Archive for the ‘Nor Cal’ Category

2000 San Joaquin Sharks Honored

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Editor’s note: We’ve bumped this one back up to the top to share a photo of the 2000 Sharks, courtesy of a member of that National Championship squad, Kary Moore.

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Braden leads ‘perfect’ blend of inductees

By Scott Linesburgh, The Record, Stockton, Calif.

Nov. 15–There’s something perfect about this year’s induction class into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden, the Stagg High graduate who threw a perfect game this season, will be one of six individuals who will be inducted Wednesday at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, along with the Macfarlane family. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Softball player Candace Harper, Pacific football coach and athletic director Jack “Moose” Myers, track coach Merv Smith, contributor-coach Dean Janssen, contributor Don Schrader and the 2000 San Joaquin Sharks men’s fast-pitch softball team are also being honored.

Tom Stubbs, a member of the hall of fame’s board of directors and the treasurer, said the organization is pleased with the quality of this year’s class.

“I think it’s just a fantastic group,” Stubbs said. “There’s a great mix of outstanding players, coaches and contributors. It’s a fine class.”

San Joaquin Sharks

The Sharks won the “B” fastpitch title in a 68-team tournament in Springfield, Mo. in 2000. They beat the Thunder of Albany, MO, 5-1 in the title game. Among their notable players were Keith Fry, Todd Garcia, David Boggiano, Jeff Hines and Bobby Smith.

Contact reporter Scott Linesburgh at (209) 546-8281 or slinesburgh (at)

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West Coast Fastpitch Association 2011

Monday, November 15th, 2010

From Bob Chapel:


March 26-27 MFP- – STOCKTON Bob Chapel
APR ? MFP — LAS VEGAS NV Robert Hernandez 714-392-1387
APRIL 16-17 MFP- – LODI Bob Chapel 406-690-0664
April 30-MAY 1 MFP- – SONORA Bob Chapel
June 4-5 MFP- – FOLSOM Bob Chapel
JUL 9-10 MFP- – SONORA Bob Chapel 406-690-0664
JUL 30-31 MFP-– CARSON CITY Bob Chapel
Aug 11-14 NAFA World Series (A Major/AA – ROCKFORD IL
Aug 18-21 NAFA World Series (A/AA Major) – ROCKFORD IL

I need to hear from all the teams with any suggestion to make our play better in 2011. If you want to have a meeting to discuss the league, in late January or February let me know so I can schedule it.

-Bob Chapel

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Santa Rosa at the NAFA 45+

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Information courtesy of Herb Dower

It was one loss and out for Santa Rosa Fastpitch in the NAFA West Masters 45-and-over tournament held in Carson City, NV, but that was good enough for a third place finish.

Santa Rosa won its first three games to land the No.1 seed in Sunday’s single elimination finals, but then lost 14-3 to Ladner Masters of Canada to be eliminated.

Landner was scheduled to play either the Tulsa Gray Sox (The No.2 Seed) or the Oregon Masters for the championship. Tulsa also posted a 3-0 record going into Sunday’s championships.

Santa Rosa opened play with a 13-2 win over the Oregon Masters Friday night, edged Landner’s 2-1 Saturday afternoon, and followed that with a 16-6 win over Grants Pass, OR, Blue Hares to earn the No. 1 seed.

First baseman Rick Kane and centerfielder Dana Faccini of Santa Rosa were named to the All-World team. Kane his a lofty .667 (8-for-12) with three RBI and four runs scored while Faccini went 4-for-11 (.364). Other top hitters were Tim Grund (7-for-13, .538) with 7 runs scored, six RBI and two home runs; Tony Lopez (5-for-9, .556), Tom Dower (5-for-13, .385 with five RBI and four runs); Galen George (4-for-10, .400); and Gary Dower (3-for-7, .429).

Pitcher Matt Smith had a 2-0 record to Santa Rosa and Jim Fleck was 2-1.

In Sunday’s loss to Ladner, catcher Troy Grow led a 14-hit attack for the winners by going 4-for-4 and Brian Mandeville and Don Cawthron hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning to quickly erase a 3-1 deficit. Sam Aldridge, who earlier lost a 2-1 decision to Santa Rosa, was the winning pitcher.

