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So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League starts in February

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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ANAHEIM – The long-running SCIFL men’s fastpitch league opens play at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, March 7-8. Then it’s on to Palm Springs for Vicki Oltean’s annual men’s tournament, March 21-22. Contact Vicki at 760-323-8277.

For a full schedule visit: 2015 SCIFL Schedule

For more information about the league, contact:

Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President
P.O. Box 1891
Anaheim, CA 92815-1891
661-510-8928

Eighth Annual Las Vegas Road Trip Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The eighth edition of the “Las Vegas Road Trip” fast pitch tournament will be held April 10-12, 2015. As like last year, first round games will start on Friday at noon and the Championship games will be scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday, with “IF” games immediately following if necessary. Teams flying in and out should make plans to be ready to play early on Friday and late times on Sunday in the event the brackets are running late.

While this tournament is a NAFA sanctioned event, it is run by the SCIFL and any questions regarding this tournament must go through the SCIFL tournament director Jessie Ortiz and he can be reached at scifastpitch@gmail.com.

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NAFA welcomes its newest Hall of Fame members

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

QUAD CITIES, Ia/Il – The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) welcomed its newest members into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies Thursday night at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill.

080714-HernandezRobertHoF.71web Robert Hernandez, who served NAFA as a Vice President and national tournament director waves to fans during his Hall of Fame induction.

LubkemanNelsonHoF.52webTodd Lubkeman and Mark Nelson of Willkomm Mobil, Kenosha, Wisc. were inducted together into the NAFA Hall of Fame after playing years together for Willkomm, sponsored by Jerry Willkomm.

ParishHernandezHoF.33web Carley Parish, who served as the NAFA UIC and joined the organization in 1997 was presented by her good friend Robert Hernandez, who was also inducted.

HernandezEngleHoF.36web Rod Engle has played, coached and sponsored teams for over 50 years. He was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame for his service to the sport and to NAFA.

AlderGregHoF.44web Greg Alder of the Boise, Idaho RiverDogs has played, pitched and managed teams in the Boise area. During his playing days, he was instrumental in leading the Boise Metros to ISC, ASA and NAFA national tournaments. Alder also helped run and revitalize men’s fastpitch in the Boise City League. He was inducted for his service to the sport and to NAFA.

NAFA Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

lubkeman.todd.willkomm.10web Todd Lubkeman is one of the outstanding ball players who will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at scheduled ceremonies during the NAFA World Series in the Quad Cities of Iowa / Illinois, or at Masters World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

    NAFA Press Release

    DAYTON, Ore. – The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce its 2014 Hall of Fame class.

    2014 NAFA HALL OF FAME CLASS

UMPIRE CATEGORY

Carley Parish, Canada

COACH / SPONSOR CATEGORY

Rod Engle, Pennsylvania

Bud Olson, Wisconsin

Charlie Bendock, Washington

Greg Alder, Idaho

PLAYER CATEGORY

Todd Lubkeman, Wisconsin

Tim DeJong, South Dakota

Mark Nelson, Wisconsin

B.J. Boom, Minnesota

Larry Cushman, Wisconsin

“Congratulations to each of you for earning the respect of the NAFA family and achieving this honor,” said Benjie Hedgecock NAFA Executive Director. “Each of you will be inducted at one of these three times and locations that you can select by replying to this email thread.”

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Southern California fastpitch leader Robert Hernandez to retire

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

HernandezRobert.3lr SCIFL President and NAFA Pacific Coast Vice President Robert Hernandez, right, presents David Dziengel of Goring Lawn Care (Minn.) his NAFA A-Major All-World award during the 2010 NAFA World Series in Des Moines and West Des Moines, Iowa. Hernandez served as the World Series Tournament Director. Photo By BOB OTTO

“He is very dedicated and involved and gives fastpitch 110-percent.” – Lou Enriques

ANAHEIM – Someone had to step up to the plate, so Robert Hernandez did.

In 2007, he saw the alarming decline of men’s fastpitch teams in Southern California. Something had to be done to reverse the trend. So he took on a most ambitious project – helping to start a new league.

