2016 Grafmeier Tournament Features Strong Field of Ranked Teams

Written by Bob on May 23rd, 2016

Rude Pac vs Pala.85web Men’s fastpitch action promises to be competitive in the 2016 Grafmeier Tournament, June 3-5, at upper and lower Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Seven of fastpitch softball’s strongest men’s teams will take to Sunset Park in Kimberly for the The 2016 Grafmeier Tournament, June 3-5.

The field includes three nationally ranked teams by the International Softball Congress (latest ranking of May 21).

The Tournament Field

  • No. 27 ranked Bar Buzz, Wisc.
  • No. 24 Aurora Dolan & Murphy of Aurora, Ill.
  • No. 31 Tin Cup Fastpitch, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Stoneyard Fastpitch, Appleton, Wisc.
  • Hank & Karen’s, Appleton, Wisc.
  • Hustlehogs, Dekalb, Ill.
  • Hitter’s Sports Bar, Kimberly, Wisc.
  • FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE
    6:15 | Hank & Karen’s vs. Hitter’s Sports Bar, lower Sunset Park
    7:45 | Hank & Karen’s vs Stoneyard Fastpitch, lower Sunset

    SATURDAY SCHEDULE LOWER SUNSET
    10 a.m. | Tin Cup vs Hustlehogs, Lower Sunset
    Noon Hustlehogs vs Hank & Karen’s
    2 p.m. | Stoneyard vs Hitter’s Fastpitch
    4 p.m. | Hank & Karen’s vs Bar Buzz
    6 p.m. | Dolan & Murphy vs Tin Cup

    SATURDAY SCHEDULE UPPER SUNSET
    10 a.mn. | Dolan & Murphy vs Bar Buzz
    Noon | Tin Cup vs Bar Buzz
    4 p.m. | Dolan & Murphy vs Hitter’s Fastpitch
    6 p.m. | Hustlehops vs Stoneyard

    SUNDAY PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
    9 a.m. | No. 4 vs No. 5, lower Sunset
    10:45 | No. 2 vs No. 7, lower Sunset
    10:45 | No. 3 vs No. 6, upper Sunset
    12:30 | Winner of No. 4 vs No. 5 plays No. 1 seed, lower Sunset
    12:30 | Winner of No. 3 vs No. 6, plays winner of No. 2 vs. No. 7
    2:15 | Championship, lower Sunset

    Tournament Contact
    Justin Colombo
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

     

    SCIFL Masters Tournament At Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs

    Written by Bob on May 21st, 2016

    SCIFL2r

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) will host a Masters Tournament Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs.

    Teams that are interested in participating need to reply via-email at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Monday, May 23, 2016.

    “Once the fields are paid I will not be able to make additional adjustments, so if you want to participate make sure to reply by email before the deadline,” said Jesse Ortiz, SCIFL President.

  • Tamper proof decal stickers will be utilized at this event so each bat will need to be tested prior to use. Bats that do not have a tamper proof decal sticker will not be allowed in the game.
  • Sincerely,
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    scifastpitch@gmail.com
    661-510-8928

     

    Field set for 2016 NCAA Division I Softball Championship

    Written by Bob on May 16th, 2016
    The University of Minnesota softball team won the Big 10 Tournament, and now head to Seattle to play in the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Championship, May 20-22.

    The University of Minnesota softball team won the Big 10 Tournament, and now head to Seattle to play in the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Championship, May 20-22.

    In total, 64 teams will begin play May 20 at 16 regional tournament sites to begin the 2016 NCAA Div. 1 national softball championship playoffs. See Tourament Brackett

    Heading the tournament is the No. 1 seeded Florida Gators (53-5), who will have their work cut out for them in their four-team regional hosted by the Gators in Gainsville that includes Alabama St. (27-24), Florida Atlantic (50-7), UCF (36-20), and UCF (36-20).

    As the No. 2 seed, the Michigan Wolverinses (46-5) play host to Notre Dame (41-11), Miami (OH) (34-21), and Valparaiso (18-32).

    No. 3 seed, the Oklahoma Sooners (47-4) take on Wichita St. (35-19), Tulsa (35-19), and Ole Miss (39-20) at Norman.

    And No. 4 seed Auburn (49-9) will host Jacksonville St. (41-15), USC Upstate (42-13), and Oregon St. (30-18-1) at Auburn, Ala.

    The eight super regionals winners will head for Oklahoma City and the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – Oge Energy Field to compete for the national championship, June 2-8.

    …The University of Minnesota (41-12) which beat Michigan in extra innings to win the Big 10 Tournament, travel to Seattle where host and No. 11 seed Washington (36-13) awaits, along with Weber St. (37-17), and North Dakota (38-13).

    No. 5 seed and Pac 10 champions Oregon (44-8) will host Fordham (39-19), Long Beach St. (32-20), and the Baylor Bears (43-12) at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

    RELATED LINKS

    2016 NCAA softball tournament regional schedule

    5 things you need to know about the NCAA softball tournament

    Gophers Headed To Seattle For NCAA Tournament

    Gators Earn No. 1 Overall Seed In 2016 NCAA Tournament

    UO Earns No. 5 Seed In NCAA Tournament

     

    Gophers edge Michigan in 10 innings for Big Ten softball title

    Written by Bob on May 15th, 2016

    By STAFF, NEWS SERVICES / MAY 15, 2016 — 12:38AM

    State College, Pa. – Sydney Fabian reached base in the 10th inning on an error and later scored on another miscue as the Gophers beat Michigan 4-3 on Saturday night in 10 innings in the championship game of the Big Ten softball tournament.

