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Southern Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Announces Schedule

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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BURBANK, Calif. – Spring is fast coming and for fastpitch players, teams and fans, that means the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League season is about underway.

SCIFL offers eight weekend league meets, along with six weekend meets for its masters teams. Play begins March 12-13 in Palm Springs in the annual tournament directed by Vickie Oltean – a tremendous supporter of men’s fastpitch for over 30 years.

For a complete schedule, visit: SCIFL Schedule

For more information:
Jesse Ortiz, President
So Cal Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL)
P.O. Box 6572
Burbank, CA 91510
Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
tele: 661-510-8923

Information on NAFA Masters East & West World Series

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

The Masters East World Series is being held in Moline, Ill., while the West Masters takes place in Carson City, Nevada. For information, please visit this link: Start Times for both Masters East & West

NAFA Masters World Series Fastball, Bigger and Better

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

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DAYTON, Ore. – Whether the East Coast or the West Coast, over the next two weeks 75 of the strongest Masters men’s fastpitch teams will compete for NAFA World Series championships.

On the East Coast, Moline, Illinois will host the East Masters World Series in six division: 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, 40-Over and 35-Over. The championships will be played Sept. 11-13 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline.

And at Centennial Park in Carson City, Nevada, The West Coast Masters World Series will take place Sept. 18-20. Five divisions will battle in the 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over and 40-Over

For complete information visit: NAFA Masters World Series

Top Masters Teams Battle for Six NAFA World Series Championships

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the NAFA A-Division tournament, Aug. 16. Just like Rocco, this weekend Masters Division managers in six divisions will be celebrating championships in the 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, 40-Over, and 35-Over tournaments 7 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill. Photo By BOB OTTO

Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the NAFA A-Division tournament, Aug. 16. Just like Rocco, this weekend Masters Division managers in six divisions will be celebrating championships in the 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, 40-Over, and 35-Over tournaments 7 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill. Photo By BOB OTTO

Don’t Miss the Final Exciting Weekend of NAFA Fastpitch Tournaments in the Quad Cities on September 5 – 7 at Green Valley Sports Complex

By Lynn Hunt / Media Contact
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Quad Cities – After two weekends of World Series A and AA Division tournaments, and the World Series U-23 and U-19 Divisions, the National American Fastpitch Association will close out the tournament action with the long awaited Master Series featuring players age 35 and up.

All games will be played September 5-7 at Green Valley Sports Complex, located at 5920 52nd Street in Moline.

During the World Series A and AA Division Tournaments that took place August 7-10, The Halifax Pepperjacks of Nova Scotia double dipped the Lloydminster Dodgers of Alberta, Canada for the AA Title, and The Roseville Eagles of California went undefeated in the A-Major Division beating the Stoneyard of Wisconsin in the final game.

This tournament was followed by the World Series U-23 and A divisions on August 14-16. The Bowen FP of Illinois beat the Rude PAC of California for the 2014 NAFA A World Series and Minnesota Computers / Kegel of Minnesota and North Dakota beat Waseda University Maroon from Tokyo, Japan for the U-23 World Series.

Two local teams will play in the Master Series on September 5-7, the Pint’s of Iowa and Illinois coached by Ron Foster and the Lampliter team of Iowa coached by Rick Kahl.

“This is the final week for the NAFA Tournaments in the Quad Cities, and this has been the best hosted event in NAFA history,” said Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA Executive Director. “The staff at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, Moline Park and Recreation and Rock Island Park and Recreation have been key to success of these tournaments and we look forward to coming back again in 2015.”

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Cal-State Builders claim third consecutive NAFA Masters West championship

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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By Dave Carlton / Owner and Manager, Cal-State Builders

CARSON CITY, NEV – The Cal-State Builders made its annual trip to Carson City, Sept. 13-15, with hopes of retaining the NAFA Masters World Series West 40-Over crown. The same rag-tag group from the previous two years consisted of 12-men (with newcomer Scott Budnick, Bothell, WA, and veteran Mario Pereira, Roseville, CA) who put their skills to the test as tough competition loomed.

The Portland Brewers – narrowly defeated last year at the hands of Cal-State ace Kevin Kammueller (Shakopee, MN) – were hungry to redeem the loss. The Boston Seadogs, eliminated in 2012 by Portland in a dramatic extra-inning walk-off, were similarly eager to avenge the past.

Ten hopefuls entered the NAFA West Masters, with Cal-State, Portland, and Boston opposite each other in separate pools.

    Cal-State 11, SoCal Quakes 0

Rain and heavy wind suspended Friday’s games deep into the night. Game one slated for 8 p.m. finally got started around 10:30. The SoCal Quakes sent veteran Doug Rooney to the mound to face Cal-State’s iconic big-man Kammueller.

