Small town Cushing, a hot draw in men’s fastpitch

Written by Bob on May 28th, 2015
The Dugout team honored their teammate, the late Pete Kelly, during the 12th Annual Dugout Memorial Weekend Tournament in Cushing, Wisconsin. Courtesy Photo

The Dugout team honored their teammate, the late Pete Kelly, during the 12th Annual Dugout Memorial Weekend Tournament in Cushing, Wisconsin. Courtesy Photo

CUSHING, Wisc. – Wisconsin is dotted with many rural, small towns surrounded by farm fields, forests and pastures. One such small town located in this idyllic setting in the northwest part of the state is Cushing.

Cushing folks, numbering about 700 or so, have quite a few outdoor activities to choose from: they can hike, they can camp, they can boat, and they can hunt and fish.

And for the more competitively inclined, they can play men’s fastpitch softball.

Cushing might be small in population, but it’s big in softball, with no less than four teams – Dugout Bar and Grill, Suzy Q’s, the Tigers, and the Heat – playing fastpitch.

    LONEY AND DIETMEIER KEEP THE TRADITION GOING

And for over 20 years, Cushing has drawn teams from near and far for its Memorial weekend tournament. The past 12 years Dugout has hosted the tournament, led by tournament directors Steve Loney and Les Dietmeier.

This year’s tourney – the 12th Annual Dugout Memorial Weekend Tournament – drew nine teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota, with Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minnesota taking the title over instate-rival Ostrander.

So how has Cushing preserved its fastpitch roots, while the sport fades away in many larger towns and cities throughout the country?

“We all grew up playing fastpitch, or the younger kids dad’s played, or they are still playing,” said Dietmeier, who plays for Dugout.

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Iron man pitching and young talent leads Tin Cup to Dugout tournament title

Written by Bob on May 28th, 2015
2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,  Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dom Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,
Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dom Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

Cooley pitches all four games as Tin Cup of St. Paul wins the Cushing Memorial Tournament

CUSHING, Wisc. – His manager praises his effort, his heart, his talent, and his willingness to take the ball game after game. And all admirable qualities were in evidence as Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar of St. Paul, Minnesota to the 12th Annual Dugout Memorial Weekend Tournament title in Cushing, Wisconsin.

As a one-man pitching staff, the right-hander pitched every inning of four games, culminating with a 7-2 victory over instate-rival Ostrander Fastpitch to claim Tin Cup’s first title in the nine-team event.

    NOTCHING THE K’s

Cooley finished 4-0 and beat Ostrander twice, 2-1 on Saturday, and then again in the championship, where he struck out eight and allowed four hits. The right-hander hurled 28 innings with 45 strikeouts to emerge as the top pitcher in the tournament.

Joel Cooley pitching for Tin Cup in the 2014 NAFA World Series, AA Division, in which the team finished fifth. Photo By BOB OTTO

Joel Cooley pitching for Tin Cup in the 2014 NAFA World Series, AA Division, in which the team finished fifth. Photo By BOB OTTO

Tin Cup manager Dave Marchio might be a bit biased but he proclaims Cooley as Minnesota’s top pitcher.

“He’s got all three pitches, throws about 75 (mph), and is the best pitcher in the state,” said Marchio. “He is cerebral, nothing bothers him. He’s pitched every inning for us and is a good team leader by example.”

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Rooter’s Bar gets over the hump, takes Fargo Memorial Tournament

Written by Bob on May 27th, 2015
2015 Fargo Memorial Tournament champions, Rooter's Bar of Fargo.  Front row from left,  Darcy Byrne, Lex Lunde, Lane Lunde, Gavin Smith, Eric Barker, Zach Berube. Back row from left, Justin Rheault, Matt Kulesa, Logan Lunde, Joe Krabbenhoft, Spencer Braun. Photo Courtesy of Logan Lunde.

2015 Fargo Memorial Tournament champions, Rooter’s Bar of Fargo.
Front row from left, Darcy Byrne, Lex Lunde, Lane Lunde, Gavin Smith, Eric Barker, Zach Berube. Back row from left, Justin Rheault, Matt Kulesa, Logan Lunde, Joe Krabbenhoft, Spencer Braun. Photo Courtesy of Logan Lunde.

FARGO, ND – They’ve finished as high as second and usually place in the top four, but never has Rooter’s Bar of Fargo won the championship of the Fargo Memorial Tournament.

Well, all of that changed on Sunday.

Led by the pitching of veteran Darcy Byrne and sizzling hot batsmen, Rooter’s blasted its way to a 10-3 victory over the Gameland Trappers of Ontario, Canada, to claim its first hometown title at Anderson Softball Complex.

“This is our first tournament of the year and it was a great way to start,” said Rooter’s manager Logan Lunde, who also plays shortstop. “We’ve been together for about 10 years and always finished in the top four. It is good to finally get over the hump and get our first Memorial championship.”

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Farmington (Minn) softball team battling for state championship

Written by Bob on May 23rd, 2015

FARMINGTON, Minn. – Farmington High School softball coach Paul Harrington has his Lady Tigers right where he wants them: battling for a state championship in the 1AAA Division playoffs in Austin.

