Northwest Braves Take Silver in NAFA West Masters

Written by Bob on September 21st, 2018

The Northwest Braves, top row from left, Shayne Arndt, Todd Kensler, Rich Leffingwell, Tom Inglis, Tony Dinehart, Cleon Tungsvik. Bottom row from left, Luis Guerra, Jeff Lane, Matt Chambers, Dave Cavalier and Bobo Estrella. Missing from photo is Eric Thorn. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Northwest Braves of Oregon, finished second to claim the Silver Medal in the eight-team Silver Division at the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, 40-Over Division in Carson City, Sept. 16.

The Braves finished with a 3-2 record and got consistent pitching from Shayne Arndt, who was 3-0 in 23 2/3 innings with a 2.37 ERA and 11 strikeouts. His stellar work in the circle earned him a spot on the NAFA All-World team.

“We played solid defense including an incredible triple play,” said Arndt, who managed the team. “We had good team chemistry and timely hitting including home runs by Matt Chambers and Jeff Lane.”

Along with Arndt, third baseman Matt Chambers, right-fielder Todd Kensler, shortstop Jeff Lane and left-fielder Rich leffingwell were also selected to the All-World team.

  • Chambers batted .500, and drove in 3 runs, scored 5 times; Kensler hit a torrid .600 and scored 8 runs; Lane swung the hottest bat on the team, drilling pitchers for a .625 average (10-of-16) with 4 RBI and 6 runs; and Leffingwell hit .467 with 2 RBI and 3 runs.
  • The Northwest Braves won the runner-up trophy in the 2018 NAFA West Masters, 40-Over Silver Division in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

     

    2018 Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame Information

    Written by Bob on September 21st, 2018

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Minnesota Sports Federation will host the 2018 Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame banquet at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center, Nov. 2. The 2018 class includes 19 of the state’s all-time great slowpitch and fastpitch players.

    ***Click for Hall of Fame Ticket Order Form***

    Reservations and hotel Information

     

    Bennett hurls Ladner to NAFA Masters Championship

    Written by Bob on September 21st, 2018

    MARK BENNETT was named the Most Valuable Pitcher after helping the Ladner Masters win the NAFA West Masters 55-Over championship in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16.

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Ladner Masters of British Columbia, Canada, won five-consecutive games to claim the championship in the 2018 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) West Masters 55-Over World Series in Carson City, Sept. 16.

    And pitching them to the title was Mark Bennett of Santa Barbara, Calif. The right-hander won three games and was selected to the NAFA All-World team as the Most Valuable Pitcher. Bennett is the son of long-time catcher, manager, tournament director, and umpire Clyde Bennett of Santa Barbara.

     

    Sluggers power Casa Trejo to NAFA World Series Silver Medal

    Written by Bob on September 20th, 2018

    The 2018 Casa Trejo Bombers of Yucaipa, Calif. won the Silver Medal in the NAFA West Masters 40-Over Gold Division at Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16. The team includes Dave Hess, Eddie Arnal, Herlen Yeomans, Joe Janicke, Albert Garcia, Joaquin Juarez, Chapo Ramirez, Shawn Campa, Sergio Padilla, Donovan Reyes, Vincente Cervantes, Benito Flores and Ralph Roybal. Courtesy Photo By Ralph Roybal


    Carson City, Nev
    . – The Casa Trejo Bombers of Yucaipa, Calif., outscored its foes 41-to-12, had four players hit over .400, and had a .381 team batting average with 10-of-12 batters smashing the ball over the .300 mark.

    As anyone familiar with men’s fastpitch softball knows, such stratospheric numbers lead to lots of wins.

    And win the Bombers did in claiming the Silver Medal at the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Masters West World Series, age 40-plus Gold Division with a 4-1 record in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 14-16.

    Manager Ralph Roybal credited his players – a blend of local talent, and players from Arizona and Mexico – for peaking at the right time and bringing the second-place trophy home to sponsor Ruth Trejo Garcia and her Casa Trejo restaurant on County Line Road in Yucaipa.

    This is the second consecutive year that the Bombers have placed runner-up in a NAFA Masters men’s World Series that features top-rated teams from the United States and Canada.

    “As a player and coach, as long as I see our guys playing hard, giving 100-percent and having fun, that’s all I can ask,” said Roybal. “We have put the Bombers on the map in Masters fastpitch.”

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    Meet the NAFA Masters Players And Teams That Still Play “for the love of the game.”

    Written by Bob on September 20th, 2018

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – From age 40 to well past 60, there are fastpitch softball players on teams across the U.S. and Canada whose fastpitch flame refuses to flicker or die out.

    These Masters, who have played the game they have loved for 30, 40, and 50-plus years, stubbornly refuse to allow achy throwing arms, balky knees, nagging hamstrings, sore backs, or doctors orders (“you need to find a sport more suitable for your age!”) to usher them from the game.

    Here’s a salute to just a few of NAFA’s Masters

    Jim Decoter, Steve Korsa, Paul Carlton, Mike Drew, Andy Watson, Gil Gardner, Kevin Kammueller, Mike Massine, Paul Rubin, Eric Linnell, Ray Biggini, Troy Morrison, Bobby Smith, Darren Zack, Kelly Wenstrom, Gregor Morgan, Ned Waters, Donovan Reyes, Anthony Fabrizio, Fernando Ramirez, Mike Hoadley, Andy Martinez, Ralph Roybal, Craig Piccock, Bob Steehler, Chuck Smith, John Givens, Bobby Doe, Curt Culver, Monte McCrary, John Melchiari, Tim Jacobs, Mike Hopkins, Billy Frank, Shawn Samson, Doug Erock…and so many, many more.