The Builders showed no ill effects from the rain delay as they quickly plated seven runs in the top of the first inning, sending 13 men to the plate. Dean Waltier highlighted a six-hit inning with a two-run blast to the right field corner. Both Randy “The Hammer” Bitterman and Darin Michael posted two hits each, while Mark Summers and Scott Budnick added walks.

Former Builder Mario Pereira, who took a few years off from the team, added a base hit, and Duane Christensen began his path to tournament MVP with a single.

Kammueller began where he left off at the ISC World Tournament (ISC II All-World pitcher) by pounding the strike zone with nasty corners and wicked movement. The Quakes mustered three hits in the mercy-shortened contest but could not score a run off the stingy Builder’s ace.

Former University of Arizona standout Debby Day, the only female pitcher to ever pitch at the men’s event, took over for Rooney in the top of the second and held off the Builders until the fourth, when pinch-hitter Larry Machado got a rally started with a clean single.

kammueller.kevin.246web Kevin Kammueller shows the form that earned him ISC II All-World and NAFA Masters All-World. Photo By BOB OTTO / June 2013 California Classic Fastpitch Tournament

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Ed Gasper inducted into NAFA Hall of Fame

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

MERCED, Calif. – Ed Gasper began playing city league fastpitch at the age of 25, and 23 years later the 48-year-old pitcher will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the NAFA World Series in Des Moines, Iowa.

His achievements in the World Series include:

  • 2002 – NAFA A-Division Most Valuable Pitcher
  • 2003 – NAFA All-World
  • 2005 – NAFA AA-Division First Team All-World
  • 2006 – NAFA 35-Over Masters champion and First Team All-World
  • 2011 – NAFA Masters MVP after winning the 45-Older championship
  • Other fastpitch achievements include finishing runner-up in the ISC II World Tournament and being named MVP of the tournament. And in 2012 he helped his team win the ASA West National Championship. He also pitched a perfect game in the 1999 ASA National Championship.

    “I feel honored to be with the likes of all who have been inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame,” said Gasper, who currently pitches and plays the outfield for Santa Rosa, Calif. Fastpitch,.

    Carson City, perfect for NAFA Masters World Series

    Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

    CARSON CITY, NV – North American Fastpich Association (NAFA) Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock has a few good reasons why he likes hosting the West Masters World Series in Carson City. Well, actually he has a lot of good reasons.

    For one, there’s Joel Dunn, Carson City’s parks and recreation operations manager.

    In a word, he’s “awesome to work with,” Hedgecock said. “The parks department provides field rental, homerun fences and field prep for free to keep us coming back. Concession staff and field prep staff, and scorekeepers and gate staff are awesome and have become part of the family.”

    SO MANY POSITIVES
    Hedgecock goes on to add that Carson City is within reasonable driving and flying distance for western states’ ball players, family and fans. And you just never know whose going to be leaving Carson City a big winner. Away from the ball park, that is.

    “Someone in our party wins a $15,000 or more jackpot every year,” Hedgecock said.

    Couple those positives with great weather, a city (and nearby Reno) in which the wives and girl friends can have fun away from the ball park, friendly people and great fields, and there’s little not to like about playing fastpitch softball in Carson City.

    “There are just no negatives to lead players to say they want someplace new,” Hedgecock said. “Because they love it here.”

    The World Series runs Sept. 14 – 16 at, John D. Winters Centennial Sports Complex 500 Centennial Park Drive, Carson City.

    CANADA AND U.S. WELL REPRESENTED
    A total of 34 teams will be battling it out in four masters age divisions: 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, and the “kids” tournament, the 40-Over.

    And these ball players, still infatuated with a sport many have played well over 40 and 50 years, come from many parts of North America: Including Canada, and the U.S. states of California, Idaho, Washington, Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Kansas, and even Massachusetts.

    ENTERING THE HALLOWED HALL
    On Saturday afternoon, a special ceremony will be held at 3:30, inducting Terry Traverso, Dean Waltier and Sam Aldridge into the NAFA Hall of Fame.

    For more information, visit NAFA Fastpitch

    Veteran fastpitch teams, get ready for NAFA Masters!

    Saturday, May 29th, 2010

    DAYTON, OR – The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) is offering two Masters World Series championships for men. For eastern teams, Rockford, Illinois will host the event on Sept. 10-12. And for western teams, Carson City, Nevada, will be the host city on Sept. 10-12.

    Then on Oct. 16 and 17th, Masters East meets Masters West in Las Vegas where any team that played in the East or West events may attend. And on Saturday night the East Champ and West Champ will stage a one game playoff for bragging rights to reign as “Masters World Series Champions”.

    So if your between the ages from 30 to 55 and older, start forming teams now for masters play in divisions: 55-over, 50-over, 45-over, 40-over, and 30-over.

    For more information on Masters play and the other divisional World Series championships, visit the NAFA website. NAFA website

    Have a great spring and summer,
    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director