Archive for December, 2007

1st Annual CPI Invitational

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Oswego, NY

The CPI Men’s Fastpitch team will be hosting their 1st Annual tournament June 13th-15, 2008. The tournament will be hosted at Oswego Legends Complex in Oswego, NY with 3 lighted diamonds. This is an ISC and ISC II qualifier for any team any area. Each team will be guaranteed 3 games in pool play with Sunday being single elimination for the money. Payout is dependent on the amount of teams. The cost of entry is $400/team and is due before coming to tournament. Food and beer tent available all weekend long with B&T sports on site selling spikes, gloves, bats etc. We do have a block of 40 tickets free for Saturday night at Oswego Speedway featuring Open Wheel Super modified racing for anyone interested, yes they sell beer. Scottish Inn/ Days Inn has rooms for 65$ a night and can be booked by calling Pam Hillage at 315-343-4900 or e-mail both are within 4 miles of the fields. Other Hotels are available but at a higher rate, the Econo lodge on the water features Steamers Bar and Lounge with live bands.

Mike Cutro
315-491-7279 cell

2008 ISC Qualifiers – Update # 3

Friday, December 28th, 2007

2008 ISC Qualifiers


US East Region – Bill Howell, Vice President

April 19 – 20

War Eagle Tournament – Auburn, AL

Format: Round robin

Entry Fee: $225

Berths: 1 ISC II ToC berth to highest finishing ISC II team

Contact: Robby Carter 334-501-2976

UIC: Sam Kelly 334-416-6459

ISC Rep: Robert Gray – 334-567-9797

Northern Cal League Meeting

Friday, December 28th, 2007

I will be in Sacramento the first week of January, so I will be conducting a meeting for my new Nor-CAL NAFA Independent League (NCNIL) on:

Saturday, January 5, 2008
at 11:00 a.m.
at Roundtable Pizza
1566 Howe Ave,
Sacramento, CA

If you need directions, contact me at 406-690-0664 as I will leave here on January 3, 2008.

Topics up for discussion are:

Dates for each event

If you have questions contact me. BOB CHAPEL

Taylor Farms Lumberkings Lose Darren Strang in 2008 to Injury

Friday, December 28th, 2007

With great regret the Taylor Farms LumberKings announce that due to an undisclosed injury Darren Strang will not be able to throw for the LumberKings in the 2008 season.

Darren Strang has pitched for the California LumberKings the past 2 years and has been very successful. Darren helped the LumberKings to a 2nd place finish at the 2007 ISCII ToC. We would like to wish Darren a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in the circle in 2009.

The Taylor Farm LumberKings are now looking to fill their pitching void to their already solid staff. If any pitcher is interested you can contact the LumberKings at the following email address:

David Weldin

Taylor Farms LumberKings

Merry Christmas !

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas !

Thirty days and counting to the 2008 AAU International Tournament in Orlando, Florida.

BJ Hunhoff – Carroll Forbes Scholarship Recipient

Friday, December 14th, 2007

From the official ISC website:

Carroll Forbes Foundation Scholarship Program

The International Softball Congress has awarded the second annual scholarship to BJ Hunhoff from Harrisburg, SD.

BJ is currently enrolled in his first year at the University of Sioux Falls College in Sioux Falls SD. His career ambition is to work in the computer field. He was chosen in 2007 to play for the USA National team in Prague for the Men’s World Cup and the American Challenge Series in Oklahoma. He has been invited to try out for the USA Jr team in January 2008. All the members of the International Softball Congress congratulate BJ Hunhoff and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Charlie Smith, Treasurer
10317 Sugarberry
El Paso, TX 79925
E-Mail Address:

Editor’s Notes: We reprinted a local South Dakota newspaper story about BJ at the time his selection to the USA National team was announced here. BJ will be with the defending AAU champs, Mac’s next month in Orlando.

Update/correction: Well, his name did appear on Mac’s roster for the 2008 AAU, but I’m told that he won’t be in Orlando, as the USA Jr. Men have a training camp at the same time. There’s also a camp Jan 2-6, 2008 in Chula Vista (San Diego area), CA, so the kids will be getting a jump on the New Year.

AAU Roster 16 – Puerto Rico

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Well, we’ve hit the halfway mark on AAU Rosters, and it’s not even Christmas yet. Number 16 comes from Puerto Rico via our friend in Omaha, Matt Christensen. Click here to view the collection of rosters so far.

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Nestor Salas
Delbert Gonzalez
Edgardo Lebron
Melvin Martinez
Carlos Hernandez
Rikchi Borrero
Joseph Calder
Denis Garcia
Jose Santiago
Rafael Tolentino

Alexis Barbosa
Felix Cruz
Jose Molina
Jorge Aranzamendi
Jose Ponce

German Diaz
Marcelino Roman
Luis Vega
Amauri Zamalot
Javier Camuy
Carlos Lara

Ronnie Petenko, manager

AAU Roster 15 – Radio 560, MX

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

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2008 AAU Roster – Mexico City “Radio 560”

Carlos Villareal P
Sergio Almeida P

Alejandro Diaz -Of
Muaricio Rosales -Of
Oscar Cervantes -Of
Jorge Soberanes – Of
Octavio Obregon – If
Jhonatan Sepulveda -If
Cesar Sanchez – If
Oscar Obregon – If
Orlando Orta – If
Moises Congo – If
Hugo Santiago – C
Albert Vargas – C
Jose Luis Rosales Bd
Octavio Diaz – Utility

Manager Oscar Obregon
Coach Ulises Cervantes

To All AAU Teams:

Please send your AAU Rosters if you haven’t already. Send to jim (at) and we’ll forward to Al’s, or you can send to him direct at fastball (at) These rosters just a preview of the teams for fastball fans, so don’t worry if you have changes — these are not official rosters. And if you add players later, we’d be happy to update your posting here.

