Brookings, South Dakota starting men’s fastpitch softball program

Written by Bob on April 20th, 2014

BROOKINGS, S.D. – About 25 years ago, men’s fastpitch disappeared in Brookings, South Dakota. Now Clint Dale is trying to revive the sport. He started men’s program last fall and picked up a dozen interested players.

He’s using that momentum to try and start a summer league.

“Last fall,” said Dale, “I tried to get people to show up for five weeks and hoped to have pick-up games each week. We will be starting May 12 again, and so far we have 22 people that want to play. I’m hoping to turn that into a four-team league next year.”

As with many progressive program coordinators starting something new, Dale is seeking advice from those in the know about how to start or revive a men’s fastpitch program:

  • How many teams do you have in your league?
  • How have you been able to find teams / players?
  • What kinds of costs are involved in running your league?
  • Do you have umpires? Are women allowed to play with you?
  • How many games do you play each week?
  • Do you have multiple seasons throughout the year?
  • “If you have any additional tips or advice, I would love to hear it,” Dale said. “Thanks so much!”

    For those interested in playing in the league or entering a team, contact Clint Dale through his Facebook page.


    J&B Painting, Page Brake, Rude-Pac claim Las Vegas Road Trip VII championships

    Written by Bob on April 17th, 2014


    Thirty seven teams from across the United States and from Canada, Mexico, Valenzuela, and Argentina competed for divisional championships in Las Vegas with two California and one Utah team taking the three titles against tough competition.

    By ROBERT HERNANDEZ / Tournament Director

    LAS VEGAS – The dust has all settled, the last out has been called, champions have been crowned and the 2014 edition of the Las Vegas Road Trip is in the books. Hopefully everyone had some fun in Sin City and left with a little extra cash in your pocket on the trip back home.

    This year’s tournament had almost perfect weather; no rain forecasted but high clouds to bring the heat down in the afternoon. The wind did kick in hard on Sunday morning, making fly balls interesting to say the least.

    Thirty-seven teams were entered into the tournament; however, one dropped out late Friday evening as only four players arrived to play-unfortunately making it too late to adjust the schedule.

    The competition in all three levels was fantastic…To read game reports of the three division championships visit the SCIFL website and read Las Vegas Road Trip VII


    Men’s fastpitch revival underway in Springfield, Missouri

    Written by Bob on April 16th, 2014


    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Here and there across the U.S. pockets of men’s and boys’ fastpitch exist where a dedicated few are working hard to revive the sport.

    Mankato and Preston, Minn.; Midland and Reese, Mich.; Boise, Idaho, and Seattle and Moses Lake, Wash., and Santa Barbara, Calif. come to mind.

    And there’s also Springfield, Missouri where Danny Brown, manager of Artisan Construction, and Donovan Nelson, pitcher, coach and pitching instructor are doing their best to save the sport.

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    10th Annual Preston, Minnesota Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on April 16th, 2014


    PRESTON, Minn. – The men’s fastpitch season is fast approaching in Minnesota and once again a popular tournament will return: the Preston Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

    This year the 10th annual event will be held July 26-27 and include teams classified as ASA B, C and D. It will include 14 teams and be played under a double-elimination format.

    Preston is located in southeastern Minnesota, about 40 miles from Rochester.

    The tournament directors include the Scheevel family, Lynn and Barb and their sons Ryan and Brett. Along with a dedicated tournament crew that makes certain this event runs smoothly and professionally.

    To enter now or gather more information, call 507-765-4948 or email

    More information will be forthcoming soon, but for an overview of past Preston tournaments, visit: Preston Merchants Men’s Fast Pitch


    Plan For Dugout Memorial Weekend Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament in Cushing, Wisconsin

    Written by Bob on April 16th, 2014


    CUSHING, Wisc. – For 10 years the small town of Cushing, located in northwest Wisconsin and bordering Minnesota, has hosted a men’s fastpitch tournament. And every year it appears to get better and more popular.

    The tournament will return once again in 2014 through the efforts of the Dugout Men’s Fastpitch team and tournament directors Steve Loney and Les Dietmeier. The men hope to expand the tournament just a bit.

