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Host Kelso Fastpitch squad settles for third place at 33rd Annual Kelso Klassic

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017
By Trent Singer – Southeast Missourian

KELSO, Mo. — Nevermind the fact that Sunday didn’t go according to plan for Kelso Fastpitch. Coach Larry Eftink is still encouraged about the future.

Kelso dropped a 7-0 decision against the Bloomington Stix in the winner’s bracket final of the Kelso Klassic before being eliminated by the Pueblo Bandits, 9-2, as pitching ran out for the tournament hosts.

But Sunday wasn’t an indication of what Kelso was able to accomplish in the three-day tournament. After going 3-0 through the first two days, the hosts found themselves in a place they hadn’t been in quite some time, competing in the winner’s bracket final for the first time since 1998.

Having to deal with an abundance of youth, Eftink didn’t know what to expect before Friday’s action got underway. By the time Kelso left off the field Sunday following its elimination loss, Eftink was more than pleased with the fight he saw from his team.

“It’s a great experience, a great showing for these guys,” said Eftink, whose team settled for third place in the 33rd edition of the Klassic. “There were a lot of unknowns coming in. … We just kind of rallied the troops and made things happen. We scrapped it together and played good ball. I’m definitely very happy with the showing we made.”

Continue reading the story in the Southeast Missourian.

39th Annual Rice Lake Invitational final results

Friday, June 16th, 2017

By RONN KOPP
Tournament Committee
NAFA President
Wisconsin NAFA

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – After surviving an opening round scare from the upset-minded Cushing Tigers by the score of 4-3, Odin Fastpitch of the southwestern Minnesota town of Odin, Minnesota, population 106, racked up two more wins to claim the title of the rain-shortened 39th edition of the Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament held at Tate Park in Rice Lake June 9-11.

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16th Annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic in New Haven, Missouri

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

ERIC STEINBECK will see a lot of pitching duty for Black Gold in the Black Gold Softball Tournament, June 24-25, in New Haven. Courtesy Photo By Kyle Quick / Quick News Now

By MATT BENZ
Black Gold Fastpitch

NEW HAVEN, Mo. – The annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic Tournament returns to New Haven City Park on Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25.

An annual men’s fastpitch tournament in the area dates back to the 1960s.

The Black Gold team is comprised mainly of players originating from Hermann, New Haven, Union, and Washington.

Eric Steinbeck, Terry Coon, Cullen Speckhals, and Matt Benz are some of the long-time players, with recent area high school baseball standouts such as Jake Murphy, Jake Johnson, and Ben Held joining the team in recent years.

THREE STATES COMPETING

Teams from Kansas, Illinois, and all parts of Missouri will battle it out in a round-robin format with two pools on Saturday, then single elimination tournament Saturday night and Sunday.

“The Black Gold Classic is known for featuring good pitching and a very balanced field of teams,” said manager Eric Steinbeck. “We look forward to seeing everyone out at the ballpark.”

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Rice Lake, Wisc. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Bracket

Friday, June 9th, 2017

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The nine teams are poised at the starting line and at 8 Friday night the host Rice Lake Orangemen will square off with Strikers Lane of Baldwin to kick off the 39th Annual Rice Lake Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament at Tate Park.

THE BRACKET


Bracket Courtesy of Jess Chevrette

Pools, Schedule announced for 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

WHITEHORSE, Canada — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the pools and official tournament schedule of the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada from 7-16 July.

NEW ZEALAND will once again be a contender to win the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Whitehorse, Canada, July 7-16, after finishing runner-up in 2015 to Canada. New Zealand leads all countries in the medal count with 12 gold, silver and bronze, including tops in gold with six, while Canada is a close second with 11 total medals, and No. 2 in the gold count with four. WBSC Photo

The 15th edition of the men’s flagship softball event will showcase more than 80 games — 64 games taking place in the round robin over the first seven days, followed by three days of playoff action.

