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KIRKPATRICK SET FOR SIXTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AS AUSSIE STEELERS TEAM NAMED

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Australian fastball pitcher, Andrew Kirkpatrick. Courtesy Photo / Softball Australia

Press Release
Softball Australia

AUSTRALIA – Aussie Steelers Captain Andrew Kirkpatrick is set to become the most decorated softballer in Australian Men’s softball history after being named for an unprecedented sixth WBSC World Championship from 13-23 June 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The veteran left hander first selected for Australia in 2001 is one of four remaining players from the 2009 gold medal winning World Championship team.

He is joined by Nick Shailes, Adam Folkard and Nick Norton all of which are preparing for their fifth WBSC World Championship and were all part of the memorable 2009 Aussie Steelers World Championship victory against New Zealand in Saskatoon.

“Having those four players in our team from 2009 is going to prove invaluable in our World Championship campaign,” said newly appointed Aussie Steelers Head Coach Kere Johanson.
“All of them bring a wealth of experience on to the diamond which will go a long way to helping a few of our young guys get comfortable on the international stage.”

  • Kirkpatrick will lead a team of 17 players five of which will make their official Aussie Steelers debut.
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    Masters open 2019 SCIFL men’s fastpitch season in Palmdale

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

    SCIFL Masters (age 50-older) rollout their season in Palmdale, Calif. Sunday, April 7. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL Commissioner
    P.O. Box 6572
    Burbank, CA 91510
    Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
    Phone: 661-510-8928

    PALMDALE, Calif.SCIFL Masters Tournament is scheduled for April 7, 2019 in Palmdale, CA at Marie Kerr Park 39700 30th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551.

    Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com by Sunday, March 31, 2019 so the field rentals can be paid the following day. Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments.

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    SCIFL men’s fastpitch tournament at Los Nietos Park Saturday

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

    Press Release
    Jesse Ortiz, SCIFL Commissioner
    P.O. Box 6572
    Burbank, CA 91510
    Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
    Phone: 661-510-8928

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) is hosting a one-day Alliance Tournament, Saturday, May 30 at
    Los Nietos Park, 11143 Charlesworth Road, Saturday, May 30.

    Pool play games start at 9 a.m. with single elimination starting at 1:30 and the championship game scheduled for 4:30.

    Click on Tournament Bracket for teams and field assignments.

    SCIFL men’s fastpitch features talented players, teams and plenty of action during the So. California men’s fastpitch softball season. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    2019 Joe Santos Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

    The 2019 Annual Joe Santos Memorial Tournament will be held May 25-26 at Joe Santos Field, Pueblo, Colorado. Photo By MARY KELLEY

    PUEBLO, Colo. – Fastpitch fans, players and teams don’t want to miss out on one of the best men’s fastpitch tournaments in the U.S. when the Joe Santos Memorial Tournament will be held at the ball field named in his honor, May 25-26.

    **For more information contact Jerry Santos, 719-240-4771, or Chris Santos, 303-419-7352**

    Fifty Men’s Fastpitch Softball Teams Heading To Las Vegas Road Trip

    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

    Press Release
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President

    LAS VEGAS – This year the Las Vegas Road Trip XII will have 50 teams maximum; the most ever participating in the event. Teams from Canada, Mexico, and the United States are all represented in this tournament.

    The tournament will be using SCIFL rules. Teams will have the option to bat up to 10 players using the Extra Hitter (EH), a Designated Runner (DR), and a Courtesy Runner (CR) may be used for the pitcher or catcher ONLY but it must be the last recorded out.

    Three Games Guaranteed

    All divisions will use the 3-game guarantee NAFA bracket. The championship games are scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday with “IF” games immediately after if necessary, except for the A-Division which will not have an “IF” game.

    “All winners will have paid berths to the NAFA World Series except for the A-Division which will have the top two teams with paid berths,” Ortiz said.

