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50 Teams Committed For 2019 Las Vegas Road Trip

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

BEAUMONT COYOTES SHORTSTOP, JEREMY DEAN, tags out a runner during the Coyotes first-round game in the A division of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. The Coyotes defeated the War Chiefs of Oklahoma to advance. Photo By BOB OTTO

By JESSE ORTIZ
Las Vegas Roadtrip Tournament Director

Las Vegas – This is an update on the Las Vegas Road Trip XII that will be held April 12-14, 2019.

Do to the high amount of interested teams wanting to participate, we have increased the amount of teams in the tournament from 34 to 50 which is the maximum the tournament will allow. This means the tournament is full in all divisions.

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2019 Men’s NAFA World Series Locations and Dates

Monday, January 7th, 2019

By BENJIE HEDGECOCK
NAFA Executive Director
Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
503-559-5398, cell
503-864-4487, work
503-864-3939, fax

The North American Fastpitch Association will hold its 27th annual World Series of men’s fastpitch softball with several classifications playing at various locations throughout the United States. Plan to enter soon as the tournaments fill up fast.

Location / Classification / Dates

1. Circle Tap/Denmark, WI
Men’s 23-Under, slated to be the largest event in history
Aug. 7-8-9

2. Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
Mens A-Major Aug. 8-11
Mens Rec Aug. 9-11
Mens A. Aug. 15-18
Mens 23-U. Aug. 16-18

ALEJO MUNOZ of Argentina helped Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois win the 2017 NAFA 23-UNDER World Series at Northside Softball Complex, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

3. Manitowac,Wisconsin
Mens AA. Aug. 8-10
Mens AA-Major Aug. 16-18

4. Quad Cities, IL/IA
Masters Midwest
Sept. 6-8

5. Carson City, NV
Masters West
Sept. 13-15

6. Las Vegas, NV
Wood Bat
(Currently dates not released.)

Duluth Fastpitch catcher BRETT SCHEEVAL attempts to tag KYLE POBANZ when he tried to score on a fly ball, but Pobanz was called safe, giving Len’s Auto it’s final run in a 3-0 victory that sends the St. Paul club into the 2017 NAFA A Division World Series championship game on Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

President Hoover Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Returns For 2019

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

All Star Automotive of Grass Valley, Calif. will defend it’s title in the 2019 President Hoover Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Newberg, Oregon. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, Tournament Director

By SHAYNE ARNDT
Tournament Director

NEWBERG, Ore. – The third annual President Hoover Memorial Day Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be played Saturday and Sunday May 25th – 26 at Crater Park (behind Antonio Crater Elementary School) in Newberg, Oregon.

“I got a message from Pat Bucknell today and would love to see the 2017 Champs (Bucknell Lacey A’s) compete against the 2018 Champions,” said Arndt.

Team trophies for first – third place, individual awards for MVP, MVPitcher, and All Tournament team. Entry fee $400.

Contact Info

Please private message Shayne Arndt, or email at shaynearndt18@gmail.com or call 541-561-1613 to register for this NAFA sponsored event.

Plan now for 2019 LAS VEGAS ROAD TRIP XII men’s fastpitch softball tournament

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

By JESSE ORTIZ
SCIFL President

LAS VEGAS – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) and the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) are pleased to announce the twelfth edition of the “Las Vegas Road Trip” men’s fast pitch tournament.

The event will be held April 12-14, 2019 with the first round games starting Friday at noon, and the Championship games scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday.

PLAN EARLY AND LATE

Teams flying in and out should make plans to be ready to play early on Friday and late on Sunday in the event the brackets are running late.

While this tournament is a NAFA sanctioned event, it is run by SCIFL; any questions regarding this tournament must go through the SCIFL Tournament Director Jesse Ortiz.

NAFA DIVISIONS

Teams will be separated in the following divisions: A, A-Major (depending on amount of teams), AA/AA-Major (depending on the amount of teams. The split in the higher classifications will be based on the amount of teams that enter.

NAFA PITCHER’S LIST

The NAFA pitcher’s list will be used to monitor pitchers in the tournament as well as the team’s current classification. No open class pitchers are allowed to pitch in these three divisions. Confirmation into the tournament will be based on the entry fee and roster received.

