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Beaumont Coyotes celebrate 40th Annual 4th of July men’s fastpitch tournament

Monday, June 19th, 2017

By RICHARD SORIANO, Sr.
Coyote ballplayer

BEAUMONT, Calif. – The 40th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Fastpitch Softball Tournament will be held June 30th and July 1-2 at Rangel Park, home of Valdivia Field, named in honor of David Valdivia Sr..

While many teams in So. Calif. have long since folded, Valdivia has been steadfast in keeping the Beaumont Coyotes and the tournament alive since the 1970s, and as a source of pride in the Beaumont community.

TEN TEAMS from different parts of Southern California will be participating.

Come down to watch some good competition and enjoy the great homemade Mexican food served in the snack bar.

  • In 2016, the Coyotes took 4th place in the NAFA World Series in Mankato, Minn. They will attend again this year in Fargo, ND.
  • Farmersville Haymakers overcome slow start, finish strong with Elkland and NAFA World Series titles

    Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
    2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

    2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, Matt Sheaffer and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

    “The beginning of year it took us awhile to bond as a team and we weren’t playing the best, but by the end of the year we meshed as a team and finished out strong. It was a fun ride!” – Haymakers coach Merlin High

    EPHRATA, PA – Average. Ordinary. Mediocre. Not the kind of tags competitive athletes or teams want to be labeled with. It means you’re OK, but you’ve done nothing to distinguish yourself.

    That was the kind of season the Farmersville Haymakers were having, hovering around .500, finishing third at 13-12 in the Stevens’ Northend Softball League, third in the league playoffs…you get the picture.

    As coach Merlin High said, at the start of the year, “we weren’t playing the best.”

    But as the sporting cliché goes: it’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. And what a finish, what a stunning turnaround the Haymakers pulled off.

      WEILER CLICKS, WINNING STREAK STARTS

    And it all started at the NAFA World Series in North Mankato, Minnesota where the Haymakers delivered some big blows to go 5-0 and win the AA-Division championship.

    “Things started to click at the start of the NAFA World Series,” said player / pitcher Justin Zimmerman.

    And in fastpitch, “to click” starts with pitching. And with Duane Weiler as a late- season addition, the Haymakers fortunes shot upward like a NASA rocket.

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    Umpiring friends head to NAFA World Series one last time for special honor

    Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

    OAKCREEK, Wisc. – The miles to league games and tournaments add up into the thousands, the games into the hundreds. And the pay doesn’t make them rich.

    For fastpitch umpires, that’s the price they pay to officiate the game they love. And Wisconsin umpires Steve Komoroski and Tom Ueberroth, certainly have a soft spot in their hearts for the game of fastpitch softball.

    The two good friends started umpiring together about 1996, figures Ueberroth, 58. They’ve officiated the girls and women’s side from college division I to high school and tournaments.

    ST CLAIR THE CATALYST

    But they’ve umpired the men’s side as well, mainly with the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) in Wisconsin and at the NAFA World Series.

    “Henry St. Clair (the late, former NAFA UIC) got me started in men’s fastpitch about 20 years a go,” said Komoroski. “You don’t make much money, but I love it.”

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    Final SCIFL Alliance Tournament in Santa Fe Springs

    Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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    From Jesse Ortiz / SCIFL President

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The final Alliance tournament of the year will be held on July 30-31, 2016 at Little Lake Park, CA. Teams interested in participating need to reply via-email at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Sunday, July 17, 2016.

    Once the fields are paid additional adjustments will not be allowed, so if you want to participate make sure to reply by email before the deadline.

    Let’s finish the year strong and try to get as many teams as possible to participate. This will help prepare teams going to the NAFA World Series at Caswell Park in Mankato and North Mankato, Minnesota, Aug. 11-21.

    Sincerely,
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    661-510-8928

    Hank & Karen’s strives to ‘four-peat’ in Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament June 3-5

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

    LathropRiceLake.286lr The 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament will feature strong pitching and highly ranked teams and players competing for the championship in this coveted tournament at Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By Justin Colombo / Tournament Director
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament opens Friday night at 7 and taking center stage on fabled Sunset Park’s lower diamond will be Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch.

