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J & B Painting Blasts Way to SCIFL Alliance Championship in Santa Fe Springs

Monday, March 28th, 2016
J & B Painting won the SCIFL Alliance tournament, Mar. 19-20, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Courtesy photo

J & B Painting won the SCIFL Alliance tournament, Mar. 19-20, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Courtesy photo

By JESSE ORTIZ / SCIFL President

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – Ten teams competed in a So. Calif. Independant Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance tournament, Mar. 19-20, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs under ideal playing conditions with the weather a balmy low-70s.

After Saturday’s pool play and Sunday’s single elimination playoff, J & B Painting emerged the champion by defeating Those Guys 8-3 in the title game. Rob Schweyer picked up the win, with Jesse Martinez taking the loss.

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AAU Men’s International Fastpitch Championship fast approaching

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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ORLANDO, FL – The 2013 AAU International Men’s Fastpitch Championship will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, Jan. 24-27.

Currently, 23 teams are entered coming from throughout North and South America, with 12 teams expressing their intent to play.

“It started 14 years a go with an eight-team tournament and it’s grown to above 40 in some years,” said Ken Hackmeister, AAU Tournament Director. “It’s growing in popularity because of a combination of location, Florida weather in January, and the diversity of teams is a draw …”

For more information about travel directions, competition venues, admission and registration, visit: AAU International Men’s Fastpitch

A Hall of Fame Pitcher Returns After A 54-day Shutout

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

blackburn.dave For softballer Dave Blackburn, booking an appearance at the Maccabiah later this month meant overcoming a nearly two-month-long coma.

In August 2010, Maccabi USA team member Dave Blackburn was nearly killed when his car was hit by an SUV on an Arizona highway, en route to the American national championship for players over 40. He was helicoptered to the hospital unconscious, in critical condition, with serious injuries all over his body.

Born in Hammond, Indiana, Blackburn took after his father and became a fast-pitch softball pitcher. At the age of 50, after the decision to induct him into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame, the man who had pitched dozens of no-hitters and stared down opponents on the field found himself in a new battle — for his life.

“Two broken legs, a broken ankle, broken wrist, nine broken ribs and the sternum on one side,” his brother Jay said at the time. “His pelvis was broken, he had a hole in his colon that was torn, a hole in his lung and subsequently, the lung collapsed. It’s one of those never-gonna-be-the-same accidents. It’s hard imagining him ever walking normally again without assistance for a long time.”

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Pyle and Price hurl Panteras to Palm Springs championship

Monday, April 26th, 2010


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“…Sometimes you have to change up things with hitters. Travis throws a really great change up and rise ball, and I throw the drop ball and rise.” – Gerald Pyle

PALM SPRINGS, CA – Manager Fernie Ramirez had an enviable option – start one, relieve with the other. And that’s just how Ramirez worked his pitching staff of Gerald Pyle and Travis Price.

The two right-handers split three games on Sunday in leading the Panteras of Norwalk to the championship of the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League Alliance Tournament at Demuth Park in Palm Springs, April 24-25.

And in the championship game, Price started and went four innings. Then Pyle came on in relief over the final three frames to pick up the win in a 4-2 victory over Maccabi USA. The win capped a weekend where the Panteras carved out a 5-1 record.

For Pyle, sharing the pitching rubber was just fine with him.

“I would throw three or four (innings) and then Travis would throw three or four,” said Pyle, a Fargo, North Dakota native who now calls Southern California home. “I liked it. Sometimes you have to change up things with hitters. Travis throws a really great change up and rise ball, and I throw the drop ball and rise.”

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