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Three JRW Fastpitch Players Make All-World at NAFA 45+

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Information courtesy of Jim Williamson

Carson City, NV …. Three players from the JRW Fastpitch Team were named First team All-World at the North American Fastpitch Assn Masters World Series in the 45-OVER division (Sept 17-19). Catcher Troy Grow, Second Baseman Jake Andreas and Pitcher Sam Aldridge were playing on the Ladner, BC team that lost 9-8 in the Championship game Sunday night.

Grow batted .500 and had 7 RBIs with one HR, Andreas batted .533 and had 6 RBIs and Aldridge was 2-2 with 24 K’s and an ERA of .251.

BC players on the All-World Team were SS Brian Manderville and Left Fielder Steve Pidwerbeski. Manderville batted .476 and had 8 RBI’s and Pidwerbeski batted .467, had 4 RBI’s and slugged a 3-Run Homer in the Championship game.

JRW & Associates Sponsor/Manager Jim Williamson coached the team.

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

NAFA Masters West – Carson City, NV – Sept 18-19

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Click here for schedule of games and further information.

(click logo for official NAFA website)

Brackets below:




Storm Hits Fresno, Leaves with ASA 45+ National Title

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Information courtesy of Fred Hanker:

The Burbank Storm led by manager Terry Richardson won the ASA Men’s 45 and over Nationals this past weekend at Fresno Regional Park. The Storm cruised to a 4-0 record in the double elimination tournament. They outscored their opponents 34-4 in the span of 4 games. The Storm defeated a very tired and injured Santa Barbara Fast Pitch team 9-2 in the championship game. The Storm is composed of several players from the Burbank city league. Richardson has proven to be an effective general manager as well as a field manager.

The Storm in game 1 defeated the Savala Painters and ISC legendary pitcher Peter Meredith 6-0. Ed Gaspar went the distance for the complete game shutout and win. In game 2 Matt Barnes went the distance and shutout Bay City 7-0 in 5 innings. In the winners bracket game The Storm faced off against Santa Barbara Fast Pitch and Mark Bennett. Ed Gaspar took the ball for the storm. The game was a pitching duel for the 1st 3 innings than Craig Budrick singled with the bases loaded driving in 2 runs to open the game up. Gaspar would finish the game allowing 2 runs in the win. In the championship game The Storm faced Santa Barbara Fastpitch and this time they were banged up. The Storm took advantage and cruised to a 9-2 win.

The Storm landed 6 players on the All-American team. The Storm’s first 4 hitters were all selected. Keith Barker hitting leadoff batted well over .500 and was the catalyst all weekend. Craig Budrick hitting second had several clutch hits and was in the middle of every rally. The great Todd Budke well rested after an 8 month layoff led the tournament with 13 hits. Budke also reached base in 15 of his 16 plate appearances. He was voted tournament MVP. Fred Hanker batting 4th hit .788 with 11 RBI. He was awarded as the batting champion. Hanker reached base safely in 13 of his 15 plate appearances. Ed Gaspar was 2-0 in allowing only 2 runs with 2 complete games one of them being a shutout. Matt Barnes was also 2-0 allowing only 2 runs also. Barnes also had a complete game shutout.

The very courageous Santa Barbara Fast Pitch team playing undermanned placed several players on the All American team. Joe Vigil closing in on the magic mark of 3,000 hits was selected. The “Greek God of Hitting” Phil Hiromerides was also selected to the team. The durable Mark Bennett who threw most of the innings for Santa Barbara was also selected. Mickey Ventura a name from the past made the team although he was forced out of the final game with an injury.

The Storm in their last 2 tournaments (Santa Barbara last November and this weekend are 10-0 scoring 78 runs and allowing only 7). The Storm finished 3rd in the 45 and over last year. Terry Richardson is quickly taking his place among the elite managers in the game of fast pitch softball. Richardson’s style has produced a national championship for The Storm and he hopes to repeat next year.

Final Call for 81 teams in NAFA Masters

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Final Call for 81 teams in NAFA Masters:
East(Rockford Sept. 10-12) and
West(Carson City Sept. 17-19)
and Las Vegas Oct 23-24

This is the final call for the NAFA Masters East(Rockford Sept. 10-12) and West(Carson City Sept. 17-19) World Series and Las Vegas date is now Oct 23-24 due to field availability.

