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2017 Wisconsin NAFA Men’s Fastpitch State Tournament

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

2017 DC Outlaw 12-Team Invitational In Elkhart, Indiana

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

By Matt Miller
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ELKHART, Ind. – A 12-team men’s fastpitch tournament is being held at Riverview Softball Park in Elkhart, June 23-25.

Riverview offers four fields and will host the 2017 ASA Open East National Tournament.

TOURNAMENT DETAILS

  • $400 entry fee
  • Four-game guarantee
  • Format: Pool play with two division winners
  • Up to 12 teams (first 12 to commit)
  • Open to B-C caliber pitching, and A-rated pitchers must be cleared by Matt Miller.
  • Hotels close to the park (within 5-10 minutes)
  • “Several teams have committed already so get your spot early,” said Matt Miller. “We are specifically looking for Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ontario (3hrs
    from Windsor) teams.”

    Matt Miller
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    Dow AC’s had strong influence with boys in Midland in 1940s and 1950s

    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

    MIDLAND, Mich. – Heroes. Superstars.And everyday citizens of Midland.
    In the 1940s and 1950s, the Dow ACs men’s fastpitch softball team won two national championships and a world championship.

    But the legendary players and coaches, like Clyde “Lefty” Dexter, Al Linde, and Jimmy Walsh, didn’t stop there.

    Through coaching and mentoring youth, they also helped lay the groundwork for today’s flourishing sports community in Midland. Their fingerprints can be found in such organizations as Little League and Pee Wee football, and the ACs were a springboard for Midland becoming a town known for producing outstanding softball organizations such as McArdle’s and the Midland Explorers.

    Bud Collins, 92, of Midland, was part of the very first Dow ACs (Athletic Club) team in 1941, just after The Dow Chemical Co. had taken over the former Chemical City Athletic Club team.

    The Dow ACs – a program which also included a highly competitive basketball team that played its games in what is now Central Middle School – was the biggest thing in a long time to hit Midland, which Collins noted was still a rural community of fewer than 10,000 people in the early 1940s.

    “With Midland being so small at that time, that was the biggest thing that could have happened (to the town),” said Collins, who played third base for the Dow ACs until about 1950, outside of the years that he served in the Navy in World War II. “We packed (Currie) Stadium for every game.”

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    A Step Back In Time: the 1976 Casey Truckers

    Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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    CASEY, IL – In 1976 the Casey Truckers hosted the ASA National Class A Invitational Tournament. I was lucky enough to be drafted to pitch for St. Paul Merchants. And while there, I got a Truckers official program.

    Looking through the program, I discovered that the Truckers were quite a team, and from 1963 to 1975 had a record of 695-329. The Truckers best year was 1973 when they finished 80-24 and were ASA Class A state champions along with finishing third in the national tournament.

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    Santa Barbara Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in November

    Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
    Clyde Bennett will host a men's fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara, Nov. 4-5. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Clyde Bennett will host a men’s fastpitch tournament in beautiful Elings Park in Santa Barbara, Nov. 4-5. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Tournament director Clyde Bennett is holding a men’s fastpitch tournament, Nov. 4-5, in Santa Barbara.

    “Im having a low key fastpitch tournament with a four-game guarantee,” said Bennett, tournament director of the Best of The West tournament for several years.

    THE DETAILS

  • Entry fee, $350.
  • Four-game guarantee
  • Phone numbers: home, 805-964-2114; cell 805-895-9007
  • Email: clydebennett50@gmail.com
  • Fastpitch softball sees resurgence in La Crosse

    Sunday, June 26th, 2016
    NAFA Hall of Fame member, Bud Olson, is helping lead the effort to train young athletes to become fast-pitch pitchers in order to reestablish a competitive men's fastpitch program in LaCrosse. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    NAFA Hall of Fame member, Bud Olson, is helping lead the effort to train young athletes to become fast-pitch pitchers in order to reestablish a competitive men’s fastpitch program in LaCrosse. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    By Nick Tabbert / WXOW.COM, LA CROSSE

    La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – Fifteen years ago, fastpitch softball was a dying sport in La Crosse.

    Now, thanks to the efforts of local enthusiasts, the game is trending upward once again, drawing the interest of players young and old.

