Accidental softballer Nik Hayes hopes to strike Yukon gold

Written by Bob on April 14th, 2017

NICHOLAS BOYACK
The Dominion Post
April 13 2017

NEW ZEALAND – If you want to know how tough it is being a Black Sox, you can ask Nik Hayes.

The Dodgers and Hutt Valley pitcher is a key member of Mark Sorenson’s team looking to win the World Series in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada in July.

Hayes has carved out a fine career in a Dodgers team that has dominated national club softball in recent years.

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A1 Bombers and J&B Painting merger creates super team with big goal

Written by Bob on April 13th, 2017

The J&B BOMBERS defeated the Northeast Naturals, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament at Sunset Park in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The team includes co-sponsors and managers Bob Berger and Jerry Zimmerman; players Eli Salazar, Cameron Schiller, Tyler Dudley, Freddy Carmona, Jorge Segura, Pat Burns, Tony Mancha, Blake Hunter, Tyler McGaughey, Mike Hoadley, Derrick Kennedy, Kris Walushka, Jesse Palacios, Mark Aranda, Gil Saenz, Devon McCullough and Bryan Erwin. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – Both Jerry Zimmerman and Bob Berger look back with pride on the accomplishments of their respective ball clubs during the 2016 season.

Zimmerman’s A1 Bombers of Saskatoon, SK, CA finished fifth (4-2) in the ISC World Tournament, while Berger’s J&B Painting club of Agoura Hills, Calif. took 11th (2-2). And just a year prior, they finished third and fifth respectively.

Adding to those accolades, the Bombers also took second (5-2) in the 2016 ASA Men’s Major National Championship.

And during the regular season, both teams were ranked in the top-ten by the ISC.

Very good ball clubs? Certainly. Great? Close, but not quite.

While both were competitive, capable of and often beating the best in the game, neither had quite the firepower to grasp the brass rings – which in men’s fastpitch equate to winning the ISC world tournament and ASA major national championship.

So, if you come close but can’t quite win those titles, what can be done? Merge. Exactly what the two men decided to do.

By combining forces, they significantly raise the odds of winning those two coveted championships. And it appears they’ve created a ball club – the J&B Bombers – that must be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

Zimmerman and Berger left no doubt about their expectations.

“We’re going to win the world,” Berger said, “win everything. That’s our goal.”

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Animal House of LaCrosse plans busy fastpitch season

Written by Bob on April 13th, 2017

LaCrosse, Wisc. – From May to August, Animal House ball players had best set aside most of their weekends. Because they will be playing a lot of fastpitch softball.

BUD OLSON has arranged a busy schedule with 12 tournaments slated – highlighted by a grand finale come August in the NAFA World Series.

Animal House will be traveling a bit to neighboring Minnesota and Illinois. Why the out-of-state excursions?

“Fastpitch has gotten to the point that neighboring states need to come together to make quality tournaments happen,” said Olson, 71. “simply put, ‘if we expect to take, we better be ready to give.'”

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Someone to know: Bob Rockwood of the 2017 Maccabi USA fastpitch team

Written by Bob on April 12th, 2017

BOB ROCKWOOD pitching for MACCABI USA, began his fastpitch career as a shortstop for the Prescott (AZ) Mustangs, but took up pitching at age 39. Now he’s being relied on to help lead the USA Maccabi Masters team (35-older) to a gold medal in the 20th MACCABIAH GAMES to be held in Israel in July.

Rockwood along with a pitching staff that included Russ Snow, helped the ball club finish third (4-2) in the 16-team, A-Major Division in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, April 7-9 at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

 

ISC appoints player representatives

Written by Bob on April 11th, 2017

FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress has appointed a new slate of 12 player representatives.

“We want to thank all of these individuals who have stepped forward to be a voice for the players in the game,” said ISC President Dean Oscar.

ISC Player Representatives

  • Brad Pender – Canada East
  • Chris Diethert – US Central
  • Eric Fogel – US East
  • Jon Gwizadala – US East
  • Justin Schofield – Atlantic Canada
  • Kris Walushka – Canada West
  • Matt McLaren – Canada East
  • Nick Santos – US West
  • Scott Galenza – Canada West
  • Tyler Dudley – US East
  • Sisco Sabate – International
  • Zennon Winters – International
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    Coyotes overcome huge deficit to claim A-Division Las Vegas Road Trip title

    Written by Bob on April 10th, 2017

    THE 2017 LAS VEGAS ROAD TRIP X CHAMPION BEAUMONT COYOTES includes Jeremy Dean, Gilbert Valdivia, Gabriel Valdivia, Jesse Mullen, Jason Martinez, Jesse Martinez, George Valdivia, Johnny Ray, Damon Valdivia, Richard Soriano, Derek Soto, Devon Valdivia, Justin Martinez and manager David Valdivia. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The Beaumont Coyotes had dug themselves a hole, a huge hole.

