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Where Softballs Still Fly Fast, Hard

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Snow.95WTSiouxCityRuss Snow pitching in 1995 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

“It hurt when the military bases dropped fast pitch and stopped developing young pitchers. (San Diego) city used to have 125-150 teams in 10 or 12 divisions in the ’70s before slow pitch took over.” – Russ Snow, fastpitch pitcher

(A timeless story about pitcher Russ Snow and the Vista, Bombers, which were led in ’92 by owner and general manager, Jim Flanagan, editor of Fastpichwest. Flanagan will be in Santee, Calif this weekend broadcasting some of the 2013 California Classic games via Ballpark Radio.)


Russ Snow, 35, spends his life pretty much dedicated to three things: gathering and selling firewood, breeding and selling catfish – his two businesses – and playing softball.

In fact softball is one of few things that takes Snow away from the picturesque 160-acre ranch that his family owns at the top of Highland Valley in Escondido. His home there is an 1800s caboose, one of the first ever built by Southern Pacific Railroad Co., and he has lived among the orange and avocado orchards that cover the rocky, rolling hills for most of 22 years.

But, as a left-handed pitcher on the nationally known Vista Bombers men’s fast-pitch team, Snow has taken his game to the big time. In fact, had he been able to throw a baseball as he throws a softball, Snow would have undoubtedly made the major leagues.

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