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Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Canada and western United States competing for Seattle Invitational championships

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The 2017 Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament features 16 teams battling for championships at Fife, Wash., July 21-23. Courtesy Photo / Seattle Invitational

By RYAN DALY
Tournament Administrator

FIFE, Wash.The 57th Seattle Invitational Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament is ready to kickoff at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, with the championships scheduled for July 23.

The tournament has 16 teams spread over three divisions: NAFA A, NAFA A-major/AA, and NAFA OPEN.

The NAFA OPEN and NAFA A-major/AA will be pooled together with the top two teams from Pools A & B advancing to the open bracket. The bottom two teams will advance to the NAFA A-major/AA bracket.

POOL A

CR Bartel Farms, Vancouver, WA
Builder’s, Abbotsford, BC
Marlin’s, Fleetwood, BC
Lacey A’s, Lacey, WA

POOL B

Lomas, Vancouver, BC
Desperado, Missoula, MT
K-Club, Bremerton, WA
All-Star Automotive, Grass Valley, CA

  • The NAFA A Division (below) will be completely separate.
  • POOL C

    Expert Air Control, Rat City, USA
    Dukes, Coquitlam, BC
    Rockies, Cloverdale, BC
    Interbay Door, Seattle, WA

    POOL D

    Northwest Braves, Hermiston, OR
    Ladner Masters, Ladner, BC
    Oregon Cascades, Portland, OR
    Cleon’s Auto Repair, Spanaway, WA

  • Not only is there competition on the fields, but “The Invite’s” beer garden has been known to host Corn Hole, Washers, Beers-bee, and Beer-Bobbing showdowns between teams, fans and players as well.
    • 2017 Seattle Invite schedule and past champions

    2017 Seattle Invite Schedule
    Seattle Invite Champions
    NAFA Website

    Important Information about 2017 NAFA World Series in Fargo, North Dakota

    Saturday, July 8th, 2017

    FARGO, ND – For teams, players and fans, please read this important information about the NAFA World Series that will be held in Fargo, Aug. 9-20.

  • Northside Softball Complex.
  • Hector International Airport
  • Traveling Amtrak
  • Hotel Reservations (Contact Rachel at housing@fargomoorhead.org for more information.)
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    NAFA heads to Fargo for 25th annual World Series of men’s fastpitch softball

    Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

    THE 2017 NAFA WORLD SERIES will be held at the Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, ND. Courtesy Photo

    DAYTON, Ore. – In the winter of 1993, seven dedicated fastpitch men – Pat Bucknell, Jim Williamson, Loren Lathrop, Ronn Kopp, Roger Regez, Milt Waschow and Bill Musolf – met in Chicago with a lofty goal in mind: to create an international organization explicitly for male fastpitch.

    And from that meeting, the North American Fastpitch Association was born.

    In August, NAFA will celebrate an outstanding milestone – a quarter century of striving to make the game better for every man, young man, boy or masters-aged player who wants to play fastpitch the “NAFA way.”

    NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, wants to make this milestone special and one long to be remembered by inviting all teams, players and fans to attend the NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak., Aug. 8-20.

    “We are preparing for our 25th Anniversary of the North American Fastpitch Association in Fargo, North Dakota in August and we are inviting you to come join us,” said Hedgecock.

    Professor Tadashi Yoshimura, manager and founder of the Waseda University men’s fastpitch team of Tokyo, Japan, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the 2014 NAFA World Series Opening Day ceremonies, Thursday night at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    Check out SCIFL men’s fastpitch photos

    Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

    Yusef Davis Jr., reaches up and slaps a high rise ball off BC A’s pitcher Gregg Garrity and reaches safely on an infield single during a 2016 SCIFL Alliance Tournament in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Tournament

    BURBANK, Calif. – Though the game has dropped off in numbers over the past thirty years, the game still lives on for diehard, committed men’s fastpitch players and fans of the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League.

  • Check out how the game is played SCIFL style: Men’s Fastpitch Photo Galleries.
  • So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League heading for the Marines

    Friday, June 23rd, 2017

    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The next So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Masters tournament (age 40-older) will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA. This tournament will have a maximum of 8 teams do to limited fields.

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    Beaumont Coyotes celebrate 40th Annual 4th of July men’s fastpitch tournament

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    By RICHARD SORIANO, Sr.
    Coyote ballplayer

    BEAUMONT, Calif. – The 40th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Fastpitch Softball Tournament will be held June 30th and July 1-2 at Rangel Park, home of Valdivia Field, named in honor of David Valdivia Sr..

    While many teams in So. Calif. have long since folded, Valdivia has been steadfast in keeping the Beaumont Coyotes and the tournament alive since the 1970s, and as a source of pride in the Beaumont community.

    TEN TEAMS from different parts of Southern California will be participating.

    Come down to watch some good competition and enjoy the great homemade Mexican food served in the snack bar.

  • In 2016, the Coyotes took 4th place in the NAFA World Series in Mankato, Minn. They will attend again this year in Fargo, ND.
  • A Step Back In Time: Mark Rako Joins Elite Company In Fastpitch Hall of Fame

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    Mark “Vinnie” Rako poses with legendary U.S. Olympic softball player Dot Richardson during the University of Dubuque’s spring trip to Florida in March, 2013


    Platteville pitcher to join SW Wisocnsin Fast Pitch Hall of Fame

    By Jason Nihles
    sports@theplattevillejournal.com
    SWNEWS4u.com
    POSTED June 5, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    BOSCOBEL, Wisc. – Mark Rako’s fast-pitch softball career began 41 years ago as a 14-year-old boy on the old field in Arthur.

    Over the course of a career that spanned five decades “Vinnie”, as he was better known by teammates and opponents alike, developed into one of the best pitchers in the area.

    “I don’t think some people even know my real name,” Rako joked.

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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

    39th Annual Rice Lake Invitational final results

    Friday, June 16th, 2017

    By RONN KOPP
    Tournament Committee
    NAFA President
    Wisconsin NAFA

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – After surviving an opening round scare from the upset-minded Cushing Tigers by the score of 4-3, Odin Fastpitch of the southwestern Minnesota town of Odin, Minnesota, population 106, racked up two more wins to claim the title of the rain-shortened 39th edition of the Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament held at Tate Park in Rice Lake June 9-11.

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