NAFA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Written by Bob on June 24th, 2016
The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

DAYTON, OR – The North American Fastpitch Association announced that eight individuals – six players, one umpire and a coach / sponsor – will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies held at various World Series during the 2016 season.

2016 HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

Umpire

  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.
  • Coach / Sponsor

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey
  • Players

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • The 2016 NAFA World Series

  • Open World Series, Fife (Seattle), Wash., July 22-24
  • Boys Youth, Vassar, Mich., July 30-31
  • AA-Major, Quad Cities, IA/IL, Aug. 19-21
  • A-Major, Mankato / North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 11-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 12-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Lower Midwest, Newton, KS, July 30-31
  • Wood Bat Nationals West, Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 27-28
  • A and AA Divsions, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 18-21
  • 23-Under, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 19-21
  • Masters East, Niagara Falls, NY, Aug. 26-28
  • Masters Midwest, Quad Cities, Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West, Carson City, NV, Sept. 16-18
  • NAFA CONTACT INFORMATION
    Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
    email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    cell: 503-559-5398
    work: 503-864-4487
    fax: 503-864-3939
    P.O. Box 566
    Dayton, OR 97114

     

    Ten Top Teams To Battle In SCIFL Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on June 24th, 2016

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    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League is hosting an Alliance men’s fastpitch tournament at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, June 25-26.

    Ten competitive teams have entered, including the Vancouver British Columbia A’s, the No.5 ranked team by the International Softball Congress.

  • Bandits
  • Heat
  • Streamline
  • Those Guys
  • Beaumont Coyotes
  • Brew Crew
  • A1 Rockies
  • Maccabi
  • Buzzards
  • BC A’s
  • The tournament opens Saturday morning at 9 in a round-robin format with the last game scheduled for 3 p.m. On Sunday, a single elimination playoff begins at 9 a.m. with the championship set for 1:30 p.m.

    SCIFL Schedule

    SCIFL Playoff Bracket

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    ASA/USA Men’s Softball Tournament Gives Players A Fair Shake

    Written by Bob on June 23rd, 2016

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    “It was awesome, I was blown away by the youth of the pitchers. I believe we had 20 of the 28 pitchers below 30 years of age, and several under 25 including two 19 year olds, and 22 and 23 year olds. I’m really impressed…” – Denny Bruckert, USA Softball Men’s National Team Head Coach

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Selecting players for the USA Softball Men’s National Team from the hundreds playing fastpitch from coast-to-coast, isn’t the easiest of tasks.

    And a vital part of that task is making sure that talented athletes get a fair shot at being seen and evaluated.

    National Team Head Coach Denny Bruckert and his coaching staff pondered this question: How, when and where could the organization gather together as many players as possible for an evaluation?

    “The coaching staff, Gregg Leather, Greg Hicks, Nick McCurry and myself thought about how we could indentify and evaluate players,” said Bruckert, who was appointed USA national team head coach in 2013. “Warren Jones (ASA/USA Softball President) brought it up this year to get it going. This is the best idea I’ve been involved with.”

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    15th Annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic to be held in New Haven

    Written by Bob on June 22nd, 2016

    EricSteinbeckBlackGold1lr Eric Steinbeck will be one of the top pitchers in the Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic, June 25-26.

    By MATT BENZ / Press Release

    NEW HAVEN, MO – The annual Black Gold Softball Tournament returns to New Haven City Park on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26. An annual men’s fastpitch tournament in the area dates back to the 1960s.

    The Black Gold team is comprised mainly of players originating from Hermann, New Haven, Union, and Washington. Eric Steinbeck, Terry Coon, Cullen Speckhals, and Matt Benz are some of the long-time players, with recent area high school baseball standouts such as Jake Murphy, Jake Johnson, and Ben Held joining the team in recent years.

    Teams from Kansas, Illinois, and all parts of Missouri will battle it out in a round-robin format with two 4-team pools on Saturday. The top three teams from each pool advance to a single elimination tournament on Sunday.

    Black Gold plays at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. on Lions Field. Sunday’s single elimination games starting at 9 a.m. on both fields. The championship game starts at 1:30 p.m.

    Action starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday with two games. On Lions Field, Black Gold takes on the Tribe from St. Charles; while on Bock Field, speedy Kelso Fastpitch of Kelso, MO takes on two time defending champion Pinckneyville, IL Falcons.

    Boonville, MO Fastpitch and the Wizards of Oz from Silver Lake, Kansas return to the Classic this year, while new entry Bowen, IL Fastpitch and the Belleville, IL Stallions round out the field.

    Black Gold recently finished 2-2 in the prestigious Kelso Klassic tournament last weekend.

    For the second year in a row there will be a mens’ fastpitch softball reunion held at the pavilion near Lions Field starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. Seventy former players from all over Missouri attended last year. All former players and fans from the state of Missouri are invited.

    “The Black Gold Classic is known for featuring strong pitching and a very balanced field of teams,” said manager Eric Steinbeck. “We look forward to seeing everyone out at the ballpark.”

