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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.***

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.

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***

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.”

    Dutch Elbers helped drive St. Paul to fastpitch greatness

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    Ben Maloney, left, Ed Mathias, and Dutch Elbers hold the 1963 ASA Northern Regional Tournament championship trophy.

    (Sadly Dutch Elbers passed away on April 5, 2018. See obituary in which condolences and tributes are welcome)

    Dutch Elbers served the International Softball Congress for over 20 years in several capacities, including the organization’s president. In 1988, he was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Strong armed, with a lanky athletic build, Dries (Dutch) Elbers mostly likely could have stared at baseball, but fortunately for fastpitch softball, he never got the chance.

    “My dad played baseball, but he steered me into softball,” said Elbers. “I have never played a game of baseball in my life.”

    Elbers, who grew up in Steen in southwestern Minnesota, began playing fastpitch in the 4-H League in 1945 as a 15-year-old. It wasn’t long, though, that he graduated from the boys’ league into the Steen men’s league.

    Steen might have been small in numbers with its 185 citizens, but they and the farm families surrounding the little village located 25 miles east of Sioux Falls, kept the six team-league healthy with numbers and talent.

    “As kids, we wanted to get a uniform and play with the big boys,” Elbers said. Soon enough Elbers would be playing with the ‘big boys’ of fastpitch – worldwide.

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    24th Annual Best of the West Tournament In Beautiful Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    Yusef Davis, Jr., left, and Bryan Lathrop are two of the best players in the game.
    Photo By BOB OTTO

    Could there be a better place to play men’s fastpitch softball in America than Santa Barbara? I’ve played there. The answer is NO. So make plans now to enter this great tournament.

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

    Event Name: 24th Annual Best of the West Tournament

    Location: Elings Park, Santa Barbara
    Date: June 2-3
    Entry Fee: $400
    Entry Fee Deadline: May 18, 2018
    Format: Round Robin into single elimination. 4-game guarantee.
    Time Limit: Saturday 90 minutes; Sunday no time limit

    Contact: Clyde Bennett; email: clydebennett50@gmail.com; 805-895-9007
    Mailing Address: 6600 stagecoach Rd Santa Barbara Ca. 93105

    Shutting Down Ottoinfocus

    Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I want to thank all who have visited and contributed to my blog over the years by sending me story ideas, press releases, tournament and league information, fliers and photos. I humbly thank you for your support.

    I have enjoyed writing, photographing and blogging about the great game of men’s fastpitch softball, but other interests on my “bucket list” are demanding attention, so on Dec. 1, I will be shutting down the blog.

    However, I encourage my loyal supporters to send your fastpitch news to Al Doran’s
    alsfastball.com and Jim Flanagan’s
    fastpitchwest.com.

    As many of you already know, both websites do a wonderful job of promoting and getting the word out about our great game.

    And for Facebook followers, “Those Were The Days (of) Men’s Fastpitch Softball,” does a terrific service in reliving fastpitch days of yore for us oldtimers.

    Thank you,
    Bob Otto

    Iowa Men’s Fastpitch Hall of Fame holds 2017 induction ceremony

    Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

    AMES, Iowa – Many of Iowa’s greatest fastpitch players and umpires were inducted into the sport’s 2017 Hall of Fame class on Oct. 15, including:

  • Stan Wisnieski, umpire
  • Bill Clark, umpire (posthumously)
  • Jason Darling
  • Matt Darling
  • Dale Lassen
  • Tom Owen
  • Scott Petersen
  • Jerry Schneekloth
  • Mike Stickney
  • Michael White
  • To read each Hall of Fame members biography, click on 2017 Iowa Men’s Softball Hall of Fame Class

    Softball is ‘back where it belongs’ according to Canada coach Mark Smith

    Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

    CANADA WILL BE AMONG THE MEDAL FAVOURITES IN THE WOMEN’S SOFTBALL AT TOKYO 2020, AND THEIR COACH MARK SMITH – A WORLD CHAMPION AS A PLAYER – BELIEVES THAT JAPAN IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR THE SPORT TO ENJOY AN OLYMPIC RENAISSANCE.

    Ottawa, ON – Softball is ‘back where it belongs’ according to Canada coach Mark Smith.

    “I think Tokyo will put on an absolutely phenomenal show for softball,” said Mark Smith, coach of the Canada women’s team. “Japan is the ideal place to profile the intensity of this great game. Last year I was at the Tokyo Dome for a match between Japan and USA, and there were 31,000 fans, all absolutely loving it.

    Smith is a softball veteran. He has experienced the dizzying highs of winning a world championship gold as a player for Canada’s men’s side in 1992, and two world championship bronze medals as a coach of the women (2010 and 2016). He also had to face the disappointment of seeing the sport lose its Olympic status.

    “It’s funny, when you’re in the middle of your career as a player and win a big title, you don’t really appreciate it – you’re naive enough to think you’re going to be doing it again next time around,” he said.

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