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Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League Hosts Reunion To Remember The Good Times

Sunday, January 27th, 2019


PAUL HARRINGTON, who coaches the Farmington High School girls’ softball team and directed the men’s city league, shows former Farmington High school pitcher Ashley Betzold how to throw the rise ball. Ashley’s father, Daren Betzold, was a top pitcher in the Farmington league for 25 years (1976 – 2001). Contributed photo.

FARMINGTON, Minn. – For 54 years (1958-2011) men’s fastpitch softball was played in Farmington. The list of teams and sponsors, players, managers and umpires would as the saying goes, “stretch for an arm’s length.”

Though the historic Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League and Bobber Men’s Fastpitch Tournament are no more, that doesn’t mean they’re forgotten. And on Aug. 26, a reunion will be held to reminisce about those great times at the Castle Rock & Roll Bar & Grill in Castle Rock.

Of those 54 years, Paul Harrington directed the Farmington league 37 years (1975-2011). He was just 19 when he took the reins after the league director suddenly resigned in the middle of the season.

The league and tournament evolved over the years to become two of the strongest entities in Minnesota fastpitch history.

League teams claimed state championships in 1992 and ’99, along with Castle Rock and Morelli’s of St. Paul who are believed to have also won titles, while playing the league season in Farmington.

“Breaking the door down and winning a state championship in 1992 is a big memory for me,” said Harrington. “But knowing our league teams were always in the mix afterwards with other state championships and high finishes, and giving our league respect and recognition was very fulfilling as a league director.”

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Help support Reapers Fastpitch run to the ISC World Tournament

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

By RIC THOMPSON

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Our annual softball team fundraiser will again be held at our longtime sponsor, Hitter’s Sports Bar! $20 gets you food and tap beer from 3:00-6:00 and, entry into our cash raffle drawing!

Need not be present to win cash.

Then, stick around after for NCAA Final Four action! Contact a Reaper’s team member to purchase your ticket or, stop in the day off the fundraiser!

Also being raffled off is our signature “Cooler of Booze”! Tickets for the cooler will be sold the day of the event and, you will need to be present to win! Thank you for the support as we make begin our run to the ISC World Tournament to be held in Denmark, WI, at Circle Tap!

It is a very exciting season for the AHI Reapers/Hitter’s Fastpitch Team!

Hitter’s Sports Bar
141 Clark St., Kimberly, Wisc. 54136
(920) 815-3967
Click for Map / Directions

***Contact Ric Thompson through Facebook***

Men’s National Team training roster announced as 18 athletes selected to represent Team USA

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

KEVIN CASTILLO, left, and JONATHAN LYNCH, have been selected to the 2019 USA Softball Men’s National Training Roster. Photo USA Softball

JAN. 06, 2019, 8:47 P.M. (ET)
OKLAHOMA CITY — The training roster for the 2019 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) has been announced today as 18 athletes have been selected following three days of Selection Trials, USA Softball announced.

Selected by members of the Men’s National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC), these athletes will compete in select tournaments/invitational events before the final 17-player roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship and the 15-player roster for the Pan American Games will be finalized.

“The players in attendance certainly made our job on the selection committee difficult,” said 2019 MNT Head Coach Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.). “There were a lot of talented players and the committee has assembled a team that gives the United States a great opportunity to capture Gold this summer at the WBSC World Championship and Pan American Games.”

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2019 Men’s NAFA World Series Locations and Dates

Monday, January 7th, 2019

By BENJIE HEDGECOCK
NAFA Executive Director
Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
503-559-5398, cell
503-864-4487, work
503-864-3939, fax

The North American Fastpitch Association will hold its 27th annual World Series of men’s fastpitch softball with several classifications playing at various locations throughout the United States. Plan to enter soon as the tournaments fill up fast.

