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Someone to know: Bob Rockwood of the 2017 Maccabi USA fastpitch team

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

BOB ROCKWOOD pitching for MACCABI USA, began his fastpitch career as a shortstop for the Prescott (AZ) Mustangs, but took up pitching at age 39. Now he’s being relied on to help lead the USA Maccabi Masters team (35-older) to a gold medal in the 20th MACCABIAH GAMES to be held in Israel in July.

Rockwood along with a pitching staff that included Russ Snow, helped the ball club finish third (4-2) in the 16-team, A-Major Division in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, April 7-9 at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

ISC appoints player representatives

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress has appointed a new slate of 12 player representatives.

“We want to thank all of these individuals who have stepped forward to be a voice for the players in the game,” said ISC President Dean Oscar.

ISC Player Representatives

  • Brad Pender – Canada East
  • Chris Diethert – US Central
  • Eric Fogel – US East
  • Jon Gwizadala – US East
  • Justin Schofield – Atlantic Canada
  • Kris Walushka – Canada West
  • Matt McLaren – Canada East
  • Nick Santos – US West
  • Scott Galenza – Canada West
  • Tyler Dudley – US East
  • Sisco Sabate – International
  • Zennon Winters – International
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    Coyotes overcome huge deficit to claim A-Division Las Vegas Road Trip title

    Monday, April 10th, 2017

    THE 2017 LAS VEGAS ROAD TRIP X CHAMPION BEAUMONT COYOTES includes Jeremy Dean, Gilbert Valdivia, Gabriel Valdivia, Jesse Mullen, Jason Martinez, Jesse Martinez, George Valdivia, Johnny Ray, Damon Valdivia, Richard Soriano, Derek Soto, Devon Valdivia, Justin Martinez and manager David Valdivia. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The Beaumont Coyotes had dug themselves a hole, a huge hole.

    Now, could they dig themselves out of it?

    Of top priority, the man in the circle had to stop the hemorrhaging. That’s exactly what Jesse Martinez did.

    Trailing 5-0 in the fifth inning in the A-Division championship game of the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Martinez told his teammates he wouldn’t give up any more runs.

    Now all they had to do was show some offensive punch. And like lighting a fuse, the Coyotes bats caught fire in the fifth and sixth innings.

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    The workhorse leads A1 Rockies to Las Vegas Road Trip championship

    Monday, April 10th, 2017

    DAVID BEETS pitched back-to-back games to lead the A1 Rockies of So. California to the A-Major Division championship in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament at Sunset Park, April 9.

    LAS VEGAS – In men’s fastpitch lingo, pitchers who shoulder the load are referred to as the workhorse, the guy that takes the ball inning after inning, game after game.

    He doesn’t look to the bullpen for relief. He doesn’t complain that he’s tired, or that his arm aches a little.

    He just goes out and does his job.

    David Beets, a big, hard-throwing right-hander from Oklahoma fits that description most assuredly.

    And he proved it Sunday afternoon in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament championship pitching for the A1 Rockies of So. California.

    Dropped into the losers bracket by All Star Auto of Grass Valley, 6-0, in the winners bracket final, the Rockies fought back through the losers bracket to defeat All Star Auto twice to take the A-Major Division title.

    And Beets hurled both games: an eight-inning 7-4 victory in game one, followed by a seven-inning 2-1 gem in the deciding contest.

    Rockies manager and catcher Tony Acedo had a good view of Beets’ performance from behind home plate.

    “Dave Beets was pretty much the man of the day,” said Acedo. “He was lights out for sure.”

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    J&B Bombers roll into Las Vegas Road Trip final

    Sunday, April 9th, 2017

    JORGE SEGURA BONILLA fires a pitch during J&B Bombers 7-0 win, Sunday, in the AA/AA-Major Division winners bracket final. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The Bombers lived up to their name in the winners bracket final of the AA/AA-Major Bracket by pounding out a 7-0 win over the Northeast Naturals.

    Pitchers Tony Mancha and Jorge Segura Bonilla combined for the win with Mike Hoadley slugging a three-run homer, and Mancha rapping out a pair of hits with two RBI.

    Mark Aranda and Jesse Palacios reached safely and drove in a run each.

    With the win, the Bombers improve to 3-0 and await the survivor of the losers bracket in the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. at Sunset Park in Las Vegas.

