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Plan now for 2019 LAS VEGAS ROAD TRIP XII men’s fastpitch softball tournament

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

By JESSE ORTIZ
SCIFL President

LAS VEGAS – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) and the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) are pleased to announce the twelfth edition of the “Las Vegas Road Trip” men’s fast pitch tournament.

The event will be held April 12-14, 2019 with the first round games starting Friday at noon, and the Championship games scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday.

PLAN EARLY AND LATE

Teams flying in and out should make plans to be ready to play early on Friday and late on Sunday in the event the brackets are running late.

While this tournament is a NAFA sanctioned event, it is run by SCIFL; any questions regarding this tournament must go through the SCIFL Tournament Director Jesse Ortiz.

NAFA DIVISIONS

Teams will be separated in the following divisions: A, A-Major (depending on amount of teams), AA/AA-Major (depending on the amount of teams. The split in the higher classifications will be based on the amount of teams that enter.

NAFA PITCHER’S LIST

The NAFA pitcher’s list will be used to monitor pitchers in the tournament as well as the team’s current classification. No open class pitchers are allowed to pitch in these three divisions. Confirmation into the tournament will be based on the entry fee and roster received.

The classification list posted on the NAFA web site on January 31, 2019 will be the list used to classify pitchers. There will be no appeals for pitchers after that date for this tournament.

The NAFA 3-GAME GUARANTEE BRACKET will be used for all divisions. With a minimum of eight (8) teams in a division, the winner will have their 2019 NAFA World Series entry fee paid for the division they played in.

HOW SWEET IT IS! The Budmen of So. Calif. greet Robert McCarrie with jubilation after he hit a two-run home run to give the Budmen a walk-off 10-9 victory over Wololok, Calif. in the A Division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, Saturday, at Sunset Park. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 Las Vegas Roadtrip

CONTACT AND PLAYING INFO

Teams interested in participating should contact Jesse Ortiz by email at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com or by cell at (661) 510-8928 and inform him if your team can play all three days. Teams that can play all three days will be placed on the priority list, teams that say they can only play on Saturday and Sunday will be placed on the secondary list. No one will be given a “selected” game time as everyone is traveling to the event.

HOW IT WORKS / MAXIMUM TEAMS

We are accepting 34 teams in total, but it may change. Teams will be placed on a list as first come first serve basis. Once the tournament is full, additional teams will be added to the waiting list and if they pay their entry fee (in full) they will have an opportunity to participate if a team drops out or does not pay by the due date. If a team on the waiting list pays their entry fee and is not able to get in, their entry fee will be refunded.

This tournament has been filling up quickly within the past couple of years so I would suggest you contact Jesse as soon as possible if you want to be added to the team list.

ENTRY FEE AND REGISTRATION

The entry fee for the tournament is $475, which includes the $35 Annual NAFA Team Registration Fee. We will start collecting the entry fee beginning January 2, 2019 and once it’s received you will be sent an email to confirm your entry.

All teams will need to submit their entry fee along with their team’s roster, listing all their players and identifying their pitchers to ensure teams are placed in their proper classification.

*** You can pay online by visiting our website (www.sciffastpitch.com) and clicking on the “Pay Online” button on the left hand side column or by check. OR pay by check made out to “SCIFL” and mailed to:

SCIFL
PO Box 6572
Burbank CA 91510

DUE DATE

If money is not received by March 1, 2019, a team may lose their spot to a team on the waiting list who has paid their entry fee. This due date will provide teams on the waiting list sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements to participate, if they get in.

ARIZONA CHARLIE’S BOULDER

Please help keep the tournament cost down by booking with Arizona Charlie’s and receive the following special rate.

For the 12th year, the host hotel will once again be Arizona Charlie’s Boulder. The rate will be $60 per night for Friday and Saturday and $40 for Thursday and Sunday nights, if you book directly with the hotel using their 800 number.

  • In order to receive this rate you must book by midnight of cut-off date March 28, 2019.
  • Arizona Charlie’s Boulder offers a casino, buffet and sit down dining along with live music in the casino bar/lounge.

