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Someone to know: Bob Rockwood of the 2017 Maccabi USA fastpitch team

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

BOB ROCKWOOD pitching for MACCABI USA, began his fastpitch career as a shortstop for the Prescott (AZ) Mustangs, but took up pitching at age 39. Now he’s being relied on to help lead the USA Maccabi Masters team (35-older) to a gold medal in the 20th MACCABIAH GAMES to be held in Israel in July.

Rockwood along with a pitching staff that included Russ Snow, helped the ball club finish third (4-2) in the 16-team, A-Major Division in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, April 7-9 at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

Coyotes overcome huge deficit to claim A-Division Las Vegas Road Trip title

Monday, April 10th, 2017

THE 2017 LAS VEGAS ROAD TRIP X CHAMPION BEAUMONT COYOTES includes Jeremy Dean, Gilbert Valdivia, Gabriel Valdivia, Jesse Mullen, Jason Martinez, Jesse Martinez, George Valdivia, Johnny Ray, Damon Valdivia, Richard Soriano, Derek Soto, Devon Valdivia, Justin Martinez and manager David Valdivia. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – The Beaumont Coyotes had dug themselves a hole, a huge hole.

Now, could they dig themselves out of it?

Of top priority, the man in the circle had to stop the hemorrhaging. That’s exactly what Jesse Martinez did.

Trailing 5-0 in the fifth inning in the A-Division championship game of the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Martinez told his teammates he wouldn’t give up any more runs.

Now all they had to do was show some offensive punch. And like lighting a fuse, the Coyotes bats caught fire in the fifth and sixth innings.

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J&B Bombers roll into Las Vegas Road Trip final

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

JORGE SEGURA BONILLA fires a pitch during J&B Bombers 7-0 win, Sunday, in the AA/AA-Major Division winners bracket final. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – The Bombers lived up to their name in the winners bracket final of the AA/AA-Major Bracket by pounding out a 7-0 win over the Northeast Naturals.

Pitchers Tony Mancha and Jorge Segura Bonilla combined for the win with Mike Hoadley slugging a three-run homer, and Mancha rapping out a pair of hits with two RBI.

Mark Aranda and Jesse Palacios reached safely and drove in a run each.

With the win, the Bombers improve to 3-0 and await the survivor of the losers bracket in the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. at Sunset Park in Las Vegas.

  • Check out the: AA/AA-Major bracket
  • Checkout SCIFL website for Las Vegas Road Trip X scores

    Saturday, April 8th, 2017

    When fastpitch pitchers nail the inside and outside corners with an assortments of risers, drops, curves and change-ups, it makes it tough on the hitters. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The brackets are continually updated, so be sure to click on the links below to keep up with the action at the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament.

    A Bracket
    A-Major Bracket
    AA / AA-Major Bracket

    SONNY PERKINS shows his intensity and competitive spirit during the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Check out SCIFl website for up-to-date bracket results

    Saturday, April 8th, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) President, Jesse Ortiz, who is also the tournament director for the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, is up-dating the the NAFA A, A-Major, and AA / AA-Major brackets as quickly as possible on the SCIFL website.

    THE DIRECT LINKS

    A Bracket
    A-Major Bracket
    AA / AA-Major Bracket

    TWO BIG GAMES Saturday feature Minnesota’s Marchio Sausage Co. vs. So. California’s J & B Painting in a AA-AA/Major semifinal takes place at Sunset Park (Field 11) at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Northeast Naturals taking on TJ Fastpitch of Mexico at 3 p.m.

    Come out to Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park softball fields to watch some top-caliber men’s fastpitch played by ball clubs from Mexico, Canada and the United States.

    Talented athletes in action at the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament

    Friday, April 7th, 2017

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – They come from Canada, Mexico and the United States. They may have some cultural differences, but what the ball players of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X have in common is talent.

    Let’s meet some of the players and teams, and people who make the Las Vegas Road Trip tournament one of the most popular in North America.