    ***For the results of ALL the 2018 NAFA World Series, including Masters East and West, click on: 2018 NAFA World Series.***

     

    Minnesota Fastpitch Softball Stars Entering Hall of Fame

    Written by Bob on September 19th, 2018

    SOUTH. ST. PAUL, Minn. – I’m very pleased to learn that three of the finest fastballers the state has ever produced are being inducted into the Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame that includes 19 slowpitch and fastpitch stars in this outstanding class of 2018.

    As an 18-year-old the first really good team I pitched against was Loesch’s Bar of Hastings that was loaded with great fastpitch players, and none were better than pitcher WALT NELSON, and catcher, pitcher, infielder and outfielder TOM NIEDERKORN, who went on to star with famed Whitaker Buick of St. Paul.

    Photo caption: Walt Nelson is pictured second from left, and Tom Niederkorn is first player far right. Courtesy Photo / Steve Nelson

    Nelson and Niederkorn helped two Hastings’ ball clubs, including Loesch’s Bar, win two state ASA Class A state championships (and an overall title after beating the AA champion) as well as a runner-up, along with club tournament titles in Minnesota and neighboring states.

    Also being inducted is JACK NORMAN of Lake Crystal, who I played with on the Lake Crystal Blues in 1974-’75. After his playing days, Norman became an outstanding manager, umpire and administrator.

    Though Nelson has passed away, Congratulations to his family, friends and former teammates who share this honor on behalf of him. And congratulations to Tom and Jack for this well-deserved tribute in recognition of your outstanding fastpitch careers!

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    Comeback K-Club Claims NAFA World Series Title

    Written by Bob on September 17th, 2018

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Winning championships doesn’t come easy in any sport. And so it is in men’s fastpitch softball. Just ask the K-Club squad of Moses Lake, Washington.

    For ten years K-Club has steadily grown into a respected ball club, winning or placing in the upper echelon of club tournaments throughout the northwest.

    The 2018 season can be chalked up as a resounding success. K-Club’s 26-12 record includes two second-place finishes in the Newberg, Ore. and Mt. Vernon, Wash. tournaments. And in the prestigious North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Seattle Invitational, K-Club claimed first place in the A-Major Division.

      Aiming High

    But those tournaments were tune-ups of sorts. For the ultimate prize is winning a NAFA World Series championship – a destination K-Club has been aiming for ten long years.

    And on Aug. 19 in Fargo, North Dakota, K-Club’s dream of a national championship was realized when they won five consecutive games to claim the 10-team, World Series AA-Division title.

    “K-Club has progressively improved over the last nine years,” said co-manager Dan Kolda, who helped found the team with his sons Mike and Rickey. “We have had many successes, but the victory in the AA World Series, especially with all the comeback wins, has to be the most prestigious accomplishment for the program. The effort and contributions from each and every member of this team demonstrated what can be achieved when you have “heart!”

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    2019 Pan American and European Maccabi Games – Men’s Fastpitch Softball

    Written by Bob on September 1st, 2018

    By Dakota “Koty” Marine
    Communications Director Maccabi USA
    P. 215.561.6900 x4156
    F. 215.561.5470

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – Are you interested in becoming a member of the United States Team that will compete at the 14th Pan American Maccabi Fast-Pitch Softball Games in Mexico City, Mexico, July 5-15, 2019, and the European Maccabi Games, July 29-August 7, 2019? Here’s the information!

    Fastpitch Softball Contact
    Open Men’s Softball Head Coach: Paul Rubin, azjazzcat@gmail.com

    **Open (18-35) male only**
    **Masters (35+) male only**

    Application Information

    If you do not fit the age categories, we would still like to connect with you! Please fill out this form so we can notify you if there are any changes for eligibility or for any future competitions that you can participate with us!

    Visit Maccabi USA website
    1511 Walnut Street, Suite 401
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    maccabi@maccabiusa.com

    P: 215.561.6900
    F: 215.561.5470

     

    Remembering Gunny Sproul

    Written by Bob on August 31st, 2018


    Gunnery Sergeant, Robert L. Sproul, a Marine’s Marine

    YUCAIPA, CA – Every so often I reach up to the top shelf of my bookcase and pull out my Marine Corps graduation book. There were 72 of us in Platoon 1061 of the First Battalion. The pages are filled with pictures of smoothed faced men – boys really, ages 18, 19, 20 some as old as 23.

    The pages show pictures of us climbing ropes, jumping across water ponds suspended in midair with our M14 rifles thrust out in front of us, on the parade deck marching to the deep-throated commands of a drill instructor, standing at attention during inspection, and on Sunday afternoon’s off, writing homesick letters to our worried mothers.


    Gunnery Sergeant Robert L. Sproul is seated in the middle behind the Platoon 1061 banner.

    Platoon 1061 was all gung ho in boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego in the summer of 1967. We felt destined to go to “Nam” and win the war against communism.

    And we wanted Gunnery Sergeant Robert L. Sproul to lead us.

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    2018 Raymond Angulo Memorial Tournament In Corona, Calif.

    Written by Bob on August 31st, 2018

    KEVIN CASTILLO races to first base during the championship game of the Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, Sept. 4, in Corona, Calif. Castillo managed and helped lead Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant to the title with a 4-0 record. Photo By BOB OTTO

    CORONA – The annual Raymond Angulo Memorial serves as a fun, competitive tournament and also as a fundraiser that raises money for JoJo’s Circle of Friends, a non-profit organization that helps children with special needs.

    Come out to Promenade ball park at 615 Richey St. in Corona and watch the action. The tournament is hosted by Major League Softball and the So. Cal Rebels Softball Organization and will be held Sept. 1-2.

     
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