Archive for May, 2005

Rounders “Sleepless in Stockton”

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Rounders Find Spark Enroute to Nationals Berth and Second Place Finish at National Qualifier at Stockton, CA

The Rounders finished their 2004 Alliance season by winning three of the last four Alliance tournaments played. They made it to the title game four times, winning all four.

In 2005, however, they have struggled to find their mark, failing to make it to the championship game in four Alliance tournaments thus far. Though holding down third place, something was missing. So the team hoped they could find the answer on their road trip to the National Qualifier in Stockton over the Memorial Day weekend.

A first game loss in which they could muster only three hits didn’t exactly inspire confidence, as they headed into the loser’s bracket, one game away from elimination, but a 17 run outburst in their second game set the stage for a long, productive weekend that resulted in a second place finish, with the Rounders claiming one of two National Tournament berths for the ASA “C” Nationals, back in Stockton over the Labor Day weekend. It didn’t come easily, especially against a strong field of teams that included the likes of Northern California’s McLaughlin Air, A-1 Tank, Santa Rosa Storm and the San Juan Pride, and Central California’s Mixed Company and the Painters. By the end of the day on Sunday, the Rounders had played 8 games, and seemingly spent every waking moment of their weekend at Louis Park in Stockton. The Rounders left town “Sleepless in Stockton”, but having found their spark, and hopeful, when they return for the National tournament three months from now.

The team found success in a variety of places and players, with everyone contributing to the turnaround. Certainly among them were Gerald Pyle, the 27 year old pitcher-DH who clubbed five home runs and picked up 2 wins on the mound, and Linnell Culver, who had three home runs, and seemed to be on base all weekend long. Both Pyle and Culver had a two-home run game, producing runs that proved crucial to the Rounders’ survival in the loser’s bracket. Veteran pitcher Mitch Mendenhall found his mark, and pitched three outstanding games on Sunday, winning all three, including the loser’s bracket final that clinched a national tournmament berth for the Rounders. We provide the following recap of the Rounders’ eventful weekend.

(Editor’s note: If any other teams, including the champions, McLaughlin has info from your games, please send it to us for posting; email us at Click here to view photo galleries from the weekend. Credit David Echeveste of Santana Concrete for coming up with the “Sleepless” headline to this story.)

Game 1: A-1 Tank 5, Rounders 1 (0-1)

As the first place team in the Northern California travel league, A-1 Tank was one of the favorites for this tournament. A-1 lived up to the billing, shutting down the Rounders offense. A-1 Tank lefty Rich Rivera, and his unorthodox delivery stymied the Rounders, holding them to just one hit through the first six innings, a first inning double by Mark Villalobos. (Rivera keeps the ball hidden until late in his delivery, and comes off to the left side of the rubber as he releases the ball) A-1 Tank scored a run in the first on a solo home run by Ardu Panisotto, another in the second on a solo homer by Don Meyers, and two more in the third on singles by Craig Daruk, Shawn Ching and Erin Linnell.

Villalobos added another hit in the seventh, and Gerald Pyle singled him in for the only run for the Rounders in this one-sided affair. Mitch Mendenhall went the distance, holding a strong A-1 offense to five runs, while Rivera picked up the win in the 3 hit gem. To make matters worse, Rounder catcher Donald Younger suffered a dislocated thumb in the game. (more…)

McLaughlins Air Wins C National Qualifier

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Al’s Fastball: McLaughlins Air Wins C National Qualifier


Stockton, CA

McLaughlin’s Air (Stockton, CA) finished undefeated to capture the Amateur Softball Association’s Men’s Class C Fastpitch National Qualifier held in Stockton, CA May 28-29.

McLaughlin’s reached the championship game with a come-from-behind 9-8 win over the Storm of Santa Rosa, CA, scoring three unearned runs on two dropped fly balls to the outfield in the sixth inning that erased an 8-6 deficit. Dropped into the loser’s Bracket, the Storm lost 4-3 to the Rounders. The win by the Rounders gave them a second place finish and enabled them to join McLaughlin’s in securing berths in the C Nationals to be held in Stockton. The Rounders forfeited the championship game, giving McLaughlin’s the championship.

