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Humbling Day at the California Senior Games Championships

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

PASADENA, Calif. – Sometimes when success comes our way in sports, the ego will bloat with pride and proclaim, “Iook how good I am!”

Sunday, June 5, my senior (age 65-69) basketball team competed in the California Senior Games in Pasadena. The tournament would decide which teams in age divisions from 50 to 80-over would win state championships, and also qualify for the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama.

I thought my team the Huntington Beach Surf Riders had a good shot at taking our division. We had won a tournament in San Diego and finished second in another. So I was feeling confident when we walked into the Pasadena City College gymnasium Sunday morning.

That confidence all too soon took a dreadful beating. We went 0-4 and none of the games were close. We were like a mediocre high school team taking on good college teams.

But despite the disappointment, I learned another of life’s valuable lessons that only comes from experience: Beware when your ego starts boasting, “look how good I am!” It’s false praise. Because somewhere, sometime you will meet someone (or team) more talented, and inevitably learn that you aren’t nearly the hot shot you thought you were.

Build it, and they will play: In Milroy, amateur baseball holds a special place

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

By Gregg Aamot | 05/13/16

The view from right field at Irish Yard. MinnPost photo by Gregg Aamot

The view from right field at Irish Yard. MinnPost photo by Gregg Aamot

MILROY, Minn. – On the first Sunday in May, the Milroy Irish opened their fifth season of play at Irish Yard, a baseball diamond carved into a soybean field on the outskirts of this southwestern Minnesota town.

About 60 fans showed up – a small weekend crowd by Irish standards, but decent considering the breezy, high-50s weather – to watch the Irish hold on for a 6-5 win over Stark, a tiny township that also fields a team in the state’s Class C amateur baseball division.

“It’s such a relaxing time to come out here and watch baseball,” said Caleb Krause, a college freshman whose family farm sits within view of the ballpark. Krause – home for the weekend and helping his younger brother, Amos, run the 20-foot-high, Green Monster-like scoreboard in left field – said he expected to attend many games this season. “There’s not much else to do in the summer except watch baseball,” he said. “Besides, it’s still America’s pastime, isn’t it?”

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USA claims championships in FIMBA Pan Am Games in Costa Rica

Friday, May 13th, 2016
The United States age 55-plus team celebrates winning the championship at the 2016 FIMBA Pan American Games in Costa Rica, April 23-30. Contributed photo / Jim Sweeney

The United States age 55-plus team celebrates winning the championship at the 2016 FIMBA Pan American Games in Costa Rica, April 23-30. Contributed photo / Jim Sweeney

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – The USA 50-plus and 55-plus teams won their respective age divisions at the Federation of International Masters Basketball Association (FIMBA) Pan Am Games in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 23-30.

The Pan Am Games had 157 teams from 19 countries comprised of several age divisions from 45-plus to 75-plus, competing in the event.

“The goal is to send 15 Untied States teams to FIMBA’s next world championship in Italy in summer 2017,” said Jim Sweeney, Head of USA for FIMBA, whose role is to recruit teams for FIMBA’s international tournaments.

Sweeney adds that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has called FIMBA the best senior (ages 35-plus) sports federation in the world.

The United States age 50-plus team won the championship at the 2016 FIMBA Pan American Games in Costa Rica, April 23-30. Contributed photo / Jim Sweeney

The United States 50-plus team won the championship at the 2016 FIMBA Pan American Games in Costa Rica, April 23-30. Contributed photo / Jim Sweeney

To learn more about becoming involved, visit the FIMBA website , or contact Jim Sweeney for more information at 727-460-8932.

Oregon Ducks Win 12th Straight vs. Oregon State Beavers

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

HawkinsDucks.1lr Cheridan Hawkins picked up two wins and a save in the three-game series against Oregon State. The lefty allowed just one unearned run on nine hits and one walk in 13 innings against the Beavers with 17 strikeouts.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon’s senior class improved to 12-0 in their careers against Oregon State as the Ducks swept the Beavers for the fourth straight year with a 9-0, run-rule, win on Sunday afternoon.

The Ducks (32-6, 10-2) have outscored Oregon State, 120-24, during the 12-game winning streak.

Cheridan Hawkins, who picked up the win on Sunday, improved to 8-0 in her career against the Beavers. She has allowed just five earned runs over 38.1 career innings (0.91 ERA) against OSU with 48 strikeouts.
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2016 Grafmeier Tournament Has Strong Field, One More Team Needed

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The 2016 Grafmeier Tournament will be held June 3-5 at legendary Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI.

Entry fee is $300 per team with a $500 prize pool for Sunday. Format is pool play with top-four teams moving to a single elimination Championship Bracket on Sunday.

The bottom four teams will move to single elimination bracket for the Consolation Title. Please contact Tournament Director Justin Colombo with any questions or inquiries.

