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Jesse Ortiz, pitching in for NAFA and his league

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

JESSE ORTIZ is kept busy at the NAFA World Series checking bats to certifiy that they meet NAFA specifications. Ortiz is in his third year assisting at the NAFA World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series.

FARGO – At his home ballpark in Southern California, Jesse Ortiz can be found hustling from one field to another. He’s an administrator, a resolver of disputes, he oversees the scorekeepers, and he even does some field maintenance when the need arises.

Ortiz is the executive director of the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL). It’s a job with a lot of duties and some headaches, but he sets all of that aside when it’s his turn to pitch.

He works diligently for long hours on several weekends throughout the fastpitch season to ensure that SCIFL Alliance tournaments run smoothly.

“The SCIFL tournaments went well this year,” said Ortiz, 42. “We did have to cut back on some tournaments because of a conflict with the city (Santa Fe Springs). We had one tournament at Camp Pendleton (Marine Corps Base) and that went well.”

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Wisconsin NAFA State Tournament Bracket

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Canada and western United States competing for Seattle Invitational championships

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The 2017 Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament features 16 teams battling for championships at Fife, Wash., July 21-23. Courtesy Photo / Seattle Invitational

Tournament Administrator

FIFE, Wash.The 57th Seattle Invitational Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament is ready to kickoff at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, with the championships scheduled for July 23.

The tournament has 16 teams spread over three divisions: NAFA A, NAFA A-major/AA, and NAFA OPEN.

The NAFA OPEN and NAFA A-major/AA will be pooled together with the top two teams from Pools A & B advancing to the open bracket. The bottom two teams will advance to the NAFA A-major/AA bracket.


CR Bartel Farms, Vancouver, WA
Builder’s, Abbotsford, BC
Marlin’s, Fleetwood, BC
Lacey A’s, Lacey, WA


Lomas, Vancouver, BC
Desperado, Missoula, MT
K-Club, Bremerton, WA
All-Star Automotive, Grass Valley, CA

  • The NAFA A Division (below) will be completely separate.
  • POOL C

    Expert Air Control, Rat City, USA
    Dukes, Coquitlam, BC
    Rockies, Cloverdale, BC
    Interbay Door, Seattle, WA

    POOL D

    Northwest Braves, Hermiston, OR
    Ladner Masters, Ladner, BC
    Oregon Cascades, Portland, OR
    Cleon’s Auto Repair, Spanaway, WA

  • Not only is there competition on the fields, but “The Invite’s” beer garden has been known to host Corn Hole, Washers, Beers-bee, and Beer-Bobbing showdowns between teams, fans and players as well.
    • 2017 Seattle Invite schedule and past champions

    2017 Seattle Invite Schedule
    Seattle Invite Champions
    NAFA Website

    Important Information about 2017 NAFA World Series in Fargo, North Dakota

    Saturday, July 8th, 2017

    FARGO, ND – For teams, players and fans, please read this important information about the NAFA World Series that will be held in Fargo, Aug. 9-20.

  • Northside Softball Complex.
  • Hector International Airport
  • Traveling Amtrak
  • Hotel Reservations (Contact Rachel at for more information.)
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    NAFA Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Memorial Day Weekend In Newberg, Oregon

    Monday, May 8th, 2017

    NEWBERG, Ore. – The first annual President Hoover Fastpitch Tournament, Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, 2017 will be held in Newberg Oregon.

    Tournament Director, Shayne Arndt, NAFA Oregon State Director is initiating this tournament with the support of Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA President, to keep the spirit of the historic Boatnik tourney in Grant’s Pass, Oregon going.

    “I want to help fastpitch continue in Oregon and the northwest,” Arndt said. “I see this tournament having the potential to thrive as part of the NAFA circuit with the holiday weekend and close proximity to the Portland airport for teams traveling in the future.”


    North American Fastpitch Association
    Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
    503-559-5398 cell,503-864-4487 work, fax 503-864-3939
    PO Box 566 Dayton, Or, 97114

    25th Anniversary of NAFA World Series Heads To North Dakota

    Saturday, April 1st, 2017

    Founded in 1993, NAFA will celebrate its 25th anniversary by holding its 2017 World Series at the new Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, North Dakota, Aug. 9-20.

    FARGO, N.D. – The North American Fastpitch Association was formed in 1993, offering a World Series for boys’ and men’s fastpitch softball teams of all skill levels.

    2017 marks the 25th year the organization has hosted championship tournaments in six divisions: Young men (age 23-under), Open, AA-Major, AA, A-Major and A. And new this year, will be a recreation division for ball clubs recent to the sport.

    The North Dakota cities of FargoWest Fargo and Moorhead, Minn. have the honor and are proud to host the event at its new softball facility: Northside Softball Complex.

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    Check out results of NAFA World Series in North Mankato

    Sunday, August 21st, 2016


    NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – Three divisions of the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) are battling for championships, Sunday, in the final day of the World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

    Click on the links for results

  • AA Division
  • A Division
  • 23-Under Division
  • Important links to the 2016 NAFA World Series

    Monday, August 15th, 2016
    Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota is hosting the 2016 NAFA World Series, Aug. 11-21.

    Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota is hosting the 2016 NAFA World Series, Aug. 11-21.

    NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – Want to know who’s winning? Who’s leading the tournament in pitching, hitting, and fielding?

      For all things concerning the NAFA World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato, visit these important links

  • World Series Divisions
  • Playnafa Results and Stats
  • NAFA Website
  • Caswell Park
  • Caswell Park Sports
  • Thank You,
    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director

    Minnesota’s Hennager Plumbing and Heating vying for a NAFA World Series Championship

    Sunday, August 14th, 2016

    NAFA.A.MajorRoster1lr Twenty teams started the NAFA World Series A-Major Division, but only four remain, with undefeated Hennager Plumbing and Heating of Lake Crystal, Minnesota in contention for the championship.

    NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – The mantra for Hennager Plumbing and Heating of Lake Crystal, Minn. probably goes something like this: “One more boys, one more and the championship is ours!”

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    NAFA World Series Bracketing Information

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

    DAYTON, Ore– The NAFA World Series brackets for the A, A-Major, 23-under, AA and AA-Major divisions will have fast updates to their brackets during the tournaments being held at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota, Aug. 10-21, and in Rock Island, Ill. for the AA-Major, Aug. 19-21.

    Coaches, managers and media, inform your players and fans of the link to this application: NAFA World Series Brackets.