The classification list posted on the NAFA web site on January 31, 2019 will be the list used to classify pitchers. There will be no appeals for pitchers after that date for this tournament.

The NAFA 3-GAME GUARANTEE BRACKET will be used for all divisions. With a minimum of eight (8) teams in a division, the winner will have their 2019 NAFA World Series entry fee paid for the division they played in.

HOW SWEET IT IS! The Budmen of So. Calif. greet Robert McCarrie with jubilation after he hit a two-run home run to give the Budmen a walk-off 10-9 victory over Wololok, Calif. in the A Division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, Saturday, at Sunset Park. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 Las Vegas Roadtrip

CONTACT AND PLAYING INFO

Teams interested in participating should contact Jesse Ortiz by email at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com or by cell at (661) 510-8928 and inform him if your team can play all three days. Teams that can play all three days will be placed on the priority list, teams that say they can only play on Saturday and Sunday will be placed on the secondary list. No one will be given a “selected” game time as everyone is traveling to the event.

HOW IT WORKS / MAXIMUM TEAMS

We are accepting 34 teams in total, but it may change. Teams will be placed on a list as first come first serve basis. Once the tournament is full, additional teams will be added to the waiting list and if they pay their entry fee (in full) they will have an opportunity to participate if a team drops out or does not pay by the due date. If a team on the waiting list pays their entry fee and is not able to get in, their entry fee will be refunded.

This tournament has been filling up quickly within the past couple of years so I would suggest you contact Jesse as soon as possible if you want to be added to the team list.

ENTRY FEE AND REGISTRATION

The entry fee for the tournament is $475, which includes the $35 Annual NAFA Team Registration Fee. We will start collecting the entry fee beginning January 2, 2019 and once it’s received you will be sent an email to confirm your entry.

All teams will need to submit their entry fee along with their team’s roster, listing all their players and identifying their pitchers to ensure teams are placed in their proper classification.

*** You can pay online by visiting our website (www.sciffastpitch.com) and clicking on the “Pay Online” button on the left hand side column or by check. OR pay by check made out to “SCIFL” and mailed to:

SCIFL
PO Box 6572
Burbank CA 91510

DUE DATE

If money is not received by March 1, 2019, a team may lose their spot to a team on the waiting list who has paid their entry fee. This due date will provide teams on the waiting list sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements to participate, if they get in.

ARIZONA CHARLIE’S BOULDER

Please help keep the tournament cost down by booking with Arizona Charlie’s and receive the following special rate.

For the 12th year, the host hotel will once again be Arizona Charlie’s Boulder. The rate will be $60 per night for Friday and Saturday and $40 for Thursday and Sunday nights, if you book directly with the hotel using their 800 number.

  • In order to receive this rate you must book by midnight of cut-off date March 28, 2019.
  • Arizona Charlie’s Boulder offers a casino, buffet and sit down dining along with live music in the casino bar/lounge.

    MAKE RESERVATIONS THROUGH THE 800 NUMBER

    To make your reservations call 800-362-4040 and use the reference code C-SCIFL or mention So Cal Independent Fast Pitch League. If you need to book more than three (3) rooms on the same credit card, please contact Kathy Brennan at 702-951-5942 in the group sales department and she will be more than happy to assist you. Also, if the 800 say’s they do not have the SCIFL listing, please call Kathy to book your room. If she is not there, leave a message and she will get back to you.

    DONNIE ATKINSON 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 at Sunset Park, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SUNSET AND WARM SPRINGS PARKS

    Information regarding the event, game results and player statistics will be posted on the SCIFL website. This year’s tournament once again will be played at Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park; both are located within 1/4-mile of each other and are located by the Las Vegas International Airport.

    Game times will be available once the tournament is filled and everyone has paid their entry fee or two weeks after March 17, 2019, which is when we will start working on the schedule.

