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All ages needed on the fastpitch ball diamond, even Boomers

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
THREE BOOMERS STILL HANGING AROUND THE BALL PARK - You can find some pretty good company at the ball field as I did at the Raymond Angulo Memorial Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Sept. 3-4. No better friends than Dave Meltz, 66, left, myself (age unknown), and Neil Jones, 64. Both Dave and Neil are still pitching fastpitch, primarily for masters teams, but they don't hesitate to butt heads with the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s kids and grandkids. I, of much sounder mind, retired 16 years a go much to the delight and relief of my teammates. Photo By Ginni Jones, Neil's wife / Sept. 3, 2016

THREE BOOMERS STILL HANGING AROUND THE BALL PARK – You can find some pretty good company at the ball field as I did at the Raymond Angulo Memorial Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Sept. 3-4. No better friends than Dave Meltz, 66, left, myself, 68, and Neil Jones, 64.Photo By Ginni Jones, Neil’s wife / Sept. 3, 2016

CORONA, Calif. – Both Dave Meltz and Neil Jones are still pitching fastpitch, primarily for masters teams in So. Calif. In the 1970s, they battled each other in Wisconsin, where both grew up before Dave settled in So. Calif., and Neil in Las Vegas.

Now they square off in various masters tournaments and in the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Masters Division.

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Neil Jones builds his Field of Dreams and his passion grows

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
Dave Meltz, left, and Neil and Ginni Jones were at the 2016 Raymond Angulo Men's Memorial Fastpitch Tournament, Sept. 3-4. Meltz pitched for Redline, while Neil Jones pitched and played the infield for Streamline 55-Older Masters team. The three are long-time friends who once lived in Wisconsin, but now Meltz lives in So. Calif., and the Jones's live in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

Dave Meltz, left, and Neil and Ginni Jones were at the 2016 Raymond Angulo Men’s Memorial Fastpitch Tournament, Sept. 3-4. Meltz pitched for Redline, while Neil Jones pitched and played the infield for Streamline 55-Older Masters team. The three are long-time friends who once lived in Wisconsin, but now Meltz lives in So. Calif., and the Jones’s live in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – There are sports buffs who will do just about anything to satisfy their particular passion. Neil Jones is one of them.

Back in the early 1970s while a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Jones happened by a softball diamond, saw some guys playing fastpitch, and thought, “this looks like fun.” So he joined a team and started playing. And he’s never stopped.

In fact, several years later, he went into business and bought a tavern – the Diamond Inn – in Deerfield, just outside of Madison.

He could have continued driving the 21 miles to Madison to play fastpitch. But he had a better idea: Build his own ball diamond at the inn.

“I wanted my field of dreams,” said Jones.

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Morongo Hitmen Slugfest Paves Way To Beaumont Tourney Title

Monday, July 4th, 2016
The Hitmen won four consecutive games to take the championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

The Hitmen won four consecutive games to take the championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

BEAUMONT, Calif. – The Hitmen of the Morongo Indian Reservation displayed all the skills of a good fastpitch team – speed, power, defense and pitching – to claim the 39th Annual Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at Valdivia Field late Sunday night.

Led by the pitching of Vince Nelson, a 26-year-old right-hander from the La Jolla and Rincon Indian reservations in San Diego County, the Hitmen went 4-0, culminating with a 13-1 victory over the Corona Chicanos in the championship.

Leading up to the championship, the Hitmen beat the Pala Braves 4-3, Colton Dirtbags 2-0, and Those Guys of Long Beach 6-0.

Hitmen's Vince Nelson led  his team to the Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Men's Fastpitch Tournament championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

Hitmen’s Vince Nelson led his team to the Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Men’s Fastpitch Tournament championship. Photo By BOB OTTO

NELSON TOUGH TO BEAT

Nelson won all four games and was selected to the all-tournament team. In the championship, he allowed a run in the second inning, but shut out the Chicanos the rest of the way on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

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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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