Northwest Missouri Boys’ State Fastpitch Tournament Standings and Awards

Written by Bob on October 21st, 2014

WINSTON, MO – The Missouri Boys’ State Fastpitch Tournament has finished and the Jefferson Eagles went 3-0 to claim the championship, their 10th title since the tournament began in 1992.

2014 State Tournament Order of Finish
1. Jefferson Eagles 11-2
2. Mercer Cardinals 11-7
3. Winston Redbirds 16-2
4. North Harrison Shamrocks 7-6
5. Grundy Panthers 5-6
5. East Harrison 4-8
5. Tri-County Mustangs 2-9
5. Newtown-Harris Tigers 0-14

All-State Fastpitch Team

Jed Galbraith, senior, unanimous selection
Ben Jermain, junior, unanimous
Bryce Deen, junior, unanimous
Corby Walker, junior

Drew Cox, senior, unanimous
Trey Wilson, junior, unanimous
Devin Purvis, senior

Chevy Calhoon, senior, unanimous
Craig Lewis, sophomore, unanimous
Ty Uthe, junior, unanimous
Kristchon Hisel, junior

Blake Emig, senior, unanimous
Colton Castleberry, senior

Mason Radcliff, junior

Slade Orndorff, senior


Harrison-Daviess-Caldwell (HDC) Boys’ Fastpitch Conference Season Summary

Written by Bob on October 21st, 2014

WINSTON, MO – Boys’ fastpitch league play has finished in the HDC Conference along with the Missouri Boy’s State Fastpitch Tournament, and as a result, special awards have been granted to those who achieved at a high level.

First Team All-Conference (* denotes unanimous)
*Craig Lewis, So. Winston (U13)
*Chevy Calhoon, Sr. Winston (AC12,U13)
*Ty Uthe, Jr. Winston (U13)
*Kristchon Hisel, Jr. Winston (HM13)
*Colton Castleberry, Sr. North Harrison
*Blake Emig, Sr. North Harrison (HM13)
*Mason Radcliff, Jr. Grundy
*Drew Cox, Sr. North Mercer (HM12,U13)
*Trey Wilson, Jr. North Mercer (HM13)
*Devin Purvis, Sr. North Mercer
*Damion Goodman, So North Mercer
*Dillon Cook, Jr. Tri-County
*Wesley Sobotka, Jr. East Harrison
Reed Hallock, Sr. North Harrison (U13)
Seth Riddle, Jr. Grundy
Slade Orndorff, Sr. East Harrison (U12,U13)

Honorable Mention
Mason Alley, Sr. Grundy
Lance Cook, Fr. Tri-County

Coach of the Year
Eric Lewis, Winston

Final League Standings
1. Winston 6-0, 16-2
2. North Mercer 5-1, 11-7
3. North Harrison 4-2, 7-6
4. Grundy 3-3, 5-6
5. East Harrison 2-4, 4-8
6. Tri-County 1-6, 2-9
7 Newtown-Harris 0-6, 0-14

HDC Tournament Results
First – Winston
Second – North Harrison
Third – North Mercer
Fourth – East Harrison

State Tournament Final Four
Second-North Mercer
Fourth-North Harrison


USA Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team to compete in Pan Am qualifier in Argentina

Written by Bob on October 14th, 2014
2014 United States men's national fast pitch softball team.

2014 United States men’s national fast pitch softball team.

PARANA, ARGENTINA - From Oct. 24 to Nov. 1, Nine of the best men’s fastpitch softball teams in the world will compete in the IX Pan American Games in Parana, Argentina. Team USA is among them and opens play on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. against Mexico.

To follow Team USA’s results and stats, visit: USA Men’s fastpitch Softball Results


  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • Venezuela
  • Canada
  • Cuba
  • Guatemala

    Team USA hosting softball camp in Kansas City

    Written by Bob on October 14th, 2014

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    KANSAS CITY – Learn from some of the best softball players in the country as Team USA’s Sam Fischer, Jackie Traina, Rhea Taylor, Amanda Chidester, and Destinee Martinez head to Kansas City to host a softball camp.

    The camp will cover Hitting, Defense, Pitching and Catching, and Mental Training. There will also be a Q&A session with the USA Players and a FREE autograph session.

    Every camper will be able to get a free picture with a Team USA Player.

    For complete details, visit USA Softball


    Young Bucks Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Beautiful Santa Barbara

    Written by Bob on October 9th, 2014

    2014-Bennett,Clyde.1web Clyde Bennett and his Young Bucks men’s fastpitch team are hosting their annual tournament in November. Courtesy photo

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Sun, surf, beautiful beaches, great restaurants and shopping.