    Please feel free to contact Jesse if you have any questions regarding this tournament We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

    Sincerely,
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    (661) 510-8928

    Santa Dan Delivers Early Christmas Present For Ball Cap Bob

    Sunday, December 9th, 2018

    DAN NESSLER sent me eight fastpitch softball and baseball caps, including front row, left to right, a Mankato Bethany Lutheran College Lancers softball cap, a Happy Chef cap, WBSC Jr. Men’s Softball World Championship cap, along with my Farm Tavern cap. The second row includes Dan’s gifts of which the MSU cap is from the 2012 Mavericks baseball team that finished third in the NCAA Div. II baseball national championships. On the top row is another BLC cap sandwiched by my 1995 ISC World Tournament cap, left, and 2017 NAFA World Series cap.

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’m a sucker for caps. Doesn’t matter if it’s softball, baseball, football – any kind of stylish ball cap will hook me into reaching for my wallet.

    In the back window of my car, there’s perched a Chicago Bears’ cap. I’m not a Bears fan, so why’s it there? I just like the way the “C” is prominently displayed on the crown. And if I forget one of my caps when I leave the house, “Da Bears” is my backup.

    I’ve also got NASCAR hats, my son’s Tyree Oil cap, my grandson Cam’s Spirit Aerosystems cap, Case, Farmall and John Deere hats, three Marine Corps caps…

    And a bunch of softball caps – 33 in all, and of course, only of the fastpitch variety.

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    Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Returning to Yakima, Washington

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

    YAKIMA, Wash. – For way to long Yakima – once a hotbed for men’s fastpitch softball – has gone without a men’s fastpitch tournament. But that is going to change in 2019 as Yakima resident, player, coach and manager, Satero Ramos, has taken the initiative to restart the tournament scene, along with the support of the Yakima Parks & Recreation Department.

    “I am having a men’s tournament here in Yakima next year, May 4th and 5th, for the first time in over six years,” said Ramos. “Yakima has a rich history of men’s Fastpitch and I’m trying to bring it back. I’ve been playing the game since 1975. It’s a NAFA affiliated tournament. Benjie Hedgecock (NAFA Executive Director) and Jim Williamson (NAFA founding member and Washington state director) are helping with the logistics.”

    The tournament not only benefit’s the men’s game but it helps Yakima youth as well. Ramos said the tournament will help fundraise for the non-profit baseball and softball facility, Baseball Advantage Yakima Dirt Dawgs youth age divisions 10-under and 16-under. Ramos is a 10-year board member of the organization.

    THE DETAILS

  • Tournament Name: Cinco de Mayo Men’s Fastpitch Tournament
  • Dates: May 4-5, 2019
  • Entry Fee: $400
  • Monetary Award: $500 for 1st place
  • Affiliation: NAFA (North American Fastpitch Association)
  • NAFA Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place team trophies; All-Tournament plaques, and Most Valuable Pitcher and Player plaques
  • Tournament Format: Round Robin with single elimination (4-game guarantee)
  • ENTRY FEE DETAILS

  • Make entry fee payable to Satero Ramos and mail to P.O Box 621, Moxee, WA 98936
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Satero Ramos
    509-961-4693
    ramosfam3@wabroadband.com
    ***Be sure to request hotel information***

    Northwest Braves Take Silver in NAFA West Masters

    Friday, September 21st, 2018

    The Northwest Braves, top row from left, Shayne Arndt, Todd Kensler, Rich Leffingwell, Tom Inglis, Tony Dinehart, Cleon Tungsvik. Bottom row from left, Luis Guerra, Jeff Lane, Matt Chambers, Dave Cavalier and Bobo Estrella. Missing from photo is Eric Thorn. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Northwest Braves of Oregon, finished second to claim the Silver Medal in the eight-team Silver Division at the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, 40-Over Division in Carson City, Sept. 16.

    The Braves finished with a 3-2 record and got consistent pitching from Shayne Arndt, who was 3-0 in 23 2/3 innings with a 2.37 ERA and 11 strikeouts. His stellar work in the circle earned him a spot on the NAFA All-World team.

    “We played solid defense including an incredible triple play,” said Arndt, who managed the team. “We had good team chemistry and timely hitting including home runs by Matt Chambers and Jeff Lane.”

    Along with Arndt, third baseman Matt Chambers, right-fielder Todd Kensler, shortstop Jeff Lane and left-fielder Rich leffingwell were also selected to the All-World team.

