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Memorial tournament to honor Cecilio E. Smalling

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

CECILIO E. SMALLING will be remembered at a memorial tournament in his honor April 22-23 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Photo Courtesy SCIFL

To All Managers: SCIFL will be hosting its first annual Cecilio E Smalling Memorial Tournament on April 22 – 23, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA.

This tournament will have a round-robin format on Saturday followed by a single elimination on Sunday.

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Dow AC’s had strong influence with boys in Midland in 1940s and 1950s

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

MIDLAND, Mich. – Heroes. Superstars.And everyday citizens of Midland.
In the 1940s and 1950s, the Dow ACs men’s fastpitch softball team won two national championships and a world championship.

But the legendary players and coaches, like Clyde “Lefty” Dexter, Al Linde, and Jimmy Walsh, didn’t stop there.

Through coaching and mentoring youth, they also helped lay the groundwork for today’s flourishing sports community in Midland. Their fingerprints can be found in such organizations as Little League and Pee Wee football, and the ACs were a springboard for Midland becoming a town known for producing outstanding softball organizations such as McArdle’s and the Midland Explorers.

Bud Collins, 92, of Midland, was part of the very first Dow ACs (Athletic Club) team in 1941, just after The Dow Chemical Co. had taken over the former Chemical City Athletic Club team.

The Dow ACs – a program which also included a highly competitive basketball team that played its games in what is now Central Middle School – was the biggest thing in a long time to hit Midland, which Collins noted was still a rural community of fewer than 10,000 people in the early 1940s.

“With Midland being so small at that time, that was the biggest thing that could have happened (to the town),” said Collins, who played third base for the Dow ACs until about 1950, outside of the years that he served in the Navy in World War II. “We packed (Currie) Stadium for every game.”

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The Natural heads into the NAFA Hall of Fame

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Trevor Knight will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies during the 2016 NAFA World Series in North Mankato and Mankato, Minnesota.

OLYMPIA, Wash – Pat Bucknell has managed and coached his share of teams and players over his long career in men’s fastpitch. He has won NAFA World Series championships with some very fine athletes in his stable.

One of the finest? Shortstop and third baseman Trevor Knight of Olympia, Washington.

“He was a natural,” said Bucknell, “one heck of a ball player. If he had chosen, I think he could have played pro ball. He was that good.”

Just how good?

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Missoula Fastpitch Restoring Its Field of Dreams

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
The Missoula Adult Fastpitch League is determined to renovate Orchard Park (also known as Spurgin Field) for league and tournament play. Courtesy photo

The Missoula Adult Fastpitch League is determined to renovate Orchard Home Park (also known as Spurgin Field) for league and tournament play. Courtesy photo

MISSOULA, MT – The need was there, the will was there, but it would take money – and a lot of it – for men’s fastpitch in Missoula to rebuild its Field of Dreams.

Orchard Home Park, known to local fastpitch enthusiasts as Spurgin Field, sits on the corner of Spurgin Road and Tower Street. It’s been home to men’s fastpitch since the 1970s.

But last August a powerful windstorm blew down a third of the grandstand; the fence surrounding the field, along with the infield and outfield are a mess. In other words, the entire ballpark needs a makeover.


But that costs money. And a lot of it says Dusty St. John, who along with an army of volunteers resolved to bring the ballpark that hosts the Missoula Adult Fastpitch League (MAFL) back to first-rate playing conditions.

“We needed to raise $15,360 to revive the field and run the league this year,” said St. John, MAFL president and co-manager of Shock-N-Awe, one of five teams comprising the league. “It was a lofty goal to ask of five teams, but much to our delight the teams stepped up and exceeded our goals by raising $16,245.”

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Inland Empire Women’s Fastpitch

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

FONTANA, CA – A women’s fastpitch league has formed called “Inland Empire Women’s Fastpitch” in the Inland Empire (cities in and around San Bernardino and Riverside) and offers women age 18 and older the opportunity to continue playing the sport they love.

Games are played Sunday’s at Jack Bulik Park in Fontana.

For more information on how to join a team, enter a team, and for playing dates and times, visit the following link.

Inland Empire Women’s Fastpich

Someone To Know: Robert Gray, working hard for the Blue and Gray

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

MONTGOMERY, AL – We live busy lives. We complain about work overload.

Well, you won’t hear Robert Gray complain about being overworked. And if anyone has a right to complain, Gray does.

Search high and low if you like. But finding anyone more dedicated to men’s fastpitch softball in the southeastern U.S. than the 67-year-old Gray, well, that’s going to be hard to do.

Try these work hats on for size:

Gray has served as an International Softball Congress (ISC) Regional Commissioner for 21 years; Secretary of the ISC for five two-year terms; Assistant Chairman of the ISC Hall of Fame; and game controller for the AAU International Tournament.

“It keeps me busy,” Gray said, “with all the telephone calls and emails. I also spend one week at the ISC World Tournament. And one week at the AAU tournament (Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida)…”

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Casting Call for USA Junior Men’s Fastpitch Softball Team

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Young USA Talent Invited, with or without softball experience

The USA (fast-pitch) Softball Junior Men’s National Team is looking for players for the the 2012 World Championships which will be held in Parana, Argentina.

The players must be born in 1993 – 1996. No softball experience needed.

Training will begin in 2010. All expenses are paid for those players invited to participate.

If you have any questions and to request an Information Form, please contact Tim Lyons at email address below

Head Coach
USA Softball Jr Men’s
National Team
timlyon (at)

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