    Full concession stand along with BBQ pork steaks, burgers, hot dogs, and the ever popular popsicles will be available both days.

    For more information on the tournament contact Eric Steinbeck (314-640-6432) or Matt Benz (314-560-4839). For more information on the reunion contact Pete Purschke (636-583-3377).

    Attached is a schedule for this weekend’s Black Gold Classic.

    2016 BLACK GOLD CLASSIC Pools and Bracket

     

    SCIFL Tourament July 9-10 In Santa Fe Springs

    Written by Bob on June 22nd, 2016

    Kevin Castillo, J&B.23lr

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The next scheduled SCIFL Alliance Tournament will be held on July 9 and 10, 2016 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA.

    Saturday will be a round robin format followed by a single elimination on Sunday.

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    2016 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team Prepares for World Championship

    Written by Bob on June 21st, 2016

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    OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship will be held in Midland, Mich. at Emerson Park. Teams from around the globe will compete for the chance to call themselves a World Champion.

    Live streaming will be available throughout the entire tournament at no cost to viewers! From first pitch until the Gold Medal moment, fans never have to miss out on the action!

    Be sure to check back during the Championship to catch the world’s best 19-Under men’s fast pitch teams!

    Click to see the Junior Men’s Roster

    Training/Exhibition Games

  • June 23-30, 2016 Normal, Ill.
  • Training/Exhibition Games July 13-17, 2016 Ashland, Ohio
  • Training/Exhibition Games July 18-23, 2016 Midland, Mich.
  • WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship July 24-30, 2016 Midland, Mich.
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    USA Women’s National Team arrive in Tokyo for USA vs Japan All Star Series

    Written by Bob on June 21st, 2016

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    JUNE 21, 2016, 4:54 P.M. (ET)
    Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan — Members of the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) landed in Tokyo, Japan for the USA vs Japan All-Star Series the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.

    Team USA will participate in three games against the Japan National Team, including a series-opening matchup at the Tokyo Dome.

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    First Day of Summer And The Kid Is Playing Hoops

    Written by Bob on June 21st, 2016

    120115-BobBasketball.45web Senior or masters basketball has become a popular sport for kids at heart, from baby boomers to those well into their 70s and 80s.

    YUCAIPA – I remember as a kid rarely touching a basketball in June. Summers on a Minnesota farm were spent baling hay and cultivating about 220 acres of corn and soybeans from sun up to sun down.

    For hardworking farm boys, precious free time for sports was spent in a cow pasture, or freshly baled hay field playing baseball or fast-pitch softball.

    Basketball? Not even a thought. It’s a winter sport and in June there’s no snow on the ground.

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    USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament All-Tournament Teams

    Written by Bob on June 18th, 2016

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    Courtesy of Gregg Leather / USA Softball Men’s National Team Coach

    All Tournament First Team

    PITCHERS

  • BJ Hunoff – Peligro
  • Terry Luster – A1 Bombers
  • Jon Gwizalda – Globe
  • PLAYERS

  • Matt Ratliff – MVP – Peligro
  • Mark Aranda – Top Batter- J&B Paint
  • Jenner Christensen – California A’s
    Kevin Castillo – California A’s
    Chris Heinline – Peligro
    Bryce Kay – Peligro
    Freddy Carmona – A1 Bombers
    Tyler Dudley – A1 Bombers
    Matt Palazzo – Globe
    Matt Thornton – Globe

    ALL TOURNAMENT SECOND TEAM

    PITCHERS

  • Brooks Robinson – Peligro
  • Zane Chason – California A’s
  • Robbie Wooley – Capitals
  • PLAYERS

    Yusef Davis – J & B Painting
    Aaron Gerber – Capitals
    Jason Luster – Capitals
    Nick Mullins – Globe
    Jonathan Lynch – Globe
    Jeff Nowaczyk – Globe
    Mike Lewis – Globe
    Derrick Kennedy – A1 Bombers
    Kris Bogach – A1 Bombers
    Mike Koentopp – California A’s

     

    Yusef Davis Gets His Chance

    Written by Bob on June 18th, 2016
    Yusef Davis Jr., of Long Beach, Calif., was selected second-team, all-tournament at the 2016 USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 11-12. Courtesy Photo

    Yusef Davis Jr., of Long Beach, Calif., was selected second-team, all-tournament at the 2016 USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 11-12. Courtesy Photo

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – All Yusef Davis Jr. wanted was a chance. He got it and he made the most of it.

    Davis heard about the USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament being held June 11-12. It was an opportunity for U.S. players to be evaluated by the USA men’s coaching staff and the USA national team selection committee.

    It was an opportunity Davis couldn’t pass up. If he played well and impressed the evaluators, it just might earn him an invite to a USA national team tryout camp.

    FOOTING THE BILL

    That was all it took for the 21 year old Davis to pay his own airfare to Ashland, Ohio where the tournament was being held.

    The experience?

    “It was incredible,” said Davis, who grew up playing soccer, football, basketball and baseball in youth and high school. “I was nervous. I knew a lot of talent would be there. I wanted to play against that talent and be seen.”

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