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Someone to know: pitcher Mike Milligan of Grass Valley All Star Auto

Friday, April 14th, 2017

MIKE MILLIGAN fired a four-hitter in leading All-Star Automotive of Grass Valley, Calif. to a 6-0 victory over the A1 Rockies in the winners bracket of the A-Major Division in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Sunday, April 9. Photo By BOB OTTO

“I’m very proud of that. We all work hard at growing the game around here.”- Mike Milligan on the Grass Valley men’s fastpitch league.

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – Mike Milligan took up pitching when he was 39 years old in 2000. Now 47, he has developed into one of the best NAFA A-Major pitchers in Northern California.

He had an outstanding performance in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X , April 7-9, helping All Star Auto of Grass Valley finish runner-up (4-2) in the A-Major Division.

Milligan beat eventual champion, A1 Rockies, in the winners’ bracket final, 6-0. He fired a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and a walk. And was in command the entire game.

“He’s got a good rise and drop and knuckle ball,” said All Star Auto manager Tom Allen after the game. “He is a tough gamer.”

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McCarrie’s blast gives Budmen a walk-off in Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

ROBERT McCARRIE had a game to remember for the Budmen of So. Calif. Down by a run with two out in the final inning with a man aboard, McCarrie blasted an inside-the-park home run to give his team a walk-off 10-9 victory over Wololok, Calif. in the A Division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – Robert McCarrie has many years of fastpitch softball ahead of him. Years in which to create memories playing the grand old game.

And what he did Saturday will surely be stashed away in his memory bank to savor after retires.

In the bottom of the seventh with the Budmen of East Los Angeles down to their last out and trailing by a run, McCarrie came to the plate with a runner aboard. He needed to keep the inning alive. He needed to at least get on base any way possible.

Well, McCarrie did more than that. He abruptly ended the game.

“I got a rise ball,” he said. And did he ever jump on it.

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Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch brackets finalized

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Road Trip X is poised to begin on Friday with 42 teams from Mexico, Canada and the United States ready to kick off their season in the city that never sleeps.

  • Teams from throughout the U.S. are coming from Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, New Mexico, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, and California.
  • Under tournament format of the North American Fastpitch Association, three divisions will battle for championships: A, A-Major, and AA / AA-Major.

    Jesse Ortiz, president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) and the Road Trip tournament director, released the brackets Monday.

  • The tournament begins Friday, April 7 at noon, with the championships scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m.. Games are played at Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park.
  • THE THREE BRACKETS

    2017 Las Vegas A Bracket

    Las Vegas A-Major Bracket

    Las Vegas AA/AA-Major Bracket

    Ohio Battery, Maccabi USA and Taft (Calif.) Buzzards claim Las Vegas Road Trip titles

    Monday, April 13th, 2015

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    LAS VEGAS – The eighth annual Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament is in the books with three teams emerging as champions in the AA / AA-Major, A-Major, and A divisions of the NAFA-sanctioned tournament conducted by the Southern California Independent Fastpitch Association (SCIFL).

      AA / AA-Major Division

    Ohio Battery went undefeated (4-0) to claim the championship, but it wasn’t without a fight as the Ohio team had to hold off the 2014 NAFA World Series AA-Major champion Portland CR Brewers, 8-6, on Sunday to finally fly back to the Midwest with a Southwestern title.

    The Brewers and Battery met in the winners bracket final, but this time the Ohio ball club had little difficulty, taking a 5-0 decision. The Brewers then got in a dog fight in the losers bracket final before squeezing past Randy’s A’s 6-5 for a second crack at Ohio Battery.

    The runner-up CR Brewers finished 3-2, while Randy’s A’s took third with a 3-2 mark.

      A-Major Division

    Maccabi USA roared through the A-Major division winning five consecutive games to claim the championship with a 10-0 victory over the Colorado Rage.

    Maccabi bats stung opposing pitching by scoring 36 runs for a 7.2 average, while the pitching fired three shutouts and allowed just five runs in five games.

    The Rage finished 3-2 in the 11-team division and beat K-Club of Washington, 5-0, in the losers bracket final to get back into title contention. K-Club started the tournament strong by reeling off two straight wins before losing to Maccabi, 10-3, in the quarterfinals.

    Knocked into the losers bracket, the Washington ball club responded with a 7-4 victory over the Pirates and got past the Stealers 8-5 before falling to the Rage and finishing third at 4-2.

      A Division

    The Taft Buzzards (near Bakersfield, Calif.) defeated Press Box of Montana, 12-7, to take the championship and remain unblemished at 5-0 in the 13-team tournament.

    The two ball clubs met earlier in the winners bracket final with Buzzards taking a 6-2 decision, sending Press Box (4-2) into the losers bracket final where they beat the Oklahoma Sykos, 7-2, for a return match with the Buzzards.

    For completed bracket results, visit the SCIFL website.