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Jack Grafmeier Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament Features USA and New Zealand National Teams

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Beautiful Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wis. will be the setting for the Jack Grafmeier Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, May 31-June 2. Photo By BOB OTTO

KIMBERLY, Wis. – It doesn’t get any better than this for men’s fastpitch softball fans as 16 top-tier ball clubs – including the USA and New Zealand national teams – will compete for supremacy at fabled Sunset Park in Kimberly from May 31 to June 2.

The action kicks off Friday night at 6 with the 7:45 contest featuring the New Zealand Black Sox, the world’s No. 1 ranked team, taking on Tin Cup Tornado Fastpitch of St. Paul. Minn.

  • Mark your calendars fans, for this promises to be a great tournament.
  • Pool A
    Bar Buzz-Appleton, WI
    Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, WI
    Stoneyard, Madison, WI
    KC Monarchs, Kansas City, MO

    Pool B
    New Zealand Men’s National Team
    Dolan & Murphy, Aurora, IL
    Tin Cup Tornado, St Paul, MN
    Silver Star, Lacrosse, WI

    Pool C
    Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, ND
    Pueblo Bandits, Pueblo, CO
    Odin/Hennegars Plumbing, Odin, MN
    Hitters, Kimberly, WI

    Pool D
    USA Men’s National Team
    Hustle Hogs, Dekalb, IL
    Bar Blues, Madison, WI
    Optimum Crush, Kenosha, WI

    Friday Pool Play – Lower Diamond
    6:00 Buzz vs. KC Monarchs
    7:45 New Zealand vs. Tin Cup
    9:30 USA vs. Bar Blues

    Friday Pool Play – Upper Diamond 1
    7:00 Kegel vs. Hitters
    9:00 Stoneyard vs. Rice Lake

    Saturday Pool Play – Lower Diamond
    8:45 Dolan vs. Silver Star
    10:30 Tin Cup vs. Silver Star .
    12:15 Tin Cup vs. Dolan
    2:00 New Zealand vs. Dolan
    3:45 Buzz vs. Stoneyard
    5:30 Buzz vs. Rice Lake
    7:15 Pueblo vs. Kegel

    Saturday Pool Play – Upper Diamond 1
    8:45 Hogs vs. Optimum Crush
    10:30 Hogs vs. Bar Blues
    12:15 Optimum Crush vs. Bar Blues
    2:00 Optimum Crush vs. USA
    3:45 Hogs vs USA
    5:30 New Zealand vs. Silver Star
    7:15 KC Monarchs vs. Stoneyard

    Sunday Playoffs – Sites to be Determined
    8:30 A1 vs. D2
    10:15 B1 vs. C2
    12:00 winner vs winner
    8:30 C1 vs. B2
    10:15 D1 vs. A2
    12:00 winner vs. winner

    Championship on Sunset Lower Diamond
    1:45 p.m. scheduled game time

    Team Seeding
    **Division winners are seeded 1-4
    ***Top 2 Teams in each Pool make Playoffs
    Tie Breakers
    Head to Head
    Runs Allowed – ALL pool games

    Rain Out Phone No.

    Tournament Director
    Justin Colombo
    Cell: 920-585-0179
    Email: bossdj32@yahoo.com

    SoCal Knights Stay Perfect, Take Opening SCIFL Alliance Tournament

    Monday, April 1st, 2019

    SoCal Knights Jesse Martinez pitched back-to-back wins in the semifinal and championship games of the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance Tournament at Los Nietos Park, Santa Fe Springs on Saturday, Mar. 30. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The pitching was steady, the offense efficient, the defense sure-handed and as a result the SoCal Knights claimed the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance tournament championship at Los Nietos Park on Saturday.

    The Knights broke open a tight game with three late runs to hold off the Budmen, 9-5, in the final. With the victory, the Knights extend their winning streak to a perfect 11-0 in southern California’s early fastpitch season.

    Jesse Martinez hurled a six hitter with three walks and five strikeouts. After giving up four runs in the bottom of the first, the 29-year-old right-hander toughened the rest of the way, holding a one-through-nine murders row of Budmen hitters to just a lone run in fourth.

    “Overall, we played solid defense,” said Knights player / manager Jason Martinez. “As a team, we didn’t tear the cover off the ball, but we were consistently getting that timely hit when we needed it, and our pitchers kept us in every game and gave us the chance to come out on top.”

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