Archive for February, 2007

Prince George Powerhouse Website

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Click here to visit the new Prince George Powerhouse fastball website.

Special Foursome Price for Young Bucks Golf Tournament – April 9

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Special deal for fastpitch teams

The regular price for this touramnet is $125 per player. If you come in as a foursome from your fastpitch team the price is $400, a saving of $100 bucks. If your team is interested call me. Clyde at 805-895-9007

Click here for more details and entry form.

Chu Chua Chiefs Website

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

We welcome the Chu Chua Chiefs from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, to our “Teams” page. Kamloops, B.C. is about 350 miles north east of Vancouver, and 600 miles west of Calgary.

The Chiefs’ roster is made up of young players in their 20’s, excited about the game of fastpitch. Click here to see their new website, and find them on our “Teams” page.

Click here to see their ballpark, Charles Anderson Park. Nice !

(Or from above, via Google Maps)

2007 Dixie Classic Fastpitch Tournament – St. George UT – April 20-22, 2007

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

2007 Dixie Classic Fastpitch Tournament
Friday, April 20; Saturday, April 21; (&Sunday, April 22 if necessary)
Classes: C & B
Entry fee: $325—make checks payable to City of St. George
Deadline: April 16
Four games guaranteed!
Games to be played at: The Canyons Complex
1890 West 2000 North
Contact person: Josh Olmstead
Phone # (435) 634-5860
2nd contact person: Larry Wachter (Castlewood II)
(801) 566-6808 (business)
(801) 785-4363 (home)
Important! Hotels are filling up for this weekend.
You need to make reservations soon or both St. George and Mesquite will be full.

Bahamas Tournament Deadline March 15

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

The deadline for entries to the Texaco Pirates Bahamas tournament was extended to March 15, 2007, but that’s only three weeks away, so don’t miss out!

Texaco Pirates to Host Tournament in the Bahamas in May
(Click photo to enlarge)

Click here for info and to get a look at some spectacular aerial photos of their own private island, Man-O-War Cay. Yes, that is their home field right down on the beach.

Don’t miss this one!


Man-o-war Pirates Fastball Tournament
Where: Man-o-war cay Abaco Bahamas
When; May 24th – May 26th 2007
Entry fee; $250.00 deadline february 1st 2007
Format: Round Robin with 4 game guarantee
Rules: No snorkeling between innings 😉

Haziel Mcdonald
Man-o-war Cay
Abaco Bahamas PO
AB 2290
phone contact; [242]365-6436 cell [242]359-6449
e-mail; or
work e-mail;
Flight info and accomodation info please contact Haziel Mcdonald.

Travel notes:
Marsh Harbour, airport name/code: (MHH). Marsh Harbour is only 5 miles from Man-o-war cay,where the ballpark is and where most of the Texaco Pirates live. They recomend for you to connect on American Airlines or Continental from Miami, Ft Lauderdale or West Palm Beach, FL.

28th Annual Bob Rapp Memorial Tournament – Monday Results

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Thanks to Jim Williamson for this first hand report:

6 Team NAFA 3GG Qualifier
Dr Francis Wong Stadium

Monday Game # 10 8 AM Loser 4th Place

No Respect, Hilo 0
Athletics, Hilo 3
LP Malcolm Lehano; Haha Wong 2nd
WP Darren Zack 1 Hitter, 14 K’s

Monday Game # 11 10 AM Loser 3rd Place

Rain Began and Continued thru this Game
Onomea, Hilo 0
Athletics, Hilo 6
LP Blaine Medeiros; Dave Meeley 6th
WP Darren Zack 1 Hitter, 17 K’s, 2 RBI Single

Monday Game # 12 Noon 1st Championship Game

Rain Stopped and a Bright Sun Returned

Athletics, Hilo 0
Da Bruddahs, Hayward 7

LP Colin McKenzie, Darren Zack 7th
WP Doug Sleep 4 Hitter ; 12 K’s
SS Marcus Tan’s 2 RBI Hit & Run Double in the 2nd

Inning was all Sleep needed; Josh Woodmansee’s 2 RBI Single in the 6th capped the scoring.

RBI Leader Josh Woodmansee Da Bruddahs
Home Run Champion Jeremy Spear Athletics
Leading Hitter Malcolm Lehano No Respect


Dave Kimura LF Da Bruddahs
Shawn Ching 3B Da Bruddahs
Larry Schofield C Da Bruddahs
Alvin Salinas DP Da Bruddahs
Josh Woodmansee 1B Da Bruddahs
Jason Vaughan 1B Athletics
Jeremy Spear 2B Athletics
Mel Lehano C No Respect
Chad Canda 3B No Respect
Kaha Wong P/DH No Respect

Most Valuable Player Doug Sleep Da Bruddahs

28th Annual Bob Rapp Memorial Tournament – Sunday’s Results

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Thanks to Jim Williamson for this first hand report:

