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Popular Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Friday, April 20th, 2018

DAVE MELTZ is one of the veteran pitchers often found “toeing the rubber” in the Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Calif. Meltz and veterans such as ERNIE MAREZ, the tournament director, help keep men’s fastpitch going in Southern California. Photo By BOB OTTO

By ERNIE MAREZ
Tournament Director

CORONA, Calif. – The annual 2018 Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is one of the few left in the Inland Empire of Southern California. And it’s a good one that’s popular with teams throughout the area.

The tournament is hosted by Major League Softball and the So. Cal Rebels Softball Organization. it’s a competitive tournament played at an excellent softball facility – Promenade Park in Corona.

    HERE’S THE DETAILS

When: Sept. 1-2, 2018
Where: Promenade Park Softball Field, Corona.

Entry Fee: $375.00
Payment Deadline: Aug. 27.
Send Payment To: So. Cal Rebels c/o Ernie Marez, 390 W. Mission Rd., Corona, CA 92882

Format: Double Elimination with 3 game guarantee and awards
Classification: Class C

Contact Information: Ernie Marez at 951-377-3364; email elmarez25@sbcglobal.net.

***Raymond Angulo Tournament Flier***

15th Annual Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In Pueblo

Friday, April 20th, 2018

By JERRY SANTOS
Co-Director, 2018 Joe Santos Memorial Tournament

PUEBLO, Colo. – “The 15th Anniversary Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is just five weeks away and the tournament response has been amazing!” said Jerry Santos of the Pueblo Bandits, who along with brother Chris Santos serve as tournament directors.

The tournament will be held Memorial Weekend May 25, 26 and 27 at Joe Santos Field and if necessary City Park Field.

Teams from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and South Dakota will be competing for a berth to the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario Canada.

Please confirm your teams entry by getting your entry fee into Chris or Jerry Santos. Deadline for entry fee is May 11th. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of Men’s Fastball and Celebrating the Legacy of our Father Mr. Joe Santos….

***Contact Chris Santos – jcsantos25@msn.com, or Jerry Santos -jerrysantos66@hotmail.com or on Facebook***

Boys’ Fastpitch Softball Fun Days In Michigan!

Friday, April 20th, 2018

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Gary Compau and volunteers are offering an opportunity for boys between the ages of 8 to 18 from Frankenmuth, Saginaw, Midland, Flint, Birch Run, and Reese to learn more about and play the game of fastpitch softball. So they’ve organized a Fun Days that will run from Sundays in April and May.

Fun Days organizer, Gary Compau of Frankenmuth, realizes that to revive and expand the game, young players need to be brought into the game.

“It’s up to us,” he said. “We can make this a success.”

    THE DETAILS
  • All boys, 8 to 18, are invited from inexperienced to experienced
  • Experienced fastpitch past and present players will be there offering tips on catching, fielding, and hitting
  • Veteran pitchers will be helping and advising players who want to learn how to pitch
  • The Fun Days are FREE and will not interfere with Little League or baseball
  • Balls and bats will be provided
    • THE FUN!
  • Teams will be formed and games will be played
    • WHERE
  • The two ball fields at Frankenmuth St. Lorenz Lutheran School. One field for the younger players and one for the older. (We request that an adult accompany the young players)
    • WHEN

    April 22-May 20, and May 6, starting at 4 p.m.

      CONTACT INFORMATION

    Gary Compau at 989-262-8452; Email is tawasgary@att.net

    “This is not tryouts,” said Compau. “Come out and enjoy the experience. We will provide the fun. Just come out and enjoy it and see where it goes.”

    Oregon’s Shayne Arndt fills leadership role as NAFA Director

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    The Northwest Braves finished third in the 2017 NAFA World Series, 23-Under division in Fargo, No. Dak. From bottom left, Dre Davis, Lane Kurtz, Jason Carr, Jack Rennie, Kendrick Martin. Back row from left, Shayne Arndt, Kaleb Arndt, Chase Shortly, Kyle Frye, Richard Carson, Fisher Solberg. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt

    HERMISTON, Ore. – Two years a go Shayne Arndt jumped into a leadership role with the North American Fastpitch Association when he agreed to become NAFA Director of the Northwest Region, a territory that includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

    That’s a huge swath of fastpitch country in which to try and expand a sport that, as in much of the country, has been declining for the past 30 years.

    Arndt doesn’t claim to be a miracle worker and he does’t promise sudden explosive growth. His plan is more pragmatic.