The Storm finish third, defeating Country Club Villa 8-1, Pride of San Juan 7-5 and Elk Grove 5-4 in 9 innings to reach the winner’s bracket finals against McLaughlin’s Air. Jim Vargas pitched and won all three games for the Santa Rosa entry.

Unofficial results:


Stockton Outlaws d. Native Americans (Santa Rosa)
Elk Grove d. Mel’s Plumbing (Stockton)
Gaines Liquors (Stockton) d. Neilson Realty Gamblers (Sacramento)
Country Club Villa (San Jose) def. Mission II (Stockton)
Oroville Braves def. Savala Painters (Long Beach), 7-5
Italian Athletic Club (Stockton) def. Bad Dogs
West Coast Financial (Sacramento) def. Party Time

KHT Pumpers def. Stockton Outlaws
Elk Grove def. Warriors
San Juan def. Gaines Liquors
Santa Rosa Storm def. Country Club Villa, 8-1
McLaughlin Air def. Oroville Braves
A-1 Tank def. Rounders
IAC def. Al’s Roofing
Mixed Company def. West Coast Financial
Elk Grove def. KHT Pumpers
Santa Rosa Storm def. San Juan, 7-5
McLaughlin Air def. A-1 Tank
Mixed Company def. IAC
Santa Rosa Storm def. Elk Grove, 5-4 (9 innings)
McLaughlin Air def. Mixed Company.
McLaughlin Air def. Santa Rosa Storm 9-8.

Gaines Liquors def. Bad Dogs
Party Time def, Country Club Villa
Native Americans def. Oroville Braves
Rounders def. Mel’s Plumbing 17-3
Al’s Roofing def. Neilson Gamblers
West Coast Financial def, Mission II, 10-9
Second Round
Savala Painters def. Warriors
Party Time def. Gaines Liquors
Rounders def. Native Americans 19-15 in extra innings
West Coast Financial def. Al’s Roofing
Third Round
Savala Painters def. IAC 9-4
A-1 Tank def. Party Time 8-3
Rounders def. San Juan
West Coast Financial def, KHT Pumpers 13-7
Fourth Round
A-1 Tank def. Savala Painters 4-2
Rounders def. West Coast Financial 8-5
Fifth Round
A-1 Tank def. Elk Grove 8-0
Rounders def. Mixed Company
Elk Grove and Mixed Company tied for 5th place
Sixth Round
Rounders def, A-1 Tank 5-3
A-1 Tank finished in 4th place.
Loser’s Bracket finals
Rounders 4, Santa Rosa Storm 3
Santa Rosa Storm finished in 3rd place.

Herb Dower

Long Beach Black Sox 2-2 at Boatnik , OR

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Read about the Long Beach Black Sox trip to the Boatnik Tournament at Grants Pass, Oregon.

McLaughlin Air Wins National Qualifier at Stockton CA

Monday, May 30th, 2005

McLaughlin Air Unbeaten, Wins National Qualifier at Stockton, CA

Rounders second after losing first game.

More info to follow….

ISC #24 Bloomington Stix 2005 Schedule & Roster

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

From Al’s Fastball: Bloomington Stix 2005 Schedule & Roster

The Stix have one of the more diverse pitching staffs, with one American (Bob Ginger) one Canadian (Darrell Tilley from Edmonton/Alberta) and one New Zealander (Lewis Acker, from Christchurch, New Zealand, the town that played host to the ISF World Championships in 2004. The team also has a couple of young (19U) Aussies and a young Kiwi, bringing their average age down to 26!

The Bloomington Stix will be in Denmark, Wisconsin July 9-10, 2005 for the Boys of Summer Tournament, as will #20 ranked Team Rainey from So Cal. Bloomington is in Pool A with #1 ranked County Materials,#14 The Bar on the Avenue and #15 Patsy’s, while Team Rainey is in Pool C with #5 ranked Circle Tap, #6 IS Knights of Fargo, ND, and Jason Iuli’s team, #28 Dolan and Murphy.