Location / Classification / Dates

1. Circle Tap/Denmark, WI
Men’s 23-Under, slated to be the largest event in history
Aug. 7-8-9

2. Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
Mens A-Major Aug. 8-11
Mens Rec Aug. 9-11
Mens A. Aug. 15-18
Mens 23-U. Aug. 16-18

ALEJO MUNOZ of Argentina helped Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois win the 2017 NAFA 23-UNDER World Series at Northside Softball Complex, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

3. Manitowac,Wisconsin
Mens AA. Aug. 8-10
Mens AA-Major Aug. 16-18

4. Quad Cities, IL/IA
Masters Midwest
Sept. 6-8

5. Carson City, NV
Masters West
Sept. 13-15

6. Las Vegas, NV
Wood Bat
(Currently dates not released.)

Duluth Fastpitch catcher BRETT SCHEEVAL attempts to tag KYLE POBANZ when he tried to score on a fly ball, but Pobanz was called safe, giving Len’s Auto it’s final run in a 3-0 victory that sends the St. Paul club into the 2017 NAFA A Division World Series championship game on Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

President Hoover Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Returns For 2019

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

All Star Automotive of Grass Valley, Calif. will defend it’s title in the 2019 President Hoover Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Newberg, Oregon. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, Tournament Director

By SHAYNE ARNDT
Tournament Director

NEWBERG, Ore. – The third annual President Hoover Memorial Day Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be played Saturday and Sunday May 25th – 26 at Crater Park (behind Antonio Crater Elementary School) in Newberg, Oregon.

“I got a message from Pat Bucknell today and would love to see the 2017 Champs (Bucknell Lacey A’s) compete against the 2018 Champions,” said Arndt.

Team trophies for first – third place, individual awards for MVP, MVPitcher, and All Tournament team. Entry fee $400.

Contact Info

Please private message Shayne Arndt, or email at shaynearndt18@gmail.com or call 541-561-1613 to register for this NAFA sponsored event.

The Grafmeier Features Top Men’s Fastpitch Softball Teams

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Beautiful Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisc. will be the setting for for the 2019 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, May 31-June 3. Photo By BOB OTTO

By Justin Colombo
Tournament Director
Bossdj32@yahoo.com

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The 2019 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament will be held May 31-June 2 at legendary Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI.

Entry fee is $300.

“We have 12 teams committed at this time,” said tournament director Justin Colombo.

Committed Teams

– New Zealand Men’s National Team
– Tin Cup Tornados St Paul, MN
– The Bar Buzz Appleton, WI
– Kegel Black Knights Fargo, ND
– Hustle Hogs Dekalb, IL
– Kansas City Monarchs
– Stoneyard Madison, WI
– Hitters Kimberly, WI
– Rice Lake Orangemen
– Bar Blues Madison, WI
– Silver Star Lacrosse, WI
– Dolan and Murphy Aurora, IL

Contact Info
Justin Colombo at Bossdj32@yahoo.com with any questions.

Plan now for 2019 LAS VEGAS ROAD TRIP XII men’s fastpitch softball tournament

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

By JESSE ORTIZ
SCIFL President

LAS VEGAS – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) and the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) are pleased to announce the twelfth edition of the “Las Vegas Road Trip” men’s fast pitch tournament.

The event will be held April 12-14, 2019 with the first round games starting Friday at noon, and the Championship games scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday.

PLAN EARLY AND LATE

Teams flying in and out should make plans to be ready to play early on Friday and late on Sunday in the event the brackets are running late.

While this tournament is a NAFA sanctioned event, it is run by SCIFL; any questions regarding this tournament must go through the SCIFL Tournament Director Jesse Ortiz.

NAFA DIVISIONS

Teams will be separated in the following divisions: A, A-Major (depending on amount of teams), AA/AA-Major (depending on the amount of teams. The split in the higher classifications will be based on the amount of teams that enter.

NAFA PITCHER’S LIST

The NAFA pitcher’s list will be used to monitor pitchers in the tournament as well as the team’s current classification. No open class pitchers are allowed to pitch in these three divisions. Confirmation into the tournament will be based on the entry fee and roster received.

The classification list posted on the NAFA web site on January 31, 2019 will be the list used to classify pitchers. There will be no appeals for pitchers after that date for this tournament.