    “I want to build relationships with other teams,” said Arndt, 40. “We compete on the field, but we must cooperate off it to build more teams, leagues and regional tournaments. There was a rich history of fastpitch in Oregon, but right now it’s dormant. Two years a go I saw a need for leadership to get the ball rolling again. I love the game, that’s why I do it.”

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    24th Annual Best of the West Tournament In Beautiful Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    Yusef Davis, Jr., left, and Bryan Lathrop are two of the best players in the game.
    Photo By BOB OTTO

    Could there be a better place to play men’s fastpitch softball in America than Santa Barbara? I’ve played there. The answer is NO. So make plans now to enter this great tournament.

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

    Event Name: 24th Annual Best of the West Tournament

    Location: Elings Park, Santa Barbara
    Date: June 2-3
    Entry Fee: $400
    Entry Fee Deadline: May 18, 2018
    Format: Round Robin into single elimination. 4-game guarantee.
    Time Limit: Saturday 90 minutes; Sunday no time limit

    Contact: Clyde Bennett; email: clydebennett50@gmail.com; 805-895-9007
    Mailing Address: 6600 stagecoach Rd Santa Barbara Ca. 93105

    2018 President Hoover Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    By SHAYNE ARNDT
    NAFA Northwest Director

    Play men’s fastpitch in the great Northwest state of Oregon!

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

    When: May 26-27 (Saturday and Sunday only)
    Where: Crater Elementary School, 203 West Foothills Drive, Newberg, Ore. 97132
    Entry Fee: $400 due by May 7th, 2018. Make check payable to Creating Conquerors
    Awards: Trophies for first and second place. Awards for MVP Pitcher, MVP Player, and All Star team
    Concessions: On site, but the tournament site is an alcohol-free school zone.

    Contact: Shayne Arndt, NAFA NW Director at 541-561-1613.

    Softball is ‘back where it belongs’ according to Canada coach Mark Smith

    Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

    CANADA WILL BE AMONG THE MEDAL FAVOURITES IN THE WOMEN’S SOFTBALL AT TOKYO 2020, AND THEIR COACH MARK SMITH – A WORLD CHAMPION AS A PLAYER – BELIEVES THAT JAPAN IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR THE SPORT TO ENJOY AN OLYMPIC RENAISSANCE.

    Ottawa, ON – Softball is ‘back where it belongs’ according to Canada coach Mark Smith.

    “I think Tokyo will put on an absolutely phenomenal show for softball,” said Mark Smith, coach of the Canada women’s team. “Japan is the ideal place to profile the intensity of this great game. Last year I was at the Tokyo Dome for a match between Japan and USA, and there were 31,000 fans, all absolutely loving it.

    Smith is a softball veteran. He has experienced the dizzying highs of winning a world championship gold as a player for Canada’s men’s side in 1992, and two world championship bronze medals as a coach of the women (2010 and 2016). He also had to face the disappointment of seeing the sport lose its Olympic status.

    “It’s funny, when you’re in the middle of your career as a player and win a big title, you don’t really appreciate it – you’re naive enough to think you’re going to be doing it again next time around,” he said.

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    Casa Trejo Bombers honor late patriarch by taking second in NAFA Masters World Series

    Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

    The Casa Trejo Bombers of Calimesa, Calif. finished second in the 2017 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 15. From bottom left, Sergio Marquez, Donovan Reyes, Marlon Campbell, Alberto Ramirez, Eddie Arnal, Albert Garcia and Joaquin Juarez. Top row from left, Leo Saldana, Juan Valencia, Ralph Roybal, Gabriel Marquez, Herlan Yeomans, Shawn Campa, Carlos Vasquez, Randy Clay and Ricardo Valenzuela. Courtesy Casa Trejo Bombers

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – Casa Trejo restaurant is known throughout much of Southern California for serving fine Mexican food. Oh, and one other thing: it supports championship caliber men’s fastpitch softball.

    Ralph Trejo, Sr., opened the restaurant over 20 years ago and soon after he began sponsoring men’s fastpitch teams. Success was immediate with some pretty lofty accomplishments over the years.

    In 2007, the Casa Trejo So. Calif. Bombers finished second in the prestigious International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

    Now 10 years later, the Bombers once again achieved an incredible accomplishment on the national stage by taking runner-up in the eight-team Silver Division of the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Masters World Series in Carson City, Nevada on Sept. 15.