    Hank & Karen’s Pub & Grill, located in Appleton, will look to defend its title – for a FOURTH time. But it won’t be easy. Seven teams are looking to seize the title, including:

      POOL A
  • Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch
  • Hitter’s of Kimberly
  • Hustle Hogs, Dekalb, IL
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
    • POOL B
  • Stoneyard, Appleton
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton
  • Dolan & Murphy, Aurora, IL
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • The tournement continues through Saturday with a full slate of pool play games to decide seeding for Sunday’s playoffs.

    The tournament features three teams ranked highly by the International Softball Congress. Aurora Dolan & Murphy is ranked No. 24; Bar Buzz, No. 27, and Tin Cup (fresh from taking the championship of the Dugout Memorial Tournament in Cushing, Wisc.) holds the No. 31 spot.

    TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

    For more information, contact Tournament Director, Justin Colombo
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Hosts Tournament, April 23-24

    Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

    SCIFL

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – Check out the schedules for the SCIFL men’s fastpitch tournament, April 23-24, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs.

    Saturday Round Robin
    Sunday Single Elimination

    Jesse Ortiz, President
    So Cal Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL)
    P.O. Box 6572
    Burbank, CA 91510
    Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
    tele: 661-510-8923

    Those Guys Bringing Young Guys Into Fastpitch

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
    Those Guys fastpitch team of Long Beach, Calif., has five high school players on its roster, along with a good veteran core. In early April, the team finished runner-up to J & B Painting (an ISC caliber team) in a So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) tournament. Courtesy photo / SCIFL

    Those Guys fastpitch team of Long Beach, Calif., has five high school players on its roster, along with a good veteran core. In early April, the team finished runner-up to J & B Painting (an ISC caliber team) in a So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) tournament. Courtesy photo / SCIFL

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – In the late 1970s, Paul Castillo and a few of his fastpitch buddies decided to start a team. But what to name it? How about Those Guys, suggested Castillo.

    Approval was given, and now almost 40 years later, Those Guys are still playing the game they love in So. Calif.

    In the early years, veterans made up a good share of the roster. But over the past several years, Castillo has made a concerted effort to bring young players into the fold.

    Most ball clubs prefer veterans over untested rookies. After all, there’s no training involved with proven veterans; whereas with many rookies, it can be a struggle to learn the nuances of a new sport.

      GIVING THE KIDS A CHANCE

    And besides, Castillo, now 58, remembers as a teenager he was given the opportunity to play.

    “When I was 18, I was given a chance to play,” said Castillo. “It’s the reason I give my young guys a chance. There’s teams that want all veterans, but we’ve got to develop kids (for the sport to grow), and they need somewhere to play.”

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    Love leads Lumar Goss to fastpitch softball

    Monday, April 11th, 2016

    14-HitmenGossLumar.51lr Lumar Goss pitching in the 2014 Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – As a youngster, Lumar Goss played two sports, football and basketball. He loved hitting people and putting a ball through the hoop. Baseball? No, he never played the sport.

    So it stands to reason that fastpitch softball wasn’t even on his radar. That is, until he met the love of his life, Julie Castillo, and her fastpitch-passionate father Paul Castillo. Just 19 at the time, young Lumar had to make a choice: play a sport he never heard of, or give up the girl.

      LOVE ON CONDITION

    “My wife’s father gave me the ultimatum, play fastpitch or I couldn’t date his daughter,” said Lumar with a chuckle.

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    Canada, Mexico and United States Teams Battle For Las Vegas Road Trip Championships

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

    maccabi.scifl.92Some of the best talent in North and South America will compete for championships in the Las Vegas Road Trip IX men’s fastpitch tournament, April 8-10 at Sunset Park fields in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    To all teams, players and fans:

    Less than a month away and here is the latest update on the Las Vegas Road Trip IX, April 8-10. At this time there are 32 teams confirmed to play. Teams from Canada, Mexico, and the United States are all represented at the tournament.

    The schedule has been set and 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. As with any tournaments these are the scheduled times and games may push back a bit during the course of the day so please plan flights accordingly.

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    NAFA hosting 23-Under Young Men’s World Series

    Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    DAYTON, Ore. – The North American Fastpitch Association 23-Under Division World Series will be held Aug. 19-21 at the end of each night (so that there is no conflict of games times) during the Men’s “A” & “AA” World Series in the Mankato / North Mankato, Minnesota.

    DETAILS

  • Four-game guarantee
  • Entry fee $250
  • Text or call NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, for more info at Nafafastpitch@gmail.com, or 503-559-5398