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Team USA stays perfect in Fargo Memorial Tournament

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

JASON OBREGON, JR. of Pico Rivera, Calif., led Team USA batsmen with a 4-of-4 performance in defeating Len’s Automotive of St. Paul, Minn., 9-5, in the Fargo Memorial Tournament, Saturday, May 26. Courtesy Photo / USA Softball

FARGO, No. Dak. – The USA Jr. Men’s National Team capped an impressive fastpitch day by winning its third straight game, 9-5, over Len’s Automotive of St. Paul in the Fargo Memorial Tournament at North Softball Complex, Saturday.

JASON OBREGON, Jr. led Team USA’s 13-hit barrage with a perfect 4-of-4 at the plate and an RBI, while ALEXANDRO IBARRA, Jr. picked up the win, allowing a pair of runs in four innings. The Texas native struck out one and walked two to notch his second win of the tournament.

CRAIG LEWIS hurled the final three frames, allowing a run on two hits with a strikeout.

Team USA broke the game open with a seven-run barrage in the bottom half of the first inning, along with solo scores in the sixth and seventh to improve to 4-0 in the tournament.

Along with Obregon, Daniel Stangel was 3-of4, RBI, run; Jeff Lewis, 2-of-4, RBI; Tony Wark, 1-of-4, RBI, run; Dalton Gray, 1-of-3, run; Chayton Lloyd, RBI, 2 runs; Dustin Thompson, RBI, Jose Dominguez, Jr., 1-of2, run.

In the tournament, the bats have been prolific, driving in 34 runs, while opponents have plated 11.

And in the circle, Ibarra, Lewis and Nathan Landry have allowed just 4 earned runs in 25 innings for a team ERA of 1.67.

The tournament closes Sunday with Team USA meeting Notre Dame at North Softball Complex at 7 p.m.

USA Junior Team upends Knights to stay perfect in Fargo tournament

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

DEREK GOMEZ of Austin, Texas drove in four runs to lead Team USA to a 10-1 victory over the Fargo Knights in the Fargo Memorial Weekend Tournament, Saturday. Courtesy Photo / USA Softball

FARGO – DEREK GOMEZ drove in four runs, CRAIG LEWIS fired a three-hitter and the USA Jr. Men’s National Team pounded the Fargo Knights, 10-1, to push Team USA’s record to 3-0 in the Fargo Memorial Weekend Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at North Softball Complex, Saturday.

In the five-inning mercy affair, Lewis struck out four and allowed three walks and the one earned run. Gomez, batting cleanup, was 2-for-3 and belted a bases-loaded triple in the second inning that saw Team USA scored five times to take a 7-0 lead.

The Knights plated a run in the top of the fourth on Paul Ness’s single, but the national team answered right back in their bottom half of the inning with three runs, highlighted by Gomez’s run-scoring single.

Lewis struck out the side in the fifth to end the game and push his record to 2-0.

Gomez led the offense, but had help from Jeff Lewis leading off, who was 1-for-2 with an RBI and scored twice; Paul Miklovic, 1-for-1, RBI, 3 runs; Tony Wark, 1-for-2, RBI, 2 runs; Daniel Stangel, 1-for-2, 2 runs; and Ethan Rodriguez, 1-for-2, and a run scored.

For the Knights, Patrick Gaylord, Ness, and Tim Tweiten each had a hit, while Andrew Potter was saddled with the loss in two innings of work.

***The Jr. men’s national team is preparing for the World Baseball Softball Confederation Junior Men’s World Championship in Prince Albert, CA, July 8-15.***

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

Saturday, May 26th, 2018


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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USA Jr. Men’s National Team playing in Fargo Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

DUSTIN THOMPSON went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI to lead the USA Jr. Men’s National Team to a 10-1 victory over the Fargo Koalas at North Softball Complex in Fargo, Friday May 26. Photo Courtesy of USA Softball

FARGO, No. Dak. – USA Jr. Men’s National Fastpitch Softball team (age 19-under) kicked off its trip to Fargo with a resounding win Friday night in defeating the Fargo Koalas, 10-1, at North Softball Complex.