This new league, the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), was a success from the beginning. Up to 16 teams compete, along with an age 40-older Masters Division.

“Doing a startup was tough,” said Hernandez, who became the league’s president, master league supervisor, and tournament director. “But the first year went well with very few hiccups.”

His ambitions for the league soon went higher.

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Top men’s fastpitch teams in Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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    BIG SOUTHWEST MEN’S FASPITCH TOURNAMENT COMING TO LAS VEGAS THIS WEEKEND

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – 37 teams from all points in the U.S. and from Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela will kick off the fastpitch season in Las Vegas in the Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament, Friday April 11-13.

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Wounded Warriors and USSSA Pride women’s professional fastpitch team playing in Cathedral City

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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By LAURIE TIMMONS / USSSA Pride Manager of Operational Development

CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball team will be in Palm Springs February 18-20th to take on the National Pro Fastpitch 2013 Champion USSSA Pride in an Exhibition Softball Game.

The game will be taking place Wednesday, February 19th at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral City Big League Dreams facility and ADMISSION IS FREE.

Service men and women attending the game will be honored and recognized at the game.

Then following the Wounded Warrior (photo gallery) game at 8 p.m. the 2013 NPF Champion USSSA Florida Pride will take on the Colton Dirtbags Men’s Fastpitch team from the So Cal Independent Fastpitch league.

On Thursday at 6 p.m. the Pride will take on the Pala Braves Men’s Fastpitch team, followed by an 8 p.m. game Pride vs the South Bay LA AllStar’s Women’s Team.

Laurie Timmons
Manager of Operational Development
USSSA
611 Line Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34744
321-697-3637 Direct
321-697-3647 Fax

A special thanks to Robert Hernandez, NAFA Vice President and president of the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League, and James Keyes of USSSA for their media assistance and for helping to arrange the games between SCIFL teams and the USSSA Pride.

NAFA Releases Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Listing

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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  • April 11-13 Las Vegas Road Trip NAFA Qualifier Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 17-18 Lower Midwest Super Regional at Fun Valley in Hutchinson, Kansas
  • May 17-18 Reno West Coast FP Assoc. NAFA Qualifier
  • May 24-26 Grants Pass, Oregon Boatnik NAFA Qualifier Grants Pass, Oregon
  • June 14-15 NAFA Open in Fargo/Morehead
  • June 21-22 Upper Midwest Super Regional in Madison, Wisconsin
  • July 4-6 NAFA Western National in Carson City, Nevada (fly to Reno)
  • For more tournament listings and hotel information, visit: NAFA Tournaments

    Plan now for Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament

    Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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    By ROBERT HERNANDEZ
    NAFA Pacific Coast Vice President
    SCIFL President

    ANAHEIM, CALIF – NAFA and the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) are pleased to announce the seventh edition of the Las Vegas Road Trip fastpitch tournament.

    The date of this tournament will be April 11-13, 2014. The championship games will be scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday, with “IF” games immediately following if necessary. Teams flying out on Sunday should make their plans for late departure times in the event the brackets are running late.

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    Las Vegas Road Trip VI – Brackets are up

    Monday, March 25th, 2013

    “The strongest field of teams yet.” – Robert Hernandez

    LAS VEGAS, NV – The Las Vegas Road Trip IV men’s fastpitch tournament, April 13-14, is set with 34 teams heading to Las Vegas to see who will be crowned champions in three separate divisions. This is the strongest field of teams yet and there will be a lot of ball being played in the two days at Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park on the south side of town.

    There are 14 teams each in the AA/AA-Major and A classifications and six teams in the A-Major. All will be playing the NAFA 3-game guarantee bracket for the championship.

    For a complete list of teams and to view the brackets, please visit Southern California Independent Fastpitch League website and press the link for the Las Vegas Road Trip.

    BRACKETS:

    AA/AA Major Bracket
    A-Major Bracket
    A Bracket

    For more information, contact:

    Robert Hernandez
    SCIFL President
    NAFA VP Pacific Region
    714-392-1387
    rmh323@roadrunner.com