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Bennett hurls Ladner to NAFA Masters Championship

Friday, September 21st, 2018

MARK BENNETT was named the Most Valuable Pitcher after helping the Ladner Masters win the NAFA West Masters 55-Over championship in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Ladner Masters of British Columbia, Canada, won five-consecutive games to claim the championship in the 2018 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) West Masters 55-Over World Series in Carson City, Sept. 16.

And pitching them to the title was Mark Bennett of Santa Barbara, Calif. The right-hander won three games and was selected to the NAFA All-World team as the Most Valuable Pitcher. Bennett is the son of long-time catcher, manager, tournament director, and umpire Clyde Bennett of Santa Barbara.

Young Bucks Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Beautiful Santa Barbara

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

2014-Bennett,Clyde.1web Clyde Bennett and his Young Bucks men’s fastpitch team are hosting their annual tournament in November. Courtesy photo

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Sun, surf, beautiful beaches, great restaurants and shopping.

Santa Barbara has it all. Including men’s fastpitch softball.

So bring your team to the Young Buck’s Fund Raiser Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, and all of the rest that makes Santa Barbara a great vacation destination is an added bonus.

  • When: Sat-Sun Nov. 22-23
  • Where: Elings Park Santa Barbara Ca.
  • Cost: $350
  • Format: 4-game guarantee
  • Round Robin Sat. (3 games)
  • Single elimination Sun
  • Awards: Sweat shirts

    Clyde Bennett
    6600 Stagecoach Rd., Santa Barbara CA 93105
    805-964-2112 or 805-895-9007 (cell)

    Clyde Bennett’s Santa Barbara Instant Replay celebrating 30-year anniversary

    Friday, June 27th, 2014

    Clyde Bennett Collage.1web For over 60 years Clyde Bennett has been a valuable resource for men’s fastpitch. Here he is seen in the 2002 Ron Ortega Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament as an umpire and as the manager of the Santa Barbara Bucks that won the tournament. Dan Winnick, Frank Jimenez and Lonnie Brooks have established distinguished reputations in the sport as well. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – On Sunday July 27 from 2 – 7 p.m, former members of the Instant Replay team are invited to celebrate and share memories of the 30-years the team was together from 1960 to 1990.

    Managed and sponsored by Clyde Bennett, the team enjoyed much success; many league and tournament championships were garnered, along with several trips to national tournaments.

    The reunion will be held at Eling’s Park Campanella Picnic area.

    For more information, contact Clyde Bennett.

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    Clyde Bennett celebrates 60 years in men’s fastpitch softball

    Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

    (What a wonderful tribute by Rudy Soriano to Clyde Bennett, one of the most dedicated men in the history of boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball.)

    2014-Bennett,Clyde.1web Clyde Bennett, front and middle, with his Santa Barbara League Champion Clydesdale team. Bennett, who plays, manages, sponsors, umpires, and runs the Best of The West men’s fastpitch tournament, will celebrate 60 years as a player on Wednesday night. Photo courtesy / Rudy Soriano

    By RUDY SORIANO / Santa Barbara Clydesdale and NAFA 23-Under Fastpitch Player

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – If you were to go to the Santa Barbara’s Elings Park softball fields on any given evening, you will find a man who has been playing longer than the existence of the park itself.

    This man wears many hats here: league/tournament coordinator, umpire, coach, but the most impressive hat this man dons is player.

    This year marks the 60th anniversary as a player for Clyde Bennett and this Wednesday night he will put on his catcher’s mask to celebrate this tremendous milestone.

    Clyde started playing fastpitch at the age of 16 in 1954 with his church team in the fastpitch leagues of Paramount, CA. Since then it has seemed almost impossible to get him away from the game. His love for the game didn’t just stop at playing but he contributed back by becoming an umpire in ’61 and continues to do so to this day, whether it be for the fields of Elings or local area high school games.

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    Wilber Lime and Santa Rosa marching through AA and A-Major brackets

    Saturday, August 10th, 2013

    DES MOINES – Wilber Lime of Galesville, Wisc. is no stranger to high finishes in the NAFA World Series. And so far they are marching toward a possible championship in the AA Division by posting three wins Thrusday and Friday.

    The Galesville squad beat Bronx, Palazzon’s Java House, and Napanee to set up a semifinal meeting with Willkomm (Wisc.) at 2:40 p.m., Saturday at Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. Willkomm has won twice to advance. The championship is scheduled for 6 p.m.tonight at Great Des Moines.

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