Which team will be the one to help us hit the halfway mark (16 of 32 rosters) before Christmas?

Silverhawks, Banana Slugs Reign at Santa Barbara

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Young Bucks Tournament Results

Upper Division


SoCal Bucks 2-1 3 runs allowed
Mark Bennett no hit Carribbean
Silver Hawks 2-1
Spud Barker 2 wins
Macabee 1-2
Carribbean 1-2


SoCal Bucks 4 Carribbean 0
W M.Bennett L G.Joiner
SilverHawks 5 Macabee 3
W S.Barker L . Blackburn
Silverhawks 3 SoCal Bucks 2(10 innings)
W. S.Barker L M. Bennett

Lower Division

Young Bucks 3-0
Banana Slugs 2-1
Palmdale Masters 1-2
Kickin Chickens 1-2
Cana De Flor 1-2
Those Guys 1-2

Semi Finals

Young Bucks 8 Cana De Flor 7
Banana Slugs 5 Kickin Chickens 1

Banana Slugs 14 Young Bucks 8
W Bob Vandenburg L C. Armijo

Editor’s notes:

Banana Slugs? I know — I had the same reaction, a la Butch Cassidy….”Who are those guys?”. Well, one name jumps off the page of this tournament recap – pitcher Bob Vandeburg, the winner in the championship game. Bob was one of two pick-ups for my old Vista Bomber team of 1991, runner-up at the ASA “A” Nationals in Boulder, Colorado. Bob teamed up with Russ Snow and Cary Weiler, sort of a Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz of their day, and combined to pitch 11 games at Coors Field altitude, coupled with the then-new high compression Dudley Thunder.

Those of my generation will remember Bobby as the mainstay of the Burbank Raymax team during the 1980’s, including a trip to the ASA “A” Nationals in 1985 at Bakersfield, California. Six foot eight David Gray was the other ace on that staff. Good to see your name in a box score again, Bobby.

Looks like Mark Bennett had a good weekend, tossing a no-no, while Spud Barker pitched well — as he did all year, including the NAFA A Major championship at Des Moines. Keep an eye on the Rude Pac again in 2008. Little known fact, but pitching is not Spud’s only talent….I got a sneak preview at some of his handiwork on a new Rude Pac logo. Slick.

And while I’ve got the floor, let me put in a plug for Clyde Bennett and the Young Bucks, who hosted this past weekend’s tournament as a fund raiser for the 2008 campaign. Clyde works tirelessly to keep that program going for the 23-and-under crowd, with the likes of Team USA Jr. Men’s Kevin Castillo, pitcher Anthony Martinez, and many other fine young ballplayers over the past several years. The Young Bucks are a fixture at the 23-and-under Nationals, winning the national title in 2006 after finishing second in 2005.

Clyde gets help from son Mark Bennett, and some local community folks, but it’s a self-financed effort, with the expenses always running far ahead of the income. If you are still working on your Christmas list, you might consider a small donation to the Young Bucks 23-and-under program. It’s a great gift to the future of the game, and I’m sure it would be appreciated by Clyde. (He didn’t ask for this plug, but is deserving of any assistance given.)

Send to:

Clyde Bennett
6600 Stagecoach Rd
Santa Barbara, Ca. 93105

You can contact him at:
805-964-2114 805-895-9007

OK, just about time to turn the page to 2008. What are you and your team up to in the coming new year? Drop us a line. info (at)

Young Bucks Tournament – December 8

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

At Santa Barbara, California:


Upper Division:
SoCal Bucks,Santa Barbara
Carribbean,Los Angeles

Lower Division:
Palmdale Masters
Flor de Cana, Los Angeles
Kichin Chickens, Ridgecrest
Those Guys, Long Beach
Young Bucks, Santa Barbara

Saturday December 8

Field1 Field 2 Field 3
Banana Slugs v Cana de Flor
Carribbean v Macabee
SoCal Bucks v Silverhawks

10;45 KickinChickins v Young Bucks
Palmdale v Those Guys
” ” v Macabee

12:30 Banna Slugs v ” ”
” v Kickin Chickens
Carribbean v Silverhawks

2:15 Cana de Flor v Those Guys
Macabee v Silverhawks
SoCalBucks v Carribbean
4:00pm Banana Slugs v Those Guys Young Bucks v Palmdale Canade Flor-KickinChicks

Sunday December 9
Upper Division
#1 vs #4 at 9:45 field 2 #2 vs #3 at 9:45 field 3
Championship at 1:15 field 3

Lower Division
#5 vs #6 at 8:am field 2
#3 vs #4 at 8:am field 3
#5-6 WINNER vs #1 at 11:30 field 2
#3-4 WINNER vs #2 at 11:20 field 3

Championship at 1:15 field 2

Directions to Elings Park:

US101 to Los Positas off ramp. Turn toward ocean and go approximately 1 mile turn in at Elings Park sign and go up the hill to parking lot on left

Editor’s note: Contact Clyde for your decoder ring to figure out who the ” ” teams are 😉