Archive for June, 2006

Taylor Farms Over Prime Time at Lancaster

Friday, June 30th, 2006

From the SoCal ASA Website:


The City of Lancaster played host to the Alliance Tournament Series the weekend of June 24 – 25. Seven “B” teams and nine “C” teams participated with Taylor Farms from Northern California winning the B portion of the tournament and Latin Heat taking the C portion of the tournament


After playing four games on Saturday, as a result of a team dropping out of the tournament, Taylor Farms posted a 2 – 2 record and came into the single elimination portion of the tournament as the second seed in their pool. In their first game of the morning they faced the So Cal Masters who were preparing for their annual appearance at the 50 & Over Nationals. Never to be taken lightly, the Masters scored five runs in the first inning, but Taylor Farms shut them down for the remainder of the game. Scoring six runs to take the lead Taylor Farms earned the win when their right fielder made a diving catch, with the Masters having a runner in scoring position, to end the game.

Their next opponent was the Savala Rounders who earned the top seed in the bracket, with two wins over Taylor Farms in the round robin. Taylor Farms stepped up and shut down the Rounders to win the game by a score of 6 – 2 to send them into the Championship game to face San Diego Primetime.

In the Championship game, Primetime scored three runs early and led 3 – 0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. Taylor Farms kept chipping away at the lead scoring a run in the fourth, sixth and seventh inning to tie the game and send it to the International Tie Breaker. On the first pitch of extra innings, a quick throw by Taylor Farms catcher Jeff Twist picked off Primetime’s runner at second and pretty much ending the inning. In Taylor’s half, Manager Ron Guzman was the runner on second and Primetime was able to get the first two outs of the inning. With third basemen Dustin Carpreso at bat, he hit a shot into left center out of the reach of Primetime’s outfield and Guzman was able to walk home with the win and end a great played game The win went to “Dude” Ybarra in relief of Leland Grisby, Jr.

San Diego Primetime entered the single elimination in a rough way going 0 – 3 in the round robin and the low seed in their bracket. In their first game of the day they held Rude-Pac to one run and took the win 3 – 1. In the semi-finals they faced the Panteras and held them off with a 4 – 3 victory to get into the Championship game.

Latin Heat On Fire at Lancaster

Friday, June 30th, 2006

From the SoCal ASA Website:


Latin Heat came out as the number one seed of their pool going 3 – 0 while scoring 33 runs. In their first game of single elimination they faced Level One and took the win 8 – 1. In the semi-finals they faced Palm Springs Express and came out on top 3 – 1 with Cecillio Smalling getting the win and Latin Heat earned their second consecutive Championship game berth.

In the Championship game Latin Heat had “Sonny” on the mound against Lancaster’s own Goodfellas. This game featured two teams that are not shy about swinging the bat. This game turned into a scoring slugfest and it seemed whoever was able to stand last was going to win. After one inning it was Latin Heat (LH) 5, Goodfellas (G) 1. After two, LH – 5, G – 4. After three, LH – 7, G – 6. After four LH – 14, G – 10. In the fifth there was actually no runs scored by either team, shocking the crowd. In the sixth and seventh, Goodfellas scored two runs in each to tie the game and force the second International Tie Breaker of the day. Both teams scored a run in the eighth to keep the game going. In the top of the ninth with Cecillo back on the mound, Latin Heat was able to hold Goodfellas scoreless and then come back and score a run to end the game and take the Championship.

Goodfellas finished the round robin with a 2 -1 record and the number three seed of their pool. In their first game of the morning they faced the Silverhawks from Bakersfield and won 9 – 4. In the semi-finals they faced the So Cal Hustlers and hung on for a 5 – 4 victory.

Sonora Gold Rush Tournament

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

The latest edition of “The Dower Report”:

SONORA, CA–Santa Rosa Fastpitch had high hopes of bringing home its third tournament title of the season, but it was Da Bruddhas and Fat City who dominated play here Saturday and Sunday in the Class C Division of the Sonora Gold Rush Tournament. Both teams went 3-0 on Saturday and then won their first game on Sunday to advance into the championship game (results were not available).


Kevin Herlihy, Recovering from Heart Attack

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball: Kevin Herlihy

Best wishes are extended to one of the legends of the sport, Kevin Herlihy, recovering in Waikato Hospital following a heart attack. From all reports Kevin was “lucky” to have been in hospitalal ready after an earlier mild attack, when he suffered a more severe heart attack requiring surgery. Now out of the ICU Kevin is making steady progress. If you wish to drop Kevin a note or a card to wish him, Sandra and the family well, it can be sent to Kevin Herlihy, Cardiac Care Unit, Waikato Hospital, Private Bag 3200, Hamilton.


Editor’s note: Kevin Herlihy was one of the greatest pitchers of his era. I had the good fortunte to call him a teammate in Lakewood in 1986. When David Blackburn organized an ISC Hall of Fame “Tribute to Legends” earlier this year, to celebrate the upcoming induction of Ed Klecker, and Greg Sepulveda, Herlihy made arrangements to phone in from his native New Zealand, (Hice Stiles holding the mike in photo) to wish his best to teammate Sepulveda. The two were teammates when the Lancaster Chameleons won the 1983 ISC World Tournament. We wish a speedy recovery for Kevin.

#22 ISC II JRW & Associates of Yakima at DeMarini Rose Cup

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Portland, Oregon – What do the following nine world class pitchers have in common ……..

