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A1 Bombers and J&B Painting merger creates super team with big goal

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The J&B BOMBERS defeated the Northeast Naturals, 11-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X, AA/AA-Major tournament at Sunset Park in las Vegas, Sunday, April 9. The team includes co-sponsors and managers Bob Berger and Jerry Zimmerman; players Eli Salazar, Cameron Schiller, Tyler Dudley, Freddy Carmona, Jorge Segura, Pat Burns, Tony Mancha, Blake Hunter, Tyler McGaughey, Mike Hoadley, Derrick Kennedy, Kris Walushka, Jesse Palacios, Mark Aranda, Gil Saenz, Devon McCullough and Bryan Erwin. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS – Both Jerry Zimmerman and Bob Berger look back with pride on the accomplishments of their respective ball clubs during the 2016 season.

Zimmerman’s A1 Bombers of Saskatoon, SK, CA finished fifth (4-2) in the ISC World Tournament, while Berger’s J&B Painting club of Agoura Hills, Calif. took 11th (2-2). And just a year prior, they finished third and fifth respectively.

Adding to those accolades, the Bombers also took second (5-2) in the 2016 ASA Men’s Major National Championship.

And during the regular season, both teams were ranked in the top-ten by the ISC.

Very good ball clubs? Certainly. Great? Close, but not quite.

While both were competitive, capable of and often beating the best in the game, neither had quite the firepower to grasp the brass rings – which in men’s fastpitch equate to winning the ISC world tournament and ASA major national championship.

So, if you come close but can’t quite win those titles, what can be done? Merge. Exactly what the two men decided to do.

By combining forces, they significantly raise the odds of winning those two coveted championships. And it appears they’ve created a ball club – the J&B Bombers – that must be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

Zimmerman and Berger left no doubt about their expectations.

“We’re going to win the world,” Berger said, “win everything. That’s our goal.”

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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.


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.

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.

    2017 Las Vegas A Bracket

    Las Vegas A-Major Bracket

    Las Vegas AA/AA-Major Bracket

    Plan now for 2016 Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament

    Friday, December 11th, 2015


    By Jesse Ortiz
    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) President
    Las Vegas Road Trip Tournament Director

    BURBANK, Calif. The ninth edition of the “Las Vegas Road Trip” men’s fast pitch tournament dates has been confirmed. The event will be held April 8-10, 2016.

    As like last year, first round games will start on Friday at noon and the Championship games will be scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday, with “IF” games immediately following if necessary.

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

    Monday, April 13th, 2015


    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.

    Las Vegas Road Trip NAFA A-Major bracket

    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
    TURNING THE DP! Rude Pac  shortstop Andy Martinez turns the double play to end the game as he gets the throw off to first base ahead of the sliding Michael Romero, who led off the seventh for the Pala Braves with a single. Photo By BOB OTTO

    TURNING THE DP! Rude Pac shortstop Andy Martinez turns the double play to end the game as he gets the throw off to first base ahead of the sliding Michael Romero, who led off the seventh for the Pala Braves with a single. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The NAFA A-Major bracket for the 2015 Las Vegas Road Trip VIII men’s fastpitch tournament has been released.

    The tournament includes 12 teams and will be played at Sunset Park and Warm Springs softball fields, April 10-12.

    Teams battling for the SCIFL / NAFA affiliated championship include:

  • So Cal Aces
  • Page Brake, Utah
  • KW Pirates
  • Richmond Steelers, Canada
  • Pala Braves, So. Calif.
  • K-Club, Washington
  • Maccabi USA
  • Colorado Knights
  • Colorado Rage
  • A1-Rockies
  • Granite Backery / SLC
  • Brian’s Blackhawks
  • See A-Major bracket: Las Vegas A-Major