    BEAUMONT COYOTES SHORTSTOP, JEREMY DEAN, tags out a runner during the Coyotes first-round game in the A division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournamen at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. The Coyotes defeated the War Chiefs of Oklahoma to advance. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SEAN KOSTER pitched well in his first game for Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Montana, and he will be counted on if Desperado is to reach the championship round of the AA / AA-Major Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KEEPING IT LEGAL: Las Vegas Road Trip X Tournament Director, Jesse Ortiz, tests a bat to make certain it is tournament legal. Ortiz said Sunset and Warm Springs ball parks are in great shape, and he credits the Clark County Park & Recreation Dept. for helping make Las Vegas Road Trip X a success. He added that interest was so high that he had to turn away several teams that wanted in the action. “We had 36 teams in the past, but (expanded) to 42 this year. There were five teams I couldn’t get in.”

    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

    MACCABI CANADA RAYS rolled to a 11-0 first-round, A division victory over McCoys of Gallup, New Mexico, Friday, in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament. The Rays won the 2013 Gold Medal in the Masters Division of the Maccabi Games in Israel, and will return in July for another go at the gold. “The Maccabi Games are the third largest sporting event in the world,” said Rays manager Morrie Frydberg. “We will be going to represent Canada. Playing in Las Vegas is a great tuneup for us. We are happy to be here.”

    DOUG ROONEY of So. Calif. Heat fires a pitch during the Heats 10-9 victory over OPVS of Oklahoma in a first-round, A division contest in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, Friday. Though Rooney is 64, he has no plans on retiring from the sport. In his younger years, he played every spot on the infield, but switched to pitching in his 30s. “Nobody else would so I did,” said Rooney. “I’ve never been fast, but I think I got smarter if that’s possible.” Photo By BOB OTTO

    Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch brackets finalized

    Monday, April 3rd, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Road Trip X is poised to begin on Friday with 42 teams from Mexico, Canada and the United States ready to kick off their season in the city that never sleeps.

  • Teams from throughout the U.S. are coming from Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, New Mexico, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, and California.
  • Under tournament format of the North American Fastpitch Association, three divisions will battle for championships: A, A-Major, and AA / AA-Major.

    Jesse Ortiz, president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) and the Road Trip tournament director, released the brackets Monday.

  • The tournament begins Friday, April 7 at noon, with the championships scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m.. Games are played at Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park.
  • THE THREE BRACKETS

    2017 Las Vegas A Bracket

    Las Vegas A-Major Bracket

    Las Vegas AA/AA-Major Bracket

    Memorial tournament to honor Cecilio E. Smalling

    Monday, April 3rd, 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

    To All Managers: SCIFL will be hosting its first annual Cecilio E Smalling Memorial Tournament on April 22 – 23, 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.

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    SCIFL Masters teams in tournament action in Palmdale, Calif.

    Monday, April 3rd, 2017

    From JESSE ORTIZ
    SCIFL President

    To All Managers: I’m sending this email in advance just in case I’m not able to do it after I come back from the Las Vegas Road Trip X.

    The next SCIFL Masters Tournament is scheduled for April 30, 2017 in Palmdale, CA at Marie Kerr Park 39700 30th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551.

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    Buzzards hold off WAH to take Palm Springs Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Monday, April 3rd, 2017

    THE TAFT (CA) BUZZARDS claimed the 2017 Palm Springs Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tounament at DeMuth Park in Palm Springs, March 25-26. The tournament was the season opener for the So. California Independent Fastpitch League’s (SCIFL) series of Alliance tournaments. Courtesy Photo / Jesse Ortiz, SCIFL President.

    By JESSE ORTIZ
    SCIFL President

    PALMS SPRINGS, Calif. – The So Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opened its 2017 season at DeMuth Park in Palm Springs on March 25-26. Ten teams took part in the Palm Springs Classic, led by long-time men’s fastpitch advocate and tournament director, Vickie Oltean.

    After Saturday’s round-robin play, WAH of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Taft (CA) Buzzards emerged as the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively. Both powerhouses rolled through Sunday’s single-elimination playoffs undefeated into the championship.

    Led by the pitching of starter Eloy Montoya, who went three innings, and closer Sonny Perkins, the Buzzards held off WAH, 3-2, in eight innings to claim SCIFL’s first Alliance tournament of the season.

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