The NAFA 3-GAME GUARANTEE BRACKET will be used for all divisions. With a minimum of eight (8) teams in a division, the winner will have their 2019 NAFA World Series entry fee paid for the division they played in.

HOW SWEET IT IS! The Budmen of So. Calif. greet Robert McCarrie with jubilation after he hit a two-run home run to give the Budmen a walk-off 10-9 victory over Wololok, Calif. in the A Division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, Saturday, at Sunset Park. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 Las Vegas Roadtrip

CONTACT AND PLAYING INFO

Teams interested in participating should contact Jesse Ortiz by email at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com or by cell at (661) 510-8928 and inform him if your team can play all three days. Teams that can play all three days will be placed on the priority list, teams that say they can only play on Saturday and Sunday will be placed on the secondary list. No one will be given a “selected” game time as everyone is traveling to the event.

HOW IT WORKS / MAXIMUM TEAMS

We are accepting 34 teams in total, but it may change. Teams will be placed on a list as first come first serve basis. Once the tournament is full, additional teams will be added to the waiting list and if they pay their entry fee (in full) they will have an opportunity to participate if a team drops out or does not pay by the due date. If a team on the waiting list pays their entry fee and is not able to get in, their entry fee will be refunded.

This tournament has been filling up quickly within the past couple of years so I would suggest you contact Jesse as soon as possible if you want to be added to the team list.

ENTRY FEE AND REGISTRATION

The entry fee for the tournament is $475, which includes the $35 Annual NAFA Team Registration Fee. We will start collecting the entry fee beginning January 2, 2019 and once it’s received you will be sent an email to confirm your entry.

All teams will need to submit their entry fee along with their team’s roster, listing all their players and identifying their pitchers to ensure teams are placed in their proper classification.

*** You can pay online by visiting our website (www.sciffastpitch.com) and clicking on the “Pay Online” button on the left hand side column or by check. OR pay by check made out to “SCIFL” and mailed to:

SCIFL
PO Box 6572
Burbank CA 91510

DUE DATE

If money is not received by March 1, 2019, a team may lose their spot to a team on the waiting list who has paid their entry fee. This due date will provide teams on the waiting list sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements to participate, if they get in.

ARIZONA CHARLIE’S BOULDER

Please help keep the tournament cost down by booking with Arizona Charlie’s and receive the following special rate.

For the 12th year, the host hotel will once again be Arizona Charlie’s Boulder. The rate will be $60 per night for Friday and Saturday and $40 for Thursday and Sunday nights, if you book directly with the hotel using their 800 number.

  • In order to receive this rate you must book by midnight of cut-off date March 28, 2019.
  • Arizona Charlie’s Boulder offers a casino, buffet and sit down dining along with live music in the casino bar/lounge.

    MAKE RESERVATIONS THROUGH THE 800 NUMBER

    To make your reservations call 800-362-4040 and use the reference code C-SCIFL or mention So Cal Independent Fast Pitch League. If you need to book more than three (3) rooms on the same credit card, please contact Kathy Brennan at 702-951-5942 in the group sales department and she will be more than happy to assist you. Also, if the 800 say’s they do not have the SCIFL listing, please call Kathy to book your room. If she is not there, leave a message and she will get back to you.

    DONNIE ATKINSON rips into a pitch during Hector’s NAFA Selects 8-5 victory over Salt Lake City Page Brake in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SUNSET AND WARM SPRINGS PARKS

    Information regarding the event, game results and player statistics will be posted on the SCIFL website. This year’s tournament once again will be played at Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park; both are located within 1/4-mile of each other and are located by the Las Vegas International Airport.

    Game times will be available once the tournament is filled and everyone has paid their entry fee or two weeks after March 17, 2019, which is when we will start working on the schedule.

