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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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NAFA holds annual meeting at World Series in Fargo

Friday, August 25th, 2017

FARGO – During the 2017 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, the organization held its national meeting with Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock calling the meeting to order.

Clark Evans took minutes and lunch was served by the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    ROLL CALL

Executive Committee members present were Benjie Hedgecock, Loren Lathrop, Mike Watson (by telephone), Jon kegel, Mike Oehlke, Rich Quigley, Kris Russom and Clark Evans.

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Masters Tourney Wraps Up SCIFL Season

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

By Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President / Commissioner
661-510-8928

SANTA FE Srings, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League will be hosting its final Masters Tournament (40-over) of the year on August 26-27, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA.

*** Click on SCIFL Masters Tournament to see the ten tournament teams ***

This tournament will simulate the format used at the World Series in Carson City, but it will be modified just a bit. It will start off with a two-game round robin followed by the beginning of the tournament where the winner will go into the Gold bracket and the team who lost will go into the silver bracket.

The entry fee will be $330.

Teams interested in participating in the event need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Saturday, August 12, 2017 so the fields can be paid on Monday, August 14, 2017, per the City of Santa Fe Springs.

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Final SCIFL Tournament for 2017

Monday, August 7th, 2017

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) will host its final Masters Tournament of the year on August 26-27, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA.

This tournament will simulate the World Series in Carson City format but it will be modified just a bit. It will start off with a two-game round robin followed by the beginning of the tournament where the winner will go into the Gold bracket and the team who lost will go into the silver bracket.

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SCIFL final tournament of the year

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

** To All So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League managers **

SCIFL will be hosting its final Alliance Tournament of the year on August 29 – 30, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA. This tournament will have a round robin format on Saturday followed by a single elimination on Sunday.

So far the East Bay Bashers, from Northern California, has committed to coming down to this event. Teams interested in participating in the event need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Sunday, July 16, 2017 so the fields can be paid on Monday, July 17, 2017, per the City of Santa Fe Springs.

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SCIFL Tournament At Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

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ATTN: So Calif. Independent Fastpitch League managers:

At this time, No additional players or guests can be added.

The first game is scheduled at 9:00 AM with the final game at 4:30 PM. Last time the SCIFL played at Camp Pendleton the lights turn off because we were running behind and we were not able to complete all games. So in order to make sure games go smoothly and on time all games will be drop dead at 1 hour and 30 minutes. Plus teams need to be ready to play immediately after one of the games finish.

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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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