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Masters Open SCIFL Men’s fastpitch season in So. Calif.

Friday, March 8th, 2019

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opens it’s 2019 season with the Masters division (ages 40-50-60-plus) at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Sunday, Mar. 10.

The first pitch will be thrown in the one-day event at 9 a.m. with the final game scheduled for 3 p.m. Ten teams will compete in the round-robin format.

SCIFL Masters Teams

  • RPM
  • Casa Trejo
  • Budmen 40
  • Budmen 50
  • Bandits
  • Quakes
  • Patriots
  • Max Air
  • So Cal Knights / Syndicate Air
  • Bandits 50
  • Knights
  • SCIFL Masters schedule for Sunday, Mar. 10 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Photo Courtesy of SCIFL

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    Jesse Ortiz commits to save SCIFL

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019

    JESSE ORTIZ is kept busy at the 2017 NAFA World Series checking bats to certify that they meet NAFA specifications. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series.


    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif
    . – Someone had to step up, and if he wouldn’t, who would?

    In 2015, the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) was facing a leadership crisis. Its long-time president, Robert Hernandez, was retiring with no one willing to take the reins. Except for one man.

    Realizing the league was in danger of folding when Hernandez stepped down, Jesse Ortiz essentially said, “I’ll do it.”

    “It was going to fold unless someone took over,” said Ortiz, 44. “So I decided to step up and do it to keep it going.”

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    Men’s Masters Teams Rollout Southern California’s Fastpitch Season

    Monday, February 25th, 2019

    Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) is opening the 2019 season with its Masters Tournament on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA.

    Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com by email by Monday, February 25, 2019 so the fields can be paid the following day, per the City of Santa Fe Springs permit agreement.

    Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments so please make sure you notify Jesse in a timely manner.

    Participating Masters Teams

    1. Budmen 40
    2. Budmen 50
    3. So Cal Knights 60
    4. Patriots
    5. Bandits
    6. Casa Trejo
    7. Quakes
    8. RPM

  • Please let me know, as soon as possible, if I missed any teams or if one needs to drop out.
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    50 Teams Committed For 2019 Las Vegas Road Trip

    Sunday, January 27th, 2019

    BEAUMONT COYOTES SHORTSTOP, JEREMY DEAN, tags out a runner during the Coyotes first-round game in the A division of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. The Coyotes defeated the War Chiefs of Oklahoma to advance. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By JESSE ORTIZ
    Las Vegas Roadtrip Tournament Director

    Las Vegas – This is an update on the Las Vegas Road Trip XII that will be held April 12-14, 2019.

    Do to the high amount of interested teams wanting to participate, we have increased the amount of teams in the tournament from 34 to 50 which is the maximum the tournament will allow. This means the tournament is full in all divisions.

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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

    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.