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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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Action heats up in NAFA young men’s divisions

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

The future’s rising stars showcase their talents today
Saturday, Aug. 14

DES MOINES, WEST DES MONIES, IA – The Age 23-Under World Series tournament continues its pool play today, while the 18-Under tournament gets underway starting this morning at 9:15 at Raccoon River Park Softball Complex.

Four teams make up the 18-Under tournament: Northwest Implement (MO), Ramsey Financial (IL), Peguis / Kakabeka, (Canada), and the Free Agents. Pool play games will continue throughout the day at both Raccoon and the Greater Des Moines Softball Park.

The 18-under championship game is slated for 3 p.m., Sunday.

The 12 teams comprising the 23-Under teams in three pools have games scheduled for 12:45 with the playoffs beginning at 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Then on Sunday the playoffs continue starting at 8 a.m. at Raccoon with the championship scheduled for 3 p.m.

Check the NAFA website for team schedules, times, and location.

Current 23-Under pool play standings
Pool A
Waseda University 2-0
Westerville, OH, Capitals 1-1
K.C. Indios, Kansas 1-1
West Fargo Knights 0-2

Pool B
Stadium Lanes, MN 2-0
Bar of Appleton, Wisc. 1-1
Ramsey Financial, IL 1-1
Kakabeka Brewers, CA 0-2

Pool C
Sand Prairie Const., WI 2-0
Cary’s Trucking, MI 1-1
Northwest Impl., MO 1-1
Peguis Braves, Canada 0-2

For more information, please check the NAFA website:
North American Fastpitch Association

Play continues in the world’s largest men’s fast-pitch softball tournament

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Friday, Aug. 13, 2010

WEST DES MOINES and DES MOINES, IA – The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series men’s fastpitch softball tournament continues Friday through Sunday at Raccoon River Park Softball Complex in West Des Moines, and at the Greater Des Moines Softball Park.

Play begins in the A-Major Division at 12:45 p.m. at both softball parks with the final game scheduled for 6 p.m. Then the Age 23-Under Division takes to the ball fields with games starting at 6 p.m. and 7:45 at both ballparks.

The 23-Under division has 12 teams from nine U.S. states, Canada, and Japan entered in the tournament, which will conclude with the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Raccoon River Park.

Waseda University from Japan highlights the 23-Under Division and begins play at 6 p.m. against the West Fargo Knights of Fargo, ND. The Japanese university team flew over 6,100 miles to compete in the tournament in its fourth appearance.

NAFA was founded in 1993 and offers the largest men?s fastpitch softball tournament in the world with six divisions vying for championships from Aug. 12 to Aug. 22.

Spectator admission is $8 per day, or $20 for a tournament pass.
Raccoon River Park Softball Complex is located at 2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines. And the Greater Des Moines Softball Park is at 4980 NE 46th Street, Des Moines.

For more information on schedules and game times, visit the NAFA website. North American Fastpitch Association

NAFA’s A-Major’s put on a good show on opening day of World Series

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The action at the Greater Des Moines Softball Park, Thursday, offered some of the finest games in the NAFA A-Major Division.
Photos By BOB OTTO

DES MOINES and WEST DES MOINES, IA – For fans who favor some offense, some good pitching, and some big defensive plays, then the place to be was opening day of the NAFA World Series A-Major Division at the Greater Des Moines Softball Park, Thursday.

Kirk Smock of Mile High Denver and The Bar of Appleton’s, Jordan MacDonald, hooked up in a pitching duel in which MacDonald come out on top, 2-1, in the opening game for both teams.

The right-handed MacDonald, a 24-year-old Canadian from Nampa, Ontario, had all his pitches working, especially his go-to pitch.

“My change up is my best pitch and about the third inning it started working,” MacDonald said.

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