Island of Oahu, Hawaii – The Northern California Hawaiian Athletic Association (NCHAA) of Fastpitch Softball is hosting its 2nd annual Open Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament, Feb. 27-28, 2015.
Fred Williams – NCHAA Athletic Director
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Glen Campman – NCHAA Vice President / Fundraising Director
John Mendiola – NCHAA President
Debbi Tan – NCHAA Travel Arrangements
“Much Aloha and Mahalo!”
Da NCHAA Committee
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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.
Tournament Director, Alex Linares.
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
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
Regional and NAFA sanctioned tournaments
** Events, and Las Vegas Roadtrip still must be confirmed as of this printing.
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.”
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.
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.
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.