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Newcomer Tin Cup drops close game to Cal State Builders in ISC World Tournament

Sunday, August 9th, 2015
Joel Cooley pitched well for Tin Cup, but lost a tough game to the Cal State Builders in the opening game for both teams in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Photo by Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

Joel Cooley pitched well for Tin Cup, but lost a tough game to the Cal State Builders in the opening game for both teams in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Photo by Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. is making its first appearance in the ISC World Tournament. On Saturday, the ball club comprised of several players under the age of 25, played its first game in the most competitive men’s fastpitch tournament in the world.

The outcome wasn’t what they wanted, but then again a 4-0 loss to the Cal State Builders, one of the better teams in the tournament – and a team fresh off winning the NAFA Open World Series – certainly isn’t anything to be embarrassed about.

The Cal State Builders scored a single run in the second inning and then plated three more in the fourth, to secure its first win in the tournament that features 42 of the best club teams in North America.

Shawn Koster – the Most Valuable Pitcher in the NAFA Open World Series – hurled a three-hit shutout along with 10 strikeouts to pick up the win.

Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley – recognized as one of Minnesota’s top pitchers – allowed just six hits and three earned runs, with six strikeouts to take the loss.

Trevor Knight opened the second inning by blasting a home run, and in the fourth, Scott Anderson hit a two-run triple that sealed the win.

Tin Cup did threaten twice. In the first inning, James Harris and Dave Marchio hit back-to-back singles putting runners at first and third, but Koster got a strikeout to end the inning. Then in the third, Josh Albers doubled with one out, but again Koster toughened, getting a strikeout and infield fly to escape unscathed.

Knight led the Builders, going 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, a double and home run. And Mike Koentopp, Scott Andersen (2 RBI), Guillermo Patat and Ryan Martin each had one hit.

For Tin Cup, Albers, Harris, Marchio each had one hit.

Tin Cup returns to action on Monday, while the Builders face a second strong team when they take on Pennsylvania Power, Sunday, at 8:30 p.m. at the Belleville Softball Complex.

See Complete List Of Teams and Rosters

NAFA World Series and Seattle Invitational final results

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

By BENJIE HEDGECOCK
NAFA Executive Director

FIFE, Wash. – NAFA Open World Series / Seattle Invite Results at Dacca Park in Fife, Washington July 31-Aug 2.

Special thanks to our Host Ryan Daly, TD Clark Evans, UIC Pete Davis and his staff and to our scorekeepers and umpires and souvenir staff, beer garden staff, concessions staff and field maintenance staff and to the City of Fife City Council.

HALL OF FAMERS, PITCHERS’ SPEEDS
Team USA Pitcher, Tony Mancha and BC Umpire Dan Young were inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame on Saturday Night.

Some top pitching speeds in the event were Jorge Segura hitting 80 mph…

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We Won The NAFA World Series But We’re Not Telling Fans How We Did It

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

FIFE, Wash. – I checked Alsfastball and fastpitchwest websites and found nothing. I checked the Seattle Invitational website, nothing. I checked the NAFA website, nothing. I checked Facebook and low and behold I finally found out who won the NAFA World Series Open Division in Fife, this weekend.

The Cal-State Builders. Great job fellas, congratulations!

But as for information? Nothing. No score. No winning pitcher. No leading hitters. No recap of the scoring…Nothing!

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Results at the NAFA Open World Series / Seattle Invitational

Saturday, August 1st, 2015
Tony Mancha will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. He is seen here pitching the Steel of Texas to the NAFA World Series championship in 2010. Mancha is also a member of the USA Men's National Team. Photo By BOB OTTO

Tony Mancha will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. He is seen here pitching the Steel of Texas to the NAFA World Series championship in 2010. Mancha is also a member of the USA Men’s National Team. Photo By BOB OTTO

FIFE, Wash. – Tony Mancha led J & B Painting to a 6-0 victory over Meralomas on Saturday in the NAFA Open Division and at 5:30 p.m. he will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame along with Canada umpire Dan Young.

SATURDAY RESULTS

Surrey Rebels 8
Victoria Thunder 0
Winning Pitcher Travis Suzuki
Losing Pitcher Rob Gunter

Oregon Cascades 1
Ladner Masters 0
Winning pitcher Aaron Emory
Losing Pitcher Rob Jonston

J & B Painting 6
Meralomas 0
Winning pitcher Tony Mancha
Losing Pitcher Eruera Drage

Cal State Builders 7
Fleetwood Marlins 3
Winning pitcher Juan Castro, Save Sisko Sabate
Losing Pitcher Brandon Peck, relief Harv
Weins

Seqwyits 8
Northwest Naturals 3
Winning pitcher Ivan Thomas
Losing Pitcher Mark Seward

K-Club 16
Press Box 1
Wiining Pitcher Dan Kolda
Losing Pitcher Mike Koentopp

Thunder 8
Misfits. 0
Winning pitcher Ryan Spence
Losing Pitcher Cleon Tungsvick, Bert Ford Relief

Wrap-up: 2014 First Annual NAFA Western Championship

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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BY BENJIE HEDGECOCK / NAFA Executive Director

The first annual NAFA Western Championship is complete, the overall rating by all involved comes in favorable, with yet some work to make next year’s event bigger and better. With that, Benjie Hedgecock of NAFA has his thoughts on the championship held, July 4-6, in Carson City, Nev.