Memorial Weekend in Austin Texas

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

From Al’s Fastball List: Memorial Weekend in Austin Texas – 28-29 May, 2005

Austin Texas

28-29 May, 2005

The stage is set for The Castro Concrete J.A.C. Invitational and
ISC II Tournament Of Champions Qualifier for TX,La,Okl,and Ark. (more…)

“Red Rock Ends With a Twist”

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

We have posted our feature story on the 2005 Red Rock Tournament, “Red Rock Ends With a Twist”,

We are pleased to advise that it will appear, along with photos, in next month’s issue of Softball Magazine. (print edition).

For convenience, you may also read it here:

Red Rock Ends with a Twist

[ST. GEORGE, UT-5/12/05]-Now in its sixth year, the Red Rock Tournament at the Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah has become one of the premier events west of the Rockies, earning a reputation for a top notch facility, spectacular scenery, and attracting top caliber teams and players, including some colder climates like Canada who look to get their season started earlier than the weather back home permits. This year, an entire team from Minnesota, Vannelli’s decided to “go west” and play at Red Rock. For the second year in a row, some of the games were broadcast live on the internet, on (more…)

USA Jr. Men’s Roster, Bios and Schedule for Upcoming ISF Tournament

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

The USA Jr. Mens’ team roster and schedule of games for the upcoming ISF International Tournament in Prince Edward Island, Canada, June 24, 2005-July 3, 2005 is posted at the ASA website.

The roster includes links to photo and bio of each player, including So Cal’s own, Kevin Castillo. Kevin grew up playing fastpitch in the city leagues with his dad Paul Castillo, including El Segundo and Artesia as a member of the Rounders (and sometimes playing against the Rounders). He is a standout player on the baseball team at Long Beach Poly, the same high school that the great Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres attended. The bios make for interesting reading.

Bonus points: Can you find another 2005 press release at the ASA site on men’s fastpitch? How many of the last 150 press releases posted are about men’s fastpitch?

L.B. Black Sox Head to Grants Pass, Oregon for Memorial Weekend Tournament

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Fresh on the heels of their second So Cal ASA Alliance tournament title of 2005, at Lancaster last weekend, Fred Hanker’s Long Beach Black Sox will be heading north for the Grant’s Pass Memorial Day tournament. It will be a family affair for Fred, who’s father lives in the area and will no doubt bring along some local fans to root on the Sox. Fred had this to say about the rapid progress of his club, from a first year team last season, finishing as the Cal Cup champions in 2004, and now, winning two of the four Alliance tournaments to date:

“In only their second year of existence the Long Beach Black Sox have won 2 ASA “C” Alliance tournaments and currently sit in 4th place in the Alliance standings. Manager Fred Hanker didn’t expect so much success this soon. “When you try to build the team that you want there is a constant process of adding and subtracting parts until you get all of the pieces of the puzzle together.” ” to build the team that I wanted I figured would take a few years and I am surprised that this team has come together so fast and played so well together almost immediately.” “To me the key was keeping some crucial players from last year such as: Dale Lopes, Randy Clay, Chuck Vranich, John Otte, Dan Fleming, Brett Semans and myself. “The additions this year were almost a perfect fit.” “I think we really starting taking off when we added Andy Martinez and Chuck Chaple.” “These 2 guys have been the glue in the middle of the infield and been great number 1 and 2 hitters.” “Chris Minogue and Damo Guerrero have been huge in the 4 and 5 spots in the order driving in runs every weekend.” Marcel Bernal is the fiery leader we didnt have last year and a great run producer at the bottom of the order.” Benny Guerrero is a soft spoken leader who still swings the bat very well and does everything you ask of a player to help your team.”

The Sox put it all together this past weekend in Lancaster and went 6-1 to win the tournament. There were many outstanding individual efforts this past weekend.

