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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.

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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

    Someone to know: pitcher Mike Milligan of Grass Valley All Star Auto

    Friday, April 14th, 2017

    MIKE MILLIGAN fired a four-hitter in leading All-Star Automotive of Grass Valley, Calif. to a 6-0 victory over the A1 Rockies in the winners bracket of the A-Major Division in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Sunday, April 9. Photo By BOB OTTO

    “I’m very proud of that. We all work hard at growing the game around here.”- Mike Milligan on the Grass Valley men’s fastpitch league.

    GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – Mike Milligan took up pitching when he was 39 years old in 2000. Now 47, he has developed into one of the best NAFA A-Major pitchers in Northern California.

    He had an outstanding performance in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X , April 7-9, helping All Star Auto of Grass Valley finish runner-up (4-2) in the A-Major Division.

    Milligan beat eventual champion, A1 Rockies, in the winners’ bracket final, 6-0. He fired a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and a walk. And was in command the entire game.

    “He’s got a good rise and drop and knuckle ball,” said All Star Auto manager Tom Allen after the game. “He is a tough gamer.”

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    A1 Bombers and J&B Painting merger creates super team with big goal

    Thursday, April 13th, 2017

    The J&B BOMBERS defeated the Northeast Naturals, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament at Sunset Park in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The team includes co-sponsors and managers Bob Berger and Jerry Zimmerman; players Eli Salazar, Cameron Schiller, Tyler Dudley, Freddy Carmona, Jorge Segura, Pat Burns, Tony Mancha, Blake Hunter, Tyler McGaughey, Mike Hoadley, Derrick Kennedy, Kris Walushka, Jesse Palacios, Mark Aranda, Gil Saenz, Devon McCullough and Bryan Erwin. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – Both Jerry Zimmerman and Bob Berger look back with pride on the accomplishments of their respective ball clubs during the 2016 season.

    Zimmerman’s A1 Bombers of Saskatoon, SK, CA finished fifth (4-2) in the ISC World Tournament, while Berger’s J&B Painting club of Agoura Hills, Calif. took 11th (2-2). And just a year prior, they finished third and fifth respectively.

    Adding to those accolades, the Bombers also took second (5-2) in the 2016 ASA Men’s Major National Championship.

    And during the regular season, both teams were ranked in the top-ten by the ISC.

    Very good ball clubs? Certainly. Great? Close, but not quite.

    While both were competitive, capable of and often beating the best in the game, neither had quite the firepower to grasp the brass rings – which in men’s fastpitch equate to winning the ISC world tournament and ASA major national championship.

    So, if you come close but can’t quite win those titles, what can be done? Merge. Exactly what the two men decided to do.

    By combining forces, they significantly raise the odds of winning those two coveted championships. And it appears they’ve created a ball club – the J&B Bombers – that must be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

    Zimmerman and Berger left no doubt about their expectations.

    “We’re going to win the world,” Berger said, “win everything. That’s our goal.”

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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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    The workhorse leads A1 Rockies to Las Vegas Road Trip championship

    Monday, April 10th, 2017

    DAVID BEETS pitched back-to-back games to lead the A1 Rockies of So. California to the A-Major Division championship in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament at Sunset Park, April 9.

    LAS VEGAS – In men’s fastpitch lingo, pitchers who shoulder the load are referred to as the workhorse, the guy that takes the ball inning after inning, game after game.

    He doesn’t look to the bullpen for relief. He doesn’t complain that he’s tired, or that his arm aches a little.

    He just goes out and does his job.

    David Beets, a big, hard-throwing right-hander from Oklahoma fits that description most assuredly.

    And he proved it Sunday afternoon in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament championship pitching for the A1 Rockies of So. California.

    Dropped into the losers bracket by All Star Auto of Grass Valley, 6-0, in the winners bracket final, the Rockies fought back through the losers bracket to defeat All Star Auto twice to take the A-Major Division title.

    And Beets hurled both games: an eight-inning 7-4 victory in game one, followed by a seven-inning 2-1 gem in the deciding contest.

    Rockies manager and catcher Tony Acedo had a good view of Beets’ performance from behind home plate.

    “Dave Beets was pretty much the man of the day,” said Acedo. “He was lights out for sure.”

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