6 Team NAFA 3GG Qualifier
Dr Francis Wong Stadium

Sunday – Game 5 Loser’s Bracket (LB) 10 AM

No Respect, Hilo 10
Athletics, Hilo 9
Darren Zack, Jr; Darren Zack 3rd; — LP John McMullen 4th;, Colin McKenzie 4th
WP John Lopez; Kaha Wong 5th

Sunday – Game 6 LB Noon

Hilanders, Hilo 3
KATS AC, Hilo 7
LP Warren Carriaga; Dennis Hoota 6th
WP Joe Poia; Boy Wong 6th

Sunday – Game 7 LB 2 PM Loser 6th Place

No Respect, Hilo 12
Hilanders, Hilo 9
WP John Lopez
LP Dennis Hoota

Sunday – Game 8 LB 2 PM Loser 5th Place

KATS AC, Hilo 0
Athletics, Hilo 1
WP Darren Zack
LP Boy Wong

Sunday Game # 9 Semi-Finals 6:00 PM
Onomea, Hilo 0
Da Bruddahs, Hayward 9
LP Blaine Medeiros, Dave Meeley 4th
WP Doug Sleep – 5 Inning Perfect Game,
Struck Out 14 of 15

Monday 8 AM Game # 10 No Respect vs Athletics
Monday 10 AM Game # 11 – Onomea vs Winner Game # 10
Championship Game at Noon Monday;

If Necessary Game to follow

28th Bob Rapp Memorial Tournament – Hawaii – Saturday’s Results

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Thanks to JR Williamson, for this report. Jim is in Hawaii enjoying the 28th Annual Bob Rapp Memorial Tournament. Tough life, but somebody’s gotta do it, right?

Sunday February 18, 2007
28th Bob Rapp Memorial Tournament
6 Team NAFA 3GG Qualifier

Dr Wong Stadium

Game # 1 Winner’s Bracket (WB) 10 AM 9 Innings
No Respect, Hilo 1
Da Bruddahs, Hayward 2
WP Doug Sleep
Malcolm Lehano; LP Kaha Wong 4th

Game # 2 WB Noon
Athletics, Hilo 3
Hilanders, Hilo 0
WP Darren Zack, Colin McKenzie 5th
LP Dennis Hoota

Game # 3 WB 2 PM
Da Bruddahs, Hayward 6
KATS AC (Host) 3
Rich Riveria; WP Doug Sleep
LP Pat Prieto

Game # 4 WB 4 PM
Onomea, Hilo 3
Athletics, Hilo 1
WP Blaine Medeiros
LP Colin McKenzie

Sunday – Loser Bracket Games at 10 AM, Noon, 2 PM & 4 PM

Winner’s Bracket Final 6 PM – Da Bruddahs vs Onomea

Championship Game at Noon Monday; If Necessary Game to follow

Passing of Connie Meairs

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Memorial Service on March 17, 2007

From Chris Baldassarre, the niece of Carmina, “Connie” Meairs’:

“I regret to inform you of Mrs. Carmina “Connie” Meairs passing on Thursday, February 15, 2007. Connie was residing in Boulder City Nevada with her sister Mary Jones and family since the death of her beloved husband Red. You may recall, Connie’s husband Irvin “Red” Meairs passed on in June of 2002.

There will be a Memorial Service held for Carmina on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 11:00 am at the Mid-Cities Baptist Church in Westminster, California.

(Photo by Bob Otto)

Editor’s note: Connie Meairs was the wife of Irvin “Red” Meairs, longtime Long Beach Nitehawks player, manager, owner, sponsor. Many who grew up in Long Beach, California, fondly recall Connie and Red as the foundation of men’s fastpitch in Southern California.

The Long Beach Nitehawks won a record ten (10) ISC World Tournament titles, the last in 1975 in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Red and Connie were the backbone of the Nitehawks, pouring their passion and hard work into the Nitehawks franchise, and financing the operation of the team. While Red was on the field, it was Connie who ran the concession stand at Joe Rodgers Field in Long Beach, virtually every night of the week. It wasn’t only when the Nitehawks played, but all through the week, when city league teams were playing, with the money going right back into the program.

I was fortunate to be among those city league players playing at Joe Rodgers during the week. Other than my own mother, Connie probably made dinner for me more than anyone in those days, hot dogs, chili, or what have you. You could always catch her smiling face as you headed towards the concession stand. You could always see her love of Red and support for him and the team they both loved so dearly. Anyone who played or watched fastpitch at Joe Rodgers Field, in Long Beach will recall that aqua-colored Chevy Nova of Red and Connie, parked just outside the entrance, and usually full of ball gear, deBeer 212’s and boxes of items for the concession stand. Anyone who visited their home will recall Red and Connie’s room full of trophies collected over the years.

