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Field Set For Annual Palm Springs Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The annual Palm Springs men’s fastpitch tournament is shaping up for a competitive confrontation among Southern California’s strongest NAFA A-Major to AA teams at Demuth Park, March 25-26.

Saturday’s action includes pool play that will determine seeding for Sunday’s single-elimination championship round. Click on (TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE)

Games are played at DeMuth Park and start at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the final contest scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday begins at 8 a.m. with the championship scheduled for 2 p.m.

Tournament Director, Vicki Oltean, has long been a major supporter of men’s fastpitch softball. She has held tournaments in Palm Springs for over 30 years.

Oltean can be reached at: (760) 323-8277 or email:

  • Ten So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) teams comprise the tournament
  • POOL A
    So. Calif. Heat
    Beaumont Coyotes
    A1 Rockies

    POOL B
    California Athletics
    So. Cal Bandits

  • Information provided by Jesse Ortiz, president of SCIFL

    Palm Springs Opens Southern California Men’s Fast-Pitch Season

    Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
    Sports fans can watch all the action that typifies men's fastpitch: pitching, defense, hitting, big game-saving and game-winning plays. Men's fastpitch has it all for sports fans. Photo Collage By BOB OTTO

    Sports fans can watch all the action that typifies men’s fastpitch: pitching, defense, hitting, big game-saving and game-winning plays. Men’s fastpitch has it all for sports fans. Photo Collage By BOB OTTO

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) is kicking off the 2016 season in Palm Springs, CA in the Men’s Fastpitch Palm Springs Classic Tournament.

    The event will be held on March 12 – 13, 2016 and will be ran by the City of Palm Springs. The tournament will use current NAFA rules which will govern all games with exceptions.

    Once the draw is completed, entry fee is non-refundable. The entry fee will be $420 and the deadline is Monday, March 7, 2016.


    Interested teams, please contact Tournament Director Vickie Oltean at (760) 323-8277 or email:


    Palm Springs Classic Entry Form

    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    SCIFL Website
    2016 SCIFL Schedule

    My two best abilities for hire: sitting and walking

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

    YUCAIPA, CA – I met this older lady in the Phoenix airport while our connecting flight to Palm Springs was delayed on Sunday. She’s from Wisconsin on her way to Palm Springs for a three-week stay with her pregnant daughter.

    So we started talking – her much more than I – about Wisconsin weather, Palm Springs’ deplorable heat, farm crops, kids, and dog walking and house sitting.

    The last two items caught my interest. I’m recently unemployed. And despite being an energetic, handsome, talented, likeable, funny, and dedicated, 61, the bleak job market has thrown me as well as many of my fellow Boomers into the ditch.

    It seems the older lady’s daughter started a dog walking and house sitting business a couple of years ago.

    I perked up: “I could do that,” I thought. In fact, I’d be good at it.

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    An aspiring Snowbird

    Monday, July 6th, 2009

    CANNON FALLS, MN – Summer vacations to my native land of Minnesota always end in a clash of colors and temperatures. My latest trip home to California was no different. From the runway at Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport, my US Airways airbus jettisoned quickly to 30,000 feet.

    And as I gazed down at the gently rolling Minnesota landscape below me, the earth appeared as a geometric pattern of squares and rectangles. These patterns – signifying vast acres of farms and ranches – were covered with alfalfa, corn, soybeans and trees. Lots of trees. And all this lush vegetation, watered from a summer of plentiful rainfall, shone a dark, vibrant green.

    That’s the green of my vacation. A green that vanished when I landed four hours later in Palm Springs. At this city known for its hellish summer heat, the view is uninspiring. For as far as the eye can see the landscape is covered with sickly looking shrubbery, dead grass and weeds, colored a pitifully dull yellowish-brown. It’s a most lifeless view for someone fresh from Minnesota.

    Oh, Minnesota how I already miss your green and temperate beauty.

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