Friday Schedule(All games at Centennial Park 4,5,6,7 and lower field 3)

6:30 F4 Tulsa Gray Sox def. Ladner Masters

8:15 F6 Oregon Masters def. Strathmore Bulls 4-3

9:45 F6 Santa Rosa FP def. Oregon Masters 13-2

Saturday Schedule(All games at Centennial Park 4,5,6,7 and lower field 3)

1:45 F4 Tulsa Gray Sox def. Strathmore Bulls

1:45 F5 Oregon Masters def. Grants Pass Blue Hares

1:45 F6 Santa Rosa FP def. Ladner Masters 2-1

3:30 F5 Tulsa Gray Sox def. Grants Pass Blue Hares

3:30 F4 Ladner Masters def. Strathmore

5:15 F5 Santa Rosa FP def. Grants Pass Blue Hares 16-6.


Santa Rosa FP, California 3-0

Tulsa Gray Sox, Tulsa, OK 3-0

Oregon Masters, Dayton, OR 2-1

Ladner Masters, Delta, British Columbia, Canada 1-2

Grants Pass Blue Hares, Oregon 0-3

Strathmore Bulls, Alberta, Canada 0-3

Dave Anderson, Grass Valley CA

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

From The

By Brian Hamilton
Sports Editor

Dave Anderson didn’t start throwing fastpitch softball until he was 34 years old, but clearly had a knack for it.

Just days before celebrating his 61st birthday on Saturday, Anderson had pitched his A-to-Z Supply team into Wednesday’s championship game of the men’s fastpitch postseason tournament at Memorial Park’s Les Eva Field in Grass Valley.

Although Anderson and his teammates fell 7-6 to Anything Green on a walk-off, inside-the-park home run, the hard-throwing righthander was still pretty pleased with his team’s performance.

He took five questions from Sports Editor Brian Hamilton after the title game.

Q. Why are you still playing fastpitch and not slow-pitch softball?

A. “I tried slow-pitch once. I went out as a 50-year-old. I bombed one to the left-field fence and ran around the bases to third. But I was standing there and they called me out, because of a rule they had about being able to run past the bases. … I figured I was in the wrong place and I went back to fastpitch.”

Q. Why do you prefer fastpitch?

A. “This is way more fun. It inspires you to stay young, to work out and keep your weight down. And I’ve been playing with these guys for 15 years now.”

Q. How long have you been pitching?

A. “I started when I was 34 in Colfax. I won my first game, won the league and won the ‘C Classic.’ In 1989, we won the state and in 1990 we went to our first nationals. So I guess, it’s been 26 years now.”

Q. In covering the regular-season championship and now the postseason tournament championship game, I’ve watched a pair of one-run thrillers. Is this league always so exciting?

A. “There are some tremendous ballplayers here. You go to tourneys and see less hitting power than you’ll see here. Teams like the (regular-season champion) Bulldogs and this (tourney champion) Anything Green team really hit the ball.”

Q. Why are there so many great players competing here, in this league?

A. “It’s pretty much the last (fastpitch) league around. When I started, there was also a league in Auburn, five leagues in Roseville, two in Sacramento and two in Colfax. And now, this is the only one left.”

California A’s Live on Ballparkradio Today at 3pm EDT, 12 noon California time

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The California A’s will regroup after yesterday’s 5-1 loss to a very strong New York Gremlin team, and try to extend their stay at the 2010 ISC World Tournament, playing at 3pm EDT (12noon California time), against the Decatur Pride IL.

In the final set of rankings released before the 2010 ISC World Tournament, California was ranked #5, and Decatur# 10. You can throw those out the window, though, as the game is now on the field.

Fans can listen to the game on BALLPARKRADIO.

California A’s vs. NY Gremlins, live streaming video today 3pm EDT 12noon California time

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

California A’s vs. NY Gremlins, live streaming video today 3pm EDT

12noon California time

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NAFA Fall Super Regional Tournament – Oct 2-3

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Keller-Williams presents, nafa fall super regional tournament
October 2 & 3, 2010
Reno, NV
Entry fee: $450.00
No team entered until your entry fee is received.
Make check payable:
1165 Capricorn Pl
Billings mt 59105
Additional info contact: bob chapel (406)690-0664
NAFA pitching list will determine which division your team will play in.
Award package will be given based on the number of teams in each division

ASA “A” Nationals – Salem, OR

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

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lick here for brochure to ASA “A” Nationals in Salem, Oregon. (home to the 2002 NAFA World Series, for those who remember)

Click here for the Championship Bracket.