    MAKE RESERVATIONS THROUGH THE 800 NUMBER

    To make your reservations call 800-362-4040 and use the reference code C-SCIFL or mention So Cal Independent Fast Pitch League. If you need to book more than three (3) rooms on the same credit card, please contact Kathy Brennan at 702-951-5942 in the group sales department and she will be more than happy to assist you. Also, if the 800 say’s they do not have the SCIFL listing, please call Kathy to book your room. If she is not there, leave a message and she will get back to you.

    DONNIE ATKINSON rips into a pitch during Hector’s NAFA Selects 8-5 victory over Salt Lake City Page Brake in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SUNSET AND WARM SPRINGS PARKS

    Information regarding the event, game results and player statistics will be posted on the SCIFL website. This year’s tournament once again will be played at Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park; both are located within 1/4-mile of each other and are located by the Las Vegas International Airport.

    Game times will be available once the tournament is filled and everyone has paid their entry fee or two weeks after March 17, 2019, which is when we will start working on the schedule.

    Please feel free to contact Jesse if you have any questions regarding this tournament We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

    Sincerely,
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    (661) 510-8928

    Conquest Coyotes win U-23 division at 2018 NAFA World Series

    Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

    The Conquest Coyotes roster includes Alex Strautman, Jordan Rock, Clay McKenzie, Ryder Friesen, Quintin Kokesch, Ryan Larocque, Layk Pawluk, Jared Loewen,
    Spencer Schaan, Dillon Silverthorn and Mike Thomson. Courtesy Photo By Conquest Coyotes

    By BILL STRAUTMAN / Conquest trainer and statistician

    FARGO, N.D. – The Conquest Coyotes U-23 fastpitch team from Conquest, Saskatchewan in Canada may have taken the hard way, but they finished strong to win the Under-23 age division of the 2018 NAFA World Series, played in Fargo, ND August 17-19.

      Coyotes 8, Bowen Fastpitch 7

    In their first round robin game, Conquest scored two runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 7-6, but Bowen, Illinois came back in the bottom of the seventh with two of their own to win 8-7. The Coyotes were led by Quintin Kokesch and Dillon Silverthorn, who both went 2-4 and scored two runs each. Juan Platner scored three runs for Bowen.

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    Hill United Chiefs open fastball season in Peter Hallman classic that features six ISC top-ranked teams

    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

    FIVE-TIME ISC TOP PITCHER – Adam Folkard has won five ISC Most Outstanding Pitcher awards. In 2016, he pitched the Hill United Chiefs of Ontario, Canada to runner-up in the ISC World Tournament and was named an All-World pitcher for a eighth time. His 4-1 record gives him 39 wins all-time in ISC World Tournament play. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SIX NATIONS, ONTARIO, CA – The No. 1 ranked Hill United Chiefs opens its fastball season at the 2017 Peter Hallman Memorial Fastball Tournament in St. Clements, Ontario, June 23-25.

    Topping the International Softball Congress (ISC) early-season poll, the Chiefs return with a star-studded lineup that includes the world’s top pitcher, Australian right-hander Adam Folkard, who has led the team to ISC World Tournament championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Along with runner-up in 2016.

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    In The Spotlight: Kyle Linton, renowned Canadian and ISC pitcher

    Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
    Kyle Linton of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a  2.25 ERA.  Photo By BOB OTTO

    KYLE LINTON of the Toronto Batmen pitched the Canadian squad to 8th place (4-2) in the 36-team, 2016 ISC World Tournament. Linton had a 3-2 record in six games , one shutout; and in 31 innings allowed 26 hits, walked 12, struck out 50 with a 2.25 ERA. Photo By BOB OTTO

    TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA – When Kyle Linton was 12 years old, he says, “I bugged my dad to teach me how to pitch.”

    Dad must have been a very good teacher and Kyle a studious pupil. Because 19 years later at 31, Linton has developed into one of the world’s top fastpitch pitchers.