“We are still in need of one more team for the Grafmeier tournament to fill out the eight-team field,” said Colombo.

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    Maccabi USA- Building Jewish Pride Through Sports

    Monday, April 4th, 2016

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sam Balaban-Feld at 215.561.6900 ext. 4157 sbalaban-feld@maccabiusa.com / www.maccabiusa.com

      MACCABI USA SEEKING JEWISH SOFTBALL PLAYERS FOR 20th WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

    Philadelphia, PA – April 4, 2016 – Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish Fastpitch (Windmill) Softball players to represent the United States at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 6-17, 2017.

    The Games will consist of over 42 sports and 7,000+ athletes from over 75 countries. The World Maccabiah Games are the third largest international sporting competition in the world and the world’s largest international Jewish event.

    Maccabi USA will be sending three Fastpitch Softball teams to the 20th Maccabiah Games in the following age divisions: Open Women’s, ages 18-35; Open Men’s, ages 18-35; and Masters Men’s, ages 35 and up. The Men’s teams will be selected following national tryouts, which will be held on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, and June 5, 2016 in New York City.

    Information about the selection process for the Women’s team will be made available shortly. To participate in a tryout, a candidate must first complete and submit an application for the Maccabiah Games online at www.maccabiusa.com.

    Mike Goldman, the Chairman of the Maccabi USA Men’s Softball Program, and Fred Cohen, Chairman of the Bat and Glove Program, have appointed Maccabi USA Fastpitch alumni Marty Weiner of Los Angeles, CA, and Tony Kahan of Chicago, IL, to be the Head Coaches of the Men’s Open and Masters Fastpitch teams, respectively.

    “We are really excited to have Marty and Tony on board,” said Goldman. “Our hope is that the best Jewish Fastpitch players in the United States will jump at the opportunity to experience Israel in a unique and meaningful way, while representing their country as part of Team USA.”

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    2016 Best of The West Tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
    Clyde Bennett will host his Best of The West men's fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Clyde Bennett will host his Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Don’t miss out on one of the best men’s fastpitch tournaments in on the West Coast – Clyde Bennett’s “Best of The West!”

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    Midland, Mich. Hosting 2016 International Softball Federation Jr. Men’s World Championship

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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    MIDLAND, Mich. – The 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World (fast-pitch softball) Championship will be held in Midland, Mich. at Emerson Park, July 24-30.

    Teams from around the globe will compete for the chance to call themselves a World Champion. The USA will field one of its strongest teams and will strive to improve on its 7-4 record in the 2014 world championship and consolation final – an 11-5 victory over Mexico.

    Colton Nielson led the way with four RBI on three hits, and Phillip Zimmerman picked up the win, allowing just one run and striking out five over 4 1/3 innings.

    Live streaming will be available throughout the entire tournament at no cost to viewers! From first pitch until the Gold Medal moment, fans never have to miss out on the action! Be sure to check back during the Championship to catch the world’s best 19-Under men’s fast pitch teams!

    Learn more about the young men that will represent the United States at: WBSC USA Jr. Men’s website

    2016 ISC Guide Book Ready To Pre-order

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
    The ISC Guide contains information about the 2015 ISC World Tournament, including championship game results, individual stats, most valuable pitcher and player, all-world players, all-time records, hall of fame members, and much, much more.

    The ISC Guide contains information about the 2015 ISC World Tournament, including championship game results, individual stats, most valuable pitcher and player, all-world players, all-time records, hall of fame members, and much, much more.

    March 30, 2016 Mississauga, ON – With March coming to an end, fastball season is right around the corner in most of North America and now is the time to pre-order your 2016 International Softball Congress World Championship Guide.

    Featuring ISC MVP Nick Shailes, of the Hill United Chiefs, in full flight on the cover, the 2016 ISC Guide has over 120 color photos along with 156 pages of stats and stories on the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Championship, and the ISC Legends 50+ Championship from the Belleville Sports Complex in South Bend, IN.

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    Gluckman edges Cooley in pitchers duel to give Maccabi USA Palm Springs Classic championship

    Monday, March 28th, 2016
    Maccabi USA claimed the 2016 Palm Springs Classic with a 1-0 victory over the So. Calif. Bandits. Courtesy photo

    Maccabi USA claimed the 2016 Palm Springs Classic with a 1-0 victory over the So. Calif. Bandits. Courtesy photo

    By JESSE ORTIZ / President SCIFL

    PALMS SPRINGS, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opened the 2016 season at DeMuth Park in Palm Springs, Mar. 12-13, but it almost didn’t happen because rain threatened the tournament the day before. Luckily the weather cleared up and the tournament was able to proceed. There were six teams that participated in the Palm Springs Classic.

    On Saturday after the Round Robin was complete, the So Cal Bandits took the No. 1 seed going undefeated, followed by Pala, Maccabi USA, Beaumont Coyotes, So Cal Heat, and Team DM.

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