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    Guzman, Hackett, Hicks, McCurry and Muizelaar tabbed Assistant Coaches for 2019 Men’s National Team

    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 11, 2019

    OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball has announced the USA Softball Men’s National (MNT) assistant coaches that will join Head Coach Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.) during the 2019 season.

    Ron Guzman (Salinas, Calif.), Ron Hackett (Richmond, Va.), Greg Hicks (Bakersfield, Calif.), Nick McCurry (Ashland, Ohio) and Gerald Muizelaar (Grand Forks, N.D.) will assist Leather as the team competes at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru and select international events on the 2019 calendar.

    This will be the first stint on the coaching staff for Hackett and Muizelaar while Guzman, Hicks and McCurry have each previously held roles on the MNT coaching staff.

    Guzman, along with Hicks and McCurry, helped lead the 2018 U.S. team that competed at the Intercontinental Cup in Prague, Czech Republic. Despite a 1-4 showing at the event, Team USA proved they are a Top Five contender with a 5-4, walk-off win over Argentina.

    “I am extremely honored to be a part of the USA Softball Men’s National Team program this summer,” said Guzman. “I’m looking forward to working with Coach Leather and the entire staff. This is the absolute pinnacle in your career to be able to wear the Red, White and Blue while representing your country.”

    Hicks and McCurry have served as Assistant Coaches for the MNT since the 2014 season. In their tenure with Team USA, the duo has coached at two WBSC Men’s World Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games.

    “As a player or coach, the highest honor you could ever get is to represent the United States,” said McCurry. “There is no better feeling to have a jersey with ‘USA’ on your chest. I’m very thankful that I am chosen for this prestigious honor. Softball has been in my blood ever since I was a very young man. I want to thank everyone that is involved in USA Softball for selecting me. I will never forget this honor. We are looking forward to working with the athletes to win a Gold Medal.”

    Hicks and McCurry were also a part of the 2017 coaching staff that helped Team USA claim the Bronze Medal at the Pan American Championship – the first international medal for the U.S. since 2003.

    “Being selected to be part of the coaching staff for the 2019 season is very special,” said Hicks. “Any time you can stand on a ball field with ‘USA’ across your chest – it is an unbelievable feeling and never gets old. I feel unbelievably blessed with the opportunity to represent my country in international competition. It is a unique experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

    Hackett joins the USA Softball MNT program for his first stint as Assistant Coach after being around the men’s game for a number of years. A native of Elkland, Pa., a hotbed for men’s fast pitch, Hackett played a number of years at the men’s major level. Beginning in 2015, Hackett transitioned into administrative roles, coaching and sponsoring several teams who finished in the Top 5 at the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship.

    “It’s an honor to be selected as part of the Men’s National Team coaching staff,” said Hackett. “To represent your country competing against the best in the world is the pinnacle of our sport. I’m humbled and appreciative for the opportunity USA Softball has given us to represent our country this year.”

    Muizelaar is making his first appearance as a coach for the MNT program, though he packs plenty of experience as an alumni of the program. A member of the 2013-2015 MNT rosters, Muizelaar competed in two WBSC Men’s World Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games. Muizelaar compiled a 2-3 record in 36 and one-third innings in the circle for Team USA at the World Championships, fanning 53 batters while he went 1-0 at the Pan American Games with 11 strikeouts in 10 and two-third innings pitched.

    Gerald Muizelaar, a veteran on the USA National Men’s Fastpitch Team, has now joined the coaching staff on Team USA. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1999 ISC World Tournament

    “I am very excited to continue my involvement with the USA Softball Men’s National Team,” said Muizelaar. “I know that my desire to compete on the field will never go away, but I look forward to the new challenge of coaching this group of talented athletes. With the right preparation, I believe that we can compete with the best in the world and have a legitimate opportunity to achieve our goal of winning Gold this summer.”

    For more information on the USA Softball National Team program, please visit USASoftball.com.

