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2017 NAFA World Series Information for teams, players and fans

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

FARGO, ND – The North American Fastpitch Association World Series takes place Aug. 9-22 at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo.

Click on 2017 NAFA World Series for information concerning:

  • Divisions
  • Schedule
  • Teams
  • Venues
  • Documents
  • Registration
  • Brackets
  • Contact Information

    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    503-559-5398.

  • Click on NAFA to enter website
  • A Step Back In Time…Softball’s ‘Old Man River’ Still Rolling

    Sunday, July 30th, 2017

    “Then I grab the microphone and say, ‘St. Paul is one place I’m never gonna lose a game.’ And in five years they never did beat me.” – Red Anderson

    By MURRAY OLDERMAN
    Minneapolis Star Staff Writer
    July 13, 1951

    MINNEAPOLIS – When it comes to softball, Red Anderson’s one guy who can afford to scoff.

    “You shoulda seen the way we did it in the good old days.”

    He not only did it in the “good old days,” but he’s doing it now. Folks wandering out around Parade Grounds 1 tonight can catch 42-year-old Red still fooling batters as he serves them up for the Sathers against the Teamsters in Park National League Softball.

    That’s the same carrot-top whose softball goes back 27 years…when four and five thousand fans used to flock to the Parade Grounds to see him strut his stuff…when the baseball Millers and Ted Williams attracted an estimated 15,000 to the Parade Grounds for a softball duel against Anderson and gang.

    Clyde McCullough’s catching for Kansas City then,” recalls Red, “and before the game he comes to me and says, “whatever you do, I want you to be sure and strike out that big basher.’

    Click to continue reading “A Step Back In Time…Softball’s ‘Old Man River’ Still Rolling”

    North America’s Top Teams Battle In South Bend For National Championship

    Saturday, July 29th, 2017

    The Byers Softball Complex features four (4) Musco® lighted state-of-the-art playing fields. All fields feature Toro® automatic irrigation systems in the lush, green outfield grass areas and hand
    operated irrigation systems for the professionally maintained infields. The four (4) original fields (in
    wagon wheel format) are covered with red, Pro’s Choice Soilmaster®, while the fifth “satellite” field is
    covered by ag-lime (“moon dust”).

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Sixteen teams from throughout the United States will battle for a national championship in the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Men’s Major Fastpitch National Tournament at Byers Softball Complex at St. Clair Park in South Bend, Aug. 3-6.

    THE TEAMS

    Ostrander Norsemen (MN)
    Bear Bottom Lodge Haymakers (PA)
    Kegel Black Knights (ND)
    Bar On The Avenue Buzz (WI)
    Topeka Toros (KS)
    Tin Cup Bar (MN)
    DC Outlaws (IN)
    A1 Power (PA)
    Twin City Gray Sox (MI)
    Pueblo Bandits (NM)
    J&B Bombers (CA)
    Circle Tap Dukes (WI)
    Hill United Chiefs (CA / U.S.)
    Gremlins (NY)
    Can-Am Twins (CA / U.S.)
    Bloomington Stix (IL)

    BRACKET / SCHEDULE / INFORMATION

  • Click to open ASA Schedule
  • Click for Complete Tournament Information
  • Olheiser drives Ostrander to victory in Tin Cup Challenge Men’s ISC Fastpitch Tournament

    Saturday, July 29th, 2017

    Eight top-ranked teams will battle for the THE TIN CUP CLASSIC Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium, St. Paul, Minn., July 28-30. Courtesy Photo / Christopher Diethert

    WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – With two chuckers locked in a pitcher’s duel, someone had to step up and crack through four innings of a scoreboard showing nothing but goose eggs.

    Fredrico Olheiser, batting No. 3 in the order, did just that.

    In the bottom of the fifth with Patrick Brackley aboard by way of a walk, Olheiser blasted a triple driving in Brackley for the only run of the game, as the Ostrander (MN) Norsemen pulled out a 1-0 victory over the Rice Lake Orangemen of Wisconsin in the opening game of the Tim Cup Challenge, Friday night, at the Village Sports Bar At The Stadium ball diamonds in White Bear Lake.

    The lone run broke up the duel between the Orangemen’s Nicolas Seibenlist (0-1), and Norsemen’s Sisco Sabate (1-0). Both pitchers allowed just three hits each, while Seibenlist struck out 12 and Sabate 11.