…The umpires asked if we could make some kind of award for the coach they felt deserved an honor. The Coach they were very impressed with was Johnny Rodriguez of the East Bay Bashers.

…We are naming a new award after him for next year’s event… “The Johnny Rodriguez All-World Coach Award.”

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54th Annual Seattle Invitational returns to Fife, Wash.

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Lief.Haldane.Sooke.1web Fastpitch fans can expect to see top-level pitching in the Seattle Invitational. Photo By BOB OTTO

FIFE, Wash. – The 2014 54th Annual Seattle Invitational returns stronger than ever with 11 teams currently entered including several Upper Division ball clubs:

  • California A’s
  • Sooke Loggers (Canada)
  • Cal-State Builders (Calif)
  • Portland Brewers
  • K-Club (defending champions) (Wash)
  • Rat City (state unknown)
  • Victoria Thunder (Canada).
  • Lower Division teams include Interbay Door, Cleon’s Auto, JRW & Associates, and the Richmond Stealers.

    The Tournament runs July 25-27 with games played at Dacca Park in Fife.

    For complete information, contact tournament director Ryan Daly, and visit the Seattle Invitational website.

    And see Tournament Flier 2014_Seattle_Invite_Flyer.

    Ryan Daly can be reached at:
    425-445-6028
    Rdaly24@gmail.com

    54th Annual Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Fife, Washington

    Monday, February 24th, 2014

    Plan now to compete in the Seattle Invitational, here’s the details:

    Be sure to visit Seattle Invite website for most current information

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    Cal-State Builders / Eventhelper put it all together to win ASA National Championship

    Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

    antonio.mancha.44 Antonio “Tony” Mancha of El Paso, Texas, led the Cal-State Builders / Eventhelper.com to the ASA Class A National Championship with his arm and his bat. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2010 NAFA World Series

    SALEM, ORE – The hitting was clutch, the defense solid, and the pitching superb. And in fastpitch softball that is a recipe for success.

    Often in a big way.

    For the Cal-State Builders / Eventhelper.com, none was bigger than winning the 2013 ASA Class A Men’s Fastpitch National Championship at Wallace Marine Park in Salem, Oregon, Sept. 1.

    Eventhelper (4-0) swept through the six-team national tournament undefeated, capping their run with a 5-3 victory over the Portland Columbia River Brewers (3-2) in the title game.

      PECK AND MANCHA TOUGH

    Brandon Peck and Antonio “Tony” Mancha combined to hold off the Brewers through seven tough innings, with Peck picking up the win and Mancha getting the save, along with belting a home run.

    “Tony Mancha really brought confidence to this team and awesome leadership,” said first baseman Donovan Chilton III, who was selected an ASA All-American. “And Brandon is a big 6-foot-4 kid from Canada and only 21 years old, who threw just as good as any pitcher out there with lots of movement.”

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    Kevin Kammueller, a NAFA Hall of Famer and 20-year anniversary star

    Friday, July 20th, 2012


    Minnesotan, Kevin Kammueller will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies at the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas. He was also honored as one of NAFA’s top ball players in the organizations 20-year existance (1993-2012). Photo By BOB OTTO

    “I think Kevin’s love for this game outweighs everything else about him.” – Cal-State Builders sponsor and manager Dave Carlton.

    SHAKOPEE, MN – Like many pitchers in the fastpitch game, Kevin Kammueller took a roundabout way before he found his way into the pitching circle. The big right-hander caught some, and he split time in the outfield and infield.

    He admits that he won’t be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest hitters or fielders. But pitching, now that’s an entirely different matter. Kammueller has developed into one of the greatest in the history of the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA).

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    Seattle (men’s fastpitch) Invitational Returns to Fife

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

    FASTPITCH TOURNEY FEATURES SOLID TALENT, HONORS LEGENDS
    By Jeremy Helling / Tacoma Weekly


    The RiverDogs from Boise, Idaho and their pitcher, Shane Alder, will try to bring home a championship in the 52nd Annual Seattle Invitational Tournament.

    FIFE, WA – For the second straight year, men’s fastpitch teams from around the Northwest, Northern California and British Columbia will be converging on Fife (near Tacoma) for the 52nd annual Seattle Invitational, which this year will become the longest continuously running men’s fastpitch tournament in the nation.

    The tournament, which will take place at Dacca Park on July 21-22, will feature 12 to 14 teams from around the region in a round-robin format on July 21. Each team is guaranteed at least five games, and it will switch to a single-elimination format on July 22 to determine the champion.

    The legendary Jimmy Moore, an International Softball Congress Hall of Fame member, will be honored during tournament ceremonies.

    “We have probably the most diverse group we’ve had since 2000,” said Tournament Director Charlie Bendock, adding that last year’s champions, the Cal-State Builders from San Mateo, Calif., return and should be the favorites. “It’s a very good representation, and there are some very strong teams.”

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