# 8 ISC ranked SoCal Bombers,
Travis Price
Tyson Barkman (18 yr. old prodigy from the recent Jr. Men World Championship)

# 14 ISC II ranked California Lumberkings.
Sonny Perkins
Jon Nimmo

# 36 ISC ranked Prince George Black Bears
Sean Whitten
Craig Pidcock

# 16 ISC ranked CR/Portland
Mark Bennett
Terry Luster
Mike Piechnik

They all threw against JRW & Associates in the Rose Cup in Portland, Oregon.

JRW & Associates did have a measure of success against these pitchers with one HR, 7 runs scored and 17 hits. And this was with 5 JRW starters and 3 ASA Class C pick-ups out of Portland to make 8 position players for the weekend.

Two of JRW’s four opponents – CR/Portland and the SoCal Bombers – finished 1 & 2 in the Rose Cup.

It certainly prepared JRW for the flame throwers they will meet in the ISC II Tournament of Champions (ToC).

It is measure of some respect that most teams throw their ace at the Associates.

Line scores for # 22 ranked JRW & Associates games were posted on Al’s Fastball list and summarized on Jim Flanagan’s Fastpitch West web site.

Doug Gillis Suffers Stroke, Improving

Monday, June 26th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball:

Novi, MI

As many have heard, Doug had a stroke last Wednesday night. He is still in the hospital, but is walking around, pacing the halls and moving as much as the doctors will let him. Speech and handwriting are improving everyday. His personality is 100% Doug…he’s laughing at jokes, rolling his eyes, flailing his arms….all the mannerisms that he had before this happened.

The doctors have said that he is an excellent candidate for recovery based on his age, overall health, and willingness to work. When I talked to his wife tonight, she said that the doctors are looking at him going home on Wednesday.

Many, many thanks to all in our softball world who have called, or emailed, or asked about Doug….every little bit counts and it is all appreciated. Following is Doug’s address and a means
to reach him at the hospital.

Doug Gillis
43100 12 Oaks Crescent Dr, Apt 2044
Novi, MI 48377-3430

To send him a note at the hospital….

Dramatic Win by County Materials over Townline at Eau Claire Classic

Monday, June 26th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball:

The 40th Annual Eau Claire Classic came to a close in exciting fashion as County Materials came from behind to beat Townline on a walk off two-run home run by T. Schultz in the bottom of the 7th. Thank you to all teams and fans who stuck with us through all of the rain, we look forward to another great tournament next year. Thank you!

(Jun 25, 2006 at Eau Claire)

CR/Portland Strikes Gold in Portland

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Brian Ree Homers, Terry Luster Picks up Title Game Win

Host CR/Portland won their own tournament, the well-established Rose Cup tournament for the first time Sunday, with a 6-1 win over the So Cal Bombers. Portland made it to the championship game last year, but finished second to the Vancouver Grey Sox. In 2006, however, it was a perfect 7-0 weekend. Brian Ree homered in the championship game, while pitcher Terry Luster picked up the win, over the Bombers’ Travis Price. One imagines that the So Cal Bombers can relate to the satisfaction Portland derived by winning the tournament after finishing second in 2005. The Bombers themselves claimed a title at Red Rock after finishing second there in 2005.

The So Cal Bombers finished with a 6-1 record for second place, while Team Rainey was 5-1 for third place.

Click here to view bracket.

Complete Rose Cup Scoreboard.

Most Valuable Players

Portland’s Kevin Rasmussen was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while teammate Mike Piechnik was tabbed as the Most Valuable Pitcher.

Tournament All Star Selections:

1. Brian Ree, Portland
2. Terry Traverso, Portland
3. Louie Nasuta, Portland
4. Mark Santillano, Portland
5. Darren Box, So Cal Bombers
6. J.R. Mendez So Cal Bombers
7. Dan Winnick, So Cal Bombers
8. Tim Hunt, Team Rainey
9. Dwayne Fowler, Team Rainey
10. Andrew Medwedrich, Team Rainey

Eau Claire Classic – Sunday Results, Final Four

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball: Down to the Final Four at the Eau Claire Classic in Wisconsin:

Eau Claire Classic – Sunday Results

We are down to the final four, County, Farm, Kegel and Townline. County and Farm are playing the winner’s bracket final at this time, and Kegel and Townline are battling it out to stay in the tournament.

Rose Cup Final – Portland vs. So Cal Bombers

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

So Cal Bombers Rally from Down 2-0 to Defeat Team Rainey 4-2 and Advance to Rose Cup Final

Rainey’s Roy Guinaldo singled home a run in the bottom of the 5th to give Team Rainey a 2-0 lead. But the Bombers rallied back for 4 runs, including a home run by Jason Porto, and pitcher Tony Peeples came on in relief of Ryan Brand to pick up the semi-final win and advance to the championship game against host CR/Portland. Portland has now been in the finals two years in a row, falling to Vancouver in last year’s championship game.

Third Round Games – Semi Finals

Game 13
So Cal Bombers, CA – 4
Team Rainey, CA – 2
WP-Tony Peeples
WP-Bricklen Anderson

Game 14
CR/Portland, OR – 7
Prince George Black Bears, BC – 0, forfeit

Game 16
So Cal Bombers vs. CR/Portland

Click here to view bracket.

Complete Rose Cup Scoreboard.