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USA Junior Men’s National Team sweeps Fargo tournament

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

The USA Junior Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team.

FARGO, No. Dak. – Team USA went undefeated at 7-0 to win the 2018 Fargo Memorial Tournament at North Softball Complex in Fargo, May 25-27. The national team is preparing for the WBSC World Championship tournament for young men age 19-under in Prince Albert, Canada, July 7-15.

The USA Junior Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team includes Seth Brandel, Houghton Lake, Mich.; Trey Brown, Sanford, Fla.; Jose Dominguez, Union City, Calif.; Derek Gomez, Austin, Texas; Dalton Gray, South Jordan, Utah; Steven Hecht, Vassar, Mich.; Alex Ibarra, Cedar Hill, Texas; Nathan Landry, Indian Brook, Canada; Craig Lewis, Winston, Mo.; Jeff Lewis, Amboy, Minn.; Chayton Lloyd, Lakeside, Calif.; Justin Martinez, Covina, Calif.; Paul Miklovic, Caro, Mich.; Travis Miller, Kewaunee, Wis.; Garrett Nickel, Clarksville, Tenn.; Jason Obregon Jr., Pico Rivera, Calif.; William Pahlow, Oshkosh, Wis.; Ethan Rodriguez, San Ramon, Calif.; Daniel Stangel, Kewaunee, Wis.; Dustin Thompson, Nevada City, Calif., and Tony Wark, Munger, Mich. The COACHING STAFF includes Tyron McKinney, Head Coach, and assistant coaches Tony Aresco, Mike Armitage and Bob Piddock.

All Star Auto drives to President Hoover championship

Thursday, May 31st, 2018


The All Star Automotive men’s fastpitch softball team swept undefeated through the 2018 President Hoover Memorial Day Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to claim the title in Newberg, Ore. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, NAFA District Commissioner

The Union
By Union staff
May 29, 2018

NEWBERG, Ore. – With a dominant effort on the diamond, All Star Automotive won the 2018 President Hoover Memorial Day Fastpitch Softball Tournament in Newberg, Oregon over the weekend.

All Star Automotive, a Grass Valley based team named after its sponsor, went 5-0 on its way to claiming the tourney championship.

The team is comprised of Robert Alvara, Terry Gekoster, Kody Kencke, Justin Deme, Adam Custer, Toby Thompson, Russ Newnan, Alec Giron, Wes Cross, Josh Noxon, Matt Donovan and Josh Cena.

All Star Automotive was led by all-tourney selections Terry Gekoster, Kody Kencke, Robert Alvara, Justin Deme, Josh Cena and Rusty Newnan. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, NAFA District Commissioner.

TOURNAMENT SCORES

ISC Carrol Forbes Foundation Youth Tournaments In Saginaw

Monday, May 28th, 2018

SAGINAW, Mich. – The International Softball Congress will be holding four divisional youth tournaments conducted by tournament directors Tom Stasik and Scott Stasik at Hoyt Park in Saginaw, July 20-22.

THE DIVISIONS

  • 12-Under (Date of Birth 2006 or later)
  • 14-Under (Date of Birth 2004 or later)
  • 16-Under (Date of Birth 2002 or later)
  • 18-Under (Date of Birth 2000 or later)
  • ENTRY FEE

  • $325.00 (USD) – 4 game guarantee
  • CONTACT INFO
    Tom Stasik, TomStasik@gmail.com
    Scott Stasik, scottstasik@gmail.com
    989-714-3906

    Softball Hall of Fame to induct Daniel D. Dolan family of Aurora

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    Daniel D. Dolan, right, first sponsored a City League team, the Creative DJs, in 1982. (Brian Dolan)

    By Rick Armstrong
    Aurora Beacon-News
    August 7, 2016

    AURORA, Ill. – For decades, the Donlan has been synonymous with men’s fastpitch softball in Aurora. Come next weekend, its reach will be extended even further.

    That’s when the Daniel D. Dolan family, longtime sponsors of the men’s fastpitch softball Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, will be inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame.

    The family is this year’s recipient of the Bob Welby Memorial Recognition of Service Award that will be presented Sunday morning at the Class of 2016 induction breakfast.

    The event, which will be held at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, is being held in conjunction with the ISC World Tournament Aug. 13-20 at Moline’s Green Valley Softball Complex.

    “I got that call and I was flabbergasted,” Daniel D. Dolan, the family’s 85-year-old patriarch, said. “It is such an honor to be included.”

