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2017 Cecilio E. Smalling Memorial Tournament this weekend

Thursday, April 20th, 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

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – the memorial tournament features many of So. California’s best NAFA rated teams.

For questions or information, contact President Jesse Ortiz, of the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League.

Sincerely,
Jesse Ortiz
661-510-8928
SCIFL PresidentSee tournament schedule:

042217-Smalling Tourney

Check out SCIFl website for up-to-date bracket results

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

LAS VEGAS – So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) President, Jesse Ortiz, who is also the tournament director for the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, is up-dating the the NAFA A, A-Major, and AA / AA-Major brackets as quickly as possible on the SCIFL website.

THE DIRECT LINKS

A Bracket
A-Major Bracket
AA / AA-Major Bracket

TWO BIG GAMES Saturday feature Minnesota’s Marchio Sausage Co. vs. So. California’s J & B Painting in a AA-AA/Major semifinal takes place at Sunset Park (Field 11) at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Northeast Naturals taking on TJ Fastpitch of Mexico at 3 p.m.

Come out to Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park softball fields to watch some top-caliber men’s fastpitch played by ball clubs from Mexico, Canada and the United States.

Talented athletes in action at the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament

Friday, April 7th, 2017

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – They come from Canada, Mexico and the United States. They may have some cultural differences, but what the ball players of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X have in common is talent.

Let’s meet some of the players and teams, and people who make the Las Vegas Road Trip tournament one of the most popular in North America.

BEAUMONT COYOTES SHORTSTOP, JEREMY DEAN, tags out a runner during the Coyotes first-round game in the A division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournamen at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. The Coyotes defeated the War Chiefs of Oklahoma to advance. Photo By BOB OTTO

SEAN KOSTER pitched well in his first game for Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Montana, and he will be counted on if Desperado is to reach the championship round of the AA / AA-Major Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

KEEPING IT LEGAL: Las Vegas Road Trip X Tournament Director, Jesse Ortiz, tests a bat to make certain it is tournament legal. Ortiz said Sunset and Warm Springs ball parks are in great shape, and he credits the Clark County Park & Recreation Dept. for helping make Las Vegas Road Trip X a success. He added that interest was so high that he had to turn away several teams that wanted in the action. “We had 36 teams in the past, but (expanded) to 42 this year. There were five teams I couldn’t get in.”

JAKE BENDER drills a pitch into left-field to help the Oklahoma Sykos defeat the So. Calif. Budmen, 6-1, in the first-round of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Friday. The Sykos are competing in the 16-team A division that concludes Sunday with the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. Photo By BOB OTTO

MACCABI CANADA RAYS rolled to a 11-0 first-round, A division victory over McCoys of Gallup, New Mexico, Friday, in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament. The Rays won the 2013 Gold Medal in the Masters Division of the Maccabi Games in Israel, and will return in July for another go at the gold. “The Maccabi Games are the third largest sporting event in the world,” said Rays manager Morrie Frydberg. “We will be going to represent Canada. Playing in Las Vegas is a great tuneup for us. We are happy to be here.”

DOUG ROONEY of So. Calif. Heat fires a pitch during the Heats 10-9 victory over OPVS of Oklahoma in a first-round, A division contest in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, Friday. Though Rooney is 64, he has no plans on retiring from the sport. In his younger years, he played every spot on the infield, but switched to pitching in his 30s. “Nobody else would so I did,” said Rooney. “I’ve never been fast, but I think I got smarter if that’s possible.” Photo By BOB OTTO

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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SCIFL Masters teams in tournament action in Palmdale, Calif.

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

From JESSE ORTIZ
SCIFL President

To All Managers: I’m sending this email in advance just in case I’m not able to do it after I come back from the Las Vegas Road Trip X.

The next SCIFL Masters Tournament is scheduled for April 30, 2017 in Palmdale, CA at Marie Kerr Park 39700 30th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551.

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Buzzards hold off WAH to take Palm Springs Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

THE TAFT (CA) BUZZARDS claimed the 2017 Palm Springs Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tounament at DeMuth Park in Palm Springs, March 25-26. The tournament was the season opener for the So. California Independent Fastpitch League’s (SCIFL) series of Alliance tournaments. Courtesy Photo / Jesse Ortiz, SCIFL President.

By JESSE ORTIZ
SCIFL President

PALMS SPRINGS, Calif. – The So Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opened its 2017 season at DeMuth Park in Palm Springs on March 25-26. Ten teams took part in the Palm Springs Classic, led by long-time men’s fastpitch advocate and tournament director, Vickie Oltean.

After Saturday’s round-robin play, WAH of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Taft (CA) Buzzards emerged as the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively. Both powerhouses rolled through Sunday’s single-elimination playoffs undefeated into the championship.

Led by the pitching of starter Eloy Montoya, who went three innings, and closer Sonny Perkins, the Buzzards held off WAH, 3-2, in eight innings to claim SCIFL’s first Alliance tournament of the season.

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Field Set For Annual Palm Springs Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The annual Palm Springs men’s fastpitch tournament is shaping up for a competitive confrontation among Southern California’s strongest NAFA A-Major to AA teams at Demuth Park, March 25-26.

Saturday’s action includes pool play that will determine seeding for Sunday’s single-elimination championship round. Click on (TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE)

Games are played at DeMuth Park and start at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the final contest scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday begins at 8 a.m. with the championship scheduled for 2 p.m.

Tournament Director, Vicki Oltean, has long been a major supporter of men’s fastpitch softball. She has held tournaments in Palm Springs for over 30 years.

Oltean can be reached at: (760) 323-8277 or email: Vicki.Oltean@palmsprings-ca.gov.

  • Ten So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) teams comprise the tournament
  • POOL A
    So. Calif. Heat
    Beaumont Coyotes
    A1 Rockies
    Morongo
    Maccabi

    POOL B
    Wah
    Buzzards
    Patricia’s
    California Athletics
    So. Cal Bandits

  • Information provided by Jesse Ortiz, president of SCIFL
  • scifastpitch@gmail.com
    661-510-8928

    SCIFL opens men’s fastpitch tournament season In Palm Springs, California

    Monday, March 13th, 2017

    The 2017 Palm Springs Classic promises fast-paced men’s fastpitch softball action. Photo By BOB OTTO

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) is opening its 2017 Alliance Tournament in Palm Springs, CA on March 25-26.

    The tournament is hosted by the City of Palm Springs with an entry fee of $430. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 20, 2017.

    Tournament Director Vicki Oltean can be reached at (760) 323-8277 or email: Vicki.Oltean@palmsprings-ca.gov.

  • SEE TOURNAMENT FLIER
  • PalmSpringsClassic2017SCIFLTournament

    March Roll Out For Southern California Masters Teams

    Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

    BURBANK, Calif. – SCIFL is opening the 2017 season with its Masters Tournament which will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA. Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Sunday, March 5, 2017 because the field rentals need to be paid on Monday, March 6, 2017. Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments.

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    Deadline near for Las Vegas Road Trip X

    Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    BURBANK, Calif. – The Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament (April 7-9) is fast approaching and some teams have yet to pay their entry fee. If you have not paid, please do so as soon as possible.

    This is a second email update I have issued regarding the Las Vegas Road Trip X.

    DUE DATE FOR FEES

  • Teams that have not paid will have until Friday, February 17, otherwise, you run the risk of being dropped to the waiting list.
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