  • Check out the: AA/AA-Major bracket
  • Desperado Sports Tavern battles back into contention in AA AA-Major Division

    Sunday, April 9th, 2017

    A DESPERADO SPORTS TAVERN’S Al Khalaf laces into a pitch during a AA/AA-Major Division game in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament at Sunset Park on Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – After dropping a tough 3-1 loss to Marcio Sausage Co. in the AA/AA-Major opening game on Friday, Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Mont. has fought its way back with three consecutive wins on Saturday, to be just two games shy of reaching the championship game.

    On Saturday, Desperado beat back Santa Celilla, 5-4, followed by a 5-3 victory over Hector’s NAFA Selects, and then exacting some revenge the Missoula club defeated Marcio Sausage Co., 6-2, Saturday afternoon.

    Desperado returns to action Sunday morning in an 11:30 contest, taking on the winner between Team Marquez and TJ Fastpitch.

    Should they survive that game, Desperado would need only one more win to reach the championship – taking on the loser of the winners bracket final between the J&B Bombers and Northeast Naturals at 1:15.

  • Keep up with the results by visiting the AA/AA-Major Bracket on the SCIFL website.
  • Bombers bats bash way into AA/AA-Major winners’ final

    Sunday, April 9th, 2017

    PAT BURNS, pitching for the J&B Bombers, blows his rise ball past a Marchio Sausage Co. batter in the AA/AA-Major Division contest, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – For most of the game, the J&B Bombers struggled offensively and found themselves on the short end of a 4-1 score to Marchio Sausage Company.

    But in the fifth, their bats got hot, scoring five times on six hits to survive the Minnesota squad, 6-4, and advance into Sunday morning’s AA/AA-Major winners bracket final.

    The big blows came from Cam Schiller and Blake Hunter, who drove in a pair of runs – with Hunter’s two-out single driving in the game winner.

    YUSEF DAVIS singles in the first inning for Marchio Sausage Co. during a AA/AA-Major game with the J&B Bombers at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Right-hander Tony Mancha then came on to close out the game and earn the save in relief of starter Pat Burns.

    The Bombers (2-0) in the 10-team tournament, take on the Northeast Naturals at 9:45 a.m. at Sunset Park. The Naturals (2-0) slipped past Mexico’s TJ Fastpitch, 3-2, to advance.

    The winner will advance into Sunday’s 3 p.m. championship game, while the loser must battle back through the losers bracket to get back into title contention.

  • A BIG thank you to J&B Bombers Facebook posting for the game’s results.
  • Checkout SCIFL’s AA/AA-Major Bracket
  • Checkout SCIFL website for Las Vegas Road Trip X scores

    Saturday, April 8th, 2017

    When fastpitch pitchers nail the inside and outside corners with an assortments of risers, drops, curves and change-ups, it makes it tough on the hitters. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The brackets are continually updated, so be sure to click on the links below to keep up with the action at the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament.

    A Bracket
    A-Major Bracket
    AA / AA-Major Bracket

    SONNY PERKINS shows his intensity and competitive spirit during the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Hector’s NAFA Selects edge Page Brake in Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament

    Saturday, April 8th, 2017

    DAN VIGIL 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. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Tim Thornton drove in two runs, Bryn Redhead gave a gutsy performance in the circle, and Hector’s NAFA Selects of Denver, CO, held off Page Brake of Salt Lake City to take an 8-5 victory in the AA / AA-Major Division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament at Sunset Park, Saturday.

    The Selects hadn’t been hitting the ball especially well in earlier games, but they erupted for four runs in the first inning on Thornton’s two-run double, and added two more in the second and one in the fifth to get past the hard-hitting lineup of Page Brake.

    “We started slow and they took a 3-0 lead on us,” said Selects’ manager Matt Thornton, younger brother of Tim Thornton, “but our bats came alive.”

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    Check out SCIFl website for up-to-date bracket results

    Saturday, April 8th, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) President, Jesse Ortiz, who is also the tournament director for the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, is up-dating the the NAFA A, A-Major, and AA / AA-Major brackets as quickly as possible on the SCIFL website.


    A Bracket
    A-Major Bracket
    AA / AA-Major Bracket

    TWO BIG GAMES Saturday feature Minnesota’s Marchio Sausage Co. vs. So. California’s J & B Painting in a AA-AA/Major semifinal takes place at Sunset Park (Field 11) at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Northeast Naturals taking on TJ Fastpitch of Mexico at 3 p.m.

    Come out to Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park softball fields to watch some top-caliber men’s fastpitch played by ball clubs from Mexico, Canada and the United States.