2015 ISGU Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Florida

Written by Bob on November 17th, 2014

2015 ISGU Men's Fastpitch Flier

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL – The 2015 International Sports Group Union (ISGU) International Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held Jan. 15-18 at Merrill Park Sports Complex in Altamonte Springs.

Contact Information:
Tournament Director, Alex Linares.
407-300-4858
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LINARESINTL@HOTMAIL.COM

 

2015 AAU men’s fastpitch tournament fast approaching, enter now

Written by Bob on November 17th, 2014

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ORLANDO, FL – About 35 teams from north and south America have entered the 2015 AAU International Men’s Fastpitch Championship, Jan. 22-25, at ESPN Wide World of Sports, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

But there’s room for more. Don’t miss out, get your team entered before the DEADLINE of Nov. 24: 2015 AAU Men’s Fastpitch

Get a preview of what the tournament is all about: 2013 AAU International Mens’ Fastpitch Tournament

 

NAFA announces host cities for 2015 World Series championship tournaments

Written by Bob on November 13th, 2014

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DAYTON, Ore – Since 1993, the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) has held post-season national tournaments for several divisions of men’s fastpitch – from age 23-under to Open to Masters 60-Over.

2015 will be no different. 2015 NAFA WS

Approximately 200 teams from the U.S. and Canada, and possibly Japan, are expected to compete for World Series championships in various cities throughout the United States.

NAFA recently released its selection of host cities, so depending on the division your team plays in, start making plans to attend one or more of the World Series championships.

    Division Dates Location
  • **Open World Series, July 25-26, Seattle, Wash.
  • Native American World Series, Aug 1-2, Lawton, Okla.
  • AA-Major World Series, Aug 5-7, Warsaw, Ind.
  • A-Major World Series, Aug. 6-9, Quad Cities (Moline, Ill.)
  • A World Series, Aug. 13-16, Quad Cities
  • AA World Series, Aug. 14-16, Quad Cities
  • 23-Under World Series, Aug. 14-16, Quad Cities
  • Wood Bat World Series, Aug 22-23, Quad Cities
  • East Masters World Series, Sept. 11-13, Quad Cities
  • West Masters World Series, Sept. 18-20, Carson City, Nev.
    1. Regional and NAFA sanctioned tournaments
  • **West Coast Super Regional Las Vegas Roadtrip, April 10-12, Las Vegas
  • Grants Pass Boatnik, May 23-25, Grants Pass, Ore.
  • A, A-Major, AA, Open West Coast Championships, June 27-28, Carson City, Nev.
  • ** Events, Open World Series, and Las Vegas Roadtrip still must be confirmed as of this printing.

     

    Young Craig Lewis sets high goals in fastpitch softball

    Written by Bob on November 10th, 2014
    The Lewis family after winning the 2014 ASA Boys' 16-Under Fastpitch National Championship. From left, wife and mother, Deanna Lewis, Jacob, 13, Craig, 15, Brian, 10, and Eric Lewis. Contributed Photo.

    The Lewis family after winning the 2014 ASA Boys’ 16-Under Fastpitch National Championship. From left, wife and mother, Deanna Lewis, Jacob, 13, Craig, 15, Brian, 10, and Eric Lewis. Contributed Photo.

    WINSTON, Mo. – When he was a little tyke of 3 or 4, Craig Lewis was already wind-milling a softball and tagging along with his dad from one Missouri ball field to the next.

    By first grade, he knew how to keep a scorebook.

    And now at 15?

    Well, let’s just say he’s too valuable on the field to have sitting on the bench scoring the game.

      TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL HONORS

    Craig Lewis had himself quite a high school fastpitch season this year. He pitched the defending champion Winston Redbirds to third place in the Missouri State High School Boys Fastpitch Tournament. This coming on the heels of pitching the Redbirds to the Harrison-Daviess-Caldwell (HDC) Conference championship (6-0, 16-2).

    And he was a unanimous pick on the all-conference and all-state teams. Pretty good accomplishments for a 15-year-old sophomore, who had a 14-2 record. And just imagine the grief he’s going to give the competition with two more varsity years left.

    So how did all this success come about?

    No need to look any further than Craig’s dad, Eric Lewis.

    “I grew up watching my dad pitch and I wanted to be just like him,” Craig said. He taught me to pitch and be mentally tough and not cave under pressure. He was always setting up games and taking my (boys’) team places to play, so we could be good in the future. He is the reason I have gotten into pitching.”

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    ASA/USA Softball announces open tryout opportunity for USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

    Written by Bob on November 7th, 2014

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    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball will hold open tryouts on January 2, 2015 for players hoping to make the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) roster.

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    Impressive teams and talent in Amigos Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on November 6th, 2014
    The Amigos Men's Fastpitch Tournament will feature some of sports' outstanding pitchers and players, battling for the championship in this sixth annual event.

    The Amigos Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will feature some of sports’ outstanding pitchers and players, battling for the championship in this sixth annual event.

    SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA – The 6th Annual Amigos Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, Nov. 15-16, offers a who’s who of top teams, featuring outstanding pitchers and players – some of the best talent in the game today.

