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Castro Concrete Jokers 23rd Annual Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas – The Castro Concrete Jokers will host its 23rd Annual Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament Memorial weekend at the Del Valle Softball complex near the Austin Airport, May 25-26.

The Details

Date: May 25th and 26th
Place: Del Valle Softball Complex (just past the Austin Airport)
Entry Fee: NONE (pay $50 at the plate before each game)
Format: 3 Game Guarantee
Time Limit: 1 hour and 30 min (Championship game 7innings)

Championship Game: One game only
Rules: 2019 ASA Rules – Pitching Rule: ISF (Pitcher must start with two feet on the rubber)
Balls: K-Master (Provide by Tournament)

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International Softball Congress World Championship Guide, now taking orders

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Very nice cover showing what the men’s side of the sport is all about.

ORDER THE ISC 2012 ISC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GUIDE: Men’s fastpitch fans, don’t delay in reserving your copy now because the supply is limited and copies won’t last long.

For more information or to order your copy, please contact:

Ken Hackmeister
ISC Executive Director

Check out the ISC website here

Fastball alive and well in Kitchener (Canada)

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

By Christine Rivet, Record staff

KITCHENER – They might have written fastball’s epitaph in other communities.
Not here, insist members of one of southern Ontario’s premier fastpitch loops, the 14-team Kitchener Fastball League.

The game is undeniably under siege at the most elite levels and even at the minor levels in some other urban areas as players flock to the golf courses, soccer pitches or (horror of horrors!) slo-pitch diamonds. Continue Reading

Williams gets chance to play against world

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

(Originally published Aug. 14, 2008, but still a good read about why some boys’, young men, and adults choose to play fastpitch softball.)

By Jim Rueda / Sports Editor
Mankato Free Press

MANKATO, MN – With the North American Fastpitch Association’s World Series beginning today at Caswell Park it’s time to talk softball.

Although 18-year-old Kevin Williams of Lake Crystal will not be participating in the NAFA event, he does have experience playing high-caliber fastpitch.

In fact, he has experience playing fastpitch at the highest of levels, having recently returned from the International Softball Federation’s Junior Men’s World Fastpitch Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada…

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Subway Titans lose twice in ISC Legends Tournament

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

QUAD-CITIES, IL – By Daniel Makarewicz,
The Quad City Subway Titans started their ISC Legends Tournament with two tough-to-handle losses.

Playing their first games at the Greenvalley Sports Complex, the Titans suffered an 11-10 loss to the Cobourg Force in the opener in which they allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh. They then dropped a…
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Franny’s goes 1-1 at fast-pitch nationals

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

ROCKFORD, IL — Ray Leavitt drove in two runs with a first-inning single Thursday afternoon and Tom Meyers drove in two more with a second-inning triple to lead Franny’s Ole Irish Pub to an 8-1 victory over Brement (Ind.) D.C. Current in the opening round of the North American Fastpitch Association A Major World Series. Continue

“YoYo” Cruz retires from an illustrious career

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

San Bernardino Bombers, YoYo Cruz, right, with Truman Thompson, center, and Frank Jimenez sharing good times at the Colton Conquistadors tournament, Sunday, Oct. 17.

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SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Ask anybody what YoYo Cruz’ first name is and you’ll probably get a puzzled look and a reply, “well, he’s YoYo!”

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Waseda University and Sand Prairie NAFA World Series photos

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Photos By BOB OTTO

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WEST DES MOINES, DES MOINES, IA – Photos of the NAFA World Series Age 23-Under post game celebration including Waseda University of Tokyo, Japan and Sand Prairie Construction.

Play continues in the world’s largest men’s fast-pitch softball tournament

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Friday, Aug. 13, 2010

WEST DES MOINES and DES MOINES, IA – The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series men’s fastpitch softball tournament continues Friday through Sunday at Raccoon River Park Softball Complex in West Des Moines, and at the Greater Des Moines Softball Park.

Play begins in the A-Major Division at 12:45 p.m. at both softball parks with the final game scheduled for 6 p.m. Then the Age 23-Under Division takes to the ball fields with games starting at 6 p.m. and 7:45 at both ballparks.

The 23-Under division has 12 teams from nine U.S. states, Canada, and Japan entered in the tournament, which will conclude with the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Raccoon River Park.

Waseda University from Japan highlights the 23-Under Division and begins play at 6 p.m. against the West Fargo Knights of Fargo, ND. The Japanese university team flew over 6,100 miles to compete in the tournament in its fourth appearance.

NAFA was founded in 1993 and offers the largest men?s fastpitch softball tournament in the world with six divisions vying for championships from Aug. 12 to Aug. 22.

Spectator admission is $8 per day, or $20 for a tournament pass.
Raccoon River Park Softball Complex is located at 2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines. And the Greater Des Moines Softball Park is at 4980 NE 46th Street, Des Moines.

For more information on schedules and game times, visit the NAFA website. North American Fastpitch Association

Let’s get talking

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Reporter and columnist, Mark Long, is a former Australian softballer who pitched Australia’s first World Championship Age 19-Under Gold Medal win in 1997.

CAMDEN ADVERTISER – Could a glimpse into the future, let’s say July 2012, hear the following line at the end of Sportscenter?

“Coming up on ESPN 2, the world’s best men’s fastpitch softball players touch down on the next stop of the tour as the teams battle for the number one seed before the ISC world tournament.”

A US-Canadian tour or a pro fastpitch league are two options that generations of players have dreamt about.
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