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Lieph zones in and hurls J&B Painting over Circle Tap Dukes

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Scott Lieph, file photo pitching with Sooke Loggers in California Classic Men's Fastpitch Tournament.

Scott Lieph pitched nearly perfect in helping J&B Paining defeat Circle Tap, Monday, in the 2015 ISC World Tournament. File Photo / By BOB OTTO

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In sports phraseology, it’s called being “in the zone.” A dimension so frustratingly difficult to achieve and attain where an athlete’s skill is at its mental and physical highest peak.

The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw has been in the zone. So has Stephen Curry of the Warriors and New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, and tennis star Roger Federer.

And on Monday night at the ISC World Tournament, pitcher Scott Lieph of J&B Painting stepped into the zone with them.

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Impressive teams and talent in Amigos Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
The Amigos Men's Fastpitch Tournament will feature some of sports' outstanding pitchers and players, battling for the championship in this sixth annual event.

The Amigos Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will feature some of sports’ outstanding pitchers and players, battling for the championship in this sixth annual event.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA – The 6th Annual Amigos Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, Nov. 15-16, offers a who’s who of top teams, featuring outstanding pitchers and players – some of the best talent in the game today.

  • J&B Painting: Devon McCullough, Tony Mancha, Pat Burnes (Mancha, USA Men’s National Team)
  • East Bay Bashers: Julio Rodriguez, Monty Wells
  • Taft Buzzards: Jon Gwizdala, Zack Lach
  • A1 Construction: Shawn Koster, Ed Gasper
  • CR Portland Brewers: Sebastian Gervasutti, Josh Johnson, Scot Lieph (Johnson, USA Men’s National Team)
  • Little Sumpin: Timmy Parnow, Kat Lawrence, Lou Valencia
  • Stockton Black Sox: Brandon Sharer, Bobby Alvara, Ken Brose
  • Da’hui: Rich Snake Rivera, Eddie Rodriguez
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    Cal-State Builders / Eventhelper put it all together to win ASA National Championship

    Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

    antonio.mancha.44 Antonio “Tony” Mancha of El Paso, Texas, led the Cal-State Builders / to the ASA Class A National Championship with his arm and his bat. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2010 NAFA World Series

    SALEM, ORE – The hitting was clutch, the defense solid, and the pitching superb. And in fastpitch softball that is a recipe for success.

    Often in a big way.

    For the Cal-State Builders /, none was bigger than winning the 2013 ASA Class A Men’s Fastpitch National Championship at Wallace Marine Park in Salem, Oregon, Sept. 1.

    Eventhelper (4-0) swept through the six-team national tournament undefeated, capping their run with a 5-3 victory over the Portland Columbia River Brewers (3-2) in the title game.


    Brandon Peck and Antonio “Tony” Mancha combined to hold off the Brewers through seven tough innings, with Peck picking up the win and Mancha getting the save, along with belting a home run.

    “Tony Mancha really brought confidence to this team and awesome leadership,” said first baseman Donovan Chilton III, who was selected an ASA All-American. “And Brandon is a big 6-foot-4 kid from Canada and only 21 years old, who threw just as good as any pitcher out there with lots of movement.”

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    Wrapping up the 2013 California Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

    SANTEE, CA – If you’re a men’s fastpitch fan living in southern California, there’s not much in the way of top-flight tournaments to watch. Except the California Classic. It’s the only big-time tourney being offered south of Santa Barbara where Clyde Bennett hosts the Best of The West.

    Now concluding its fourth consecutive year, the Classic offers good competition. This year the Sooke Loggers of British Columbia, CA stopped the California A’s from claiming its fourth consecutive title with a 9-6 victory on Sunday.

    Some thought California was heavily favored. That the A’s – loaded with international stars – were a superior team. Especially with Argentine and ISC All-World pitcher Lucas Mata toeing the rubber.

    Schellenberg.Kevin.CalifA's.430web Shortstop Kevin Schellenberg is one of several international stars who play for the California A’s. He’s been a member of Team Canada that finished fifth in the 2013 ISF World Championships.