      THE PITCHING
  • J&B Painting: Devon McCullough, Tony Mancha, Pat Burnes (Mancha, USA Men’s National Team)
  • East Bay Bashers: Julio Rodriguez, Monty Wells
  • Taft Buzzards: Jon Gwizdala, Zack Lach
  • A1 Construction: Shawn Koster, Ed Gasper
  • CR Portland Brewers: Sebastian Gervasutti, Josh Johnson, Scot Lieph (Johnson, USA Men’s National Team)
  • Little Sumpin: Timmy Parnow, Kat Lawrence, Lou Valencia
  • Stockton Black Sox: Brandon Sharer, Bobby Alvara, Ken Brose
  • Da’hui: Rich Snake Rivera, Eddie Rodriguez
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    Jones is golden for Venezuela in the IX Pan American men’s fastpitch championship

    Written by Bob on November 1st, 2014

    PARANA, ARGENTINA – Needing just one victory to claim the gold medal in the IX Pan American games, Venezuela handed the ball to pitcher Ramon Jones and he didn’t disappoint his countrymen.

    The big right-hander, known for his durability and his blistering, sharp-breaking drop ball, held Argentina to just three hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts in pitching Venezuela to a 2-0 victory late Saturday night at Nafaldo Cargnel Stadium in Parana.

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    All South America final for the gold in IX Pan American games

    Written by Bob on November 1st, 2014

    PARANA, ARGENTINA – In a tightly contested fastpitch game, it often takes a break to decide the outcome.

    In the fifth inning of the bronze medal game in the IX Pan American playoffs, Argentina got the break and Canada suffered the backbreaker.

    With the score tied 1-1, and Argentina occupying first and third with two out, Canada appeared to get out of trouble when Sean Cleary struck out Bruno Motroni.

    But Cleary’s pitch appeared low with catcher Bryan Abrey having to scoop it up and throw to first in order to get the out. But his throw sailed down the first base line, allowing all three runners to race around the bags to give Argentina a 4-1 lead.

    Mariano Montero belted a solo home run in the sixth, and Argentina went on to beat Canada 5-1 to advance into the gold medal game Saturday night.

    Argentina (2-0 playoffs, 5-2) will meet Venezuela (1-0, 5-2) in an all South America final, while Canada (0-2, 6-1) goes home with the bronze medal.

    Jason Hill scored Canada’s lone run in the second when he reached first base on a fielder’s choice and later scored on an outfield error.

    Canada’s Cleary and Andy Skelton – both right-handers – made do with the slim margin until Argentina capitalized on the huge break that assures them of at least a silver medal in the eight-team tournament.

    Juan Pottoliccio (3-0) picked up the win in relief, pitching five innings, allowing no runs, one hit, and a walk, with 10 strikeouts. Lucas Mata started and over two innings held Canada to two hits and a run, while striking out two.

    For Canada, Cleary went 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits, a walk, while striking out six. Skelton hurled 3 1/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits, a walk, with eight strikeouts.

    Canada’s three hits came from Derek Mayson, 2-for-3, and Skelton, 1-for-3.

    Argentina notched six hits, with leadoff Fernando Petric going 2-for-3, run, RBI; and Montero (RBI), Francisco Sabate, Juan Zara, and Nicolas Carril with one hit each.

     

    2015 55th Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on November 1st, 2014
    Don't miss out on the fun and great competition at the 2015 55th Seattle Invitational Men's Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Don’t miss out on the fun and great competition at the 2015 55th Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By RYAN DALY / Tournament Director

    The funding for the 55th Seattle Invitational @ Fife Men’s Fastpitch Tournament has been approved and granted by the City of Fife Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

    “We are happy to invite you to this years tournament,” said Ryan Daly, tournament director, “and again in 2015 we will be offering both an Open and Lower Division of play.”

      TOURNAMENT DETAILS

    Date: July 24th-26th, 2015 (Games starting at 6:30pm on Friday)
    Location: Dacca Park- Fife WA
    Divisions, two: Nafa A-A Major & Nafa AA-Open
    Entry Fee: $400 per team ($100 discount if registered & paid by May 1st)
    Format: Three-game guarantee bracket
    Sanctioned: ASA/NAFA/ISC

      ADDITIONAL INFO:
  • Live scoring and updates
  • Awesome Beer Garden
  • Stats
  • Awards & prize packages
  • Prize money and travel money for Open Division
  • We will be finalizing our travel incentives and prize money over the next couple months and announcing after Jan. 1st. (increased from 2014)

      2014 CHAMPIONS
  • California A’s- Bakersfield, CA (Open Division)
  • Fleetwood Marlins- Surrey, BC (Lower Division)
  • For more information and to register, contact:

    Ryan Daly-Tournament Director
    425.445.6028 or Rdaly24@gmail.com
    Website: www.seattleinvite.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/SeattleInvitationalAtFife

     

    Argentina ousts United States from IX Pan American games

    Written by Bob on October 31st, 2014

    usasoftballmancha.42 Tony Mancha helped pitch the United States into the “Final Four” of the IX Pan American games, which qualifies the USA for the ISF World Championship and the Pan American games in Canada, both to be held in 2015. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2010 NAFA World Series

    PARANA, ARGENTINA – Argentina starting pitcher Lucas Mata was near perfect, his stable mate Juan Pottoliccio was untouchable in relief, and as a result, Argentina defeated the United States, 3-1, in the IX Pan American games playoffs on Friday.

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