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Photos of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Friday, June 16th, 2017

JAKE BENDER drills a pitch into left-field to help the Oklahoma Sykos defeat the So. Calif. Budmen, 6-1, in the first-round of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Friday. The Sykos are competing in the 16-team A division that concludes Sunday with the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) has posted photos I took of the annual Las Vegas Road Trip Men’s fastpitch Tournament.

For a viewing, click on: 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip Photos

No More Free Photos

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

BUYING this kind of camera equipment is expensive. I have willingly born the cost for over 20 years, while giving out free pictures, but no more. Now to offset my expense, if you want pictures from me you must pay a modest fee.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – I have been a professional photographer since 1993. I have taken college photography, journalism, and photojournalism classes, along with design courses in Adobe Photoshop, In Design and Quark Xpress.

Expensive? Just ask my wife.

The equipment I shoot with has all been purchased by me. All told, about $15,000 in cameras, lenses, strobes, lighting equipment, film (in the prehistoric age), batteries, camera bags…

I have worked very hard at my journalism / photojournalism profession and don’t regret for a moment the decision to enter this arena, regardless of the expense and low pay.

By now you’re probably asking, “Bob, what is your point?”

Well, the past few days I’ve been asked by five people to send them pictures – FREE pictures. I get from one to two requests like this every month. And I usually comply – though grudgingly.

These requests for FREE photos has increasingly fueled my ire. Ever so now because my six-year-old camera needs to be repaired or replaced. But it’s not worth much, therefore not worth repairing.

But to replace it will cost me $1,500 to $2,000. And replace it I will because I love my passion and can’t imagine giving it up.

But after 20-plus years of giving away FREE photos – no more. It stops effective immediately.

My passion costs me money, and as a professional, I will no longer give away my work. (Can I get some applause fellow photographers?)

So, if you want photos from me, you must pay for them; otherwise, your request will be ignored.

  • Digital photo – $10
  • 4 x 6 print (black and white or color) – $15
  • 8 x 10 or 8 x 12 – $25
  • Larger sizes contact me for pricing.
  • * Plus shipping and handling

    Enjoy Maddy Flanagan’s photos of the Raymond Angulo Memorial Tournament

    Monday, September 5th, 2016
    A close play at second base between the Beaumont Coyotes and Those Guys of Long Beach. Photo By MADDY FLANAGAN

    A close play at second base between the Beaumont Coyotes and Those Guys of Long Beach. Photo By MADDY FLANAGAN

    CORONA, Calif. – Maddy and Jim Flanagan of fastpitchwest attended the Raymond Angulo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, Jim pitching for Those Guys and Maddy photographing the tournament taking some amazing action and candid photos.

    Check out Maddy’s photo gallery at 2016 Angulo Tournament and enjoy the tournament through Maddy’s lens.

    “We Play It Fast” selling fast, place your order now

    Sunday, January 1st, 2012

    Front cover, Stew Sabiston of the Winnipeg Bullets pitching in the 2010 NAFA World Series. Back cover top, Trent Rubley; middle, Shane Alder and Chase Turner.

    YUCAIPA, CA – I received my order of 150 books entitled “We Play It Fast” and I’m ready to ship to those who may be interested.

    This is going to be a “one time, limited edition book” so if you want one, you should order before the supply runs out.


    • Size, 8 ½ x 11. Soft cover.
    • 76 stories – including features on some of the sports’ great players: Zack, Sorenson, White, Peterson…
    • 208 photos. Many never printed or seen before!
    • About half NAFA and ISC related stories.
    • Stories extend from my early writing to present day, from 2010 NAFA World Series “A” division level to the ISC level of play.
    • Several stories from contributing writers such as Milt Stark, Kyle Beane, Marc Gillis, Glen Cook, Joe Avila, Bill Hillhouse, Brian Groehler…
    • Book’s writing style: documentary and memoir.


    • In U.S. $23; Canada $27; New Zealand $35. (Other countries, price to be determined based on shipping charges).


    • Only 135 to be sold! So this may become a ‘limited edition’ book.
    • I’ve set aside books for those who have said they want to buy one – such as the contributing writers. (If you’ve changed your mind, please let me know.)
    • If there’s a demand, I can have more books printed, but must place a minimum order of 100 books.


