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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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Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Santa Barbara

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Clyde Bennett, one of fastpitch softball’s finest tournament directors is hosting a men’s tournament Nov. 19 to 20 at Elings Park in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.

It is a four-game guarantee with a $350 entry fee.

The first 12 teams to pay the entry fee will gain a spot.

Contact information:
Clyde Bennett
6600 Stagecoach Rd.
Santa Barbara Ca. 93105

Call: 805-964-2114, or 805-895-9007
email: clydebennett50 (at) yahoo.com