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Great memories of Central Valley fastpitch

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

“We knocked the Long Beach Nitehawks out of the tournament, but lost to Hoak in the championship. That was special knocking them (Nitehawks) out.” – Ray Unruh

HANFORD, CA – Back in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, oh what a great time that was for fastpitch softball, recalls, Manuel “Butch” Cardoza. And the little town of Hanford in California’s Central Valley had two of the best teams around – the Kings and the Merchants.

“We had phenomenal pitching,” said Cardoza, 73. “Les Haney would strike out most of the batters. We had to just get a run to win. He was the LeBron James of softball.”

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