TEAM USA collected 10 hits with DUSTIN THOMPSON of Nevada City, Calif. a perfect 3-for-3, 3 RBI and a double.

The pitching was shared by starter ALEJANDRO IBARRA (2 innings), CRAIG LEWIS (2 innings) and NATHAN LANDRY (3 innings).

CRAIG LEWIS was dominant in picking up the win over the Fargo Koalas. In two innings he didn’t allow any hits while striking out four and walking two. Photo courtesy of USA Softball


Lewis of Winston, Missouri picked up the win striking out four, walking two and didn’t allow any hits.

CHECK OUT the game stats at USA Jr. Men vs. Fargo Koalas

TEAM USA’s Fargo schedule includes Saturday contests with Cross Lake, Fargo Knights and Len’s Automotive. On Sunday the squad wraps up its trip with a single game against Notre Dame.

***The USA Jr. Men’s National Team roster includes some of the finest ball players from throughout much of the U.S.***

Be sure to visit the Fargo Fastpitch Association website for more information.

Twelve Top Teams Battle For Jack Grafmeier Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Title

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Beautiful Sunset Park Lower Diamond in Kimberly, Wisc. will be the setting for many of the games, along with the title contest of the 2018 Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 1-3. Photo By BOB OTTO

By JUSTIN COLOMBO
Tournament Director

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Twelve top Midwest men’s fastpitch teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota and Minnesota will compete for the annual Jack Grafmeier Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament title at fabled Sunset Park in Kimberly, June 1-3.

The tournament features pool play with four teams in three pools. Play begins Friday night at 6:30 with Bar Buzz and Hitters squaring off. Then at 8:15 Stoneyard battles Bar Madison in the nightcap.

Play continues Saturday and Sunday with the championship scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunset’s lower diamond.

***For rainout information, call 920-687-7890. For tournament information, call Justin Colombo at 920-585-0179.***

POOL A
Bar Buzz, Appleton, Wisc.
Hitters, Kimberly
Optimum Crush, Kenosha, Wisc.
23-Under team, Kimberly

POOL B
Stoneyard, Madison
Bar Madison, Madison
Tin Cup, St. Paul, Minn.
Hustle Hogs, Dekalb, Ill.

POOL C
Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, No. Dak.
Rice Lake, Rice Lake, Wisc.
Animal House, La Crosse, Wisc.
Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, Aurora, Ill.

See 2018 Jack Grafmeier Tournament Schedule

Popular Men’s & Women’s Fastpitch Tournament Returns To Soboba

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

SAN JACINTO, Calif. – The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Parks and Recreation Dept. will be holding its 2018 20th Annual Memorial Day Men’s and Women’s Fastpitch tournament on May 25-27.

The tournament features BIG cash payouts and prizes. Please see flier for complete information.

  • For registration forms visit: www.sobobaparksandrec.com.
  • Teams interested should contact Steve Lopez at 951-654-1319 or by email slopez@soboba-nsn.gov.
  • Soboba Reservation Map
  • Fastpitch teams and fans, you don’t want to miss this tournament! Courtesy Photo

    Popular Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    DAVE MELTZ is one of the veteran pitchers often found “toeing the rubber” in the Annual Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Calif. Meltz and veterans such as ERNIE MAREZ, the tournament director, help keep men’s fastpitch going in Southern California. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By ERNIE MAREZ
    Tournament Director

    CORONA, Calif. – The annual 2018 Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is one of the few left in the Inland Empire of Southern California. And it’s a good one that’s popular with teams throughout the area.

    The tournament is hosted by Major League Softball and the So. Cal Rebels Softball Organization. it’s a competitive tournament played at an excellent softball facility – Promenade Park in Corona.

      HERE’S THE DETAILS

    When: Sept. 1-2, 2018
    Where: Promenade Park Softball Field, Corona.