1) Email us today as soon as you receive this at Nafafastpitch (at) and
2) reserve your motel rooms and
3) mail in your entry form and entry fee if you haven’t already.

The Entry Deadline is Now and Start Times are going out this week. If you haven’t mailed your entry fee, do it today.

Please Review the team list below for accuracy of spelling. It is also listed on our website at

The Executive Committee modified the under age player rule to 3 Players 3 years to young that can’t pitch for 2011.
35-Over, 40-Over, 45-over, 50-Over can have 3 players that are 3 years too young that are NOT allowed to pitch. Also in 2011 these three groups will drop to 3 players 2 year too young, and then in 2012, 3 players one year too young and then in 2013 everyone will have to play in the correct age bracket.

Please call them today to book your rooms as the blocks will have to be given up soon.

East Rockford- Motel 6 ask for Kal the GM, 815-397-1130cell or 815-397-8000

West Carson City-
GOLDDUST WEST 877-519-5567 Mary Beth NEW Rooms casino and restaurant
CITY CENTER MOTEL 775-882-5535
QUALITY INN MOTEL 775-883-7300

81 Team, List for Carson City, Rockford and Las Vegas


1) News & Lou’s Thunder, Michigan
2) Bowar Electric, Wisconsin
3) Cardinal Home Improvement, MN
4) Nohren Farms, Illinois
5) Insurance Center, Wisconsin
6) Masterkey, Michigan
7) Billy Montana & Company(looking for 4 more guys email Benjie if you want to play nafafastpitch (at)


1) Blackhawk AC, Illinois
2) New Image, Wisconsin
3) Montana Iron Works, Wisconsin
4) West Central Budweiser, Illinois
5) Marion Bombers, Indiana

Carson City

1) Nevada Power, Nevada
2) Yard Dogs, So Cal
3) Ladner Masters, British Columbia, Canada
4) NW Old Growth, Oregon
5) Seattle FP, Washington
6) Texas Stars/Si Senors, TX-AZ
7) Savala Painters, Hayward, California
8) Boise Fog, Boise, Idaho
9) So Cal Relics, SoCal
10) Ohio Battery, Ohio
11) Kansas Mobil Homes, KS


1) Ohio Battery, Ohio
2) Harold’s Supermarket, Missouri
3) Nohren Farms, Illinois
4) Sand Prairie Const.,Wisconsin
5) Berkenpas, Michigan
6) Insurance Center, Wisconsin
7) Bowar Electric, Wisconsin
8) Quad City Titans, Iowa
9) Masterkey, Michigan
10) Des Moines Metros, Iowa
11) Planggers(Clark)
12) Mark Jones Team

Las Vegas

1) Seattle FP, Washington
2) Oregon Masters, Oregon
3) Ohio Battery, Ohio
4) Texas Stars, Texas
5) Ladner Masters, British Columbia, Canada

Carson City

1) Oregon Masters
2) Tule Lake Aces, NorCal
3) Spaulding & Sons, Oregon
4) Ladner Masters, British Col, Canada
5) Strathmore Bulls, Alberta, Canada
6) The Fog, Santa Barbara, Californa
7) Tulsa Grey Sox, Tulsa, Oklahoma
8) Santa Rosa FP, California
9) Natives(Simpson), Nevada
10) Kansas Mobile Homes, Kansas

1) Eagle Pack(Clark), Indiana
2) Marquette Fox, Inc, Michigan
3) Insurance Center, Wisconsin
4) The Stock, Wisconsin
5) Jordan Realty, Minnesota
6) Quad City Titans, Iowa
7) CPI, Oswego, New York
8) Marion Bombers 45’s
9)Rowley & Co, Madison, Wisconsin

Las Vegas


Carson City

1) Yard Dogs, So Cal
2) Utah FP, Utah
3) So Cal Bandits, So Cal
4) Seadogs, Boston, Mass.
5) Budweiser, Orland, California
6) Fat City, NorCal
7) RMC Builders, NorCal
8) Cal State Builders, NorCal
9) Long Beach Black Sox, SoCal
10) San Antonio Classics, Texas
11) So Cal Rounders, So Cal
12) Rockers, Portland, Oregon
13) Lawdogs, Burney, California