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    As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

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    The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Premier12, World Baseball Classic, Baseball World Cups, Softball World Cups and Softball World Championships, as well as baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games.

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    Masters Open SCIFL Men’s fastpitch season in So. Calif.

    Friday, March 8th, 2019

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opens it’s 2019 season with the Masters division (ages 40-50-60-plus) at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Sunday, Mar. 10.

    The first pitch will be thrown in the one-day event at 9 a.m. with the final game scheduled for 3 p.m. Ten teams will compete in the round-robin format.

    SCIFL Masters Teams

  • RPM
  • Casa Trejo
  • Budmen 40
  • Budmen 50
  • Bandits
  • Quakes
  • Patriots
  • Max Air
  • So Cal Knights / Syndicate Air
  • Bandits 50
  • Knights
  • SCIFL Masters schedule for Sunday, Mar. 10 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Photo Courtesy of SCIFL

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    Jesse Ortiz commits to save SCIFL

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019

    JESSE ORTIZ is kept busy at the 2017 NAFA World Series checking bats to certify that they meet NAFA specifications. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series.


    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif
    . – Someone had to step up, and if he wouldn’t, who would?

    In 2015, the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) was facing a leadership crisis. Its long-time president, Robert Hernandez, was retiring with no one willing to take the reins. Except for one man.

    Realizing the league was in danger of folding when Hernandez stepped down, Jesse Ortiz essentially said, “I’ll do it.”

    “It was going to fold unless someone took over,” said Ortiz, 44. “So I decided to step up and do it to keep it going.”

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    Baseball and softball not included among shortlisted sports by Paris Organizing Committee for 2024 Olympics

    Friday, March 1st, 2019

    Baseball and softball not included among shortlisted sports by Paris Organizing Committee for 2024 Olympics

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 26, 2019
    Web Release: Link

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Paris Organizing Committee met recently to determine which sports would make up the 2024 Olympic Program and decided upon breakdancing, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing to make the final cut of shortlisted sports.

    The decision comes after the groundbreaking Olympic Agenda 2020 passed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that gives Olympic host cities the right to propose sports that are popular in the host country and add to the appeal of the Games.

    “We’ve taken our time to truly take in what Paris 2024’s decision means, not only to USA Softball as a whole but to the sport that means so much to people all around the globe,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer, Craig Cress. “While disheartening, the response we’ve seen from the softball community is a resounding display that our sport will continue to thrive and grow. We won’t give up, the work never ends – but we can promise you that our athletes will continue to compete each year and proudly represent our great nation on the international stage and we encourage fans to continue their loyal support of softball. We also stand with the international softball community in the fight for inclusion in future Olympic Games and we will continue to work with groups who value the growth of our sport both domestically and internationally.”

    The IOC still needs to give final approval to the choices made by the Paris 2024 organizers during the executive board in December 2020.

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    Japan tops host New Zealand to win men’s softball TAB Challenge Cup

    Friday, March 1st, 2019

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Men’s softball No. 3 nation in the world Japan shocked the host crowd and claimed the TAB Challenge Cup 2019 with a 3-1 victory over No. 1 New Zealand in the final of the tournament.

    A two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning off the bat of HIKARU MATSUDA provided the Japanese pitching staff enough difference to secure the title at Rosedale Park in Albany, Feb. 10.

    Both national teams had advanced to the final after crushing victories in the semifinal. New Zealand beat New Zealand B, 7-0, and Japan defeated Australia by a score of 10-2.

    Australia, Japan and New Zealand are tunning up for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019, to be held from 13-23 June, in Prague and Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic. New Zealand is the defending world champions.

    REO KOYAMA, key member of the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2016 title for Japan, had a stellar outing in the final and claimed the win, pitching 6.33 innings with 5 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. He kept the powerful Black Sox line up quiet for six innings before leaving the circle in the bottom of the seventh, with the score 3-1.

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