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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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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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So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League holds final 2017 Alliance Tournament

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The final So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Alliance Tournament of the Year will be held July 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.
  • PARTICIPATING TEAMS

    Taft Buzzards
    Those Guys
    So Cal Bandits
    Beaumont Coyotes
    A1 Rockies
    Wah
    Young Guns
    Budmen.

  • Click to see Saturday Round Robin Schedule
  • Click to see Sunday Playoff Schedule
  • We will continue to use the bat tester and provide tamper proof decal stickers at this event. Each bat will need to be tested prior to use.

    Bats that do not have a tamper proof decal sticker will not be allowed in the game. Players should not try to take the tamper proof decal sticker off because any bat with a sticker that looks like it’s been tampered with will not be allowed in play.

    To start the games on time please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to game time so we can test your bat and provide passing bats with a tamper proof decal sticker for umpires to check on the field.

    SCIFL CONTACT INFORMATION

    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL Executive Director
    661-510-8928
    info@scifastpitch.com

    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.
  • 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

    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Tournament In Santa Fe Springs

    Friday, June 2nd, 2017

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – SCIFL is hosting a masters tournament (age 40-over) Sunday, June 4, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs.

    TEAMS PARTICIPATING

  • Knights
  • Patriots
  • Bandits
  • Quakes
  • Casa Trejo
  • Budmen
  • Streamline
  • Panteras
  • THE SCHEDULE
    SCIFL Masters Schedule

    SCIFL CONTACT

    So Cal Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL)
    Jesse Ortiz, Commissioner
    P.O. Box 6572
    Burbank, CA 91510
    Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
    Cell: 661-510-8928

    SCIFL Tournament Coming To Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

    Saturday, May 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 Tournament. SCIFL men’s fastpitch action returns, June 24, at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Tournament

    BURBANK, Calif. – The next So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Alliance tournament will be held June 24, 2017 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. It will be a one day tournament, maximum of eight teams, with a two game Round Robin followed immediately by a Single Elimination.

    Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by June 10, 2017 because all personnel entering Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton must complete a “Sponsored Visitor Request Form” (attached). This is a simple process, but again, ALL personnel must do this, or risk being denied entry to the Base.

    CampPendletonVisitorForm(Team)

    This process will expedite entry; specifically, when the vehicle comes to the gate, the “occupants” will simply have to show appropriate identification (Driver’s License or State issued ID).

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    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League hosting men’s masters tournament

    Monday, May 22nd, 2017

    GS, Calif.

      To All Managers:

    The next Master tournament is scheduled for June 4, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA. Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 24, 2017 because the field rentals need to be paid on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments.

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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