    • Payable (U.S. $$) to:
    Bob Otto
    35147 Cedar Ave.
    Yucaipa, CA 92399


    Bob, received my copy of the book. Thanks so much. I love the book even though it doesn’t have color on the inside… MS

    I received my copy in the mail today, a “must have” for fastpitch fans. I am honored to have the story I wrote about Dave Blackburn, “Game Changer” included as the second to last chapter in the book. Get yours before that headline says “Sold Out” (it’s a limited edition at this point) – JF

    I got the book and it is fantastic. I will be reading it cover to cover. – DM

    …I thought it was pretty good reading and flowed very well. There is a wide variety of topics regarding some current and some older time players. It is truly a coffee table book – MB

    It looks great, congratulations, I know the work that goes into something like that – KB

    Bob, great book. Great history and information. Lots of good photos… a lot of some friends – Rico Garcia, Todd Kensler, Hector Garcia Guillen, Tony N Denise Trujillo Mancha, Joe Hineline and more. Good stories from the old days and good info on today’s young players… – MC

    Please send a copy of your book. Your interest in the game has been rewarding for many. Thank you – JB

    Bob got the book, awesome, made me remember what a great game this is and what a great time I was lucky enough to play it in. It made me sad at times and made me almost smell the wet grass of a early morning game and the excitement of the competition. – GA

    Bob, always enjoy reading your articles. Hope to read them for many more years. – AC

    Great book! – ML

    Got the copy of We Play It Fast last week. Was rushed for time, so I picked it up for a minute to flip through some pages … and ended up reading about half of the book. Great read, and I will recommend it to others. – Cheers, DM,

    Check out Maddy’s photos of ISC World Tournament action

    Saturday, August 20th, 2011

    QUAD-CITIES, IL – For several years Maddy Flanagan has been photographing the ISC World Tournament. Check out a few of her most recent photos – as well as past tournaments.

    See Maddy’s Photos

    Royals sweep through ASA Nationals to capture age 10-under championship

    Saturday, August 13th, 2011

    The Winston Royals, 2011 ASA National Champions

    MANKATO, MN – The The Winston Royals fastpitch softball team went undefeated in the boys’ age 10-under division to capture the 2011 Amateur Softball Association (ASA) National Championship at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Aug. 3 to 7.

    The championship marks the third-consecutive for the team made up of players from throughout northwest Missouri.

    The Royals scored in double figures in all its games, outscoring their opponents 57-4 to finish 4-0. They defeated Fairmont, MN, twice, 19-3 and 14-0, and knocked off the Key City Juniors from Garden City, MN, 11-0 and 13-1.

    Winston pitcher Jacob Lewis – son of coach Eric Lewis – allowed just seven hits and six walks, while striking out 24. The Royals’ offensive outburst was led by Maryville slugger Tyler Houchin, who had 13 RBIs in the tournament.

    The Royals roster includes: Jacob Lewis, Cy Uthe, Brian Lewis, Marshall Farrell, Jakub Hisel, and coach Eric Lewis, all from Winston. From Jefferson are Kobe Stoll, Nate Jermain, Eli Dowis, and assistant coach, Tim Jermain. From King City comes River McCallon, with Tanner Sears from Higginsville. And Marysville was represented by Tyler Houchin, Trey Houchin, and assistant coach, Matt Houchin.

    The 2012 ASA Boys’ National Championships is scheduled to be held in Rolla, Missouri, which hosted the event in 2010.

    The boys’ age 18-under ASA National Championship was also held at Caswell Park with Hennager Plumbing and Heating sweeping aside the competition with a 4-0 record. The order of finish:

    1st HENNAGER PLUMBING & HEATING Lake Crystal., MN 4-0
    2nd COUNTY MATERIALS Marathon, WI 4-2
    3rd SIOUXLAND FORKLIFT Sioux Falls, SD 2-2
    4th REESE BULLDOGS Reese, MI 2-2
    5th RICHVILLE Reese., MI 2-2
    5th NORTHWEST IMPLEMENT Maryville, MO 2-2
    7th SCHMITZ FARMS (18-u) Parnell, MO 0-3
    7th SCHMITZ FARMS (16-u) Parnell, MO 0-3

    In the Men’s 23-Under ASA National Championship, Northwest Implement edged out Hartford Explosion for the title:

    1st NORTHWEST IMPLEMENT Maryville., MO 4-1
    2nd HARTFORD EXPLOSION Hartford., SD 4-2
    3rd LX Onalaska., WI 3-3
    5th HOLLYWOOD SPORTS Hollywood, MN 2-2
    5th GILLIES Midland, MI 1-2
    7th HENNAGER Lake Crystal, MN 1-2
    7th STADIUM LANES Duluth, MN 0-3

    Braves refocus and blast way to Coyotes Fourth of July Tournament Championship

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

    The Pala Braves, 2011 Coyotes’ Fourth of July Tournament champions.

    BEAUMONT, CA – The Pala Braves weren’t too pleased with their performance and they knew that if they didn’t improve – and quickly – a prestigious tournament championship was about to slip away.

