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USA Men’s Invitational Tournament in Ashland, Ohio, June 11-12

Saturday, June 4th, 2016


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the U.S., has announced today the creation of the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Invitational Tournament to be held June 11-12 in Ashland, Ohio.

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  • For the first time in its history, ASA/USA Softball will be introducing this opportunity for Men’s Fast Pitch players to participate in this inaugural tournament, where athletes will be evaluated by the USA Softball Men’s National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC) and USA Softball Men’s National Team coaching staff in hopes of making it into an elite identified athlete pool.

    “This tournament is important for a player to be seen and evaluated so they have a chance of making the identified athlete pool,” Tournament Director and Men’s National Team Head Coach Denny Bruckert said. “If a player is selected to be part of the pool, that player has the chance to be invited to January’s Men’s National Team Selection Camp, where the roster for the USA Softball Men’s National Team will be chosen.”

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    Top three blast California A’s past Tavistock Merchants

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
    Kevin Castillo hit a two-run home run to help the California A's defeat the Tavistock Merchants, 8-2, Monday in ISC World Tournament play. (Castillo is seen here playing for J&B Painting in the 2014 NAFA World Series.) Photo By BOB OTTO

    Kevin Castillo hit a two-run home run to help the California A’s defeat the Tavistock Merchants, 8-2, Monday in ISC World Tournament play. (Castillo is seen here playing for J&B Painting in the 2014 NAFA World Series.) Photo By BOB OTTO

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Fastpitch teams count upon the top of the lineup to power the offense. The trio of Marcus Tan, Kevin Castillo and Derek Mason did just that in a most spectacular way by accounting for 5-of-10 California A’s hits, and driving in five runs in the A’s 8-2 victory over the Tavistock Merchants of Canada, Tuesday.

    Tan – batting leadoff – was nightmare for the Merchants, scoring twice and going 3-for-4, including a double and RBI. Castillo, the No. 2 man in the order had one hit in two trips, but it was a big one: a two-run blast in the fourth that helped the A’s break a tie and surge ahead, 4-2. And not to be outdone, Mason, third in the A’s murderer’s row, accounted for two RBI with a base hit.

    Rob Schweyer pitched well in helping the California A's defeat the Tavistock Merchants.

    Rob Schweyer pitched well in helping the California A’s defeat the Tavistock Merchants.

    Meanwhile in the circle, starter Rob Schweyer and Josh Johnson teamed-up to hold Tavistock to two hits and one earned run. Schweyer pitched the first three innings, allowing two hits and one earned run with five strikeouts; and Johnson finished the final four innings, no-hitting the Merchants and striking out four to pick up the win.

    The A’s Matt Christiansen, Jenner Christiansen (run, RBI) and Kris Waverick (2 runs) each had a hit, and Chase Turner had a good day at the plate as well, rapping out two hits in three trips and scoring twice.

    For the Merchants, Ian Baer and Jeremy Munro each hit safely, with Baer getting an RBI single in the third.

    The win improves the A’s to 2-1 and continues their journey of climbing back into championship contention through the losers bracket with the Northeast Drillers (2-1) scheduled for Wednesday.

    2015 55th Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Saturday, November 1st, 2014
    Don't miss out on the fun and great competition at the 2015 55th Seattle Invitational Men's Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Don’t miss out on the fun and great competition at the 2015 55th Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By RYAN DALY / Tournament Director

    The funding for the 55th Seattle Invitational @ Fife Men’s Fastpitch Tournament has been approved and granted by the City of Fife Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

    “We are happy to invite you to this years tournament,” said Ryan Daly, tournament director, “and again in 2015 we will be offering both an Open and Lower Division of play.”


    Date: July 31 to Aug. 2, 2015 (Games starting at 6:30pm on Friday)
    Location: Dacca Park- Fife WA
    Divisions, two: Nafa A-A Major & Nafa AA-Open
    Entry Fee: $400 per team ($100 discount if registered & paid by May 1st)
    Format: Three-game guarantee bracket
    Sanctioned: ASA/NAFA/ISC

  • Live scoring and updates
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  • Prize money and travel money for Open Division
  • We will be finalizing our travel incentives and prize money over the next couple months and announcing after Jan. 1st. (increased from 2014)

      2014 CHAMPIONS
  • California A’s- Bakersfield, CA (Open Division)
  • Fleetwood Marlins- Surrey, BC (Lower Division)
  • For more information and to register, contact:

    Ryan Daly-Tournament Director
    425.445.6028 or

    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.

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    Wrapping up the 2013 California Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

    SANTEE, CA – If you’re a men’s fastpitch fan living in southern California, there’s not much in the way of top-flight tournaments to watch. Except the California Classic. It’s the only big-time tourney being offered south of Santa Barbara where Clyde Bennett hosts the Best of The West.