    Please feel free to contact Jesse if you have any questions regarding this tournament We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

    Sincerely,
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    (661) 510-8928

    USA Softball seeking input for 2019 23-Under Young Men’s National Championship

    Monday, December 24th, 2018

    By ERIC LEWIS

    ST. JOSEPH, MO – David Cavin, Recreation Programs and Athletic Facilities Supervisor for the City of St. Joseph, is exploring the concept of hosting a 23-Under tournament to be held in conjunction with the Men’s Major National Championship, July 18-21.

    Cavin is asking input from those interested in supporting a 23-Under tournament to gauge whether or not the support is there to host such an event.

    “If you could distribute this info to your mailing contacts maybe we can get a feel of the level of interest in an under 23 event tied to the Major tourney,” said Eric Lewis by email.

    THE DETAILS
    1. Prospective Men’s under 23 tournament to be held in conjunction with the 2019 Men’s Major Fastpitch Tournament.
    2. Dates July 18-21, 2019, TBD …NEW DATE FOR 2019.
    3. Location: Heritage Park, St Joseph, MO
    4. Entry fee: TBD based on the format of the tournament and the amount of interest

    CONTACT INFO
    David Cavin
    dcavin@stjoemo.org
    (816) 271-5500
    Recreation Programs and Athletic Facilities Supervisor
    City of St Joseph, MO

    Santa Dan Delivers Early Christmas Present For Ball Cap Bob

    Sunday, December 9th, 2018

    DAN NESSLER sent me eight fastpitch softball and baseball caps, including front row, left to right, a Mankato Bethany Lutheran College Lancers softball cap, a Happy Chef cap, WBSC Jr. Men’s Softball World Championship cap, along with my Farm Tavern cap. The second row includes Dan’s gifts of which the MSU cap is from the 2012 Mavericks baseball team that finished third in the NCAA Div. II baseball national championships. On the top row is another BLC cap sandwiched by my 1995 ISC World Tournament cap, left, and 2017 NAFA World Series cap.

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’m a sucker for caps. Doesn’t matter if it’s softball, baseball, football – any kind of stylish ball cap will hook me into reaching for my wallet.

    In the back window of my car, there’s perched a Chicago Bears’ cap. I’m not a Bears fan, so why’s it there? I just like the way the “C” is prominently displayed on the crown. And if I forget one of my caps when I leave the house, “Da Bears” is my backup.

    I’ve also got NASCAR hats, my son’s Tyree Oil cap, my grandson Cam’s Spirit Aerosystems cap, Case, Farmall and John Deere hats, three Marine Corps caps…

    And a bunch of softball caps – 33 in all, and of course, only of the fastpitch variety.

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    Looking back to 1938: St Paul Packers Beat Minneapolis Jerseys, 7 to 1, for D-Ball Title

    Thursday, December 6th, 2018

    SUPERIOR PACKERS win 1938 Twin Cities Diamondball League with a 7 to 1 victory over the Jerseys. Left to right first row: Sonny Wrisky, Al Treichel, Don Fehrman and Shorty Mathes; second row: Gordy Johnson, Leo Tschida, John Vollmer and Earl Braun; third row: Charles Flaherty, Knut Hunt, Charles Kreyer, Bobby Tricker, Dwight Reed and Manager Tom Cunningham. – Tribune Staff photo

    As a young fastpitch pitcher back in the early 1960s, I heard of this legendary pitcher from the Twin Cities who many considered the greatest of all-time Minnesota hurlers. Of course, each era has its outstanding pitchers. But from the 1930s into the 1950s, none were any better than JOHNNY VOLLMER.

    VOLLMER GIVES ONLY FOUR HITS
    Three-year record crowd of
    6,000 sees St. Paul ace
    win despite injury.

    Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn.
    Aug. 17, 1938

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Disposing of their last remaining threat, the Superior Packers won the Twin City diamondball league championship Tuesday night by defeating the Minneapolis Jerseys, 7 to 1, before a capacity crowd of 6,000 which set a three-year record at Minneapolis Parade Stadium.

    Despite an ankle injury, JOHNNY VOLMER, the Packers pitching ace, allowed only four hits, DWIGHT REED, former Minnesota football star, hit a home run, triple and double to lead the St. Paul team’s attack.

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