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Step Back In Time: Jimmy Moore pitches Seattle to 1985 ISC crown

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

JIMMY MOORE gets a flying leap from his wife after the final out in the championship game of the 1985 ISC World Tournament in Kimberly, Wisc. The Appleton, Wisc. Post-Crescent Photo

By JOHN L. PAUSTIAN
Post-Crescent executive sports editor
Mon. Aug. 19, 1985

KIMBERLY, Wisc
. – In an era of domination by foreign softball pitchers, American-born Jimmy Moore is proving a notable exception.

The blond, 30-year-old right-hander, whose remarkable pitching recently enabled the California Kings to win the gold medal in the National Sports Festival, guided Pay ‘n Pak of Seattle to the International Softball Congress World Tournament championship Sunday.

Moore defeated defending champion Decatur ADM’s Brent Stevenson 1-0 in a blockbuster climax to the 10-day, 87-game event at Sunset Point Park.

BEARD’S BLAST

One pitch was the difference between Moore, who finished the tourney with a 6-0 record, and Stevenson (6-1). It was a 3-2 pitch of Stevenson’s that first baseman Bruce Beard whacked over the center-field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“It was a drop ball,” said the right-handed-hitting Beard. “It’s been his (Stevenson’s) best pitch. He just got it up a little.”

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2017 57th Annual Seattle Invitational Information

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The kind of action you can expect at the SEATTLE INVITATIONAL. Kevin Schellenberger of the BC A’s leaps over New York Gremlins Ladisao Malarczuk to throw to first base for the double play during the the A’s 2-0 loss in 11 innings, Saturday. The Gremlins advanced into the ISC World Tournament’s loser’s bracket final against Hill United Chiefs, while the A’s are eliminated, but finish in third place. Photo By BOB OTTO

FIFE, Wash. The Seattle Invitational is one of the longest running and most popular tournaments in the history of North American men’s fastpitch. A must-attend event. And look at the payout for the NAFA Open teams!

“We are excited to announce the dates for the 57th Seattle Invitational! This is a great event and offers multiple divisions and a tremendous atmosphere- from the Beer Garden on Friday night to the Championship games on Sunday afternoon. Don’t Miss Out.” – Ryan Daly / Tournament Director

THE SPECIFICS

  • 57th Seattle Invitational @ Fife
  • Men’s Fastpitch Tournament
  • July 21-23, 2017
  • Dacca Park- Fife, WA
  • Entry Fee: $400-USA, ($300 if paid by May 1st)
  • THREE NAFA DIVISIONS

  • NAFA “OPEN” World Series ($4,000 in Travel Money!)
  • NAFA “A” Western Championship
  • NAFA “AA” Western Championship
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    Will to win boosts Craig Brown into Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame

    Saturday, November 26th, 2016
    Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame members, Dan Nessler, left, and Craig Brown, who were inducted in 2016, and Jeff Nessler, Dan's brother, who was inducted in 2004. Courtesy Photo

    Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame members, Dan Nessler, left, and Craig Brown, who were inducted in 2016, and Jeff Nessler, Dan’s brother, who was inducted in 2004. Courtesy Photo

    St. James, Minn. – His speed wind-milling a softball? Average. His spin to make it rise, drop or curve? Good but not great. His physical stature? Not imposing.

    Craig Brown may not have had all the physical tools to become a great fastpitch pitcher. But what Brown did have speaks to the internal rather than the external.

    Call it what you may: guts, drive, intense desire. As his former teammates would attest, Brown possessed the one quality all great athletes have: a relentless will to win.

    No one knew Brown any better than Dennis Johnson, St. James’ softball statistician, historian, and devoted fan of the town’s fastpitch teams.

    “He was an intense competitor,” said Johnson, who holds memberships in the International Softball Congress and Minnesota Softball Federation hall of fames. “He wanted to prove that he could beat the good teams and prove his skeptics wrong. That motivated him. He just hated to lose.”

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    NAFA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    DAYTON, OR – The North American Fastpitch Association announced that eight individuals – six players, one umpire and a coach / sponsor – will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies held at various World Series during the 2016 season.