    His resume in Canada and the ISC World Tournament fairly glows with success. Let’s start with his exploits in his homeland.

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    Venezuela’s Ramon Jones sends United States home from Pan American Games

    Friday, July 17th, 2015
    Venezuela's Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 1-0 victory over the United States in Friday's Pan American Games playoffs.

    Venezuela’s Ramon Jones turned in a dominating pitching performance in a 1-0 victory over the United States in Friday’s Pan American Games playoffs.

    TORONTO – Ramon Jones throws the ball hard, he throws the ball with lots of spin, he has the best drop ball in men’s fastpitch. He’s unquestionably one of the top pitchers in the world.

    Team USA can attest to that.

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    Jim Cowdrey, at the top of the class in men’s fastpitch softball

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

    Cowdry.Jim.1web Jim Cowdrey of Saskatchewan, Canada pitching for Class Walls of Whiteford, Maryland in the 1995 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Cowdrey pitched Rempel Bros. of Saskatchewan to provincial and Canadian championships and was as much a great hitter as pitcher. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

    SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – The Saskatoon Rempel Brothers senior men’s softball team was formed in 1985, won the Saskatchewan title in its first year, and then won the Saskatchewan and Canadian championships in 1987.

    Continue Reading “Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame”

    Folkard winds up for worlds defence

    Friday, March 1st, 2013

    By DAVID POLKINGHORNE / The Canberra Times

    His action resembles something out of a Bruce Lee movie and Adam Folkard’s pitching is just as hard to hit.

    Folkard dominated in Australia’s 5-0 victory over New Zealand in the 2009 World Championships final in Canada.

    The ACT and Aussie Steelers pitcher was so feared by the New Zealand softball team, it got the laws changed to try to reduce his effectiveness.

    But rather than be deterred, Folkard simply changed his action. Continue reading

    Black Sox hit out at pitching repeat offender

    Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

    By TONY SMITH / Stuff.co.nz

    KITCHENER, ONTARIO – New Zealand softball team manager Carl Gould has cried foul and claimed an Australian pitcher ”deliberately hit” a Black Sox batter with a pitch for the fourth time at an international tournament in Canada.
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    World has pulled way ahead in fast-pitch softball

    Monday, August 22nd, 2011

    Quad-City Times
    By Don Doxsie

    If you were planning to head out to the ISC World fast-pitch softball tournament at Moline’s Greenvalley Complex in the next few days to root on the local entries, forget it.

    Too late. They’re gone, eliminated, sent to the sidelines.

    The last of them disappeared Wednesday afternoon when the Quad-City Sox lost to Pete’s Blues of Mascoutah, Ill., 5-2, in a loser’s bracket contest. You can rest assured that the Sox, the Quad-City Silver Bullets, the Quad-City Subway Titans, the Walcott Tri-County All-Stars and the Thomson Merchants gave it everything they had for the home fans.

    But this truly is a world tournament. And it seems if your roster isn’t amply stocked with players from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, your chances of winning the big trophy are extremely bleak.

    “It’s too bad because it’s a great game,” said Randy Kramer, player-manager of the Albaugh team of Elkhart, Iowa, which played in the winner’s bracket semifinals Wednesday night. “It’s fun, exciting, fast-paced, challenging. It’s just a great game.”

    But it long ago stopped being America’s game. Continue Reading

    Legends of Fastball Classic features star studded lineup

    Monday, June 7th, 2010


    Former Rivershark Twins, Craig Crawford, has joined the Midland, Michigan, Explorers for the 2010 season. Crawford, along with former Twins, Frank Cox, and Dan Loney, will be with the Explorers during the Legends of Fastball Classic in Kitchener, Ontario.
    Photo By BOB OTTO

    By Larry Lynch
    LLynch@town.mapleton.on.ca

    KITCHENER, ONTARIO – The 7th annual Legends of Fastball Classic has set the field for what should be a tremendous weekend of high intensity softball, June 25 – 27 at Peter Hallman Ball Yard, Kitchener, Ontario.

    Ten of North America’s top teams will compete

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