    Danielle Parlich hit a hard grounder to shortstop on the game-winning play, and the ball bounced away, allowing Fabian to score from second with a slide when the throw home was off target.

    “When you put the ball in play, good things happen,” Gophers coach Jessica Allister said. “It was just gritty, gritty, getting tough in the [batter’s] box.”

    Continue reading in Star Tribune

     

    Build it, and they will play: In Milroy, amateur baseball holds a special place

    Written by Bob on May 14th, 2016

    By Gregg Aamot | 05/13/16

    The view from right field at Irish Yard. MinnPost photo by Gregg Aamot

    The view from right field at Irish Yard. MinnPost photo by Gregg Aamot

    MILROY, Minn. – On the first Sunday in May, the Milroy Irish opened their fifth season of play at Irish Yard, a baseball diamond carved into a soybean field on the outskirts of this southwestern Minnesota town.

    About 60 fans showed up – a small weekend crowd by Irish standards, but decent considering the breezy, high-50s weather – to watch the Irish hold on for a 6-5 win over Stark, a tiny township that also fields a team in the state’s Class C amateur baseball division.

    “It’s such a relaxing time to come out here and watch baseball,” said Caleb Krause, a college freshman whose family farm sits within view of the ballpark. Krause – home for the weekend and helping his younger brother, Amos, run the 20-foot-high, Green Monster-like scoreboard in left field – said he expected to attend many games this season. “There’s not much else to do in the summer except watch baseball,” he said. “Besides, it’s still America’s pastime, isn’t it?”

    Continue reading in Minnpost.com

     

    USA claims championships in FIMBA Pan Am Games in Costa Rica

    Written by Bob on May 13th, 2016
    The United States age 55-plus team celebrates winning the championship at the 2016 FIMBA Pan American Games in Costa Rica, April 23-30. Contributed photo / Jim Sweeney

    The United States age 55-plus team celebrates winning the championship at the 2016 FIMBA Pan American Games in Costa Rica, April 23-30. Contributed photo / Jim Sweeney

    SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – The USA 50-plus and 55-plus teams won their respective age divisions at the Federation of International Masters Basketball Association (FIMBA) Pan Am Games in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 23-30.

    The Pan Am Games had 157 teams from 19 countries comprised of several age divisions from 45-plus to 75-plus, competing in the event.

    “The goal is to send 15 Untied States teams to FIMBA’s next world championship in Italy in summer 2017,” said Jim Sweeney, Head of USA for FIMBA, whose role is to recruit teams for FIMBA’s international tournaments.

    Sweeney adds that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has called FIMBA the best senior (ages 35-plus) sports federation in the world.

    The United States age 50-plus team won the championship at the 2016 FIMBA Pan American Games in Costa Rica, April 23-30. Contributed photo / Jim Sweeney

    The United States 50-plus team won the championship at the 2016 FIMBA Pan American Games in Costa Rica, April 23-30. Contributed photo / Jim Sweeney

    To learn more about becoming involved, visit the FIMBA website , or contact Jim Sweeney for more information at 727-460-8932.

     

    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Schedule, May 15

    Written by Bob on May 12th, 2016

    SCIFL2r

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – SCIFL will host a one-day Alliance tournament, Sunday, May 15, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs.

    Alliance Tournament 04_16-4-15 Round Robin

    Contact
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    661-510-8928

     

    Kimberly Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch League At Sunset Park

    Written by Bob on May 12th, 2016
    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men's fastpitch softball. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin has hosted several ISC World Tournaments, and still today is a popular venue for men’s fastpitch softball, including the Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch League. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1996 ISC World Tournament

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The Paper Valley Men’s Fastpitch Softball League starts next Thursday May 19th at Sunset Park in Kimberly featuring five competitive teams:

  • Hank and Karen’s
  • Hitters
  • Terry’s
  • Xtra Innings
  • Kimberly Merchants
  • See League Schedule
  • Teams will feature several members of Circle Tap and The Bar Buzz who will be competing in this year’s ISC World Tournament.

    The league should be very competitive and will feature some good pitching,” said Justin Colombo, who is a leader in organizing the league as well as a player.

    Anybody looking to join a team can contact Justin Colombo at bossdj32@yahoo.com or 920-585-0179.

     

    Kelowna May Days fast approaching

    Written by Bob on May 11th, 2016

    Promises to be a great tournament.
    Kelowna Days Flier

     

    Check out the International Softball Congress World Tournament rosters

    Written by Bob on May 10th, 2016
    The greatest players in fastpitch play in the ISC World Tournament including (retired) Brian Paton, an ISC Hall of Fame inductee. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The greatest players in fastpitch play in the ISC World Tournament including (retired) Brian Paton, an ISC Hall of Fame inductee. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FINDLEY, Ohio – The ISC World Tournament is less than three months away and the teams are busy registering their rosters – 19 to date.

    Check out the teams and players at: ISC Rosters

     
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