Victoria Thunder kicks off season

Written by Bob on March 1st, 2015

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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – The Victoria Thunder opened spring training for its men’s fastpitch team today (March 1) at Hyacinth Park in Saanich, BC.

To follow the team, visit: Facebook Victoria Thunder

Have a daughter or son who wants to play fastpitch? Then register with the Cloverdale Minor Fastpitch Association (CMFA) located in the City of Cloverdale, just south of Vancouver and Surrey and east of Victoria.

 

Appreciation party planned for Yakima fastpitch leader Jim Williamson

Written by Bob on February 26th, 2015

Press release / By Mark Seward

YAKIMA, Wash. – For the fastpitch community that doesn’t know this, Mr. James Robert Williamson (Jim or J.R. who most of us know him by) is not fielding a team this year.

We are having an alumni party for him on March 21st at his favorite bar the Little Dutch Inn in Yakima Washington.

This is not farewell party; it’s a thank you and to celebrate his accomplishments in fastpitch.

“He’s been a player, coach and sponsor for more then 35 years, and I’m proud to say I’ve been a part of his teams (under such banners as JRW & Associates) for many of those years. And that’s not counting all the other things he’s done for the sport.” – Mark Seward

Any alumni, or friends interested in attending, please just send me a reply or message me and I will get you more details.

Contact Mark Seward on Facebook

 

Nearing completion of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine

Written by Bob on February 24th, 2015
The front cover, left, and collage page of my soon to be released 2014 NAFA World Series magazine. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

The front cover, left, and collage page of my soon to be released 2014 NAFA World Series magazine. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’ve reached page 63 with about 17 pages left to complete my magazine (8.5 x 11 inches) about the 2014 NAFA World Series.

Content will include:

  • Championship game stories
  • Feature stories
  • Hall of Fame stories
  • Over 125 action and team photos
  • The magazine will be published and available through Blurb.

    I’ll post as soon as the magazine is available for preview on Blurb.

     

    Moses Lake, Washington men’s fastpitch tournament in June

    Written by Bob on February 12th, 2015

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    MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Make your plans early!! Attached are the informational flyers ML Flyer ’15 Hotel Flyer-1 for the 2015 “4th Annual K-Club Invitational,” on June 6-7.

    As always, the tournament information packet and schedule will be sent out when we get a bit closer, but it’s never too early to make your hotel reservations and pay your entry fees!!

    For payments details, call or email Rick Kolda at (360) 271-085 or rickeykolda@yahoo.com

    For all other questions, call / text/ email/ or Facebook me.

    Thanks guys, we’re looking forward to another fun weekend in BEAUTIFUL Moses Lake, WA.

    ALSO: We are always looking for new teams to enter this tournament; please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested in brining a team, or who I might have forgotten to included in this email, thanks again!

    Mike Kolda
    K-Club Men’s Fastpitch
    (509) 770-0886
    mikekolda@hotmail.com

     

    55th Seattle Invitational at Dacca Park in Fife, Washington

    Written by Bob on February 10th, 2015

    Shane Alder RiverDogs.315web Huge cash prize money offered in NAFA Open World Series. Don’t miss out, enter now. Photo By BOB OTTO

    2015 Seattle Invitational

  • Location: Fife, WA (Dacca Park)
  • Dates: July 31 – Aug. 2
  • Entry fee: $400 ($300 before May 1st)
  • Divisions:
    (1) NAFA “OPEN” WORLD SERIES ($4,000 cash prize money!)
    (2) Recreational: ASA B/C or NAFA A-AA
  • Big Addition: The “upper division is now the NAFA *OPEN* WORLD SERIES with a prize purse of $4,000!

    The “lower division” which is Recreational- will offer the champion a paid entry / reimbursement to a 2015 national or international tournament- ASA, NAFA, ISC or other.

  • Lodging Accommodations: Check www.seattleinvite.com; room rates will be posted shortly for the Emerald Queen Resort & Casino and other local hotels- we are negotiating better rates right now. (2014 was $99 at the Emerald Queen). I expect them to be available by March 1st.
  • *This event would not be possible with out the assistance of the ASA, NAFA, and most importantly the enormous financial contributions of the Fife Lodging Tax Advisory Commission.

    Looking forward to a great 2015 season!
    Ryan Daly
    Tournament Administrator
    425.445.6028
    rdaly24@gmail.com

     

    Quick to make a mark

    Written by Bob on February 10th, 2015

    By CALEY WILSON / e-tangata.co.nz/news

    NEW ZEALAND – Twenty five years ago, when Nathan Nukunuku made the Auckland under-14 softball team, he was easily the youngest in the squad. Staying with his team-mates in a motel for the first time was a big deal.

