March 4, 2015

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New Zealand Black Sox coach Mark Sorenson faces some ‘tough calls’ after world championships trial

From Auckland Now: Black Sox coach Mark Sorenson admits he has “some tough calls to make” after a successful trial series in Hamilton last weekend. Thirty world championship hopefuls contested a four-game trial with players split between two squads, Team Herlihy and Team Mossman. Team Mossman, named after former Waikato and New Zealand shortstop Carl […]

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2015 California Classic at Sonora, California – June 6-7

The California Classic will be held at Sonora in Northern California this year, after a five-year run in the San Diego area of Southern California. The Tournament has been one of the top men’s open level tournaments on the West Coast. In 2015, the field of teams will include: California A’s A1 Bombers from Boston […]

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OC Heart Walk Saturday March 7th at Anaheim Stadium

From Roberta Thompson, wife of the late Dewey Thompson, who passed away during a fastpitch game in March 2004 in Palm Springs, California. We encourage readers to contribute to the cause, In Memory of Dewey Thompson Please support Dwight’s HeartLights Please take a minute to support Dwight’s HeartLights!! As some of you know we lost […]

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R.I.P. Minnie Minoso (1925-2015)

The great Minnie Minoso, nicknamed “The Cuban Comet” and known to many as “Mr. White Sox” has passed away at the age of 89. Minoso was the first black player for the Chicago White Sox, making his debut in late 1948, hitting a home run in his first major-league at-bat. He led the American League […]

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Midland MI to host 2015 ASA National Championships – Men 40+ and Boys 18U-16U-14U-12U-10U – July 30th-Aug 2

Information courtesy of David Lach The Midland Explorer Booster Club (Midland, MI) has secured the bids for the 2015 ASA National Championships in MFP40+ (Men’s Fastpitch), MFP23U, and BFP (Boys Fastpitch) 18U-16U-14U-12U-10U. The tournaments will be held Thursday July 30th through Sunday Aug 2nd in Midland’s Emerson Park. By holding the Boys National Championships at […]

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4th Annual K-Club Invitational – June 6-7, 2015 – Moses Lake WA

Information from Mike Kolda: Make your plans early!! Here are the informational flyers for 2015’s “4th Annual K-Club Invitational”, which will be taking place this year June 6-7. As always, the tournament information packet and schedule will be sent out when we get a bit closer, but it’s never too early to make your hotel […]

Softballers set sights on diamond improvements, and 2018 ISF Jr. Men’s world championships

From the Prince Albert Daily Herald By Myles Fish Triple plays in softball usually require a ball hit hard and directly at a fielder, some perfect defensive play and perhaps a slow runner or two. Naturally, they are difficult to complete. In 2009, Team Japan played an exhibition match against Team Canada in Prince Albert […]

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55th Seattle Invitational – at Fife WA – July 31-Aug. 2, 2015 – $4,000 Prize Money

Information courtesy of Ryan Daly: Attached is the flyer for the 2015 Seattle Invitational; Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. We are excited to have many returning teams and are already receiving registrations. 55th Seattle Invitational @ Fife Location: Fife, WA (Dacca Park) Dates: July 31 – Aug. 2 Entry fee: $400 ($300 before May 1st) Divisions: (1) […]

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Video: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke rates New Zealand athletes

Editor’s note: Good video clip from 3 News in New Zealand, with Milwaukee Brewer’s manager doing a baseball clinic in New Zealand, and talking about the country’s world class softball players. (Pita Rona, of course among the softballers playing pro baseball in the US) Click here to view. “Young New Zealand baseballers have been getting […]

Tyler Bouley, USA Softball Jr. Men's Player of the Year, 2014 (photo courtesy of ASA/USA Softball)

Tyler Bouley tabbed 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Editor’s note: I had the opportunity to see Tyler Bouley play for Team USA this past summer at the 2014 ISF World Championship at Whitehorse, Yukon. He was a leader for the team, hitting for contact, hitting for power, as a field general behind the plate, and in the dugout. A likable young player, he […]


Women’s World Cup of Softball X returns to Irvine, CA – June 29-July 5, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — As countries begin their training for the 2015 Pan American Games this summer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the top softball teams in the world will once again return to Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. for the World Cup of Softball X the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. Hosted by […]


Scoresheet from 2015 AAU Championship Game

Courtesy of the AAU, here is the scoresheet from the 2015 AAU Championship Game. Click for PDF – Champions Hill United Chiefs Click for PDF -Runner-ups Team Marquez

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Stuart Scott, Winner of 2014 Jimmy V Award for Perserverance, dies

ESPN’s Stuart Scott, shown in video, accepting the 2014 Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

Stuart Scott. Courage Personified.

I see and hear so much of my late brother Bobby in his words.

Stuart Scott, longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49. He was the recipient of the 2014 Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

From ESPN:

Scott saved his best for his last year on the air. At the ESPYS on July 16, shortly before his 49th birthday and following another round of cancer surgery, Stuart accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance with strength, humor, grace and these eloquent words: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man — from his signature “Boo-Yah!” to “As cool as the other side of the pillow” to “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school.”

Stuart Scott is being remembered on Twitter by superstar athletes, ESPN colleagues past and present and members of the entertainment world.

That man is Stuart Scott, and his contributions to the sports lexicon are writ large. But they are only one aspect of his legacy. When he passed away, he left behind so much more. He inspired his colleagues with his sheer talent, his work ethic and his devotion to his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. He defied convention and criticism to help bring this network into a new century. He spoke to the very athletes he was talking about with a flair and a style that ESPN president John Skipper says, “changed everything.”

“He didn’t just push the envelope,” says sports radio host and former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick. “He bulldozed the envelope.”

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Don’t miss Rich Eisen’s tribute to Stuart, during the highlight reel. Stay with this one, Boo Yah comes late:

Rich Eisen Fills Whole Highlight Package With Stuart Scott Catchphrases

Editor’s note: As of 2015, Rich Eisen’s show (RES)can be heard on 830AM (Angeles Radio) from 9 to noon, Pacific time.