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Saturday, April 8th, 2017

LAS VEGAS – So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) President, Jesse Ortiz, who is also the tournament director for the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, is up-dating the the NAFA A, A-Major, and AA / AA-Major brackets as quickly as possible on the SCIFL website.

THE DIRECT LINKS

A Bracket
A-Major Bracket
AA / AA-Major Bracket

TWO BIG GAMES Saturday feature Minnesota’s Marchio Sausage Co. vs. So. California’s J & B Painting in a AA-AA/Major semifinal takes place at Sunset Park (Field 11) at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Northeast Naturals taking on TJ Fastpitch of Mexico at 3 p.m.

Come out to Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park softball fields to watch some top-caliber men’s fastpitch played by ball clubs from Mexico, Canada and the United States.

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

25th Anniversary of NAFA World Series Heads To North Dakota

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Founded in 1993, NAFA will celebrate its 25th anniversary by holding its 2017 World Series at the new Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, North Dakota, Aug. 9-20.

FARGO, N.D. – The North American Fastpitch Association was formed in 1993, offering a World Series for boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball teams of all skill levels.

2017 marks the 25th year the organization has hosted championship tournaments in six divisions: Young men (age 23-under), Open, AA-Major, AA, A-Major and A. And new this year, will be a recreation division for ball clubs recent to the sport.

The North Dakota cities of FargoWest Fargo and Moorhead, Minn. have the honor and are proud to host the event at its new softball facility: Northside Softball Complex.

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Bud Olson helps foster the revival of men’s fastpitch in La Crosse

Monday, March 20th, 2017

BUD OLSON, NAFA Hall of Fame member (2014), is helping lead the effort to revive men’s fastpitch in LaCrosse, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Some call them diehards. Some call them loyalists. Some call them movers and shakers. They’re the backbone of any worthy cause who roll up their sleeves and get the job done.

And when it comes to men’s fastpitch, Ronn Kopp, Loren Lathrop and Bud Olson fit those labels perfectly.

While many have long since given up, these three men continue the mission to revive the sport in Wisconsin. Maybe that’s why the state is the North American Fastpitch Association’s (NAFA) leader in team registration within the organization.

Kopp is the NAFA president and Lathrop a vice president. Both have been with the organization since its inception in 1993. They run NAFA Wisconsin affairs, conduct tournaments and leagues, and help run one of the most successful national tournaments in the sport: the NAFA World Series.

No doubt, they are true warriors.

Though Olson isn’t a NAFA official, he’s leading an admirable effort to revive fastpitch in the La Crosse area: he runs a team, he recruits younger players and helps form leagues, he encourages city officials to support fastpitch, and he will be hosting the NAFA state tournament for the next three years.

If every state had this type of commitment, the sport would be in much better shape.

Olson grew up on a Wisconsin farm, attended a country school where he began playing fastpitch in first grade. At 14 he was playing in a 4-H league. By 15 his burgeoning talent landed him a spot on the Sioux Creek Farmers team in a men’s league.

“I got my first hit when I was 10 against Bob Davis one of the top pitchers in the Barron County traveling League,” said Olson. “I made Chetek’s traveling team as a 16-year-old shortstop. When our 4-H team entered the Sand Creek Sunday Night league, I was playing four nights a week.”

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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

Register now for 2017 NAFA Boys World Series

Monday, March 13th, 2017

VASSAR, Mich. – Contact Corey Haubenstricker for information on how to register your boys’ team in the North American Fastpitch Association World Series.

  • Corey@irdhomes.com
  • 989-529-9184
  • 321 Prospect St.
    Vassar, MI 48768
  • 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip Bigger and Better

    Monday, February 27th, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – This year the Las Vegas Road Trip X will have 42 teams in total; the most ever participating in the event.

    Teams from Canada, Mexico, and the United States are all represented in this tournament.

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    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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    2017 57th Annual Seattle Invitational Information

    Sunday, January 1st, 2017

    The kind of action you can expect at the SEATTLE INVITATIONAL. Kevin Schellenberger of the BC A’s leaps over New York Gremlins Ladisao Malarczuk to throw to first base for the double play during the the A’s 2-0 loss in 11 innings, Saturday. The Gremlins advanced into the ISC World Tournament’s loser’s bracket final against Hill United Chiefs, while the A’s are eliminated, but finish in third place. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FIFE, Wash. The Seattle Invitational is one of the longest running and most popular tournaments in the history of North American men’s fastpitch. A must-attend event. And look at the payout for the NAFA Open teams!

    “We are excited to announce the dates for the 57th Seattle Invitational! This is a great event and offers multiple divisions and a tremendous atmosphere- from the Beer Garden on Friday night to the Championship games on Sunday afternoon. Don’t Miss Out.” – Ryan Daly / Tournament Director

    THE SPECIFICS

  • 57th Seattle Invitational @ Fife
  • Men’s Fastpitch Tournament
  • July 21-23, 2017
  • Dacca Park- Fife, WA
  • Entry Fee: $400-USA, ($300 if paid by May 1st)
  • THREE NAFA DIVISIONS

  • NAFA “OPEN” World Series ($4,000 in Travel Money!)
  • NAFA “A” Western Championship
  • NAFA “AA” Western Championship
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    Yusef Davis Heads Down Under To Hone His Fastpitch Skills

    Friday, December 30th, 2016

    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. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Tournament

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – For many people, their Christmas wish-list is often filled with requests for material things: like an iPhone 7, a car, or new clothes and jewelry.

    Just like the rest of us, 22-year-old Yusef Davis appreciates the finer things in life, too.

    But the young man from Long Beach wanted more than material things. And he got his Christmas wish and then some with a trip “Down Under” to expand his fastpitch softball horizons.

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