Sluggers power Casa Trejo to NAFA World Series Silver Medal

Written by Bob on September 20th, 2018

The 2018 Casa Trejo Bombers of Yucaipa, Calif. won the Silver Medal in the NAFA West Masters 40-Over Gold Division at Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16. The team includes Dave Hess, Eddie Arnal, Herlen Yeomans, Joe Janicke, Albert Garcia, Joaquin Juarez, Chapo Ramirez, Shawn Campa, Sergio Padilla, Donovan Reyes, Vincente Cervantes, Benito Flores and Ralph Roybal. Courtesy Photo By Ralph Roybal

Carson City, Nev
. – The Casa Trejo Bombers of Yucaipa, Calif., outscored its foes 41-to-12, had four players hit over .400, and had a .381 team batting average with 10-of-12 batters smashing the ball over the .300 mark.

As anyone familiar with men’s fastpitch softball knows, such stratospheric numbers lead to lots of wins.

And win the Bombers did in claiming the Silver Medal at the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Masters West World Series, age 40-plus Gold Division with a 4-1 record in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 14-16.

Manager Ralph Roybal credited his players – a blend of local talent, and players from Arizona and Mexico – for peaking at the right time and bringing the second-place trophy home to sponsor Ruth Trejo Garcia and her Casa Trejo restaurant on County Line Road in Yucaipa.

This is the second consecutive year that the Bombers have placed runner-up in a NAFA Masters men’s World Series that features top-rated teams from the United States and Canada.

“As a player and coach, as long as I see our guys playing hard, giving 100-percent and having fun, that’s all I can ask,” said Roybal. “We have put the Bombers on the map in Masters fastpitch.”

The Casa Trejo Bombers claimed second place in the age 40-over Gold Division at the 2018 NAFA West Masters World Series, Sept. 16. Photo Courtesy of Ralph Roybal.

Fifteen teams competed in the four-day tournament, with the Bombers winning four-consecutive games (13-0, 1-0, 15-5, 11-1) before taking on the Portland, Oregon CR Brewers In the Gold Medal game.

But the Bombers win streak came to an end as they could muster but one run on Joe Janicke’s home run in a 6-1 loss.

No shame in that though as the undefeated Brewers (6-0) were fortified with a tremendous pitching staff of USA Softball National Team pitcher Tony Mancha, who held the Bombers to four hits in four innings, with Canadian Rob Schweyer closing out the final three frames perfectly along with three strikeouts.

Along with Janicke, Dave Hess, Albert Garcia and Joaquin Juarez hit safely in three trips to the plate.

“This was a big accomplishment for the Bombers,” said NAFA Executive Director Benji Hedgecock. “They were the talk of the tournament as they went from taking second in the Silver Division last year to taking second in the Gold Division this year. An amazing feat.”

The Bombers placed six players on the All-World team including Shawn Campa, who led the team with a .538 batting average; Sergio Padilla, batting .462., Albert Garcia, .429; Eddie Arnal, .429; Joe Janicke, .385, and pitcher Benito Flores, who led the pitching staff with a 3-1 record.

“This accomplishment wouldn’t have happened without great people helping us,” Roybal said in crediting Ruth Trejo Garcia for sponsoring the team for several years, along with Fred Garcia and Joaquin Juarez.

    Game Summaries

Casa Trejo 13, Antz Outlaws 0

Benito Flores pitched a five-inning perfect game with 11 strikeouts, while Janicke (3 RBI) and Garcia homered, and Herlan Yeomans and Eddie Arnal (2 RBI) drilled doubles.

Casa Trejo 1, House of Floors Installers 0

Vincente Cervantes and Craig Summers hooked up in an eight-inning pitching duel with Cervantes nailing down the win on a five-hitter with five strikeouts. Yeomans and Sergio Padilla had two hits each, and Janicke lifted a deep fly ball in the top of the eighth to drive in Dave Hess with the game winner.

Casa Trejo 15, Tribe Athletics 5

The Bombers pounded out 15 hits, led by Campa’s 3-for-3 and 3 RBI, while Janicke, Yeomans and Juarez drilled home runs. Flores (2 innings, 6 strikeouts, no runs) picked up the win, with relief help from Yeomans, who threw the final two innings, striking out three and giving up four runs.

Casa Trejo 11, KW Pirates 1

If the Bombers wanted some revenge, then this was the game as the Pirates defeated the Bombers in last year’s Silver Division championship. And the Bombers certainly got it. Flores allowed three hits and struck out four in the four-inning contest shortened under the mercy rule. Padilla drove in three runs, while Campa plated two in the Bombers 10-hit attack. Donovan Reyes blasted a triple to also drive in a run. This huge win qualified the Bombers to meet the Brewers in the Gold Medal game.

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