Archive for March, 2005

Star Studded Roster of The Farm Tavern, 2005

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Rod Peterson’s Farm Tavern team has released its star-studded roster and schedule for the 2005 season. The Farm is the defending ASA Major champion, and came tantalizingly close to dethroning two-time ISC World Champion Broken Bow, falling in the semi-finals by one run. Two of California’s finest players will both return to the Farm for the 2005 season, Todd Budke and catcher Todd Garcia. For the details, click this link: Al’s Fastball List: Farm Tavern Team and Schedule

See also our prior post, “A Tale of Two Todds”

Update: Thursday night, 3/31/05
: Dean Holein reports that pitcher Kory Gareau has just signed with the Farm. Al’s Fastball List: Huge Signing for the Farm Tavern!

Amigos Spring Classic Schedule Released (April 2-3, 2005)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

The schedule for the second league weekend for the So Cal ASA Alliance, April 2-3, 2005 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, CA was released Wednesday evening. Click here: Amigos Spring Classic

Fred Hanker’s league leading Long Beach Black Sox will take on runner-up Amigos at 9:45 am Saturday, in their first game, followed by game against semi-finalist Santana Concrete at 11:30pm, and finish up the day at 4:45pm against RAW. Click here for the standings after one tournament.

Map to Field.

After surviving record rainfall this winter, the California region’s fastpitch schedule will be in full swing this weekend, with 18 teams playing in Las Vegas at the “Spring Swing”, while 14 more square off in Santa Fe Springs at the “Amigos Spring Classic”, 32 teams in all !

Las Vegas Spring Swing Schedule Set for This Weekend

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

A note from our friend David Bell in Las Vegas, on this weekend’s Las Vegas Spring Swing tournament:

[Las Vegas, NV] – The time is now for the sixth and possibly final edition of the popular Spring Training event, the 2005 Spring Swing Fastpitch Weekend, April 2-3 in Las Vegas at the Cheyenne Sports Complex on the campus of the Community College of Southern Nevada in North Las Vegas. Eighteen teams total in two divisions, A/B with 8, and C with 10 will battle it out to see who some of the preseason picks are for 2005. For more info, and to view the schedule for early round and pool play action, go to

Follow the action at as I will be calling in scores to Jim Flanagan on a game by game basis. 2004 SSFW Champions, Provo Canyon Blues in the A/B Division are now the Desert Dawgs, and returning C title holders Red Leaf Fastpitch are both looking for their second consecutive championship and looking to join the El Segundo Rounders in the SSFW record book.

Keep swinging,
David Bell
Las Vegas Hitmen, retired.
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Update: 3/30/05: The full schedule of games has been posted. Click here.

Northwest Schedule 2005

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Thanks to Jim Williamson (ISC Special Projects Commish and former First VP of NAFA), we are pleased to post a comprehensive schedule for men’s fastpitch tournaments in the Northwest for 2005. The schedule contains complete information on the tournaments, including contact information, entry fees and the like. The schedule is posted to the “Tournaments” section at Fastpitchwest. There’s also a “printer friendly” version attached for those who like hard copy. (be sure to set print to “landscape”, e.g. “file, page setup, landscape”) You will also find individual webpage(s) for many of the Northwest Tournaments listed on the schedule. Click the menu buttons in the “Northwest” Tournaments section. Northwest Schedule 2005

2005 Jr. Men’s World Softball Championships – Draws

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Al’s Fastball: 2005 World Junior Men’s Schedule Release…

The schedule for the ISF Jr. Men’s ISF World Championships, June 24-July 3, 2005 at Prince Edward Island has been posted. The United States opens play on June 24, 2005 against the Czech Republic 2005 World Softball Championships – Draws & Results

Softball Magazine Feature Story on AAU International Tournament Available at Fastpitchwest

Saturday, March 26th, 2005

For the convenience of our readers, we have posted a PDF version of Softball Magazine’s April 2005 Feature on the AAU International Tournament, complete with photos. Click the link here, then the menu button on the left for the PDF version. Note: PDF requires Adobe Reader. (A text version of the feature story is also posted there)

Fastpitch and….Boat Races!

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Boatnik Tournament director Troy Terry offers one of the more unique settings for a fastpitch tournament, over the Memorial Day Weekend: Fastpitch and….boat races….and jet boat excursions. All at the river’s edge in scenic Grants Pass, Oregon, about an hour north of the California border. For those that don’t remember, it was a fixture in the late 1980’s. Magna Plating, one of the top “A” teams from So Cal was a regular for several years running. The Rounders’ Mitch Mendenhall was the Most Valuable Pitcher one year, in the days of his youth.
No small operation, the tournament has blocked 60 rooms for fastpitch players on a busy holiday weekend. If you’re thinking about heading north for this one, be sure to plan ahead. For more info, click here.

Second Call for Teams, Entry Fees for Red Rock

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

And speaking of Red Rock, this note from Roy Stout:

St. George, UT
April 30 – May 1

We have added a team from Stillwater, MN. PLEASE – I only have five entry fee’s. We are at 16 teams can go to twenty, The cut off will be at 16 if more teams don’t join us. Also, Joe Eunice is looking for a team to pitch for in the REDROCK – 559-924-2086 or 559-924-2726 ask for the Pitcher

Roy Stout

Don’t be that 17th team left out!

Pitcher needed for Red Rock Tournament 2005

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

A call to arms: eScribe: Al’s Fastball List: Pitcher needed Red Rock 2005

Fastpitchwest’s Coverage Featured in April 2005 Issue of Softball Magazine

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

We are pleased to find our coverage of the 2005 AAU International tournament in this month’s issue of Softball Magazine that just hit the streets. The magazine selected one of Maddy’s photos from the AAU tournament for the “inside fastpitch cover”, and published our feature story on the tournament, and a half dozen or so photos taken by Maddy. The issue marks the fifth time that Maddy’s photography has made the magazine and appeared on the inside fastpitch cover, including the last two AAU’s, Red Rock, Rose Cup and ISC II tournaments. Needless to say, we am proud of her work, and pleased to have it play such a big part at our website.

Softball Magazine is known as the “Sports Illustrated of Softball”, with pages and pages of photos. If you are not familiar with the magazine, you might want to visit their website and look around. Since 2004, the magazine is devoting more of their coverage to men’s fastpitch. You can request a complimentary issue, or subscribe online. Or if all else fails, drop me a line and I’ll arrange to have one sent to you. The cost of the annual subscription is nominal, and I have to confess, that in this day and age of internet coverage of the sport, it’s still fun to find fastpitch coverage in printed form.