Men’s Masters Teams Rollout Southern California’s Fastpitch Season

Written by Bob on February 25th, 2019

Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) is opening the 2019 season with its Masters Tournament on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA.

Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com by email by Monday, February 25, 2019 so the fields can be paid the following day, per the City of Santa Fe Springs permit agreement.

Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments so please make sure you notify Jesse in a timely manner.

Participating Masters Teams

1. Budmen 40
2. Budmen 50
3. So Cal Knights 60
4. Patriots
5. Bandits
6. Casa Trejo
7. Quakes
8. RPM

  • Please let me know, as soon as possible, if I missed any teams or if one needs to drop out.
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    San Antonio Glowworms Hosting ISC World Tournament qualifier

    Written by Bob on February 6th, 2019

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The San Antonio Glowworms will host an International Softball Congress World Tournament qualifier to send one team to Denmark, Wis., which will be hosting the event, Aug. 10-17.

    DETAILS

  • $350 entry fee
  • Three-game guarantee
  • Tournament site: Koger Stokes Softball Complex and possibly Alva Jo Fischer Softball Complex, depending on number of entries
  • Dates: June 29-30
  • CONTACTS

    Ruben Rios
    Tournament Director
    210-854-6409

    David Rios
    210-310-6681
    elirios3155@gmail.com

     

    The Rios family’s San Antonio Glowworms steadfast devotion to men’s fastpitch softball

    Written by Bob on February 6th, 2019

    The San Antonio Glowworms men’s fast pitch team was started, managed and coached by Heldebrand “Chilolo” Rios, Jr. in 1957. Courtesy Photo By Rios family

    Rios family and their San Antonio Glowworm tournament join forces with the International Softball Congress by hosting a world tournament qualifier

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas – If any team in America, Canada, or for that matter the world, can beat these numbers, speak up.

    For 118 years combined, the Rios family of San Antonio has been firmly entrenched in the men’s fastpitch game. Sixty-two of those years as a team of Rios’ dads, sons, uncles, cousins, grandkids, and 56 years hosting a Rios family run tournament.

    It all began with the patriarch of the family, Heldebrand “Chilolo” Rios, Jr., who after an injury ended his playing career in 1957, started the San Antonio Glowworms with its roster filled with Rios’ names. He steadfastly managed and coached the ball club until his death in 1998.

    Though he’s gone, the Rios family resolutely continues his devotion and love for the game.

    “My grandfather loved this sport,” said grandson David Rios. “It is an honor to carry on his tradition. I am proud to say that there has been a Rios playing men’s fastpitch since the 1930s, from my grandfather to my father and uncles to the grandchildren. We are blessed to carry on his legacy and keep his memory alive.”

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    Farmington Fastpitch Reunion In Photos

    Written by Bob on January 27th, 2019

    FARMINGTON, Minn. – The Farmington men’s fastpitch league flourished for over 54 years before it finally folded in 2011. It might be gone, but the good times the league offered hundreds of players hasn’t been forgotten by former ardent Farmington fastpitch fans.

    On Aug. 26 over 60 players, fans and sponsors met at Castle Rock & Roll Bar in Castle Rock to reminisce about the good old days of Farmington men’s fastpitch.

    Enjoy Some Photos of The Reunion

     

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

    Written by Bob on January 27th, 2019


    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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    Help support Reapers Fastpitch run to the ISC World Tournament

    Written by Bob on January 27th, 2019

    By RIC THOMPSON

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – Our annual softball team fundraiser will again be held at our longtime sponsor, Hitter’s Sports Bar! $20 gets you food and tap beer from 3:00-6:00 and, entry into our cash raffle drawing!

    Need not be present to win cash.

    Then, stick around after for NCAA Final Four action! Contact a Reaper’s team member to purchase your ticket or, stop in the day off the fundraiser!

    Also being raffled off is our signature “Cooler of Booze”! Tickets for the cooler will be sold the day of the event and, you will need to be present to win! Thank you for the support as we make begin our run to the ISC World Tournament to be held in Denmark, WI, at Circle Tap!

    It is a very exciting season for the AHI Reapers/Hitter’s Fastpitch Team!