    The Orangemen threatened in the third and fourth innings with runners on third base, but Sabate came away unscathed with an inning-ending groundout and strikeout.

    JAMO’S 2, TIN CUP 1

    Jamo’s used three pitchers, and got a game-winning hit from Jason Shouick to upset the ISC’s No. 13 ranked Tin Cup in the second featured game Friday night.

    MICHAEL JAMIESON started for Jamo’s as the St. Paul ball club defeated Tin Cup, 2-1, in the opening game of the Tin Cup Challenge men’s fastpitch tournament, Friday night, at the The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium in White Bear Lake, Minn. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

    Michael Jamison hurled three innings, then gave way to Marek Maly and Joel Goodall, who each finished up with two innings apiece to best the strong outing of Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley (0-1) who went the distance, firing a four-hitter.

    But one of those hits would come back to beat him.

    In the bottom of the sixth with the game deadlocked at 1-1, Shouick whacked a Cooley offering for a triple, driving in Goodall, who singled, for the game winner in Jamo’s 2-1 victory.

    Jamo’s took the early lead in the bottom of the first on Maly’s RBI single, only to see Tin Cup knot the score in the second when the Marchio’s – son Dominic and father Dave batting five and six in the order – teamed up to force the tie.

    Dominic Marchio peppered Jamison for a triple and David Marchio got just enough of the bat on the ball to force a ground ball to second base that allowed Dominic to cross home plate safely.

    Tin Cup collected five hits, one each from Yusef Davis, Matias Minigutti, Sam Nieman, Dominic Marchio and Gonzalo Masmu.

    Jamo’s four hits came from Maly, Goodall, Shouick and Michael Marrero.

    Goodall (1-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit, no runs, with four strikeouts over the final two innings. Maly, the middle reliever, went two innings, didn’t allow any hits and struck out one. Jamison allowed just one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts.

  • For tournament statistics and play-by-play, click on: Al’s Fastball and Gary Baughman Statistics.
  • A Step Back In Time: Johnny Vollmer in Farewell at Softball Park

    Friday, July 28th, 2017

    The late, great JOHNNY VOLLMER is considered one of Minnesota’s all-time great fastpitch softball pitchers. He is shown here in 1942 just before he was inducted into the army. Vollmer was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame in 1982. Minneapolis Star Photo / May 4, 1942

    By JOHN HARVEY
    The Minneapolis Star
    May 4, 1942

    (I remember as a kid in the early 1960s listening to the ‘old timers’ talking about Minnesota’s great pitchers, and Johnny Vollmer was one of their favorite subjects.)

    MINNEAPOLIS – Johnny Vollmer, with his old batterymate, Shorty Mathes behind the plate, says goodbye for a while to Minneapolis softball fans tonight at Parade Stadium when his Fort Snelling soldiers play the Grain Belts (brewery) in the unofficial opening of the 1942 season.

    Vollmer, the great snapball artist, was inducted at Snelling along with Mathes, last week.

    The game is booked for 8:30 p.m. and will go on despite slightly chilly weather. Pregame ceremonies involving a Fort Snelling Color Guard and bugler will begin at 7:45 p.m.

    Opposing Vollmer on the Grain Belt mound is Ed Kronfeld, who last year hurled the Rothschild’s to the National Division championship. Proceeds go to the Fort Snelling athletic fund. ­

    Johnny Vollmer returned from his military service and reestablished himself as one of Minnesota’s all-time great fastpitch pitchers (slingshot style) and was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame in 1982, along with his catcher, Shorty Mathes.

    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League holds final 2017 Alliance Tournament

    Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The final So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Alliance Tournament of the Year will be held July 29-30, 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.
  • PARTICIPATING TEAMS

    Taft Buzzards
    Those Guys
    So Cal Bandits
    Beaumont Coyotes
    A1 Rockies
    Wah
    Young Guns
    Budmen.

  • Click to see Saturday Round Robin Schedule
  • Click to see Sunday Playoff Schedule
  • We will continue to use the bat tester and provide tamper proof decal stickers at this event. Each bat will need to be tested prior to use.

