Archive for September, 2006

USA Men set to compete in Pan American Championships

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Editor’s note: The schedule was revised after this was released. The schedule shown below is no longer accurate. See subsequent posts with links to the official website for the tournament for the revised schedule.

Tony Peeples, Travis Price and Sonny Perkins Among Local Players for Team USA

From the USA Softball Website:

Hermosillo, Mexico—The USA Softball Men’s National Team will being their quest to earn a spot in the 2009 ISF Men’s World Championships on Sunday, October 1 at the VII Men’s Pan American Softball Championship in Hermosillo, Mexico. Thirteen teams have confirmed their participation in the championship that runs October 1-8.

The USA, who is the defending gold medalist in this event, is the top seed in Section “A” and will open the tournament against Argentina, who is the No. 3 seed in Section “A”, at 8 p.m. on October 1.

The Red, White and Blue are looking to end the 2006 season the same way they started it back in January – with a gold medal. The U.S. took gold at the A.A.U. National Tournament in Orlando, Fla., and look to repeat as the champions of the Pan American Softball Championships.

Players representing the United States this week include eight members of the USA team that captured the 2006 AAU Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament. It was the first event won by the Men’s National Team since it captured the gold medal at the 2002 Pan American Softball Championships in Guatemala.

Members from the AAU championship squad are (more…)

Cal Cup is Coming…..October 28-29

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Cal Cup III is coming……….October 28-29, 2006. Watch here for details Monday.

North Roster Announced for First North-South All Star Game – Oct 14

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Announcement by Sledgehammer22, unofficial moderator of the California section of the Fastpitchwest Forum:

With the All-Star game hype upon us, we have finally got a team together for the first All-Star Fall Classic. In choosing the team there were several possibilities for players, making the selection process extemely tough for the committee. Although this will be the team playing for the North, I have to admit the process is flawed and several changes need to be made in order to bring the game’s best together. For this year, we took nominations only and brought the team together. After nominations were made we then took into account what team the players played on and what position they played.

For next year, I think the state committee needs to build a plan that is used statewide for the selection of All-Star teams. I would hate to use the popularity contest that Major League Baseball uses but it seems as though it may be the only answer. As with any All-Star team, there will always be “snubs” and arguements against who belongs on the team. Some will have good arguements but for the first year, and the amount of time we had to fill a squad, we had to move quickly. With that being said, The Northern California All-Star Committee is proud to announce the first North All-Star Team.

Roster “below the fold” (more…)

8 HR Weekend for Chad Ghostkeeper

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

From Al’s Fastball:

A member of the Prince George Black Bears fastball team, had himself quite the weekend, down in Mexico and today received quite the honour. Chad Ghostkeeper played with the So Cal Bombers and an international tournament in Mexico last weekend. Ghostkeeper hit 8 home runs and was named the top batter and MVP. Today Softball BC also acknowledged Ghostkeepers year which included the all-star catcher award at the National Mens Fastpitch Championship which was held in Prince George. Ghostkeeper was named the Senior Athlete of the year by Softball BC. Ghostkeeper will be given his award at a banquet in a a few weeks in Richmond.

Allan Bristowe
From: abristowe(at)

Young Bucks 23 & Under Fund Raising Tournament – Nov 18-19

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

The Young Bucks 2006 National 23 and under champs are holding a fund raiser to help them return and defend their title. It will be in Santa Barbara at the Beach fields on November 18-19. It will have few unique features 1. low cost $250 2. 4 game guarentee 3. Small awards(T shirts) 4. It will be umpired by the Young Bucks so that we can realize a profit. I will train them. It will be open to all level players but please keep the pitching to C level. So that we can sufficently plan a deposit of $100 will be required by Nov 1. The remainder can be paid at the tournament. Clyde Bennett 6600 Stagecoach Rd Santa Barbara Ca.93105 805 964-2114 895-9007

Budke, Holoien to Bombers?

