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SCIFL Hosts One-Day Tournament July 9 At Little Lake Park

Friday, July 1st, 2016

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The amount of teams that have entered the next So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance Tournament has been reduced to six teams. With fewer teams participating, the two day tournament has been reduced to a single day which will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

  • The Entry fee will be $320.
  • The format will consist of two game pool play followed immediately by a single elimination. All games will start at 9:00 AM sharp with no grace period with the Championship game scheduled at 3:00 PM. To make sure all games start on time the pool play games will be one hour thirty minutes drop dead, to avoid staying at the park too late. Games that end in a tie will be calculated accordingly for seeding.

    Volunteers are needed to put up the fences. If there are no volunteers, the fences will not be put up. As a reminder, a team that volunteers to put of the fences will have their entry fee discounted.

    TEAMS ENTERED

  • A1 Rockies
  • Beaumont Coyotes
  • Buzzards
  • Maccabi USA
  • So Cal Bandits
  • So Cal Heat
  • **Schedule to follow**

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    Sincerely,
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    scifastpitch@gmail.com
    661-510-8928

    Around the ball yard at the SCIFL Alliance Tournament

    Thursday, June 30th, 2016
    Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – I had never been to Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, either as a player or reporter. But after my visit Saturday, June 25, for the So. California Independent Fastpitch League Alliance Tournament, I give the venue where SCIFL plays most of its tournament games, a thumbs-up.

    The four ball diamonds are within easy walking distance for teams and fans. It’s a relief to not have to drive back and forth between distant ball fields. And there’s plenty of shade trees to cool off for players, families and fans.

    HE DOES IT ALL – SCIFL President Jesse Ortiz must be exhausted after these two-day SCIFL tournaments held throughout the fastpitch season. Ortiz does it all – from recruiting teams, making out the bracket, prepping the fields, setting up the scorekeepers at each ball diamond, and even doing a little fencing.

    Ortiz, with the help of just one volunteer, erected fencing around two of the ball fields. Twice. On Saturday night, he had to take down the temporary fencing for fear of having it stolen by thieves in the middle of the night. Then early Sunday morning, he had to put the fencing back up.

    All this work is complicated by one other matter: Ortiz pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. One minute I saw him raking and prepping a field, the next he’s on the rubber pitching. Very few in fastpitch work as hard as this man running a league. Ortiz also said that a good Mexican team contacted him about playing in an upcoming SCIFL tournament.

    ELI SALAZAR MAKES THE BIG SHOW – A versatile player, Salazar started playing in 1996 at the lower levels. But last year, while playing for J & B Painting, he got the chance to play in his first ISC World Tournament. Stepping into the batter’s box against three of the world’s best and hardest throwing pitchers was a big challenge, but one he embraced.

    “I faced Adam Folkard (Most Valuable Pitcher for the tournament champion United Hill Chiefs), Sean Cleary (second-team, all-world pitcher for runner-up Toronto Gators), and Juan Potolicchio,” said Salazar, who also plays and pitches for Those Guys of Long Beach. “Playing against them is fastpitch at it’s best. The ISC World Tournament is the major leagues of fastpitch. I learned that I can compete against that kind of pitching.”

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    J & B Painting Blasts Way to SCIFL Alliance Championship in Santa Fe Springs

    Monday, March 28th, 2016
    J & B Painting won the SCIFL Alliance tournament, Mar. 19-20, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Courtesy photo

    J & B Painting won the SCIFL Alliance tournament, Mar. 19-20, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Courtesy photo

    By JESSE ORTIZ / SCIFL President

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – Ten teams competed in a So. Calif. Independant Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Alliance tournament, Mar. 19-20, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs under ideal playing conditions with the weather a balmy low-70s.

    After Saturday’s pool play and Sunday’s single elimination playoff, J & B Painting emerged the champion by defeating Those Guys 8-3 in the title game. Rob Schweyer picked up the win, with Jesse Martinez taking the loss.

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