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All Star Auto drives to President Hoover championship

Thursday, May 31st, 2018


The All Star Automotive men’s fastpitch softball team swept undefeated through the 2018 President Hoover Memorial Day Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to claim the title in Newberg, Ore. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, NAFA District Commissioner

The Union
By Union staff
May 29, 2018

NEWBERG, Ore. – With a dominant effort on the diamond, All Star Automotive won the 2018 President Hoover Memorial Day Fastpitch Softball Tournament in Newberg, Oregon over the weekend.

All Star Automotive, a Grass Valley based team named after its sponsor, went 5-0 on its way to claiming the tourney championship.

The team is comprised of Robert Alvara, Terry Gekoster, Kody Kencke, Justin Deme, Adam Custer, Toby Thompson, Russ Newnan, Alec Giron, Wes Cross, Josh Noxon, Matt Donovan and Josh Cena.

All Star Automotive was led by all-tourney selections Terry Gekoster, Kody Kencke, Robert Alvara, Justin Deme, Josh Cena and Rusty Newnan. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, NAFA District Commissioner.

TOURNAMENT SCORES

Newberg NAFA tourney wraps up Sunday

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Shayne Arndt is a NAFA Director for the Northwest Region. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt

By SHAYNE ARNDT
NAFA Director of Northwest Region

NEWBERG, Ore. – The President Hoover Memorial Day Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, May 26-27, being played a Crater Park wraps up Sunday with the playoffs starting at 8:30 a.m., with the title and consolation games scheduled for 11:50.

    Saturday’s Schedule (scores not available)

8:30 a.m.
C1 Desparados vs All Star

10:10
C1 Desparados vs Braves

11:50
C1 All Star vs Cleons
C2 Braves vs K Club

1:30 p.m.
C1 All Star vs Braves
C2 K Club vs Cleons

3:10
C1 Cleons vs Jack’s

4:50
C1 K Club vs Jack’s

6:30
C1 Desparados vs Jacks

    Sunday Playoffs

8:30 a.m.
C1 seed 6 vs seed 3
C2 seed 5 vs seed 4

10:10
C1 seed 3/6 vs seed 1
C2 seed 4/5 vs seed 2

11:50
C1 Championship
C2 Consolation game

Popular Men’s & Women’s Fastpitch Tournament Returns To Soboba

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

SAN JACINTO, Calif. – The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Parks and Recreation Dept. will be holding its 2018 20th Annual Memorial Day Men’s and Women’s Fastpitch tournament on May 25-27.

The tournament features BIG cash payouts and prizes. Please see flier for complete information.

  • For registration forms visit: www.sobobaparksandrec.com.
  • Teams interested should contact Steve Lopez at 951-654-1319 or by email slopez@soboba-nsn.gov.
  • Soboba Reservation Map
  • Fastpitch teams and fans, you don’t want to miss this tournament! Courtesy Photo

    Boys’ Fastpitch Softball Fun Days In Michigan!

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Gary Compau and volunteers are offering an opportunity for boys between the ages of 8 to 18 from Frankenmuth, Saginaw, Midland, Flint, Birch Run, and Reese to learn more about and play the game of fastpitch softball. So they’ve organized a Fun Days that will run from Sundays in April and May.

    Fun Days organizer, Gary Compau of Frankenmuth, realizes that to revive and expand the game, young players need to be brought into the game.

    “It’s up to us,” he said. “We can make this a success.”

      THE DETAILS
  • All boys, 8 to 18, are invited from inexperienced to experienced
  • Experienced fastpitch past and present players will be there offering tips on catching, fielding, and hitting
  • Veteran pitchers will be helping and advising players who want to learn how to pitch
  • The Fun Days are FREE and will not interfere with Little League or baseball
  • Balls and bats will be provided
    • THE FUN!
  • Teams will be formed and games will be played
    • WHERE
  • The two ball fields at Frankenmuth St. Lorenz Lutheran School. One field for the younger players and one for the older. (We request that an adult accompany the young players)
    • WHEN

    April 22-May 20, and May 6, starting at 4 p.m.

      CONTACT INFORMATION

    Gary Compau at 989-262-8452; Email is tawasgary@att.net

    “This is not tryouts,” said Compau. “Come out and enjoy the experience. We will provide the fun. Just come out and enjoy it and see where it goes.”

    Oregon’s Shayne Arndt fills leadership role as NAFA Director

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    The Northwest Braves finished third in the 2017 NAFA World Series, 23-Under division in Fargo, No. Dak. From bottom left, Dre Davis, Lane Kurtz, Jason Carr, Jack Rennie, Kendrick Martin. Back row from left, Shayne Arndt, Kaleb Arndt, Chase Shortly, Kyle Frye, Richard Carson, Fisher Solberg. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt

    HERMISTON, Ore. – Two years a go Shayne Arndt jumped into a leadership role with the North American Fastpitch Association when he agreed to become NAFA Director of the Northwest Region, a territory that includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

    That’s a huge swath of fastpitch country in which to try and expand a sport that, as in much of the country, has been declining for the past 30 years.

    Arndt doesn’t claim to be a miracle worker and he does’t promise sudden explosive growth. His plan is more pragmatic.

    “I want to build relationships with other teams,” said Arndt, 40. “We compete on the field, but we must cooperate off it to build more teams, leagues and regional tournaments. There was a rich history of fastpitch in Oregon, but right now it’s dormant. Two years a go I saw a need for leadership to get the ball rolling again. I love the game, that’s why I do it.”