The Lady Tigers have reached the winner’s bracket final in the 12-team tournament by defeating Rochester Century 8-1 and Northfield 7-4 to set up a huge encounter with Hastings, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Todd Park (South) in Austin.

Hastings, a close neighbor and sports’ rival of Farmington, beat Owatonna 6-3 and Winona 5-2 to advance.

Should Farmington defeat Hastings, they would advance to the championship on Thursday at Todd Park (North). Game time is 6 p.m.

(Paul Harrington has long been a player, manager, tournament and league director in men’s fastpitch and has been inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the men’s side of fastpitch.)

 

Fargo Memorial Tournament features outstanding competition

Written by Bob on May 23rd, 2015
Tyler Bouley taking his swings in the 2014 NAFA 23-Under championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

Tyler Bouley taking his swings in the 2014 NAFA 23-Under championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

Courtesy of Jon Kegel / NAFA Vice President Upper Midwest and Canada

FARGO, ND – It’s what every tournament director wants – parity, close games, even competition. And that’s what happened Saturday at the Fargo Memorial Tournament. Pool play results.

POOL A
Portage Phillies, Manitoba 3-0
Lens Auto, Minn. 2-1
Fargo Bombers 1-2
Brookings SD 0-3

POOL B
Gameland Trappers, Ontario 2-1
Colorado Knights 2-1
Hollywood, Minn 2-1
Fargo Koalas 0-3

POOL C
Hennegar Plumbing, Lake Crystal, Minn 2-1
Rooters Bar, Fargo 2-1
Winnipeg Bullets 1-2,
Grenfell Gems, Saskatoon 1-2

Sunday’s action starts at 9 a.m. with the Fargo Bombers taking on Hollywood with the winner playing Portage. Then it’s Len’s Auto versus the Fargo Koalas with the winner advancing to meet Rooters Bar.

Winnipeg and Grenfell Gems will battle and the winner will then take on Hennegar Plumbing; and finally the Colorado Knights rumble with Brookings with the Gameland Trappers waiting in the wings for the survivor.

It will be a great day of playoffs, so don’t miss the action at the Anderson Softball Complex in Fargo.

 

West St Paul 44th Annual Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Written by Bob on May 21st, 2015

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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – Under the direction of Wayne Ball, the 44th Annual West St Paul Invitational Fastpitch Tournament will be held July 17-19 at the
West St. Paul Sports Complex. The tournament is sanctioned through the ASA and MRSF.

THE DETAILS

Tournament Name: 44th Annual West St. Paul Invitational
Tournament City: West St. Paul
Field/Complex Name: West St Paul Sports Complex
Tournament Dates: July 17-19
Entry Fee: $350

TOURNAMENT CONTACT INFORMATION

Host Organization: PBI fastpitch team
Tournament Director Name: Wayne Ball
Phone Number: 651-457-3933
Email: dball1140@yahoo.com
Address: 1316 Ohio Street, West St Paul, MN 55118

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Tournament Type: Men’s Fastpitch
Classification: A, B, C, D
Tournament Format: 3 Game Guarantee
Guaranteed Games: 3 game guarantee
National Berths: No
Payment Status: Unpaid

 

The Fast-Pitch: El Paso Men’s Fastpitch Softball League hopes to attract younger players

Written by Bob on May 21st, 2015

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By Victor R Martinez / El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas – There is nothing more painful to Enrique “Kiki” Bejarano than watching the sport he loves, men’s fast-pitch softball, dwindle away like it has over the past few years.

“El Paso used to have 10 leagues with 12 to 15 teams in each league,” Bejarano said Sunday morning while preparing the field near Chalio Acosta Sports Center (Delta Center). “Now we are down to five or six teams.”

Bejarano, who was inducted into the El Paso Men’s Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame last week, is trying to help revive the sport.

He is seeking younger players who just graduated from high school or college-age players to join the El Paso’s Independent Fast Pitch League.

“This is the only men’s fast-pitch league in El Paso,” he said. “It used to be a thriving league.” Click to continue reading

 

Fargo Memorial Tournament features strong United States and Canadian teams

Written by Bob on May 19th, 2015

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Information Courtesy of Jon Kegel / NAFA Vice President Upper Midwest and Canada

FARGO, ND – Twelve teams will take to the ball diamonds for the annual Fargo Memorial Weekend Tournament at the Anderson Softball Complex in Fargo. The tournament is classified as NAFA A-Major and below, with the first game starting at 9 A.M. Saturday.

Pool A
Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
Fargo Bombers
Lens Auto, Minneapolis
Brookings Fastpitch, Brookings, SD

Pool B
Fargo Koalas
Gameland Trappers, Fort Frances, Ontario
Colorado knights, Fort Collins, CO
Hollywood, MN

Pool C
Rooters Bar, Fargo
Winnipeg bullets, Manitoba
Grenfell Gems, Saskachewan
Hennager / Odin Fastpitch, MN

 

Kimberly Recreation Association, Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch League starts today

Written by Bob on May 14th, 2015
Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men's fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men’s fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

KIMBERLY, Wisc.Sunset Park in Kimberly has long been a legendary setting for the International Softball Congress World Tournament. Though the beautiful park hasn’t hosted a world tournament for several years, it still remains a popular venue for top-caliber men’s fastpitch.