The participating nations in the WBSC Men’s Softball Championship represent a global reach that spans across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania.

Nations will be divided into two pools to compete in a challenging round-robin, with the top four finishers from each pool advancing to the double page playoff round. The remaining teams will compete in the placement round.

    Pool A

No. 3 Argentina
No. 5 Australia
No. 4 Canada
No. 11 Dominican Republic
Hong Kong
India
No. 14 South Africa
No. 6 USA

USA Men’s National Team pitcher Duane Weiler of Bedford, Penn. hurls a pitch during the USA Softball Men’s National Invitational Fast Pitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 9-11. Photo courtesy of USA Softball

    Pool B

No. 19 Botswana
No. 8 Czech Republic
No. 13 Denmark
No. 10 Great Britain
No. 20 Indonesia
No. 2 Japan
No. 1 New Zealand
Turkey
No. 7 Venezuela

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39th Annual Rice Lake, Wisconsin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational a highlight of Aquafest celebration

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017


Rice Lake Orangemen pitcher Nicolas Siebenlist delivers a pitch to catcher Travis Thompson during the Jack Grafmeier Tournament in Kimberly, Wisc., June 4. The Orangemen return to action in the Rice Lake Invitational Tournament, June 9-10, seeking to win the championship in the ball club’s 39th appearance in the event that features teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas. Photo By SHAWNTELLE DAWES

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Six teams from Wisconsin, two from Minnesota, and one from Kansas make up the roster of teams for the 39th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 9-11, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

2016 defending champion Tin Cup of St. Paul and runner-up Ostrander Norsemen of Ostrander, Minnesota are not entered in this year’s meet.

Wisconsin entries include Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Dugout Bar and Grill and Cushing Tigers of Cushing, Ben’s Northern Bar-Deer’s Food Locker of Luck, The Stoneyard of Appleton, and the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 38 previous events.

Len’s Automotive of St. Paul and last year’s third-place finisher, Odin Fastpitch, are the two Gopher State entries.

The Kansas entry is Wizard of Oz from Silver Lake, a perennial entry in national fastpitch competition of the North American Fastpitch Association.

  • Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with one game, that at 8:00 p.m., and continues all day Saturday with opening games at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes early Sunday evening.
  • A Step Back In Time: Bud Werner MVP of 1956 Wisconsin State Fastpitch Softball Tournament

    Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

    OUTSTANDING PLAYERS OF TOURNEY
    Outstanding players of the 1956 Wisconsin Amateur Softball State Tournament sponsored by Oshkosh Club 13, receive individual awards from Killian Spanbauer, right, tourney director. From left, are Jim Chambers, Racine, Outstanding Manager; Steve Firtko, Racine, Outstanding Player; Norm Joecks, Appleton, for the Outstanding Play; and Bud Werner, Appleton, Outstanding Pitcher, and Spanbauer. Photo By The Oshkosh Northwestern Newspaper

    OSHKOSH, Wisc. – Bud Werner, pitching for Appleton Ponds, hurled 21 innings in two games Saturday night and was named the Outstanding Pitcher of the 1956 Wisconsin Amateur Softball Tournament.

    The tournament, which drew the state’s ten leading teams, was held from Wednesday to Sunday at South Side Field in Oshkosh.

    Werner was selected as the leading pitcher for his 3-1 record. One of the top pitchers in the Fox River Valley area, Werner hurled Appleton to a 14-inning, 4-3 victory over Kenosha earlier Sunday night in the semifinals.

    1956 WISCONSIN SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS
    The Racine Raiders swept through four games unbeaten to capture the Wisconsin Amateur Softball Championship in the state tournament held in Oshkosh from last Wednesday to Sunday night. The champions (kneeling from left) are Dave Monson; Bob Welsh; Jim Kimberlain; Tony De Lorenzo; Jerry Heidenreich and Mike Corona. Standing from left are Bob Seitz; George Lorentsen; Dick Welsh; Russ Niebauer; Roger Aceto; Steve Firtko (tourney Most Valuable Player); Harry Erickson; John McCabe and Mgr. Jim Chambers; who was selected the Most Outstanding Manager. The bat boy is Robert Paulsen. Photo By the Oshkosh Northwestern Newspaper.

