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2018 Best of The West Tournament Results

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Tournament results from Cyde Bennett
Photos courtesy of Kary Moore

TONY MANCHA delivers a pitch for the J&B Bombers of California in the 24th Annual Best of The West Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament at Elings Park in Santa Barbara, Calif., June 3-4. Photo By Kary Moore

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Best of the West tournament director Clyde Bennett provided results of the 24th Annual Best of the West Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Elings Park, June 3-4.

SATURDAY TEAM RECORDS

J&B Bombers 3-0
Team Marques 3-0
KW Pirates 2-1
Budmen 2-1
Savala Painters1-1-1
Buzzards 1-1-1
Bay Area Merchants 0-1-2
Wololok 0-1-2
Americans 0-3

SUNDAY PLAYOFFS
Top Division
J&B Bombers 4, Budmen 1
Team Marquez 3, KW Pirates 0
Team Marquez 3 J&B Bombers 2

Lower Division
Wololok 8, Americans 1
Buzzards 5 Wololok 4

50-Over playoffs
Bay Area Merchants 8,
Savala Painters 1

Veteran fastpitch player and manager, Kary Moore, left, takes a picture with Clyde Bennet, Best of The West Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament Director at Elings Park in Santa Barbara, June 3-4. Photo Courtesy of Kary Moore.

ISC Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournaments In Saginaw

Monday, May 28th, 2018

SAGINAW, Mich. – The International Softball Congress will be holding four divisional youth tournaments conducted by tournament directors Tom Stasik and Scott Stasik at Hoyt Park in Saginaw, July 20-22.

THE DIVISIONS

  • 12-Under (Date of Birth 2006 or later)
  • 14-Under (Date of Birth 2004 or later)
  • 16-Under (Date of Birth 2002 or later)
  • 18-Under (Date of Birth 2000 or later)
  • ENTRY FEE

  • $325.00 (USD) – 4 game guarantee
  • CONTACT INFO
    Tom Stasik, TomStasik@gmail.com
    Scott Stasik, scottstasik@gmail.com
    989-714-3906

    Softball Hall of Fame to induct Daniel D. Dolan family of Aurora

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    Daniel D. Dolan, right, first sponsored a City League team, the Creative DJs, in 1982. (Brian Dolan)

    By Rick Armstrong
    Aurora Beacon-News
    August 7, 2016

    AURORA, Ill. – For decades, the Donlan has been synonymous with men’s fastpitch softball in Aurora. Come next weekend, its reach will be extended even further.

    That’s when the Daniel D. Dolan family, longtime sponsors of the men’s fastpitch softball Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, will be inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame.

    The family is this year’s recipient of the Bob Welby Memorial Recognition of Service Award that will be presented Sunday morning at the Class of 2016 induction breakfast.

    The event, which will be held at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, is being held in conjunction with the ISC World Tournament Aug. 13-20 at Moline’s Green Valley Softball Complex.

    “I got that call and I was flabbergasted,” Daniel D. Dolan, the family’s 85-year-old patriarch, said. “It is such an honor to be included.”

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    Sprucing up Pierce Field to revitalize Aurora fastpitch league

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018


    AURORA, Ill
    . – It’s old, it’s got an odd-ball configured outfield, and frankly, many a modern-era ball player would most likely prefer newer digs.

    But not Kyle Pittman.

    He has a fondness for 88-year-old Pierce Field in Aurora. Understandably so. The 27-year-old outfielder grew up learning the fastpitch softball game at Pierce. He’s played league games there since his introduction to the sport at 15.

    And he gets to pitch to his heart’s desire in the Pierce Field city league. Not so much with the open-level Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks traveling squad where he primarily patrols the outfield.

    But he does admit that Pierce has its peculiarities. Most notably, an outfield fence that starts out normal enough at 245-feet in left-field, but then begins angling out to 261’ in dead center, before cutting sharply back in to 196’ in right.

    Odd dimensions, certainly, but none-the-less, Pittman loves the old park with its aging wooden bleachers behind home plate; and being tucked snugly in a residential and industrial area of Aurora only adds to its homeyness.

