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Page Brake of Salt Lake City carries on long tradition in men’s fast pitch

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
The Page Brake men's fastpitch team has been in existence since the 1960s, and still goes strong today. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

The Page Brake men’s fastpitch team has been in existence since the 1960s, and still goes strong today. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

SALT LAKE CITY – Mention the name “Page Brake” in men’s fast pitch circles and most will say, sure I’ve heard of them, or I’ve seen them play, or what a great team.

But for those REALLY in the know, they will go a bit further in dishing out the accolades. For this Salt Lake City ball club has quite a legacy.

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Kelso Klassic Tournament photos by Fred Lynch of the Southeast Missourian

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

KELSO, MO – Check out Fred Lynch’s photo gallery of the Kelso Klassic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament (June 20-22) that appeared in the Southeast Missourian newspaper: Kelso Klassic 2014

A good read about Kelso Fastpitch and its ace pitcher Tom Jansen by Southeast Missourian sports reporter, Ben Striker: Kelso Fastpitch opens annual tourney with win.

Love and Fastpitch Bring Kiwi Pitcher to Minnesota

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

080813-Jamieson.Michael62lr New Zealand native Michael Jamieson pitching in the 2013 NAFA World Series for the (Wisconsin) Bar On The Avenue Appleton Buzz. He will soon be bringing his pitching talent to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo By BOB OTTO

PARAPARAUMU, NEW ZEALAND – On June 2nd a plane from New Zealand will land at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport carrying fastpitch softball pitcher Michael Jamieson. He’s coming to Minnesota for two reasons: love and fastpitch softball.

Now that surely has his girlfriend Natalie Bertucci excited and thrilled. But learning of a Kiwi pitcher moving to Minnesota most likely has fastpitch managers a bit thrilled, too.

And asking: “I wonder if Michael needs a team to pitch for?”

That’s still up in the air. But pitchers with talent are hot commodities in a sport so desperately lacking. Especially a Kiwi only 24 years old, but who has been playing fastpitch since he was eight.

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Top men’s fastpitch teams in Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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    BIG SOUTHWEST MEN’S FASPITCH TOURNAMENT COMING TO LAS VEGAS THIS WEEKEND

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – 37 teams from all points in the U.S. and from Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela will kick off the fastpitch season in Las Vegas in the Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament, Friday April 11-13.

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Rod Peterson and the Farm Tavern’s legacy begins at 1996 ISC World Tournament

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Boyd Dahlman drilled a home run that helped the Farm Tavern defeat Broken Bow, Neb. Qualigraph, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the 1996 ISC World Tournament and is greeted by his teammates as he crosses home plate. Photo By BOB OTTO

KIMBERLY, WISC. – The big question at the 1996 ISC World Tournament: Would this be the year that Rod Peterson and his Farm Tavern ball club of Madison would finally win a world championship?

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Looking back at McKie Sports, 2004 ASA Class A National Champions

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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LANCASTER, CALIF – Tens years a go on Sept. 5 in Lancaster, California, McKie Sports of Oswego, New York defeated Keating’s Fitness Center of Wilkes-Barre, Penn. 9-5 to win the 2004 ASA Men’s Class A National Championship.

The pitching of Rod Bunge and clutch hitting of Mike Sorzickas and tournament Most Valuable Player Charlie Walsman, led McKie’s to a come-from-behind victory.

Bunge gave up three runs in the first, but toughened the rest of the way, allowing only two runs on three hits to pick up the win.

Keating’s held a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth on Jay Herr’s two run homer. But in McKie’s half, Sorzickas delivered a clutch two-out single, scoring two runs, and Walsman belted a two-run homer to seal the win for McKie.

2004-Walsman.Charlie.FP1.web Most Valuable Player Charlie Walsman. Photo By BOB OTTO

The two teams met earlier in the quarterfinals with McKie pulling out a 2-0 victory on Bunge’s three-hit, eight strikeout gem. But led by the pitching of the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher, Dave Stokes, Keating’s marched through the losers bracket for another crack at McKie.

And in the first title game, Stokes hurled a five-hitter in leading Keating’s to a 5-2 win, setting up the “if necessary” game. Stokes finished with a 4-2 record, 0.51 ERA in 41.3 innings with 34 strikeouts.

Keating’s Bunge and Shawn Sampson, along with Mark Bennett of the Santa Barbara Bucks were selected First Team, All-American pitchers.

The top four teams
1. McKie Sports, 3-1
2. Keating’s Fitness Center, 5-2
3. Duncan Bullets, Elkhart, Ind., 2-2
4. Santa Barbara Bucks, 2-2

USA Softball Junior Men’s Fastpitch Program Seeking Players

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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USA Softball is seeking players for the Junior Men’s National fastpitch team that will compete in the 10th International Softball Federation (ISF) World Tournament, July 7 to 20, 2014 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

With the first pitch 10 months away, USA Softball is busy recruiting players.

