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A Step Back In Time: Long Beach Nitehawks Kings of Softball

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

NITEHAWK HEROES: Stars of the Long Beach Nitehawks’ successful assault on the International Softball Congress World Championship were many, but these men provided the standout performances. From left, Jack Randall, who fired two no-hitters and pitched the title-winning victory. Center, Paul Humiston, who paced the power attack with three homers. And right, Leroy Zimmerman, who turned in a no-hitter and a one-hitter. All three were named to the All-World team. Photo Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, Sept. 2, 1958

Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif.
Sept. 2, 1958

By Jerry Erin
Nitehawks Rout Dinuba in Playoff Game, 8-1

LONG BEACH, Calif. – It took them awhile to do it, but the Long Beach Nitehawks came to life in the second game Monday night after suffering a 2-1 loss, and launched a vicious hitting attack to roll over Dinuba (Calif.) Condors, 8-1, and win their fourth straight International Softball Congress World Tournament crown at Park Ave. Field before and overflow crowd.

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A Step Back In Time: All-American Bar ousts the Farm Tavern from 1981 ISC World Tournament

Friday, April 28th, 2017

PETER MEREDITH pitching for the USA Men’s National Team. Photo By BOB OTTO

Green Bay Press-Gazette
Aug. 23, 1981

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Farm Tavern of Madison lost to All-American Bar of St. Paul, Minn. 3-2 Saturday and was eliminated from the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

The Farm was among the final six teams left in the 41-team tournament and finished with a 4-2 record. That equalled the best mark ever by a Wisconsin team.

(The Farm went on to win ISC World Tournament championships in 1997, 1999 and 2007.)

All-American Bar scored its three runs in the fifth.

Losing pitcher Peter Meredith walked Les Dittrich. He then gave up singles to Jim McDonald and Tim Egan before being replaced by left-hander Bob Moore.

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SCIFL Masters Tournament In Palmdale, Calif.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

From Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President

Sunday, April 30, 2017 schedule is now available; see attached. Please remind your players to make sure their bats have a tamper proof NAFA 2017 sticker before they can use it.

On another note, the City of Santa Fe Springs just advised me that they are closing all their ball fields on May 7, 2017 which means we will not be able to use the fields.

I’m looking for other fields and the only park that is available is Palmdale, same park location.

With this change I need to know what teams are interested in going back to Palmdale for the May 7, 2017 masters tournament. Please think about it and let me know Sunday, April 30, 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President
661-510-8928

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Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Ray Foster inducted into NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame member Ray Foster with Jeff Tarwater, left, and Dave Parker, NAFA WoodBat Commissioner. right. Courtesy Photo

By DON CAMERON

Missouri ace savors NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame induction

ST. JOSEPH, MO – “It’s the way the game should be played.”

That’s how Ray Foster, the pride of St. Joseph’s, Missouri, describes the game of wood-bat fastpitch. It also aptly reveals Foster’s approach to the game of fastpitch itself, an approach founded in competitiveness, passion and sportsmanship.

“Softball has been my life, my blood supply,” said Foster, 58, the newest member of the NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame.

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2017 Cecilio E. Smalling Memorial Tournament this weekend

Thursday, April 20th, 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

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – the memorial tournament features many of So. California’s best NAFA rated teams.

For questions or information, contact President Jesse Ortiz, of the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League.

Sincerely,
Jesse Ortiz
661-510-8928
SCIFL PresidentSee tournament schedule:

042217-Smalling Tourney

Men’s fastpitch undergoing a revival in Austin, Texas

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

AUSTIN, Tex – Men’s fastpitch is making a comeback in Austin through the efforts of Toni Castillo, Rudy Almarez and Ray Saldana, who joined forces to start a fall league in 2016.

The Austin Men’s Fastpitch League started with four teams: the Jokers, Indians, Yellow Jackets and Rams.

To keep the cost down, team managers called balls and strikes, and because of the short fences (200 feet) home runs were ruled as doubles.

The league even introduced wood bats toward the end of the season (wood bats are used in the NAFA Wood Bat World Series).

After the successful fall rollout, a spring league was planned with a nearly doubling of teams to seven with games slated to be played in East Austin. With such a sudden spurt in growth, the league is searching for a second field.

An encouraging sign is the upsurge of younger players on the league team rosters. But certainly more teams and players are welcomed to sustain this amazing growth.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Tony Castillo: tcbc.castillo@sbcglobal.net
  • Rudy Almarez: zapatalanding@gmail.com
  • Ray Saldana: raymondcsaldana@gmail.com
  • Dean Hector-Keddy: hector@htu.edu
  • 2017 Midwest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Schedule

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    Checkout 2017 men’s fastpitch tournaments in the Midwest provided by Richard Quigley and Ostrander Fastpitch of Minnesota.

    2017 George L. Cournoyer Sr. Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    Expect plenty of fast-paced and exciting fastpitch action at the George L. Cournoyer Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    WAGNER, So. Dak. – The 20th Annual George L. Cournoyer Sr. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held in Wagner, South Dakota, June 16-18.

    For serious fastpitch teams, take note of the payout. It is impressive!

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS

  • Dates: June 16, 17, 18
  • Location: Wagner, So. Dak. (Two hour drive west of Sioux Falls.)
  • Entry Fee: $400 plus one softball
  • Deadline: June 1, 2017
  • PAYOUT
    1st place $3,000 and Hoodies
    2nd place $2,000 and Hoodies
    3rd place $1,500 and Sweatshirts
    4th place $1,000 and Sweatshirts
    *All prize money is guaranteed*

    AWARDS

  • Most Valuable Player: Hoodie and Star Quilt
  • Second Base: Bat, Bag and Star Quilt
  • Ten All-Tournament Sweaters
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Nick Cournoyer (605) 469-5336
    Krystle Cournoyer (605) 481-2764
    Joey Cournoyer Sr. (605) 384-3068
    On Facebook: George Cournoyer Memorial Tournament

    A step back in time: Cedar Rapids Greets Its ‘Champs’

    Friday, April 14th, 2017

    WELTY WAY, World Runner-Up: Welty Way of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, finished runner-up in the 1972 World Softball Championship in Manila. The squad members, front row, from left: Manager Jim Caviness, Ed White, Joe Swanson, Mike Pallesen, Ray Sturm, Dale Usher and Steve Andrew. Back row: Ed Williams, Cliff Rice, Rich Stephen, Dick Thenhaus, Gary Morrow, John Muench, Bob Timmons and Doug Havlik. Not pictured is pitcher Dick Brubaker. Photo From The Des Moines Register’s Iowa News Service

    WELTY WAY STILL NO. 1 TO SOFTBALL FANS…

    By William Simbro / Staff Writer
    Des Moines Register
    Mar. 15, 1972

    CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. – The Welty Way softball team may be the world’s second best, but it got a reception befitting the champions as the squad arrived here from the Philippines Tuesday evening.

    Three city council members, some 250 fans and the El Kahir Shrine band welcomed the team as Manager Jim Caviness, 15 players and 10 wives stepped off the plane and onto a red carpet.

    “We came back losers,” said a sad-faced Caviness as he shook hands with Roger Welty, president of Welty Way Products, Inc.

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