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2016 Best of The West Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Clyde Bennett will host the 2016 Best of The West men's fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara. Photo By BOB OTTO

Clyde Bennett will host the 2016 Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara. Photo By BOB OTTO

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Best of The West tournament director, Clyde Bennett, has seven teams committed for the tournament scheduled for June 4-5 at Elings Park in Santa Barbara.

Bennett would like to fill five more spots to have a 12-team tournament. Please call him as soon as possible to reserve a spot.

Tournament Flier

Clyde Bennett
805-895-9007

Plan now for Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Clyde Bennett will host his Best of The West men's fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara, June 6-7. Photo By BOB OTTO

Clyde Bennett will host his Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara, June 6-7. Photo By BOB OTTO

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. – 2015 is but four days old, but Clyde Bennett is already planning for his 24th Annual Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament.

“All the details are not worked out yet,” said Bennett by email, “but I’m getting lots of inquiries.”

The tournament is scheduled for June 6-7 at beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara.

For more information, please contact Clyde at:

clydebennett50@gmail.com
805-964-2114 or 805-895-9007

Clyde Bennett celebrates 60 years in men’s fastpitch softball

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

(What a wonderful tribute by Rudy Soriano to Clyde Bennett, one of the most dedicated men in the history of boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball.)

2014-Bennett,Clyde.1web Clyde Bennett, front and middle, with his Santa Barbara League Champion Clydesdale team. Bennett, who plays, manages, sponsors, umpires, and runs the Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament, will celebrate 60 years as a player on Wednesday night. Photo courtesy / Rudy Soriano

By RUDY SORIANO / Santa Barbara Clydesdale and NAFA 23-Under Fastpitch Player

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – If you were to go to the Santa Barbara’s Elings Park softball fields on any given evening, you will find a man who has been playing longer than the existence of the park itself.

This man wears many hats here: league/tournament coordinator, umpire, coach, but the most impressive hat this man dons is player.

This year marks the 60th anniversary as a player for Clyde Bennett and this Wednesday night he will put on his catcher’s mask to celebrate this tremendous milestone.

Clyde started playing fastpitch at the age of 16 in 1954 with his church team in the fastpitch leagues of Paramount, CA. Since then it has seemed almost impossible to get him away from the game. His love for the game didn’t just stop at playing but he contributed back by becoming an umpire in ’61 and continues to do so to this day, whether it be for the fields of Elings or local area high school games.

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Clyde Bennett and his Young Bucks return to NAFA for a run at the 23-Under title

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

SANTA BARBARA, CA – For the past several years, Clyde Bennett has thought, this is it. This will be the last year he’s taking his Young Bucks to the NAFA 23-Under World Series. But like a grandfather who can’t say no to the pleadings of his grandchildren, Bennett is talked into going.

“I have kids who played for me in the 23-Under, and they tell other young kids how much fun they had,” said Bennett. “And the younger ones say, ‘you did it for those guys, why not us?’ The kids just won’t let me give it up.”

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21st Annual Best of the West Tournament

Monday, April 8th, 2013

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    Elings Park, Santa Barbara, Calif.

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF – The 21st Best of the West men’s fastpitch softball tournament will be held at beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara, June 1-2.

THE DETAILS

DATE: June 1-2
LOCATION: Elings Park

ENTRY FEE: $400 – Entry Fee Deadline May 20, 2013
FORMAT: Round Robin into single elimination.

  • Four game guarantee.
  • Saturday 90-minute time limit.
  • Sunday no time limit.
  • BERTH: ONE ISC World Tournament Berth to highest U.S. West finishing team. ASA berths for classes A-B-C

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    Clyde Bennett- clydebennett50@yahoo.com – 805-895-9007
    UIC- Clyde Bennett- clydebennett50@yahoo.com – 805-895-9007
    ISC Rep- Chris Santos- jcsantos25@msn.com – 303-419-7332

    Step back in time: 2002 Best of The West

    Thursday, June 3rd, 2010


    How many players are still playing? How many teams are still competing?
    Photos By Bob Otto

    SAN JACINTO, CA – The 2002 Best of The West men’s fastpitch softball tournament was held at the Soboba Indian Reservation’s beautiful softball complex.

    Team Rainey defeated Quest in the championship behind the pitching of tournament Most Valuable Pitcher, Travis Price, and great all around play of Most Valuable Player Jesse Duncan.

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    20th Annual Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament features world’s best

    Friday, May 28th, 2010

    World’s top men’s fastpitch softball teams and star athletes from the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, and South America to showcase prestigious tournament.

    SANTA BARBARA, CA – Ten strong ball clubs will converge on the central California coastal resort city of Santa Barbara for the 20th Annual “Best of The West” men’s fastpitch softball tournament.

    The longest running Open Tournament held in California returns to the three field softball complex at Elings Park on June 5th and 6th. Each team will play a three game modified round robin schedule on Saturday June 5, and all 10 teams will qualify for a single elimination playoff bracket on Sunday June 6.

    Two berths in the 2010 ISC World Tournament will be handed out to the top two finishing ISC Western Region ball clubs, using only their 2010 ISC submitted rosters. Six of the ten teams have turned in official ISC Rosters, and those six teams will be battling for the two berths.

    “This is probably the most talented gathering of teams that we have fielded in our 20 years of running this Tournament,” said Dave Blackburn, Best of The West Tournament Director. “We will be showcasing the skills of lots of former ISC All-World players, and some who are even probable future ISC Hall of Fame inductees.”

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