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Scoop or Just a Rumor? Sledgehammer22 says “stay tuned”

From the Fastpitchwest Forum:

Fastpitchwest Forum :: View topic – 2006 Rumor Central
It appears that there is a major signing on the horizon for the So Cal Bombers. After reading several reports on other websites across North America, I have now received credible information from an anonymous source that the Bombers are “very” close to signing Farm Tavern star and So Cal native Todd Budke. I have contacted Budke to get the scoop today but only time will tell. Also apart of the deal is Farm ace, Dean Holien. Signing these two players would be huge for the organization as well as California fastpitch. Several calls have been made to So Cal management for confirmation but have not been returned. It’s typical for management to keep quiet during these times

Bruce Bierman Named I.S.C. Umpire-in-Chief; Rick Havercroft to be UIC for ISC-II T of C

Monday, September 25th, 2006

From the ISCfastpitch website, via Al’s Fastball

Ken Hackmeister, Executive Director of the International Softball Congress, today announced that Bruce Bierman of Ayr, Ontario, has been appointed ISC Umpire-in-Chief. Bierman will replace Ron Brinkman who has resigned the position.

In another move, Hackmeister announced that Rick Havercroft of Saginaw, Michigan, will replace Bierman as Umpire-in-Chief for ISC – II.

Les Novak will remain in the position as Deputy UIC as well as Chairman of the ISC Umpire Committee.

Both Bierman and Havercroft have extensive umpiring experience to bring to their new assignments for the I.S.C.


JRW & Associates of Yakima gains Silver at NAFA 40 & Over

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Carson City, Nevada – JRW & Associates 40 & Over team parlayed three come-from-behind victories into a Silver Medal at the NAFA Masters World tournament. With the help of four British Columbia players, JRW was 3-2 for the weekend.

At 1-1 in Sat pool play, JRW went into Sunday’s single elimination play as the # 2 seed from Pool A in the six team tournament.

JRW reached the Championship game with two victories on Sunday, but lost to the UTAH juggernaught 10-0. DB Tom Magers singled for the lone hit off pitcher Steve Morgan. Only four JRW players struck out in this game, a great improvement over the Sat 8-0 loss to UTAH in pool play in which P Steve Morgan struck out 12 on the way to a perfect game.

NAFA Utah Director Les Vaughan assembled a squad of Master players from past Miller Toyota and Castlewood teams that went undefeated in the 40-Over category.

In JRW’s first pool play game, the team rallied from a 7-6 deficit in the 5th for a 12-10 victory over KHT Pumpers of Visalia, CA on SS Mike Parham’s 2 RBI single in B6. CF Steve Pidman was 3-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. 2B Don Cawthron was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI, that coming on a 3 run homer in B5.

In T7, JRW walked CF Todd Budke with 1B occupied. Todd had two 2 run homers and a double in three previous AB’s. With the bases loaded, JRW pitcher Wade Liberty induced a force out at 2B to insure the victory.

(See a related story on NAFA web site later on for Budke’s tourney achievements, which were probably the greatest single batting performance by a player in any tournament).

In Sunday’s opening SE game, JRW 1B and BC native Keven MacDonald (1B) singled home CF Steve Pidman in B7 for JRW’s 2nd come from behind victory, a 5-4 win over Tule Lake, CA. In T7 with 2 outs and first and third occupied with Tule Lake runners and the score tied at 4-4, Manager Jim Williamson ordered an intentional walk for P John Wismuth who had a 2 run homer in the first. A ground out to 3B ended the inning with no score. 2b Don Cawthron was 2-3 with 1 run and 1 RBI. LF Troy Grow was also 1-3 with an RBI. P Kurt Penner allowed only one run in 3 2/3 innings of relief to post the victory.

In Sunday’s next SE game, JRW faced long time nemesis BADEN Sports of Seattle, last year’s 40 & Over champion. (Formerly sponsored by the Hobnobber tavern). Trailing 2-3, JRW exploded for 8 runs in B5 for a 10-3 run-ahead victory. BC native Nick Trasolini (Caught all five games) led the scoring with a 2 RBI double while LF Troy Grow, SS Mike Parham and DB Wade Liberty chipped in with RBI doubles. SS Mike Parham was 3-3, LF Troy Grow was 2-3 and C Nick Trasolini also had an RBI single (2-4). SS Mike Parham and 2B Don Cawthron were selected to the All-World team as well as was British Columbia P Kurt Penner and CF Steve Pidman.

Click here to visit the NAFA website.

NAFA Masters World Series Website

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

The NAFA Masters World Series Website is up.

Panteras 15th Annual A.C.E. Memorial Tournament

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Panteras 15th Annual A.C.E. Memorial Fastpitch Tournament

October 21 and 22, 2006

Entry Fee: $300.00

At Holifield Park in Norwalk

For Further Info Please Contact
Fernie Ramirez (562) 762-8397 or (562) 789-6094