    “Just about every ballpark you play in now everywhere is in a ‘cookie-cuter’ style complex with three to four fields,” said Pittman. “While those places are nice, I love being able to play in this old park a couple times a week.”

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    Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks carry on Aurora men’s fabled fastpitch tradition

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    JOHN SCHWEIGHART of Camargo, Ill. plays the outfield for the Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks of Aurora, Ill. Photo Courtesy Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks


    AURORA, Ill
    . – Men’s fastpitch tradition is a fabled one in Aurora, rivaling that of any city, state or nation. The names are legendary: Sealmasters, Home Savings, Coors Silver Bullets, Allsteel Steelers and Creative DJ’s.

    Those teams both inspired admiration and struck fear in many a visiting ball club to Aurora’s Stevens-Adamson Field where they once played.

    International Softball Congress World Championships? Amateur Softball Association titles? International Softball Federation championships? More than a few, including Stealmasters (formed in 1943) ASA national titles in 1959, 1961, 1965 and 1967. And the list could go on.

    As with most things in life, there comes an end. And the great teams that once graced Stevens-Adamson Field have long since disbanded. But not so with the Aurora fastpitch tradition. The Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks have kept that accord very much alive.

    For 32 years, the Shamrocks have been a competitive staple in ISC and ASA competition, traveling the Midwest and beyond competing against the best teams in North America.

    Kyle Pittman, 27, began playing in a local league at 15 and now patrols the outfield for the Shamrocks. He’s come to know the history of Aurora fastpitch very well.

    “Once I started getting into it I started finding out more about the history and legacy of the game in Aurora,” said Pittman. “It seemed like everyone I talked to who was from here new about the game back in its prime. I never got to go watch a game at Stevens-Adamson Field where you could watch the best players in the world compete; it’s something I regret.”

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    15th Annual Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In Pueblo

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    By JERRY SANTOS
    Co-Director, 2018 Joe Santos Memorial Tournament

    PUEBLO, Colo. – “The 15th Anniversary Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is just five weeks away and the tournament response has been amazing!” said Jerry Santos of the Pueblo Bandits, who along with brother Chris Santos serve as tournament directors.

    The tournament will be held Memorial Weekend May 25, 26 and 27 at Joe Santos Field and if necessary City Park Field.

    Teams from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and South Dakota will be competing for a berth to the 2018 ISC World Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario Canada.

    Please confirm your teams entry by getting your entry fee into Chris or Jerry Santos. Deadline for entry fee is May 11th. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of Men’s Fastball and Celebrating the Legacy of our Father Mr. Joe Santos….

    ***Contact Chris Santos – jcsantos25@msn.com, or Jerry Santos -jerrysantos66@hotmail.com or on Facebook***

    Dutch Elbers helped drive St. Paul to fastpitch greatness

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    Ben Maloney, left, Ed Mathias, and Dutch Elbers hold the 1963 ASA Northern Regional Tournament championship trophy.

    (Sadly Dutch Elbers passed away on April 5, 2018. See obituary in which condolences and tributes are welcome)

    Dutch Elbers served the International Softball Congress for over 20 years in several capacities, including the organization’s president. In 1988, he was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Strong armed, with a lanky athletic build, Dries (Dutch) Elbers mostly likely could have stared at baseball, but fortunately for fastpitch softball, he never got the chance.

    “My dad played baseball, but he steered me into softball,” said Elbers. “I have never played a game of baseball in my life.”

    Elbers, who grew up in Steen in southwestern Minnesota, began playing fastpitch in the 4-H League in 1945 as a 15-year-old. It wasn’t long, though, that he graduated from the boys’ league into the Steen men’s league.

    Steen might have been small in numbers with its 185 citizens, but they and the farm families surrounding the little village located 25 miles east of Sioux Falls, kept the six team-league healthy with numbers and talent.

    “As kids, we wanted to get a uniform and play with the big boys,” Elbers said. Soon enough Elbers would be playing with the ‘big boys’ of fastpitch – worldwide.

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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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