    Werner’s lone loss, a 2-0 setback, came in the championship game to the Racine Raiders. Racine finished 4-0, all by shutouts. The Raiders have lost only two games the entire season and advance to regional play next weekend.

    Those two losses were to College Corner of Indiana in the Oshkosh Optimist Club’s invitational tournament.

    Two Racine and two Appleton players were awarded individual awards.

    Appleton infielder Norm Joecks was awarded the Most Outstanding Play for turning in the fielding gem of the tournament when he converted a hard-hit line drive into a double play in that 14-inning marathon with Kenosha.

    The honor of being the Most Valuable Player went to Steve Firtko of Racine. Firtko led Racine’s drive to the championship with a home run and a double in the finale.

  • Firtko was inducted into the Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • Jim Chambers, Racine’s manager and great pitcher was named the tourney’s outstanding manager.

    2017 Annual Rice Lake Invitational in Rice Lake, Wisconsin

    Friday, June 2nd, 2017

    By RONN KOPP
    NAFA President

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The 39th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held June 9-11 at Fred Tate Memorial Park in Rice Lake.

      TOURNAMENT DETAILS
  • Team Classifications: NAFA “AA,” “A-Major,” and “A”
  • Tournament Size: 12 Teams (The first 12 to submit complete entries, including roster)
  • Tournament Format: NAFA 3-game guarantee
  • Entry Fee: $225 payable to Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch
  • **Send separate check for $35 to “Wisconsin NAFA” if year 2017 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for Invitational entry.**

  • Rosters: Teams may list a maximum of 18 players on their roster. Rosters MUST be on the attached form and completely filled out, and MUST be submitted along with the tournament entry fee for entry to be accepted.
  • AWARDS (Based on 12 team field)

    • 1st place $600 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 2nd $450 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 3rd $300 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 4th $150 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • Individual trophies to tournament MVP and All-Tournament team selections
    • MAIL CHECKS TO

      Rice Lake Orangemen
      Post Office Box 202
      Rice Lake, WI 54868

      2017 TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
      Loren Lathrop, Phone 608-422-5781 or 608-228-2430

    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Tournament In Santa Fe Springs

    Friday, June 2nd, 2017

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – SCIFL is hosting a masters tournament (age 40-over) Sunday, June 4, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs.

    TEAMS PARTICIPATING

  • Knights
  • Patriots
  • Bandits
  • Quakes
  • Casa Trejo
  • Budmen
  • Streamline
  • Panteras
  • THE SCHEDULE
    SCIFL Masters Schedule

    SCIFL CONTACT

    So Cal Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL)
    Jesse Ortiz, Commissioner
    P.O. Box 6572
    Burbank, CA 91510
    Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
    Cell: 661-510-8928

    Kegel / Apex and Len’s Auto co-champs of the Fargo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Sunday, May 28th, 2017

    FARGO, No. Dak. – Kegel / Apex and Len’s Auto forge a 2-2 tie to finish as co-champions of the Fargo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, Sunday afternoon. (I wasn’t given any explanation as to why the game ended in a tie; that’s all the information I have.)

    In the semifinals, Kegel / Apex beat Notre Dame of Manitoba (no score provided), while Len’s Auto got the better of the Fargo Bombers (no score provided).

    SUNDAY MORNING RESULTS

    8th seed West Fargo Knights 6-5 over 9th seed Montana
    5th seed Winnipeg Bullets defeat 12th seed NWO Selects (no score provided)
    6th seed Len’s Auto over 11th seed Manitoba Redmen (no score)
    7th seed Colorado Knights knock off 10th seed Cross Lake, Manitoba (no score)