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SCIFL final tournament of the year

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

** To All So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League managers **

SCIFL will be hosting its final Alliance Tournament of the year on August 29 – 30, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA. This tournament will have a round robin format on Saturday followed by a single elimination on Sunday.

So far the East Bay Bashers, from Northern California, has committed to coming down to this event. Teams interested in participating in the event need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Sunday, July 16, 2017 so the fields can be paid on Monday, July 17, 2017, per the City of Santa Fe Springs.

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Top Ranked Teams Battle For Tin Cup Challenge Championship

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Eight International Softball Congress (ISC) top-rated teams will battle for the THE TIN CUP CLASSIC Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium, White Bear Lake, Minn., July 28-30. Courtesy Photo / Christopher Diethert

By Christopher Diethert
Tin Cup Fastpitch

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The field is set and eight of the finest men’s fastpitch teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas and North Dakota will battle in the Tin Cup Men’s Challenge Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium in White Bear Lake, Minn. July 28-30.

The tournament features a full slate of games Friday night and Saturday in pool play format with the playoffs on Sunday. Five of the eight teams are ranked in the top-20 by the International Softball Congress.

POOL A / ISC RANKING

No. 6 / Circle Tap Dukes, Denmark, Wisc.
No. 15 / Ostrander Norsemen Fastpitch, Ostrander, Minn.
Topeka Toros, Kansas
Rice Lake Orangemen, Wis.

POOL B / ISC RANKING

No. 8 / Bloomington Stix, Bloomington, Ill.
No. 11 / Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, No. Dak.
No. 13 / Tin Cup, St. Paul, Minn.
Jamo’s Fastpitch, St. Paul, Minn.

The tournament opens Friday night with two games on tap. At 7 p.m., Ostrander Norsemen square off against the Rice Lake Orangemen, and in the nightcap, host Tin Cup battles Jamo’s at 9 p.m.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE AT THE VILLAGE STADIUM

9 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Rice Lake
11 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Ostrander Norsemen
1 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Ostrander Norsemen
3 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Rice Lake Orangemen
5 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Kegel Black Knights
** 7 p.m. – Ceremony for 1976 All-American Bar (1976 ISC World Tournament Champions)
7:30 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Bloomington Stix
9:30 p.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Topeka Toros

SATURDAY AT PIONEER PARK

11 a.m. – Jamo’s Fastpitch vs. Kegel Black Knights
1 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Kegel Black Knights
3 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Jamo’s Fastpitch

SUNDAY PLAYOFFS AT THE VILLAGE STADIUM

10 a.m. – A1 vs. B2
12 p.m. – A2 vs. B1
2 p.m. – Championship

** Tie breakers decides by head-to-head and runs allowed **

Contact Information

Christopher Diethert
cgdiethert@gmail.com

Mickey’s Sleds repeats as Spagnuolo / Schwab Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Champions

Monday, July 17th, 2017

MICKEY’S SLEDS of Midland, Mich. went undefeated (5-0) to claim their second-consecutive Spagnuolo / Schwab Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament championship, July 16, in Frankenmuth, Mich. David Lach / Contributed Photo

By DAVID LACH
Schaefer & Bierlein Wranglers
lachdavid(at)gmail.com

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – This weekend, Mickey’s Sleds (Midland, MI) earned the title as back-to-back champions of the Spagnuolo/Schwab Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament (Frankenmuth, MI).

Mickey’s went a perfect 3-0 in pool play and 3-0 in playoffs to earn the title. They defeated the Snappers (Eaton Rapids, MI) by a score of 7-3 in the A Playoff Finals.

SNAPPERS of Eaton Rapids, Mich. finished runner-up in the 2017 Spagnuole / Schwab Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Frankenmuth, Mich. July 16.

