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SCIFL Masters Tournament In Palmdale, Calif.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

From Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President

Sunday, April 30, 2017 schedule is now available; see attached. Please remind your players to make sure their bats have a tamper proof NAFA 2017 sticker before they can use it.

On another note, the City of Santa Fe Springs just advised me that they are closing all their ball fields on May 7, 2017 which means we will not be able to use the fields.

I’m looking for other fields and the only park that is available is Palmdale, same park location.

With this change I need to know what teams are interested in going back to Palmdale for the May 7, 2017 masters tournament. Please think about it and let me know Sunday, April 30, 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President
661-510-8928

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2017 Cinquo De Mayo men’s fastpitch tournament

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Ray Foster inducted into NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame member Ray Foster with Jeff Tarwater, left, and Dave Parker, NAFA WoodBat Commissioner. right. Courtesy Photo

By DON CAMERON

Missouri ace savors NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame induction

ST. JOSEPH, MO – “It’s the way the game should be played.”

That’s how Ray Foster, the pride of St. Joseph’s, Missouri, describes the game of wood-bat fastpitch. It also aptly reveals Foster’s approach to the game of fastpitch itself, an approach founded in competitiveness, passion and sportsmanship.

“Softball has been my life, my blood supply,” said Foster, 58, the newest member of the NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame.

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2017 Cecilio E. Smalling Memorial Tournament this weekend

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

CECILIO E. SMALLING will be remembered at a memorial tournament in his honor April 22-23 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Photo Courtesy SCIFL

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – the memorial tournament features many of So. California’s best NAFA rated teams.

For questions or information, contact President Jesse Ortiz, of the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League.

Sincerely,
Jesse Ortiz
661-510-8928
SCIFL PresidentSee tournament schedule:

042217-Smalling Tourney

Annual Rice Lake Invitational in Rice Lake, Wisconsin

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

By RONN KOPP
NAFA President

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The 39th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held June 9-11 at Fred Tate Memorial Park in Rice Lake.

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS
  • Team Classifications: NAFA “AA,” “A-Major,” and “A”
  • Tournament Size: 12 Teams (The first 12 to submit complete entries, including roster)
  • Tournament Format: NAFA 3-game guarantee
  • Entry Fee: $225 payable to Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch
  • **Send separate check for $35 to “Wisconsin NAFA” if year 2017 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for Invitational entry.**

  • Rosters: Teams may list a maximum of 18 players on their roster. Rosters MUST be on the attached form and completely filled out, and MUST be submitted along with the tournament entry fee for entry to be accepted.
  • AWARDS (Based on 12 team field)

    • 1st place $600 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 2nd $450 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 3rd $300 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 4th $150 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • Individual trophies to tournament MVP and All-Tournament team selections
    • MAIL CHECKS TO

      Rice Lake Orangemen
      Post Office Box 202
      Rice Lake, WI 54868

      2017 TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
      Loren Lathrop, Phone 608-422-5781 or 608-228-2430)

    Men’s fastpitch undergoing a revival in Austin, Texas

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    AUSTIN, Tex – Men’s fastpitch is making a comeback in Austin through the efforts of Toni Castillo, Rudy Almarez and Ray Saldana, who joined forces to start a fall league in 2016.

    The Austin Men’s Fastpitch League started with four teams: the Jokers, Indians, Yellow Jackets and Rams.

    To keep the cost down, team managers called balls and strikes, and because of the short fences (200 feet) home runs were ruled as doubles.

    The league even introduced wood bats toward the end of the season (wood bats are used in the NAFA Wood Bat World Series).

    After the successful fall rollout, a spring league was planned with a nearly doubling of teams to seven with games slated to be played in East Austin. With such a sudden spurt in growth, the league is searching for a second field.

    An encouraging sign is the upsurge of younger players on the league team rosters. But certainly more teams and players are welcomed to sustain this amazing growth.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Tony Castillo: tcbc.castillo@sbcglobal.net
  • Rudy Almarez: zapatalanding@gmail.com
  • Ray Saldana: raymondcsaldana@gmail.com
  • Dean Hector-Keddy: hector@htu.edu
  • 2017 Midwest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Schedule

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    Checkout 2017 men’s fastpitch tournaments in the Midwest provided by Richard Quigley and Ostrander Fastpitch of Minnesota.

    2017 George L. Cournoyer Sr. Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    Expect plenty of fast-paced and exciting fastpitch action at the George L. Cournoyer Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    WAGNER, So. Dak. – The 20th Annual George L. Cournoyer Sr. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held in Wagner, South Dakota, June 16-18.

    For serious fastpitch teams, take note of the payout. It is impressive!

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

  • Dates: June 16, 17, 18
  • Location: Wagner, So. Dak. (Two hour drive west of Sioux Falls.)
  • Entry Fee: $400 plus one softball
  • Deadline: June 1, 2017
  • PAYOUT
    1st place $3,000 and Hoodies
    2nd place $2,000 and Hoodies
    3rd place $1,500 and Sweatshirts
    4th place $1,000 and Sweatshirts
    *All prize money is guaranteed*

    AWARDS

  • Most Valuable Player: Hoodie and Star Quilt
  • Second Base: Bat, Bag and Star Quilt
  • Ten All-Tournament Sweaters
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Nick Cournoyer (605) 469-5336
    Krystle Cournoyer (605) 481-2764
    Joey Cournoyer Sr. (605) 384-3068
    On Facebook: George Cournoyer Memorial Tournament

    Someone to know: pitcher Mike Milligan of Grass Valley All Star Auto

    Friday, April 14th, 2017

    MIKE MILLIGAN fired a four-hitter in leading All-Star Automotive of Grass Valley, Calif. to a 6-0 victory over the A1 Rockies in the winners bracket of the A-Major Division in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Sunday, April 9. Photo By BOB OTTO

    “I’m very proud of that. We all work hard at growing the game around here.”- Mike Milligan on the Grass Valley men’s fastpitch league.

    GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – Mike Milligan took up pitching when he was 39 years old in 2000. Now 47, he has developed into one of the best NAFA A-Major pitchers in Northern California.

    He had an outstanding performance in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X , April 7-9, helping All Star Auto of Grass Valley finish runner-up (4-2) in the A-Major Division.

    Milligan beat eventual champion, A1 Rockies, in the winners’ bracket final, 6-0. He fired a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and a walk. And was in command the entire game.

    “He’s got a good rise and drop and knuckle ball,” said All Star Auto manager Tom Allen after the game. “He is a tough gamer.”

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    Animal House of LaCrosse plans busy fastpitch season

    Thursday, April 13th, 2017

    LaCrosse, Wisc. – From May to August, Animal House ball players had best set aside most of their weekends. Because they will be playing a lot of fastpitch softball.

    BUD OLSON has arranged a busy schedule with 12 tournaments slated – highlighted by a grand finale come August in the NAFA World Series.

    Animal House will be traveling a bit to neighboring Minnesota and Illinois. Why the out-of-state excursions?

    “Fastpitch has gotten to the point that neighboring states need to come together to make quality tournaments happen,” said Olson, 71. “simply put, ‘if we expect to take, we better be ready to give.'”

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