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Alders Continue Long Tradition of Boise Men’s Fastpitch League

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

GREG ALDER was inducted into the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Hall of Fame in 2014 for his many years contributing and giving back to the game. Alder was one of the best pitchers in the country, and after retiring he continues to help revitalize men’s fast pitch in Boise. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

BOISE, Idaho – If you ask Greg Alder why he works so tirelessly to keep the Treasure Valley Men’s Fastpitch League going, he says that when he was youngster of 15, there were veterans who helped him get started, so now it’s his turn to give back.

But the 65-year-old Alder admits it’s a battle to keep the game alive in Boise – in which the Treasure Valley Men’s Fastpitch League has been in existence for over 50 years, dating back to when his grandfather, Orin Alder, ran the league.

Now it’s Greg and his son Shane’s turn at the wheel. They plan for league play to start the first week of June through July. Though it’s down a little, there will be a league, says Greg Alder.

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Treasure Valley Fastpitch men’s and women’s schedule

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

alder.shane.1web Shane Alder of the Boise RiverDogs pitching in the 2010 NAFA World Series.

BOISE, Idaho – Maybe you’re on vacation near Boise and want to take in some men’s fastpitch action. Maybe you live in or near Boise and are interested in playing.

If that’s the case, then check out the Treasure Valley Fastpitch schedule provided by Greg Alder, who has led the effort to rejuvenate men’s fastpitch in Boise.

2015 Treasure Valley Fastpitch. All games played at Ann Morrison Park, No. 2

    Date – Day – Time – Teams

JUNE 2 Tues 6:30 Bandits VS Maniacs 8:00 Riverdogs VS Aces
JUNE 4 Thur 6:30 Riverdogs VS Bandits 8:00 IdahoSports.com VS Raiders

JUNE 9 Tues 6:30 ****Womens Game******** 8:00 Riverdogs VS Maniacs
JUNE 11 Thur 6:30 Bandits VS Raiders 8:00 Aces Vs IdahoSports.com

JUNE 16 Tues 6:30 ****Womens Game******** 8:00 Maniacs VS Aces
JUNE 18 Thur 6:30 Riverdogs VS Raiders 8:00 Bandits VS IdahoSports.com

JUNE 23 Tues 6:30 ****Womens Game******** 8:00 Bandits VS Aces
JUNE 25 Thur 6:30 Maniacs VS Raiders 8:00 Riverdogs VS IdahoSports.com

JUNE 30 Tues 6:30 Riverdogs VS Bandits 8:00 Raiders Vs Aces
JULY 2 Thur 6:30 Maniacs VS Raiders 8:00 Maniacs VS IdahoSports.com

JULY 7 Tues 6:30 ****Womens Game******** 8:00 Riverdogs VS Aces
JULY 9 Thur 6:30 Bandits VS Raiders 8:00 Maniacs VS IdahoSports.com

JULY 14 Tues 6:30 Riverdogs VS Maniacs 8:00 Bandits Vs Aces
JULY 16 Thur 6:30 Riverdogs VS Raiders 8:00 Aces Vs IdahoSports.com

JULY 21 Tues 6:30 Bandits VS Maniacs 8:00 Raiders Vs Aces
JULY 23 Thur 6:30 Bandits Vs IdahoSports.com 8:00 Riverdogs Vs IdahoSports.com

JULY 28 Tues 6:30 Maniacs Vs Aces 8:00 Raiders Vs IdahoSports.com
JULY 30 Thur 6:30 League Night

The Fenstermachers carry on the legacy of the fastpitch family

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left,  and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left, and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

KUTZTOWN, Penn. – Throughout the history of men’s fastpitch, fathers have brought their sons into the sport. And it’s still happening across the country today – generation upon generation.

In Idaho, there’s the Alders, with father Greg and son Shane anchoring the Boise RiverDogs. And into Washington, we find Dan Kolda and his three sons Rick, Mike and Ryan playing together on K-Club.

Heading northeast into Minnesota, we learn that Duke Nessler introduced his three boys to fastpitch in the 1970s – Jeff, Randy and Dan. And now Dan has his son Steven playing who is a member of the USA Junior Men’s National Team.

Winding our way south into Missouri we meet Eric Lewis, who with his sons Craig and Jacob, have won ASA boys’ national championships.

And traveling east to Kutztown, Pennsylvania, we come upon the Fenstermachers. As with the Alders and Koldas, Lewis’s and Nesslers, the Fenstermachers is a family with a distinguished fastpitch legacy.

Father Bart, 47, brought his boys Zac, 25, and Jacob, 22, into the sport when they were young boys. And eagerly waiting to join her dad and brothers is three-year-old Maia.

Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

Proud of their kids’ venture into the fastpitch game? You bet say mother Erin and Bart.

“It’s awesome to have the opportunity to travel and play a sport you love and spend time with your boys,” said Bart, who began playing fastpitch at 22. “(They) started as pinch runners on some of my teams, and Zac had his first at bat when he was 14 years old.”

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NAFA welcomes its newest Hall of Fame members

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

QUAD CITIES, Ia/Il – The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) welcomed its newest members into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies Thursday night at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill.

080714-HernandezRobertHoF.71web Robert Hernandez, who served NAFA as a Vice President and national tournament director waves to fans during his Hall of Fame induction.

LubkemanNelsonHoF.52webTodd Lubkeman and Mark Nelson of Willkomm Mobil, Kenosha, Wisc. were inducted together into the NAFA Hall of Fame after playing years together for Willkomm, sponsored by Jerry Willkomm.

ParishHernandezHoF.33web Carley Parish, who served as the NAFA UIC and joined the organization in 1997 was presented by her good friend Robert Hernandez, who was also inducted.

HernandezEngleHoF.36web Rod Engle has played, coached and sponsored teams for over 50 years. He was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame for his service to the sport and to NAFA.

AlderGregHoF.44web Greg Alder of the Boise, Idaho RiverDogs has played, pitched and managed teams in the Boise area. During his playing days, he was instrumental in leading the Boise Metros to ISC, ASA and NAFA national tournaments. Alder also helped run and revitalize men’s fastpitch in the Boise City League. He was inducted for his service to the sport and to NAFA.

Greg Alder, great Boise pitcher gives back to the game

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

GREG ALDER was inducted into the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Hall of Fame in 2014 for his many years contributing and giving back to the game after he retired from playing. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

BOISE, Idaho – For many fastpitch players, once their careers are over the bat and ball, glove and spikes either get thrown in the closet or sold at a garage sale. And then it’s off to the golf course or some other leisurely pursuit.

Not so with Greg Alder.

He’s as involved with men’s fastpitch today as a manager and coach as he was back in his heyday as a pitcher.

    A STEP BACK IN TIME

But first let’s take a trip back in time with the 62-year-old Alder from his teenage years to his heyday as one of the country’s best pitchers.

“At 15 my dad (Larry Sr.) got me started playing the outfield,” says Alder, adding that four generations of Alders have played fastpitch. “In my first game as a pitcher at 17, I hit three guys in the head and struck out three in the Boise League.”

Well, it seems the league didn’t take to having a young and wild, hard throwing right-hander in its midst. They didn’t want any part of him. So his dad lined up games against Idaho State Penitentiary ball clubs.

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K-Club Invitational draws top Northwest teams

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

paul.lauzier Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex, Moses Lake, Wash, will be the site of the 2014 K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.
See tournament flier: ML Flyer ’14

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Moses Lake lies about halfway between Seattle and Spokane off the 90 Interstate. Most people have never heard of Moses Lake, and have no reason to go to Moses Lake.

But there’s at least one exception. Men’s fastpitch softball. In particular the annual K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

Since the tournament began in 2012, spearheaded by the Kolda family – father Dan and sons Rickey and Mike – teams from the greater Northwest have become quite familiar with Moses Lake, and have taken a liking to the tournament.

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Seattle (men’s fastpitch) Invitational Returns to Fife

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

FASTPITCH TOURNEY FEATURES SOLID TALENT, HONORS LEGENDS
By Jeremy Helling / Tacoma Weekly


The RiverDogs from Boise, Idaho and their pitcher, Shane Alder, will try to bring home a championship in the 52nd Annual Seattle Invitational Tournament.

FIFE, WA – For the second straight year, men’s fastpitch teams from around the Northwest, Northern California and British Columbia will be converging on Fife (near Tacoma) for the 52nd annual Seattle Invitational, which this year will become the longest continuously running men’s fastpitch tournament in the nation.

The tournament, which will take place at Dacca Park on July 21-22, will feature 12 to 14 teams from around the region in a round-robin format on July 21. Each team is guaranteed at least five games, and it will switch to a single-elimination format on July 22 to determine the champion.

The legendary Jimmy Moore, an International Softball Congress Hall of Fame member, will be honored during tournament ceremonies.

“We have probably the most diverse group we’ve had since 2000,” said Tournament Director Charlie Bendock, adding that last year’s champions, the Cal-State Builders from San Mateo, Calif., return and should be the favorites. “It’s a very good representation, and there are some very strong teams.”

