USA meets Canada in Fastpitch Softball World Championship

Written by Bob on July 7th, 2018

PRINCE ALBERT, Canada – The XII World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 is underway tonight and Team USA meets Team Canada in the first game for both teams in round robin play.

Watch the game live on YouTube by clicking on USA vs Canada

 

NAFA World Series fast approaching, here’s the latest information

Written by Bob on June 21st, 2018

PAUL BRUHA of Animal House, LaCrosse, Wis. rips into a pitch during the 2017 NAFA A Division World Series at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, Thursday, in the opening day of the 38-team event that runs through Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

FARGO, No. Dak. – For information about the 2018 NAFA World Series, including hotels, division competition dates, current listing of teams participating, and more, visit NAFA website.

 

17th Annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic to be held in New Haven

Written by Bob on June 19th, 2018

ERIC STEINBECK pitches for and manages the Black Gold men’s fastpitch team that will be competing in the 17th annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic, June 23-24 in New Haven, MO. Courtesy Photo By Kyle Quick / Quick News Now

NEW HAVEN, MO – The annual Black Gold Softball Tournament returns to New Haven City Park this coming weekend on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 with games on Lions and Bock fields. An annual men’s fastpitch tournament in the area dates back to the 1960s.

The Black Gold team is comprised mainly of players originating from Hermann, New Haven, Union, and Washington.

Eric Steinbeck, Terry Coon, Cullen Speckhals, Dean Haeffner, Jake Murphy, Jake Johnson and Matt Benz are some of the long-time players with local ties.

Teams from Kansas, Illinois, and all parts of Missouri will battle it out in a round-robin format on Saturday, then single elimination tournament Saturday night and Sunday.

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40th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Crowns A Three-Time Champion

Written by Bob on June 13th, 2018

Joel Cooley was selected to the All-Tournament team after pitching the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2018 40th Annual Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tin Cup Returns, Resumes Winning Ways

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Tin Cup Tornado returned after a year hiatus, picking up where it left off by capturing the championship of the 40th edition of the Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament held at Tate Park in Rice Lake June 8-10. 12 teams took part in this year’s event.

The St. Paul club, managed by first baseman Dave Marchio, had claimed the crown in 2015 and 2016 before having to withdraw in 2017 due to a scheduling conflict. Marchio has competed in numerous past tourneys, chiefly for the St. Paul Rice Street Merchants. He is the meet’s all-time home run leader.

Dave Marchio manages and plays for the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club won the 2018 Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament Championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By BOB OTTO

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Men’s USA Fastpitch Invitational Tournament will be live streamed

Written by Bob on June 8th, 2018

ASHLAND, Ohio – Six teams comprised of U.S. citizen players will compete at Brookside Park in Ashland, June 9-10, for the annual USA Men’s Fastpitch Invitational.

The games will be Live Streamed for fans to watch some of the USA’s top teams and players.

 

12 Teams to compete in 40th Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational men’s fastpitch tournament

Written by Bob on June 6th, 2018

To watch some of the finest teams and players in Wisconsin and Minnesota, be sure to take in the action at the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 8-10. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP
NAFA President / Wisconsin Fastpitch Media

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Eight teams from Wisconsin and four from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 8-10, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

Defending champion Odin Fastpitch of Odin, Minnesota is returning as is, after a one year hiatus, St. Paul Tin Cup Tornado, winners in 2015 and 2016.

Other Minnesota entries are Len’s Automotive of St. Paul, third place finishers a year ago prior to finishing the season as class A champions of the North American Fastpitch Association, as well as Pate Bonding of West St. Paul, Aquafest champions in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

Wisconsin entries include Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Dugout Bar and Grill and the Cushing Tigers of Cushing, Silver Star Nutrition of La Crosse, The Stoneyard and The Bar Blues of Madison, and The Bar of Rice Lake.

Also returning is the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 39 previous events. The Orangemen, runner-up in 2017, won their only Aquafest title in 2014.

Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with the Cushing Tigers taking on Striker’s Lanes at 7:30 p.m. and the two Rice Lake sponsored teams, The Bar and the Orangemen, battling it out at 9:00 p.m.

Play continues all day Saturday with opening games at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes late Sunday afternoon.

  • Visit Wisconsin Fastpitch for more informationa about men’s fastpitch softball in the state.
  • Click on NAFA for information about the North American Fastpitch Association.
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    2018 Best of The West Tournament Results

    Written by Bob on June 5th, 2018

    Tournament results from Cyde Bennett
    Photos courtesy of Kary Moore

    TONY MANCHA delivers a pitch for the J&B Bombers of California in the 24th Annual Best of The West Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament at Elings Park in Santa Barbara, Calif., June 3-4. Photo By Kary Moore

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Best of the West tournament director Clyde Bennett provided results of the 24th Annual Best of the West Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Elings Park, June 3-4.