    Entry Fee: $375.00
    Payment Deadline: Aug. 27.
    Send Payment To: So. Cal Rebels c/o Ernie Marez, 390 W. Mission Rd., Corona, CA 92882

    Format: Double Elimination with 3 game guarantee and awards
    Classification: Class C

    Contact Information: Ernie Marez at 951-377-3364; email elmarez25@sbcglobal.net.

    ***Raymond Angulo Tournament Flier***

    15th Annual Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In Pueblo

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    By JERRY SANTOS
    Co-Director, 2018 Joe Santos Memorial Tournament

    PUEBLO, Colo. – “The 15th Anniversary Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is just five weeks away and the tournament response has been amazing!” said Jerry Santos of the Pueblo Bandits, who along with brother Chris Santos serve as tournament directors.

    The tournament will be held Memorial Weekend May 25, 26 and 27 at Joe Santos Field and if necessary City Park Field.

    Teams from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and South Dakota will be competing for a berth to the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario Canada.

    Please confirm your teams entry by getting your entry fee into Chris or Jerry Santos. Deadline for entry fee is May 11th. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of Men’s Fastball and Celebrating the Legacy of our Father Mr. Joe Santos….

    ***Contact Chris Santos – jcsantos25@msn.com, or Jerry Santos -jerrysantos66@hotmail.com or on Facebook***

    Boys’ Fastpitch Softball Fun Days In Michigan!

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Gary Compau and volunteers are offering an opportunity for boys between the ages of 8 to 18 from Frankenmuth, Saginaw, Midland, Flint, Birch Run, and Reese to learn more about and play the game of fastpitch softball. So they’ve organized a Fun Days that will run from Sundays in April and May.

    Fun Days organizer, Gary Compau of Frankenmuth, realizes that to revive and expand the game, young players need to be brought into the game.

    “It’s up to us,” he said. “We can make this a success.”

      THE DETAILS
  • All boys, 8 to 18, are invited from inexperienced to experienced
  • Experienced fastpitch past and present players will be there offering tips on catching, fielding, and hitting
  • Veteran pitchers will be helping and advising players who want to learn how to pitch
  • The Fun Days are FREE and will not interfere with Little League or baseball
  • Balls and bats will be provided
    • THE FUN!
  • Teams will be formed and games will be played
    • WHERE
  • The two ball fields at Frankenmuth St. Lorenz Lutheran School. One field for the younger players and one for the older. (We request that an adult accompany the young players)
    • WHEN

    April 22-May 20, and May 6, starting at 4 p.m.

      CONTACT INFORMATION

    Gary Compau at 989-262-8452; Email is tawasgary@att.net

    “This is not tryouts,” said Compau. “Come out and enjoy the experience. We will provide the fun. Just come out and enjoy it and see where it goes.”

    Oregon’s Shayne Arndt fills leadership role as NAFA Director

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    The Northwest Braves finished third in the 2017 NAFA World Series, 23-Under division in Fargo, No. Dak. From bottom left, Dre Davis, Lane Kurtz, Jason Carr, Jack Rennie, Kendrick Martin. Back row from left, Shayne Arndt, Kaleb Arndt, Chase Shortly, Kyle Frye, Richard Carson, Fisher Solberg. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt

    HERMISTON, Ore. – Two years a go Shayne Arndt jumped into a leadership role with the North American Fastpitch Association when he agreed to become NAFA Director of the Northwest Region, a territory that includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

    That’s a huge swath of fastpitch country in which to try and expand a sport that, as in much of the country, has been declining for the past 30 years.

    Arndt doesn’t claim to be a miracle worker and he does’t promise sudden explosive growth. His plan is more pragmatic.

    “I want to build relationships with other teams,” said Arndt, 40. “We compete on the field, but we must cooperate off it to build more teams, leagues and regional tournaments. There was a rich history of fastpitch in Oregon, but right now it’s dormant. Two years a go I saw a need for leadership to get the ball rolling again. I love the game, that’s why I do it.”

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