    Santa Barbara has it all. Including men’s fastpitch softball.

    So bring your team to the Young Buck’s Fund Raiser Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, and all of the rest that makes Santa Barbara a great vacation destination is an added bonus.

  • When: Sat-Sun Nov. 22-23
  • Where: Elings Park Santa Barbara Ca.
  • Cost: $350
  • Format: 4-game guarantee
  • Round Robin Sat. (3 games)
  • Single elimination Sun
  • Awards: Sweat shirts

    Clyde Bennett
    6600 Stagecoach Rd., Santa Barbara CA 93105
    805-964-2112 or 805-895-9007 (cell)


    Don’t miss Amigos sixth annual men’s fastpitch tournament

    Written by Bob on October 9th, 2014



    Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame missing some great players

    Written by Bob on October 9th, 2014

    Jolstad.Leroy.3web The great LeRoy Jolstad was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame in 2008.

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I searched three times and still couldn’t find Walt “Nellie” Nelson’s name anywhere on the hallowed list.

    A list that includes some of the greatest men’s players and contributors in the history of Minnesota men’s fastpitch softball.

    The Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame.

    The 2014 Hall of Fame induction takes place Nov. 1 at the Rochester International Event Center.

    But Walt “Nellie” Nelson’s accomplishments in the pitching circle won’t be recognized at the event. To me, that’s a shame.

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    High-flying Eagles win Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Championship

    Written by Bob on October 7th, 2014

    CHILLICOTHE, Mo – The Jefferson Eagles claimed the Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Championship by going 3-0 in the eight-team event held at Danner Park in Chillicothe, Oct. 4.

    The Eagles swung some lethal bats and got great pitching to outscore their opponents 41-4. This marks the 10th state championship Jefferson has won since the tournament began in 1992.

    The Eagles drove to the championship by defeating Tri-County 13-1, North Harrison 15-3, and in the championship they shutout Mercer 13-0. (No information regarding winning pitchers and leading batters was made available.)

    Finishing third was the defending champion Winston Redbirds with North Harrison taking fourth; and tied for fifth were Newtown-Harris, Tri-County, East Harrison and Grundy County.

    The complete bracket with scores and results: 2014 Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Tournament


    Someone to know: Matthew J. Pfeifer, ASA Softball Commissioner

    Written by Bob on October 1st, 2014

    Matt Pfeifer Matt Pfeifer, ASA Commissioner of the Greater San Joaquin Softball Association. Contributed photo.

    LODI, Calif. – Matt Pfeifer has a fondness for men’s fastpitch softball, and as the ASA Commissioner of the Greater San Joaquin Softball Association he does all he can to promote the sport in central California.

    Most recently he hosted the ASA Men’s Senior 60-Over National Championship in Lodi.

    Held Sept. 25-28, the national championship featured seven of the best masters teams in the U.S. with the Texas Stars of Houston claiming the championship with an 8-4 win over Airtronics of Galt, Calif. (See final standings at bottom.)

    “The competition was good with very few blowouts,” said Pfeifer. “The Texas Stars hit the heck out of the ball and Airtronics just had no answer for them. Airtronics did not go down without a fight as they mounted seventh inning comebacks in both games only to fall short in the end. Overall I think the players enjoyed themselves.”

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    Missouri boys battle for state high school fastpitch championship

    Written by Bob on September 30th, 2014

    2013-Winston.Boys.Fastpitch.web The Winston Redbirds won the 2013 Missouri Boys State High School Softball Championship and will try and repeat on Oct. 4.

    CHILLICOTHE, Mo – On Saturday, Oct. 4, eight boys’ high school fastpitch softball teams will battle for a Missouri state championship.

    The tournament is sanctioned by the Missouri State High School Activities Association, and will be held at Danner Park in Chillicothe.

    Games start at 10 a.m. with eight teams participating in a single elimination format.

    Defending champion and No. 1 seed Winston Redbirds coached by Eric Lewis takes on No. 8 Newtown-Harris at 10 a.m. in the top bracket with No. 2 Jefferson meeting No. 7 Tri-County in the bottom bracket. The championship is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

    Since the boys tournament started in 1992, the Jefferson Eagles have won 9 of the 22 state championships that have been held. Winston won the state tournament for the first time in school history in 2013.

    Led by the pitching of sophomore Craig Lewis, the Redbirds combined explosive power, sound defense and Lewis’s pitching to outscore the competition 42-3. Most of the team is back, including Lewis in the circle.

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