    2016 HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

    Umpire

  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.
  • Coach / Sponsor

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey
  • Players

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • The 2016 NAFA World Series

  • Open World Series, Fife (Seattle), Wash., July 22-24
  • Boys Youth, Vassar, Mich., July 30-31
  • AA-Major, Quad Cities, IA/IL, Aug. 19-21
  • A-Major, Mankato / North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 11-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 12-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Lower Midwest, Newton, KS, July 30-31
  • Wood Bat Nationals West, Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 27-28
  • A and AA Divsions, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 18-21
  • 23-Under, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 19-21
  • Masters East, Niagara Falls, NY, Aug. 26-28
  • Masters Midwest, Quad Cities, Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West, Carson City, NV, Sept. 16-18
  • NAFA CONTACT INFORMATION
    Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
    email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    cell: 503-559-5398
    work: 503-864-4487
    fax: 503-864-3939
    P.O. Box 566
    Dayton, OR 97114

    55th Seattle Invitational at Dacca Park in Fife, Washington

    Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

    Shane Alder RiverDogs.315web Huge cash prize money offered in NAFA Open World Series. Don’t miss out, enter now. Photo By BOB OTTO

    2015 Seattle Invitational

  • Location: Fife, WA (Dacca Park)
  • Dates: July 31 – Aug. 2
  • Entry fee: $400 ($300 before May 1st)
  • Divisions:
    (1) NAFA “OPEN” WORLD SERIES ($4,000 cash prize money!)
    (2) Recreational: ASA B/C or NAFA A-AA
  • Big Addition: The “upper division is now the NAFA *OPEN* WORLD SERIES with a prize purse of $4,000!

    The “lower division” which is Recreational- will offer the champion a paid entry / reimbursement to a 2015 national or international tournament- ASA, NAFA, ISC or other.

  • Lodging Accommodations: Check www.seattleinvite.com; room rates will be posted shortly for the Emerald Queen Resort & Casino and other local hotels- we are negotiating better rates right now. (2014 was $99 at the Emerald Queen). I expect them to be available by March 1st.
  • *This event would not be possible with out the assistance of the ASA, NAFA, and most importantly the enormous financial contributions of the Fife Lodging Tax Advisory Commission.

    Looking forward to a great 2015 season!
    Ryan Daly
    Tournament Administrator
    425.445.6028
    rdaly24@gmail.com

    How they got started, and why they continue to play fastpitch softball

    Monday, October 22nd, 2012


    Rickey Kolda has worked hard to become a pitcher on the K-Club team based in the state of Washington.
    Contributed photo

    I thank God every day for letting me enjoy this game that I watched my dad playing, while I was growing up.” – Frank Hendrix III, Missoula, MT

    BELFAIR, WA – Most people can recall a time, a place, an instance when something memorable happened in their lives. For many of us who play fastpitch softball, we remember the time, the place, and the circumstance that got us started in this sport that has become such an important and special part of our recreational lives.

    Rickey Kolda of the K-Club men’s fastpitch team, asked a question on his Facebook page recently:

    “To all men’s fastpitch players: how did you get introduced to fastpitch and why do you continue to play the game?”

    The replies poured in manyfold. So I thought I would share those replies to Rickey’s question. Replies that bring back fond memories of how, why and when men young-and-old started playing the game we call fastpitch or fastball. And why they continue to play.

    Ricky Kolda:

    “I started like a lot of you by following my dad (Dan Kolda) from city to city watching him play fastpitch with my brother, and playing catch or throwing a tennis ball against the dugouts. I wasn’t introduced to the “other” softball game until I was 17. The main reason that I play is for the competition, the fast pace of the game, and the pitcher versus batter duels. It’s also pretty cool seeing my summer weekend family at different ballparks across Washington and Oregon.” (Rickey, Michael and their dad, Dan Kolda, started the K-Club team based in Washington.)

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    Long-running Seattle men’s fastpitch tournament returning in 2013

    Wednesday, October 17th, 2012


    Top pitching, outstanding hitters and clutch-play defense, the Seattle Invitational has it all. Don’t miss the 2013 tournament.

    SEATTLE, WA – The 53rd Annual Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, one of the most revered tournaments in North America will be back in 2013, with some expansion, says Tournament Director Ryan Daly.

