LAS VEGAS, Nev. – They come from Canada, Mexico and the United States. They may have some cultural differences, but what the ball players of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X have in common is talent.
Let’s meet some of the players and teams, and people who make the Las Vegas Road Trip tournament one of the most popular in North America.
BEAUMONT COYOTES SHORTSTOP, JEREMY DEAN, tags out a runner during the Coyotes first-round game in the A division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournamen at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. The Coyotes defeated the War Chiefs of Oklahoma to advance. Photo By BOB OTTO
SEAN KOSTER pitched well in his first game for Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Montana, and he will be counted on if Desperado is to reach the championship round of the AA / AA-Major Division. Photo By BOB OTTO
KEEPING IT LEGAL: Las Vegas Road Trip X Tournament Director, Jesse Ortiz, tests a bat to make certain it is tournament legal. Ortiz said Sunset and Warm Springs ball parks are in great shape, and he credits the Clark County Park & Recreation Dept. for helping make Las Vegas Road Trip X a success. He added that interest was so high that he had to turn away several teams that wanted in the action. “We had 36 teams in the past, but (expanded) to 42 this year. There were five teams I couldn’t get in.”
JAKE BENDER drills a pitch into left-field to help the Oklahoma Sykos defeat the So. Calif. Budmen, 6-1, in the first-round of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Friday. The Sykos are competing in the 16-team A division that concludes Sunday with the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. Photo By BOB OTTO
MACCABI CANADA RAYS rolled to a 11-0 first-round, A division victory over McCoys of Gallup, New Mexico, Friday, in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament. The Rays won the 2013 Gold Medal in the Masters Division of the Maccabi Games in Israel, and will return in July for another go at the gold. “The Maccabi Games are the third largest sporting event in the world,” said Rays manager Morrie Frydberg. “We will be going to represent Canada. Playing in Las Vegas is a great tuneup for us. We are happy to be here.”
DOUG ROONEY of So. Calif. Heat fires a pitch during the Heats 10-9 victory over OPVS of Oklahoma in a first-round, A division contest in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, Friday. Though Rooney is 64, he has no plans on retiring from the sport. In his younger years, he played every spot on the infield, but switched to pitching in his 30s. “Nobody else would so I did,” said Rooney. “I’ve never been fast, but I think I got smarter if that’s possible.” Photo By BOB OTTO