    “We are getting ready to host The 11th annual Dugout Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25 with the 26th a possible added day) Tournament,” Dietmeier said through email. “This year we are looking to add a few new teams coming from St Paul, Minnesota.”

    St. Paul is located about 60 miles south of Cushing and is one of the remaining enclaves in Minnesota where the sport has retained some of its popularity.

    The travel appears to be an easy commute for fastpitch players and fans from the Twin Cities area.

    When: May 23, 24, 25 and possibly the 26th
    Where: Cushing, Wisc.
    Entry Fee: $225 (game balls furnished)
    Additional Details: Concession and beer stand at the ball park (no carry on coolers allowed), and camping available

    Contact Information:

    Steve Lonney at 715-483-3057;
    Les Dietmeier at 715-483-3749;


    City of Montebello, Calif. welcomes men’s fastpitch softball

    Written by Bob on April 8th, 2014

    wolfpack.17.Mich.207web Fastpitch softball is alive and well in Montebello.

    CITY OF MONTEBELLO, Calif. – David Sosnowski didn’t know a whole lot about men’s fastpitch softball when he got an inquiry about starting a city league a year a go.

    But as the sports coordinator for the City of Montebello Park & Recreation Dept., he soon found out it’s popular for competitive athletes wanting the challenge of facing a fast-pitched softball, rather than the slow-pitched variety he was accustomed to.

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    Top men’s fastpitch teams in Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip

    Written by Bob on April 8th, 2014



    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – 37 teams from all points in the U.S. and from Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela will kick off the fastpitch season in Las Vegas in the Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament, Friday April 11-13.

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    Third Annual K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In Moses Lake

    Written by Bob on April 2nd, 2014

    K-Club Team Photo K-Club men’s fastpitch softball team. Courtesy Photo By Rickey Kolda

    By MIKE KOLDA / K-Club Tournament Director

    Dear Managers / Coaches / Players:

    Welcome TO THE 3rd ANNUAL K-CLUB MEN’S FASTPITCH INVITATIONAL, June 7-8, at the Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex in Moses Lake, Wash.

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    A fastpitch family keeps the sport alive in Havre, Montana

    Written by Bob on April 1st, 2014

    2013champs2web The Gallery Lounge Fastpitch Club of Havre, Montana has won four ASA state championships and finished runner-up five times since 2005. Contributed Photo

    HAVRE, Mont. – If half the Gallery Lounge Men’s Fastpitch Club seems to know each others inclinations on a softball diamond, there’s good reason: genetics.

    The pitcher and the utility player are uncles to the catcher and shortstop; the first baseman is the father of the catcher and shortstop, and standing close by on the sidelines is the orchestrator of this band of family fastpitch fanatics – 79-year-old Russell Evans.

    He’s better known as dad and grandpa and coach.

    On the ball diamond, his son Gary, 49, pitches, son Rusty, 55, fills in where needed, son-in-law Cal Wirtzberger, 52, plays first base.

    And there’s the apples of grandpa’s eyes: his grandsons, 27-year-old Patrick “Patch” Wirtzberger, the catcher, and his brother Danny, 30, at shortstop.

    “I’ve always loved the game,” said Russ Evans, who began playing in the 1950s while growing up in Wanda, Minn. “I got the kids (Gary and Rusty) started and they got to liking it and then my two grandsons Dan and Patch wanted to play. It’s in our blood, I guess.”

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    The big-time tournament in small town Havre, Montana

    Written by Bob on April 1st, 2014

    evans.wirtzbergers.1web Russell Evans, back row middle, with grandson Danny Wirtzberger, front left, great grandson Tripp, grandson Patch Wirtzberger (holding Montana State ASA Championship trophy), and son Gary. Contributed Photo

    HAVRE, Mont. – In 1968 Russell Evans and a few fastpitch promoters came up with an idea to raise scholarship money by bringing some of the best men’s fastpitch talent in the world to Havre.

    They hosted an international tournament that drew some of the best teams from Canada and the U.S. It turned out to be a huge success, lasting nearly 25 years until the mid-1990s.

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