To be eligible, a player must be born between 1995 and 1998. If a player is invited, all expenses for airfare, housing and meals is provided.

To apply complete this form, USA Junior Men and submit it.

For more information, contact:
TIMOTHY LYON, Head Coach
USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team
801-244-7477
timlyon@earthlink.net

Young Missouri ball player seeks fastpitch team for next season

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO – The men’s fastpitch season has about wrapped up, but already 19-year-old Jake Bryan is looking ahead to next season.

He’s looking for a ball club to give him a chance to earn a spot on a roster.

“I’ve been around fastpitch most of my life and just absolutely love the atmosphere and the awesome competition,” said Jake who comes from a talented fastpitch family.

His dad Wayne Bryan and his grandfather Tim Bryan played for many years. In fact, his dad played for some very good ASA and ISC teams: the GMC Dealers and the Lafayette Bar & Grill of St. Louis, and the Heflin Builders (New York and Florida). He was selected an ASA All-American player in 2005, and played in the 1998 U.S. Olympic Festival.

So chances are, some of that ball field know-how and athleticism has rubbed off on Jake.

And he’s willing to try and prove it to a team in the Missouri and Illinois area. He just wants some team, some manager to give him a chance.

Jake has been playing fastpitch for two years. He considers second base his strong suite, but he can play first and third as well as the outfield, if need be.

This past year he played in the Kelso Klassic tournament and in the St. Charles League. But some of the veterans on the team are starting to slow down and don’t want to play as much, while Jake’s career is on the upswing.

“I just want to try to find a team since my dad and them are getting older and aren’t playing much anymore,” he said. “I would love to keep playing.”

(Surely there are Missouri or Illinois teams that would give this young man an opportunity.)

You can contact Jake by email.
jbryan32@my.stlcc.edu

Santa Barbara Fall Ball Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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SANTA BARBARA, CALIF – Men’s fastpitch tournament director Clyde Bennett is holding a men’s fastpitch tournament Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.

    THE DETAILS
  • When: Sat-Sun Oct. 12-13
  • Where: Elings Park Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Format: Three game round robin (Sat) Single elimination (Sun)
  • Entry Fee: $300
  • Awards: 14 hooded sweatshirts
  • Contact: Clyde Bennett 6600 Stagecoach Rd Santa Barbara, Ca. 93108
  • Phone: 805-895-9007
  • Email: clydebennett50@gmail.com
  • Cal-State Builders claim third consecutive NAFA Masters West championship

    Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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    By Dave Carlton / Owner and Manager, Cal-State Builders

    CARSON CITY, NEV – The Cal-State Builders made its annual trip to Carson City, Sept. 13-15, with hopes of retaining the NAFA Masters World Series West 40-Over crown. The same rag-tag group from the previous two years consisted of 12-men (with newcomer Scott Budnick, Bothell, WA, and veteran Mario Pereira, Roseville, CA) who put their skills to the test as tough competition loomed.

    The Portland Brewers – narrowly defeated last year at the hands of Cal-State ace Kevin Kammueller (Shakopee, MN) – were hungry to redeem the loss. The Boston Seadogs, eliminated in 2012 by Portland in a dramatic extra-inning walk-off, were similarly eager to avenge the past.

    Ten hopefuls entered the NAFA West Masters, with Cal-State, Portland, and Boston opposite each other in separate pools.

      Cal-State 11, SoCal Quakes 0

    Rain and heavy wind suspended Friday’s games deep into the night. Game one slated for 8 p.m. finally got started around 10:30. The SoCal Quakes sent veteran Doug Rooney to the mound to face Cal-State’s iconic big-man Kammueller.

    The Builders showed no ill effects from the rain delay as they quickly plated seven runs in the top of the first inning, sending 13 men to the plate. Dean Waltier highlighted a six-hit inning with a two-run blast to the right field corner. Both Randy “The Hammer” Bitterman and Darin Michael posted two hits each, while Mark Summers and Scott Budnick added walks.

    Former Builder Mario Pereira, who took a few years off from the team, added a base hit, and Duane Christensen began his path to tournament MVP with a single.

    Kammueller began where he left off at the ISC World Tournament (ISC II All-World pitcher) by pounding the strike zone with nasty corners and wicked movement. The Quakes mustered three hits in the mercy-shortened contest but could not score a run off the stingy Builder’s ace.

    Former University of Arizona standout Debby Day, the only female pitcher to ever pitch at the men’s event, took over for Rooney in the top of the second and held off the Builders until the fourth, when pinch-hitter Larry Machado got a rally started with a clean single.

    kammueller.kevin.246web Kevin Kammueller shows the form that earned him ISC II All-World and NAFA Masters All-World. Photo By BOB OTTO / June 2013 California Classic Fastpitch Tournament

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