  • Most Outstanding Pitcher was Chris VanVolkenburg with a perfect 5-0 record.
  • Most Valuable Hitter, Dane Devereaux, had a great tournament in leading Mickey’s to the title.
  • Thank you to the players, fans, and outstanding umpires for a great/festive weekend. We look forward to hosting you again next July. – David Lach

    The Comeback Nation Slams Its Way To Gold In the Men’s Softball World Championship

    Monday, July 17th, 2017

    JOEL EVANS, seen batting in an earlier game against Australia, smashed a grand slam home run as New Zealand beat Australia, 6-4, in the Gold Medal game of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Sunday, July 16, 2017. ANTHONY AU-YEUNG / PHOTOSPORT

    WHITEHORSE, YUKON, Canada – Call the New Zealand fastpitch team what you will, the comeback nation or the never-say-die fastballers, as both monikers personify their amazing performance in the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship.

    Trailing 3-2 in the sixth inning of the Gold Medal game, Joel Evans blasted a grand slam home run to help New Zealand claim the world championship with a 6-4 victory over the Australia Steelers at the Pepsi Softball Centre, Sunday afternoon.

    It was the second meeting of the ball clubs, as New Zealand took a 6-2 win in the opening round of championship playoffs among the top-eight teams.

    BRIMMING WITH GOLD

    For New Zealand, this becomes their seventh world championship. The Black Sox have won Gold in 2013, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1984 and 1976 (shared with USA and Canada after weather halted the tournament).

    “I’m really proud of the way they performed and how hard they worked to get to this stage,” said New Zealand Head Coach Mark Sorenson in a post-game interview. “It’s about never giving up and building pressure. Once we started getting quality at bats, we started to build that pressure.”

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    Australia holds off Canada to move into the Gold Medal game of the Men’s Softball World Championship

    Sunday, July 16th, 2017

    Adam Foulard turned in an effective relief effort to help Australia defeat Canada, 7-3, in the Bronze Medal game of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Sunday, July 17. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC World Tournament

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – It’s been eight long years since Australia last won a world championship. After winning three straight playoff games, they’ll once again be battling for the Gold Medal.

    Thanks to James Todhunter and Nick Shailes who homered and Adam Folkard, who turned in an effective relief job, Australia defeated Canada 7-3 at the Pepsi Softball Centre, Sunday.

    With little time for rest, Australia (8-3) will be back on the ball diamond to take on New Zealand (8-1) in the Gold Medal game, while 2015 defending world champion Canada (8-2) leaves the tournament as the Bronze medalist.

    LONG BALL BOMBERS

    With Australia clinging to a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning, Todhunter squared up on a Sean Cleary rise ball sending it deep over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run, and Shailes homered over the left-field wall to give the Steelers a 7-1 lead, chasing Cleary in favor of Devon McCullough.

    But Canada’s big bats wouldn’t go lightly.

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    Australia rallies to eliminate the United States in Men’s Softball World Championship

    Saturday, July 15th, 2017

    DUANE WEILER pitched well in relief for Team USA, but Australia rallied for an 11-7 victory in the second round of playoffs of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Saturday, July 15. Photo USA Softball

    WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Canada – The United States jumped out to an early lead, chased one of the world’s best pitchers, and had all the momentum going its way.

    But victory was not to be.

    Australia capitalized on costly errors and shaky pitching to come away with an 11-7 victory in the second round of playoffs, Saturday, at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse.

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    Canada and New Zealand front runners in the quest for Gold at the Men’s Softball World Championship

    Saturday, July 15th, 2017

    Josh Pettit has a 4-0 record and is a prime reason New Zealand is making a strong run at winning the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s Softball World Championship. Courtesy Photo

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Where once there were sixteen of the world’s finest fastpitch teams battling for gold at the Men’s Softball World Championship, we are now down to six.

    And these six – their rosters filled with the finest hurlers and batsmen worldwide – are indeed the best of the sixteen.

    As the tournament heads into the final two days of championship play, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Japan, Australia and the United States remain in contention for the most treasured of all mens’ fastpitch softball titles: World Champion.

    My pick for Gold? Canada.

    The defending 2015 world champions are playing an incredibly high-caliber fastpitch.

    The Canadians rode through Pool A at 7-0, and in their opening playoff game Friday, shutout Japan 2-0, to extend their unbeaten streak to 8-0 and remain the only undefeated team in the world championship.

