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Plan now for 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

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By JESSE ORTIZ /
Tournament Director
President, So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL)

BURBANK, Calif. – The tenth edition of the “Las Vegas Road Trip” men’s fast pitch tournament dates has been confirmed.

The event will be held April 7-9, 2017 with the first round games starting Friday at noon, and the Championship games scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday; the “IF” games will immediately follow if necessary.

    PLAN EARLY AND LATE

Teams flying in and out should make plans to be ready to play early on Friday and late on Sunday in the event the brackets are running late.

While this tournament is a NAFA sanctioned event, it is run by SCIFL. Any questions regarding this tournament must go through the SCIFL Tournament Director Jesse Ortiz.

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Plan now for 2016 Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament

Friday, December 11th, 2015

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By Jesse Ortiz
So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) President
Las Vegas Road Trip Tournament Director

BURBANK, Calif. The ninth edition of the “Las Vegas Road Trip” men’s fast pitch tournament dates has been confirmed. The event will be held April 8-10, 2016.

As like last year, first round games will start on Friday at noon and the Championship games will be scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday, with “IF” games immediately following if necessary.

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Taft Buzzards Qualify to Fight for World Championship

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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The 2015 Taft Buzzards men’s fastpitch team. Courtesy Photo / Matthew Davis

By Karnese Owens / Reporter

TAFT, Calif. – Taft’s very own Men’s Softball Fastpitch team, the Buzzards, has qualified to fight for the title of a NAFA World Series championship! The Taft Buzzards is a team compiled of mostly Taft natives.

On April 12, 2015, the Buzzards went 5-0 to win a 16-team (Las Vegas Road Trip VIII) tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada which qualified them to play in the NAFA World Series in Moline, Illinois. This tournament will take place in August, and the Buzzards will be competing against teams from all over the world.

The Buzzard’s line up consists of pitchers Ron Mizener, Alan Miller, and Rob Davis, all from Taft. Matt Davis, also from Taft, plays catcher.

Other position players from Taft include: Buddy Owens, Eddie Martin, Luke Shelby, Sam Veach, and Jeremiah Twisselman. Additional players include Kacy Aakus, of Bakersfield; as well as Nate Hiromerides, Phil Hiromerides, Tyler McGaughey, and Keith Herbster of Santa Barbara. The coaches are Rudy Montanez of Los Angeles and Dan Willingham, another Taft native.

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Men’s fastpitch tournament in Palm Springs, Calif.

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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Beautiful Demuth Park in Palm Springs, Calif. has been the scene of many men’s fastpitch tournaments for over 50 years. Photo By BOB OTTO

PALM SPRINGS – Want to watch some men’s fastpitch action? Want to watch it in beautiful spring-like weather?

Then be sure to take a trip to beautiful Palm Springs, Calif. for the annual Palm Springs Men’s Fastpitch Tournament run by Vicki Oltean for over 20 years.

This Southern Calif. Independent Fastpitch League tournament is held at Demuth Park. Here’s a map to help you out. Demuth Park, Palm Springs

So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League starts in February

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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ANAHEIM – The long-running SCIFL men’s fastpitch league opens play at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, March 7-8. Then it’s on to Palm Springs for Vicki Oltean’s annual men’s tournament, March 21-22. Contact Vicki at 760-323-8277.

For a full schedule visit: 2015 SCIFL Schedule

For more information about the league, contact:

Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President
P.O. Box 1891
Anaheim, CA 92815-1891
661-510-8928

New fastpitch softball league in Poway (Calif.) open to men (and women)

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

By MICHAEL BOWER / Pomerado News

POWAY, Calif. – There was nothing Jay Crawley could do. The men’s fastpitch softball league he was part of in downtown San Diego in 2008 dwindled to three teams and eventually became extinct.

“The city wouldn’t do it with three teams,” said the 44-year-old Crawley, who added that to his knowledge it was the last men’s fastpitch softball league in the area. “Basically, they said they are going to give it to slow pitch and they never gave it back because they can do four games in the time we can do two.”

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Eighth Annual Las Vegas Road Trip Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The eighth edition of the “Las Vegas Road Trip” fast pitch tournament will be held April 10-12, 2015. As like last year, first round games will start on Friday at noon and the Championship games will be scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday, with “IF” games immediately following if necessary. Teams flying in and out should make plans to be ready to play early on Friday and late times on Sunday in the event the brackets are running late.

While this tournament is a NAFA sanctioned event, it is run by the SCIFL and any questions regarding this tournament must go through the SCIFL tournament director Jessie Ortiz and he can be reached at scifastpitch@gmail.com.

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Southern California fastpitch leader Robert Hernandez to retire

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

HernandezRobert.3lr SCIFL President and NAFA Pacific Coast Vice President Robert Hernandez, right, presents David Dziengel of Goring Lawn Care (Minn.) his NAFA A-Major All-World award during the 2010 NAFA World Series in Des Moines and West Des Moines, Iowa. Hernandez served as the World Series Tournament Director. Photo By BOB OTTO

“He is very dedicated and involved and gives fastpitch 110-percent.” – Lou Enriques

ANAHEIM – Someone had to step up to the plate, so Robert Hernandez did.

In 2007, he saw the alarming decline of men’s fastpitch teams in Southern California. Something had to be done to reverse the trend. So he took on a most ambitious project – helping to start a new league.

This new league, the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), was a success from the beginning. Up to 16 teams compete, along with an age 40-older Masters Division.

“Doing a startup was tough,” said Hernandez, who became the league’s president, master league supervisor, and tournament director. “But the first year went well with very few hiccups.”

His ambitions for the league soon went higher.

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J&B Painting, Page Brake, Rude-Pac claim Las Vegas Road Trip VII championships

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Thirty seven teams from across the United States and from Canada, Mexico, Valenzuela, and Argentina competed for divisional championships in Las Vegas with two California and one Utah team taking the three titles against tough competition.

By ROBERT HERNANDEZ / Tournament Director

LAS VEGAS – The dust has all settled, the last out has been called, champions have been crowned and the 2014 edition of the Las Vegas Road Trip is in the books. Hopefully everyone had some fun in Sin City and left with a little extra cash in your pocket on the trip back home.

This year’s tournament had almost perfect weather; no rain forecasted but high clouds to bring the heat down in the afternoon. The wind did kick in hard on Sunday morning, making fly balls interesting to say the least.

Thirty-seven teams were entered into the tournament; however, one dropped out late Friday evening as only four players arrived to play-unfortunately making it too late to adjust the schedule.

The competition in all three levels was fantastic…To read game reports of the three division championships visit the SCIFL website and read Las Vegas Road Trip VII

Top men’s fastpitch teams in Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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    BIG SOUTHWEST MEN’S FASPITCH TOURNAMENT COMING TO LAS VEGAS THIS WEEKEND

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – 37 teams from all points in the U.S. and from Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela will kick off the fastpitch season in Las Vegas in the Seventh Annual Las Vegas Road Trip men’s fastpitch tournament, Friday April 11-13.

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