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    Sprucing up Pierce Field to revitalize Aurora fastpitch league

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018


    AURORA, Ill
    . – It’s old, it’s got an odd-ball configured outfield, and frankly, many a modern-era ball player would most likely prefer newer digs.

    But not Kyle Pittman.

    He has a fondness for 88-year-old Pierce Field in Aurora. Understandably so. The 27-year-old outfielder grew up learning the fastpitch softball game at Pierce. He’s played league games there since his introduction to the sport at 15.

    And he gets to pitch to his heart’s desire in the Pierce Field city league. Not so much with the open-level Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks traveling squad where he primarily patrols the outfield.

    But he does admit that Pierce has its peculiarities. Most notably, an outfield fence that starts out normal enough at 245-feet in left-field, but then begins angling out to 261’ in dead center, before cutting sharply back in to 196’ in right.

    Odd dimensions, certainly, but none-the-less, Pittman loves the old park with its aging wooden bleachers behind home plate; and being tucked snugly in a residential and industrial area of Aurora only adds to its homeyness.

    “Just about every ballpark you play in now everywhere is in a ‘cookie-cuter’ style complex with three to four fields,” said Pittman. “While those places are nice, I love being able to play in this old park a couple times a week.”

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    Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks carry on Aurora men’s fabled fastpitch tradition

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    JOHN SCHWEIGHART of Camargo, Ill. plays the outfield for the Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks of Aurora, Ill. Photo Courtesy Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks


    AURORA, Ill
    . – Men’s fastpitch tradition is a fabled one in Aurora, rivaling that of any city, state or nation. The names are legendary: Sealmasters, Home Savings, Coors Silver Bullets, Allsteel Steelers and Creative DJ’s.

    Those teams both inspired admiration and struck fear in many a visiting ball club to Aurora’s Stevens-Adamson Field where they once played.

    International Softball Congress World Championships? Amateur Softball Association titles? International Softball Federation championships? More than a few, including Stealmasters (formed in 1943) ASA national titles in 1959, 1961, 1965 and 1967. And the list could go on.

    As with most things in life, there comes an end. And the great teams that once graced Stevens-Adamson Field have long since disbanded. But not so with the Aurora fastpitch tradition. The Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks have kept that accord very much alive.

    For 32 years, the Shamrocks have been a competitive staple in ISC and ASA competition, traveling the Midwest and beyond competing against the best teams in North America.

    Kyle Pittman, 27, began playing in a local league at 15 and now patrols the outfield for the Shamrocks. He’s come to know the history of Aurora fastpitch very well.

    “Once I started getting into it I started finding out more about the history and legacy of the game in Aurora,” said Pittman. “It seemed like everyone I talked to who was from here new about the game back in its prime. I never got to go watch a game at Stevens-Adamson Field where you could watch the best players in the world compete; it’s something I regret.”

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    Newberg NAFA tourney wraps up Sunday

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    Shayne Arndt is a NAFA Director for the Northwest Region. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt

    By SHAYNE ARNDT
    NAFA Director of Northwest Region

    NEWBERG, Ore. – The President Hoover Memorial Day Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, May 26-27, being played a Crater Park wraps up Sunday with the playoffs starting at 8:30 a.m., with the title and consolation games scheduled for 11:50.

      Saturday’s Schedule (scores not available)

    8:30 a.m.
    C1 Desparados vs All Star

    10:10
    C1 Desparados vs Braves

    11:50
    C1 All Star vs Cleons
    C2 Braves vs K Club

    1:30 p.m.
    C1 All Star vs Braves
    C2 K Club vs Cleons

    3:10
    C1 Cleons vs Jack’s

    4:50
    C1 K Club vs Jack’s

    6:30
    C1 Desparados vs Jacks

      Sunday Playoffs

    8:30 a.m.
    C1 seed 6 vs seed 3
    C2 seed 5 vs seed 4

    10:10
    C1 seed 3/6 vs seed 1
    C2 seed 4/5 vs seed 2

    11:50
    C1 Championship
    C2 Consolation game

    Team USA stays perfect in Fargo Memorial Tournament

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    JASON OBREGON, JR. of Pico Rivera, Calif., led Team USA batsmen with a 4-of-4 performance in defeating Len’s Automotive of St. Paul, Minn., 9-5, in the Fargo Memorial Tournament, Saturday, May 26. Courtesy Photo / USA Softball

    FARGO, No. Dak. – The USA Jr. Men’s National Team capped an impressive fastpitch day by winning its third straight game, 9-5, over Len’s Automotive of St. Paul in the Fargo Memorial Tournament at North Softball Complex, Saturday.