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    Sooke Loggers upend California A’s to claim Classic title

    Monday, July 1st, 2013

    Sooke’s Scott Lieph, left, and Rich Haldane, middle, combined to pitch the Sooke Loggers of Sooke, British Columbia, Canada to the 2013 California Classic championship, denying world-class pitcher, Lucas Mata, right, of the Bakersfield, California A’s the victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTEE, CALIF – The pitching and the hitting have been solid, and at times spectacular. As a result? Tournament championships – four in fact.

    The Sooke Loggers from British Columbia, Canada, clinched their latest title in the Fourth Annual California Classic on Sunday by beating the host Bakersfield, California A’s 9-6 in a contest that featured four home runs and a combined 22 hits.

    A hitters’ game?

    Certainly, but also one that featured some fine pitching. Especially that of Sooke’s Rich Haldane. The tall right-hander from Great Britain came on in the fifth inning in relief of starter Scott Lieph, and pitched masterfully to pick up the save.

    In three innings of relief, Haldane scattered two hits, struck out three, and didn’t allow any runs to an A’s team loaded with great hitters, one through nine.

    Sooke manager Len Banner’s decision to make the pitching change was masterful in its timing. California’s Matt Palazzo had just belted a home run, cutting the Loggers’ lead to 8-6 in the fifth. And the A’s seemed to be gauging the 23-year-old Lieph’s hard riser and drop. But Banner, knowing his two pitchers’ skills, didn’t hesitate in making the change.

    “They are a good combination and pick each other up,” Banner said. “Scott is a hard thrower and Rich hits his spots, moves the ball around, and changes speeds a bit more than Scott does.”

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    Grand slammin’ Loggers take fastpitch trophy in North Dakota

    Friday, June 21st, 2013

    By Britt Santowski – Sooke News Mirror

    SOOKE, BC – Last year, the Sooke Loggers left the NAFA Open-Holm Classic with slumped shoulders after a deflating 9 – 8 loss in the final game against the Circle Tap Dukes. This year, after five undefeated games, the Loggers clinched the sixth for the ultimate victory, emerging as the new Classic title holders.

    The championship was played over two days, Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16.

    On Saturday, the Loggers played three games, starting against the Kegal Black Knights followed by the West Fargo Knights and later that afternoon against Circle Tap.

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    Sooke Loggers claim NAFA Open-Holm Classic title

    Sunday, June 16th, 2013

    FARGO, ND – In fastpitch softball, ball players must have short memories. They must put bad outings and disappointing losses behind them.

    Sometimes easier said than done. The Sooke Loggers would know.

    In last year’s NAFA Open World Series championship, the Loggers suffered a gut wrenching, 9-8, loss to the Circle Tap Dukes. After leading by four runs in the seventh inning, the Loggers saw that hefty lead vanish as Circle Tap rallied for five runs to seize the title.

    But there would be no gut-wrenching loss this year. No going back to British Columbia, Canada disappointed. Loggers’ pitcher Scott Lieph made sure of that.

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    Sooke Loggers reaching for top rung in NAFA Open

    Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

    FARGO, ND – last year the Loggers of Sooke, British Columbia, Canada, threw their hat into the NAFA arena for the first time, liked what they saw, and are making a return engagement.

    Sooke, which finished runner-up to the Circle Tap Dukes in the 2012 NAFA Open World Series with a 5-1 record, are one of ten teams competing for the championship in the 2013 NAFA Open – Holm Classic Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota, June 14-16.

    For field manager Len Banner, the NAFA Open is one of two top men’s fastpitch tournaments his No. 15 ranked Loggers will enter this season.

    “I told the boys that this may be the best tournament besides the ISC (World Tournament) that we play in this year and our heads will have to be in it from the first pitch till the last out,” said Banner, adding that the Loggers’ strength relies on speed through out the line up along with four or five guys who can hit with power.

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