    Now, could they dig themselves out of it?

    Of top priority, the man in the circle had to stop the hemorrhaging. That’s exactly what Jesse Martinez did.

    Trailing 5-0 in the fifth inning in the A-Division championship game of the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Martinez told his teammates he wouldn’t give up any more runs.

    Now all they had to do was show some offensive punch. And like lighting a fuse, the Coyotes bats caught fire in the fifth and sixth innings.

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    The workhorse leads A1 Rockies to Las Vegas Road Trip championship

    Written by Bob on April 10th, 2017

    DAVID BEETS pitched back-to-back games to lead the A1 Rockies of So. California to the A-Major Division championship in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament at Sunset Park, April 9.

    LAS VEGAS – In men’s fastpitch lingo, pitchers who shoulder the load are referred to as the workhorse, the guy that takes the ball inning after inning, game after game.

    He doesn’t look to the bullpen for relief. He doesn’t complain that he’s tired, or that his arm aches a little.

    He just goes out and does his job.

    David Beets, a big, hard-throwing right-hander from Oklahoma fits that description most assuredly.

    And he proved it Sunday afternoon in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament championship pitching for the A1 Rockies of So. California.

    Dropped into the losers bracket by All Star Auto of Grass Valley, 6-0, in the winners bracket final, the Rockies fought back through the losers bracket to defeat All Star Auto twice to take the A-Major Division title.

    And Beets hurled both games: an eight-inning 7-4 victory in game one, followed by a seven-inning 2-1 gem in the deciding contest.

    Rockies manager and catcher Tony Acedo had a good view of Beets’ performance from behind home plate.

    “Dave Beets was pretty much the man of the day,” said Acedo. “He was lights out for sure.”

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    J&B Bombers roll into Las Vegas Road Trip final

    Written by Bob on April 9th, 2017

    JORGE SEGURA BONILLA fires a pitch during J&B Bombers 7-0 win, Sunday, in the AA/AA-Major Division winners bracket final. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The Bombers lived up to their name in the winners bracket final of the AA/AA-Major Bracket by pounding out a 7-0 win over the Northeast Naturals.

    Pitchers Tony Mancha and Jorge Segura Bonilla combined for the win with Mike Hoadley slugging a three-run homer, and Mancha rapping out a pair of hits with two RBI.

    Mark Aranda and Jesse Palacios reached safely and drove in a run each.

    With the win, the Bombers improve to 3-0 and await the survivor of the losers bracket in the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. at Sunset Park in Las Vegas.

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    Strong hitting and stingy pitching send All-Star Automotive into Las Vegas Road Trip championship

    Written by Bob on April 9th, 2017

    MIKE MILLIGAN fired a four-hitter in leading All Star Auto of Grass Valley, Calif. to a 6-0 victory over the A1 Rockies in the winners bracket of the A-Major Division in the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – A pitcher’s job can certainly be made easier with run support. And with 27 runs over four games, All-Star Automotive pitchers, Travis Kunz and Mike Milligan, would certainly attest to that.

    All Star’s latest and biggest game was a 6-0 victory over the A1 Rockies, Sunday morning in the winners bracket final that sends All Star into the A-Major championship later in the afternoon.

    “It’s been our bats,” said All Star manager Tom Allen. “We’ve been getting key hits and quality at bats.”

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    Desperado Sports Tavern battles back into contention in AA AA-Major Division

    Written by Bob on April 9th, 2017

    A DESPERADO SPORTS TAVERN’S Al Khalaf laces into a pitch during a AA/AA-Major Division game in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament at Sunset Park on Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – After dropping a tough 3-1 loss to Marcio Sausage Co. in the AA/AA-Major opening game on Friday, Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Mont. has fought its way back with three consecutive wins on Saturday, to be just two games shy of reaching the championship game.

    On Saturday, Desperado beat back Santa Celilla, 5-4, followed by a 5-3 victory over Hector’s NAFA Selects, and then exacting some revenge the Missoula club defeated Marcio Sausage Co., 6-2, Saturday afternoon.

    Desperado returns to action Sunday morning in an 11:30 contest, taking on the winner between Team Marquez and TJ Fastpitch.

    Should they survive that game, Desperado would need only one more win to reach the championship – taking on the loser of the winners bracket final between the J&B Bombers and Northeast Naturals at 1:15.

  • Keep up with the results by visiting the AA/AA-Major Bracket on the SCIFL website.
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