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So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League hosting men’s masters tournament

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

GS, Calif.

    To All Managers:

The next Master tournament is scheduled for June 4, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA. Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 24, 2017 because the field rentals need to be paid on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments.

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Team USA beats one of fastball’s best in big win over Globe to claim Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament championship

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

PAT SAGDAL belted a two-run home run to help the USA Men’s National Softball Team defeat Globe, 8-0, in the 2017 Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Sunday, May 21, 2017. USA Softball Photo.

STEVENS, Penn. – The USA Men’s National Team bullied their way to a 4-0 mark in the Rodney Fox Memorial Fastpitch Tournament on Saturday. They bludgeoned opposing pitchers for 38 runs, and on Sunday in the opening game of the playoffs they kept on swinging those hot bats, beating Elanco, 13-3.

That set up a matchup with Globe for the tournament championship.

Now surely this title game would present a far greater challenge for Team USA. For the guy toeing the rubber for Globe was an internationally renowned pitcher: Sean Cleary.

The hard-throwing Canadian right-hander has an impressive resume:

  • He’s a Canadian national team pitcher.
  • He’s the 2016 International Softball Congress Most Outstanding Pitcher for hurling the Toronto, Ontario Gators to the ISC World Tournament championship.
  • In 2015, Cleary helped pitch Canada to the World Softball championship.

    But on this day, the United States’ batsmen got the better of Cleary and Globe for an 8-0 victory that gives Team USA its first tournament title of the season, and great preparation for the 14th World Softball Championship tournament at Saskatoon, Canada, June 26-July 5.

    In the quest for the title, they roughed up Cleary for five runs on five hits in four innings before he gave way to reliever Jon Gwizdala in the fifth.

    Bryce Kay hammered a two-run homer in the second inning, Nick Mullins drove a run-scoring double into left-field that ignited a four-run fifth, and Pat Sagdal homered with one aboard to close out the scoring in the sixth, ending the game on the mercy rule.

    That was more than enough runs for Team USA veteran pitcher Tony Mancha who held Globe to two hits with nine strikeouts and a walk. Both runs were unearned.

    Team USA had seven hits, with Mullins perfect at 2-for-2, and Jeff Nowaczk, Bryce Kay, Kevin Castillo, Sagdal and Matt Ratliff getting one hit each. Both Sagdal and Kay homered, and Mullins and Castillo doubled.

    (I wasn’t aware this was the championship game. Congratulations Team USA. Off to a great start in preparation for the 2017 WBSC World Championship.)

  • Mancha hurls USA Men’s National Team to top seeding

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    Tony Mancha

    STEVENS, Penn. – Tony Mancha hurled a shutout as the USA Men’s National Team extended its winning streak to four by defeating Farmersville, 6-0, in the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, late Saturday, in the final game of round-robin play.

    The right-hander allowed just two hits – one each by leadoff batter Yusef Davis and Steve Mullady – and then proceeded to handle the rest of Farmersville’s lineup by striking out 21 batters. Only one other batter reached base, a walk to James Gilbert in the fifth inning.

    Wth the win, Team USA moves into Sunday’s playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

    Mancha, a right-hander from Las Cruces, New Mexico, picked up his first win of the tournament, but he had plenty of support in getting it. Led by hot-hitting Eric Ochoa, Team USA roughed up Farmersville’s Jonas Mach for six runs on 12 hits.

    Ochoa (2-for-3) hit his third home run of the tourney and drove in three runs, while Tyler Dudley had two RBI and was 2-for-4 at the plate with a homer.

    As in their previous three games, Team USA started strong by plating three runs in the first inning on Ochoa’s three-run homer; picked up a run in the fourth on Derrick Zechman’s sacrifice fly, and pushed two runs across in the seventh when Dudley hammered a two-run homer deep over the left-field fence.

    The USA Men’s National Team returns to action Sunday morning at 11, opponent yet to be determined.

    To follow Team USA, visit: Rodney Fox Memorial Schedule

    USA men’s national softball team hammer third opponent in Rodney Fox Memorial

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    TYLER DUDLEY an infielder for the USA Men’s National Team is one of the bright young stars helping to elevate the national team back to worldwide prominance in men’s faspitch softball. Through four games at the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Dudley is batting .583 (7-for-12) with five RBI and three home runs, along with five runs scored. Courtesy Photo USA Softball

    STEVENS, Penn. – Performing like they’re in mid-season form rather than gathering together for the first tournament of the season, the USA Men’s National Softball Team hammered it’s third opponent, Kurtz, 8-1, to improve to 3-0 in the Rodney Fox Memorial tournament, Saturday afternoon.

