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54th Annual Seattle Invitational returns to Fife, Wash.

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Lief.Haldane.Sooke.1web Fastpitch fans can expect to see top-level pitching in the Seattle Invitational. Photo By BOB OTTO

FIFE, Wash. – The 2014 54th Annual Seattle Invitational returns stronger than ever with 11 teams currently entered including several Upper Division ball clubs:

  • California A’s
  • Sooke Loggers (Canada)
  • Cal-State Builders (Calif)
  • Portland Brewers
  • K-Club (defending champions) (Wash)
  • Rat City (state unknown)
  • Victoria Thunder (Canada).
  • Lower Division teams include Interbay Door, Cleon’s Auto, JRW & Associates, and the Richmond Stealers.

    The Tournament runs July 25-27 with games played at Dacca Park in Fife.

    For complete information, contact tournament director Ryan Daly, and visit the Seattle Invitational website.

    And see Tournament Flier 2014_Seattle_Invite_Flyer.

    Ryan Daly can be reached at:

    Cal-State Builders claim third consecutive NAFA Masters West championship

    Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


    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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    Bob Law Memorial Challenge featuring top North American men’s fastpitch teams

    Monday, July 16th, 2012

    VANCOUVER, BC – The Bob Law Memorial Challenge men’s fastpitch tournament is back and this year it boasts as strong a field as ever. Teams are coming from California, Oregon, Saskatchewan and throughout British Columbia.

    Some of the game’s top talents will be in action including national team players from Canada, USA and Argentina.

    For more information, visit Vancouver Challenge Website