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Women carry on the great tradition of fastpitch softball

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012


UCLA Bruin catcher Dani Yudin rips a hit off Missouri Tigers’ pitcher Chelsea Thomas during the 2012 Cathedral City Softball Classic, Feb. 26, at Big League Dreams softball complex in Cathedral City, Calif.
Photo By BOB OTTO
(For more photos of The Classic, visit my link at the bottom of the story.)

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA – Ever wonder what fastpitch softball would be like if the women hadn’t swooped in and saved the sport? What with the dying state of the boys and men’s side, the sport would surely be in a dismal state. If not for our counterparts.

Most certainly Title IX enacted by Congress in 1973 paved the way for women to compete on equal scale with men in athletics. Which of course opened the door to women’s collegiate sports, including softball. No such luck for the men’s side of softball at the collegiate level. And even high school, for that matter.

We can whine about the unfairness of it all: “If we had high school or college men’s fastpitch, our side of the sport would be flourishing as well or better than the females!” shout some diehard men’s fastpitch buffs.

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Colton Conquistadors tourney wrap up and random thoughts

Monday, October 18th, 2010

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COLTON, CA – Back in the 1970s and early ‘80s, Colton had one of the best men’s fastpitch teams in California – the Colton Suns. But the team disbanded and the sport disappeared from the small community west of San Bernardino.

But in 2008, a bunch of young guys led by Joaquin Juarez, Tony Campa, and Shawn Campa, decided that after years of playing baseball and slowpitch, it was time to play a faster game:

So this closely knit group of friends turned to fastpitch and started the Colton Dirtbags. On Sunday, the Dirtbags took some pride in winning its first “hometown” tournament by claiming a 4-2 victory over the San Bernardino Bombers.

Some of the old, some of the new
…The Bombers and Dirtbags provided a look back into the past and glimpse forward into the future.


Veteran Bombers catcher, Fred Garcia.

The Bombers’ roster was filled with veterans in their 50s, such as YoYo Cruz, Frank, Tony, and “Harpo” Jimenez, along with Frank Mestas, Chito Aldama, Sam Nicholas, and Fred Garcia… long regarded as some of the legendary players in their era of San Bernardino men’s fastpitch.

Now it’s time for the young guys like the Dirtbags to carry on the fastpitch tradition, said Cruz.

“CD” goes from the playing side to the calling side
… Behind the plate at the Colton Conquistadors Tournament calling the balls and strikes was umpire, Clarence Davis. But his friends know him as “CD.”
But before CD the umpire, there was CD the player.


Clarence, “CD” Davis

The 63-year-old doesn’t move quite as fast as he once did, but in his heyday with teams such as the Vista Bombers, Stanley Andrews of San Diego, and the El Cajon Rangers, Davis, could slap, hit the line drive,

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