    “The Seattle Invitational is the longest running tournament in the USA,” Daly said, “with champions including, Federal Old Line, Seafirst, Pay Less, Larry Miller Toyota, Peterbilt, and Pay N’ Pak. This tournament is greatly expanding with a generous grant from the City of Fife and looking to accommodate the elite teams in North America.”

    The Seattle Invitational will actually consist of two tournaments, with 12 teams in each tournament:

    (1) An ASA Class B through NAFA Class AA and below, WITH the ASA bat rule enforced.
    (2) An OPEN through NAFA AA Major and ASA Class A, WITH the ISF bat rule enforced.

      TOURNAMENT FACTS:

      Date: July 26-28th

      Where: Fife, WA (20 minutes from Seattle)

      Format: Four-game guarantee, round robin, then single elimination

      Facilities: Four ball diamonds with 250 foot fences

      Sanctioning: By the North American Fastpitch Association, (NAFA) and the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)

      Scorekeeping: Official Scorekeepers will be provided

      Awards: Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Most Homeruns, team trophies, Champions wind breakers, All-Star plaques

      Entry Fee: $300 if paid before July 1, and $350 afterwards

      Tournament Bonus: FREE beer garden – Friday, Saturday and Sunday

    An article about the 2012 tournament: SEATTLE INVITATIONAL A DISPLAY OF GENERATIONS OF TALENT

    For more information contact:
    Ryan Daly
    Tele: 425-445-6028
    Email: Rdaly24@gmail.com

    Seattle (men’s fastpitch) Invitational Returns to Fife

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

    FASTPITCH TOURNEY FEATURES SOLID TALENT, HONORS LEGENDS
    By Jeremy Helling / Tacoma Weekly


    The RiverDogs from Boise, Idaho and their pitcher, Shane Alder, will try to bring home a championship in the 52nd Annual Seattle Invitational Tournament.

    FIFE, WA – For the second straight year, men’s fastpitch teams from around the Northwest, Northern California and British Columbia will be converging on Fife (near Tacoma) for the 52nd annual Seattle Invitational, which this year will become the longest continuously running men’s fastpitch tournament in the nation.

    The tournament, which will take place at Dacca Park on July 21-22, will feature 12 to 14 teams from around the region in a round-robin format on July 21. Each team is guaranteed at least five games, and it will switch to a single-elimination format on July 22 to determine the champion.

    The legendary Jimmy Moore, an International Softball Congress Hall of Fame member, will be honored during tournament ceremonies.

    “We have probably the most diverse group we’ve had since 2000,” said Tournament Director Charlie Bendock, adding that last year’s champions, the Cal-State Builders from San Mateo, Calif., return and should be the favorites. “It’s a very good representation, and there are some very strong teams.”

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    Seattle Cal-State Builders nail down Las Vegas Road Trip championship

    Thursday, April 26th, 2012


    The 2012 Seattle Cal-State Builders sport returning veterans as well as the addition of new talent. Photo Contributed By Alisha Larkin

    Tournament Summary
    By Dave Carlton

    LAS VEGAS, NV – The Seattle Cal-State Builders started the season by taking home the Las Vegas Road Trip (NAFA) AA / AA-Major Division championship, April 14-15. The Builders finished with a 5-1 record in the eight-team field, but had to fight back through the losers bracket, defeating the Schatz, Anderson & Associates (SAA) of Utah twice to take the title.

    Cal-State Builders 4, Cali-Mex Rhinos 1 – The opening game matched the Cali-Mex Rhinos against the Builders, with veteran hurler Panfillo Valdez against Builders’ right-hander Kevin Kammueller.

    The visiting Builders struck for two first inning runs with hits from veterans Darin Michael, Dean Waltier, newcomer Matt Christiansen, and a bases-loaded free pass to catcher Ricky Moore. The Builders scored two more runs in the fourth inning on hits from veteran Dany Blanco, newcomer Jenner Christiansen, and skipper Dave Carlton.

    But the Rhinos struck back in the sixth: They got to Kammueller for one run on two hits on a line drive single to right field by Tony Gonzalez, and a pinch-hit screaming triple to left by #24 Rochin. Valdez pitched very well in the losing effort, striking out 10 Builders, while Kammueller struck out six and scattered three hits.

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