    Hitter’s Sports Bar
    141 Clark St., Kimberly, Wisc. 54136
    (920) 815-3967
    Click for Map / Directions

    ***Contact Ric Thompson through Facebook***

     

    50 Teams Committed For 2019 Las Vegas Road Trip

    Written by Bob on January 27th, 2019

    BEAUMONT COYOTES SHORTSTOP, JEREMY DEAN, tags out a runner during the Coyotes first-round game in the A division of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. The Coyotes defeated the War Chiefs of Oklahoma to advance. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By JESSE ORTIZ
    Las Vegas Roadtrip Tournament Director

    Las Vegas – This is an update on the Las Vegas Road Trip XII that will be held April 12-14, 2019.

    Do to the high amount of interested teams wanting to participate, we have increased the amount of teams in the tournament from 34 to 50 which is the maximum the tournament will allow. This means the tournament is full in all divisions.

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    Men’s National Team training roster announced as 18 athletes selected to represent Team USA

    Written by Bob on January 8th, 2019

    KEVIN CASTILLO, left, and JONATHAN LYNCH, have been selected to the 2019 USA Softball Men’s National Training Roster. Photo USA Softball

    JAN. 06, 2019, 8:47 P.M. (ET)
    OKLAHOMA CITY — The training roster for the 2019 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT) has been announced today as 18 athletes have been selected following three days of Selection Trials, USA Softball announced.

    Selected by members of the Men’s National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC), these athletes will compete in select tournaments/invitational events before the final 17-player roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship and the 15-player roster for the Pan American Games will be finalized.

    “The players in attendance certainly made our job on the selection committee difficult,” said 2019 MNT Head Coach Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.). “There were a lot of talented players and the committee has assembled a team that gives the United States a great opportunity to capture Gold this summer at the WBSC World Championship and Pan American Games.”

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    2019 Men’s NAFA World Series Locations and Dates

    Written by Bob on January 7th, 2019

    By BENJIE HEDGECOCK
    NAFA Executive Director
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    503-559-5398, cell
    503-864-4487, work
    503-864-3939, fax

    The North American Fastpitch Association will hold its 27th annual World Series of men’s fastpitch softball with several classifications playing at various locations throughout the United States. Plan to enter soon as the tournaments fill up fast.

    Location / Classification / Dates

    1. Circle Tap/Denmark, WI
    Men’s 23-Under, slated to be the largest event in history
    Aug. 7-8-9

    2. Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
    Mens A-Major Aug. 8-11
    Mens Rec Aug. 9-11
    Mens A. Aug. 15-18
    Mens 23-U. Aug. 16-18

    ALEJO MUNOZ of Argentina helped Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois win the 2017 NAFA 23-UNDER World Series at Northside Softball Complex, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

    3. Manitowac,Wisconsin
    Mens AA. Aug. 8-10
    Mens AA-Major Aug. 16-18

    4. Quad Cities, IL/IA
    Masters Midwest
    Sept. 6-8

    5. Carson City, NV
    Masters West
    Sept. 13-15

    6. Las Vegas, NV
    Wood Bat
    (Currently dates not released.)

    Duluth Fastpitch catcher BRETT SCHEEVAL attempts to tag KYLE POBANZ when he tried to score on a fly ball, but Pobanz was called safe, giving Len’s Auto it’s final run in a 3-0 victory that sends the St. Paul club into the 2017 NAFA A Division World Series championship game on Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

     

    The 1950s in Minnesota Men’s fastpitch softball, and remembering pitcher Red Anderson

    Written by Bob on January 7th, 2019

    Pitcher RED ANDERSON is pictured in the back row, second from the left. Photo Minneapolis Star / Sept. 1, 1939

    Softball’s ‘Old Man River’ Still Rolling

    By MURRAY OLDERMAN
    Minneapolis Star Staff Writer
    July 13, 1951

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – When it comes to softball, Red Anderson’s one guy who can afford to scoff.

    “You shoulda seen the way we did it in the good old days.”

    He not only did it in the “good old days,” but he’s doing it now. Folks wandering out around Parade Grounds 1 tonight can catch 42-year-old Red still fooling batters as he serves them up for the Sathers against the Teamsters in Park National League Softball.

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