Click here for the Consolation Bracket

Maddy’s Photos from Best of the West

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

From Maddy’s Photo blog:

(Panfilo Valdez of Santa Cecelia Mexicali Mexico)

This past June 6th, I dropped by the 2010 Best of the West fastpitch tournament being held in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. As always, this tournament did not fail to provide many gifted players and many an exciting play. Although, I was only there for one of the two days of the tournament, I think you will agree that there was plenty of action to go around as well as some unique moments. You can see the photos by clicking on the 2010 Best of the West gallery under the Sports/Fastpitch galleries or simply click HERE.

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California Classic – June 19-20 – San Diego, CA

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

The Cal Classic will be held at the brand new Sportsplex in Santee, California, about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.

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Editor’s note: The facility has an on-site restaurant which features a variety of beers. Fans will pay a $2.50 gate admission, but be given a $2.50 token good for use inside the facility towards the first beverage.

Sportsplex USA Santee‎
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The tournament will feature seven nationally ranked teams (ISC World Tournament rankings) , including three in the top 20, four in the top 25, with likely pitching staffs shown below in parentheses:

# 5 California A’s (Sean Whitten, Travis Price, Derek Mayson) [Pool A]
# 11 Bakersfield Silverhawks (Sebastian Gervasutti, Andrew Putnam) [Pool B]
# 15 Portland (Bricklen Anderson, Mark Bennett) [Pool A]
#22 Italian Athletic Club* (Tony Peeples, Tyson Barkman, Matt Barnes) [Pool C]
# 26 Rude Pac (Cory Avery, Gerald Pyle) [Pool B]
# 29 Maccabi (Russ Snow, Dave Blackburn, Jason Gluckman and Ronnie Rupp) [Pool A]
# 34 Cal State Builders (Darren Strang, John Peterson) [Pool B]

*pre-season ranking; do not appear in June 8 rankings, after announcing that they would not be competing in the 2010 ISC World Tournament

The top two ranked teams, #5 California A’s and #11 Bakersfield Silverhawks finished 1-2 at the Best of the West tournament earlier this month at Santa Barbara, while #26 Rude Pac and #29 Macabbi tied for third. Macabbi up-ended a very good Mexicali Mexico team in that tournament, while Rude Pac gave the champion California A’s one of their toughest games, falling 2-0 in the semi-finals.

The California Classic will showcase some of the world’s best pitching, with a number hailing from across the continent or beyond:

Sean Whitten (Cal A’s)
Derek Mayson (Cal A’s)
Travis Price (Cal A’s)
Andrew Putnam (Bakersfield Silverhawks)
Bricklen Anderson (Portland)
Cory Avery (Rude Pac)
Tyson Barkman (IAC)

Sebastian Gervasutti (Bakersfield Silverhawks)

Minnesota, USA:
John Peterson (Cal State Builders)

Gerald Pyle (Rude Pac) [just kidding, G]

2010 California Classic Pool Play
Saturday, June 19, 2010

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Pool A
1. # 5 California A’s
2. So. Cal Tribe
3. # 29 Maccabi
4. # 15 Portland

Pool B
1. # 34 Cal State Builders
2. # 11 Bakersfield Silverhawks
3. # 26 Rude Pac
4. Pala Braves

Pool C
1. Vancouver Meralomas
2. # 22 IAC
3. Tow’s Pros
4. Barona

Games times * This is revised schedule, released June 17, 2010 *
Saturday, June 19, 2010

California A’s vs. Cal State Builders
Bakersfield Silverhawks vs. Portland
Vancouver vs. IAC

California A’s vs. Maccabi
Rude Pac vs. Pala Braves
Vancouver vs. Tow Pro’s

Rude Pac vs. Portland
Bakersfield Silverhawks vs. Cal State Builders
IAC vs. Barona

California A’s vs. Portland
Maccabi vs. Pala Braves
Vancouver vs. Barona

Rude Pac vs. Silverhawks
Cal State Builders vs Pala Braves
IAC vs. Tow Pro’s

Rude Pac vs Maccabi
Tow Pro’s vs Barona

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