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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

Home runs power Marchio Sausage Company past Desperado Sports Tavern in Las Vegas Road Trip tournament

Friday, April 7th, 2017

JOEL COOLEY fired a one-hitter and struck out 13 batters to lead Marchio Sausage Company of St. Paul, Minnesota to a 3-1 victory over Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Montana in the AA / AA-Major Division of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip tournament, April 7, at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The fences are deep at Sunset Park in Las Vegas – slowpitch softball deep. So hitting home runs over those fences would take mammoth blows – Babe Ruth kind of blows.

But homers can still be had if a ball is hit into the gaps.

Yusef Davis, perhaps the fastest player in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, drilled a shot into the right-centerfield gap in the bottom of the first inning that rolled all the way to the fence.

By the time the ball was returned to the infield, Davis had crossed home plate with a solo homer, giving Marchio Sausage Company of St. Paul, Minnesota the early lead over Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Montana.

Then in the third inning, Sam Nieman followed Davis’ lead and drilled another ball into the gap and raced around for a solo home run that helped Marchio hold off Desperado, 3-1, in the first-round of the AA / AA-Major Division, Friday.

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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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    Field Set For Annual Palm Springs Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

    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

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The annual Palm Springs men’s fastpitch tournament is shaping up for a competitive confrontation among Southern California’s strongest NAFA A-Major to AA teams at Demuth Park, March 25-26.

    Saturday’s action includes pool play that will determine seeding for Sunday’s single-elimination championship round. Click on (TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE)

    Games are played at DeMuth Park and start at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the final contest scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday begins at 8 a.m. with the championship scheduled for 2 p.m.

    Tournament Director, Vicki Oltean, has long been a major supporter of men’s fastpitch softball. She has held tournaments in Palm Springs for over 30 years.

    Oltean can be reached at: (760) 323-8277 or email: Vicki.Oltean@palmsprings-ca.gov.

  • Ten So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) teams comprise the tournament
  • POOL A
    So. Calif. Heat
    Beaumont Coyotes
    A1 Rockies
    Morongo
    Maccabi

    POOL B
    Wah
    Buzzards
    Patricia’s
    California Athletics
    So. Cal Bandits

  • Information provided by Jesse Ortiz, president of SCIFL
  • scifastpitch@gmail.com
    661-510-8928

    SCIFL Masters League Underway in Santa Fe Springs

    Monday, March 13th, 2017

    BURBANK, Calif. – Ten strong masters teams (age 40-over) comprise the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League.

    Tournament action kicked off on Sunday, March 19th at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs. (Check with SCIFL website for results)

    THE TEN SCIFL MASTERS TEAMS
    Quakes
    Casa Trejo
    Budmen
    Streamline
    So. Cal Knights
    Juaneno Smokers
    Patriots
    Relics
    Mega Quakes
    Bandits

    SCIFL opens men’s fastpitch tournament season In Palm Springs, California

    Monday, March 13th, 2017

    The 2017 Palm Springs Classic promises fast-paced men’s fastpitch softball action. Photo By BOB OTTO

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) is opening its 2017 Alliance Tournament in Palm Springs, CA on March 25-26.

    The tournament is hosted by the City of Palm Springs with an entry fee of $430. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 20, 2017.

    Tournament Director Vicki Oltean can be reached at (760) 323-8277 or email: Vicki.Oltean@palmsprings-ca.gov.

  • SEE TOURNAMENT FLIER
  • PalmSpringsClassic2017SCIFLTournament

    Las Vegas Road Trip X features 36 Teams from Canada, Mexico and the United States

    Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – The 10th Annual Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament will be held April 7-9 with a maximum of 36 teams divided into three NAFA divisions: AA/AA-Major, A-Major, and A.

    And all three slots are about full.

    “As of right now, I have 35 teams who have expressed interest in participating in the tournament,” said tournament director Jesse Ortiz. “Three have paid their complete entry fee and several coaches have said their payment has been sent.”

    The A-Major and A are full, with but ONE slot available in the AA/AA-Major. But there is a waiting list, so managers act quickly to get added if a team drops out of the tournament, encourages Ortiz.

    “Teams still interested in participating can email me,” Ortiz said, “so they can be added to the waiting list.” (email Ortiz at: info@scifastpitch.com)

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