    A bunch of the boys had gathered in one room and Nathan was asked to flick the jug on. He was straight on to the job.

    A short time later, there was a massive bang from the kitchen…continue reading Quick to make a mark.

     

    NAFA returning to “Softball Town”

    Written by Bob on February 5th, 2015
    NAFA returns to the Quad Cities after a very successful World Series in 2014. Photo By BOB OTTO

    NAFA returns to the Quad Cities after a very successful World Series in 2014. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MOLINE, IL – The Quad Cities has been a hot bed of men’s fastpitch for decades. The cities of Rock Island and Moline, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa have served as host cities for state, regional and national tournaments for both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)and the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

    And in 2014, the Quad Cities added the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) to its long list of men’s fastpitch tournaments. Over 120 teams from the U.S., Canada and Japan played fastpitch from Aug. 7-17 and Sept. 4-7 battling for championships in 11 divisions, including five in the AA-Major, AA, A-Major, A, 23-Under Young Men’s, and six in the Masters (35-Over, 40-Over, 45-Over, 50-Over, 55-Over, and 60-Over).

    The games were played at the Milt Hand Softball Complex within the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, and Campbell Sports Complex in Rock Island. Both excellent facilities for softball.

    NAFA executives, players and fans, praised the facilities and the legions of volunteers for making the World Series one of the best in the history of NAFA.

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    “The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Quad Cities Sports Commission and The City of Moline were thrilled to add the 2014 NAFA World Series and Master’s East Championships to this distinguished list of tournaments,” said Lynn Hunt, Vice President of Sales at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. “NAFA is all about the athletes’ experience, and our local organizing committee worked to deliver a great environment for the teams and their fans.”

    So it comes as no surprise that NAFA wanted to return to the Quad Cities for the 2015 World Series.

    “We are looking forward to 2015,” Hunt said. “New lights were installed this fall, and its just getting better here in Softball Town!”

    The World Series begins with the A-Major Division on Aug. 6-9, continues with the A Division, Aug. 13-16; AA Division, Aug. 14-16; 23-Under, Aug. 14-16, and concludes Sept. 11-13 with the East Masters Division.

    For the latest information, visit NAFA Fastpitch and the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

     

    Tyler Bouley named Junior Male Athlete of the Year

    Written by Bob on February 5th, 2015
    Tyler Bouley of Champlin, Minnesota was selected the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Bouley also helped Minnesota Computers / Kegel Black Knights win the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division where he was named to the All-World team. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    Tyler Bouley of Champlin, Minnesota was selected the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Bouley also helped Minnesota Computers / Kegel Black Knights win the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division where he was named to the All-World team. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is proud to announce the selection of Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.) as the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year.

    Bouley’s bat came alive for the U.S. at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship (JMWC) in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada where led the tournament with five doubles. His .421 batting average also landed him at number three in the leader board for the event.

    “I am so honored and humbled to be named 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year,” said Bouley. “I would like to thank everyone at ASA/USA Softball for giving me this opportunity and for all that you do to promoting the sport. I would also like to thank my coaches, my teammates, and my family for all the support that they give me.”

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    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League starts in February

    Written by Bob on January 24th, 2015

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    ANAHEIM – The long-running SCIFL men’s fastpitch league opens play at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, March 7-8. Then it’s on to Palm Springs for Vicki Oltean’s annual men’s tournament, March 21-22. Contact Vicki at 760-323-8277.

    For a full schedule visit: 2015 SCIFL Schedule

    For more information about the league, contact:

    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    P.O. Box 1891
    Anaheim, CA 92815-1891
    661-510-8928

     

    Those Were The Days: Featuring pitcher Neal Chadwick

    Written by Bob on January 22nd, 2015
    Neal Chadwick of the Page Brake mens' fastpitch team, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    Neal Chadwick of the Page Brake mens’ fastpitch team, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    SALT LAKE CITY – One of Utah’s all-time best pitchers was Neal Chadwick who pitched for Page Brake of Salt Lake City for many years including 1995 in the ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.

    The big right-hander had a 1-1 record in 15 1/3 innings, while allowing 11 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks. He also struck out 20 batters from Grafton, WV; Class Walls, Whiteford, MD; and H.I.S. of Houston.

     
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