    SEASON DEVOTED TO PATRIARCH

    Ralph Trejo, Sr. sponsored men’s fastpitch softball teams for over 40 years. Trejo passed away in 2016. His Casa Trejo Bombers ball club dedicated the 2017 season to his legacy and finished it superbly by taking second place in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Masters World Series in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 15. Courtesy Photo

    But Trejo, the patriarch of the team, died nearly a year ago. However, his passing motivated the Bombers to make this season special in honor of Trejo’s devotion to the sport and to his team.

    “Ralph Sr. has sponsored our master’s (age 40-over) team for about ten years,” said manager Ralph Roybal. “We dedicated the season to Ralph. Bringing home some hardware meant everything to us.”

    For many teams, once the sponsor is gone, the team folds. But not so with the Bombers. Trejo’s daughter, Ruth Trejo-Garcia, continues running the restaurant, and sponsoring the team. Just as her father would have wanted.

    “It’s the love of the game that he had, and wanting to keep it going for him,” said Trejo-Garcia. “My dad would have been excited about the guys winning, but he would have expected it. He always expected the best from his guys.”

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    Mission accomplished as USA men medal in the Pan American Fastpitch Championship

    Thursday, September 28th, 2017

    2017 USA SOFTBALL National Team that won the Bronze Medal at the 2017 Pan American Fastpitch Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sept. 15-24 The team bottom row from left, Kevin Castillo, Duane Weiler, Jenner Christiansen, Yusef Davis, Jr., Tyler Dudley, Jonathan Lynch, Cameron Schiller and Nick Mullins. Top row from left, Bruce Sidel, Joel Cooley, Jeff Nowaczyk, Greg Hicks, Alfonso Malaguti, Tony Mancha, Chase Turner, Gregg Leather, Travis Nevin, Chris Seben, Erick Ochoa, Ray Gutierrez and Nick McCurry. USA Softball Photo

    SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The USA Softball Men’s National Team embarked on a mission heading into the Pan American Fastpitch Championship, Sept. 15-24, in Santo Domingo: play outstanding softball and earn a medal.

    Mission accomplished.

    On the final day of play, on a late Sunday afternoon, 15 USA players and three coaches were all smiles as bronze medals were slipped over their heads, the reward for finishing third among 16 of the best men’s fastpitch softball teams in the world.

    “The feeling I got was so amazing when I got the bronze medal,” said Yusef Davis, Jr., who earned his first selection to the national team and finished with a .429 batting average. “It was awesome to represent my country and wear those three letters (USA) across my chest. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.”

    JEFF NOWACZYK proudly displays his Bronze Medal and the trophy during the awards presentation at the 2017 Pan American Fastpitch Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sept. 15-24. USA Softball photo

    Team USA finished with a 5-2 record in Pool A, 1-2 in the playoffs. Among their victories, were impressive decisions over Dominican Republic and Cuba, along with beating tournament favorite Canada in the playoffs.

    Gregg Leather, appointed head coach after Denny Bruckert resigned in August due to health reasons, praised his ball club for its fine performance.

    “I am tremendously proud of this team and what we accomplished,” said Leather in a USA Softball press release. “We came into this tournament with some goals; to get double life in our pool, win a medal, and be on top of the podium receiving a medal. We came up short on the last goal, but are very happy with the Bronze Medal we did earn.”

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    Wonderful discovery of the green Band Box fastpitch jacket

    Thursday, September 21st, 2017

    Over the 53 years I’ve been involved with fastpitch softball as a player, writer and photographer, I’ve collected a sizeable number of jackets. These are my favorites. From left, the photographer jacket the ISC issued me in 1996; the St. James, Minn. Band Box jacket I received in 1976 when I pitched for the team; the 1996 ISC commissioner’s jacket, my Yucaipa jacket of 1983, and I’m wearing my NAFA apparel from the 2017 World Series. But the green Band Box jacket is my prized fastpitch possession. Photo By NANETTE OTTO

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – My wife has been on a cleaning binge of late. She’s pulling boxes off shelves, inspecting the contents, and more often than not tossing most of the things on the pile designated “yard sale stuff.”

    Yesterday, she asked me to haul down from the rafters in the garage a large, heavy, blue toter. I followed her orders without complaint. As long as I’m free of decision making, I’m OK with her mission to unclutter our lives.

    So I did as I was ordered and set the toter on the garage floor. I didn’t bother to open it. My job was finished.

    Well, later in the day after she had opened the toter, she came back into the house and said:

    “Bob, you better come and look at this stuff.”

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