    Fran Formanek, a longtime supporter of the game, said the Dairyland Men’s Fastpitch League had to fold in the late 1990s due to low participation.

    This season, there are 10 teams in the league, including a team sponsored by Animal House of La Crosse.

    “We just feel there’s a real passion for the game here and there’s a lot of great athletes that are interested I believe in playing,” Formanek said. “If we can start getting some people involved in it, we think we can re-build the league and also become a national power throughout the United States like we were back in the 70s and 60s and 50s.”

    A big part of the game is pitching. Both Formanek and Animal House’s team manager Bud Olson believe the resurgence relies on the arms of young pitchers.

    “We know there’s a lot of good athletes in this town. What we do need to do is we need to develop pitchers,” he said.

    Olson said his goal is to find a group of players just out of high school and develop them into competitive pitchers, a process that could take up to three years.

    The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) will hold its state qualifier tournament at La Crosse’s Erickson Park from July 22-24. Olson said there will be a reunion for former fastpitch players on Saturday, July 23. Players are encouraged to wear their old jerseys to receive free admission.

    For more information about the NAFA state qualifier tournament and Wisconsin men’s fastpitch visit: Wisconsin Fastpitch

    Love leads Lumar Goss to fastpitch softball

    Monday, April 11th, 2016

    14-HitmenGossLumar.51lr Lumar Goss pitching in the 2014 Beaumont Coyotes 4th of July Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – As a youngster, Lumar Goss played two sports, football and basketball. He loved hitting people and putting a ball through the hoop. Baseball? No, he never played the sport.

    So it stands to reason that fastpitch softball wasn’t even on his radar. That is, until he met the love of his life, Julie Castillo, and her fastpitch-passionate father Paul Castillo. Just 19 at the time, young Lumar had to make a choice: play a sport he never heard of, or give up the girl.

      LOVE ON CONDITION

    “My wife’s father gave me the ultimatum, play fastpitch or I couldn’t date his daughter,” said Lumar with a chuckle.

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    High Flying Roseville Eagles claim 1st Annual NAFA Western Championship

    Monday, July 7th, 2014

    070614-RosevilleFP.1web The Roseville Eagles of Roseville, Calif. won the 1st Annual NAFA Western Championship, July 6, at Centennial Park in Carson City, Nev. Contributed Photo

    By BENJIE HEDGECOCK / NAFA Executive Director

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The pitching was steady, the hitting prolific, and as a result the Eagles of Roseville, Calif. claimed the 1st Annual NAFA Western Championship at Centennial Park in Carson City, July 4-6.

    The Eagles flew through the eight-team tournament winning five consecutive games to finish 5-0 ahead of runner-up East Bay Bashers (4-2), third-place Stockton Black Sox (4-2), and fourth place NSB (3-2).

    Roseville’s offense set the pace by outscoring its opponents 54-14. Assigned to Pool A, the Eagles finished 3-0 by defeating NSB 10-7; the Hotshots 13-0; and Ramos Brothers 9-1.

    That undefeated run, earned the Eagles the No. 1 seed in the pool and two lives heading into Sunday’s championship round.

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    Carl Hansen, true friend of men’s and boy’s fastpitch

    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011


    Carl Hansen of Page Brake holding his grandchildren with his Hall of Fame plaque presented to him during Hall of Fame ceremonies at the 1999 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT – In 1999 the International Softball Congress inducted one of the truly great sponsors and supporters of men’s fastpitch softball into the ISC Hall of Fame: Carl Hansen of Page Brake, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hansen has sponsored men’s, young men’s age 23-Under, and boy’s fastpitch softball teams for five decades, sending them to ISC World Tournaments and ASA National Championships across the country.

    In honor of Hansen, the “Carl Hansen Classic Fastpitch Tournament” is held annually. Here’s the details:

    What: Carl Hansen Classic / Page Brake Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Where: Cottonwood Complex, 4400 So. 1300 East Salt Lake City, Utah

    When: July 8-10

    Cost: $375 (Four game guarantee! Along with individual prizes for first and second place.)

    Registration: Sports Office, 5201 So. Murray Park Lane, Murray, UT 84107
    Call: 801-270-7260

    Visit this link for complete information including registration:
    Salt Lake County Sports Office