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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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Bronx bomb Santa Rosa for NAFA A-Major World Series Championship

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The Bronx include from front left, Shawn Schick, Ian Glasser, Reid Pillar, Braden Reiger, Craig Geisler, Nathan Bender, Tyler Tomlinson, Colby Davidson, and Curtis Huata. Back left, Ashley Morris, Paul Robb, Joey Burnett, Quinn Glasser, Jordan Waterhouse, Jeremy Kenny, Cole MacLean, Stephen Kwasinicki, and Royce Cote. Photo By BOB OTTO

URBANDALE, IOWA – They’re called the Bronx, but the way they swing the bats, Bronx Bombers seems more appropriate.

The Maple Farm Equipment Bronx, of Saskatchewan, Canada won the NAFA A-Major World Series Championship in a five-inning mercy ruling by bombing Santa Rosa California Fastpitch 9-2 on Sunday.

The Bronx went long ball to score seven of those nine runs with the bottom third of the batting order doing the damage. Ian Glasser, Reid Pillar and Craig Geisler each belted out the home runs.

But finding the lower end of the Bronx batting order providing this kind of run production isn’t that unusual, said Bronx manager Craig Geisler, adding that the Bronx hit seven homers in the tournament.

“We’re a pretty solid lineup one through nine,” he said. “Anyone can bat in any of the positions. When one guy’s not going, the next guy picks him up. Today the bottom of the order, the last three guys did it hitting home runs.”

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