MVP Chris Minogue .476 avg 3 hr 12 RBI 7 runs
Fred hanker .650 avg (8) doubles 11 RBI 9 runs
All tournament Damo Guerrero .500 6 RBI 5 runs
Dale Lopes .400 4 bb’s
Andy Martinez .545 14 runs scored
Dan Fleming .437 5 RBI (1st game ever as a slap hitter)
John Otte 2 hr’s 5 RBI
Chuck Vranich 3 wins including two over Primetime
Randy Clay 3 wins 3 on Sunday

Portland Rose Cup Tournament Details Released

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

The Portland Rose Cup & DeMarini Classic – June 25-26 – East Delta Park Complex

[ Portland, Oregon]-The Portland Rose Cup & DeMarini Classic fields for this years events appear to be full. Sixteen teams will compete in the Rose Cup & 8 will battle it out for the Classic title. Broken Bow returns to defend their 2004 Rose Cup title. Of course, they also are the defending ISC Champions. A big welcome back to this class team! The Boise Clippers return to defend their DeMarini Classic title. Prince George, BC makes their first Rose Cup appearance with Collin McKenzie and Kevin Careless added to their pitching staff. The Vancouver Grey Sox have beefed up their already strong roster with the addition of Evan Potskin (OF), Gerry Kennedy (1B/DH) & Rick Smith (P) to mention a few. The SoCal Bombers look very impressive with the addition of Tony Peeples (P), Todd Garcia (C), Jason Porto (Inf) & Travis Price (P). Team Rainey has added pitcher, Bricklen Anderson. More to come on on the various teams, but it looks like a very strong field. Every year has featured lots of upsets and this year should be no exception. These teams come to play.

The Portland Rose Cup includes the following teams:

The Broken Bow Spirit Amsterdam, New York
Meralomas Vancouver, BC
Team CR DeMarini Portland, Oregon
Angels Fastpitch Vancouver, BC
Page Brake Salt Lake City, Utah
Team Rainey Whittier, California
Prince George Fastpitch Prince George, BC
Castlewood Jesters Pleasant Grove, Utah
Bodle Chiropractic Des Moines, Washington
Vancouver Grey Sox Vancouver, BC
NorCal Mavericks Sacramento, California
Morgan Transfer Olympia, Washington
SoCal Bombers Los Angeles, California
Larry Miller Cheverolet Salt Lake City, Utah
River City Rockers Sacramento, California
The Boise Clippers Boise, Idaho

The Portland DeMarini Classic includes the following teams:

CR/Adidas Portland, Oregon
Cleon’s Auto Tacoma, Washington
The Nighthawks Seattle, Washington
Globe Pacific Grants Pass, Oregon
Interbay Door Seattle, Washington
JRW & Associates Yakima, Washington
Rose City Merchants Portland, Oregon
The Boise Brewers Boise, Idaho

One of the Classic teams will move “up” to the Rose Cup in the event of any cancellations. A few teams have still not paid their entry fees.
Entry fees are $400 (US Dollars) for the Rose Cup & $300.00 for the DeMarini Classic.
Mail entry fee to:

Ron Boley
10737 N. Union Ct.
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 823-3112 or go to:

Host Hotels:

The Staybridge Suites (800) 238-8000
11936 NE Glenn Widing Drive
Portland, Oregon 97220

The Holiday Inn Express (503) 283-8000 ask for Shelly
2300 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, Oregon 97217

The Oxford Suites (800) 548-7848
12226 N. Jantzen Drive
Portland, Oregon 97217

Thrifty Car Rental is offering car/van discounts. (503) 254-2277 and mention the Rose Cup

Hooters at Mall 205 is offering a free Saturday evening Rose Cup Players food platter.
9950 SE Stark St.
Portland, Oregon 97216
Hooter’s representatives(??) will attend Saturday games and distribute food vouchers.

Official Photographer: Maddy Flanagan from
Radio/internet broadcasts of six Rose Cup games with Jim Flanagan at:
Official tournament website:
Tournament Director: Roger Jones (503) 887-3200 or
Assistant Director: John Fitzgerald
PMSA Director: Ron Boley
June 25-26th at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon
Travel/Prize Money: Rose Cup – $3,500.00 (between first 4 places) DeMarini Classic – $500.00 (1st Place winner)
An Official Portland Rose Festival Event
Umpire Crew Chief: Dan Duffy
Official Sponsor: DeMarini Sports

Game schedules will be released soon.

Hope to see you there!

Tom Ree
Tournament Advisor