    For the stat conscious, Team USA has scored 32 runs in three games – all shortened to four innings because of the mercy rule. While the hitters certainly have stared, the pitchers have performed well, too.

    Against Kurtz, Duane Weiler picked up his second win, allowing a run on three hits over 3.2 innings, with a strikeout and a walk. B.J. Hunhoff finished the final 1 1/3 innings holding Kurtz hitless while striking out four – every batter he faced.

    After plating a run in the first inning on Eric Ochoa’s double, Team USA chased home three more in the second on Gil Saenz’s run-scoring triple and Jonathan Lynch’s bunt single that brought home Saenz. Cameron Schiller’s single and an error scored Bryce Kay with the third run.

    Team USA broke loose for three final tallies in the fourth on Ochoa’s solo homer and Tyler Dudley’s two-run bomb over the right field fence.

    USA pounded out nine hits led by Marcus Tan, 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Ochoa, 2-for-3, and two RBI. In the tournament, Ochoa has been opposing pitchers nightmare, ripping out four hits in six trips, with five RBI, along with a two home runs and a double.

    USA National Softball Team stays perfect in Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    Jonathan Lynch led a 16-hit attack to power Team USA to victory in the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Saturday, May 20. Photo By BOB OTTO

    STEVENS, Penn. – Jonathan Lynch was perfect at the plate, B.J. Runoff dominated in the circle, and Team USA cruised to a 16-0 victory over Kelly’s in the second-round of the Rodney Fox Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Stevens, Saturday morning.

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    Watch USA Men’s National Softball Team live At the Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament

    Friday, May 19th, 2017

    STEVENS, Penn. – The USA Softball national team is playing in the 12 Annual Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, May 19-21.

  • Team USA kicks off the weekend against PA Power Saturday at 9 a.m. (ET).
  • Watch the action via live streaming at: Team USA Live

    TOURNAMENT CONTACT

    Justin Zimmerman
    717-271-8641
    jzimmerman16@yahoo.com

    Bill Hopeman put Hingham, Wisc. on the fastpitch map

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    Since the late 1930s, hundreds of softball players have played fastpitch at the Hingham ballfields. Courtesy Photo

    “I have skipped class reunions and some marriages because of ball. It was probably wrong, but nothing was more important than playing ball. I just loved the game.” – Bill Hopeman

    HINGHAM, Wisc. – When he was six years old, Bill Hopeman got his first taste of fastpitch softball on Hingham’s grade school playground.

    Swinging a bat, catching and throwing a softball soon became a passion. His favorite position?

    “Anywhere they would let me play,” said Hopeman, who was younger than many of the school kids back in the early 1950s. “But mostly I played third base, shortstop and some first base.”

    But over the ensuing years, “let me play,” became a plea of sorts to “please pitch for us,” as Hopeman switched from infielder to pitcher. An outstanding one at that – who many claim the best to hurl a softball in the Hingham fastpitch league.

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    SCIFL tournament at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – A So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance tournament will be held at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, May 20-21. It will have a round robin format on Saturday followed by a single elimination on Sunday.

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    Step Back In Time: Keg Bar Captures Prairie Du Chien Title

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    La Crosse Tribune
    June 6, 1972

    PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wisc. – The Keg Bar fastpitch softball team downed four straight opponents, including S&H of La Crosse to take the Prairie du Chien Minor Tournament title over the weekend.

    The Keg plundered three unknowns before facing S&H in the championship, rapping the La Crosse Classic League foes 8-4 for the crown.

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    Reliving Memories of one of fastpitch softball’s greatest pitchers

    Monday, May 15th, 2017

    WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE
    Roy Burlison of the St. Louis Browns flies through the air before delivering a pitch to the plate in last night’s (June 16, 1973) professional softball game at Koch Park. Burlison tossed his third straight shutout, whipping the Philadelphia Patriots, 8-0. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photo By W. Thomas Stewart

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –Roy Burlison was one of the greatest fastpitch pitchers the sport has ever known. When his 27-year playing career came to an end in 1992, he had won over 770 games against the best teams in the world.

    In 1997 he was inducted into the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame for an arm’s length of accomplishments: nine times competing in the ASA national tournament; twice selected Most Valuable Pitcher, and twice leading his teams to runner-up in the national championship.

    Burlison was also renowned as a coach, teaching hundreds of girls how to play the game the right way. But sadly on May 11, Burlison, 71, passed away (see Roller Homes obituary).

    His fastpitch legacy will live on, however, in the girls he coached, and with the players he both played with and against in his long and distinguished career.

    Let’s relive some of Burlison’s prowess with a stroll down memory lane…

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