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    Schweyer pitching leads WAH to Palm Springs tournament title

    Thursday, April 19th, 2018

    ROB SCHWEYER pitched WAH to the championship of the 2018 Palm Springs Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, March 24-25. Photo By BOB OTTO

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – After WAH reached the semifinals of the Palm Springs Classic men’s fastpitch softball tournament on Sunday afternoon, pitcher ROB SCHWEYER was essentially handed the ball with the bidding, “now take us to the finish line.”

    And over the final two ball games, the Canadian-born right-hander was near perfect in allowing but one hit over 11 innings in defeating the A1 Rockies 2-0 in the semis, and the Budmen 2-0 in the championship.

    His totals on the day tell of his dominance: Against the Rockies he fired a four-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts and three walks. About 35 minutes later, he returned to the pitching circle and shackled the Budmen on a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts.

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    24th Annual Best of the West Tournament In Beautiful Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    Yusef Davis, Jr., left, and Bryan Lathrop are two of the best players in the game.
    Photo By BOB OTTO

    Could there be a better place to play men’s fastpitch softball in America than Santa Barbara? I’ve played there. The answer is NO. So make plans now to enter this great tournament.

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

    Event Name: 24th Annual Best of the West Tournament

    Location: Elings Park, Santa Barbara
    Date: June 2-3
    Entry Fee: $400
    Entry Fee Deadline: May 18, 2018
    Format: Round Robin into single elimination. 4-game guarantee.
    Time Limit: Saturday 90 minutes; Sunday no time limit

    Contact: Clyde Bennett; email: clydebennett50@gmail.com; 805-895-9007
    Mailing Address: 6600 stagecoach Rd Santa Barbara Ca. 93105

    2018 President Hoover Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    By SHAYNE ARNDT
    NAFA Northwest Director

    Play men’s fastpitch in the great Northwest state of Oregon!

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

    When: May 26-27 (Saturday and Sunday only)
    Where: Crater Elementary School, 203 West Foothills Drive, Newberg, Ore. 97132
    Entry Fee: $400 due by May 7th, 2018. Make check payable to Creating Conquerors
    Awards: Trophies for first and second place. Awards for MVP Pitcher, MVP Player, and All Star team
    Concessions: On site, but the tournament site is an alcohol-free school zone.

    Contact: Shayne Arndt, NAFA NW Director at 541-561-1613.

    Shutting Down Ottoinfocus

    Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I want to thank all who have visited and contributed to my blog over the years by sending me story ideas, press releases, tournament and league information, fliers and photos. I humbly thank you for your support.

    I have enjoyed writing, photographing and blogging about the great game of men’s fastpitch softball, but other interests on my “bucket list” are demanding attention, so on Dec. 1, I will be shutting down the blog.

    However, I encourage my loyal supporters to send your fastpitch news to Al Doran’s
    alsfastball.com and Jim Flanagan’s
    fastpitchwest.com.

    As many of you already know, both websites do a wonderful job of promoting and getting the word out about our great game.

    And for Facebook followers, “Those Were The Days (of) Men’s Fastpitch Softball,” does a terrific service in reliving fastpitch days of yore for us oldtimers.

    Thank you,
    Bob Otto

    Casa Trejo Bombers honor late patriarch by taking second in NAFA Masters World Series

    Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

    The Casa Trejo Bombers of Calimesa, Calif. finished second in the 2017 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 15. From bottom left, Sergio Marquez, Donovan Reyes, Marlon Campbell, Alberto Ramirez, Eddie Arnal, Albert Garcia and Joaquin Juarez. Top row from left, Leo Saldana, Juan Valencia, Ralph Roybal, Gabriel Marquez, Herlan Yeomans, Shawn Campa, Carlos Vasquez, Randy Clay and Ricardo Valenzuela. Courtesy Casa Trejo Bombers

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – Casa Trejo restaurant is known throughout much of Southern California for serving fine Mexican food. Oh, and one other thing: it supports championship caliber men’s fastpitch softball.

    Ralph Trejo, Sr., opened the restaurant over 20 years ago and soon after he began sponsoring men’s fastpitch teams. Success was immediate with some pretty lofty accomplishments over the years.

    In 2007, the Casa Trejo So. Calif. Bombers finished second in the prestigious International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

    Now 10 years later, the Bombers once again achieved an incredible accomplishment on the national stage by taking runner-up in the eight-team Silver Division of the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Masters World Series in Carson City, Nevada on Sept. 15.

    SEASON DEVOTED TO PATRIARCH

    Ralph Trejo, Sr. sponsored men’s fastpitch softball teams for over 40 years. Trejo passed away in 2016. His Casa Trejo Bombers ball club dedicated the 2017 season to his legacy and finished it superbly by taking second place in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Masters World Series in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 15. Courtesy Photo

    But Trejo, the patriarch of the team, died nearly a year ago. However, his passing motivated the Bombers to make this season special in honor of Trejo’s devotion to the sport and to his team.

    “Ralph Sr. has sponsored our master’s (age 40-over) team for about ten years,” said manager Ralph Roybal. “We dedicated the season to Ralph. Bringing home some hardware meant everything to us.”

    For many teams, once the sponsor is gone, the team folds. But not so with the Bombers. Trejo’s daughter, Ruth Trejo-Garcia, continues running the restaurant, and sponsoring the team. Just as her father would have wanted.

    “It’s the love of the game that he had, and wanting to keep it going for him,” said Trejo-Garcia. “My dad would have been excited about the guys winning, but he would have expected it. He always expected the best from his guys.”

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