    Bats that do not have a tamper proof decal sticker will not be allowed in the game. Players should not try to take the tamper proof decal sticker off because any bat with a sticker that looks like it’s been tampered with will not be allowed in play.

    To start the games on time please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to game time so we can test your bat and provide passing bats with a tamper proof decal sticker for umpires to check on the field.

    SCIFL CONTACT INFORMATION

    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL Executive Director
    661-510-8928
    info@scifastpitch.com

    Step Back In Time: Jimmy Moore pitches Seattle to 1985 ISC crown

    Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

    JIMMY MOORE gets a flying leap from his wife after the final out in the championship game of the 1985 ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, Wisc. The Appleton, Wisc. Post-Crescent Photo

    By JOHN L. PAUSTIAN
    Post-Crescent executive sports editor
    Mon. Aug. 19, 1985

    KIMBERLY, Wisc
    . – In an era of domination by foreign softball pitchers, American-born Jimmy Moore is proving a notable exception.

    The blond, 30-year-old right-hander, whose remarkable pitching recently enabled the California Kings to win the gold medal in the National Sports Festival, guided Pay ‘n Pak of Seattle to the International Softball Congress World Tournament championship Sunday.

    Moore defeated defending champion Decatur ADM’s Brent Stevenson 1-0 in a blockbuster climax to the 10-day, 87-game event at Sunset Point Park.

    BEARD’S BLAST

    One pitch was the difference between Moore, who finished the tourney with a 6-0 record, and Stevenson (6-1). It was a 3-2 pitch of Stevenson’s that first baseman Bruce Beard whacked over the center-field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning.

    “It was a drop ball,” said the right-handed-hitting Beard. “It’s been his (Stevenson’s) best pitch. He just got it up a little.”

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    2017 International Softball Congress World Tournament teams and bracket

    Monday, July 24th, 2017

    ROCKFORD, Mich. – The rosters have been finalized and from Aug. 12-19, thirty-six teams from Canada and the United States will compete for the 71st International Softball Congress World Tournament title of “Best Men’s Fastpitch Team In The World.”

  • To see who’s who on each team, click on 2017 ISC World Tournament Rosters
  • A Step Back In Time: Best Field Yet in 1960 ISC World Tournament

    Monday, July 24th, 2017

    Joe Rodgers was the founder, owner, manager and shortstop of the Long Beach Nitehawks. During his managerial tenure, he led the Nitehawks to seven ISC World Tournament championships. Rodgers also served as an ISC Vice President from 1952 to 1967. He was inducted into the ISC Hall o f Fame in 1970. But Rodgers’ impact was even deeper than that in Long Beach: He was actually the original owner of the land where the Nitehawks softball field (since named Joe Rodgers Stadium) was put together, and he donated it to the city to ensure kids would continue to have the opportunity to play the sport that he loved. Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram Photo, Aug. 27, 1960

    (Joe Rodgers’ column appeared Aug. 27, 1960 in the Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram on the eve of the ISC World Tournament being held in Long Beach. The Nitehawks’ manager writes about his team, his players and the competition in the 21st ISC World Tournament.)

    By JOE RODGERS
    Manager, Long Beach Nitehawks
    Aug. 27, 1960

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – With the ISC World Softball Tournament starting tonight, (sports reporter) Hank Hollingworth graciously offered me the opportunity to write his column and devote it to my favorite sport – fastpitch softball.

    And any of my friends know there is very little else I really care about. Softball is a great game and we here in Long Beach see the finest softball in the world.

    It seems strange to me that people who have never seen softball say that they don’t like it because the pitchers are too good and there is not enough hitting. These same people I see at the Dodgers’ games saying they enjoy seeing a good pitching duel.

    Anyone who has ever seen my Nitehawks first baseman Larry Silvas, outfielder Lucky Humiston or Second baseman Cleo Goyette can never say we win by pitching alone. Those boys swing from the heels like the best baseball players.

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    SCIFL final tournament of the year

    Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

    ** To All So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League managers **

    SCIFL will be hosting its final Alliance Tournament of the year on August 29 – 30, 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.

    So far the East Bay Bashers, from Northern California, has committed to coming down to this event. Teams interested in participating in the event need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Sunday, July 16, 2017 so the fields can be paid on Monday, July 17, 2017, per the City of Santa Fe Springs.

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