Annual Best of the West Tournament

    Location: Elings Park, Santa Barbara
    Date: June 2-3
    Entry Fee: $400
    Entry Fee Deadline: May 18, 2018
    Format: Round Robin into single elimination. 4-game guarantee.
    Time Limit: Saturday 90 minutes; Sunday no time limit

    Contact: Clyde Bennett; email: clydebennett50@gmail.com; 805-895-9007
    Mailing Address: 6600 stagecoach Rd Santa Barbara Ca. 93105

     

    2018 President Hoover Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on April 16th, 2018

    By SHAYNE ARNDT
    NAFA Northwest Director

    Play men’s fastpitch in the great Northwest state of Oregon!

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

    When: May 26-27 (Saturday and Sunday only)
    Where: Crater Elementary School, 203 West Foothills Drive, Newberg, Ore. 97132
    Entry Fee: $400 due by May 7th, 2018. Make check payable to Creating Conquerors
    Awards: Trophies for first and second place. Awards for MVP Pitcher, MVP Player, and All Star team
    Concessions: On site, but the tournament site is an alcohol-free school zone.

    Contact: Shayne Arndt, NAFA NW Director at 541-561-1613.

     
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