  • Chambers batted .500, and drove in 3 runs, scored 5 times; Kensler hit a torrid .600 and scored 8 runs; Lane swung the hottest bat on the team, drilling pitchers for a .625 average (10-of-16) with 4 RBI and 6 runs; and Leffingwell hit .467 with 2 RBI and 3 runs.
  • The Northwest Braves won the runner-up trophy in the 2018 NAFA West Masters, 40-Over Silver Division in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

    Bennett hurls Ladner to NAFA Masters Championship

    Friday, September 21st, 2018

    MARK BENNETT was named the Most Valuable Pitcher after helping the Ladner Masters win the NAFA West Masters 55-Over championship in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16.

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Ladner Masters of British Columbia, Canada, won five-consecutive games to claim the championship in the 2018 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) West Masters 55-Over World Series in Carson City, Sept. 16.

    And pitching them to the title was Mark Bennett of Santa Barbara, Calif. The right-hander won three games and was selected to the NAFA All-World team as the Most Valuable Pitcher. Bennett is the son of long-time catcher, manager, tournament director, and umpire Clyde Bennett of Santa Barbara.

    Kansas City Monarchs Perfect In Taking NAFA AA-Major Crown

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    The 2018 NAFA World Series returned to Fargo’s North Softball Complex for a second consecutive year from Aug. 8-19.

    FARGO, N.D. – Led by the pitching of Eder Pineda, a near flawless defense and a opportunistic offense, the Monarchs of Kansas City swept through the NAFA AA-Major Division to claim the World Series championship with a perfect 5-0 record in seeding and playoff competition.

    Pineda (3-0) held off the defending champion Portland CR Brewers in the title game on a five-hitter to lead the Monarchs to a 5-3 victory. Pineda struck out six and walked to two for this third victory of the tournament.

    Carlos Carreno slugged a home run, scored twice and went 2-for-3 at the plate to highlight the Monarchs’ eight-hit attack. Josh White drove in a pair of runs and went 1-for-3, while Brendan Wentling was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

    The title game marked the second meeting of the two powerhouse ball clubs. In an earlier game, the Monarchs shutout the Portland, Oregon club, 2-0, and again it was Pineda notching the win on a 7-inning, five-hitter with three strikeouts. The Brewers Jorge Segura allowed just three hits and one earned run to take the tough-luck loss.

    The Monarchs also slipped past Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 3-2, with Carlos Lucero striking out 11 and scattering 7 hits to claim the victory. Carreno tripled to drive in two runs and was 2-for-3, while Adam Henry was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

    Click AA-Major Championship Bracket for final standings.

    1. KC Monarchs 3-0
    2. CR Brewers 2-1
    3. Summerside, PEI 2-2
    4. Calif. Buzzards 2-2
    5. Star Prairie Orangemen, Wis. 0-2
    5. Northwest Braves 0-2

  • Visit this link for all NAFA World Series brackets
  • All information courtesy of the North American Fastpitch Association / Play NAFA.
  • Hoadley a standout in world and national competitive men’s softball

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    By John Orrell sports@thelandmark.com
    Posted Aug 8, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    HOLDEN, Mass. – Perhaps few could see the signals as to what was to come when traded to another team by his brother in a 1996 recreational league. After all, when you’re own sibling jettisons you to parts unknown in a rather unceremonious nature, it could be just a slight bit daunting.

    For Holden’s Mike Hoadley, it was not a setback of his goal to play elite competitive men’s softball as it might have been to others. To Hoadley, seizing opportunities and running with them are what it’s all about.

    Since then it’s been a list of national and international accomplishments that jump off the page. Hoadley has been a five-time national champion, competed in over 20 national championship tournaments, seven Fast Pitch World Championship Tournaments and was a NAFA All-World Player and All-American multiple times.

    In addition, he has been a two-time winner of US Cup Championships and a member of the Team USA program, and the “journey” as he calls all this, is far from over

    “Twenty years ago I started in a local league with my brother just like anyone else and one day I woke up, looked around and I was surrounded by the most elite softball players the world had to offer,” he said. “Now I can say that I’ve competed around the world and nationally and played with and against players from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Argentina and Venezuela. It’s been incredible.”

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