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“We Play It Fast” is still available

Thursday, July 12th, 2012


Stew Sabiston of the Winnipeg Bullets is featured on the front cover of We Play It Fast. SEE BELOW for ordering information of this one-time, limited edition book about boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball.

YUCAIPA, CA – In 2011, I wrote a boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball book entitled, “We Play It Fast.” The book is part documentary, part memoir, part feature story, and part photo essay.

It has 170 pages and over 200 black and white photos, all packed in 8.5 x 11 inches. The front laminated color cover features Winnipeg, Canada pitcher Stew Sabiston. His is determined expression shows why we play and love this sport.


Michael White, 2009 ISC Hall of Fame member, leads all World Tournament pitchers with 70 wins, with Peter Meredith second at 61.

SORENSON, WHITE, ZACK AND MORE!
The book has feature stories about ISC Hall of Famers Mark Sorenson, Michael White, Milt Stark, Russell Boice, Jim Rubbelke, Irvin “Red” Meairs, Carl Hansen, K.G. Fincher, Joe Avila, Dave Blackburn, Hice Stiles, John Becker, Darren Zack …


Mark Sorenson, 2010 ISC Hall of Fame member set many World Tournament records.

And there are also contributed stories from Milt Stark about the great Western Softball Congress league, Jim Flanagan in his tribute to Dave Blackburn, Kyle Beane, Marc Gillis, Wally Groehler…and more.

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“We Play It Fast” selling fast, place your order now

Sunday, January 1st, 2012


Front cover, Stew Sabiston of the Winnipeg Bullets pitching in the 2010 NAFA World Series. Back cover top, Trent Rubley; middle, Shane Alder and Chase Turner.

YUCAIPA, CA – I received my order of 150 books entitled “We Play It Fast” and I’m ready to ship to those who may be interested.

This is going to be a “one time, limited edition book” so if you want one, you should order before the supply runs out.

THE BASICS:

• Size, 8 ½ x 11. Soft cover.
• 76 stories – including features on some of the sports’ great players: Zack, Sorenson, White, Peterson…
• 208 photos. Many never printed or seen before!
• About half NAFA and ISC related stories.
• Stories extend from my early writing to present day, from 2010 NAFA World Series “A” division level to the ISC level of play.
• Several stories from contributing writers such as Milt Stark, Kyle Beane, Marc Gillis, Glen Cook, Joe Avila, Bill Hillhouse, Brian Groehler…
• Book’s writing style: documentary and memoir.

COSTS, INCLUDING SHIPPING CHARGES:

• In U.S. $23; Canada $27; New Zealand $35. (Other countries, price to be determined based on shipping charges).

BOOKS AVAILABLE:

• Only 135 to be sold! So this may become a ‘limited edition’ book.
• I’ve set aside books for those who have said they want to buy one – such as the contributing writers. (If you’ve changed your mind, please let me know.)
• If there’s a demand, I can have more books printed, but must place a minimum order of 100 books.

ORDING INFO:

• Payable (U.S. $$) to:
Bob Otto
35147 Cedar Ave.
Yucaipa, CA 92399
botto3@verizon.net

WHAT THE READERS HAVE BEEN SAYING

Bob, received my copy of the book. Thanks so much. I love the book even though it doesn’t have color on the inside… MS

I received my copy in the mail today, a “must have” for fastpitch fans. I am honored to have the story I wrote about Dave Blackburn, “Game Changer” included as the second to last chapter in the book. Get yours before that headline says “Sold Out” (it’s a limited edition at this point) – JF

I got the book and it is fantastic. I will be reading it cover to cover. – DM

…I thought it was pretty good reading and flowed very well. There is a wide variety of topics regarding some current and some older time players. It is truly a coffee table book – MB

It looks great, congratulations, I know the work that goes into something like that – KB

Bob, great book. Great history and information. Lots of good photos… a lot of some friends – Rico Garcia, Todd Kensler, Hector Garcia Guillen, Tony N Denise Trujillo Mancha, Joe Hineline and more. Good stories from the old days and good info on today’s young players… – MC

Please send a copy of your book. Your interest in the game has been rewarding for many. Thank you – JB

Bob got the book, awesome, made me remember what a great game this is and what a great time I was lucky enough to play it in. It made me sad at times and made me almost smell the wet grass of a early morning game and the excitement of the competition. – GA

Bob, always enjoy reading your articles. Hope to read them for many more years. – AC

Great book! – ML

Got the copy of We Play It Fast last week. Was rushed for time, so I picked it up for a minute to flip through some pages … and ended up reading about half of the book. Great read, and I will recommend it to others. – Cheers, DM,