    JASON OBREGON, Jr. led Team USA’s 13-hit barrage with a perfect 4-of-4 at the plate and an RBI, while ALEXANDRO IBARRA, Jr. picked up the win, allowing a pair of runs in four innings. The Texas native struck out one and walked two to notch his second win of the tournament.

    CRAIG LEWIS hurled the final three frames, allowing a run on two hits with a strikeout.

    Team USA broke the game open with a seven-run barrage in the bottom half of the first inning, along with solo scores in the sixth and seventh to improve to 4-0 in the tournament.

    Along with Obregon, Daniel Stangel was 3-of4, RBI, run; Jeff Lewis, 2-of-4, RBI; Tony Wark, 1-of-4, RBI, run; Dalton Gray, 1-of-3, run; Chayton Lloyd, RBI, 2 runs; Dustin Thompson, RBI, Jose Dominguez, Jr., 1-of2, run.

    In the tournament, the bats have been prolific, driving in 34 runs, while opponents have plated 11.

    And in the circle, Ibarra, Lewis and Nathan Landry have allowed just 4 earned runs in 25 innings for a team ERA of 1.67.

    The tournament closes Sunday with Team USA meeting Notre Dame at North Softball Complex at 7 p.m.

    USA Junior Team upends Knights to stay perfect in Fargo tournament

    Saturday, May 26th, 2018

    DEREK GOMEZ of Austin, Texas drove in four runs to lead Team USA to a 10-1 victory over the Fargo Knights in the Fargo Memorial Weekend Tournament, Saturday. Courtesy Photo / USA Softball

    FARGO – DEREK GOMEZ drove in four runs, CRAIG LEWIS fired a three-hitter and the USA Jr. Men’s National Team pounded the Fargo Knights, 10-1, to push Team USA’s record to 3-0 in the Fargo Memorial Weekend Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at North Softball Complex, Saturday.

    In the five-inning mercy affair, Lewis struck out four and allowed three walks and the one earned run. Gomez, batting cleanup, was 2-for-3 and belted a bases-loaded triple in the second inning that saw Team USA scored five times to take a 7-0 lead.

    The Knights plated a run in the top of the fourth on Paul Ness’s single, but the national team answered right back in their bottom half of the inning with three runs, highlighted by Gomez’s run-scoring single.

    Lewis struck out the side in the fifth to end the game and push his record to 2-0.

    Gomez led the offense, but had help from Jeff Lewis leading off, who was 1-for-2 with an RBI and scored twice; Paul Miklovic, 1-for-1, RBI, 3 runs; Tony Wark, 1-for-2, RBI, 2 runs; Daniel Stangel, 1-for-2, 2 runs; and Ethan Rodriguez, 1-for-2, and a run scored.

    For the Knights, Patrick Gaylord, Ness, and Tim Tweiten each had a hit, while Andrew Potter was saddled with the loss in two innings of work.

    ***The Jr. men’s national team is preparing for the World Baseball Softball Confederation Junior Men’s World Championship in Prince Albert, CA, July 8-15.***

    Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League Hosts Reunion To Remember The Good Times

    Saturday, May 26th, 2018


    PAUL HARRINGTON, who coaches the Farmington High School girls’ softball team and directed the men’s city league, shows former Farmington High school pitcher Ashley Betzold how to throw the rise ball. Ashley’s father, Daren Betzold, was a top pitcher in the Farmington league for 25 years (1976 – 2001). Contributed photo.

    FARMINGTON, Minn. – For 54 years (1958-2011) men’s fastpitch softball was played in Farmington. The list of teams and sponsors, players, managers and umpires would as the saying goes, “stretch for an arm’s length.”

    Though the historic Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League and Bobber Men’s Fastpitch Tournament are no more, that doesn’t mean they’re forgotten. And on Aug. 26, a reunion will be held to reminisce about those great times at the Castle Rock & Roll Bar & Grill in Castle Rock.

    Of those 54 years, Paul Harrington directed the Farmington league 37 years (1975-2011). He was just 19 when he took the reins after the league director suddenly resigned in the middle of the season.

    The league and tournament evolved over the years to become two of the strongest entities in Minnesota fastpitch history.

    League teams claimed state championships in 1992 and ’99, along with Castle Rock and Morelli’s of St. Paul who are believed to have also won titles, while playing the league season in Farmington.

    “Breaking the door down and winning a state championship in 1992 is a big memory for me,” said Harrington. “But knowing our league teams were always in the mix afterwards with other state championships and high finishes, and giving our league respect and recognition was very fulfilling as a league director.”

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