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    In The Spotlight: Matt Ratliff of the USA Softball Men’s National Team

    Friday, July 14th, 2017

    MATT RATLIFF made this amazing catch to rob Canada’s BRANDON HORN of a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and though the USA lost 7-1, Ratliff’s catch will long be remembered by his teammates and fastpitch fans worldwide as one of the greatest of the tournament, if not in the long history of the Men’s Softball World Championship. WBSC Photo

    WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – Outfielder Matt Ratliff’s stock in men’s fastpitch took a sizable leap the past few days as he displayed his talent at the plate and in the field during the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship.

    Playing in his first world championship for Team USA, Ratliff seized opportune moments to show just why he earned a spot on the squad.

    In the fifth inning against Canada in an early-round pool play game, Ratliff playing right-field, made one of the most spectacular catches in world tournament history by leaping, catching and crashing into and over the fence to rob Canada’s Brandon Horn of a two-run homer during a Pool A game, Sunday, July 17.

    If you think that was spectacular, it gets even better.

    Trailing the Republic of South Africa, 3-1, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Ratliff, who leads off and bats from the left-side, launched a two-run homer deep over the centerfield fence to pull Team USA even, and sending the game into extra innings which Team USA rallied to win, 4-3.

    Ratliff’s home run was huge as it helped the USA (5-2) finish in the top-eight of the 16 teams to qualify for chance at winning a medal – Gold, Silver or Bronze.

    To read about Ratliff’s journey in men’s fastpitch click on: Ratliff Aiming For USA Softball Men’s National Team

    In its first playoff game, Team USA takes on Venezuela (6-1), Friday, at 2 p.m. To watch the game, click on Sports Canada TV.

    USA rallies to escape upset minded Republic of South Africa in Men’s Softball World Championship

    Thursday, July 13th, 2017

    WHITEHORSE, YK, CanadaKevin Castillo gave Team USA hope, Matt Ratliff gave them new life, and Tyler Dudley gave them the winning run as the United States rallied in extra innings to defeat the Republic of South Africa, 4-3, Thursday night in the final game of pool play.

    The win moves Team USA (5-2) into Friday’s first-round of playoffs in the Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse. RSA, playing well in the tournament, drops to 2-5.

    But in the bottom of the seventh, victory seemed improbable with Team USA trailing 3-0 and down to their final out.

    Castillo, however, had other ideas.

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    Canada and western United States competing for Seattle Invitational championships

    Thursday, July 13th, 2017

    The 2017 Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament features 16 teams battling for championships at Fife, Wash., July 21-23. Courtesy Photo / Seattle Invitational

    By RYAN DALY
    Tournament Administrator

    FIFE, Wash.The 57th Seattle Invitational Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament is ready to kickoff at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, with the championships scheduled for July 23.

    The tournament has 16 teams spread over three divisions: NAFA A, NAFA A-major/AA, and NAFA OPEN.

    The NAFA OPEN and NAFA A-major/AA will be pooled together with the top two teams from Pools A & B advancing to the open bracket. The bottom two teams will advance to the NAFA A-major/AA bracket.

    POOL A

    CR Bartel Farms, Vancouver, WA
    Builder’s, Abbotsford, BC
    Marlin’s, Fleetwood, BC
    Lacey A’s, Lacey, WA

    POOL B

    Lomas, Vancouver, BC
    Desperado, Missoula, MT
    K-Club, Bremerton, WA
    All-Star Automotive, Grass Valley, CA

  • The NAFA A Division (below) will be completely separate.
  • POOL C

    Expert Air Control, Rat City, USA
    Dukes, Coquitlam, BC
    Rockies, Cloverdale, BC
    Interbay Door, Seattle, WA

    POOL D

    Northwest Braves, Hermiston, OR
    Ladner Masters, Ladner, BC
    Oregon Cascades, Portland, OR
    Cleon’s Auto Repair, Spanaway, WA

  • Not only is there competition on the fields, but “The Invite’s” beer garden has been known to host Corn Hole, Washers, Beers-bee, and Beer-Bobbing showdowns between teams, fans and players as well.
    • 2017 Seattle Invite schedule and past champions

    2017 Seattle Invite Schedule
    Seattle Invite Champions
    NAFA Website