    SATURDAY TEAM RECORDS

    J&B Bombers 3-0
    Team Marques 3-0
    KW Pirates 2-1
    Budmen 2-1
    Savala Painters1-1-1
    Buzzards 1-1-1
    Bay Area Merchants 0-1-2
    Wololok 0-1-2
    Americans 0-3

    SUNDAY PLAYOFFS
    Top Division
    J&B Bombers 4, Budmen 1
    Team Marquez 3, KW Pirates 0
    Team Marquez 3 J&B Bombers 2

    Lower Division
    Wololok 8, Americans 1
    Buzzards 5 Wololok 4

    50-Over playoffs
    Bay Area Merchants 8,
    Savala Painters 1

    Veteran fastpitch player and manager, Kary Moore, left, takes a picture with Clyde Bennet, Best of The West Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament Director at Elings Park in Santa Barbara, June 3-4. Photo Courtesy of Kary Moore.

     

    USA Junior Men’s National Team sweeps Fargo tournament

    Written by Bob on May 31st, 2018

    The USA Junior Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team.

    FARGO, No. Dak. – Team USA went undefeated at 7-0 to win the 2018 Fargo Memorial Tournament at North Softball Complex in Fargo, May 25-27. The national team is preparing for the WBSC World Championship tournament for young men age 19-under in Prince Albert, Canada, July 7-15.

    The USA Junior Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team includes Seth Brandel, Houghton Lake, Mich.; Trey Brown, Sanford, Fla.; Jose Dominguez, Union City, Calif.; Derek Gomez, Austin, Texas; Dalton Gray, South Jordan, Utah; Steven Hecht, Vassar, Mich.; Alex Ibarra, Cedar Hill, Texas; Nathan Landry, Indian Brook, Canada; Craig Lewis, Winston, Mo.; Jeff Lewis, Amboy, Minn.; Chayton Lloyd, Lakeside, Calif.; Justin Martinez, Covina, Calif.; Paul Miklovic, Caro, Mich.; Travis Miller, Kewaunee, Wis.; Garrett Nickel, Clarksville, Tenn.; Jason Obregon Jr., Pico Rivera, Calif.; William Pahlow, Oshkosh, Wis.; Ethan Rodriguez, San Ramon, Calif.; Daniel Stangel, Kewaunee, Wis.; Dustin Thompson, Nevada City, Calif., and Tony Wark, Munger, Mich. The COACHING STAFF includes Tyron McKinney, Head Coach, and assistant coaches Tony Aresco, Mike Armitage and Bob Piddock.

     

    All Star Auto drives to President Hoover championship

    Written by Bob on May 31st, 2018


    The All Star Automotive men’s fastpitch softball team swept undefeated through the 2018 President Hoover Memorial Day Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to claim the title in Newberg, Ore. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, NAFA District Commissioner

    The Union
    By Union staff
    May 29, 2018

    NEWBERG, Ore. – With a dominant effort on the diamond, All Star Automotive won the 2018 President Hoover Memorial Day Fastpitch Softball Tournament in Newberg, Oregon over the weekend.

    All Star Automotive, a Grass Valley based team named after its sponsor, went 5-0 on its way to claiming the tourney championship.

    The team is comprised of Robert Alvara, Terry Gekoster, Kody Kencke, Justin Deme, Adam Custer, Toby Thompson, Russ Newnan, Alec Giron, Wes Cross, Josh Noxon, Matt Donovan and Josh Cena.

    All Star Automotive was led by all-tourney selections Terry Gekoster, Kody Kencke, Robert Alvara, Justin Deme, Josh Cena and Rusty Newnan. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, NAFA District Commissioner.

    TOURNAMENT SCORES

     

    ISC Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournaments In Saginaw

    Written by Bob on May 28th, 2018

    SAGINAW, Mich. – The International Softball Congress will be holding four divisional youth tournaments conducted by tournament directors Tom Stasik and Scott Stasik at Hoyt Park in Saginaw, July 20-22.

    THE DIVISIONS

  • 12-Under (Date of Birth 2006 or later)
  • 14-Under (Date of Birth 2004 or later)
  • 16-Under (Date of Birth 2002 or later)
  • 18-Under (Date of Birth 2000 or later)
  • ENTRY FEE

  • $325.00 (USD) – 4 game guarantee
  • CONTACT INFO
    Tom Stasik, TomStasik@gmail.com
    Scott Stasik, scottstasik@gmail.com
    989-714-3906

     
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