    So the Braves held a team meeting before the start of the “if necessary” game and went on to blast the Morongo Hostiles 14-0 to claim the championship of the 2011 35th Annual Coyotes Men’s Fourth of July Fastpitch Softball Tournament, Sunday, at Valdivia Field in Beaumont.

    “We met between the games and we talked about getting back to playing fundamental fastpitch and quit swinging for the fences,” said Cody Maxcy, the Braves manager and catcher. “We got more patient waiting on pitches, and we played a lot smarter.”

    But in that first game, the Hostiles were the better ball club, coming out on top 8-5 to force the if necessary game.

    “The pitching and defense came through for us in that game,” said Hostiles manager and second baseman Ike Norte. “We just ran out of gas in the second game, but we played well, and this was our highest finish ever in the Coyotes’ tournament.”

    In the second game, the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Theron Cueva and Maxcy led off with back-to-back walks, and Tommy Herrera was hit by a pitch. Then Chris Devers RBI single and Anthony Lofton’s infield ground out scored both runs. And that was all the run support Jerome Morrison would ultimately need as he tossed a four-inning mercy-ruled shutout to pick up the win.

    Morrison allowed but one hit – a second inning double by Anthony Loza – in earning his third win of the tourney. Morrison pitched every inning of the tournament for Pala in leading the Braves to a 3-1 record, and was named the Most Valuable Pitcher for his efforts.

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    Coyotes howl in Fourth of July opener

    Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

    Photos By BOB OTTO

    BEAUMONT, CA – The host Beaumont Coyotes breezed through their opening game in the 35th Annual Fourth of July Coyotes Men’s Fastpitch Tournament by blasting the Corona Rebels 7-0 early Saturday morning in the eight-team, double elimination tournament.

    David Valdivia Jr. and his cousin Joe Valdivia hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to spot veteran Randy Clay a 2-0 lead, and the right-hander didn’t waste it, allowing but three hits along with seven strikeouts in a complete game effort. The win moved the Coyotes to the 3:30 p.m. quarterfinals (No results available) with the San Bernardino Aztecs, which beat the Morongo Men’s Club 8-0 in Saturday’s opening action.

    Late Friday night, the Pala Braves knocked off the 2010 defending champion Colton Dirtbags 4-3, sending the Dirtbags into the losers bracket where they met the Soboba Beernuts. In the circle for both teams were top women’s pitchers – Desiree Serrano for the Dirtbags and Debbie Day for Soboba. (No results available.)

    Both pitchers were top collegiate and professional stars – Serrano at Arizona State and Day for the Arizona Wildcats. Day is No. 25 on the NCAA Division I career wins list with 116. Serrano and Day regularly pitch for men’s teams in leagues and tournaments, and both say they enjoy the competition and challenge.

    Long time Coyote catcher Rich Lozano was at the tournament. He wasn’t behind the plate in his usual spot due to an arm injury, but he had the Coyotes’ jersey on and said once he heals he would be on the ball diamond again.

    Morongo tops Soboba in Beaumont Fourth of July Men’s Fastpitch Tourney

    Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

    Photos By BOB OTTO

    BEAUMONT, CA – The action heated up Friday night in the opening game of the 35th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Fourth of July Tournament with the Morongo Hostiles defeating the Soboba Beernuts 8-0 behind the shutout pitching of Anthony Loza, along with a two-run home run in the first inning by Lou Martin that proved the deciding runs in the Hostiles victory. Photos By BOB OTTO

    The eight-team tournament continues through Sunday with the championship game scheduled for 12:30.

    In today’s play, the Morongo Men’s Club meets the San Bernardino Aztecs at 8 a.m., while the host Beaumont Coyotes tangle with the Corona Rebels at 9:30 a.m. Games are scheduled throughout the day with the final game set for 6:30 p.m.

    Sunday’s playoff round starts at 8 a.m., leading up to the championship game.

    Beaumont Coyotes (35th) Annual Softball Tournament

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

    BEAUMONT, CAPopular softball tournament comes to Beaumont over the Fourth of July

    Softball fans come to see pitchers hurling fastballs across home plate at 60 mph and sluggers swinging for centerfield fences 230 feet away. At this weekend’s (34th) annual Beaumont Coyotes Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, thousands of fans will also enjoy freshly prepared, homemade Mexican food.

    The popular tournament, which draws thousands of fans from across Southern California and beyond, begins Friday night, July 2nd, at Rangel Park’s Valdivia Field and ends Sunday night on the Fourth of July, with a championship game. Ten softball teams are traveling to Beaumont from across the Inland Empire and as far away as San Diego and Long Beach…Continue Reading