Five teams – The Bar-Buzz, Hitter’s, Hank and Karen’s, Xtra Innings, and the Kimberly Merchants – begin play tonight (Wednesday, May 14) in the Paper Valley League.

The league is strong and features several international stars, including the likes of Joel Goodall, Ryan Sinclair and Ryan Shannahan of Australia, and Argentina pitcher Sebastian Gervasutti, along with many of Wisconsin’s top players.

Though men’s fastpitch isn’t as popular as it once was in the heydays of the 1960s, 70s and 80s; nonetheless, the Kimberly Recreation Association and several diehards remain committed to the sport they love.

“This league is trying to keep the game of fastpitch alive in the Fox Valley,” said Justin Colombo, manager / player for Hank and Karen’s. And what better venue than Sunset Park to play in, adds Colombo. “This is one of the top softball parks in the country.”

The league runs from May 14 to July 30, with Aug. 6 set aside for makeup games.

Follow the league on Facebook: Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch Softball League

The 2015 league teams and managers

  • The Bar-Buzz, Tony Schaaf
  • Hitter’s, Ric Thompson
  • Hank and Karen’s, Justin Colombo
  • Xtra Innings, Jim Dahlke
  • Kimberly Merchants, Nic Peters
  • Date – 6:30 – 8:00 – Bye Sponsor
    5/14 1-2 5-3 4 FNB-Fox Valley
    5/21 3-1 4-5 2 Hank and Karen’s
    5/28 1-4 2-3 5 Johnny B Fastpitch
    6/4 2-5 3-4 1 Capitol Centre
    6/11 4-2 5-1 3 The Bar
    6/18 3-2 4-1 5 Hitters Sports Bar
    6/25 5-4 1-3 2 Maker’s Sports Grill
    7/2 Week off for July 4th
    7/9 2-1 3-5 4 Lyndee Lewis-State Farm Insurance
    7/17 4-3 5-2 1 Stoneyard-Darboy
    7/23 1-5 2-4 3 Wrightstown Panther Baseball
    7/30 1-2 3-4 5 Home Team Sports and Apparel
    8/6 Rainout week
    8/13 ISC World Tournament and NAFA World Series
    Second team listed is home team

    For information about the league, contact Ric Thompson at fvfp08@gmail.com, or Justin Colombo at bossdj32@yahoo.com.

     

    Treasure Valley Fastpitch men’s and women’s schedule

    Written by Bob on May 13th, 2015

    alder.shane.1web Shane Alder of the Boise RiverDogs pitching in the 2010 NAFA World Series.

    BOISE, Idaho – Maybe you’re on vacation near Boise and want to take in some men’s fastpitch action. Maybe you live in or near Boise and are interested in playing.

    If that’s the case, then check out the Treasure Valley Fastpitch schedule provided by Greg Alder, who has led the effort to rejuvenate men’s fastpitch in Boise.

    2015 Treasure Valley Fastpitch. All games played at Ann Morrison Park, No. 2

      Date – Day – Time – Teams

    JUNE 2 Tues 6:30 Bandits VS Maniacs 8:00 Riverdogs VS Aces
    JUNE 4 Thur 6:30 Riverdogs VS Bandits 8:00 IdahoSports.com VS Raiders

    JUNE 9 Tues 6:30 ****Womens Game******** 8:00 Riverdogs VS Maniacs
    JUNE 11 Thur 6:30 Bandits VS Raiders 8:00 Aces Vs IdahoSports.com

    JUNE 16 Tues 6:30 ****Womens Game******** 8:00 Maniacs VS Aces
    JUNE 18 Thur 6:30 Riverdogs VS Raiders 8:00 Bandits VS IdahoSports.com

    JUNE 23 Tues 6:30 ****Womens Game******** 8:00 Bandits VS Aces
    JUNE 25 Thur 6:30 Maniacs VS Raiders 8:00 Riverdogs VS IdahoSports.com

    JUNE 30 Tues 6:30 Riverdogs VS Bandits 8:00 Raiders Vs Aces
    JULY 2 Thur 6:30 Maniacs VS Raiders 8:00 Maniacs VS IdahoSports.com

    JULY 7 Tues 6:30 ****Womens Game******** 8:00 Riverdogs VS Aces
    JULY 9 Thur 6:30 Bandits VS Raiders 8:00 Maniacs VS IdahoSports.com

    JULY 14 Tues 6:30 Riverdogs VS Maniacs 8:00 Bandits Vs Aces
    JULY 16 Thur 6:30 Riverdogs VS Raiders 8:00 Aces Vs IdahoSports.com

    JULY 21 Tues 6:30 Bandits VS Maniacs 8:00 Raiders Vs Aces
    JULY 23 Thur 6:30 Bandits Vs IdahoSports.com 8:00 Riverdogs Vs IdahoSports.com

    JULY 28 Tues 6:30 Maniacs Vs Aces 8:00 Raiders Vs IdahoSports.com
    JULY 30 Thur 6:30 League Night

     
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