    Now concluding its fourth consecutive year, the Classic offers good competition. This year the Sooke Loggers of British Columbia, CA stopped the California A’s from claiming its fourth consecutive title with a 9-6 victory on Sunday.

    Some thought California was heavily favored. That the A’s – loaded with international stars – were a superior team. Especially with Argentine and ISC All-World pitcher Lucas Mata toeing the rubber.

    Schellenberg.Kevin.CalifA's.430web Shortstop Kevin Schellenberg is one of several international stars who play for the California A’s. He’s been a member of Team Canada that finished fifth in the 2013 ISF World Championships.

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    Sooke Loggers upend California A’s to claim Classic title

    Monday, July 1st, 2013

    Sooke’s Scott Lieph, left, and Rich Haldane, middle, combined to pitch the Sooke Loggers of Sooke, British Columbia, Canada to the 2013 California Classic championship, denying world-class pitcher, Lucas Mata, right, of the Bakersfield, California A’s the victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTEE, CALIF – The pitching and the hitting have been solid, and at times spectacular. As a result? Tournament championships – four in fact.

    The Sooke Loggers from British Columbia, Canada, clinched their latest title in the Fourth Annual California Classic on Sunday by beating the host Bakersfield, California A’s 9-6 in a contest that featured four home runs and a combined 22 hits.

    A hitters’ game?

    Certainly, but also one that featured some fine pitching. Especially that of Sooke’s Rich Haldane. The tall right-hander from Great Britain came on in the fifth inning in relief of starter Scott Lieph, and pitched masterfully to pick up the save.

    In three innings of relief, Haldane scattered two hits, struck out three, and didn’t allow any runs to an A’s team loaded with great hitters, one through nine.

    Sooke manager Len Banner’s decision to make the pitching change was masterful in its timing. California’s Matt Palazzo had just belted a home run, cutting the Loggers’ lead to 8-6 in the fifth. And the A’s seemed to be gauging the 23-year-old Lieph’s hard riser and drop. But Banner, knowing his two pitchers’ skills, didn’t hesitate in making the change.

    “They are a good combination and pick each other up,” Banner said. “Scott is a hard thrower and Rich hits his spots, moves the ball around, and changes speeds a bit more than Scott does.”

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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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    Minnesota Angels working overtime at the ISC World Tournament, but it’s paying dividend

    Friday, August 19th, 2011

    QUAD-CITIES, IL – Extra inning ball games seem to be working out just fine for the West St. Paul, Minnesota Angels in the ISC World Tournament. For the second night in a row, they went 10 innings before finding a way to score a run to pull out a win.

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    California A’s, class of the Classic

    Monday, June 21st, 2010

    Canadian, Sean Whitten, allowed but three hits along with 10 strikeouts in leading the California A’s to a 7-0 victory over Rude-Pac to claim the championship in the 2010 California Classic, Sunday, at Sportsplex USA in Santee, Calif.
    Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTEE, CA – A year ago the California A’s were a good ball club, but not great. This season with the addition of Canadian pitcher, Sean Whitten, and a few more key additions, the A’s have taken a giant leap into the elite class of International Softball Congress teams.

    And the California ballclub proved they are going to be a team to be reckoned with come ISC World Tournament time as the A’s swept through their own “California Classic” 11-team tournament with a 5-0 record culminating with a 7-0 win over Rude-Pac in Sunday’s championship at Sportsplex USA in Santee.

    An overpowering Whitten, held a good-hitting Rude Pac of Sun Valley, California to three hits, while striking out 10. The right-hander showed his dominance by striking out the side in the first and third innings. Only Jason Obregon, Caynon Vance, and Casey Pimm were able to scratch out singles.

    Whitten said that on Saturday he felt he wasn’t in top form. But come Sunday was a whole new ballgame.

    “The rise and the change were both working good,” said Whitten, who some believe to be the hardest thrower in the game today. “The defense and the offense were strong. I think we are progressing pretty good.”

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    Someone To Know: California A’s Dave Weldin and Silverhawks Chris McGehee

    Thursday, March 11th, 2010

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA – The little boy stared wide-eyed through the chain link fence, mesmerized by the risers and drops that rocketed toward home plate. He had never seen anything like it.

    That was back in 1983 when the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament came to Bakersfield.

    “I remember going with my brother-in-law to see the World Tournament,” says Chris McGehee, who lives in Bakersfield. “I was about seven and saw these pitchers from Australia and New Zealand throwing the ball at what seemed like unhittable speeds.”

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