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Jesse Ortiz, pitching in for NAFA and his league

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

JESSE ORTIZ is kept busy at the NAFA World Series checking bats to certifiy that they meet NAFA specifications. Ortiz is in his third year assisting at the NAFA World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series.

FARGO – At his home ballpark in Southern California, Jesse Ortiz can be found hustling from one field to another. He’s an administrator, a resolver of disputes, he oversees the scorekeepers, and he even does some field maintenance when the need arises.

Ortiz is the executive director of the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL). It’s a job with a lot of duties and some headaches, but he sets all of that aside when it’s his turn to pitch.

He works diligently for long hours on several weekends throughout the fastpitch season to ensure that SCIFL Alliance tournaments run smoothly.

“The SCIFL tournaments went well this year,” said Ortiz, 42. “We did have to cut back on some tournaments because of a conflict with the city (Santa Fe Springs). We had one tournament at Camp Pendleton (Marine Corps Base) and that went well.”

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Follow the ISC World Tournament on Pointstreak

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Follow the ISC World Tournament results by clicking on Pointstreak Scoring.

FM Fastpitch Association set to host World Series in Fargo

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Justin Feist help organize this week’s NAFA tournament to be held at the Northside softball complex. David Samson / The Forum

By Eric Peterson / Forum News Service
Aug 8, 2017

FARGO – Justin Feist was asked to play on a fall fastpitch softball team nine years ago not knowing what to expect. Feist had played baseball in high school, but didn’t know much about fastpitch.

He got hooked.

“I really enjoyed it,” said the 28-year-old Feist, now the president of the Fargo Moorhead Fastpitch Association. “I’ve played ever since.”

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Fargo-Moorhead softball players inducted into Hall of Fame

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Fargo-Moorhead Softball Hall of Fame Inductees Brian Rahman, left, and Josef Olivieri chat with Sharon Morgan, chairperson of the Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony at the Northend Softball Complex, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Photo By BOB OTTO.

FARGO – Some of the best to ever play the sport of softball are from the Fargo-Moorhead area. In 2016 the Fargo-Moorhead Softball Hall of Fame was formed to honor the area’s best.

The first class was honored last year and the tradition has carried on with the second round of inductions held during a ceremony at Northside Softball Complex, Aug. 11.

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