From Hall of Fame Nitehawks pitcher Bob Todd:

Connie is “Red’s greatest love,” said Todd of Red’s wife. “She worked as hard for the Hawks as anybody. She put in so many hours in the concession stand without complaining. Connie should be in the wife’s Hall of Fame.”

After the Nitehawks shuttered operations in the 1980’s, Red and Connie were still mainstays in Long Beach, supporting its sports programs, whether it was Long Beach State or the high school kids at Blair Field, or in the gym at Long Beach State basketball games. They were a couple, married forever, and a team within the team. Above all, gracious, classy, and and indefatigable. Connie will be missed, but she and Red are together again. Of that I am sure.


ASA to host American Challenge Series – July 12-15, 2007

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Men’s Game to Be Carried on ESPN

From Al’s Fastball:

Oklahoma City—The AmateurSoftball Association (ASA) announced today it will be hosting the inauguralAmerican Challenge Series, July 12-15, at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City. TheAmerican Challenge Series will be held in conjunction with the 3rdWorld Cup of Softball and will feature the USA Softball Men’s NationalTeam.

The schedule for the American Challenge Series will not be finalizeduntil early March but is expected to include four of the top teams in the world including the USA and JapanESPN will partner with the ASA for the third consecutive year to broadcast theWorld Cup of Softball and for the first time ever, ESPN will be televising one of the USA Men’s games on its network. The ASA is also in the midstof finalizing international broadcasting agreements for both the World Cup andthe American Challenge Series throughout Europe, Asia and the rest of the America’s guaranteeing unparalleled exposure for the sport in prime time windows.

ESPN and its family of networks and media platforms have been exceptional partners with the ASA for years. is the title sponsor ofthe USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll and its networks have aired the WorldCup the past two seasons and the ASA Girl’s 18-Under Gold Fast PitchNational Championship in 2006. A national TV audience of over 9 million households tuned in to the II World of Cup of Softball on ESPN and ESPN2 in theUnited StatesRatings for the II World Cup of Softball were up nearly 50% on both networksand the semifinal game between US and Japanbeat the NCAA WCWS finals to rank as the highest softball telecast in the US.

The American Challenge Series was developed by the ASA to help exposethe men’s fast pitch game to fans who attend the World Cup and to givethe USA Men’s National Team an opportunity to play on American soil. Thiswill be the first time an International Softball Federation (ISF) men’sfast pitch event has been hosted in the U.S. in more than a decade. The lastevent held in the U.S. wasthe 1996 ISF Men’s World Championship in Midland, Mich.

“We are very excited to be hosting the inaugural AmericanChallenge Series in Oklahoma Citythis summer,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “This is avery unique opportunity for softball fans to get to see both their nationalteams play in one location. Men’s fast pitch is a very exciting sport towatch and I have no doubt fans are going to be treated to some greataction.”

Advanced pre-sale tickets for the 3rd World Cup of Softball are on sale now and can be purchased online at

The advanced pre-sale includes all-session tickets only. All-session premiumreserved seats are available for $100, all-session grandstand reserved seatsare $50 and all-session general admission seats are available for $30. Anyoneholding a ticket to the 3rd World Cup of Softball will receive freeadmission into the American Challenge Series.

USA Softball will be holding a selection camp, May 25-28, at theOlympic Training Center in Chula Vista Calif., to select the 2007 USASoftball Men’s National Team that will compete in the American ChallengeSeries.

Players who have been invited to this camp include:

Paul Algar (Lexington, Ill.); Chad Boom (Barnesville, Minn.); Todd Budke(Quartz Hill, Calif.); Gregg Cascaes (Apple Valley, Minn.); Frank DeGroat, Jr.(Ringwood, N.J.); Chris DeLarwelle (Appleton, Wis.); Nate Devine (Merced, Calif.);Chad Ferguson (Battle Creek, Mich.); Don Garvey (Appleton, Wis.); Lucas Goring(St. Paul, Minn.); BJ Hunhoff (Harrisburg, S.D.); Chris Hunt (Whittier,Calif.); Tim Hunt (La Habra, Calif.); Luis Joglar (Fairview, N.J.); Tony Kunka (Moorhead, Minn.); Adam LaLonde(Kentwood, Mich.); Jason Loe (Sioux Falls, S.D.); Terry Luster (Bunceton, Mo.);Kyle Magnusson (Salt Lake City, Utah); Anthony Martinez (Covina, Calif.); ChrisMiljavac (St. Joseph, Mo.); Blake Miller (Albany, Ga.); Omar Moraga (Tucson,Ariz.); James Pecoraro (Swansea, Ill.); Tony Peeples (San Miguel, Calif.); Philip Perkins (St. Michaels, Ariz.); Travis Price (Santa Ana, Calif.); Orlando Rodriguez (Haverstraw, N.Y.); Todd Schultz (Williamston, Mich.); Cody Thomson(Auburn, Wyo.); Michael White (Eugene, Ore.)