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Jesse Ortiz commits to save SCIFL

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

JESSE ORTIZ is kept busy at the 2017 NAFA World Series checking bats to certify that they meet NAFA specifications. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series.

. – Someone had to step up, and if he wouldn’t, who would?

In 2015, the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) was facing a leadership crisis. Its long-time president, Robert Hernandez, was retiring with no one willing to take the reins. Except for one man.

Realizing the league was in danger of folding when Hernandez stepped down, Jesse Ortiz essentially said, “I’ll do it.”

“It was going to fold unless someone took over,” said Ortiz, 44. “So I decided to step up and do it to keep it going.”

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NAFA Rio Grande State Fastpitch Tournament

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013


LAS CRUCES, NM – The West Texas Mens Fastpitch Association will be hosting the 1st Rio Grande NAFA State Fastpitch Tournament in Las Cruces, New Mexico August 3rd and 4th.

The tournament is open to all West Texas and New Mexico fastpitch teams. We are going to hold two divisions of play – an A and AA.

“We are really trying to rebuild our grassroots program and feel that the “A” level state tournament is integral to this process.”

– Dave Parker, WoodBat Commissioner

All play will be NAFA WoodBat and there will be a three-game guarantee. The entry fee is $250.

Please Contact:
Clark Evans at 575-642-7564
Dave Parker at 432-634-6474

To learn more about what NAFA has to offer visit: NAFA Fastpitch

NAFA WoodBat Tourneys in Texas and New Mexico

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Don’t miss NAFA WoodBat tournaments in Las Cruces and El Paso.

MIDLAND, TEX – The following NAFA WoodBat tournaments will be held in El Paso and Las Cruces this year.

    May 4,5 Cinco De Mayo El Paso,Texas

    May 25,26 Memorial Weekend El Paso, Texas

    June 15,16 Southwest Classic Las Cruces, New Mexico

    TBD Texas / New Mexico State tournament Las Cruces, New Mexico

El Paso Contact: Fred Gomez 915-449-7700

Las Cruces Contact: Clark Evans 575-642-7564

NAFA WoodBat Contact: Dave Parker 432-634-6474

“We invite any men’s fastpitch team to come join us for this growing segment of our sport that provides a safe and level playing field through the use of the wood bat instead of metal bats,” said Dave Parker, NAFA WoodBat Commissioner on the NAFA Website. We urge you to try wood bat locally as well for the development of the sport…”

For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA Fastpitch

Dave Parker
NAFA West Texas WoodBat

Prescott (Ariz) and Madison (Wisc) to host 2013 NAFA WoodBat World Series tourneys

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


MIDLAND, TX – A highlight of the North American Fastpitch Association annual slate will split into two events for the 2013 season, NAFA WoodBat commissioner Dave Parker and NAFA executive director Benjie Hedgecock announced.

NAFA Fastpitch website

Formerly the NAFA WoodBat Nationals, the premier event on the WoodBat men’s fastpitch softball scene will split into two separate national tournaments:

    *NAFA Western WoodBat World Series, Aug. 24-25 in Prescott, Arizona.
    *NAFA Eastern WoodBat World Series, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The western event will take place at the legendary Prescott complex and will be a three-game guarantee, with prizes for first through fifth place. Including All-American awards, tournament MVP and MVP pitcher.

Entry fee is $350.

The Madison eastern event is set for Labor Day weekend at the Bowling Green Recreation Center in Middleton, Wisc.

Last summer, the Kansas City Indios defeated the Wizards of Oz to earn the 2012 WoodBat Nationals title.

For more information on the NAFA Western WoodBat World Series, contact Dave Parker at 432-634-6474 or; or Clark Evans at 575-642-7564 or

For more information on the NAFA Eastern WoodBat World Series, contact Benjie Hedgecock at 503-559-5398 or

    NAFA WoodBat Nationals — Champions Circle
    2012 — Kansas City Indios (Kansas City, Kan.)
    2011 — J-Train (Newton, Kansas)
    2010 — New Image (Monfort, Wisconsin)
    2009 — J-Train (Newton, Kansas)
    2008 — Fort Collins Fastpitch (Fort Collins, Colorado) ***CO-CHAMPS
    Todd’s Trailer Sales (Sutton, Nebraska) ***CO-CHAMPS
    2007 — Dragons (Englewood, Colorado)
    2006 — Fort Collins Fastpitch (Fort Collins, Colorado)