1) Goshen Gators, Indiana
2) Silver Stars, South Dakota
3) Cary’s Trucking, Michigan
4) West Central Bud, Illinois
5) Gardner Company/PB, Wisconsin
6) Marion Bombers, Indiana
7) Altamonte(Tom Lester)
8) Jordan Realty, MN
9) KC Indios,MO

Las Vegas


NAFA Masters Las Vegas Battle of East vs West
50-Over, 45-Over, 40-over, 35-Over

Las Vegas, Nevada Host Motel Arizona Charlies special NAFA Rate
Any team that played in the East or West Tournament may participate
October 23-24, 2010, Saturday to Sunday
Format – 4 game guarantee, 3 round robin games that seed all teams into a single elimination
First Game Saturday 9am or later with the championship game at 3 PM on Sunday
On Saturday night a one game playoff will take place between the East and West Champ

Maccabi USA Wins 40+ at Prescott

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

On Sunday, with teammates Dave Blackburn and Ronnie Rupp in a Phoenix hospital following a horrible car accident, Maccabi USA won the ASA 40+ at Prescott.

A teammate of Dave Blackburn’s reports, “He’s out of the woods, still in ICU, but doing better”

Masters Fastball

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Some Masters fastball info from Dave Birnie, Ontario, Canada, courtesy of Al’s Fastball.

Darren Zack guides Cobourg (Ont.) Force to ISC Legends title

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Two of the true legends of the game, Darren Zack and Sammy Forbes.(Photo by Maddy Flanagan, (click to enlarge)

MIDLAND — Former Midland Explorer pitcher Darren Zack went to the pitcher’s circle at Emerson Park’s Currie Stadium for the championship game of the inaugural ISC Legends Tournament and looked right at home.

Zack, who just turned 50 years old to reach eligibility, wasn’t going to pitch this summer but decided to join the Palermo (Ont.) Athletics and help out his son, pitcher Darren Zack Jr.

The Legends Tournament was an added bonus. And that was a bonus for the Cobourg (Ont.) Force, which captured the Legend’s title with a 2-1 win over Berkenpass Development of Byron Center.

The Force trailed 1-0 through five innings before scoring single runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings. Zack allowed one earned run on six hits and seven strikeouts.

“This has been great. It’s a lot of fun to see all the old faces, especially around here in Midland,” Zack said. “Everybody still wants to win so it’s been competitive. We’re not as fast around the bases, but we still get there.”

Zack had a book released about him this week called “Z-Man Darren Zack” which chronicled the Garden River (Ont.) native’s career, including a dramatic run to the 1995 ISC World Title.

“I guess it’s pretty good,” Zack said. “I haven’t had a chance to read it yet because I’ve been busy here. I’ll check it out when I get home.”

Hemlock resident Randy Wade got the call Wednesday from Duaine Vogel, asking if the 52-year-old could pitch for Auburn’s Gushow Excavating in ISC Legends tourney.

Wade, who throws for Superior Vault M-46ers in the Midland Fastpitch League, didn’t think twice.

“This is just great,” Wade said before Saturday morning’s semifinal game against the Cobourg (Ont.) Force. “Darren Zack is over there and I might have to pitch against him. I remember watching him pitching for the Midland Explorers. That’s pretty exciting.”

Zack, who was inducted to in the ISC Hall of Fame this year, didn’t not pitch for the Force in its 9-0 win over Gushow Excavating.

Not much is lost in terms of competition among the legends. Everybody wants that trophy.

“There’s still good players out here,” Wade said. “It just takes a little longer to get up the next morning.”

Ladner Masters Capture Western Canadian Gold

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Ladner Masters of British Columbia took home the Gold Medal at the Western Canadian Masters Championship in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The tournament was played in 100 degree heat and much humidity.

Ladner had a pool record of 5 and 1, then lost 5-2 to Moose Jaw in a tie breaker game in an attempt to get double life.

In an immediate following game, the bats came alive for Ladner as they beat Calgary 13-5. On Sunday morning, Ladner gained revenge with a 5-3 victory over Moose Jaw. In the final, Ladner beat Saskatoon 1-0 on a home run. Saskatoon was 7-0 in pool play.

2010 ISC Legends 50+ Tournament

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Editor’s note: We’ve bumped this one back to the top, as revised Legends schedule was released today. The link below is the REVISED version, posted officially at the site.

Click here for the 2010 ISC LEGENDS (50+) tournament schedule of games and bracket.

50 is the new 40… or so they tell me…