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SoCal Knights Stay Perfect, Take Opening SCIFL Alliance Tournament

Monday, April 1st, 2019

SoCal Knights Jesse Martinez pitched back-to-back wins in the semifinal and championship games of the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance Tournament at Los Nietos Park, Santa Fe Springs on Saturday, Mar. 30. Photo By BOB OTTO

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The pitching was steady, the offense efficient, the defense sure-handed and as a result the SoCal Knights claimed the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance tournament championship at Los Nietos Park on Saturday.

The Knights broke open a tight game with three late runs to hold off the Budmen, 9-5, in the final. With the victory, the Knights extend their winning streak to a perfect 11-0 in southern California’s early fastpitch season.

Jesse Martinez hurled a six hitter with three walks and five strikeouts. After giving up four runs in the bottom of the first, the 29-year-old right-hander toughened the rest of the way, holding a one-through-nine murders row of Budmen hitters to just a lone run in fourth.

“Overall, we played solid defense,” said Knights player / manager Jason Martinez. “As a team, we didn’t tear the cover off the ball, but we were consistently getting that timely hit when we needed it, and our pitchers kept us in every game and gave us the chance to come out on top.”

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Masters open 2019 SCIFL men’s fastpitch season in Palmdale

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

SCIFL Masters (age 50-older) rollout their season in Palmdale, Calif. Sunday, April 7. Photo By BOB OTTO

By Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL Commissioner
P.O. Box 6572
Burbank, CA 91510
Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
Phone: 661-510-8928

PALMDALE, Calif.SCIFL Masters Tournament is scheduled for April 7, 2019 in Palmdale, CA at Marie Kerr Park 39700 30th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551.

Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com by Sunday, March 31, 2019 so the field rentals can be paid the following day. Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments.

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Fifty Men’s Fastpitch Softball Teams Heading To Las Vegas Road Trip

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Press Release
Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President

LAS VEGAS – This year the Las Vegas Road Trip XII will have 50 teams maximum; the most ever participating in the event. Teams from Canada, Mexico, and the United States are all represented in this tournament.

The tournament will be using SCIFL rules. Teams will have the option to bat up to 10 players using the Extra Hitter (EH), a Designated Runner (DR), and a Courtesy Runner (CR) may be used for the pitcher or catcher ONLY but it must be the last recorded out.

Three Games Guaranteed

All divisions will use the 3-game guarantee NAFA bracket. The championship games are scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday with “IF” games immediately after if necessary, except for the A-Division which will not have an “IF” game.

“All winners will have paid berths to the NAFA World Series except for the A-Division which will have the top two teams with paid berths,” Ortiz said.

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Masters Open SCIFL Men’s fastpitch season in So. Calif.

Friday, March 8th, 2019

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opens it’s 2019 season with the Masters division (ages 40-50-60-plus) at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Sunday, Mar. 10.

The first pitch will be thrown in the one-day event at 9 a.m. with the final game scheduled for 3 p.m. Ten teams will compete in the round-robin format.

SCIFL Masters Teams

  • RPM
  • Casa Trejo
  • Budmen 40
  • Budmen 50
  • Bandits
  • Quakes
  • Patriots
  • Max Air
  • So Cal Knights / Syndicate Air
  • Bandits 50
  • Knights
  • SCIFL Masters schedule for Sunday, Mar. 10 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Photo Courtesy of SCIFL

    To watch the action, click on Directions to Little Lake Park.

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    Jesse Ortiz commits to save SCIFL

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019

    JESSE ORTIZ is kept busy at the 2017 NAFA World Series checking bats to certify that they meet NAFA specifications. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series.


    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif
    . – Someone had to step up, and if he wouldn’t, who would?

    In 2015, the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) was facing a leadership crisis. Its long-time president, Robert Hernandez, was retiring with no one willing to take the reins. Except for one man.

    Realizing the league was in danger of folding when Hernandez stepped down, Jesse Ortiz essentially said, “I’ll do it.”

    “It was going to fold unless someone took over,” said Ortiz, 44. “So I decided to step up and do it to keep it going.”

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    Castro Concrete Jokers 23rd Annual Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament

    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

    AUSTIN, Texas – The Castro Concrete Jokers will host its 23rd Annual Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament Memorial weekend at the Del Valle Softball complex near the Austin Airport, May 25-26.

    The Details

    Date: May 25th and 26th
    Place: Del Valle Softball Complex (just past the Austin Airport)
    Entry Fee: NONE (pay $50 at the plate before each game)
    Format: 3 Game Guarantee
    Time Limit: 1 hour and 30 min (Championship game 7innings)

    Championship Game: One game only
    Rules: 2019 ASA Rules – Pitching Rule: ISF (Pitcher must start with two feet on the rubber)
    Balls: K-Master (Provide by Tournament)

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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