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Big game at noon in NAFA 23-Under, Bowen Fastpitch taking on Japan’s Waseda University Maroon

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
The two Waseda University teams - White and Maroon - from Tokyo, Japan, have impressed their competition and fastpitch fans with their skill, excellent fundamentals, and sportsmanship, while playing in the NAFA 23-Under World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

The two Waseda University teams – White and Maroon – from Tokyo, Japan, have impressed their competition and fastpitch fans with their skill, excellent fundamentals, and sportsmanship, while playing in the NAFA 23-Under World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – At noon today the future stars of fastpitch return to the ball diamond with some big match-ups.

The biggest is two evenly matched ball clubs playing in Pool A, Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois and Waseda University Maroon of Tokyo, Japan.

Both teams have 2-0 records; both teams can score runs; and both teams have excellent pitching.

Michael Cantrell hurled two complete games on Friday night in leading Bowen to a 9-2 victory over the Young Bucks of Santa Barbara, Calif., and 8-0 over Sight & Sound of Canada.

Waseda University Maroon claimed two victories late Friday night by scoring a pair of shutouts in beating Sight & Sound, 18-0, and the Young Bucks, 8-0.

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Also in Pool A, the Young Bucks, managed by the legendary Clyde Bennett, will try and rebound against Sight & Sound at noon.

In Pool B at noon, undefeated Kegel / Minnesota Computers (2-0), meets Nebraska (0-2), while Waseda University White (1-1) takes on Mid America Advertising of Illinois (1-1)

These games will complete pool play, and after the seedings are determined, the young men will return to the ball diamond at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline and battle it out for the championship.

The two pool play winners will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing into Sunday’s championship scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

See bracket for complete results: Saturday 23U Schedule

Young Guns of NAFA World Series ready to show their stuff

Friday, August 1st, 2014


QUAD CITIES, Il/Ia – Some of the best players age 23 and under will take to the ball fields at the 2014 NAFA World Series, competing for the right to be crowned the best young team in the world of young men’s fastpitch.

Eight teams will be vying for the 23-Under championship that runs in pool play, followed by a seeded playoff bracket, Aug. 15-17.

See Bracket: 2014 23-Under Bracket

    POOL A
  • Waseda University (Maroon), Japan
  • Young Bucks, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Brown Fastpitch, 23U, Ill.
  • Sight & Sound 23U, Ontario, Canada
    • POOL B
  • Waseda University (White), Japan
  • Kegel 23U, Minn. / So Dak. / No Dak.
  • Nebraska 23U, Neb.
  • Mid America Advertising, Ill.
  • Clyde Bennett’s Santa Barbara Instant Replay celebrating 30-year anniversary

    Friday, June 27th, 2014

    Clyde Bennett Collage.1web For over 60 years Clyde Bennett has been a valuable resource for men’s fastpitch. Here he is seen in the 2002 Ron Ortega Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament as an umpire and as the manager of the Santa Barbara Bucks that won the tournament. Dan Winnick, Frank Jimenez and Lonnie Brooks have established distinguished reputations in the sport as well. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – On Sunday July 27 from 2 – 7 p.m, former members of the Instant Replay team are invited to celebrate and share memories of the 30-years the team was together from 1960 to 1990.

    Managed and sponsored by Clyde Bennett, the team enjoyed much success; many league and tournament championships were garnered, along with several trips to national tournaments.

    The reunion will be held at Eling’s Park Campanella Picnic area.

    For more information, contact Clyde Bennett.

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    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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    23rd Annual Best of the West men’s fastpitch tournament in beautiful Santa Barbara

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

    kammueller.kevin.246web Great pitchers such as Kevin Kammueller of the 2013 Cal-State Builders compete in the Best of The West tournament.

    SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. – The 2014 23rd Annual Best of the West Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held in Santa Barabara, June 7-8, at Elings Park.

    The tournament is directed by Clyde Bennett, who also serves as the UIC.

  • Location: Elings Park ($5 parking fee)
  • Entry fee: $400 with May 20 entry deadline
  • Format: Round Robin into single elimination, four game guarantee
  • Berth: One ISC World Tournament berth to highest finishing USA West team; ASA berths also
  • Contact: Clyde Bennett,, 805-895-9007
  • ISC Representative and Regional Commissioner: Chris Santos (2014 ISC Hall of Fame inductee) 303-419-7332,
  • Santa Barbara Fall Ball Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Thursday, September 19th, 2013


    SANTA BARBARA, CALIF – Men’s fastpitch tournament director Clyde Bennett is holding a men’s fastpitch tournament Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.

  • When: Sat-Sun Oct. 12-13
  • Where: Elings Park Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Format: Three game round robin (Sat) Single elimination (Sun)
  • Entry Fee: $300
  • Awards: 14 hooded sweatshirts
  • Contact: Clyde Bennett 6600 Stagecoach Rd Santa Barbara, Ca. 93108
  • Phone: 805-895-9007
  • Email:
  • 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


      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.


    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

    Clyde Bennett- – 805-895-9007
    UIC- Clyde Bennett- – 805-895-9007
    ISC Rep- Chris Santos- – 303-419-7332

    Best of the West and Santa Barbara, perfect partners for men’s fastpitch

    Thursday, February 21st, 2013


    “The Best of the West bucks the trend of encouraging teams and (players) to play down and encourages them to play up and take on the best.” – Dave Blackburn, Best of the West tournament director for 13 years.

    SANTA BARBARA, CALIF – Many open level men’s fastpitch tournaments have vanished in Southern California. But there’s one that continues to survive, and many would say thrive: The Best of the West.

    Come the first weekend in June, the Best of the West will celebrate its 23rd consecutive year in offering a tournament for “all comers,” as former 13-year tournament director (1998-2010), Dave Blackburn would say. Ten teams entered last year, and Blackburn and current tournament director, Clyde Bennett, are expecting another strong field.

    But first a little background.

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    Young stars of men’s fastpitch take center stage in NAFA World Series

    Saturday, August 4th, 2012

    The face of the future of men’s fastpitch, those young players under 23 years old, who will one day replace our retiring veterans.

    TOPEKA, KS – Eight teams representing the future stars of men’s fastpitch softball will battle for the title of “World Series” champion in the NAFA age 23-Under tournament, Aug. 17-19 in Topeka, Kansas.

    The eight teams will compete in two pools with a three-game guarantee to determine seeding in a playoff bracket. The playoffs begin later Saturday night and conclude with the championship scheduled for Sunday at 1:15 p.m.

    Teams entered by pools:

      POOL A
      1. Young Bucks, California
      2. Springfield Phoenix, Missouri
      3. Choctaw Warriors, Oklahoma
      4. M. Jamison & Free Agent All Stars

      POOL B
      1. Young Thunder, Mayetta, Kansas
      2. Northwest Implement, Missouri
      3. Indio’s 23’s, Kansas City
      4. Gamecocks, Minnesota

    To follow the 23-Under World Series results: Visit NAFA 23-Under Bracket