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So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League heading for the Marines

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The next So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Masters tournament (age 40-older) will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA. This tournament will have a maximum of 8 teams do to limited fields.

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Shaina’s Challenge is a summer fastpitch mainstay in Havre, Montana

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

2017 Shaina’s Challenge bracket includes nine teams, the highest number to play in the tournament since it started five years a go. Courtesy Photo

By CHRIS PETERSON
Havre Daily News

HAVRE, Mont. – There are a lot of great summer sports traditions in Havre, but one of the finest is undoubtedly becoming the Shaina’s Challenge Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

Shaina’s Challenge, which was started five years ago, gets set for another incarnation of the tournament this weekend at the Sixth Avenue Memorial Field. The festivities will get underway Friday night with the Blue Pony Alumni Softball game set to start at 6.

The tournament begins after that with Bear Paw Credit Union taking on Master Sports at 7:30, followed by Havre Ford against Missoula/Valley Furniture at 9 p.m. The final game Friday night will start at 10:30.

The tournament was started five years ago in memory of Shania Evans and back then, it started with six teams, five of which came from Havre. But this weekend, nine teams will be in attendance, making Shaina’s Challenge the largest fastpitch tournament in the state over the past five years according to tournament organizer Patch Wirtzberger. The proceeds go to Havre Girls Fastpitch and the Shaina’s Challenge Scholarship.

“It says a lot about the support we get from the community of Havre,” Wirtzberger said. “This couldn’t happen without all of our local sponsors, and the support of the fastpitch fans in our community. The last couple of years the interest from out of town teams has grown and that helps as well. Back when we started this tournament it was six teams with five of them being filled with local guys. Now it’s grown to nine teams with six of them being from out of Havre so it’s been quite the jump.”

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International Softball Congress offers youth fastpitch softball tournament

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Hill United Chiefs open fastball season in Peter Hallman classic that features six ISC top-ranked teams

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER – Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards. In 2016, he pitched the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada to runner-up in the ISC World Tournament and was named an All-World pitcher for a eighth time. His 4-1 record gives him 39 wins all-time in ISC World Tournament play. Photo By BOB OTTO

SIX NATIONS, ONTARIO, CA – The No. 1 ranked Hill United Chiefs opens its fastball season at the 2017 Peter Hallman Memorial Fastball Tournament in St. Clements, Ontario, June 23-25.

Topping the International Softball Congress (ISC) early-season poll, the Chiefs return with a star-studded lineup that includes the world’s top pitcher, Australian right-hander Adam Folkard, who has led the team to ISC World Tournament championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Along with runner-up in 2016.

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Twin Cities Fastpitch Softball’s Best

Monday, June 19th, 2017

In 1962, AL DEWALL was pitching for St. Paul Whitaker Buick at the age of 22. Photo Courtesy / Jeff Collins

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL – In 1984, men’s fastpitch was still robust and thriving in the Twin Cities, featuring several of Minnesota’s top teams and ‘players to watch’ as featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

  • All-American Bar, St. Paul: pitchers Don Olson, Al DeWall and Bob Moore; shortstop Jerry O’Connor; outfielders Jim O’Neill and Bill Saatzer, and first baseman Jim McDonald.
  • St. Paul Merchants: pitcher Dave Levity, catcher Jeff Shie and outfielders John Urman and Jerry Booth
  • E.K. Lamont’s, St. Paul: pitchers Stan Busman and Tom Rubbelke and outfielders Mark Conway and Tom Wolfe.
  • Lake Elmo State Bank, Lake Elmo: shortstop Dan Eichten and infielder Jerry Smith.
  • Halek’s Bar, Minneapolis: pitcher Dave Bakke, shortstop Mike Peterson, outfielder Howie Schaber.
  • Nirico Construction, Minneapolis: pitcher Dave Meyer.
  • Beaumont Coyotes celebrate 40th Annual 4th of July men’s fastpitch tournament

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    By RICHARD SORIANO, Sr.
    Coyote ballplayer

    BEAUMONT, Calif. – The 40th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Fastpitch Softball Tournament will be held June 30th and July 1-2 at Rangel Park, home of Valdivia Field, named in honor of David Valdivia Sr..

    While many teams in So. Calif. have long since folded, Valdivia has been steadfast in keeping the Beaumont Coyotes and the tournament alive since the 1970s, and as a source of pride in the Beaumont community.

    TEN TEAMS from different parts of Southern California will be participating.

    Come down to watch some good competition and enjoy the great homemade Mexican food served in the snack bar.

  • In 2016, the Coyotes took 4th place in the NAFA World Series in Mankato, Minn. They will attend again this year in Fargo, ND.
  • A Step Back In Time: Mark Rako Joins Elite Company In Fastpitch Hall of Fame

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    Mark “Vinnie” Rako poses with legendary U.S. Olympic softball player Dot Richardson during the University of Dubuque’s spring trip to Florida in March, 2013


    Platteville pitcher to join SW Wisocnsin Fast Pitch Hall of Fame

    By Jason Nihles
    sports@theplattevillejournal.com
    SWNEWS4u.com
    POSTED June 5, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    BOSCOBEL, Wisc. – Mark Rako’s fast-pitch softball career began 41 years ago as a 14-year-old boy on the old field in Arthur.

    Over the course of a career that spanned five decades “Vinnie”, as he was better known by teammates and opponents alike, developed into one of the best pitchers in the area.

    “I don’t think some people even know my real name,” Rako joked.

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    Road to Whitehorse: Botswana wins over South Africa in Softball

    Monday, June 19th, 2017


    The Botswana Men’s Softball National Team has qualified to compete in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Whitehorse, Canada, beginning 7 July.

    GABRONE, Botswana – The Botswana Men’s Softball National Team dominated the South African National Team in a three-game international friendly series played at the National Diamond.

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    USA Softball Men’s National Team finishes Father’s Day Tournament with 8-4 victory over JB Titans

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    PAT SAGDAL belted a double and later scored to help the USA Men’s National Team defeat the J.B. Bombers, 8-4, to claim the championships of the Houston Father’s Day Tournament, Sunday, June 18. USA Softball Photo.

    JUNE 19, 2017, 2:06 A.M. (ET)
    USA Softball Media Report

    HOUSTON — The 2017 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) won their fifth-straight game of the weekend, 8-4, to complete their impressive outing at the Father’s Day Tournament in Houston, Texas, USA Softball announced today. The U.S. scored eight runs on nine hits with no errors.

    Tyler Dudley (Battle Creek, Mich.) got things going with a lead-off double in the second inning before tagging up and reaching third on a flyout by Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.). A walk to Nick Mullins (Toms River, N.J.) put two runners on for Team USA and a homerun by Pat Sagdal (Richland, Wash.) made it a 3-0 lead.

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    Men’s fastpitch teams heading to San Francisco Bay Area for top-flight tournament

    Friday, June 16th, 2017

  • For more details, contact tournament committee members Fred Williams, Ricky Sivilla, and Marcus Tan.